We spend so much time, energy, and money dealing with the reality of our homes — sometimes it's nice to escape in visions of impossible homes for a bit. Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin creates grittily realistic structures that have no place in the real world...On my way to work the other day, I saw a movie poster for The Cabin In The Woods. I was thrilled to see Joss Whedon has a new project, but my main thought was, "I wish I could write about that cabin for Apartment Therapy. Hmmm..." On my break, I happened upon Dujardin's Fiction series in the January/February 2012 issue of Vogue Living Australia. Isn't that the way the world works? The cabin (Image 3) and Fiction #8 (Image 2) are both topsy-turvy, impossible yet seemingly realistic, and dizzyingly appealing. They both give me the feeling of being in motion, a quality I definitely do not want in a home. My San Francisco apartment moves around quite enough, thank you.
All of Dujardin's Fictions are compelling, so these are just a few of my favorites. The giant rock between houses in Fiction #21 (Image 1) reminds me of the Levitated Mass recently installed at L.A. County Museum of Art, and makes me pity the poor (imaginary) people who live on the second floor. The arms of Fiction #22 (Image 4) seem designed to snap off on a windy day — even more stressful than that discombobulated #8! But oh, Fiction #1 (Image 5) is so dreamy: the world's prettiest driveway, a hobbit carport. I might even drive if I got to glide under that beauty everyday.
I wish the Vogue Living interview was available online, but in its stead, there are some good pieces on Dujardin's work in Hydra Magazine, BldgBlog, and Arch Daily. I love the fact that he didn't become an architect because he was told he didn't have the math skills, but now, thanks to his photography skills, he's able to create buildings anyway. Score one for the artsy types!