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From the desk of... Making objects cooler by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

An embroidery ring allows you to easily change the upholstery on this chair. Such a smart idea!

Such cool medical devices!

Move over Word of the Day. The Cooper Hewitt has an Object of the Day!

And, such an awesome lamp:

From the desk of... Art where you don't expect it by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

In text messages:

SFMOMA has set up a bot that will respond to a text message sent to 572-51 with the text "Send me" with a relevant piece from their collection.

In car dust:

So much better than writing "clean me."

In a spoon (and the story that goes with it):

From the desk of... The things you can see! by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

We've been daydreaming about all the beautiful things we can see in the world, whether near or far, natural or made by humankind.

Not far from our studio, magical street art in Redwood City:

We love this way of thinking... Why not have street furniture cast fun creature shadows? I'm sure this makes so many days a little more joyful, via Bored Panda

And, unfortunately far from us in San Francisco, there's this bookstore! Via Dwell

If you are reading from Hangzhou, please write in and let us know how soon we need to book flights.

If you'd like to take a minute to see an incredible natural phenomenon, here's a video of the Grand Canyon looking even more amazing than usual! Via The Washington Post

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And if you're missing eclipse fever, this episode of Radio Lab starts with reactions across the country to the totality, and it's really beautiful:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/sun-dont-shine/

From the desk of... Architecture inspiring other things by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

Last time, we brought you architects doing other things.

This time, here's architecture inspiring other things.

 

This jewelry based on famous floor plans:

These city chess sets:


These desktop organizers inspired by those little souvenir models that street vendors sell in front of famous buildings:

From the desk of... When architects do other things by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

When an architect turns pastry chef:

When a landscape architect launches an illustration side business:

When architects turn shoe designers:

 
 Above by Zaha Hadid. More at  Arch Daily  and  Architizer

Above by Zaha Hadid. More at Arch Daily and Architizer

 

From the desk of... Take back your public spaces by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

This week we're taking a look at amazing and inspiring ways to activate public space.

 

Here's a great article on the "weapons" cities use to make beaches difficult to access:
https://nextcity.org/features/view/arsenal-of-exclusion-keep-public-off-free-beaches
If you're in LA, check out a map that shows you how to access all the public beaches in Malibu... and everything else from the LA Urban Rangers.

 

And here's 99% Invisible exploring a way of claiming public spaces by giving them names: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-60-names-vs-the-nothing/

 

In an urban intervention flashback, here's our very own Lora Martens' project for the first Park(ing) Day in Pheonix in 2009! 

 
 

And here are just a few of the many other inspiring projects out there.

A nifty little art studio under a bridge, via Dezeen.

 

Dumpsters can be quite pretty... or a cool play space!

And fountains can be hacked using the visual language of public pools, via Dezeen.

 

From the desk of... Tile Patterns by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

In the last installment, we brought you a roundup of cool tiles. We thought we would take that one step further and present some inspiring modern tile patterns.

 We love these modern tile patterns by Anne Dérian,   via Houzz

We love these modern tile patterns by Anne Dérian, via Houzz

 More tile inspiration from the Brothers Bouroullec,   via DesignMilk

More tile inspiration from the Brothers Bouroullec, via DesignMilk

 There are lots of pattern options with these cool new tiles from Fireclay,   via Remodelista .

There are lots of pattern options with these cool new tiles from Fireclay, via Remodelista.

From the desk of... Tiles by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

It's a tile kind of week.

 
 

Here's a round up of very cool uses of tile (including these very blue tiles) on Dwell.

Clé always has great tiles, and we are suckers for watercolor...

...and for the designs of the Brothers Bouroullec, via Design Milk

If that's not enough tile for you, another round up from Residential Architect.

From the desk of... Interfaces by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

Geek out with us for a minute.


MIT created a physical interface that mimics the properties of different materials using digital data. As in, you can set it to act like water, and it will ripple, or rubber and it will feel bouncy, and so on, via CO.DESIGN.

Here's a great tumblr of science fiction movie interfaces

and a fun smell-based interface project, via CO.DESIGN.

We thought this website had a fun interface. It's based on the golden ratio, and it's all done with CSS+HTML!

From the desk of... Now you see it by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

 

We've been noticing that more and more features and everyday objects are designed to appear only when you need them.

Take, for example, this projector that creates a touchscreen on any surface, via Contemporist.

Or these stools that are art until you need a place to sit, via Contemporist.

And garagespools, saunas and gates that appear like magic.

Or maybe just an entire apartment, via Azure Magazine.

From the desk of... Paths We Want to Take by Nicole Bemboom

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

We want to walk and hike this path in Portugal, via designboom

We want to cross this bridge when we come to it, via Contemporist

We want to bike on this path (dressed up like characters from Mario Kart), via Azure Magazine

We want to carefully creep across this path with our eyes mostly closed in terror, via Dezeen

In the Studio: Weekly Newsletters by Nicole Bemboom

Introducing our new series, "From the desk of..."

Over the past few years, Nicole has been putting together a newsletter of links to inspiration or knowledge for the team from her adventures around the internet.

We are sharing the fun with you in our new series: "From the desk of..."

 

 

This Week: Paper Magic

 Zim & Zou Craft Colourful Worlds for a Hermès Window Display, via  Azure Magazine

Zim & Zou Craft Colourful Worlds for a Hermès Window Display, via Azure Magazine

 60,000 Paper Cut-Outs Form a Forest of Numbers in Tokyo, via  Azure Magazine

60,000 Paper Cut-Outs Form a Forest of Numbers in Tokyo, via Azure Magazine