November 5

1. Architecture: 
I've been super impressed by Irving Smith Jack Architects after coming across one of their projects earlier this month; offSET Shed House, I quickly looked up more of their work. offSET Shed House has a floor plan that responds well to both life and the environment; the house opens to the south coast and invites one outside in the warm summer months, controlling the amount of solar exposure through external shades, but then enables an internalisation in the winter, providing shelter from the southern exposure by the offset form, and opening up to the precious northern light. I love the materiality both inside and out, it appears to be built to last through harsh elements, but not at the expense of either beauty or comfort in any way.

offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects


offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects

offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects


offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects

offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects

offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects

offSET Shed House - Irving Smith Jack Architects


2. Design: 
Ferrolic
A Ferric Clock designed by Zelf Coleman, quite possibly the coolest clock I’ve seen.  Using embedded electromagnets, it controls the displays ferrofluid to show the time. The ferrofluid is a black liquid that is made up of suspended magnetic particles that respond to the electromagnets, and they look like little swimming organisms. So cool. 





3. / 4. Art / Music:
Rolling Art and Music into one, I came across this great track by Movement called 5.57. Loved it. So, as one should always do when they find something they love, I looked a little deeper. I was rewarded when I found this wicked video by Kevin Millet that explores fruit picking in the Okanagan Valley. I found it fascinating, beautiful portraits of some very interesting people, an overall exceptionally video.  Not to mention its one of my favourite parts of BC.


S W E E T C H E R R Y from Kevin Millet on Vimeo.


5. DesignDad:
"Facet Deer" is a painting I recently finished up, the first I've completed in a line of study I’m working on called Fascinating Animals, using acrylics on 36” x 36” canvas. It seems that as soon as it was completed, it was off to a new home (some paintings are harder to release than others), but I'm happy in knowing it has a great new family, and a nice wall to rest on. 

"Facet Deer", Acrylic on Canvas, 36"x36", by Jay Meyer



September 5

1. Architecture: 
Loving the design aesthetic of Herbst architects, practicing in Auckland, New Zealand. About a year ago I came across their Under Pohutukawa house, and it definitely caught my eye. Since then they have completed a bunch of gorgeous works, including the Castle Rock house. It brings together all the elements that I love in architecture, beautiful use of natural materials, innovative yet refined details, well proportioned and comfortable spaces, and interesting, but not complicated, massing.


Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects
Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects
Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects
Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects
Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects
Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects
Castle Rock House - Herbst Architects

2. Design: 
Hanging Outdoor Lounge Kodama Zome. Who wouldn’t want to waste a day reading in the beautiful geode hanging in the yard. I would. It reminds me of a (much loved) Dedon Nestrestbut with a Buckminster Fuller styled spin. Love it. 
Kodama Zome 
Kodama Zome
Dedon Nestrest

3. Art:
I found this incredible artist profile short and had to share. The film itself is a well crafted work of art, reinforcing the emotional impact of the subject throughout, and the subject matter is pure, raw, poetry. It captures the beautiful truth of a human condition. Well done. 


Beth Cavener - Sculptor from Bas Berkhout on Vimeo.


4. Music: 
Beautiful brooding and emotional song: London Thunder by Foals, a nice slow burner. Enjoy


5. DesignDad:
I was happy to lend a few brush strokes to the very worthy cause of “Architecture for Kids” - supported by “Art for Kids Trust” the RAIC. Architecture for Kids brings together local architects and K-12 students who, “through hands-on studios, learn more about the power of architecture and the elements that make it an asset to our communities” - RAIC.

The event is an Art by Architects (AxA) Exhibition and Auction - celebrating the artistic talent of emerging and established architects and designers to raise money for the charity. Provided two 10”x10 wood panels and the theme “ArchKIDecture” we were asked to get creative and interpret the theme. An opening reception was held at the AIBC Gallery on September 17, 2015. Artwork will remain on display until November 5, 2015. 

"Inspire" 10"x10", Acrylic on Wood Panel, Jay Meyer

"Reach" 10"x10", Acrylic on Wood Panel, Jay Meyer



August Five

1 Architecture: 
I was delving into some of my own past lately, researching some of the Architects that I have met or been taught by in the past, and I came across the Tofino House designed by Anthony Robbins. Anthony is a practicing architect, artist, and professor at UBC's School of Architecture whom I had the pleasure of meeting a  few years ago when I had just moved to Vancouver, after graduating from Dalhousie. It was a pleasure meeting him, and it was apparent to me that he had a strong passion for creating, and the creative process.  The Tofino House is a exemplary product of this passion. The house is beautifully sited, has a well developed massing, tight detailing, with sustainable qualities that are built into the house through prefabrication and up-cycling, with a touch of a playful yet sophisticated nature.



2. Design: 
I fell in love with the Duna Lounge Chair from Mula Preta Design. When I was in University I played a fair bit with the laser cutter and CNC machines to develop prototypes for furniture and design items. This chair threw me back to those late night sessions in the CNC room at Dalhousie. Mula Preta Design have created a beautiful piece here, equal parts sculpture and comfortable lounge chair, an incredible balance.















3. Art:
I was captivated  by these GIF’s of animated street art by A.L. Crego - check out more of his work here.

















4. Music: 
Anthony and Josephine from Oh Wonder recently released a beautiful new track “Drive”. This is the 12th song from the duo released this year as part of their 1 song/month for a year - more on that here. I look forward to the Album release come September!

5. DesignDad:
Inspired by A.L Crego, I made my own attempt at an animated GIF, using my Monkeymoo and Scruffles characters from one of my pet projects: Night of the Monkeymoo. Part of a fun exploration. 

5 for now...

A few things that I've come across lately that peeked my interest:

1. Tower House - an incredibly fun, explorative, and innovative house by Andrew Maynard Architects, in Alphington Australia.
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
















2. An interesting departure from the traditional form of a cabin, Cabin Norderhov is located in Norderhov, Norway - a creative small project by Atelier Oslo.
© Lars Petter Pettersen
© Lars Petter Pettersen

















3. Deptford Goth made another great track; "Feel Real"

4. Here is a really great interview with the partners of my all time favourite architecture firms; Fearon Hay Architects.

5. The latest from our own adventures in home improvements:
We recently purchased a house that was previously suited into two units, and thus had a 2nd kitchen. We are taking over the whole house, as our boys need lots of room to romp and play, and we are slowly turning the second kitchen into a media/tv room. It's been great fun experience so far - tearing out the existing cabinetry, capping the plumbing and electrical, a little framing and drywall, lots of patching, and painting, and now finally about to install some carpet. During the whole process, the room was still used as the TV room, so the boys have seen every stage as we've progressed. I think they will be very happy to get the cozy carpet down, but I have to say they are such happy-go-lucky little creatures that have been intrigued in the entire process without complaint.