Parquets Aug. Lachapelle, ca 1920


A selection of wood floor designs from the rare early 20’s hardcover catalogue of Auguste Lachappelle Parquets, a company founded in Antwerp in 1889.  At the time Lachappelle was the only house in Europe manufacturing superior wood floors exclusively for princely palaces, castles and mansions.

The book contains more than 120 pages of beautiful parquet patterns and luxurious borders and has been for many years a great source of inspiration for me, on many topics. Recently I’ve started a process of scanning my favorite designs,  a small sample following.








Scans for WeWasteTime

deBrick / Tzeny Gorantonaki

Bricks w/various chromatic and opacity qualities, made from non-recyclable debris, recycled PET, dust, silicone leaves and purple bacteria. The selected phototrophic bacteria can also produce energy through photosynthesis. A project on the reuse of building materials created by Tzeny Gorantonaki, John Apostolopoulos, Anna Neratzouli and Ioanna Thanou, architecture students @ Technical University of Crete.  Find more here.

via the value of garbage

paper wood

Paper Wood is an ecologically sensitive material, a new kind of plywood,  that is made from colorful recycled paper sandwiched by birch and lime wood and needs no coating or finishes! created by Drill design

via inhabitat

Reclaimed wood flooring

To date, Pioneer Millworks has prevented over 20 million board feet of antique wood from ending up in the landfill. Their reclaimed wood is salvaged primarily from barns and other industrial buildings being demolished. These structures were often built with materials harvested from Virgin forests and the woods show beautiful tight growth rings, rich patina, and character from previous use. Wiped out by blights in the early parts of the 20th Century, species like Chestnut and Elm are now available for use as reclaimed materials.

found here


Intimacy by Studio Roosegaarde is a fashion project about the relation between intimacy and technology. Its high-tech garments ‘Intimacy White’ and ‘Intimacy Black’ are made out of interactive technologies and smart e-foils which become transparent based on personal interactions.

Social interactions determine the level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.

Via triangulation.

Architecture that repairs itself

Venice is sinking. To save it, doctor Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of metabolic materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes an (almost) alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.