Friday Funday: World Cup Soccer Ideas for Your Home!

June 27, 2014
Leslie Clagett, Dan Gregory
Friday Funday: World Cup Soccer Ideas for Your Home!
Meet a soccer ball sink!
Leslie Clagett in KB Culture, about the sink shown above, and the drain shown below:

"But of course there is a sink designed to resemble a soccer ball [It's even available in several colors.] But be careful that when washing up you don't touch the basin—that would be a hand-ball

By sports-fan standards, this soccer ball drain stopper hardly counts as obsessive. If anything, it could be a symbolic reminder of the nature of the game: Missed shots on goal, like water down the drain, are opportunities forever lost."

Thanks for the soccer ideas and images, Leslie!

Dan Gregory:

Taking further cues from Leslie Clagett's KBCulture -- a very helpful and witty source of new product information for kitchens and baths -- I discovered that the Italian company Meridiana International also makes sinks for other sports fans, including baseball, basketball, and volleyball -- so your new house can have a very lively locker room!

Brazil 's Brand of Organic Modernism

As Leslie mentions in her blog, the World Cup in Brazil brings to mind that country's remarkable contributions to the development of Modernism in architecture -- especially in the home, with designs by Oscar Niemeyer, architect of many Brazilian landmarks, from the country's capital at Brasilia to the only house the did in the US, shown below.

You might even see some soccer moves in the sweeping curves, kicks, and passes in the garden

 design -- well this may be stretching things, but hey, it's Friday! (two AD photos courtesy LACurbed).

Here's a look at the house Niemeyer designed for himself in 1951 in Rio de Janeiro, with a great boulder from the site forming a ledge for the pool (photo courtesy en.wikiarquitectura).

The curvilinear forms of roof and pool complement the rough edged rock and lushness of the site -- in other words, here are two versions of organic design: Oscar's and Mother Nature's. His "goal" so to speak, was to unite them and I think he did so with panache.

Lina Bo Bardi was another influential Brazilian architect. She emigrated to Sao Paolo from Italy after World War II and built her own remarkable Glass House there (photo below courtesy Domusweb). 

It's now a museum and preserves many of her furniture designs, like this beckoning orange example called

the Bowl Chair (photo courtesy Dwell). Now sit back and enjoy the rest of the World Cup!