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[this means 5*s]

Anyone – anyone at all, interested, even slightly, in architecture and the art of building, in design and
the art of structure, MUST watch this video.

This is the most astounding building product/system I have ever seen.

It is comprised simply of two/four ‘L’-shape structural elements…..

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Then go to their web-site at http://www.quadror.com.

…and check these out –

Like it states – a new structural joint….so simple, so elegant – so powerful.

In the lower row, at the far left, there are two rows of L-shaped pieces placed together to form a square…..
they are then rotated vertically, and allowed to ‘fall apart’……and in so doing, they form the geometry
you see in the 3rd model……which becomes the core building block for as complex a structure as you want : :

You could also, based on the same principle, use bamboo as shown here,

to form the ‘spaceframe’ and complete it this way : :

Or – you could just build a whole apartment building, sortof : :

Humans be smart, yes?


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: : DesignHistory : :

The Flxible Co., (1913-1996), was a motorcycle sidecar, funeral car, ambulance, intercity coach and transit bus
manufacturing company based in the United States which went out of business in 1996.

In 1913, Hugo H. Young and Carl F. Dudte founded the Flexible Sidecar Co. in Loudonville, Ohio to manufacture
motorcycle sidecars with a flexible mounting to the motorcycle. The flexible mounting allowed the sidecar to lean
on corners along with the motorcycle, and was based on a design patented by Young.

In 1919, the company’s name was changed to The Flxible Co. so the name could be copyrighted and used as a trademark.
(The name continued to be pronounced “flexible”, however).

After low-priced automobiles became available in the 1920s, the motorcycle sidecar demand dropped and in 1924,
Flxible turned to production of funeral cars (hearses), ambulances, and intercity buses, which were primarily manufactured
on Buick chassis, but also occasionally on Studebaker, Cadillac, and Reo chassis.

In 1953, Flxible absorbed the bus- manufacturing portion of the Fageol Twin Coach Company, and accepted its first
order for transit buses from the Chicago Transit Authority. In 1964, Flxible purchased Southern Coach Manufacturing Co. of Evergreen,
Alabama and built small transit buses at the former Southern Coach factory until 1976. Flxible was purchased by
Rohr Industries in 1970, and a new factory and corporate headquarters were built in Delaware, Ohio in 1974,
with the original factory in Loudonville, Ohio being used to manufacture parts and sub-assemblies.
Flxible was sold to Grumman Corporation in 1978 and became known as Grumman Flxible.
The name reverted to Flxible when Grumman sold the company in 1983 to General Automotive Corporation.
In 1996, Flxible declared bankruptcy and its assets were auctioned. The last Flxible vehicles produced were
eight 35-foot long CNG-fueled Metro buses that went to Monterey-Salinas Transit in Monterey, California.
The former Flxible factory in Loudonville, Ohio is now a bus maintenance facility for Motor Coach Industries (MCI),
while the former factory in Delaware, Ohio is now a parts facility for North American Bus Industries (NABI),
which was one of the companies that grew at the time of Flxible’s demise.

Check these out : :

Jay Leno’s Flxible Starliner

This one comes full of beer!!!!

…and this one is a MagicalMusicalBus…..

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: : DesignResources : :

Okay – our first contest!

If you can guess what the following images are, you will receive a free DesignPlan
t-shirt……which looks like this:

You have to submit an answer that informs as to what the objects are, what is the purpose,
and if you can provide a detailed answer as to the material(s) used,
you will receive TWO t-shirts – one black, one white ….

The answer will be published in posting 3 – 3, next week.

Along with the winner’s name……

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: : DesignTrek : :

Okay – so, like, I really enjoyed Lundy Island…..food was, okay….I mean, it is
BRITISH cuisine, after all. How many steak & kidney pies is one supposed to enjoy?

But, now – where next? Somewhere exciting – lots of nightlife……like, maybe, Miami….
South Beach – or, Vegas….Vegas is good…..


What? Isn’t that like, a cartoon? I remember Saturday mornings watching this mean
little critter….the Tasmanian She-Devil….is THAT where we’re going now?
You gotta be kidding me! Why on earth would I want to go there ?

Whaddaya mean, exotic? They have DEVILS there! Not going – book me a flight back
to New York…..normalcy!

Is that it? That picture there – is THAT it?
Ooooh – looks different-like…..not what I imagined. Whaddaya mean, ‘That’s the point?’

You think I’m like, some kinda bimbo?

No? Okay – well, I’ll forgive you – this time. But, it DOES look kinda cool…and that spa…
hmmmmm. you might persuade me…..

