Links We Love, 10/10/12

Links We Love, 10/10/12

October 10, 2012
Photo by: courtesy of Fletcher Priest Architects

Laser-cut vases, beautiful photographs exploring the “edge effect”, London’s possible future low-line park, and more in today’s Links We Love!

-“Edge Effect”, a body of work by artist Daniel Kukla, is an ecological term used to describe the meeting of two distinct, often contrasting, ecosystems. Kukla photographed thisphenomenon in California’s Joshua Tree National Park where the Sonoran Desert meets the Mojave Desert. His photographs display the “edge effect” by using a mirror to reflect the contrasting terrain, creating surreal, unconventional, and beautiful landscapes. [Daniel Kukla] 

-A gorgeous alternative to ceramic and glass tile can be wood! It creates a much more organic feeling to any space and many companies that supply wooden tiles are eco-friendly, using recycled and reclaimed wood from other countries. These also come in a variety of shades, shapes, finishes, and can also be bought in sheets or individually. [LA Times]

-London recently held a competition inspired by the Highline Park in New York City. The winners, Fletcher Priest Architects, proposed a “low line” urban mushroom garden below Oxford Street. “Pop Down” will utilize an abandoned network of tunnels, which can be accessed from street level.  There will also be glass-fibre “mushrooms” above ground that will bring daylight below, helping the mushrooms grow and dotting the path of the park above. [Architizer]

-LMBRJK, a Belgium-based fabrication studio, in collaboration with architect Jon Kleinhample, has created a series of wooden vases that resemble topographic landscapes. Each vase, painstakingly handmade with over a hundred laser-cut pieces of soft and hard wood from Slovenia, is different and unique. [cool hunting]

-“Living Willow” is a term coined to the art of taking live willow branches, creating and weaving structures, and essentially, re-growing the plant itself.  When you stake these live branches, the willow begins to self-root and eventually starts to grow leaves and function like a normal tree. The results are quirky yet stunning arbors, tunnels, fences, and anything else you can possibly think to create! [English Basketry Willows]