Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Bits of Wisdom
Tim Bjella

My Imaginary Conversation with a Dead Architect

O wise and honorable, dead architect, what do you mean the details aren’t the details? If they aren’t the details, then what are the details? There are no details. Huh? There are no details? How can…? Of course there are details, they make

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If Batman had a Range Hood, This Would be It

Does the Batcave have a kitchen? If you are reading this, Bruce, call me. I designed a badass custom range hood. For you, I’ll even paint it black. Of course, I didn’t design it with the Batman in mind (well not consciously,

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Tools of the Trade
Tim Bjella

Another Perfect Pen

What makes this pen so cool? Choices. And options. Options with choices. Options with options. The minimalist  Takumi Pure, from Tronnovate, a recent and astutely managed Kickstarter project, accepts every worthwhile ink refill on the planet (slight bias, here). Most importantly, it accepts the venerable

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

A Great Place to Go, to Get to Someplace Else

Like pirates, boats and booty? Try Saint Malo – a medieval port town in northern France. Once the smarmy haunt of pirates (but not Johnny Depp, smarmy), there are still masts everywhere (but newer masts, and no sign of Johnny). Robyn and

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Travel-tecture
Tim Bjella

Think glass is weak? Think again.

Despite years of practice, Robyn, Beck and I are not levitating 103 storeys above Chicago (20 feet is about our limit). And, no, our magic carpet didn’t suddenly vanish, either – if I had a magic carpet, I certainly wouldn’t be bragging about it

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Construction
Tim Bjella

Crowning the Tower. It’s Just Like Legos! Not.

“Do the workers on the job site ever throw things at you”? “Have you ever had a nail gun “accidentally” discharge into your thigh?” “Do you have to dodge dirty buckets of water tipped from floors above”? The answer to these

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Kitchens
Tim Bjella

Modern Zen Kitchen Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The owners of this loft desired a contemporary, yet warm and welcoming, subtle Asian aesthetic. To this end I employed a series of yin yang contrasts: dark vs. light materials, textured vs. smooth, horizontal vs. vertical elements. The couple spends the winter in warmer

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