Show me more……No! More pictures, silly!

Okay – yeah, so it’s nice – sortof…..what else ya got?

Yes – well that’s better….is that the suite? It is? Cool….

That’s the same suite? I’m liking it…..show me more….

Ooooh – the Lounge, you say? That is some kind of view……who woulda thunk it?
Tasmania…..alright – I’m game. When are we leaving? Tonight? You’re kidding!

Yeah – okay – yes, I can be ready……I’m already packing…..so, like, get off the
phone! I’ll get everything ready and be down in the lobby in 20 minutes.

Quantas? What’s a Quantas? Oh….the airline…..yeah – okay. I’ll find it.

Yum! Yes, definitely, on the YumScale, a 7, or an 8…..

Bon voyage!


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: : DesignClass : :

David Hicks…..how many of you in this design/creative profession know of David Hicks?

He was truly a pioneer of the modern age of design/decorating……. born to British royalty,
with many/most clients of the British upper class, it would be all too easy to dismiss him as
an opportunist, born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. But, further from the
truth you would not be……

‘I  was born and brought up in a cosy, medium-sized house called The Hamlet near
Coggeshell in Essex. I became aware of different things, in architecture, in colour,
in flowers, in taste, in gardens and furniture at different periods in my life.  Coggeshell
was an important wool town in the Middle Ages and has a beautiful mediaeval church
which impressed me from an early age…….

The seed of my interest in interior decoration and style was sown by a visit to an extremely
large Victorian house belonging to friends of my parents, after it had three rooms redecorated
by Geoffrey Holmes, then the editor of the Studio magazine and Cynthia Eaton. ……….
‘ So starts off the description of his life and introduction to design and decoration.
He went on to attend and graduate from the Central School of Art.

This excerpt is from his 7th, and last book, ‘Living With Design'[ISBN 0-688-03501-0].

It is still in print, I believe. His previous books were:

David Hicks on Interior Decoration                  (1966)

David Hicks – On Living With Taste                (1968)

David Hicks on Bathrooms                               (1968)

David Hicks on Decoration – With Fabrics       (1971)

David Hicks on Decoration – 5                         (1972)

The David Hicks Book of Flower Arranging   (1976)

In my library I have Living With Design, David Hicks on Bathrooms,
David Hicks on Decoration – With Fabrics and David Hicks on Home Decoration.

I’m missing only two – perhaps I’ll seek those out some day – just to claim
to have a complete collection.

Hicks became famous for many style innovations. He delved into an exploration of
geometrics in patterns in carpets, fabrics. I will scan a few pictures for a future insertion.
He also innovated something he called ‘tablescapes’. Simply put it is the artful arrangement
of elements (like and/or unalike) on end tables, sideboards, coffee tables.
It was simple, it was clever, it was cool. And, it is such an easy and, if one wants,
very inexpensive way to make a design statement. Consider this – if you collected
toilet paper tubes, cut them in varying heights, painted them or applied tin foil or gift
wrap to then, and then organized them on an end table, with a lamp, a box or whatever,
you have created , a ‘statement’. So, it could be as simple as that, or as interesting
as a collection of boxes, candlesticks – whatever.

I scanned the following images to provide an idea of the artfulness of the effects:

Simply put, organized imagination, applied……

I won’t go on and on about his credits and credentials – if you’re interested you can do
your own searches. But his contribution to the world of design transcended interiors…..
his innovations in style found their way into wallpapers, carpets, furniture, shoes, ties,
handbags, ashtrays, kitchen utensils and other applications.  Hicks was at the top of his
game about the same time that Pierre Cardin had become so famous, initially as a fashion
designer [men and women], and went on to have his logo emblazoned on a huge range of
consumer products. I would venture to say, that creative forces like Hicks and Cardin
were the early genesis of modern day branding.

If you’re truly interested, check out the work of his daughter, India Hicks……
.http://www.indiahicks-islandliving.com/. She has a style of her own – clearly.

Quite coincidentally, this week I came across much of Mr. Hicks’ work in geometrics
on a web-site based in Marrakech, Morocco. Popham Design was established a little
while ago to produce handmade ceramic tiles based on Hicks’ enduring designs.
After reviewing it, I went back to my library and browsed through some of the Hicks books.
And, decided to post here, some examples of the distinctive designs that David Hicks
made popular back in the 60’s and 70’s.  (www.pophamdesign.com) .

Take a look at these and then look at some of the ceramics that Popham is producing : :

Tiles from Popham Design : :

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: : DesignGraphique : :

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a
small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. She is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI),
and regularly speaks about her work and thoughts at conferences and events worldwide.

