Corrugated Colours of Reykjavik



















The houses of downtown Reykjavik keep charming visitors and locals alike with their rich and diverse colours.
These diverse coulour schemes take place on the corrugated iron plates that clad the old timber houses, built in the years 1870-1915, in particular.
Icelanders started importing corrugated iron from England in 1870. First it was used on roofs mainly, but soon the locals also started to clad walls with it in order to protect the timber.
After the turn of the 20th century, following “Bruninn mikli” or “the Great Fire” that destroyed 12 houses on Austurstraeti, central Reykjavik, regulations were changed to avoid further catastrophes. Regulations demanded fireproof material for building and corrugated iron provided the perfect shell. Light, strong, resistant and inexpensive, the corrugated iron also protects the timber beneath from harsh weather conditions, while letting it breath, thus providing a natural ventilation system of sorts.
Photos by Mira Mykk√§nen via Icelandic Design

Peter Shire


   PETER SHIRE splatter mugs
Peter Shire is an Echo Park California based artist who was associated with the Memphis Group in the 1980s and whose work runs the gamut from sculpture to furniture. He’s also well known for his ceramic sculptures and vessels

paint piano



"Gondry invents a paint-piano and uses a twirling camera to capture something truly unique. In the process, he spills paint all over Bjork's apartment. Bjork compares Gondry to Woody Allen and describes how she talked him off the ledge."

MUJI prefabricated house









































Im a huge huge huge fan of MujiKengo Kuma has designed two prefabricated houses for Muji  They are small, simple, beautiful, can come in many variations, are made of standardized kits of parts, and are generic in a very Zen kind of way.  Just like the rest of Muji’s stuff!  Both house prices start around $200,000 USD, so it’s definitely the Muji of architecture.

2013

2013
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