The Treeless Treehouse is a cantilevered, inverted octagonal cone treehouse designed by Roderick Romero and constructed in less than two weeks with the help of Ian Weedman, and Jeff Casper. Via email Jeff writes:
The “treeless treehouse” was built high on a hillside site in Bel Air, California. The location lacked trees mature enough to support a structure of this magnitude, so this cantilevered, inverted octagonal cone of wood was anchored into a deep, cubical-shaped concrete foundation. A twisting tornado of Forest Stewardship Council (F.S.C.) certified mixed-species reclaimed Brazilian hardwoods were milled, pre-drilled & mounted around a burly framework of reclaimed vintage Douglas Fir beams. The entrance to this elevated observatory is accessed through a hidden opening in the west facing side of this chaotic, angularly wrapped nest.
I grew up in the Texas hill country amongst similar treehouse-challenged terrain and would have killed to have such an incredible structure. Here’s a video of some additional construction shots. If you liked this also check out the Knit Fort. Thanks to John Casper for the photos! (via core77)
I admit, I don’t know the story behind this one. It popped up on suplove (warning, music) a few hours ago and is entitled simply “Blitzstein Exhibit” and is dated 1994 on the bottom. Edvard Munch approved.
Update: Via email Nathan Bowers says: “The Blitzstein Exhibit is on Fairfax in L.A. Across the street from Canter’s Deli. The piece you linked is in the storefront window. I can’t tell if the place is a gallery or a studio because I’ve never seen anyone inside and none of the pieces have seemed to move since at least 1996. Mysterious!” It looks like this is a piece by Harry Blitzstein, and here he is jumping rope on a trampoline. Thanks Nathan!
This intriguing seating system just appeared in the portfolio of London-based furniture designer Fabien Capello. The circular blue bench entitled Cloister is made from about a hundred repeating blue components that fit together to create a semi-private space for reading or meeting. At least that’s what it looks like. If I were to encounter this in a public space I would be inexplicably drawn to it … must… sit … here.
This weekend I was able to stop by the Renegade Craft Fair here in Chicago and ran into a number of artists I’m going to share with you over the course of this week. The first was Chicago-based artist Dolan Geiman who aside from having a number of lovely paintings, silkscreens, and wooden constructions on display, also had a wonderful map of the United States inlaid with all matter of objects including bedposts and saw blades. Geiman said he travels quite a bit around the U.S. and picks up objects wherever he goes and uses them in his work. Although I love the style of these inlaid sculptures, you have to check out his site to see his full range of work.
Monthly Measure is a brilliant new desktop calendar by Sebastian Bergne (previously here and here) made from a metal gear etched with days of the week that rolls along a slotted piece of wood imprinted with numbers of the month. If that’s not enough awesome for you, the numbers are placed a centimeter apart so it also functions as a metric ruler. The calendar is being released this weekend at Maison&Objet and will hopefully be available in his shop soon. (via mocoloco)