The Log Experiment: Isthmus' multi-disciplinary lamp/bird feeder/fishing device

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But, just as we did in 2017 with our Block Party experiment, when we sent a whole bunch of Lego to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business and asked them to do something interesting with it, we want to showcase that brilliance in different ways. So, once again, we’ve tapped into the talents of the Idealog community for the 2018 Design Issue and, in honour of our spirit ‘animal’, The Idea Log, we sent a few hunks ‘o wood out to some friends of the Idealog family to see what they could do. Here's what Isthmus came up with.

Isthmus, a multidisciplinary architecture and urban design studio behind projects as diverse as Auckland's Hobsonville Point, the development of the New Plymouth foreshore and the redeveloped Freyburg Place, focuses on three things: land, people and culture. For this experiment, it focused on wood.

“The Isthmus Idea Log offers opportunities for play and discovery for a variety of activities, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Its adaptive nature allows it to provoke creativity and thinking from kids or adults in the environment they are in. This project makes this connection more obvious in a curious and fun way; as a design for mixed use. The log can be flung in a tree or thrown into the water to see what critters come to inhabit it. Other possibilities could be a bird feeder, hanging pot for plants to be grown on or simply a picnic lamp.”

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