Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

Photography // Thursday, January 29, 2015
Among my all-time favorite photographs have always been Ed Ruscha’s aerial landscape shots of Los Angeles parking lots and stadiums. Flying high in commercial airplanes merely teases at the intricacies and structure that man has bestowed on earth, the geometric balance and spatial suburbanization of Southern California. That is what makes this book, Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, so stunning and historically relevant.

Hotel Designed to Look Like A Precious Quartz Stone

Design // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Dutch firm NL architects has developed one of the coolest looking proposals for a chain of hotels. The buildings are designed to take the form of a precious gemstone called Amethyst which is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry and for its supposed healing qualities. The crystalline clusters will be your windows!

A’Design Awards: The 2014 World Design Rankings

Design // Thursday, January 15, 2015
As you have seen on our site over the past month, we have been showing you some of our favorite finalists for the A'Design Awards, which is the world's largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. It's a great chance to see both the future of progressive design, functional design, and, really, just plain really well though-out inventions. We loved the more interior design elements to the awards, looking at museum layouts and architecture, and now A’Design Awards have published their annual World Design Rankings for 2014: the U.S. takes the top spot, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy, and Great Britain.

Spend the Night in Sweden's Ice Hotel

Design // Monday, January 12, 2015
Bring your parka, this ice hotel is not for the faint of heart. The temperature never drops below 23 degrees Fahrenheit and guests sport thermal underwear and hats and slip into a sleeping bag atop blocks of ice, a thick mattress, and reindeer skins. Now in its 25th year, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden welcoes 50,000 visitors each year under a new artistic scheme. Each year, thousands of artists and creatives take part in influencing the design of the hotel. 1,000 tons of frozen water and 30,000 m3 of 'snice' (snow and ice particles mixed with air) make up this year's edition.

A'Design Awards: Architecture, Building and Structure Design

Design // Sunday, December 21, 2014
This may be our favorite category yet in our ongoing spotlights on the A'Design Awards: Architecture, Building, and Structure Design. We travel, live in urban epicenters, appreciate a good building when we see one, so this category has some of the best things we have seen yet. From hotels, to university building, to malls and other commercial structures. We want to stay at that W Hotel now, too.

Peter Shire "Public Work, Lines Of Desire" @ A+D Museum, Los Angeles

Design // Monday, November 24, 2014
PUBLIC WORK is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on L.A. based artist Peter Shire’s public and private architectural commissions. Executed over the course of three decades, the architectural works demonstrate Shire’s understanding of the formal principles of twentieth-century art and architecture collided with his interrogations of popular culture and the vocabulary of visual design. Stay tuned for an article on Peter in an upcoming issue of Juxtapoz.

A' Design Awards & Competition - Winners

Design // Thursday, November 20, 2014
A' Design Award & Competition is the Worlds' largest annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. The A' Design Accolades are organized and awarded internationally in a wide array of categories ranging from industrial design to architecture. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A' Award to push them further for success.

Federico Babina's "Archilife"

Design // Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Federico Babina's architecture and design-inspired illustrations are some of our favorite and the Italian artist keeps coming up with fun ideas. Just this year we featured his "Archiwindows" series where he placed famous architects in their windows, his "Artisect" series where he spliced world-famous paintings with buildings, his "Archimusic" series, his "Archiportrait" series, the list goes on...

Wax House Melts This Month In London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Well known for his wild and provocative architectural projects, Alex Chinneck has created a house built completely from wax and called A Pound Of Flesh For 50p. This new work took over a year of working with many different chemists, wax specialists and engineers and is set to melt over the next 30 days.

Madrid Apartment Transformed by Cutting Spheres into the Walls

Design // Monday, October 20, 2014
Spanish architecture firm Churtichaga Quadra-Salcedo transformed an apartment in Madrid into a shared workspace by cutting cones and spheres into the walls. Developed with Sketchup, the inspiration came from the art of Gordon Matta Clark.

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