pixar’s up house a reality

i previously blogged about the national geographic channel’s “how hard can it be” tv show replicating a house flying with balloons from disney-pixar’s up (twice), but now there is an actual house replicating the one carl and ellie lived in–an exact copy down to just about every detail.

bangerter homes, the developer, was granted permission to replicate the house by disney, which is an incredible accomplishment in itself.  i work with disney and they have a lot of strict policies/rules.  the house is located in herriman, utah and just recently finished the exterior.  the interior is still a work in-progress but they’re following the blueprint from the film and being mindful of every detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem–including the weather vane and garden hose.

it’s open for tours starting july 29th until august 14th with an opening asking price of $400,000.  pretty affordable, but it does seem rather small and as much as i love up, pixar, and collectibles…you won’t find me submitting a bid.

it is awfully cute though…

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hotel missoni

i’m pretty excited that my firm’s working on hotel missoni belek, antalya in turkey.  we have some amazing designs and projects, but unfortunately i can’t afford to stay at any of these luxe hotels.

to give you an idea of what it might look like, here are photos from the other hotel missoni properties.

hotel missoni edinburgh

hotel missoni kuwait

hotel missoni belek, antalya isn’t slated to open until 2014.  other locations in the works are oman (2013) and brazil (2014).

i normally find missoni clothing too loud and 70’s-looking but i’m loving how it looks as an interiors palette…especially the vibrant colors and patterns.  now i’m really excited for the target collaboration.

and here’s a sneak peak to that!

over 400 products, priced all the way from $2.99 to $599.99…thankfully, most are supposed to be under $40.  i’ll be counting the days until september 13th.

the china comic & animation museum (ccam)

i saw renderings of and was pretty excited for the china comic and animation museum (ccam) but i didn’t realize that china is hoping to overtake the u.s.  in animation.  whoa whoa, china…a little ambitious trying to transform hangzhou into the animation capital of the world.

the best animation studios and histories are from the u.s., but even still, let’s not forget japan and korea.  a lot of animation is currently outsourced but none of these studios are getting acclaim for the work they’re producing, because well…it’s not really theirs to own.  if they want to be true animation masters, that means more than the technical animation–it means they have to be master storytellers, because that’s the real key (i.e. pixar, disney in the “golden age”).  most entertainment globally is still coming from hollywood/the u.s., i’m not sure how china plans on breaking this–even bollywood hasn’t done it and it’s been doing it for a lot longer.

but in any case, the museum designed by mvrdv still looks amazing and i hope to visit some day…especially since i’ve never really been to china.

mvrdv designed the buildings to look like 3d speech/thought bubbles…cute right?

for more information on the museum and how spending $130 million may not be the best way to stimulate china’s economy, read fast company design‘s piece on the subject.