written by:
July 19, 2013
Pink concrete? Animal bodies? USB-heated gloves? Welcome to this week's Friday Finds!
friday finds om merge ny

OliviaMerge: New York City in the Grand Canyon

Photgrapher Gus Petro digitally manipulated photos to imagine what New York City would look like inside the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. Exploring two opposite feelings, “New Your City, where, it seems like, everyone wants to live, and Grand Canyon/Death Valley, which are unlivable,” he explains. The resulting collection, Merge, is futuristic, but not as surreal as one would imagine.

EujinDmitry Anisimov

Just discovered the relatively unknown Russian photographer (he has a Flickr and Behance with very little background information) Dmitry Anisimov the other day. His portraits all have that exquisite color palette that I wholeheartedly bet he shoots exclusively in film. Hint hint: borders!

KelseyFirst Solo House

friday finds kk home

Solo Houses is a project started by Christian Bourdais in 2010 with the idea of commissioning a dozen vacation homes by leading architects, including Sou Fujimoto and Johnston Marklee. The homes were to be less than 200 meters square; built on a site two hours south of Barcelona, in the Mattaranya region of Spain; and reasonably priced. Now, Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects has just completed the first Solo House, and it's a beaut: a floating platform that rises above the tree line, atop a monolithic concrete base.

CortneyPink Concrete

friday finds cc pink concrete

A team of material innovators in Mexico—Joel Sosa and Sergio Omar Galván—are working to create pink transparent concrete. They claim its 30% lighter than normal concrete and allows 80% of the light through, but due to patent issues, they are still working out ingredient details and this new material is only in prototype status.  

DianaThe Impossible Cool

friday finds db impossible cool

A very simple Tumblr with stylish black-and-white photos of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century with little more than a quote or name to identify each. I totally dig it.

Anna: Animal Bodies

friday finds anna heads

This is one of those silly fun-at-the-office things that has always been there, right in front of our faces and finally someone thought of doing it. I'm totally making Aaron into a chipmunk later today…

MeganCoffee Cups by Brooklyn Fare

friday finds megan cups

When I was snobby barista in Boulder, CO we prided ourselves on correcting tourist customers when they ordered coffee using Starbucks specific lingo. Yeah, we were elitist and people actually liked it. These coffee cup designs from Brooklyn Fare bring back memories and the giggles. All in good fun and pursuit of good coffee. 

Emma: USB Warmer Mitten Gloves

friday finds emma gloves 0

These fuzzy fingerless gloves are USB-heated; they come with a cord that plugs into your computer so that you can keep your hands warm while typing. Keeping warm isn't always a major concern during July, but it's been pretty chilly in San Francisco this week, and the Dwell office is air-conditioned enthusiastically. For those of us too embarrassed to bring a Snuggie to work, these glove might be a nice alternative.

AmandaBook Covers by Ellen Raskin

Illustrator Ellen Raskin (1928-1984) designed over 1,000 covers over the span of her career, though she hardly limited herself to cover creations alone. Raskin was far more involved in the entire process of book-making, and she was a prolific writer, educator and lecturer on the subject of children's literature. Her work was recognized in 15 major art awards and exhibitions, and her writing also won prestigious accolades, including the Newbery Medal for distinguished writing. Peruse Bennington College's Flickr page to see more examples of her work. 

Aaron: Umm Hello?

friday finds aaron umm hello

Looking for a little architectural inspiration? I often turn to Umm Hello? one of my favorite tumblrs. Buildings, art, interiors, and hey, even a picture of 400,000 gold bars at the Bank of England. Dwell fans will even spot the odd picture from our pages!

Julia: Recycled Rotary Phones

friday finds julia rotary phones

Do you remember rotary phones? The sound they made when you dialed and the curly cord that got wrapped around everything? They seem so ancient now. Artist Jean-Luc Cornex came up with a very clever use for these old phones. He turned them into a flock of sheep and created an installation at the Museum of Telecommunication. What a creative and brilliant idea.

To see last week's picks, click her​e!

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016