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Designing With LEGOs: Piecing Together Your Interior Decor

Interior Design Is Bringing LEGO Into The Home

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Last year at Serving Up Style, a design competition that benefits Molly's Fund Fighting Lupus, GHID and his team created an award-winning room with a zig zag wall made up of blue and yellow Post-it Notes and a floor made up of pennies, but the room lacked a finishing touch. So Garrison turned to none other than over very own Grant Scholbrock, an award-winning LEGO architect. Grant was tasked with creating a large rhinoceros head made entirely out of yellow LEGO bricks and mounted on a plate made of brown LEGO pieces. The head was hung on the wall above the doors, looking like something out of a modern hunting lodge and landed a story in the Canadian publication, The Globe and Mail.

One of the most prized pieces is the LEGO rhino head, being lucky as we are to have an award winning LEGO architect in our office, we couldn’t help but to have him design and build this great and extremely unique piece for our space.

Garrison stated that the LEGO head was definitely a standout, because everyone loves LEGO. Now clients are clamouring for LEGO designs of their own, whether it’s walls for their kids’ rooms or chairs for themselves.

All thanks to Grant for his creativity and expertise, the rhino head was auctioned off to benefit Molly’s Fund after Serving Up Style!

Creative Design Using LEGO

LEGO is no longer just for kids...

What was once known as a kids toy is now big in the world of design. LEGO artists and architects have created everything from lamps, tables, sculptures and entire walls.

Dave McGinn stated, such LEGO designs stand at the apex of Gen-X nostalgia for adolescence, itself underpinned by the notion that it was never time to put away childish things. But its popularity is due to more than just the obvious sentimental factor, designers say. Those plastic bricks are sleekly modern and, when clicked together, can create shapes that evoke the work of early masters of modern architecture such as Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who, not coincidentally, LEGO has honoured through its Architect series, allowing fans to build their own versions of Farnsworth House and Villa Savoye, two of the most famous buildings in the modernist canon.

Other ways LEGO is being incorporated into interior decor...

Dave McGinn with The Globe and Mail specified that he was also commissioned to create a lamp made from Lego for the HGTV show Home By Novogratz. The lamp Kenney made was so striking that he has since designed five different styles of Lego lamps made in 10 colours that were introduced for sale in October, with prices ranging from $695 to $795.

Fresh Home detailed that the latest wall mounted radiator is from the Italian radiator company, Scirocco. It looks just like a giant form of the best-selling children’s toy. It’s not just a colorful wall radiator design - in terms of function, the LEGO radiator is actually thermally efficient as the round raised areas of the radiator helps dissipate the heat quickly.

Home Jelly said Parisian designers, Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti, interlocked 20,000 Legos,  completely covering their wood block kitchen island. They were apparently inspired by their apartment’s relaxed vibe where they were able to express “emotional release”. Snap.

LEGO Fun Facts

Did you know (fun facts came from National Geographic Channel)...

  • LEGO got its name when the founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, took the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”, and put them together – quite unaware that LEGO in Latin means ... “I put together”.
  • Approximately 20 billion LEGO elements (bricks) are made every year in the LEGO factory in Billund – equivalent to approximately 2 million elements an hour or 35,000 a minute.
  • A professor of mathematics calculated that there are over 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world.
  • On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth.
  • When the mini figure first appeared, it was decided that its face should have only one color: yellow and that its facial features should be happy and neutral. Now the mini figure appears in many guises, including Santa Claus, Spiderman and even Steven Spielberg.
  • LEGO group is owned and managed by the founder’s grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen – with his children.
  • There are about 2,350 different elements in the LEGO range – plus 52 different LEGO colors. Each element may be sold in a wide variety of different colors and decorations, bringing the total number of active combinations to more than 7,000.

LEGO Love In Portland, Oregon

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Bricks Cascade public exhibition will be held in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, March 9th between 10:00am and 4:00pm, and Sunday, March 10th between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Please join us at the Oregon Convention Center during these dates to view thousands of artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult LEGO enthusiasts and very talented young builders from around the world. Vendors will also be available for purchase of T-shirts, LEGO Minifigs, custom-made plastic elements and old/vintage LEGO sets. Public EXPO Tickets can be purchased on site at the Oregon Convention Center on the above dates. $8.00 per person or $28.00 for a family of 4 to 5. Children age 3 and under are free!

Make sure to check out Bricks Cascade Facebook Page for your chance to win 2 Family Passes to the show (includes 2 adult passes and up to 3 kids).