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SOLAR ENERGY CZECH HOME, ASGK DESIGN

Outside a small village in the Czech Republic stands this energy saving timber clad home by ASGK Design. The original idea from this home came from the client’s son who imagined the family’s home facing a large oak tree on their spacious land. rsz_untitled2 The wooden cladding on the outside of this home used a “burn and stain” technique in order to make the wood longer lasting against weathering. Not only is the exterior laced in wood but so is the interior. The interior is decorated with dark and light tones of wood for the floors, walls and ceiling. The ceiling and walls are mainly plywood which is when thin layers of wood veneer are glued together with adjacent layers making them strong and thin. rsz_untitled3 rsz2 This open planned home consists of a dining lounge, garden, kitchen, patio, stairs, loft, bathroom, office and bedrooms. The kitchen is connected to the bathroom, large dining area and would be a perfect location to host guests as it is very spacious. Large wooden sliding doors connect the patio to the dining room and kitchen and are a way to open the home to the surrounding nature. rsz_33 Upstairs leads to the two bedrooms on opposite wings of this home which overlook the beautiful scenery. A small office area is also situated on the second level of this home as it peaceful and calm unlike the busy kitchen down below. rsz1 rsz_1untitled2 Although the home seems small it is very compact with everything the family may need. Including their own energy source. The roof is angled in a way to obtain maximum amounts of solar energy. Not only is it important to use solar energy but to also conserve it, this energy sufficient home was built in a way that the walls would keep moisture out and heat in so that less energy would be used to heat the home. rsz3 For more information please go to www.asgk.cz

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

SANDIBE OKAVANGO SAFARI LODGE

The Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is located in Okavango Delta in Botswana and is a magnificent piece of design by UK based architects Michaelis Boyd and Nichola Plewman architects. Its curvy wooden shape is designed to form a rare native armadillo, the Pangolin. rsz_portada_sandibe_dook_018 In the surrounding areas are the sandy Botswana’s desert plains and thickly wooded vegetation filled with animals such as herds of antelope and a glimpse of other wild animals in their natural habitat. rsz_main_area_ground_floor_plan_copy This beautiful lodge is spread over 11,500 SQF and is built with materials that are biodegradable due to the Okavango Delta being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is it built with biodegradable materials but it is also run on solar power and other renewable energy sources. rsz_sandibe_dook_007 rsz_sandibe_dook_004 The exterior of this lodge is detailed with shingles on the roof to replicate the scales of the native Pangolin. This detail gives a more creative touch to the overall design. rsz_sandibe_dook_099 The interior of this structure is composed of curved beams which give the look of the armadillo’s ribs. The structure opens at the sides to allow light and to reveal beautiful views of the surrounding areas. rsz_sandibe_dook_005 90% of the project consists of multiple types of wood for different purposes. The roof is shingled in cedar wood from Canada due to its quality while the walls are laced with South African pine. rsz_sandibe_dook_102 The flooring of this lodge is decked out with Brazilian hardwood and Australian eucalyptus as they require little or no maintenance and are very durable for everyday life. In bungalows Zambian hardwood is used for sink vanities and was recycled from the previous lodge that was on site before Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge was reconstructed. rsz_sandibe_dook_066 rsz_sandibe_dook_010 rsz_sandibe_dook_009 For more information please go to www.expertafrica.com

