IKEA Portland and Ideabox Launch Their First Collaborative Prefab Home, Aktiv.


Oregon-based Ideabox has collaborated with IKEA to create a new prefab collection which debuted this month at the Portland Home & Garden Show.



The collaboration introduces “Aktiv”, the first in a new line of prefab houses designed by ideabox and appointed by IKEA.


Working with IKEA designers, ideabox designed aktiv around IKEA systems. In the kitchen, IKEA offers a lot of flexibility in kitchen cabinets. Ideabox designed the layout, and their clients can select the colors. IKEA appliances offer state-of-the-art cooking, so they included an induction cooktop and convection oven.


A counter depth refrigerator keeps food fresh, and cabinet faced dishwashers provide seamless functionality. Proven by millions walking on them in IKEA stores, aktiv offers IKEA flooring, a perfect match for active Northwest lifestyles.

For those IKEA fans, the pure delight of walking and imagining their way through an IKEA store quickly turns to the daunting task of assembly when they get home. However, when your ideabox aktiv arrives, all of the cabinets, countertops, and flooring are installed.


The bath features a “huge” two sink vanity and four drawers along with a storage cabinet. The bedroom features the amazingly functional IKEA built-in series of closet systems.


Think of it as your own personal euro designer flat -only where you want it. Every bit an ideabox, from the energy efficiency to the cool assembly of materials, aktiv by ideabox truly is modern living made remarkably easy.

Jim Russell (above), owner and principal at Ideabox, has a background in energy, having worked for Oregon’s Department of Energy and Energy Trust at Oregon. He’s passionate about delivering energy-efficient homes — as long as they have a design edge. “We want our homes to be so rockin’ cool that people just want them,” Russell said. “No Birkenstocks, no flannel, no granola.”


above: Jim Russell, ideabox owner, stands in front of the Aktiv at the Portland Home and Garden Show

The home gets a boost in its quest for maximum energy efficiency in part due to its small footprint. Aktiv is compact at 745-square-feet and carries an all-inclusive price tag of about $86,000. From order to delivery, an Ideabox home takes about eight weeks, with two to three of that in building time.

The exterior of the Aktiv in Portland:


The landscaping for the project was done for Ikeabox by Schutlz and Long Landscape Architecture of Portland. Recycled asphalt replaces gravel and water-efficient dwarf plants are fed by a drip irrigation system.



images and info courtesy of ideabox, Sustainable Business Oregon and photographer Cathy Cheney

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Three Different Designers Do An Artful Retro Take on Cyberspace and Social Media.

Three different designers have all created various posters and ads that take the most popular sites in cyberspace and give them a vintage look. From Google Plus to Facebook, the stylized retro treatment emulates everything from Propaganda posters to vintage textbooks. Take a look.

1. Aaron Wood

Graphic designer Aaron Wood from Massachusetts has this great and growing selection of Propaganda Posters selling Social Media tools and sites.








The above posters (and more) are available for purchase from Aaron’s etsy store, Justonescarf Design.

2. Moma Agency/6B Studio

Brazilian ad agency Moma Propoganda created the following spread ads to promote Maximedia Seminars. They ran as spread ads like the one shown above, but for the sake of better seeing the artwork, here’s a look at the left hand side pages only.



Advertising Agency: Moma, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Creative Director: Rodolfo Sampaio
Art Director: Marco Martins
Copywriter: Adriano Matos
Illustrator: 6B Studio
Published: July 2010

3. Stéphane Massa-Bidal

Lastly, Stéphane Massa-Bidal aka Hulk4598 or Rétrofuturs is a french illustrator and graphic designer who recreated vintage textbooks using popular sites and social media tools as the subjects.





Images courtesy of each individual artist and the clio awards

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Funky Find of The Week: Hole In The Floor Storage By Raw Edges Design Studio.

hole in the floor

Hole In The Floor is a collection of special edition wood storage units for books that appear to be coming out of the floor by Israel based Raw Edges Design Studio. Read more

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The First Affordable Desktop Tank Designed Specifically For Jellyfish.

Jellyfish Art has designed the first affordable desktop Jellyfish Tank. As easy to maintain as a desktop aquarium, the modern looking tank is especially designed for jellyfish since they tend get sucked into the filtration intakes and get liquefied in fish tanks. Read more

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A Place Lego Lovers Will Worship. Abondantus Gigantus, A Lego-Like Church Pavilion.

Abondantus Gigantus LEGO Church

In 2011, Michiel de Wit and Filip Jonker of LOOS.FM designed a temporary pavilion in the public space for the Grenswerk Festival in Enschede, Netherlands. The pavilion was to be a versatile meeting point and a place for stage performances, exhibitions and the catering industry. Read more

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Rainbows, Unicorns & Bart Simpson. The Jeremy Scott 2012 Fall Winter RTW Collection

Designer Jeremy Scott (shown below wearing his latest Bart Simspon Sweater) has been busy. I just shared with you and now, here’s his most recent ready-to-wear collection for 2012 Fall Winter season.

Filled with cartoon and colorful pop culture iconography, this collection features men’s and women’s fashions punctuated by Unicorns, Rainbows, Smiley Faces, Peace Signs, Pixelated Computer Icons and yes, Bart Simpson. Sweaters, jackets, separates and sunglasses in typical Jeremy Scott fashion. Take a look at some of the highlights from the recent runway show.




















Jeremy Scott

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Footballer Thierry Henry To Add 5 Story, $400,000 Fishtank To His Hampstead Home Renovation.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that former Arsenal Striker Thierry Henry plans to demolish his North London house, originally designed by architect Sir Richard MacCormac, and renovate it to include a 5 story, 5,500 gallon fishtank. Read more

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The World’s Largest Crochet Sculpture & Crochetdermy by Shauna Richardson.

crochetdermy by artist Shauna Richardsonabove: Shauna Richardson stands by her Lionheart project, the world’s largest crochet sculpture

Crochetdermy by Shauna Richardson turns game hunters into knit wits. Her mounted animal heads and animal statues made of hand crocheted knits take the old tradition of taxidermy and give it a politically correct and artful spin. She creates life-sized and oversized sculptures that blend craft, realism and collecting. Read more

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