Some time back - oh maybe, like in January or February - I made a promise to you the readers. . . . that
I would no longer use the platform of DR•I to voice concerns, critiques in respect to world events.
That I would maintain a respectable posture of non-engagement in regards to the performance (or non-performance) of political world leaders (or wanna be leaders. . . ) I strayed, once I think - as I thought the situation merited it.
'And, so - what do you think now?', you might well ask. I have, many thoughts - I have many feelings -
I have disappointments and frustrations. . . . as do, I'm sure, many of you. But those will not be shared,
or spread across these 'pages'.
Suffice it to say, in allowing my conscience to speak for me, on Friday night last, I cancelled/deleted my Facebook account. After more than 10 years, 'sayonara'........the 'whys', the 'what fors', - well, if you have to ask you're just not tuned in..
Sadly -as the FB connection was one that kept me in front of friends and colleagues, ex-co-workers, ex-students - in Amman, Hong Kong, Milan. Beirut, Victoria, Miami - other places..... I will surely miss them.
A void is now in the place where once a warm spot used to be. . . . . but, one has to either live by their code of morality, or - not.
Moreover, no longer will FB be a place where I can announce to my confreres, news about DR•I and other design-related issues.
'Nuff said', he said. Grazie though, to my FB associates. I will, miss you.
A London Home Goes From Georgian to Modern, With a Detour : :
By Alice Rawsthorn : : New York Times
Notice the plaster mouldings? You have to assume the ceiling here is about 14' in height. Why? Because a standard door measures 80" - and here we have almost double that. Pretty awesome.
The house/home was designed and built from 1773 to 1774 by one of the estate’s surveyors, John White, and Thomas Collins, a sought-after ornamental plasterer. MM
The owner of an apartment in an 18th-century townhouse thought she was undertaking “an easy conversion.” Then she entered a maze of rules and interpretations.
When Heather Kane was scouring her favorite London neighborhoods two years ago searching for an apartment to buy, she discovered a promising candidate on the first floor of an 18th-century townhouse on Harley Street, in the Marylebone area of the city center.
“I loved it,” recalled Ms. Kane, a 42-year-old technology executive turned design entrepreneur, who was born in Los Angeles and has lived in London since 2015. “Most of the apartments I’d seen had beautiful, original facades but were too pared back inside. This one was huge with high windows and ceilings, original plaster moldings, and an amazing terrace.
“I love London’s historic architecture and wanted to preserve as much of the period detailing as possible. I thought it would be an easy conversion, but it turned out to be 10 times harder than anything I’d done before.”
The cause of her difficulties was Britain’s labyrinthine architectural conservation system, which ensures that any changes to a building deemed to be of historic importance, like the Harley Street townhouse, must be approved by the local planning department. Ms. Kane’s home is in the City of Westminster, which includes some of London’s finest historical buildings, but whose planners are famed for their strictness and for having very particular opinions on what constitutes acceptable — and unacceptable —— architectural interventions.
Translating such a building into a comfortable, functional contemporary home is almost always intensely subjective and potentially contentious. One person’s interpretation of sensitive restoration can be another’s idea of architectural carnage, while a third might regard it as too timid. As Ms. Kane admitted, one of her challenges in navigating British conservation politics was having no knowledge of the planning system. Another problem was the difficulty of translating her needs and wishes into something that Westminster’s planners would approve.
Like much of Marylebone, Harley Street originated as a speculative development by the Portland Estate, owned by the Duke of Portland, whose wife inherited most of the land between what are now Oxford Street and Marylebone Road, in 1741. Harley Street’s construction began in the 1750s, and the house containing Ms. Kane’s apartment was designed and built from 1773 to 1774 by one of the estate’s surveyors, John White, and Thomas Collins, a sought-after ornamental plasterer.
Grander houses were built nearby at that time — notably those designed by the Scottish architects Robert and James Adam on Mansfield Street — but the delicately rendered cherubs in Collins’s plasterwork would have been enough to distinguish this one. His renown may also explain why several of his ornate panels survived nearly 250 years of construction, including the house’s conversion in 1949 into flats. Collins’s skill also contributed to the entire house’s being given a Grade 2 listing, which is awarded to a building “of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it,” in 1987.
Like many London apartments of similar vintage, Ms. Kane’s two-bedroom, first-floor flat combined some original elements with a motley assortment of additions dating from the early and mid-1800s, early 1900s, the 1949 conversion, and subsequent makeovers. Westminster’s planners insisted that all of those features be preserved and that any adjacent work match them. Ms. Kane was happy with that, but not with the planners’ response to her request for what she thought were modest changes to make her new home “more livable,” as she put it.
Ed note: Don't you just love the archway? Homage to a radiator. . . . of course, in 1740, it may well have been that radiators were not as yet in existence. Therefore, it begs the question, 'Why an archway? Why here?'
And the answer may well be that it was in fact a passageway to somewhere else.......make sense?
This to me, is a lovely example of a renovation, sensitively and elegantly undertaken to reflect both the tenor of the architecture of the time, and also to bring forth a very personal stamp of the current owner.
The full article in the New York Times is available at:
M E D D L E S O M E ?
Who, me? Well, maybe so - but I would argue, it's only a designer taking creative license/freedom - to comment, critique - to show perhaps a better way. IMHO this is a lovely, simple space, this guest bedroom. Gentle, elegant, simple. But I feel the two pieces of art displayed on the wall of the recessed archway are a) too small, b) out of context. So, I did some searching. Firstly I thought a ROTHKO poster reproduction - with the wonderful range of colours ad moods - might be right. And, many would be. But I luckily tripped over the work of a Canadian First Nations artist, Linus Woods. He is a Dakota/Ojibway artist from the Long Plain Fisrt Nation of Southern Manitoba. He is largely self-taught. Please visit his work here.
I selected the one you see in the following 'edited' image. It is called,
'Untitled - White Horse Looking Down' .
And as part of 'Designer's License', I added the frame. So - what do you think? Would love to hear your comments.
By the way - because I find his work so rich, so compelling, I am showcasing some of Mr. Woods paintings here.
A SHACK NOT IN THE WOODS
There is a wide-ranging fascination of late, for small spaces. Nobody seems to be able to explain it.
Is it cost-related? Think not - at least not in the main - a certain percentage equates smaller with cheaper. And in that they are not necessarily wrong. However having designed numerous small spaces in my career (from powder rooms to kitchens, staterooms to home offices) - oft-times it can cost much more to achieve miniaturizaton in anything. Hardware is more costly, labour is more expensive - there is no rule of thumb, but it costs big money to be, well, innovative.
But that fascination exists - it's akin to small boat (or even big boat) interiors. Having had a 40' houseboat for a few years, I know firsthand how one has to consider the consequence of every decision to 'bring something else onboard.'
To that point - this is a quite lovely exercise in clever thinking.
PREFAB MOUNTAIN REFUGE
Gnocchi+Danesi architects merge traditional alpine shelters with modern design to create the Mountain Refuge. The compact cabins are constructed from two prefabricated plywood modules that feature dramatic roof pitches while a black pine tar finish gives them a minimalist character. Interiors total around 258 square feet and although the designers offer a variety of layouts, the living spaces are left mostly open to give owners the flexibility to accommodate their needs. There's also the option of adding another module to boost the inside 129 square feet. With helicopter delivery and no need for a poured foundation, the Mountain Refuge can be placed in remote locations that couldn't normally be reached using conventional methods.
Photos: The Mountain Refuge
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Pour moi, there is a 'baring of the soul' in the raw bleakness of this environment. Striking, it resonates deeply. Pour moi. . . . .
When we're finally able to break out of quarantine, you won't want to be confined by four walls anymore. The Casa Cosmos is the perfect cure for cabin fever. Located on a remote piece of Pacific coastline in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, the seaside retreat features an open-air design. Wooden screens slide out to seamlessly expand the minimalist living spaces to the jungle landscape. For full ocean views, head to the rooftop terrace and catch the sunset. Its interior is comfortably equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, and queen-size bed while an outdoor hammock and private plunge pool ensure relaxing is part of the agenda.
Casa Cosmos is the perfect house for you to relax, come and disconnect yourself from the city chaos.
In this remote beach of the Mexican Pacific coast, you will be able to let go of stress, we want you to enjoy your stay, have time and space to finish that book that you been willing to read or just enjoy the incredible sunsets while you walk down the beach.
S U R P R I S E !
