Organic Architecture

27 November

Guest Blog Post  – 26th November 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright’s so-called Fallingwater House rephrased the expression ‘organic’ in the history of architecture. His creation does not only borrow shapes and materials from nature, but actually becomes one with it. Forest, stream, rock, concrete and wood combined so organically that you become unable to tell the difference between man-made and natural. Wright’s goal was to stress the importance of the relationship between man and nature and so wherever one is within the building, the glory of the natural surrounding is accentuated, brought in, and made a component part of daily life.


The main floor has terraces leading out which afford views in three directions. One of them opens upstream, while the other projects over the cascades and rocks. All of the bedrooms on the level above have access to their own outdoor terraces and so does the study and gallery-bedroom on the third level.

All vertical elements are constructed of native stone, with slightly projected stones in order to give a more sculptural impression to the stone masses. The horizontal elements of the house are made of poured concrete. The floors and the walls are paved in stone, and the woodwork is grain walnut, executed at an extremely fine level of craftsmanship.

Considering all of the above, it’s safe to say that the Fallingwater House is an embodiment of Wright’s philosophy about cherishing the deep connection between man and nature even after building houses for ourselves. One couldn’t be closer to the glen, the trees, the foliage and flowers while being indoors.

If you are interested in contemporary architecture with a similar style, definitely check out the Barbican exhibition with the link below:

Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition at the Barbican

Organic Architecture

Stock Imagery

23 November
Graphic design Moonpig greeting cards

Graphic design Moonpig greeting cards

Stock Imagery is often rubbish. 99% the images on istock and shutterstock is cheesy or cliche, especially when it comes to images of people.  Moonpig have a range of cards that allow you to upload your own images into the design. When I was creating them a range of photo upload cards I needed to find place holder images of people to have in place so you could see where the images should go. I struggled to find filler images of people that were at all genuine, so I used my own photos of me and my friends (I had to ask their permission first and they were all fine with it) as well as vintage family photos I found in markets in Berlin (and the odd boring stock imagery to keep the general public happy). I like the idea these photos that have been sitting in boxes in attics for generations, have finally been given a new lease of life. I’m sure the people are long gone but I am certainly enjoying snippets of their lives and imagining what they were like. I think y favorite is the 3 kids being photographed next to a lion. I’d like to know the story behind that one. Unlike the fake happy couple, of which I know there is no story behind.  Or the unusually young and good looking granny in the fake family portrait, who clearly must have been about 7 when she had her daughter who looks nothing like her.

If anyone finds another photo library with good people shots (and no Getty is too pricey for most clients), then please do let me know. For my latest client Hemley Fraser (they create management training courses and ebooks), I’m using old fashioned photos that are very much staged and fake but at least they have irony and don’t make you want to throw up.

Vintage image woman

Architecture and free creation

9 November

Architecture free creation

Architecture and free creation

This Week’s Guest Blog Post – By Eniko Toth (Architecture Graduate)

I wish. I wish gravity and rainwater didn’t make it so hard to create freely. Experimenting with masses, materials, textures and surfaces without having to think about heat insulation or load bearing beams sounds like a dream come true. And then there is electricity top consider, heating and God forbid plumbing with all the wires, pipes and those fairly unattractive chimneys and bathroom windows that end the facade fairytale. These things are quite handy on an everyday basis when you are a human being, not a cow.

With all this information in the back of our mind, let’s forget it all for a sec shall we? Let form do whatever it wants and function will follow – if it can keep up with it at all.

Ensamble  – Architecture Studio doesn’t really seem to struggle when it comes to creating freely. They thought, why not dig a hole in the ground, fill it with bails of hay and pour concrete around it? What is it going to be? Not sure yet, but I like the idea of raw and simple design. Their next step was to remove the earth around the mass then cut a whole into the stone and let Paulina the cow inside to eat the hay. Are you joking? No, this is serious. Seriously genius. There you have your 25m2 interior with a view over the Atlantic Ocean. One single space that has room for a bed, shower, tap, toilet and a fireplace. No overcomplicated regulations to follow, nor a single care given about it’s general looks. It seems like there are no rules just imagination and creation play. Like naughty children doing what their told not to.