DIY Graphic Metallic Painted Pots | Design Dose

I am a huge fan of simple DIY projects especially when they create such fun graphic items. Why spend tons of money when you can create something even more amazing yourself?

DIY Graphic Metallic Painted Pots | Design Dose.


Design Legend: Arthur Mackmurdo

Mackmurdo was an English architect and social reformer. He was an important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. He trained as an architect first with T. Chatfield Clarke and then with the Gothic Revivalist James Brooks. He was greatly influenced by John Ruskin, particularly on social and economic issues. Mackmurdo believed that his work should be socially as well as artistically significant. In design he valued tradition but sought a contemporary relevance, and he promoted the unity of the arts, with architecture as the central discipline.

By 1884, he had moved away from the Gothic Revival style and adopted an eclectic use of Renaissance sources. Some of his designs have been described as proto-Art Nouveau and are thought to have influenced the emergence of this style in architecture and the applied arts in Britain and Europe in the 1890s and 1900s.

“Beauty of form is produced by lines going out one from another in gradual undulations.” – Mackmurdo

Thistle Chair

Mackmurdo was one of the founders of the Century Guild of Artists which aimed to produce decorative work in every branch of interior design and “to render all branches of art the sphere no longer of the tradesman but of the artist.” His associates in this venture were Selwyn Image, Herbert Home, William De Morgan, Heywood Sumner, Benjamin Creswick, Clement Heaton, George Esling and Kellock Brown, who between them managed to cover an impressive array of different craft skills.

 Furniture Characteristics

  •      Arts and Crafts furnishings with Art Nouveau characteristic.
  •      Art Nouveau Panels.
  •      Architectural look.

You can see much more of Mackmurdo’s work and read more about him history on The Victorian Web. Past Design Legend posts include:
Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe

Alvar Aalto
The Shakers

Michael Thonet

Hans Wegner

Frank Lloyd Wright

Harry Bertoia

George Nelson

Eero Saarinen

Charles Voysey

Marcel Breuer

Gio Ponti

The Psychology of Purple…

No one can argue that color doesn’t have meaning. Color is more than accent piece, wall coating, or throw pillow; it has a profound effect on our lives. Color can bring about a variety of emotions, affect our moods, and influence our behaviors.

Color has different meanings and values in different cultures around the world. Even in similar Western Societies, the significance of certain colors changes.  In the United States, researchers have determined that there is a consensus across the country on what effect individual colors have on the emotions, moods, and behaviors of individuals.

We covered the color Blue, Grey, Pink, and Green in the past color psychology posts. This week the color is Purple.

The shortest wavelength of light is violet, which of course is most commonly referred to as purple. Since Purple is a blend of red and blue, it comes in warm, reddish, more passionate hues and in cooler, bluer hues of complex plum and indigo. The psychological effects of the color purple are directly related to and dependent upon on warmth or coolness of the hue.

The blue hued purples can be seen as serene or calming and many perceive them as having a mysterious and spiritual depth.

The red hued purples demand more attention and can dominate a room and if used poorly may appear cheap, gaudy, or tasteless.

Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone.

“Oh, I love red. I’m very loyal to my colors. I love violet.” –Elizabeth Taylor

Purple takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introverted and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation.

Purple usually communicates the finest possible quality. It is a rich, deeply satisfying, complex color that can add real luxury to a room.

Being the last visible wavelength before the ultra-violet ray, purple has associations with time and space and the cosmos. Excessive use of purple can bring about too much introspection and the wrong tone of it communicates something cheap and nasty, faster than any other color.

Some of purple’s psychological effects are rooted in colors historical association with royalty and power in the Western World. This association derives from the fact that the color purple was so expensive that only very rich people could afford it. Purple color was originally ‘harvested’ at the coast, from the glands of the murex shellfish.

The color purple plays an important part in the Catholic Church. It is the color of penance and martyrdom. Painters have often used purple color for the dress of the Virgin Mary and Cardinals wear a reddish hue of purple as a sign of their office.

Purple does not often occur in nature, it can sometimes appear exotic or artificial.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field
somewhere and don’t notice it.” –Alice Walker

With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well-liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.

