It's Halloween weekend and we here at the Dwell office are excited for the next few days of revelry spent in costume. Before the holiday sugar crash sets in, have a look at our favorite things from the past week: Game 6 of the World Series, a dog with an uncanny resemblance to a certain Star Wars character, and a special light show.
Happy Friday to you all! Today we present a round-up of our favorite websites, photos, and videos. From compendiums of obscure book illustrations, to epicurean photography (can you tell it's close to lunch?), to landscape design around the globe, scroll down to see what's been on the minds of the staff at Dwell.
In our weekely round up of design finds, we present to you modern buildings recently named on the World Monuments Fund Watch List, the work of photographer Andrew Myers, a behind-the-scenes time lapse of the Eames livng room being packed up for a LACMA exhibition, and much more. Scroll down for the full story.
In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary design targeted to kids. Week 4: Mid-Century Modern on the Playground.
The mid-century was an exciting time in playground design. In fact, the word "playscape" was first coined in 1959 to define a new type of playground that evolved from metal swings and slides to become modernistic play sculptures designed to relate to the user to the site in new ways. While the 1950s and 1960s focused on blending art and play, the 1970s emphasized self-built sites and adventure. Then, as now, there was discontent with manufactured solutions and two conflicting goals surrounding playgrounds: incorporating innovative design objects and encouraging self-building and interaction with natural materials. I hope that when historians look back on the play landscape of the early 21st century, it will look just as innovative and exciting as mid-century playscapes do to us now. Click through for a look at my favorite historic playground designs.
We are excited to announce that the entry period of our Methodology upcyling competition is extended through July 24th. Make good use of the gift of time and enter your ideas now! The submissions we've received so far have been fantastic and we can't wait to see what else everyone can come up with. Build a prototype for easy-to-craft designs, or show us the most fantastical of ideas through a drawing or rendering. Don't delay! The winner of the contest will receive a year's supply of method products, worth $300.
We're getting our hands dirty and joining James Hardie in the sandbox for our upcoming design competition, Playhaus. Your mission—should you choose to accept the challenge—is to wow us with fantastical funhouses for mini design enthusiasts in the making.