A bonus for you all!
Yes - I know - it's been only two weeks since the last issue, 4•5. My dilemma is what should this number be? I suppose it will have to be 4•5-1 - make sense?
Speaking of sense(s) - I may come again to my senses and not repeat this folly. Unless, of course you all want me too. So, if you do, then you must send an email to: michael@DesignReview.International and in the Subject field, type: STOP! Don't Stop!
Okay? If I do not receive at least 50 positive replies for this mid-month issue it will likely be the only time we do this. Let's see who's listening/reading out there. . . . .
On a related note, this is a part of a greater experiment. The hosting provider through whom DR•I is published has recently developed a pretty cool newsletter function - and it is by using the newsletter link that you will be reading this issue now. Enjoy!
I LOVE furniture! I know I don't showcase a lot of it - probably because there is either far too much sameness or lack of fresh design thinking. But when I come across something that is fresh, different - striking - then it will appear in DR•I. This chair is from a company, DMITRIY....and this model is called the ZERMATT swivel chair.
What do we like about it? a beautiful simple form/shape, wonderful proportions - a luxe tailored appearance. Would be perfectly at home in a living room, a hotel room or an executive office.
What would we change about it? I'd provide the option of a matching ottoman/footstool - and you know - you just know, it should be round with a muffin top .......
What do we not like about it? The price - at $4125.00 (USD) each it is way outside almost anyone's budget.
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Dmitriy & Co is a modern furniture and upholstery atelier dedicated to timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship. The brand’s history of producing bespoke furnishings can be traced back to the Lower East Side of New York, where artisanal mastery was hard-earned over three generations. The compulsion to design and create by hand serves as a vehicle of artistic expression and pays homage to an age-old craft that remains embedded in our culture.
The company’s latest collection pushes the boundaries of aesthetic innovation. New technologies coupled with new ways of seeing things drive the language of form in unexpected and sublime directions—a warm modernism that is at once familiar and wholly new.
And for much the same reasons we adore the ARP chair.
Very elegant, very simple, very expensive.
At $4250.00 (USD) - what can I say?
This slideshow is rather interesting because it shows how a curated selection of artwork, in the same setting, can really change the mood and timbre of the space. Some of you - mostly those who were students of mine - will remember something I tried to imbue in you when it came to fine residential interior design ........ when you work with a client in their home you have two primary responsibilities - the first is to be as good an interpreter of your client as possible - the second is to strive to be a 'mood architect'. In that sense, mood, is the sixth, or seventh, sense...... wonder how many of you can list all the others. And so, study these photographs - you can pause the slideshow - and ask yourself 'How has this painting modified or changed the mood?'. You may surprise yourselves.
S I G H !
Doesn't this just compel you to - s i g h ?
It does me. . . . Man, I could sit/lie/snuggle down - right here - for days on end.
When I worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Miami, my first apartment was on the rooftop of a six storey building - right on the beach - in Hollywood. Yes! I would walk out of my building and literally be 6 feet away (across the Broadwalk) from the sand of the beach. And since my living room window faces east, I spent hours and hours just staring out at the Atlantic Ocean. Many an early morning was spent watching tramp steamers traverse the horizon.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN BEACH HOUSE, RHODE ISLAND
Quarantining might be a little more bearable if you were held up in a private seaside sanctuary like this South Kingstown Beach House. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the contemporary cottage boasts a boxy form clad in timber planks. Its interior takes on a reverse-level layout, placing the three bedrooms on the ground floor and the communal areas above. The open living space features a kitchen and sitting room with painted beadboard ceilings and oak beams while floor-to-ceiling glazing highlights the coastal views. Step through the sliding class doors and enjoy the ocean breeze or retreat to the back porch for sunset drinks overlooking Green Hill Pond.
Such a gem! Sited between Charlestown Beach & Green Hill Pond, with panoramic Atlantic Ocean views to Block Island, Charlestown Breachway and beyond, this truly unique, custom-built home is seaside perfection!
Of course, it's a bargain at $2,500,000.00 USD. Do you think the ZERMATT chairs might find a suitable home here?
T W I S T Y / T U R N Y - round 'n round she goes. . . . . . so cool! EE Stairs company are brilliant innovators. They always rise to the challenge put in front of them by madly crazed architects, designers. This is an example of absolute purity of form and of form following function!
Asymmetrical Ribbon Staircase at One Bank Street London
Design: tp bennett, Adamson Architects
Location: One Bank office tower, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, east London, England, UK
The design of the 730,000 ft2 One Bank office tower at Canary Wharf is unusual in two ways. Developer Canary Wharf Group’s base-build architects, KPF, produced a receding convex main elevation which sits on a cantilevered lower segment. This bold architectural geometry takes an even more dramatic turn – several turns, to be precise – inside the building. Here, tp bennett, Adamson Architects and EeStairs collaborated to produce a remarkable asymmetrical ‘ribbon’ staircase linking three floorplate balconies.
....... the full article is here.
To me, this is exciting architecture - bold, imaginative, trail-blazing.
A wonderful articulation of a vision that actually makes great sense architecturally and structurally.
A new mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) ambitiously pushes the "traditional boundaries between building and the urban context."
OMA's CMG Qianhai Global Trade Center project is described as a compressed "Micro City" that the firm believes will be an example of "a tower, a cluster, a neighborhood, and a city."
The clustered volumes aim to visually and physically connect two main towers, a cube-shaped volume in the center, and a lower building complex all into one harmonious development.
From an article in Archinect by Madeline Amhurst ~ Georgia Tech Campus (Historic) Housing Renovation
Koda will begin shipping the Koda Loft, the company's tiny movable home, to US customers this summer.
The Koda Light can be moved on a trailer in one piece, though a crane is required to fit the home into place.
The 310-square-foot home has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs bedroom.
Estonia's Koda will begin shipping the Koda Loft, the company's tiny movable home, to US customers this summer.
Koda, which is a part of Kodasema OÜ, said it received constant messages from US clients requesting that the company deliver its movable tiny home overseas. The positive response from prospective customers prompted the company to do just that.
Koda has satellite offices in Europe and Canada and is now focusing the majority of its production and sales on the Koda Loft.
The Loft's steel-reinforced timber frame allows the movable home to be lightweight and environmentally friendly, according to Koda. At about 11 tons, the wooden loft is half the weight of the Koda Concrete, the company's concrete movable tiny home.
It does seem all ablur, no? How are y'all doing? Days slide by, I look out my windows to what has always been a fairly active roadway. . . . pas maintenant. I actually conducted a little survey a week or so ago.....from 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM on a Wednesday morning, I actually sat and counted the cars that drove down the street to the stoplights from which most traffic would turn right to access the on-ramps to the Champlain Bridge or Hwy 15 northbound - or the 10 east to get directly downtown. In normal times, it is a bustle of cars, bikes and buses at that time of the morning. And generally through until about 9:30 or so.
That day, 72 cars made the trip - the trip past our building to the corner of Boulevard René Levesque - to head to work. 72 cars! Astonishing.......and even now, mid-afternoon, if I gaze through the window, the roadway is pretty much vacant.
We all feel it - it's all we talk about. It's the focus that captivates our compass, day to day.
The only good sense advice that makes any sense is, 'Hang in there.' Right?
But here - here we have a lovely distraction. Yes - I know it's a train. And it's a train on a bridge....but, what a train and - what a bridge!
Seen from the other side of the bridge, it's somewhat different.
This is, a part of that train! Believe it or not - as is this
This is the KRUGER SHALATI TRAIN LODGE. . . . . For those looking for something unique, exotic, and surrounded by views, the Kruger Shalati Train Lodge checks all the boxes. The boutique hotel is housed in a restored train stationed on the Selati Bridge above South Africa's Sabie River. Each car has been converted to house 31 luxury guest rooms that highlight the local culture with local art and custom furniture along with a lounge carriage offering a bar, pool, and deck overlooking Kruger National Park. The train Lodge will begin boarding passengers in September 2020.
Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings coming to the iconic Kruger National Park, South Africa. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence.
Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati will offer the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which will pay homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far. The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned.
Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which will provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.
The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, will lie our bespoke deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests meters below – a vista unlike any other!
Thought-provoking, unique design is core to our offering, but the holistic experience is centred around our human-ness, our cultural nuances, the people involved in the making of every element, and ultimately the kindness with which we receive our guests.
Experience the Kruger, suspended over the Sabie River.
