Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Launching in London Fashion Week this September!
Date: 17th September
Time: 7.30 PM
Charing Cross Hotel
The Strand

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Thursday, August 12, 2010


Sunday the 25th of April 2010 the Karel Appel house was officially opened by COBRA artist Jan Sierhuis and Joop Appel, the brother of the late artist Karel Appel. The Karel Appel House which is located in the ‘Dapperbuurt’ honours Karel Appel, the famous artist who grew up in this Amsterdam neighbourhood.

The Karel Appel House is a short stay apartment facility for artist of the Rijksakademie and a yearly ‘minimuseum’ in collaboration with the renowned COBRA museum. DUS architects designed the interior for client De Key/Principaal. DUS was inspired by the working method of Appel, which is characterized by his phrase: I start from my matter – the paint and the canvas’. In a similar intuitive way, DUS designed an interior with 15 mm thin coloured steel walls. This resulted in a layered three-dimensional colour scheme, where there’s optimal room for living and exhibiting: A House of Canvas.

On April 25, 26 and 27 there are special tours through the Karel Appel House. The COBRA museum presents an exhibition on the life of Karel Appel. One can register for guided tours at: www.karelappelhuis.nl

Location: Dapperstraat 7 Amsterdam, NL
Completion: April 2010
Projectteam: Hedwig Heinsman, Hans Vermeulen, Martine de Wit, Maja Gesar
Contractor: DUS architects / Fiction factory
photography: Theo Krijgsman


Visitors were asked to gather Friday night at 10 PM at a junction at Witte de With / Schiedamsevest and bring an umbrella to personally contribute to the spontaneous building. Exactly at 10 the party started in full swing, and old and young, architects and coincidental visitors danced together despite the cold. Umbrellas were attached to each other into one big shelter, so even a bit of rain didn't kill the party.

A spontaneous street party in winter? Last Friday evening Feb. 19th The Bucky Bar opened, a temporary public building designed by DUS architects. The dome-bar, entirely made of umbrella's, appeared seemingly suddenly out of nowhere on the street around a lamppost in the centre of Rotterdam. The fully equipped bar, complete with DJ and drinks, was directly built on site. Approximately 300 visitors danced under the umbrella roof, until at 2:00 AM the police ended the party, as there was no permit.

The Bucky Bar is part of a series of 5 unsolicited positive advises for the city, that DUS architects in a collaboration with SUA (Studio for Unsolicited Architecture) pasted onto billboards of existing building signs in the centre of Rotterdam.

The Bucky Bar was first in the series and realized on 19 February 2010. A spontaneous public building made from the most common of materials: an umbrella. As Buckminster Fuller showed us how minimal energy domes could open a way to a more environmentally sustainable future, could an umbrella dome lead the way to a more socially sustainable future? The Bucky Bar is a full-scale model of such a future. It shows the power of space for spontaneous gathering, for improvised shelters to host conversations, debates, games or even parties. Quote of the night: "when is the next party?!".

Cocoon by DUS Architects

In a quest for an interactive space within the Delft Faculty of Architecture, DUS Architects has created the 'Cocoon'- a flexible space that can 'parasite' at any given location. Its flexible skin responds both to internal user and external spectator, and thereby adds a new dimension to all types of environments.

The Cocoon is woven out of 150 inner bicycle tubes, measuring 20 meters each. The tubes can be inflated separately, which allows for a great variety in the appearance and tactility of the skin. The structure consists of rounded steel scaffolding, which are suspended by steel cables. This structure is very stable and ensures a safe amount of flexibility in the rubber skin, whilst accommodating up to eight people. The Cocoon has been exhibited at several locations in The Netherlands and Europe.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Recycled Bus Stop

This beautiful work of public art, as well as utility, titled Bottlestop Bus Shelter Project, is in Lexington, Kentucky.

Made by artist Aaron Scales, the bus stop was part of a national design competition. Inspired by discarded trash at the site, Scales went local with his work, constructing the bus stop out of all local Kentucky soft drink Ale-8-One bottles. The bus stop also uses LED lighting to illuminate the glass bottles at night; solar energy is collected during the day and used for the eye-popping nighttime light display. Beautiful and functional!

Numberplate handbag

Nick Gentry : floppy’s art

2010 / Mixed paint and used computer disks on wood.

Available at the forthcoming ‘Untagged’ group show at the Adam Lister Gallery www.adamlistergallery.com/gallery.html

++ Nick Gentry on FlickR

Monday, August 02, 2010


We love the Spring/Summer 2011 collection from Korean menswear designer Songzio.

Songzio’s style communicates a man’s dreams and aspirations; it is a means of understanding and evoking the future. The designer takes his inspiration in plenitude, refinement and subtlety: a style which corresponds to lyric’s boys dreaming of unknown grounds.

Songzio’s designs are notable for the precision of their construction and the mix of tailored and loose fits perfectly balanced.

See for yourself in the images below and check out Songzio’s site for more info.

Daniel Widrig

Celyn Brazier