The house of all houses

The Beetlejuice House, Ironic Sans on the transition of the Maitland House from American Gothic to neo-decon, via Peter Eisenmann and Stanley Tigerman. The set design was by Bo Welch. You can download the house as a Sketchup Model / Glitch gets a bit kicked / a very specialist Chinese typewriter, made by the Shanghai Typewriter Factory, and also featured in Popular Mechanics back in 1979. See also, Keyboards for Genuinely Large Character Sets.


The Abandoned Cold War Listening Station Built on the Ruins of Nazi Berlin. Those ruins being the artificial mountain of Teufelsberg, formed from the bulldozed rubble of post-war Berlin. ‘During the NSA Operations some other curious things happened: It was noticed that during certain times the reception of the radio signals was better than during the rest of the year. The ‘culprit’ was found after a while: it was the Ferris wheel of the annual German-American Festival on the Huttenweg in Zehlendorf. From then on, the Ferris wheel was left standing for some time after the festival was over.’


From Socks Studio, two well presented projects, starting with the Keg Apartment by Aristide Antonas, and the Museum of All Museums, a speculative structure in Taipei formed from the ‘synthesised fragments of the collection of 100 art museums in the world’: ‘… once inside, hidden under a garden of bamboo, you would discover a Piranesian collection of hundreds of museum fragments, a postmodern Campo Marzio of interiors.’


The Duck Lamp, presumably in the long and rather dubious tradition of taxidermy furniture, which ranges from the unintentionally kitsch (Wildlife Studio Designs) to the self-consciously artistic (Miss Polenko) / Quigley’s Cabinet, a weblog with an eye for the macabre / Conspiracy Gothic (pdf): ‘Between 1998 and 1999, four Hollywood science fiction films came out that were all telling slight variations of the same story’ (via Coudal) / we find the Ant Attack source code quite exciting / ‘Phantom islands usually stem from the reports of early sailors exploring new realms’ / Lives on holidays, a series by Ana Himes.

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2 Responses to The house of all houses

  1. Love the Beetlejuice house links…..I always liked Otto’s re-design, although it’s got a lot of early Michael Graves in it too – and

  2. things magazine says:

    It’s hard to imagine anyone being able to come up with an equivalent visual parody of contemporary residential design. We look at this and think it’s rather nice, just as the exacting interiors and careful attention to detail of Monsieur Arpel’s House seem increasingly preferable to today’s watered-down domestic modernism.

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