She started working as a book typesetter in 1984 and opened her own design firm in 1994 employing up to 12 people.
In 2003, she left all of that behind to begin an experiment in following love instead of money, by doing work that was
highly personal, obsessive and sometimes just plain weird. At the same time she began writing for the design weblog
“Speak Up”, and her cheeky but thoughtful articles soon gained her recognition in the blogosphere.
Through this two-pronged approach, Marian caught the attention of designers and Art Directors across North America.

Marian’s art and design crosses boundaries of time, style and technology. She is known for her detailed and lovingly
precise vector art, her obsessive hand work, her patterning and ornament. Often hired to create custom type for magazines,
advertising and special projects, Marian’s work has an underlying structure and formality that frames its organic, fluid nature.
It is these combinations and juxtapositions that draw the interest of such a wide variety of designers and typographers,
from experienced formalists to young students.

Among her international clients, she counts Saks Fifth Avenue, Penguin Books, GRANTAWallpaper*The Guardian,
WIRED, Stefan Sagmeister, Winterhouse (Bill Drenttel & Jessica Helfand), Maharam, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago,
Young & Rubicam Chicago, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Print MagazineGQ Italia, andThe New York Times,
among others from Europe, Australia and South America.

This year, in response to an invitation by DROOG, she conceived of this ‘objet’ as her contribution to the challenge
described by herself as follows:

OK, for this year’s Salon del Mobile in Milan, the highly inventive, active and innovative company droog
decided to buy various lots of remaindered items from liquidation sales, and then offered the batches of unusual things
to 14 designers to transform in some way. Things like glassware and safety vests and dog baskets and wooden spoons
… none of it particularly nice, so it was a challenge.

From the lot I chose 2 items: a single wooden table, and 80 wooden folding chairs.

For the table I had the idea that I wanted to print an overt “call to action” message on the table.
Droog items can be pretty expensive so I imagined someone with quite a lot of disposable cash, and what it is
I wanted to say to them … how I might possibly be able to influence them or their guests.

The table : :

So the table says “Get up from this table and go make a contribution to Doctors Without Borders.

Donate enough that it hurts a little. Then come back to this table and enjoy your meal. Really, really enjoy your meal.”

(Choosing DWB as a charity was a tough call. I like what they do, but I hate the awkwardness of their name. Oh well.)

But no one likes to have an overt message in their face all the time, so it’s disguised as an attractive pattern.
This way, I imagine visitors coming over for dinner, looking at the table, figuring out what it says,
and then, yes, maybe … do you think they might …?

However, on the first day of the Salon, the Centraal Museum Utrecht bought one of everything
in the droog collection … and there was only one table. So, now it’s in a museum, which is great,
but it kindof defeats the dining purpose of the message.

Stay tuned however, for possibly more editions of the table.

Images courtesy of droog. Top image by Stefanie Grätz.


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: : DesignStuff : :

This is just, really cool : :


Chess – a game of mental dexterity, a game of patience, a game where 2 great minds can meet.

But how much better would it be if you could scrawl “I WOZ ERE” on the pavement with a pawn’s head?
These beautifully crafted pieces are made from black and white chalk, making up a complete,|
perfectly proportioned set, which can be used to scribble up your very own chess board.
Confuse your opponent by smudging around a few squares when they’re not looking or wear
down the crown of their king in a rage. This is a genius gift for a chess lover or
anyone with a good sense of humour.
Designed by William Shannon


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And, this last item, has absolutely nothing to do with design – other than, if such a thing
exists, I wish I had designed it…….this was posted on Craigslist a while back.
I wonder if he went, and if anybody took him up on his offer and went with him….

Time Travel

Date: 2010-09-24, 10:09AM

I have a functioning time machine (i know it sounds unbelievable, but I assure you it works)
that I need a 2nd person to operate with me.
I’m looking for someone who is adventurous and reliable. Preferable a male; or a female that
can do heavy lifting.
I am leaving on September 30th, 2010, in the morning and plan to return October 2nd, 2010.
I am going to June 1983 to handle some business.
If you are serious about time travel and are reliable, then please contact me.
You do not have to pay anything, but you would have to provide someone to watch my cat for the
time we are gone. The only qualifications needed are that you are reliable and that the
circumferance of your head is no more than 64cm.

We will be leaving from Bozeman, MT. Let me know if you want to go with me.

  • Location: Bozeman, MT
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Original URL: http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/bzn/1971141280.html

Talk about a TREK!

That’s a wrap, as they say, for this week.




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