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Cape Cod House Style

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

A Cape Cod is a style of house originating in New England in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, perfectly pitched roof with end gables and a large central chimney.

The Cape Cod style (and in turn its Colonial Revival descendant of the 1930s–50s) originated with the colonists who came from England to New England. They used the English house with a hall and parlor as a model, adapting this design with local materials to best protect against New England’s notoriously stormy weather. Over the next several generations emerged a one- to one-and-a-half-story house with wooden shutters and clapboard or shingle exterior.

See pictures of some cape cod cottages:

The Reverend Timothy Dwight IV (1752–1817), president of Yale University from 1795–1817, coined the term “Cape Cod House” after a visit to the Cape in 1800. His observations were published posthumously in Travels in New England and New York (1821–22).

Dwight described them as having “one storey… covered on the sides, as well as the roofs, with pine shingles… the chimney is in the middle… and on each side of the door are two windows… the roof is straight. Under it are two chambers; and there are two larger, and two smaller windows in the gable end.”

Dwight described a “full Cape,” made by doubling the small house unit or “half Cape” which would have been familiar to early English colonists like the Pilgrims. The “half Cape” could also be multiplied to make a “house-and-a-half” or “three-quarter Cape.”

Twentieth century Cape Cod houses often have dormers. The chimney is usually placed at one end instead of at the center. The shutters on modern Cape Cod houses are strictly decorative; they can’t be closed during a storm.

Traditional, Colonial-era Cape Cod houses had many of these features:

  • Steep roof with side gables
  • Small roof overhang
  • 1 or 1½ stories
  • Made of wood and covered in wide clapboard or shingles
  • Large central chimney linked to fireplace in each room
  • Symmetrical appearance with door in center
  • Dormers for space, light, and ventilation
  • Multi-paned, double-hung windows
  • Shutters
  • Formal, center-hall floor plan
  • Hardwood floors
  • Little exterior ornamentation

More information at: Wikipedia,, Pilgrimhall

Wonderful Fireplaces

Friday, August 8th, 2008
Fire furniture square by schulte design

Fire furniture square by schulte design

Real hot! The latest showstopper from the Krefeld design hotspot Schulte Design amazes with fire and flame. They emerge directly from the top of these extraordinary fire-furniture pieces. But do not worry! Nothing gets burnt here. The exclusive lounge tables are crowned by a stainless steel top, in the centre of which a special inset is built, where it is quite simple to light a romantic fire.
This effect is made possible by a special liquid, which burns without smoke or gas and therefore without risk. A sliding cover, also made of stylish stainless steel, locks the fireplace when the longing for romance and cosiness is satisfied. Or the evening is simply drawing to an end. Thanks to the innovation of Schulte Design, the times when dripping candles or sooted wind lights dampened our moods, are finally forgotten. And even those who have long dreamt of blazing flames in an open fireplace come a hot piece closer to this illusion with the fantastic fire furniture.

The tables are available in various dimensions. And thanks to their elegant form they are a centre of attraction not only on a cosy winter evening. Even without the play of flames these shapely purist pieces are a proven eye-catcher. Each piece of fire furniture is manufactured from the “fruity-spicy” woods of the Tutti Frutti collection. Olive, apple, plum, walnut and wild cherry belong to Schulte Design. All these solid woods impress with an interesting and lively grain, which makes each piece of furniture absolutely unique.


TRAVELMATE Mobile fireplace without a flue

TRAVELMATE Mobile fireplace without a flue

The travelling fire. The technology of smokeless fire combined with a weather resistant powder coating offers one thing in particular – releasing the fire from being in a fixed place in the home. TRAVELMATE makes it possible to set up an individual, full-value fireplace and source of heat that really sets the mood, with no complications and wherever you want it: On the carpet, on the dining table, next to the sofa, on the terrace, or in the garden, now the atmosphere of the fireside can be enjoyed anywhere. The formal design as a stylised suitcase unmistakeably conveys the notion that this is an item not bound to any fixed location. A cheerful fire blazing in the unit completes the concept of a fireplace that really wants to be free of its shackles. The glass pane, which is held on with magnets, is only removed in order to light the fire. Once the glass pane has been replaced, the fuel tank can be opened and closed, using the stainless steel slide at the front of the fireplace, thereby allowing the flames to be regulated from the outside. Now the glass pane once again protects the fire.

The base for your TRAVELMATE for indoor – just place your travelling fire on the base without any mounting and enjoy a new perspective. The circumferential bottom makes sure that the fireplace is standing safe.

Vertebrae – Vertical Bathroom System

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Vertebrae is an amazing, unique and revolutionary, space saving, vertical bathroom.

The architectural inspired design, consists of compact, hand crafted, aluminium modular units, arranged in an intuitive configuration. The user simply pushes out the required module for use.

The bespoke design consists of seven modules, comprising a WC, a basin, storage x 2, cistern, and shower x 2, all of which rotate for easy access. Assemble the modules to suit required heights.

The product is fitted to the floor and ceiling, and utilizes the vacant, vertical space within bathrooms. The modules rotate around the support and services column.

Read more at designodyssey

Micro-Compact Home

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

micro compact home 

m-ch is a micro compact home project. The m-ch has a timber frame structure with anodised aluminium external cladding, insulated with polyurethane and fitted with aluminium frame double glazed windows and front door with security double lock; graphics can be applied for sponsors, exhibition and business use. The m-ch measures 266cm x 266cm x 266cm. The ceiling height is 198cm and the door width is 60cm. The unit weighs 2.2 tonnes.


Blobitecture – waveform architecture

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Blobitecture from blob architecture, blobism or blobismus are terms for a current movement in architecture in which buildings have an organic, amoeba-shaped, bulging form. Though the term blob architecture was in vogue already in the mid-1990s, the word blobitecture first appeared in print in 2002. Now this word is often used to describe buildings with curved and rounded shapes.

Blobitecture example: Selfridges building in Birmingham

The term blob architecture was coined by architect Greg Lynn in 1995 in his experiments in digital design with metaball graphical software. Soon a range of architects and furniture designers began to experiment with this “blobby” software to create new and unusual forms. Despite its seeming organicism, blob architecture is unthinkable without this and other similar computer-aided design programs. Architects derive the forms by manipulating the algorithms of the computer modeling platform.

Despite the narrow interpretation of Blob architecture (i.e. that coming from the computer), the word, especially in popular parlance, has come to be associated quite widely with a range of curved or odd-looking buildings including Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997) and the Experience Music Project (2000), though these, in the narrower sense are not blob buildings, even though they were designed by advanced computer-aided design tools, CATIA in particular. The reason for this is that they were designed from physical models rather than from computer manipulations.

Blobitecture example: Sage Gateshead building

The first full blob building however was build in the Netherlands by Lars Spuybroek (NOX) and Kas Oosterhuis. Called the water pavilion (1993-1997) it does not only have a fully computer-based shape manufactured with computer-aided tools but also has an electronic interactive interior where sound and light can be transformed by the visitor.

Blobitecture example: Experience Music Project

A building that also can be considered an example of a blob is Peter Cook and Colin Fournier’s Kunsthaus (2003) in Graz, Austria. Other instances are Roy Mason’s Xanadu House (1979) the buildings of organicist Bart Prince and a rare excursion into the field by Herzog & de Meuron in their Allianz Arena (2005). By 2005, Norman Foster had involved himself in blobitecture to some extent as well with his brain-shaped design for the Philological Library at the Free University of Berlin and the Sage Gateshead opened in 2004.

See also: Blobitecture at Flickr, Stock photos

Sources: Wikipedia