To my mind, this would be the perfect escape - from these days, these times.
Check out the web-site at: https://www.krugershalati.com
A luxury apartment on Paris’ Avenue Raymond Poincaré required a feature staircase in the middle of its stylish living room.
The staircase, which connects the home’s main living area to its master bedroom features attractive wooden treads and risers which combine with steel a Cells balustrade finished in white. An attractive, glossy EeSoffit finish – also finished in white was used on the stair’s underside, an alternative to stucco plasterwork that doesn’t compromise on strength or style.
Fascinating! Clearly, the world is fast-changing. Science, technology - innovations. You wouldn't have believed it some few months ago if you were told that a 1000 bed hospital could be built from the ground up and be operational within 6 weeks. And yet, that is precisely what happened in China. In the last issue of DR•I you read about small footprint housing that is the product of a 3D printer! And now this!
An accordion house! Fascinating!
House in Tezukayama / Fujiwaramuro Architects
Text description provided by the architects. This small house is located on a narrow street in a dense Osaka neighborhood. We were involved in the project starting with the search for a lot and visited a number of potential sites with the client. Ultimately, we selected this sited measuring 3.74 m across by 16.31 m deep. One of the client’s requests was that the house provide places to display their photos, pictures, and decorations. The lot’s small size, however, meant the living space had to be compact and multi-story, with some of the space allocated to a staircase. Furthermore, the crowded residential neighborhood promised little chance of good exterior views.
As a strategy for solving all of these problems at once, we devised a “shelf-staircase” that serves as both display space and living space, in addition to providing interesting interior views. The shelf-staircase is structurally independent from the overall building. This independence is visually expressed through slits inserted between the staircase and the split-level floors in front of and behind it. Sunlight filters pleasantly through skylights at the top of these slits.
The shelf-staircase is comprised of passages, shelves, a desk, and living space. The views as one goes up and down the stairs are reminiscent of moving three-dimensionally through a forest. Designed to function centrally in the residents’ daily life, the structure is highly practical. The items they have displayed on the shelves, from shoes to toiletries and laundry supplies, create a relaxed mood
At the top of the shelf-staircase is a study with a desk that melds into the shelving. The soft natural light from the slits casts a mottled pattern like light filtering through trees onto the structure, making it a comfortable place where the residents sometimes pause to sit on one of the soft pine treads and read a book. It serves one more function as well: a giant cat tower for the recent feline addition to the family.
Close to home, in Vermont
Woodstock Farm is a modern architectural masterpiece and landmark work by award winning and internationally recognized architect Rick Joy. Based on a conceptual framework that draws from the simplest archetypical forms, this dramatic stone and shingle house and counterposed barn is set on over 200 acres of Vermont countryside minutes from the picturesque village of Woodstock and in close to ivy league Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Plus, it has its own hockey rink in the basement!
Melding effortlessly into the Green Mountains, the property is sensationally experiential in nature and the design is executed with the sharpest attention to craft and detail. Drawing directly from the architectural vernacular of the rural northeast, the tension between the historical and contemporary is conveyed, to paraphrase the architect, “through the massive character of the walls, through the qualities of light and dark, through spatial movement and through atmosphere.”
The four-bedroom main residence offers a 152-foot elongated gable house with massive end walls of quarried Lake Champlain bedrock and cedar cladding on the roof and side walls. The east gable wall presents a unique and transformational entry that conveys the individual into the cathedral-like great room with its impressive interior space created by the structure’s Barker steel bent frame construction. The eye is also immediately drawn to the long hall that provides visual and physical connection to the additional en-suite bedrooms terminating at the dramatic sliding door to the master bedroom suite.
The living spaces present the highest level of interior fittings and furnishings, and behind the blind nailed fir wall interiors, the property employs cutting edge mechanical, electrical and geothermal heating and cooling systems technology.
The basement of the main home also offers a synthetic ice floor for indoor hockey practice.
Price? $9,750,000 USD
Curved glass doors puncture the residential extension of this brick house in Montreal, designed by local studio TBA.
Called DeNormanville, the single-storey dwelling is in Montreal's Rosemont borough, also known as La Petite-Patrie. It comprises a historic red brick home with a paler, more contemporary addition.
Montréal - that most unique and distinctive crucible of design and creativity. Here is just another example of why we're proud to be, Montrealers. This appeared in de seen digital magazine and was written by Bridget Cogley. Bridget is a reporter for Dezeen.
She graduated from University College of London with a master's degree in European history in 2014, with a focus on modernist architecture in Tel Aviv. While studying, she worked for a start-up involving product transparency, and then moved to New York City to continue working within the fashion and start-up industries.
Bridget joined Dezeen as an intern in summer 2017, before she was made editorial assistant and then reporter for the US team.
Tom Balaban Architect (TBA) designed the extension for the house to both connect and contrast with the original structure, which is known as a shoebox home.
These dwellings were erected in Montreal in the early the 20th century in tandem with the development of the tramway system, but over the decades they have been replaced with low-rise, multi-unit apartment buildings.
Again! Québec style! You'd almost get the idea that it's spéciale. . . . non?
'Cause it is - this is another example of prettyCool architecture to be found here.
The Lakeside Cabin in Quebec, Canada, looks like a great place to hang with friends, literally – thanks to a climbing rope in the front room. Besides this fun little addition, it's well-equipped for entertaining guests and is designed to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, even in the harshest winter conditions.
Lakeside Cabin (aka Chalet Lakeside) was designed by Atelier Schwimmer for two brothers who enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle. It features an attractive exterior finished in a local larch wood – much of which has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method to protect and preserve it. Additionally, the exterior has a cantilevering section that juts out to shade the home in summer.
• c r e d i b i l i t y : :
the quality of being believed or trusted
so, let me ask you.....if you had to choose someone, in your family, that fits the description of credibility, who would that be? And would you be able to identify more than one? Better question yet might be,
'Who would you choose?'
The Quality of Being Believed or Trusted
we have all witnessed, of late, the rampant dissolution of credibility as it regards the reality, the seriousness, the veracity of truths regarding possibly the greatest global calamity of modern times.
Donald Trump has sunk to new lows, has re-defined dishonesty, has behaved as a spoiled child when what he should have been doing, is steering the ship. . . . yes, steering the good ship America, doing his super-human best to avoid icebergs and obstacles - working 24/7 with only one objective in sight - protecting the health and well-being of his flock. His flock. All Americans - not just the rich, not just his family - not just the privileged. . . . all Americans. Sadly that responsibility never ever seemed to register with him. He does not now, nor did he ever at any time, view that as his charge. Perhaps the greatest single flaw in his ability to act as a responsible and caring chief executive, or captain of the ship, is that simply, he's never done that before. Predominantly all politicians in office have worked there way up from city council to state or provincial politics - have inter-acted with their constituents, smoothly or otherwise - have had occasions to work to protect and keep harmless, those in his charge. A regular Joe politician understands that it is his community, his constituency that helps to steer that ship. And in their efforts and work on behalf of those citizens they have earned credibility, have earned trust - and as a result understand the v a l u e of trust. Trump doesn't, Trump never has, and in spite of his current wheedling and back-pedalling - Trump never will. The only good thing to come out of this tragedy is that is pretty much assured that Donald Trump will not win re-election. Because after all - who trusts him?
Nightswim 40" x 40"
Powerful, yet gentle. Brazen, bold, beautiful.
Perhaps the greatest single 'good advice' one can pass on to another, as it pertains to creative output, is
Knowing what to leave out as opposed to what to leave in
Elizabeth Lennie. It's her name.
The artist who created this beautiful painting, so mystical, so alluring, so beckoning.
And the others that follow here.
Elizabeth Lennie lives in mid-town Toronto Canada. Her paintings are collected internationally, and are included in the collections of the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame, the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Naples Grande Hotel Florida, Centre Hospital San Fransisco
These days are dark, they are relentless, it seems. Personally, I am on Day 20 of self-confinement.
Moreover, due to a fairly serious leg injury at the beginning of February I was confined to home for the three weeks prior. Thus, cabin fever has definitely set in. Six weeks. And counting, 'cause it gonna be another two weeks at least. The reason for my telling you all this is, my friend, Monica Parker (a very seriously funny lady • and a client for who I am engrossed in the re-design of her web-site,
(www.IamMonicaParker.com) submitted her current blog to me for insertion into the site. Upon reading it I asked her permission to reprint in here. I think it is pertinent, sensitive and somewhat awakening.
RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY by Monica Parker
The planet is resting but we are restless. We are out of sorts. Our plans have been disrupted and we are scared what the future may bring or worse…not bring. A future interrupted and completely stalled. No money. No direction other than confined to home. Straightjacketed as we try to tame our claustrophobia. When we break free it’s as if we are in an endless corn maze as we walk 6’ feet apart desperately seeking a way out. Some pray to Jesus to save them, some to Allah. We all pray that this invisible equal opportunity destroyer of our hopes, dreams, livelihoods and lives can be brought to heel.
This is when resilience is truly required. I know this. In order to live a quality life, it’s a very necessary component. But what exactly is resilience. To my mind, in it’s simplest form it’s similar to the coating one finds on non-stick frying pans. Bad things can be made to slide off. But like bobsledding or axe throwing, it’s a skill that requires practice.
Into every life there are troubles big and small. Right now, we are dealing with the biggest trouble of all. This ravaging death stalker called the Coronavirus. Its tentacles are everywhere but we can’t see it except in the body count, which is climbing every hour and every day. Of course we are scared. We don’t know which way to point our sword. How can a little facemask and endless hand washing protect us? But they do! So does this uncomfortable ill-fitting idea of distancing ourselves from our friends who we lean on in times of trouble and now we can’t. But we are not on our own. We are sharing this daunting time with not just family and friends but our entire planet.
How we handle these troubles is what makes us or breaks us. Remember that we are not defined by our circumstances. It is the way we respond that defines us. Resilience or flexibility is what we all need to make it through these moments when the unexpected awful comes our way. I really believe that faith is the unsung companion necessary to make resilience whole! Don’t spend too much time alone in your head. It can be very weedy and dark in there. Find someone to talk to or laugh with even if it’s online…or pick some flowers make them into a bouquet. It’s always about making the best out of every situation. That’s our path forward.
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8 Free Apps to Help You Stay Connected During Coronavirus
From the neat-o folks at HowStuffWorks
I love it when my mom uses Facebook Messenger to call and video chat with me using her Facebook Portal device. I can hear her dog, Mocha, barking in the background, and sometimes my niece shows up to say hello, all while I show off my adorable new English bulldog, Rhyis, to the grandma she's never met.
We do this routine regularly from more than 3,000 miles away. She lives in Clarkesville in North Georgia and I'm in San Clemente in Southern California, and for us, it's the next best thing to being together. Although we didn't begin this practice because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced throngs of people worldwide to stay at home and practice social distancing to control its spread — this method of reaching out and touching each other virtually is more important today than ever.
The eight Apps that Wendy discusses are as follows:
• Google Duo/Hangouts
• Marco Polo
• Facebook Messenger
• Netflix Party
In her article she probes each one so be sure to go read it.
Also there's a relative newcomer on the scene - HouseParty. I haven't tried it yet but it looks like fun.
This is such a cool product. It looks like a painting applied to the building façade, yes?
Well it's not. What it is, is, digital glass printing.
Dip-Tech pioneered digital glass printing over a decade ago, and is today the leading supplier of digital glass printers and digital ceramic inks.
Dip-Tech’s technologically advanced printers and high-performance inks are complemented by expert consultation and international business development assistance. This winning combination of technology and business support enables new business opportunities for glass processors worldwide, and opens the door to unlimited possibilities in glass printing innovation and design.
WOW! Paris, right? No? Uh, okay - well, perhaps Chicago. Not? Sheesh......it's a really cool formShape.
These are photographs of a project by NextOffice in Iran. Surprised? I bet - remember last issue? That great concrete bunker house? Also Iran. Some interesting creative things going on there it seems.
Written by: Christele Harrouk
NextOffice has created a space where engineers can gather and communicate with each other. Located in Mashhad, Iran, the 14 200 square meter development was inspired directly from traditional Iranian constructions, with the implementation of a structural void that generates the rest of the
morphology and defines access.
Mashhad Construction Engineering Organizations or Mashhad C.E.O, currently in progress, is a project that favors certain spaces. In fact, according to the designers, who have a long experience with similar clients, a “couple of spaces have more importance than others” like the public hall where applicants attend for their certifications or technical documents approval and the Amphitheatre which hosts many seminars, conferences, and events on the subject of construction engineering.
The ground floor holds a passage that goes across the building and links two streets. Moreover, this level comprises the spatial-structural void that guides pedestrian flow into the building. With a particular spatial organization, the structure formed by two large-scale units, is in a dual relationship, with its interior space and the urban fabric of the city.
Location: Mashhad, Iran
Area: 14200 m2
Project Year: 2018
Client: Khorasan Razavi Engineering Organization
Team: Alireza Taghaboni with Homa Asadi, Mohamad Motamedinia (+Project Manager), Majid Jahangiri, Sepideh Sarrafzadeh, Mohamadreza Gholami, Hoodad Zoroufchiyan, Roja Azizzadeh, Elnaz Kharghani, Ali Maleki, Asal Karami, Mohamadamin Zargar, Sarvenaz Rezaei
Interesting.....3 holes in the ground. And a fat flag pole just over there......qu'est-ce que?
The answer? First photo was the top, this is the underside of that top......
Integrated into the rolling hillside of Mont-de-l'Enclus in Belgium, the Sloped Villa nearly goes undetected. Its slick design and ingenious use of materials blend the dwelling almost entirely into the landscape. Designed by Studio Okami, the home adopts a sloped form and green roof that tuck into the terrain and fade away from sight. On the exposed side, the exterior is made from columns of reclaimed brick, enveloped around glazed living areas. The floor-to-ceiling windows encase a three-bedroom interior featuring a palette of raw concrete and natural wood. Arranged around a central garden, its open concept and transparent facade afford every space sweeping views over the valley below.
Photos: Filip Dujardin / Studio Okami
I dunno - earth houses have always fascinated me. Almost bought a piece of land once, on a fairly steep riverside lot, where it only made sense to build horizontally into the hillside. Actually drew up all the plans, figured out the construction and all the design and then didn't go through with it. But I feel there's something comforting about such an embrace around a house - almost womb-like.......anybody agree with me? Would still love to do it. In fact, consider this - only on outward facing side and part of the two adjacent sides, do you have to be concerned abut high quality exterior finish materials....everything else can be concrete block 'cause it's in the earth. Hmmmmmm - maybe, maybe
S • L • I • C • K
or S L E E K.....better yet, slick + sleek.
I C E K I T E
“ICE Kite" is a 64m. superyacht with a sleek silhouette that has been designed by Red Yacht Design with naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects for a German entrepreneur.
At the design stage of the ICE project, Red Yacht Design, Dykstra Naval Architects, and the owner have worked hard to ensure maximum comfort under 500GT. One of the main design features of the yacht is the use of glass that is higher than that of boats at this length. The main goal is to integrate enclosed spaces with more light and exteriors while ensuring a striking outlook. Full glass living areas and spacious exteriors offer the owner the ultimate sense of openness on board. The main inspiration for the exterior design comes from mother nature. The owner wanted Red Yacht Design to create a yacht that feels like she already belongs to the sea, inspired by sea animals.
ICE Kite has 475 sqm open spaces. The significant beach area at the aft part of the main deck has a pool and a huge lounge area with different sunbed levels. The dining area for 12 and the bar area maximize the outdoor pleasure among family and friends. There is a touch & go helipad at the bow to overcome the problem of last mile. At the flybridge deck, a sundeck area offers more privacy out of seeing or a party lounge with a full-size bar and a BBQ area. There, the generous aft Jacuzzi area is surrounded by large sunbeds for fun time while sunbathing.
ICE Kite is a constantly circumnavigating yacht with real green technologies excluding diesel electric use, because of its physical system losses. Instead the team of designer, owner and naval architect combine kite sailing with a low resistance hull, and optimum consumption of diesel engines. The owner intends to have the yacht managed under a fractional ownership program, again with the philosophy to use resources reasonable and effectively.
For the full story, visit here: ICE KITE
Ampersand......this is my personal ampersand, black metal about 18" x 24" - hangs on a wall of my office.
To me, although it is a typographic symbol it is one of the most fluid, most graceful of forms.
What is the ampersand?
While today it is considered a punctuation mark, the ampersand used to be the 27th letter in the Roman alphabet, following Z. People would say 'X, Y, Z and per se and' as the figure itself means 'and'. 'And per se and' was shortened into a word in the 18th century and today we have 'ampersand'. Its form derives from the Latin word for and, 'et'. In some ampersands – commonly the italic form – this combination is more clearly seen than in others, and the character has evolved its highly unique form.
