Posts Tagged ‘countryside’

Bed in Italy

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

When this old Italian farmhouse was renovated, boards salvaged from outbuildings were brought in to make doors, beams and furniture. I’ve had this magazine clipping on my bulletin board for five years and have never grown tired of it. The beautiful bed, which probably works because of the thickness of the slabs and the buttery colour, wouldn’t actually be that hard to make if you had access to long heavy planks like these, but admittedly that’s a big if.

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Someone else’s vernacular

Monday, April 13th, 2009

These shapes are so minimal and so perfect, they might almost be the line drawing you’d find if you looked up “barn” in an old encyclopedia. At the same time their strange blankness almost qualifies them as sculpture. The buildings are by Turnbull Griffin Hesloop in an American vernacular agricultural style, found in a great post on 2 or 3 things.

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Traditional Japanese scarecrows

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The bottom photo shows a functioning scarecrows made of indigo-dyed hemp. The original book caption reads “The bold design of this piece of shibori-dyed hemp by Seizo Ishikawa, a farmer, seems at home working as a scarecrow by a newly harvested rice field.” The birds in Japan must have been accustomed to seeing farmers in real Japanese indigo yukatas, waving their arms.

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