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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information please go to www.asgk.cz
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Acoustic Guitar |Variety of Tonal Woods
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
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