Creative concrete design for a freeway sound barrier wall on Exposition/Pico in Los Angeles. Sent to me by my friend and second momma, Linda, who thought to take a picture (apparently while driving? Hm?) and send to me while wishing a Happy Thanksgiving and Hannukah. Here in Israel, there is no sign of Thanksgiving or of X-Mas. Just menoras all over the place, hannukias in the window, souvganiyot in piles in every bakery window. So beautiful to be in the homeland of the Jewish people where the Jewish holidays are also the national holidays. Still, I definitely missed my mom’s challah turkey stuffing and Linda’s pumpkin pie. Oh, and of course our annual Cohen/Bald/Ofer + Erin McC & friends outing to the Lost & Found after dinner. Priceless.
Concrete Zombie House
So… There’s this house… Designed by KWK Promes… It’s called the "Zombie House" for the reasoning that the client wanted a maximum security design in the event of apocalyptic situations, such as a worldwide zombie takeover. Read the article, take a look at the picture sequence, to see that the entire home turns into a concrete fortress home, but opens up to be a modern, spacious and airy home that is actually quite beautiful. I showed this article to my friend who has a slight zombie obsession and is all about end-of-the-world preparedness. She has translated this interest into a spiritual theory about the moral teachings that can be garnered from what zombies represent. This being, that zombies demonstrate that without spirituality, a person is left with only their animal natures which no longer render them human and it is as if they are dead while alive, or alive while dead, aka the “living dead.” I kind of feel like I’m in a similarly protected fortress being in Israel guarded by the IDF. But, to each their own.
Q:Is there such a thing as too much concrete?
I believe concretely that there’s no such thing.
If you fall in wet concrete you can make a bad impression.
Hiking Nahal Tamar in the Negev Desert of Israel. Water carving through stone to create a river bed. The Torah is often likened to water, which stems from a famous story about Rabbi Akiva saying that if drop by drop, water can carve a hole in a solid rock, how much more so can Torah make an indelible impression on the heart and soul. And here I am in the land of Israel, witness to both sides of the metaphor.
Concrete chair designed by Canadian designer, Ryan Spotowski (www.ryspot.tumblr.com). The J6 Chair comes alive as an experiment with concrete and rebar. While the concrete is thin, it is reinforced with glass fibers for added strength.
The chair has been designed with two different base options and is suited for indoor or outdoor use. The chair works well as a dining chair or a task chair depending on the configuration of the base.
Ryan Spotowski is a recent graduate of the Industrial Design program at the University of Alberta. He explores unlikely materials such as concrete and pursue what they can mean to furniture, all while considering the social impact furniture has. Ryan has been around concrete his whole life thanks to his family working in the concrete industry for over 50 years.
Two fish swim into a concrete wall… One turns to the other and says ‘dam.’
Dutch designer Piet Boon debuted a collection of Concrete Wallpaper last year. Affordable, six or so selections to choose from, and high quality. I think this idea is absolutely brilliant. Why? First, because it gives the effect of a heavy, solid material with nothing but thin, light paper. Second, because in places such as California, where I’m from, residential construction is typically wood-frame with drywall. There, concrete is an elite and expensive alternative (I did work on a home once in Malibu with a board-formed architectural concrete facade which was gorgeous… but again, not cheap). And, as I’ve found out from living in Israel, where residential construction is typically concrete and plaster, these materials for residential use are nice in that they provide insulation against the heat and cold, it is a PAIN to hang things up on the wall, and then once you do and want to change the design, it’s even a bigger pain to repair holes and cracks. Drywall is much, much easier (i.e. I can patch drywall holes by myself with $5 of putty from Home Depot). B’kitzur (Long story short), I’ve never been a fan of wallpaper previously. But for this idea, I’m over the moon and better order a few rolls while still in stock because who knows how long it will be ‘til I have my own place to decorate with all these concrete ideas.
"Broken Hearts and Concrete Floors" by Dashboard Confessional