Connect with us!

Conversations, Innovations and Trends in Architecture and Design

Collective Uncovering

Inspiration comes in many forms — images, words, music, and more. As part of staying  #FluentInDesign, the team at Hunter Douglas keeps our eyes out for things that open our imaginations. Here are some fun, intriguing and inspirational items that piqued our interest this week. We hope they “pique” you, too! Please tweet us (@FluentInDesign) or email us with any feedback or ideas… our address is fluent@hunterdouglas.com.

Uncovering a Wright collective. In the early 1940’s, Frank Lloyd Wright sketched out  an early experiment in cooperative living. The Cooperative Homesteads, a group of teachers, autoworkers, and other middle-class professionals, purchased a 160-acre farm to create a cooperative living arrangement. The project was later sidelined and eventually abandoned – frozen due to WW2 draft enlisting a majority of the soon-to-be residents. The houses in this “worker’s utopia” had a minimally structured earthy feel, which was part of Wright’s new style. The 79 houses each sported two bedrooms, a carport, a work space, and place to store and dry goods. Check out Curbed’s virtual tour of the unbuilt Wright utopia houses.

The Sputniks. The role of chandeliers in opera houses has always been a pivotal one. Adding “a dash of show business to the act of turning out the lights,” the Metropolitan Opera’s starburst-shaped crystal chandeliers, known as the sputniks,  “play a silent role before performances” lowering 65 feet as the lights dim before the start of a performance. After being on break due to a mechanical issue, the Met’s chandeliers are finally back in service-- The New York Times has more on these iconic lighting elements.

Rethinking rivers. Cities worldwide are rethinking their waterfronts, realizing “water can be a cultural and recreational asset, not something to hide or pillage.” Local governments and councils work with leading architecture, design and landscape architecture firms to revitalize these areas and transform their cities. Wired shares 12  cities from around the world that have improved their environmental appeal and boosted attraction.

Anyone for a five-balconied beach house? Yes please. As summer draws to an end, it’s easy to gaze longingly at this modern structured abode, designed by Tobias Partners. The sleek design incorporates a layout that allows it to transform into two apartments when guests are in town. With brutal weather in mind, the high-rising beach house, dubbed “Deepwater,” is built to outlast the rough wind and water of the Pacific ocean. Take a look at this coveted residence on Design Milk.

  Image credit: Archilogic via Curbed

Follow us on Twitter