Brick & Wonder Selects:
February Inspiration


Plant Life We Like

We've noticed in the year-and-change that we've been posting regularly that some of our most popular pieces have been from our landscape design members and gardening friends. Why that is, one can only surmise, but perhaps notions of gardens and meadows and trees resonate with our desire to find some dirt and plant things. That's why it was delightful to come across this series of minimalist but winsome "botanical" illustrations from L.A. based TRÜF studio called Flöra.

This work along with the previous series Faüna reduces figures to basic forms and simple lines, but the results are sophisticated and decorative... almost like a typeface. Most importantly, there was no client. Creative Director Adam Goldberg told Trendland, “We debated putting this stuff out there because of the possible confusion it might cause for potential clients and the creative community. Does it take away from our branding focus? We don’t think so. At the end of the day, creativity and art are part of our branding DNA, so we decided to not to shy away from it.”

Department of snooping

Marc Goodwin is a well noted architectural photographer who also must enjoy meeting architects as well as their buildings. He has travelled the world creating a body of work he has dubbed the Architecture Studios Atlas wherein he has gained access to photograph inside dozens of well known architecture firms in London, Paris, Beijing, Netherlands, Seoul, Barcelona, and many others but most recently Los Angeles, which is how we tripped across his work.

To get a near daily dose of these various and fascinating workspaces, visit his Instagram feed, and start thinking about cleaning up around your office.

Bureau Spectacular in Los Angeles.
David Chipperfield Architects in London.
Richez Associes in Paris.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Genoa, Italy

Advice for the inevitable

With so many indicators and people in the know suggesting that we are drifting toward a "correction" or even a recession in U.S. real estate markets (and hence the domino effect to architecture, design, construction, and onward), it's natural to think of resource reduction in the leaner times ahead. In this retro read from The New Yorker -- written in the doldrums of the great recession -- the argument is made that companies who forge ahead with robust marketing efforts in the midst of their competitions' belt tightening often emerge on stronger footing at the tail end of a downturn. It's a risk of course, but the piece includes plenty of notable success stories.

Books from Friends: Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA

For mid-century modern fans, Sam Lubell's version of his "On the Road" is this curated guide to the genre up and down the East coast. The prolific writer (and occasional B&W contributor) Sam, and photographer Darren Bradley visited and photographed the buildings in what sounds like a bit of a derby race.

A companion piece to his Mid-Century West Coast guide, Sam expands our typical narrow notion of what constitutes "mid-century" modernism and finds tenets of the style in unusual places... not just in New Canaan. In Wallpaper he is quoted: "All modernist styles embraced the future, employed modern technologies, and clearly expressed their materials and functions. Many people conflate mid-century modern with the simple glass, concrete and steel forms of the international style, but it played out in many more ways, following many muses." Published by Phaidon.

Greater Refuge Temple, Costas Machlouzarides, 1968, New York City. Photography: Darren Bradley
W. W. Kerr Residence, Paul Rudolph, 1951, Melbourne Beach, Florida.

When Glitches Make Art

The work of Uruguayan artist Guido Iafigliola usually ends up spiralling out of his control. Starting with imagery of natural landscapes, architecture and cityscapes, he applies dozens of software programs to the images in order to tease out glitches in the algorithms that then become integral the transformation of the image." He calls the process "Glitchdo", and it's fascinating.

“Glitch art is a generative art form that can be defined as the aestheticization of digital errors,” he tells WePresent. We watch as the human environment succumbs to cracks in the code.

Guido's Glitchdo works are purchasable here.

Sam and Darren's book purchasable here.