Sure, it’s a big break when local architects and designers get their work published in Dwell, but who knew that an appearance in the modern design magazine might ultimately be seen as just a stepping stone on the path to even greater fame? That’s right: With the recent appearance of the Unhappy Hipsters blog, Dwell‘s design stars will at last be able to reach a much wider circle.
Most photos on Unhappy Hipsters are taken from the magazine. But yes, the captions are changed — just a little bit — so that the work shown can reach a larger and perhaps more appreciative audience.
Already, two teams of Houston designers have been featured on the blog. A reader writes in to report that the photo above, showing the owners of Numen Development’s shipping-container house on Cordell St. in Brookesmith, was featured in a recent Unhappy Hipsters post. Except instead of the original caption from Dwell, which described the front porch, the species of grass on the lawn, and the bent-steel shade above, we have this:
Not on the grass, Sweetie. Never. On. The. Grass. See how much fun Daddy is having?
Who else is appearing on Unhappy Hipsters?
How about architects Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon of M+A Architecture Studio? They’re shown here in front of the 700-sq.-ft. house they built for themselves on Grace Lane, just a stone’s throw from MacGregor Terrace — and maybe a thermal oxidizer explosion away from the neighboring Griggs Rd. plant of CES Environmental Services.
Here’s Dwell‘s original caption for the photo:
Schatz and Eamon carefully tend to the greens planted on the ground that they took to with shovels when digging the original footings for their home.
But again, Unhappy Hipsters’ deadpan audience-pleasing version makes their work much more accessible:
Rather than bicker, they’d head outside for a multidisciplinary investigation of the social, political, and cultural ramifications of architecture-as-conceptual-art.
- Not on the grass, sweetie [Unhappy Hipsters]
- Rather than bicker [Unhappy Hipsters]
- The Shipping Muse [Dwell]
- Small Amidst Sprawl [Dwell]
- Unhappy Hipsters parody website is a hit [LA Times]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Brookesmith Shipping-Container House, More Excitement at that Chemical Waste Disposal Plant in the Back Yard,