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Athfield House as photographed by Simon Devitt in Wellington, New Zealand.

Photography Focus: Simon Devitt's Portrait of a House

New Zealand photographer Simon Devitt has been capturing homes and homeowners in for close to fifteen years. His new book, Portrait of a House, collaborates with graphic designer Arch MacDonnell of Inhouse Design. Portrait of a House is a photo album of the Athfield House or "The Village on the Hill" known by Wellington, New Zealand locals. The Athfield House is an architectural experiment started by Ian Athfield in 1965 on the Khandallah hillside in Wellington. It's quite reminiscent of the Mos Eisley Cantina on the planet Tattooine, in Star Wars, Episode IV. The idea for this photo book came from Devitt's inspiration from other shelter photo books such as Robin Morrison's 1978 book Images of a House. "A house is a pretty refined subject to make a book about," explains Devitt. "It is not market driven, it is content driven and born out of passion. Life has happened there like in no other house, and the ‘living’ leaves its evidence, time has played out on its surface. There is a lot to be said about sitting still and how that looks. The Athfield house is a wonderful example of this. An accessible counterpoint to a largely asset based living that pervades New Zealand.” The "living" Devitt refers to is the extensive colorful dinner parties with it's well-known local bohemians (as seen in our slideshow) & the mass livestock that roam the property. Simon Devitt is the recent recipient of the New Zealand Architecture Awards' Presidential citation for photography. He also has a lecture in Photography of Architecture at the University of Auckland.
May 31, 2013
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Photo Series: Streets by Leigh Merrill

Photographer Leigh Merrill has created a series of images that waver between reality and fantasy. While exploring the urban environment of the San Francisco Bay Area, she became fascinated by its complexity. Says Merrill, "Motivated by curiosity about the architecture that surrounds us and how it reflects larger ideas of beauty, class, romanticism and even perfection—I started to photograph homes, and eventually photographed thousands. I then digitally assembled and reassembled these photographs to create new images; each is typically made from several photographs of individual houses combined with tens to hundreds of smaller bits and pieces from other photographs of houses in the region. At first these images might look plausible; but closer inspection reveals that they are fabricated, and in fact illogical."
May 30, 2013
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Get This Room: American Modern

We hunted down the essentials in this rustic-meets modern bedroom so you can recreate the look in your home.
May 29, 2013
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Moleskine Detour: Q&A with Ginette Caron

Have you ever wanted to peek inside the notebooks of your favorite designers? In The Detour Book: The Moleskine notebook experience, readers are privy to a stunning collection of more than 250 notebooks that have been decorated, hacked, and sketched by some of the world's leading designers, artists, and creative thinkers, including Spike Jonze, Christian Lacroix, Mary Ellen Mark, Paula Scher, and Karim Rashid. The notes, clippings, drawings, and sculptures showcased in the book have been touring the world in Detour, a travelling exhibit produced by Moleskine that allows visitors to experience, flip through, and interact with the notebooks’ pages.
May 29, 2013
Date Watch

8 Father's Day Favorite Gift Ideas

Father's Day is fast approaching, so we've got all of your bases covered with some great gift ideas. From a unique and classy time piece to a flame free, no smoke grill, click through to find the perfect present for dear old Dad.
May 29, 2013
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Reflexiones by Matthias Heiderich

Matthias Heiderich—you might have heard of him. We first debuted the self-taught photographer with his Berlin snaps, then most recently, his work of the UAE. His latest endeavor—Reflexiones—beautifully shines the light on contemporary architecture in Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Avilés, and Bilbao.
May 29, 2013
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Chicago's Iconic Skyscrapers, Animated

The cradle of modern architecture, Chicago is known for its spectacular skyline. In the United States, it's second only to New York City in the number of buildings rising taller than 500 feet. Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City graces the cover of Wilco'sYankee Hotel Foxtrot; the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Building) was the tallest in the world until the Petronas towers were built in 1998; the Crain Communications Building was a set in the 1980s cult-classic Adventures in Babysitting. British artist Al Boardman recently created an animated film celebrating the city's most-iconic buildings. "Creating a short video about just five great buildings is doing this city a massive disservice, as there are many and this is simply my thoughts," writes Boardman on his site. Catch the video below.
May 28, 2013
Joshua Vogel with his Spoon mural.

“Spoons” Mural at March in San Francisco

Homewares and kitchen supply store March, in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, will display Joshua Vogel’s “Spoons” Mural beginning June 6.
May 28, 2013
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Pinterest Board of the Day: Graphic Design & Illustrations

In Philip Baxter Meggs' A History of Graphic Design, he states graphic design's "essence is to give order to information, form to ideas, expression and feeling to artifacts that document human experience." Couldn't ring more true than this dozen of our favorite graphic-minded designs sourced from our Pinterest board.
May 28, 2013
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