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Rudolph inspired dollhouse for your 'miniature Modernist'

 The Dylan House. Photo: Brinca Dada

The Dylan House. Photo: Brinca Dada

Who says a dollhouse has to be Victorian? If you are looking for a cool holiday gift to inspire a young future architect, we found some amazing examples at Brinca Dada. The above caught our attention for an obvious reason:

Inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando, the brinca dada Dylan Dollhouse House with Furniture features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the breezy openness of a beachfront home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to allow natural light into the house and play from many angles. The Dylan House has five living spaces on three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio. The Dylan House Furniture set contains 23 pieces...enough to fill five living spaces on three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio. Furnish their imagination with this awesome complete dollhouse and furniture set.

We’re not sure the above is very Rudolphian, but it may have taken a cue from his Florida work:

 Do you see a resemblance? Neither do we…. Photo: Kelvin Dickinson, Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation

Do you see a resemblance? Neither do we…. Photo: Kelvin Dickinson, Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation

Brinca Dada also makes other options for your miniature Modernist which remind us a little of Paul Rudolph’s Quadruplex at 23 Beekman Place:

 The Bennett House. Photo: Brinca Dada

The Bennett House. Photo: Brinca Dada

All that’s missing is a lot of chrome and some Plexiglas furniture. And is that hole on the roof where the bathtub is supposed to be?

Celebrate your (or someone else's...) Inner Brutalist this holiday season

 Photo: Jonathan Thai & Mike Yim of Aggregate Watches

Photo: Jonathan Thai & Mike Yim of Aggregate Watches

Are you a fan of Brutalism (and who isn’t, really?) Looking for a cool gift for yourself or a friend that shows your love of all things concrete? Introducing the Masonic - the first watch to feature a lightweight concrete dial and bezel.

Launched in August of 2017, the watch is the centerpiece of a kickstarter campaign setup by Aggregate Watches. Designers Jonathan Thai & Mike Yim joined Hendson Lin and Alexandra Burton to start the campaign. According to the kickstarter site:

Aggregate was conceived from the idea of experimenting with concrete in unconventional ways. We believed that we could create beautiful products using concrete, re-imagined in a different context.

The honest design approach is the best approach, where the material and form serve to captivate the audience. Concrete is the medium, and the medium is the message. The design is concrete, in its raw form.

The concrete used in ‘The Masonic’ is a special, proprietary cement blend that we have developed, so we can manufacture the components of the watch to be both lightweight and durable for daily wear.

 Photo: Jonathan Thai & Mike Yim of Aggregate Watches

Photo: Jonathan Thai & Mike Yim of Aggregate Watches

The watches are now available at Aggregate’s website in 6 colors: Gravel Gray, Oat Brown, Charcoal Black, Pacific Navy, Bay Brown, and Rose Gold.