Kanye, Kanye, Kanye.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio1, Kanye West spoke a lot about design, but we're not talking his A.P.C clothing line. West actually expressed his admiration for architecture. "I want to do product, I am a product person," West said. "Not just clothing but water bottle design, architecture."
He admitted that he mostly "hangs around" architects and is currently working with five right now. "The time spent in a bad apartment, I can't get that back. But the education I can get from working on it is priceless."
He also said going to furniture exhibits and the Louvre have impacted him and his album "Yeezus." We're not completely surprised by this. In June, West told the New York Times that a Corbusier lamp was one of his greatest inspirations.
Don't we all feel that way?
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Zaha Hadid's London Apartment
Hadid’s own flat is more of a showroom of some of her iconic art and design pieces rather than a cozy personal home. Almost entirely devoid of traditional furniture, the place reflects her style as an architect and designer, yet tells little about her personality. For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/london-flat-profile-41358" target="_hplink">click here.</a>
Sean Godsell's Kew House
<blockquote>Because this building forces one to confront oneself, then if you don’t really feel good about yourself, you probably don’t like the building. There is nowhere to hide in that sense.</blockquote> Sean Godsell for <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/architecture/ep_trn1.htm#trn_god1" target="_hplink"><em>ABC: In the mind of the architect</em></a> For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/kew-house-profile-41332" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Günther Domenig's Stonehouse
Domenig's own house became a personal manifesto. With more than 20 years of construction, it was an outlet for the architect's technical and formal experiments over the years, about which <a href="http://lebbeuswoods.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/stonehouse/" target="_hplink">he states</a>: <blockquote>“I have reached my limits in every respect. Here we shall see what I really can carry out in architecture."</blockquote> For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/stonehouse-profile-41318" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Vanna Venturi's House by Robert Venturi
Architect Robert Venturi designed and built this home for his mother, Vanna Venturi. The house is situated in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. For more images & information, <a href="http://www.archdaily.com/62743/ad-classics-vanna-venturi-house-robert-venturi/" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
John Henry's Research House
'Just a tin shed" is the way architect John Henry described his Research House, when years ago it was shortlisted for the Interior Design Awards. Executed in Henry's typical hands-on approach, this relatively cheap house (less than 300 000$) features an interior garden and a cascade of stairs and levels filled with the architect's collection of modern furniture. For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/research-house-profile-41355" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Dominic Stevens' House
Architect Dominic Stevens and his artist wife built their own biodegradable house in Ireland's countryside. Stevens designed a modular system in which boxes can be added and subtracted according to changing spatial requirements. In <a href="http://www.eons.com/groups/topic/2024116-Biodegradable-House" target="_hplink">his own words</a>, <blockquote>It’s not the house as a product, it’s more the house as a process. Over the life cycle of our family growing, it can constantly adapt to the needs of different ages of children. The house is amorphous as opposed to static.</blockquote> For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/stevens-house-profile-41356" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Ricardo Bofill's House
Ricardo Bofill discovered an abandoned cement factory in 1973 comprised of over 30 silos, underground galleries and engine rooms. He bought it and not so long after, transformed it through a diverse program featuring his own architectural office, exhibition spaces, guest rooms and a home for him and his family. For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/the-cement-factory-profile-38757" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Terunobu Fujimori's Takasugi-An
Architect Terunobu Fujimori's "tea house placed too high" (as the name translates loosely) responds to an ancient tradition, in which tea masters were designing and building their teahouses themselves. Placed on two chestnut trees, the house is accesible through free-standing ladders and sways in the wind. For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/takasugi-an-profile-3200" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Susanne Nobis' Nobis House
Susanne Nobis designed this house for her own family of four. The two shed-like volumes feature areas for daily life and work, carefully separated from each other, yet preserving the feel of an aesthetic and functional entity. For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/nobis-house-profile-41359" target="_hplink">click here</a>.
Ray & Charles Eames' House
The design of the house was proposed by the Eames as part of the famous Case Study House program (1944-1966), which commissioned major architects to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes after the end of World War II and the subsequent housing boom. The project which later became their own home and studio reflected Eames' own needs: a young couple's space to live, work and enjoy in harmony with nature. For more images & information, <a href="http://openbuildings.com/buildings/eames-house-profile-2621" target="_hplink">click here</a>.