Take a look at these:
This article was researched and written by Garrick kWebster, February 26, 2020.
Following is a part of his submission:
The best ampersands tell you a lot about a typeface. Thanks to its unusual structure, the curly symbol that's a substitute for 'and' is the character that can make or break a typeface for the type-conscious designer. It's a character that asks the typographer to make certain creative decisions above and beyond the A to Z letter set, the numerals and standard punctuation, and the care that goes into an ampersand is often indicative of the attention to detail that has gone into the typeface across the board.
As a designer, the ampersand can be your plaything. It's the maverick character in the set, the one that really tested the typographer in its creation, and the one that can bring the right atmosphere to a
project when used at a large scale.
If you'd like to assess the ampersands in a range of fonts, have a rummage through
our rundown of the best free fonts around.
Daddy! Daddy! If you buy us a 3D printer we can print us a new house! Look!!!!
T'ain't far from the truth, nope.
Take a look at this:
400 sq ft printed houses
These 400-square-foot tiny houses in a village for the homeless were made by a 3D printer — see inside the structures and how they were built
An Austin company Icon is using a 3D printer and low-cost materials to construct houses for the homeless.
Icon will build six tiny homes in Austin's Community First Village.
The company's 3D printer can print three houses simultaneously, and complete the walls in just over 24 hours. Small Austin, Texas-based startup Icon is betting that 3D printing is the key to solving the US' homelessness crisis and lack of affordable housing.
Last year, nonprofit Community First put $18 million into a tiny home village in Austin to help the chronically homeless get off the street. The village had space for 180 residents, who live in 200-square-foot homes, pay about $300 in rent, and have job opportunities on site. Now, Icon is bringing its 3D printing technology into the village to hopefully speed up the process, while also making it cheaper. The first residents are set to move in this spring.
Icon is using the same technology it showed off in Mexico last year, where it
built two 500-square-foot homes and charged residents just $20 in rent.
Houses are printed three at a time using the Vulcan II printer to make the process faster and cheaper.
The Vulcan II prints out layers of Lavacrete, Icon's custom proprietary concrete that is
reportedly cheaper than typical building materials, and more resilient.
Icon cofounder Evan Loomis told Business Insider that a house can be printed in about 27 hours.
The printer, which is remotely controlled by a tablet, is electrically powered
and needs a crew of four to six people to build a house.
For now, the printer produces the walls of the home, while the rest of the construction is more traditional, with professionals laying a foundation and adding in features like a roof and windows.
Wrtitten by: Mary Meisenzahl • Tech Editorial Fellow
She is an editorial fellow on the technology team for Business Insider. Previously, she has written for Boston Magazine, Curbed Boston, and The Outline. She is a 2019 graduate of Wellesley College interested in the intersection of technology and culture.
It doesn't need to be repeated. These are tough times.....probably the toughest times any of us - our parents, our generation, our children, our grandchildren - will ever have to live through. Every day there is yet another sadder story - of loss of hardship. We have, collectively, only one straw to grasp onto - that is, we are human! We care, we love - we are concerned - we help each other, and we will continue to do so.
That is the faith that I see at the forefront of the tears and the pain - and it is the strength that will get us through this dark dark tunnel.
Be strong, be safe, be smart be healthy.
Running scared, I believe is the case. Should we be, scared? I think it's naieve not to be, at least seriously alarmed. Facts/fiction can all too often become intertwined, desrever, and/or skewed.
Most of you know, that for four years my classes were largely Asian students - from China. We made some lasting friendships - still many of us remain in contact - either because they are still here in Canada (Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto) or in China. One girl - rather special - had returned to China to continue in the field of interior design, figuring that, although she passed all the Québec french exams, she might get a more robust, 'boots on the ground' kind of experience. And of course, she is back home with her mother and grandmother. The city is immaterial. A couple of weeks ago, being concerned for her welfare, I wrote her, enquiring. She wrote back (remember - this was 2+ weeks ago) telling me that her mother, a nurse, had not left the hospital to come home, for 3 weeks, even though her home is actually next door to the hospital. And she, and her grandmother have been self-quarantined for all this time. Is that, scary? I'd say so. And now, two weeks on, the intensity has mushroomed. This is not going to go quietly into the night - not this, not this time. Despite the promises of Dr. Donald, the local expert. We can only take precautions, keep our heads on our shoulders and be vigilant. It will, end........I think we should all do what one smart fella told us he was doing - stock up on Corona beer and guzzle it down! Perhaps it contains hidden secret antibodies. I wish everyone well. Seriously.
This, is a very special house. In Japan.
This featured project came to our attention in ArchDaily (www.archdaily.com).
It is the Abo Residence, by Kidosaki Architects Studio
The following is text supplied by the architects:
Located on a sloping mountain ridge at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains, this house was designed on a piece of land that offers spectacular views that are rarely known.
Seeking for the best in picturesque scenery, the client took up residence in Tateshina , and spent many years searching for the ideal site for building his house. Inevitably, the main aim of this project is to meet the client's expectations to incorporate these stunning views in to the design. When I visited the site, my first impression was that this untapped and expansive nature must be embraced into the interior to the greatest extent possible.
I decided to arrange the house in such that this horizontal expanded scenery must be maximized. In order to realize this design, I introduced mega structures column enabling half of the house to extend into the air.
To support this large overhanging floor, 2 diagonal bracing steel cylinders, each 300 mm in diameter is introduced. With this, the house is floats in to the midst of a glorious natural surroundings. With this overhanging structure, the breeze of the mountain plateau flow through the interior,
makes you coexistent with nature.
When you are invited to the entranceway, after passing through the restrained space of the hallway, and as you enter in to this dramatic space, magnificent and impressive scenery spreads
out before your eyes.
Additional information can be found on the architect's web-site.
IMHO, this is a stunningly beautiful piece of architecture. Think you'll all agree.
We can all, use, more space : : space++
So here's a twist on what we've all seen before - the Murphy bed.....does anybody know who Murphy was?
FamilyHandyman shows us a different way to harness hidden space. I, in particular, like this solution - for it means that in a spare room, say, it can still easily function as an office/workspace........if you have that occasional guest that you want to be able to have stay over, this is as perfect a solution as I have seen.
From FamilyHandyman there is this very cool idea.
Tight on space? This is a piece of furniture you'll want to check out. Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
In our April 2020 issue of Family Handyman magazine, Senior Editor Brad Holden shows readers how to build a Murphy Bed/Desk. If you’re tight on living space or want your guest room to double as an office, this is a piece of furniture you’ll want to check out.
Cost SavingsThis bed quickly converts to a desk without increasing its footprint. When you switch it back to a bed, the desk stays level, so you can leave all your stuff on it. A company called Hiddenbed sells bed kits with all the parts precut and ready for assembly. You can also purchase just the hardware kit, which includes the plans. Building the bed yourself instead of buying the precut kit can save you about $1,200!
As a desk it is clean-lined, simple - functional.
But, as a bed:
Well, it just works - check the video link.
To all of you, from Iran - one of the verboten states in regards to travel these days.
WHAT, is this?
It's like, a Moonscape......
Personally I LOVE it!
It is - raw! Visceral! It pulls at all my senses! It is an amoebic outgrowth of nature, naturalness (is that a word?). I - yes, I, could live there. It is evocative, responsive - it resonates with a simplistic power of brute purity......
Try as I might the only information I can find on this remarkable concept/idea is that it is the work of one
Mohtashami Reza - of the VW ARTCLUB - it seems it is a digital fantasy : : but, I love it.
And if I were to live there I would simply have to have this parked outside:
How's that for your dailyRide?
P U R I T Y : is that not a cornerstone of the best design? Consider this:
Unfortunately I have NO information or details about this - it is, though, spectacular, no?
This is a wonderful painting by my friend, Nina Keogh.......if you want to buy it I will act as her agent- it's a great steal at $3000.00. Contact me if interested.
Do you have a cat? We have a cat : : Fiji The WonderCat! Those of us who are cat lovers or CatAppreciators, can see what a treat this would be for our feline friends : :
Called WickedBall for cats, it's a h o o t ! You must watch the video.....and it's not completely unreasonable at $49.00. Probably the only cat toy you'd ever have to buy.
