In 2005, Copenhagen’s Hotel Fox invited a slew of designers from around the world to transform their 61 rooms into works of art. Artsy hotels abound in most metropolitan cities across the globe, but Hotel Fox remains one of the warmest creative spins on transitory living. Australian design collective Rinzen’s above-pictured room, “Sleep Seasons,” takes the cake. Who doesn’t want to hibernate in a big comfy tent, surrounded by adorable woodland forest creatures?
The Where the Wild Things Are-inspired madness marches on! Just in time for Christmas, ultra-appetizing Aussie food blog A Table For Two built a impressively spherical gingerbread house inspired by the forts in the movie.
I made lots and lots of gingerbread sticks about 4cm long, and glued them together over a basketball, using sugar toffee. The next thing I know, my middle and index fingers are soon covered in blisters from the hot sugar toffee. Ouch! (I told you I was ambitious)
Ambitious indeed! They have brilliantly detailed step-by-step instructions on their blog for anyone who dares to replicate this masterpiece. For those of you more crafty than culinary, check out knitting blog Splendor’s lovely hooded wolf-suit sweater. They’e even got a free PDF of the pattern, written in 19 different sizes!
Finally, a wedding photography blog called Helmutwalker shares some photos from a fairytale-themed wedding. What better ringbearer could you ask for than Max, king of all the Wild Things? I wonder if they swapped out “You may kiss the bride” for “Let the wild rumpus start!” How cute:
The best part of a childhood rainy day was, without a doubt, the fort-making part. The second best part (maybe the third, after hot chocolate WITH MARSHMALLOWS) was the crafts. Usually these involved things like paper plates, popsicle sticks, yarn and googly eyes. Also glue. Glue was crucial. For an update on past diversions, check out this DIY Where The Wild Things Are mask tutorial from Spins and Needles.
We received so many submissions for the Wild Things forts contest we were running with Booooooom that picking a winner was unbelievably difficult. But as you can see by the above picture our GRAND PRIZE WINNER Eric Rice really went the distance on this one.
“I spent the long weekend building my fort out old pallets and other discarded materials. I didn’t use any nails or screws to build the actual fort, it’s lashed together with hundreds of feet of string, and is surprisingly sturdy, even on the third floor. I had an awesome time building it, and hope you guys do some more contests in the future.” – Eric
SECOND PLACE : Dianne Que
I’ve been drowning in adulthood lately and building this fort was such an awesome opportunity to be a kid again. i filled my cozy cloud cavern with some of my favorite doodads – yarn balls, cushions, kids books, and a star-lantern i built entirely from recycled bottlecaps.” – Dianne
HONORABLE MENTION: Ausia Lauts
“It was soooooooooo much fun to make, paper chains and cranes, hanging my favorite pictures, stacking the best books and movies. I even documented Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece on a board in the form of strangers holding lines of the book under their chins while I took a Polaroid picture of them and their smiling or not so smiling faces.” – Ausia
And last but certainly not least the CUTEST KIDS FORT AWARD: Georgie Grieve (age 3), Nico Brouwer (age 4), Audrey Perkins (age 4), and Jacob Salomon (age 3).
Thanks so much to everyone who entered! And special thanks to Jeff at Booooooom for running such an awesome site!
We Love You So readers, we really love you so. You’ve created such flabbergastingly fantastic forts! We wish we could include all of your images and stories in this post. Because there are so many great entries, we’ve decided to give out additional prizes, which will be revealed– along with the winners– before long. Sadly, the time for submissions has come to an end. But don’t let that stop you from fort-building in the future! Forts forever!!
Wow, you guys really got busy this weekend! The fortresses you’ve been sending in for our contest are so stunning and rad that it’s going to be a real challenge to pick just one winner. The creativity and imagination– not to mention the time and effort– you’ve been putting into these forts is incredibly inspiring. Keep ‘em coming! The deadline is tonight at midnight.
Just to be clear, here’s what’s at stake in the Wild Things’ Forts contest: An extremely limited edition Xbox 360 sporting a lovely Where the Wild Things Are design, PLUS an awe-inspiring bus stop-sized poster! And all you have to do? Build a fort and take a photo of it. Make a video. Send us an illustration. Anything goes! You have all weekend, so put your thinking caps on and make something beautiful! Check out some amazingly rad entries over at Booooooom and stay tuned to We Love You So for more inspiring submissions!
Things are heating up in the Wild Things’ Forts contest! Send us your entry in either photo, illustration, or video form– whatever you think will best display your fortitude (sorry). If you need motivation, just picture the custom XBOX you will be able to play all day, deep inside your fortress.
Remember what it felt like to build a fort? To hide away in a maze of chairs and pillows and blankets? Remember perching on couches and bunkbeds, overlooking an imaginary empire? It felt amazing to strip those objects of their benign, practical purposes. We were contradicting the domestic order of mom and dad to create something wild and mysterious– a place all our own, with moats and towers, jungles and vines, robots and dinosaurs. This guy knows what I’m talking about:
Let’s recapture the magic. We Love You So and our good friends over at . Use any materials you can get your hands on, because the only limits are inside your own imagination.
The winner will receive a special edition Xbox 360 decked out Where the Wild Things Are style– plus a magnificent bus shelter-sizedWhere the Wild Things Are poster not available in stores! More details on the prizes to come– but the competition will be fierce, so get your entires in quick! The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 12th. Let the wild rumpus start!
Here are a couple rad examples to get your creative juices flowing: ethereal fortresses from lovely Swedish artist Ida Lehtonen, and the enormous yet cozy fort at Space 1520’s WTWTA pop-up shop.