They psychological effect of purple can be physically uplifting, encourage creativity, and calm the mind and nerves.

Purple is the color of fantasy, playfulness, impulsiveness, and dream states. In its negative mode, it can suggest nightmares, or madness.

Architecturally Speaking: Linked Hybrid

As many of you know or are starting to figure out, I am more than a little obsessed with unique architecture. I am always in awe of the talent and skill it takes to design such important sculptures in the sky. The architecture of bridges blows my mind even more than that of buildings. The weight of such beautiful sculptures supported by amazing engineering feats is beyond amazing and far outside of my realm of understanding. I wrote about the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (shown below) in a previous post. If you know of any great structures that I should investigate then please comment and let me know! 

The amazing Linked Hybrid complex combines both skyscraper and bridge to form one of the most unique complexes that I have ever seen.Linked Hybrid was completed in 2009 by Steven Holl Architects and is located in Beijing, China. The complex includes 644 apartments, public green spaces, commercial zones, a hotel, a theater, both a kindergarten and Montessori school, as well as underground parking.

“A spectacular complex of eight residential towers with a hotel, cinema and school – all connected by bridges that will form a street in the sky.” – Aric Chen, Whitewall

The 220,000 square meter pedestrian-oriented Linked Hybrid complex, which is adjacent to the site of old city wall of Beijing, aims to counter the current privatized urban developments in China by creating a new twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side.

Filmic urban public space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers, as well as the many passages through the project, make the Linked Hybrid an “open city within a city”. The project promotes interactive relations and encourages encounters in the public spaces that vary from commercial, residential, and educational to recreational. The entire complex is a three-dimensional urban space in which buildings on the ground, under the ground and over the ground are fused together.

© Shu He

“The bridges are spectacular, inside and out, and one can imagine that there will be an allure to walking in the air from tower to tower that having a cup of coffee on the ground can’t match.” – Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker

The ground level offers a number of open passages for all people (residents and visitors) to walk through. These passages ensure a micro-urbanisms of small scale. Shops activate the urban space surrounding the large reflecting pond. On the intermediate level of the lower buildings, public roofs gardens offer tranquil green spaces, and at the top of the eight residential towers private roof gardens are connected to the penthouses.

© Iwan Baan

All public functions on the ground level, – including a restaurant, hotel, Montessori school, kindergarten, and cinema – have connections with the green spaces surrounding and penetrating the project. The elevator displaces like a “jump cut” to another series of passages on a higher levels. From the 12th to the 18th floor a multi-functional series of skybridges with a swimming pool, a fitness room, a café, a gallery, auditorium and a mini salon connects the eight residential towers and the hotel tower, and offers spectacular views over the unfolding city. Programmatically this loop aspires to be semi-lattice-like rather than simplistically linear. We hope the public sky-loop and the base-loop will constantly generate random relationships. They will function as social condensers resulting in a special experience of city life to both residents and visitors.

© Iwan Baan

Geo-thermal wells (655 at 100 meters deep) provide Linked Hybrid with cooling in summer and heating in winter, and make it one of the largest green residential projects in the world. According to GQ, Linked Hybrid is “One of the ten coolest eco-friendly buildings in the world – One of the largest geothermal projects on earth’.

Popular Science Engineering Award for Largest Geothermal Housing Complex, USA, 2006

© Iwan Baan

The bulk of the text for this post comes from Steven Holl Architects website and unless otherwise noted the photos are from their website as well.

Why Is There So Much Gum on The Wall?

Why Is There So Much Gum on The Wall? « Where’s Keith??.

While I must admit that this is disgusting when you really think about the fact that the wall is covered in gum, but if you truly just observe the wall and let the fact that it is gum completely leave your brain. This truly something beautiful in it too. Maybe it is one of the odd things about me and maybe it is one of the best, but I love finding beauty in unexpected places. When I first saw the title of the post on Where’s Keith?, I really thought the photos would be really revolting but was blown away by the colors, shapes, and textures.