This is a series of fantabulous escape residences in Costa Rica - a country dear to my heart, which I've visited probably a dozen times, going back to the early 80's.
In no particular order these are the descriptions of the fabulous places available in CR:
Written by Eric Baldwin
Costa Rica’s new modern homes are built to float above the landscape. This wave of elevated housing is designed to minimize environmental impact while working with varied terrain. Aiming to become a carbon-neutral country, Costa Rica is transforming its housing market as it experiences a growing demand for more residential buildings.
Located in Central America, Costa Rich shares borders with Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The sovereign state’s progressive environmental policies have influenced and shaped the built environment, including how projects are tied to diverse energy sources like geothermal, hydro and solar. The Green Building Council Costa Rica (GBCCR) has taken a number of steps to help in this effort and address the residential sector of the building market. Sited in steeply sloped and forested sites, many new homes are built atop shifting topography and dense vegetation.
Today, Costa Rica’s modern homes are opening up to nature and the ocean as the country works to mobilize the residential market towards greener building practices. The following projects showcase some of the elevated housing that has been created over the last five years, including a number of houses with smaller footprints built atop stilts. They feature a range of building programs and scales, but share a common approach to Costa Rica’s rich landscape.
Costa Rica Treehouse by Olson Kundig
Costa Rica Treehouse is inspired by the jungle of this densely forested site on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Built entirely of teak wood harvested on-site, the retreat engages with the jungle at each of its three levels: at the forest floor, the middle floor is nestled within the trees, and the top level rises above the tree canopy with views of the surf at nearby Playa Hermosa beach. Designed as an open-air surfer hut, the project engages the Costa Rican landscape, from the vegetation accessible just off the main floor, to the larger weather and surf patterns one can experience on the top level.
Pájaro de Plata House by OsArquitectura
The House sits on a mountain top in a remote beach town called Playa Negra. It is a vacation home for a New York couple that was interested in a home away from home that not only adapted well to its surroundings but was instrumental to understanding them. The house takes cues from local vernacular constructions of the area that insert themselves in what Gilles Clément calls the third landscape; going with rather than against natural conditions.
Flotanta House by Studio Saxe
he Gooden-Nahome family wanted to create a home on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and they found an incredible site overlooking the ocean. The biggest challenge the team encountered was that their plot of land was predominantly comprised of a very steep slope, and the view of the ocean could only be seen from the upper-mid portion of the site. The team saw this as an opportunity rather than a constraint, and immediately considered an architectural response that was appropriate for these conditions.
Indios DIn the Papagayo peninsula, placed on the tip of an seaward pointing, and slightly downward sloping ridge of a peninsular shaped lot, with forest on both sides ( one a natural reserve), is the house named Indios Desnudos. It is named after some of the most characteristic trees on the lot, indio desnudo (naked indian) they make up a focal point of the house, especially in the main living area.
esnudos House by Cañas Arquitectos
Room and Ficus by Cañas Arquitectos
This project was designed around an existing Ficus and to highlight the surrounding place. Programmatically, “it’s a place where one can enjoy the view and spend afternoons and part of the evening with friends and family.” The location selected had a slight slope towards the east and a bonsai-like tree that resembles the ones grown by its owner. In turn, the view of the San Jose city with the central volcanic mountain range was central to the design, with the Escazu mountains and its Pico Blanco or White Peak.
Jungle Frame House by Studio Saxe
The client commissioned Studio Saxe to create a dwelling in the jungle that brings the outside in. The property was composed of a slope that went down into a beautiful creek that overlooks the jungle. Studio Saxe decided to create a large triple height space to be able to see the sky all the way from the bottom of the jungle floor and to appreciate the full scope of every tree that surrounds the house. This volume of space enclosed in glass is a powerful moment that brings shadows inside, natural ventilation and provides a place which is always surrounded by the jungle.
This is part of a new product line from a company, Haver & Boecker. From their product listing web-site:
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Due to the functional and aesthetic characteristics of our HAVER Architectural Mesh, it offers new and versatile fields of applications in architecture. It convinces with its noble optic and meets at the same time the highest standards of safety and stability in indoor and outdoor applications.
Whether science or research , industry or architecture - wherever our stainless steel wire mesh is used, our customers worldwide benefit from a broad but still unique individual service.
Notice the very large image screen on one side of the building façade. This is an example of 'kinetic architecture'- or at least derivative of it. Kinetic architecture? Qu'est-ce que? Known also as 'shape-shifting' architecture, this evolving medium for buildings is growing rapidly both in terms of sophistication and technology. Whole building façades move, change shape - change the architectural conversation with the public. Our next issue will feature examples of this and of similar works by architects such as Tom Whiscombe of Los Angeles. Here are a few images of a spectacular public space structure he designed, commissioned by West Hollywood......it is organic in that it is, its own medium.
We all have seen the proliferation of digital signage in Times Square. . . . . it was perhaps the genesis for experimentation that had occurred in the architectural sciences over the last decade or so.
Albeit such expressions of architecture, its skin, its envelope, can be quite spectacular the dynamic consequence of this kind of creativity, in my opinion, could probably be effectively used to benefit society in many ways. In fact, I have been working on a paper titled, 'Architecture as Media : : The Harnessing of Architectural Processes in the Advancement of Multicultural Enlightenment.' Sounds fancy, yes? The idea is to explore ways by which some buildings might be designed to incorporate 'learning channels' directed to the passing public. IMHO, the first step in advancing an understanding of cultures/customs, previously unknown to one, is to firstly foster curiosity. Curiosity such as, 'OhMiGod, what is that beautiful building shown there?', or 'The fretwork shown in that digital display is stunning....is it Islamic patterning perhaps?' The natural hoped-for progression from such questions might be to follow such curiosity - to seek out answers and information. As is said in Québec, 'Informez-vous' - Inform yourself, or become aware.
In any event, next issue will dive into this topic in greater detail.
The range of 3D Wall Design three-dimensional ceramic surfaces by Atlas Concorde was created from graphical studies and applied to Atlas Concorde white-body wall tiles. Reflecting off the reliefs, light modifies the perception of a space to add a touch of personality. 3D decorated walls are suitable for contemporary residential, wellness, and hospitality spaces.
The 3D Wall Design range is constantly expanding and includes a wide array of decorative patterns in White, Sand, Sage and Night colors.
•Geometric designs inspire the textures of Flash, Line, Diamond, Stars, Angle, and the brand new Flake.
•Sinuous patterns are reflected in the Wind, Flows, Wave, Dune, Ribbon, and Twist reliefs.
•Rippled lines are shown on the Mesh and Plot patterns
•Decisive lines that come alive depending on the viewing angle and source of light define the Blade, Ultra Blade, and Kite designs.
To reduce environmental impact, Atlas Concorde manufactures ceramic stone tiles taking into account atmospheric emissions, optimizing resource use, and recycling waste materials. All Atlas Concorde porcelain floor and white body wall tiles can be used in projects that follow the guidelines of the Green Building Council, which promotes the independent certification system LEED v4.
Made in Italy
In this section I will be showcasing a few really cool instances of interior design I came across during my November trip to the UK.
The first is the in-store customer consulting space of KUONI Travel.....in the John Lewis store, Birmingham.
What was it that caught my eye? As you will see, this space has a lovely, 'come hither' kinda feel to it - it goes beyond being simply inviting. It exudes comfort, care - it communicates a wonderful e c l e c t i s m and well-chosen artifacts, accessories. It appears to be a very personal space - like it was transplanted from someone's home - I believe that such a message is one of deep feeling - and sincerity. Bravo to whoever the design team was!
Notice the use of the patterned ottoman- completely unexpected in what is usually a sterile retail environment.
When I simply appeared at the entry to this space, I took the three of them by surprise - but they were very gracious. The gentleman in the foreground is Sean Kennedy. You can actually book your travel through him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him I sent you! Mucho gracias Sean.
The cafeteria in the John Lewis store is a delight - really good, reasonably priced soups, sandwiches.
A spillover dining space contains this wonderful 'mosaic' consisting of a series of dinner plates, each one printed individually and differently.......what a clever and lovely idea!
On the same floor as the cafeteria is this wonderful wall-mounted display at the entry to the fabrics department:
Clever, meticulous craftsmanship! What a novel way to send the marketing message.
Close by the wonderful Marriott Grand Residence we stayed at, in Mayfair, was this 'car store'.......
a store that specialized in older, used, classic cars. Such as this fabulous Mercedes-Benz.
