Wanken & Designspiration Office

There is always something good about having a very comfortable office. This is the offices of Wanken & Designspiration for working all types of media. Taking photographs and plastering all over the wall for inspiration, I really like that idea, and thinking of applying to my office. Its interesting that he uses the Yashica and the iPhone as his photography tools, I have equipment laying around but not as utilized or organized yet.

Wanken originally started as a video production venture by brother and myself in 2004. After a while video production become less of an interest so I took Wanken and ran with it in a different direction involving design and photography. The first versions of Wanken.com were interesting to say the least–full flash sites with intros and hit counters. When the blog started it was only photography but soon after, my interests evolved; architecture and graphic design became more prominent.

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A Package


Its like a bonus of items, I love getting packages like these, full of things that I have been looking forward and piling them up together in my mailbox to be shipped together. I preordered the BluRay edition of Star Wars from May or June and now that I have it I have no clue when I’m going to watch all 6 movies, but I want to do it one shot and require people to watch it with.


  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • Man Machine – Max Barry

Picked up a couple of books that I am looking forward to reading and a couple of design books that I would enjoy going through. Then I picked up the Star Wars special edition Moleskines both the small and large notebooks and I love having them but don’t want to use it. I have other Moleskines that I can use, the normal ones, I like collecting these special edition Moleskines.

Malibu Birdview Residence

The warm sandy beaches on the Pacific coastlines inspire impressive cribs in terms of size and architecture. For today we would like to showcase the imposing Birdview Residence designed by Doug Burdge in collaboration with interior designer Tim Clarke and located in Malibu. This diverse modern home stretches over 10,000 square feet and has no less than seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

This house feels like a breath of fresh air, I just love the huge windows not hiding any part of the view. A beautiful pool by the beach with this setting is amazing, I would spend a lot of time outside. The architecture is straight forward but the added style of glass and protruding stone adds to it and gives that nice open feeling. The interior is designed warmly and I would enjoy staying there, and I especially love the kitchen. Every room of the house has a piece of the amazing view, and that is the best part of this design.

Link: FreshHome

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Pandora Container Cabinets

In a few decades our whole world economy has become reliant on the containerization of our supply lines. Known the world over for its indestructible appearance and boxy look, the shipping container is one of the best known industrial archetypes. This modular storage system is inspired by the wonderful colour mosaics that sprout to life in every harbor and container terminal the world around.

For some reason I have always like shipping containers, I always enjoyed urban design projects which incorporated these shipping containers to make living spaces and offices. Now Sander Mulder’s latest home furnishings are built to resemble industrial shipping containers, and just like the real deal, units can be stacked and rotated to create a multitude of storage configurations. These Pandora Container Cabinets would be perfect in an office garage or some sort of industrial designed area, and I’m assuming they are as expensive as they look but very cool additions.

Link: SanderMulder

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I DRAW CARS – Kickstart Project

The I DRAW CARS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is an indispensible tool for students, designers, hobbyists, artists and car enthusiasts. We’ve designed the ultimate car design field guide by pairing commonly used industry reference materials with a ubiquitous and iconic moleskine-style sketchbook.

I have always thought about being an vehicle designer or an industrial engineer, some one who gets to design those amazingly cool cars. Matt Marrocco and Adam Hubres are two designers/engineers who work in this industry and wanted to provide a book and tool that can help people develop this skill. I love that they have gone with the Moleskine look for this book and they have put a lot of effort into it, all the different perspectives and designs. I for one have zero skill in drawing even though I sketch a lot in my Moleskine so I pledged right away, I love that they have a sketch over section so I can improve my horrible skills and I would love to add this to my collection. If you like this sort of thing check out their website and then head over to Kickstarter to pledge for the book. I hope this is a first edition and they come up with other design books soon.

Link: Kickstarter

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Concrete Fortress In Warsaw

There’s security, and then there’s paranoia. The Safe House outside Warsaw, in Poland, appears to fall decisively into the latter category. It looks all bright and airy — almost Miesian, at first blush. But in an instant, the whole thing can mutate, Transformer-style, into an impenetrable concrete fortress that makes your local survivalist’s panic room look like a baby’s crib.

When I first saw the structure I thought it was interesting, I kept going back and forth between the pictures. I realized that this home is a fortress, completely armored home perfect to hold your ground against zombies. These are fully moveable walls operating on self sufficient mechanisms to keep the inhabitants from all exterior threat, and there are safe zones between the entrance and the main house that must be cleared with the right passcodes so you may enter. I don’t have a clue why someone would need a structure such as this in Poland but its damn cool, I wonder how much it cost to put in the machines that can move all these walls. And yes it has a retractable bridge, unless it had the Batcave right under it it couldn’t get any cooler.

Link: Freshhome

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Tropical House in Costa Rica

I’m not one for the hut style house but I do love the landscaping and the outdoor area of the house. The design of the infinite pool is amazing with the ocean just over the hill. This is a very nice open air design which is free of clutter and has a very fresh feeling to it. The villa has 6 double bedrooms, 2 living rooms and 2 dining rooms and can accommodate up to 16 people. This would be a very nice beach house design but our temperature go a little bit to high for it to be open air. I especially like the lighting and the open spaces of it, it feels very relaxing and serene.

The project “is a perfect hideaway of absolute privacy and comfort. The main entrance features a covered walkway over a 2.000 square foot reflecting pool of black volcanic candistone. Lined with columns of white palimanan sandstone, the walkways lead to the East and West bedroom suites which flank the great room, the villa‘s central focal point. Construction followed a deliberate theme of rustic simplicity through the selection of natural materials such as sandstone, bamboo and Cristobal wooden doors and flooring. The result is a blend of casual elegance and comfortable luxury.”

Link: FreshHomes

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Plasma Design Business Cards

Every once in a while you see a unique business card that draws your attention and Steve Wozniaks’ card always draws attention. One because its Steve Wozniak or The Other Steve @ Apple, and two because its made out of steel which is very cool. Plasma Design is a company which makes creative cards out different kinds of steels and plastics based on your design or something they can put together. These cards are high quality steel and extremely thin, a few hundred microns to be exact. I think they are really cool and would want to have a card like that, but you would have to pick specific people to give this card to as it is expensive as hell. Depending on the type of card you pick and the thickness it could range from $550 for 100 cards and go all the way up to $19000 for 5000 cards. Still I think they are extremely cool and unique cards, click the link for more details and information about them.

Link: PlasmaDesign