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness” – John Muir

JOSEPH WALSH | INNOVATIVE WOODEN DESIGNS

Self taught Irish designer Joseph Walsh creates innovative furniture and abstract art that can be seen and bought across the world. He takes his inspiration from the growth of nature resulting in his exquisite pieces being made from large wooden blocks that are carved out into many different pieces of furniture or artistic structures.  rsz_2014-10-18_lif_3919543_i5 Joseph has created signature pieces by stripping down wood into thin sheets and reconstructing them in abstract forms that resemble natural elements such as vines, seashells, stones and more. rsz_2014-10 He has many different enchanting series of art such as the Lilium, Enignum, Erosion series and many more. In his work, he aims to explore the differences between ordered and chaotic. rsz_3445 The Enignum series has many wooden pieces but the most intriguing piece is the Canopy bed which gives off the impression of a protected sleeping pod. The wood is used as a base for the mattress but continues to mimic a tree growing over the bed where it drapes white curtains. Only five of these beds have been hand made in his collection by using the wood species Ash. rsz_2014 Another bespoke piece is the shelf; it is made entirely of thin sheets of wood which are manipulated to twist and turn into a manmade structure while keeping its overall natural look. The wood used is Olive Ash and has a White Oil finish. The name Enignum comes from two Latin words Enigma meaning mystery and Lignum meaning wood. rsz_enignumvishelf_2_low1536_l His cork based studio was founded in 1999 and is made up of highly experienced craftsmen and design technicians. rsz_24 rsz_2014-10-18_lif_3919542_i4 For more information please go to www.josephwalshstudio.com

“The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.” – Tony Konovaloff

|FOCUS| TOYOTA’S LITTLE WOODEN CAR

Welcome to the 29th edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.

This month  | Focus | features Toyota’s unique “Setsuna”

Toyota’s Setsuna is the most unique car to debut this year and this classic styled car is made almost entirely of wood. The car was called Setsuna, meaning “moment” in Japanese, to reflect that cars contribute to the lives and memories of people. rsz_setsuna_0020 The Wood used to craft this little roadster was Japanese Cedar, Zelkova and Birch. It was crafted by using only traditional Japanese carpentry techniques that don’t involve the use of nails. rsz_setsuna_0010 The body of the car is made of 86 bespoke handmade wooden panels, each of which are secured tightly together by traditional Japanese interlocking techniques called Okuriari and Kusabi. rsz_setsuna_0150 rsz_setsuna_0190 The exterior panels are made of Japanese Cedar due to its flexibility, while Japanese birch is used for the vehicle’s frame because of its rigidity. On the inside the seats are made out of Japanese Zelkova, which is a wood often used for the crafting of ornaments. rsz_setsuna_0290 The craftsmanship of  the Setsuna is more of a work of art than it is a car. This is a car you’d want to pass down to the next generation, not as a beat up first car but as a family heirloom. A very special feature of this car would be the dial on the dashboard that counts time in hours, days and years, this is a tracker for your grandchildren or even your great-grandchildren to know exactly how old the car is. This adds more sentimental value to the vehicle for the next generation of the family tree.  rsz_setsuna_0270 rsz_setsuna_0210 rsz_setsuna_0250 The company has said that the wood’s characteristics will change over time, depending on how the car is looked after. Factors that would cause the change in characteristics would be the temperature and humidity levels it is exposed to. The idea is that as the Setsuna ages, it’ll change and pick up the personalities of its owners and the everyday lives they lived. rsz_setsuna_0300 Considering the extraordinary and ever-growing market for classic cars and renovations this is a timeless piece not to be missed.

For more information please go to newsroom.toyota

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ― Colin Powell

 

 

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| FOCUS | THE GUITAR

Welcome to the 23rd edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.

This month  | Focus | features ‘The Guitar”

The guitar originally came from Spain, dating back since the 15th-century. The word guitar originates from a Portuguese word “guitarra” which evolved from the Greek word “kithara”. The ancestral model of the modern  acoustic guitar started off as “The Lute”.

The Electric Guitar

The Electric Guitar

The Lute

The Lute

The wood used is called tonewood. These species of woods have a variety tonal properties which are used for the construction of string instruments, such as violin and guitars. Two examples of tonewoods that would be used would be Alder and Mahogany.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Acoustic Guitar |Variety of Tonal Woods

Acoustic Guitar |Variety of Tonal Woods

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Alder is not heavy in weight and is slightly brownish in colour when dried. Alder wood produces a clear sound. While Mahogany is similar in weight, this wood gives depth in tone when played. When this tonal wood is used on its own it produces warm tones.

Glossy White | Acoustic Guitar

Glossy White | Acoustic Guitar

Kurt Cobain | In the studio

Kurt Cobain | In the studio

Wood is used because of the impact it has on the sound of the chords being strung. The sound is amplified and intertwined in the body of the guitar, giving it a melodic sound.

For more information click here guyguitars.com 

“Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it.” – Thom Yorke