I made them an offer - unfortunately it was not quite enough.
Among the many landmark building s we explored in our four days in London was Westminster Abbey.
Spectacular! Hope you enjoy these few shots I took.....from dozens more.
ZAHA HADID : : iconic architecture - organic, in the most honest and accurate interpretation of the philosophies of Frank Lloyd Wright : : that design, architecture should be drawn from, influenced by, the natural world. For example the Johnson Wax building - designed way back in the mid 1940's. His concept, his vision for the revolutionary and unique columnar supports was drawn directly from his core philosophy.
But, this is not intended to be a discussion of the comparative works of these two giants. It is an effort to illustrate how - as I see it - the Hadid Partnership - has created one of the most balanced, innovative structures of recent years. Take a look:
The great photography is by: Hufton + Crow • and this work appeared in the recent issue of DEZEEN and was written by Bridget Cogley. The full article is available here.
And on the subject of Frank Lloyd Wright, if you care about design - if you care about architecture - if you care about or are curious about 'frozen music' - then this news item has to hit home for you.
New Petition Aims to Save The School of Architecture at Taliesin
Last month, The School of Architecture at Taliesin announced the closing of the school after 88 years. The school and the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation issued statements on the closure, as well as the students. Now, a new petition started by Simon DeAguero aims to save the school from closing. The news of closure followed the conclusion of a multi-year struggle back in 2017, when the school was approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning.
As the petition outlines, "the legacy that Frank Lloyd Wright established with his Fellowship, the evolution of which is the School of Architecture at Taliesin, represents an irreplaceable presence in the American cultural landscape." As the student body wrote, "The imminent closure of the School of Architecture at Taliesin has left its student body stunned and deeply distraught. To discontinue eighty-eight years of an alternative pedagogical model is at least as destructive as the demolition of a physical architectural masterwork. To close this school is to dismantle one of the great visions and traditions of the past century; and to preserve the culture that sustains a built environment such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin is equivalent in importance to any material evidence of history."
The petition was launched within the last two days, and has already gained traction with over two thousand signatures. To find out more about the petition, follow Simon DeAguero's page on change.org
The foregoing is drawn from ArchDaily.
FLW was too great a genius to suffer such ignominy : : he should be held up and reserved as a national hero - a national American hero - and an international trailblazer in the world of design, architecture and - and - intelligent thought!
Additionally this issue is chockfull - probably, too much, chockfull. A decision - a final decision has not been reached yet in respect to increasing the frequency of DR•I issues. By next issue, it will be - and you will be duly informed.
However, a different decision has been arrived at : : starting with the next issue DR•I will be offering a curated selection of 'muchCool' design items.....they will be drawn from places like the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Design Museum, MOMA and other sources. They will be showcased on DR•I allowing you the reader to place an order - and they will be shipped from DR•I. Additionally, ,for the first time we will showcase, and offer for sale, a selection of the great photography by Leonardo Bechini, photographs by Adriana Garcia and the full series of wonderful travel books by Lydia Pawelak. Vietnam, Cambodia and most recently, India.
The items chosen for offer, I can promise you will be unusual and unique items - that bespeak, 'DESIGN'. Stay tuned......we may issue a preview in a week or so via www.DesignPreviewInternational.com
Perhaps a little of both. A new chapter - a different portal. We make the choice to either pass through and embrace what lies beyond, or we prefer the comfort/security of reposing in the past.
Personally - and professionally - I am driven by the compulsion to always look ahead : : to explore new pathways, new opportunities. It is always far too easy to 'float'- tread water - drift. . . . . rudderless and direction-less. This world is changing, frighteningly so - so much of what was always familiar, in terms of 'the way it used to be', but we don't really have a choice - do we? Think back on this past year - major changes, upheavals - most visible in the world of retail bricks/mortar stores, simply evaporating - gone to dust. In Montréal currently, our Mayor has signalled that the preponderance of empty stores on previously thriving thoroughfares, is approaching a crisis status - to the extent that a special task force is seeking to find answers to 'fix' the problem. Here's my take on it - it's simply not, fixable. Why? The newWorld of online commerce is not ever going to regress - not going to go away. Amazon, blazed a trail into this unknown. Can you remember back about 10 years ago when the business press ridiculed Jeff Bezos for the massive warehouse distribution centres he was building, that had few customers to ship goods to?
It's a fact - and look at Amazon now....look at AliBaba - juggernauts. Personally, as a subscriber to Amazon Prime (it is the very best deal anywhere) I order everything from coffee to computer parts, gloves to gardening implements - all on Amazon. Shoot - I get my items delivered within 48 hours usually.
No traffic or parking hassles - no crowds - no p r e s s u r e - of any kind. So it matters little, or matters not at all, how our city may attempt to find innovative ways and initiatives to foster a re-growth of empty storefronts, in most instances the street level retail model is pretty much dead. Key pivotal shopping sectors, some retail malls, will continue and survive - but on a popular street such as St Denis, or St. Laurent in Montréal - there is no solution to inducing new stores/start-ups to risk investments along arteries that have been drained of their bloodstream. Reduction of taxes is not going to be enough of a motivator to lure enterprise. And so, what will become of all these empty stores? I believe we, as a society need to re-examine how storefront environments can be converted to organs of social benefit......convert them to reading rooms - convert them to homeless shelters - create community . . . . put p e o p l e back into these empty caves. Once accomplished, a natural outgrowth would be services and retail to cater to that new 'village'. Yes - create villages - many villages along these roadways of desolation.
Think about that.
Madrid Architect Iker Ochotorena Finds Sublime Serenity in Minimalism
In the living room of an apartment near Madrid’s Gran Via, Ochotorena paired a low-slung upholstered sofa and black stone coffee table of his own design with a chair by Christophe Delcourt and a floor lamp by Tommaso Cimini. Photo courtesy OOAA
Elsewhere in Madrid, on Calle Blanca de Navarra, Ochotorena designed a residence whose living room features a built-in, floor-to-ceiling, four-panel screen, which can be opened out to turn the alcove into a semiprivate guest room. The chairs are vintage French. Photo by Rafael Diéguez
The October 2019 issue of AD Spainfeatures one of the latest projects by Iker Ochotorena, the 35-year-old founder of the Madrid-based practice OOAA Arquitectura: a nearly 6,000-square-foot duplex in the Spanish capital’s Almagro district. The magazine’s cover displays the apartment’s living room, a subtle space outfitted in a mix of creams and beiges, with a low-slung linen-clad couch, a Willy Rizzo coffee table, a Charlotte Perriand stool and two welcoming armchairs upholstered in a plush teddy-bear-like fabric.
The following is work by the California architectural firm, Marmol Radziner
It is featured in the magazine, Introspective (by 1st Dibs), written by Fred A. Bernstein
The architects note that Marmol’s own weekend home, in Desert Hot Springs — about two hours east of L.A., near Palm Springs — sits within, rather than above, its surroundings. This allows it to engage with the land more fully. As one climbs up the stone path, an opening in the facade offers views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. Photo by David Glomb
As a matter of choice I work on a MAC. . . . . since 2007 when Apple opened up their OS to embrace Microsoft extensions, it is the platform I have worked with. I still maintain a high end PC for some CAD apps simply not available on MAC OS, and/or for tutoring of students in AutoCAD who work on a PC.
But the MAC environment is continually evolving, is constantly rich in features and efficiency tools.
One such I've discovered recently is called 'SideNotes'. It is just really cool - and it works flawlessly. Check out the youTube video here - it explains it much better than I could. One of the very cool features is that, if you work on dual monitors (I have two 27" Apple Cinema displays), the SideNotes 'tab' will automatically re-locate itself to whichever screen your mouse is currently active in - seamlessly.
SideNotes is distributed through another pretty cool MAC OS app, called SetApp. It is a monthly subscription that allows one to access a wide range of productivity apps for MAC.
From the SideNotes Press Release : : Apptorium today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of SideNotes 1.0, the company's new note-taking solution developed exclusively for macOS. The application allows to take notes on the side of the monitor in a very comfortable manner " notes can be shown or hidden with a single click, by pressing a keyboard shortcut or by moving mouse cursor. The goal of the application is to work with handy notes, without getting distracted from one's main workflow. Application comes with very fine, clean and minimalistic User Interface.
