I remember being in elementary school, pasting those giant-sized popsicle sticks, the ones that seem to make up every craft project, together to create a birdhouse. I remember bringing it home to my mother, proud as can be, and her taking one look at it and relegating it to a dark corner of my room, where not even I would be forced to look at it, let alone a bird. Okay, so, I'm no Oscar Niemeyer.
Well now, I can be proud to bring home a birdhouse for my mother, only this one I'll have to buy (I think we can all acknowledge it's probably better that way!). German design shop Raumhochrosen created gorgeous modernist birdhouses, based on several famous architectural masterpieces located in the remote Vorarlberg state of Austria. There is a strong architectural history in Vorarlberg, an isolated state where the residents actually speak a dialect closer to Alsatian or Swiss than Austrian (don't say I didn't teach you anything!).
These birdhouses are 1:33 scale replicas of actual houses, made using the same wood as the originals.
And, in a sort of idealistic fashion, the architects of these birdhouses believe that children gravitate towards birdhouses at a young age and, in using these modernist replicas, these same children will then grow up with a greater appreciation for modernist architecture.
This is precisely the sort of thing that jazzes us up here at Brastilo. It's not just that these birdhouses are contemporary, modern, different, and interesting, but the ideas behind the design - the idea that something as simple as a modernist birdhouse can change a perception. That's what good design is all about, and it's something we hope we can achieve with what we sell.
But, in all honesty, these birdhouses are just really cool. I sincerely hope those bluejays appreciate the beauty of what they're going to be eating from.