The Gorki House just outside Moscow, Russia was designed for a young couple with a child. The simple brief for the house was only that it be a contemporary piece of architecture. The house is surrounded by pine trees and has beautiful views in three directions. The fourth direction has no view, so the architects decided to close that part of the house off.
Up in Northern Europe felt footwear (valenki) have been used for centuries as lightweight, breathable, warm and soft protection for your feet. The skill of felting wool fibres was brought from Russia to Finland and since 1921, the Lahtinen family’s Lahtiset Factory, in the Jämsä region, has represented a long tradition of carefully made felted boots and slippers. Even though production has expanded over the years to thousands of boots, each shoesis still made carefully, step by step, by hand as most of the working stages can not be carried out by modern machinery. Aki Choklat has been invited to design for Lahtiset as he has used the secrets of felt so as to bring this ancient Finnish art into modernity.
Alexander Farto is a unique artist who does not work with the traditional mediums of paint and watercolour, but in cement and brick. He brings out the faces within the walls that are so common in our urban environment. He also does commercial work on billboards, in metal, paper, wood and prints, but to me, his most striking work is on walls around Portugal, Russia and London and can be see on his site Alexander Farto. His works can also be found on Pictures on Walls, The Lazarides, Studio Cromie.
As mentioned before, guys can be notoriously hard to buy for. But as promised, I have a few ideas. Does the man in your life love motorcycles or scooters? Does he need a helmet?
Take a look at some helmets that have had a genetic makeover:
1. The Flamboyant