My partner J is always amused by the “garbage” that I bring home and the things I save. I am by no means a pack rat or a hoarder. I just love the unusual. I have odd plans for odd things. Some people may think that makes me weird, but I think that is exactly what makes me a designer.


My living room….

Since moving from our apartment to our house, our living room has been in flux. I haven’t had time to have the walls painted but I did finally get everything placed. If you look closely, you will see little Rupert trying to get in on the photos. I have added in a few more mid-century inspire pieces since we moved into the larger place.

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”

— David Craib

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Design Classic: Ericofon

The Ericofon was conceived as a lightweight and compact version of the standard two-piece telephone. Its structural form was startlingly original, its shape incorporating the ear piece, speaker, and dial into a single unit.

The phone was designed by Hugo Blomberg, Ralph Lysell, and Gosta Thames in 1949 and was manufactured by L.M. Ericsson in Sweden.

Its commercial success was established in 1954 when it first became available in bright colors.In total the phone was available over the years in 99 different colors.

Ericson was the first company to manufacture telephones in Sweden and it remains the largest. For more, information check out this great site I found.

Inspiration for this post came from The Little Book of Design Classics by McDermott.

These are hilarious and beautiful! I have a new love.


Tuesday funny: All The Things You Must Have Said To Your Children, In Poster Form. We ran across these absolutely hilarious masterpieces on DesignTaxi and felt obligated to share such comical pieces.

Iowa-based artist Nathan Ripperger has come up with a series of humorous yet adorable posters expressing the things he has said to his children. At the time, they may have been some serious situations, but looking back now, things that you might have said to your children seem pretty comical now.

If your words are still not going down well with your kids, perhaps these posters would be more effective? Then again, maybe not.

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The psychology of Green…

No one can argue that color doesn’t have meaning. Color is more than accent piece, wall coating, or throw pillow; it has a profound effect on our lives. Color can bring about a variety of emotions, affect our moods, and influence our behaviors.

Color has different meanings and values in different cultures around the world. Even in similar Western Societies, the significance of certain colors changes.  In the United States, researchers have determined that there is a consensus across the country on what effect individual colors have on the emotions, moods, and behaviors of individuals.

We covered the color Blue, Pink, and Grey in the past color psychology posts. This week the color is Green.

Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color.

Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere.

The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm undertones.

Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. Green also represents tranquility, good luck, health, and jealousy.

Green is used worldwide to represent safety.

Green visually recedes, helping to make a small space appear larger.

Green is thought to relieve stress and help heal. It is also mentally and physically relaxing. It alleviates depression, nervousness, and anxiety. It offers a sense of renew, self-control, and harmony. Green is often used in decorating for these reasons.

Despite all its fabulous qualities, there is an “institutional” side to green, associated with illness and government-issued green cards, that conjures up negative emotions, as do the “slimy” or “bilious” greens.

 Variations of the Color Green:

Pale green: As the color of new growth on plants, it indicates immaturity, youthfulness and inexperience. It allows us to see things from a new perspective, to make a fresh start.

Emerald green: This is an inspiring and uplifting color suggesting abundance and wealth in all its forms, from material well-being, to emotional well-being to creative ideas.

Jade green: The color of trust and confidentiality, tact and diplomacy, jade green indicates a generosity of spirit, giving without expecting anything in return. It increases worldly wisdom and understanding, assisting in the search for enlightenment.

Lime green: Lime green inspires youthfulness, naivety and playfulness; it is liked the most by younger people. It creates a feeling of anticipation, and helps to clear the mind of negativity.

Dark green: There is a degree of resentment in dark green. Often used by wealthy businessmen, ambitious and always striving for more wealth, dark green signifies greed and selfish desire.

Aqua: Aqua calms the spirit, offering protection and healing for the emotions.

Olive green: Although the traditional color for peace, ‘offering an olive branch’, the color olive suggests deceit and treachery, blaming others for its problems. However there is also a strength of character with it that can overcome adversity to develop an understanding and caring of the feelings of others.

Yellow green: This color green suggests cowardice, conflict and fear.

Grass green: Grass green is the color of money. It is self-confident and secure, natural and healthy, occurring in abundance in nature.