Archive for the ‘Stuff we like’ Category

Apr
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Waxing Concrete

Here’s a quick video of how I finished our concrete floor with no sealer!

Mar
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I bought a new Camera!

I think that VR technology is on the rise and wanted to jump into it early. Thus a few quick examples of some early attempts. I stopped by AIA Minnesota and was greeted by my buddy Amber. The other image is from one of our recent residential projects. This is fun!

Post from RICOH THETA. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Post from RICOH THETA. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Jan
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Let it snow!

I thought I would show you my commute to work after some overnight snow! Plus a little aerial footage of our town.

Snow January 8th 2016 from michael huber architects on Vimeo.

Dec
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Screened Porch Part 5

The building of our own screened porch is getting close to completion. We installed this slick screen system that any do-it-your-selfer can handle. Check it out!

Screened Porch Part 5 from michael huber architects on Vimeo.

Sep
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Podcast #40 – The Interior Designer

MGH_20150916_0002Does the thought of taking on a construction project seem overwhelming? Who is going to help with all of those interior decisions that need to be made – and make things not only function correctly but beautiful as well? Today I interview Interior Designer Ann Ludwig Allied Member ASID. Her company, All Design Group, is located in the western Wisconsin in the east Twin Cities metro. Here are some of the things we discuss:

-What is the difference between an Interior Designer and Interior Decorator?
-How do people find the right Interior Designer?
-How do you work – what is the process?
-Is the approach different for remodeling projects versus new construction?
-What trends are you seeing today?

Please subscribe to these podcasts also via iTunes. Search for the title Design and Other Fun Stuff.

Apr
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The Carpenter Architect

Many of you know that occasionally I build some furniture or specialty pieces for my clients and their projects. This is a fun, hands-on way to get my creative juices flowing. Drawing ideas on paper or via a computer is great but learning and doing the actual fabrication gives you an appreciation of the work and time involved in fabricating those ideas.

Below is a video showing architect Frank Howarth building out a shelving system for his broom closet. He has a great way of explaining and showing the work. Take a look at his other videos too!

Mar
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Steampunk Drafting Table

Carpenter Sean Headrick decided to build his own drafting table. Using baltic birch and misc. wood cutouts, gears, etc., Sean turned a utilitarian piece of furniture into a work of art. A scissor lift system raises and lowers the drafting surface. Over designed? Maybe, but still fun to see!

Feb
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The Life of an Architecture Student

Are you interested in being an architect? This video documentary ‘Archiculture’ shows what Design Studio life is like on a college campus. I have to say… it is so accurate to my experience that I had knots in my stomach. On one hand I missed those times and on the other, man, I am glad that is over! The chaos, camaraderie and the finding of one’s own skill and design philosophy is shown in its raw glory. Frankly, I wish everyone would watch this documentary to gain an understanding of our chosen career…and passion.

Source: Arbuckle Industries

Jan
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The Master Craftsmen

Mortise and tenon joints are known for being some of the most strong and stable for connecting two pieces of wood. It can also be a struggle doing it correctly! Watch these Japanese masters assemble this beam using traditional methods. They not only can put it together for a dry-fit, they can easily disassemble it. Beautiful.

Source: Core77

Jan
0

Cinemagraphs -Now get back to work…

With the start of a new year, I will begin by thanking all of you for letting me post a variety of things that I find interesting here on our weblog. Many of you know that I am a photography and videography enthusiast. This goes hand in hand with my architecture profession as a visual and creative medium that others can experience.

After some Holiday time off, most of us are slowly getting back into our routines. I thought it might be fun to share some cinemagraphs by a young and amazing photographer from France named Julein Douvier. Hopefully these mesmerizing ‘moving pictures’ will help you clear the cobwebs, get the creative juices flowing and gear up for a fantastic 2015… or you will waste an hour just staring at these…!

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Dec
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The Bicycle Path

What happens when you combine art, high tech materials on a low tech pathway? Something pretty special. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard recreated part of Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night using luminescent paint on a bicycle path. The paint ‘charges’ during the day and then gently illuminates the kilometer long path at night. Not sure about the durability of riding and walking on a painted surface but I sure hope it holds up and will continue to transition into other projects.

Source: Dezeen

Nov
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What goes into a Design?

Art Director and Motion Designer Matt Greenwood created this simple animation describing many elements that go into a design. I always liken the process to that of a puzzle. First we define the pieces, then we fit them together in a creative and complete way.

Elements of Design from matt greenwood on Vimeo.