Posts Tagged ‘white’

Apelle – boat-like house by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Apelle house by Marco Casagrande

Another pleasing structure by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande. (See other projects here.) Called Apelle, it’s made to resemble a boat, and was in fact assembled by local boat carpenters.

“Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa, Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. The interior space of Apelle is a continuous tube that grows gradually along the house and through the main opening and terrace into the forest. Along this axis the collective and private actions are tuned according to the times, functions and needs of the day and night.  The same space is used for everything from sleeping to eating and from socializing to work as a studio space or a gym. This kind of multi-functional space of “tupa” or “pirtti” is common in traditional Finnish architecture. A free standing cube serves for water with a sleeping loft on top…

Apelle is well insulated with wood based materials and during the harsh winters it heats up by thermal heating supported by two fire-places. The main building volume is structurally supported by a smaller volume on the side acting as an outrigger.
Apelle is built by two local carpenters used to for building both houses and wooden boats. According to the carpenters, this is a boat.”

Apelle house by Marco Casagrande - fireplace

Apelle house by Marco Casagrande

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Custom pendant lamp at Gudrun Restaurant, Steveston

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Gudrun Restaurant, Steveston, BC

Beautiful lamp commissioned by my friend Patrick Tubajon, proprietor of gorgeous Gudrun Restaurant in Steveston, BC. Steveston is a historic and still operating fishing and cannery village in the mouth of the Fraser River, just half an hour S. of Vancouver. Historically it was a dominantly Japanese-Canadian community until most of the population was interned in WWII and their possessions confiscated in one of the most disgraceful acts in Canadian history. Some have returned, but not many. Yet Steveston still retains its fish port and its cannery buildings.

I love this restaurant because in addition to its exellent food and wine, its design references local history and avoids the generic. The bar is in the shope of a small wooden boat, with a traditional Japanese charred finish done by Patrick himself. The lamp either the look of sails, docked boats or clouds (or cheese? note the mouse), the table is handmade of local Douglas fir, and the restaurant otherwise respected the building’s features and history. Patrick told me the lamp was made by designer Jon Erik Johansen. Apologies for the iPhone photos—I was on my bicycle that day. The bar doesn’t appear blue—it’s a deep charred black. Some far better photos are on the Gudrun website.

& Thanks to Patrick for being so nice to my mum when we had lunch there on Mother’s Day.

Gudrun Restaurant, Steveston, BC

Gudrun Restaurant, Steveston, BC

Steveston, BC - boats and cannery

Steveston, BC

Patio chair of rebar and planks

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Studio/boutique of Carla Fernández

Outdoor chairs made very simply from welded rebar and wooden planks. The little folding perch is clever too. If you’re from DF and you know the name of this designer, please remind me. The studio is at Chihuahua 78, between Cordoba and Merida.

UPDATE: Thanks, Alejandro: the designer is Hector Galvan and the company is Omelette.

Gift idea: Sun Songs by Slade/Cranfield, published by The Or Gallery

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Sun Songs by Slade/Cranfield, published by The Or Gallery, Vancouver

I guess this is ruining the surprise but I’m buying this album for quite a few people for Christmas. It’s ridiculously good, very catchy, it topped fancy local charts, it features internationally known art and music stars, and it’s published by Vancouver’s Or Gallery, one of Vancouver’s best non-profit art centres. And it’s on yellow vinyl! The cover artwork makes the album itself a piece of art, too. You could frame it. Do you have any yellow vinyl? Why not? It’s also available at Zulu Records in Vancouver, Amazon, and in Europe you can order it here. Or you can email the Or Gallery and order your own copy direct. The album is cheap direct from the Or at $20 CAD (20% off for members). I am not just shilling for this album because I’m on the gallery’s board. It’s excellent, and Slade can really sing. Click below to read the details.

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Douglas Coupland’s magical white house

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

This is by far one of my favourite houses in Vancouver. It’s in the municipality of West Vancouver, home to many of the best modern houses in the city, and it belongs to the novelist Douglas Coupland. He grew up in West Vancouver, not far from this house. Just as beautiful as this place is the house below it, a beautiful midcentury modern post and beam house designed by the architect Ron Thom. That’s the house Coupland actually lives in with his architect partner David Weir. Coupland is an artist and designer as well as a writer, and the house shown here serves as his gallery, guest house, and many other things. One of the reasons Coupland bought a second house is that the rate of demolition of midcentury modern houses in Vancouver is accelerating, and he wanted to preserve what was in his own back yard. Everything in the house is original – the flagstone floor, the carport, the railings. Lastly I’m sure it’s partly my visual OCD or some pyschedelic tendency, as well as of course their beauty, but his collections of shapes and objects are completely mesmerizing to me. Spools of thread, lego, polyhedra, modernist vases: I’m fixated. There are informative captions on the NYT blog – click on photos to go there (or link at bottom), and see my previous post on Coupland here. The fantastic photos are by Vancouver photographer Martin Tessler for the New York Times.

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

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Douglas Coupland's white house, West Vancouver, by photographer Martin Tessler

For NYT captions, click below:

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Making it up as we go along, in the New World

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

House near Errington on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, 2009.