March 22, 2009

Brick flowers in a brick barge on a brick gable

Filed under: Architecture,Art by Branko Collin @ 11:05 am

This is a gable decoration on the building of the Bloemenlust flower auction house on the Oosteinderweg in Aalsmeer just South of Amsterdam. I ran into it today while biking through the neighbourhood. It’s carved entirely out of brick. The text—abreviated here and there—reads Bloemenlust Co√∂peratieve Veilingsvereeniging (Bloemenlust co-operative auction association).

After a merger in 1968 with the Centrale Veiling and a subsequent move to a new location, the 1922 building became a restaurant. The new auction would go on the become the largest in the world for flowers, housed in the second largest building in terms of floor space.

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January 12, 2008

Gameboy shaped bricks

Filed under: Design,Gaming by Branko Collin @ 5:12 pm

Web developer / musician / VJ Gijs Gieskes made these Gameboy shaped ceramic bricks that you can buy for the, er, challenging price of 20 euro a piece, according to BoingBoing. A bit steep perhaps if you were planning to do an entire wall with them, but they could still work as the occasional ornament.

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