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2012 July Progress

Again, long delay in posts but here is progress up to July 2012 in a nutshell.  This will be a very abridged take on all the work completed.  About mid 2012 we were invited to be part of a cabin book that would shoot in 2013 so we had to stop slacking and get to work.  

So we started laying some flooring in the dining area.  We used #2 Red Oak (the cheapest stuff I could find).

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These are some progress/scouting shots for the upcoming photo shoot.ImageImage

We welded up a nice wood rack to keep all the wood in one spot (wow, blurry photo).  The orange built-in sofa is a work in progress here.  This folds out into a queen bed.

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Here you see the White Pine counter we installed.  The White Pine search story is another post..  Windows trimmed in Mahogany.Image

 

Completed Ikea cabinets and reused stainless counter.

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Front deck progress shot.

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Rear deck near complete.

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Again, there are some big gaps in photos/story and overall progress, but this is a good overview.  

 

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Blue Floor..

Here is a quick one from 2010…

 

Progress has been slow this year as money has not been pouring in but we are still pushing ahead.  Before we cut the openings into the rest of the cabin we thought we better sand the floor as the dust tends to get everywhere.  So the weekend before I sanded the really rough floor to a point we felt was acceptable.  This was accomplished with a hand-held belt sander and a random orbit palm sander.  Having done this to red I knew what I was in for.  Needless to say it took about a full day.  The following weekend I vacuumed and dusted the whole floor prepping for finish.  First a coat of sealer then a one coat of finish.  We will lay down two or three more coats once the walls are up.ImageImage

We ended up using an oil based poly in a matte finish.  The photos look glossy but as it dries it transitions to matte.

 

Up next, bracing the ceiling of blue and cutting openings….

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Hello World!

A little lego madness going on in the world.  Maybe the lego house had a lego printer.  The lego house certainly must have been protected by guards armed with lego guns.  All of this brings to shame my little lego fortresses from childhood.

Enjoy all the lego madness!

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Subtly in Craftsmanship

Who would think to bedazzle the bucket on a backhoe or make a fence from saris?  There’s an interesting article over at Design Observer about the simple embellishments of objects amongst India’s poorer cast.  For the Indians, the act of embellishment is a way of staking claim and personalizing the objects that make up their everyday experiences.  There are also examples of innovative adaptive re-uses, such as a fence made from old saris or the jugaads, vehicles pieced together from old parts.

check out the article to learn more.

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Nice wheels!

It’s been a hectic week at IMD, but we have moved everything into the new office and are finally starting to settle in.  We will post photos of the new digs once the dust settles and the boxes dissappear.  In the mean time, here are a couple of peculiar takes on the motorized vehicle: the monowheel and diwheel.  For reasons of stability, I’m partial to the diwheel.  Believe it or not, the Vereycken diwheel could reach speeds of up to 116 mph (supposedly).  Practicality aside, this would definitely be a fun to wheel around in.

go for a ride and enjoy the weekend.

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Container Corporation of America

I recently stumbled upon these awesome old advertisements for the Container Corporation of America (CCA) while strolling through Eric Baker’s weekly collection of ephemera.  From 1938 – 1967 the CCA put out these beautiful constructivist influenced advertisements touting themes like integration and responsibility.  Walter Paepcke, an executive at CCA was a strong proponent of art and design.  He brought in bauhaus designers like Herbert Bayer to promote his other projects such as the Aspen Institute.  It’s great to see industrialists pursuing design and philanthropy.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Hard at work!

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We at InterModal Design started this blog with the hopes of covering all things simple, efficient, and Earth friendly.   InterModal Design is working feverishly to get everything up and running.  Come back soon!

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