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2020 • 新年快樂 • Happy New year
What with the Coronavirus, my friends, ex-students + colleagues are indeed suffering through this most challenging time. It is my sincere hope that all will remain healthy, and find ways to share their happiness for this new year.
DecoratorsBest, an American supplier of many different brands of fabrics and wallpapers, has assembled a range of Asian designs in celebration of the Chinese New Year - here are a few of them.
Like a space capsule - a journeyer from, e l s e w h e r e • this is a spectacular batiment!
This is but only one of the amazing portfolio of the architectural firm of: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Brian MacKay-Lyons was born and raised in the village of Arcadia in Southwestern Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1978 where he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design at U.C.L.A., and was awarded the Dean's Award for Design.After studying in China, Japan, California and Italy working with Charles Moore, Barton Myers and Giancarlo De Carlo, Brian returned to Nova Scotia in 1983 to challenge the historic maritime 'brain drain' trend, and to make a cultural contribution to Nova Scotia where his Acadian and Mi'kmaq ancestors have lived for centuries. In 1985 he founded the firm Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design in Halifax. Twenty years later, Brian partnered with Talbot Sweetapple to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd. The firm has built an international reputation for Design Excellence confirmed by over 100 awards including six Governor General Awards, two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor’s Medals of Excellence, 8 Canadian Architect Awards, four Architectural Record House Awards, seven North American Wood Design Awards and in 2014 the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Firm Award. In 2015, Brian was awarded the RAIC Gold Medal, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement in architecture. He is a fellow with both the RAIC and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA); Brian was named Honorary (International) Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon.FAIA) in 2001 and most recently an International Fellow from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Int. FRIBA) in January, 2016.
Visit their web-site for a number of other outstanding architectural projects. You will not be disappointed.
I think I want one of these
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The Greek architect Nicolas Politis designed the hydrodynamic underwater hull and based its appearance on the 1959 Porsche 356 and the 1930s Gentleman's Runabout boats. Everything is made by hand in his shipyard. Step by step the parts of the boat are assembled, until finally everything comes together in an unparalleled boat. A magical moment...the Hermes Speedster
Modern loft-style apartments built atop a dentist’s office
This sleek, metal-clad building in Montreal is business on the bottom and dreamy loft-style living on the top. Paul Bernier Architecte expanded a street-level dental care practice—of all things!—by adding two floors above for a duo of apartments.
To make a distinction between the business and upper-level residences, the architects sheathed the front apartment windows in a perforated mesh screen. This striking facade made of aluminum panels obscures the interiors from the busy street traffic and casts a cool, dotted shadow pattern into the rooms. Lest you’re worried about natural lighting, the apartments feature huge skylights inside, plus expansive floor-to-ceiling windows toward the rear.
Both of the two-bedroom apartments embrace a modern aesthetic with gray walls, exposed infrastructure, black ceilings, and concrete floors. Out back, terraces and a green roof atop the garage add a necessary dose of nature to the industrial-chic setup.
Another fine watercolour from the talented Suzan Carsley : : Horses of a Different Colour, 9 ½" x 7 ½"
Just for fun : : some students, during introductory courses to understanding plans, elevation drawings and such, really struggle with getting the 'right' handle on views - so, a bunch of years ago, when I was bored one day, I set up this tongue-in-cheek photography model - was fun....but, when shown to students, they GET IT!
©michael moore 2008-2020
Phew! Think it's time to 'call it a day'.......another full issue - and still there's lots of stuff in my goody bag.
Will have to wait 'till next issue. I know - there was no DesignPreview this month, Why not? Because we are still appraising the possibility that we will move to two issues a month....so, again - stay tuned.
. . . . and, turns out, 'tis just that. new day - a new beginning, perhaps.
I have just returned from my first trip to the United Kingdom (sounds so quaint when one actually says that, but that is what the UK is). Eleven days in a different land - nay a different universe in many respects. Given all the places in the world I've visited a visit to England was just never on my radar. Not sure why - must have something to do with the fact that my family, some generations back (in the late 1700's), were British. So perhaps I have taken it for granted. I have no ties to any part of the family in the UK......but I did hear of the family history when I was young. I did hear that a great grandfather, a Royal Surgeon, was one of the doctors who trained and worked with, Florence Nightingale. Another branch of the family were renowned as the inventors of silver-plating. The Elkingtons were famous for their silver. So much so that the Royal Family paid visit to one of their factories in Birmingham in the mid 1800's.
So much so that Elkington silver (chalices, dinnerware, candelabra, etc) are still offered for sale on eBay.
Of course, i have none myself. But when I was planning this trip to Cheltenham to attend the graduation ceremonies, to receive formally, my M.A. from University of Gloucestershire, I realized that Birmingham was only an hour train ride away to the north. And, so - like why not? When I discovered that there is actually a street in Birmingham named after my forbears, that sealed the deal. A visit to Elkington Street was added to the list. And then to find that the original Elkington factory building still exists on Newhall Street - well, done deal. Following are some of the images that relate to this little story. Had time permitted I would have loved to have popped into the Queens Arms next door and spent some time there.......next trip for sure.
The Elkington store, 1878
Moi, in front of the original Elkington factory building - now a historical site
The Queens Arms - next door to the Elkington factory
The next stop on our journey was London itself. Honestly, with only three days there, I know, that had I been at all smart 40+ years ago I would have moved to London - to live, to work - to participate in any small way in the wonder of that city. Simply stated, there is none like it in the world. The elegance, the charm, the design sensitivity - the design awareness - that is not found here in North America in my experience. And the sheer scale of it is mind boggling. To walk through Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London (which is a virtual city within a city) - the sense of awe of everyday occurrences over a thousand years ago......it is humbling, it is inspirational, it is - enervating!
From our very elegant condo/hotel (The Grand Residences by Marriott) we walked the adjacent streets, walked to and through Shepherd market - a rather Bohemian sector of Mayfair......we bus toured the inner city, getting off, getting on as a whim presented itself, to marvel at the range of architecture, old, and new. Some new, seems like being different simply for the sake of being different. London City Hall, by Sir Norman Foster, was always a structure I wanted to visit.....although the day was grey, misty, cold and rainy, I took some great photographs(IMHO). The juxtaposition of the City Hall and the Tower Bridge with the Shard peeking over the ancient rooflines.....wow!
In this issue there will be a certain amount of visuals from that trip - with additional photographs perhaps in future issues.
But, this journey was great for one other reason - an important one to me, and hopefully important and meaningful for you the reader. For DesignReview•International has found, finally, a sponsor.
The Design Trust, London, has stepped up to provide a degree of support - a welcome partner, if you will, in our attempts to sustain the publication of DR•I. This will be a trial run - we're going to re-evaluate after 6 months at the end of June. If all goes well, perhaps the publication will change hands entirely.
That may be the best for DR•I - we'll see what the next 6 months bring. This development however, does not change the need for subscription. Clearly, if DR•I is independent and not ad-supported (which may now need to change) the weight of monthly expenditures need be mitigated somehow. Up until now, all costs have come out of my pocket. I won't lie - they aren't numbing costs, so to speak - but the simple email distribution model runs into a significant sum each month.
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It's needed, certainly - these days more than days gone by. Alibaba is a juggernaut - a chinese juggernaut.
The Background: Alibaba was founded in 1999 by former English teacher Jack Ma, who scraped together $80,000 from 80 investors to start an online marketplace for Chinese companies. He became the richest man in China and his estimated net worth has topped $47 billion. When Ma saw a need for an internet search engine partner, he connected with Yahoo! Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang. Yahoo paid $1 billion for a 40 percent stake in Alibaba in 2005. Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace, which links individual buyers and sellers, and Tmall.com, which connects retailers and consumers, offer everythingfrom Alaska salmon to Boeing 747s. The company makes money from commissions on sales, advertising and through fees for memberships and other services.
Alibaba has been an unparalleled success. To put that into p e r s p e c t i v e look at the following graphic from Statista
This is not intended as a political comment - it is, simply, a reality check. Any idea that the USA can compete on the same scale of commerce that China can, is simply delusionary. Pointe finale.
CLINTON CORNERS HOUSE
Overlooking Lake Upton in the Hudson Valley, the Clinton Corners House offers a bespoke retreat in prefab form. The dwelling is based on Lake|Flato's Porch House and utilizes prefabricated timber framing and super-insulated panels to complete the home in just eight months. Its three gabled volumes are clad in western red cedar and feature a metal roof to resemble the traditional barn vernacular. Divided between family, guests, and entertaining, the interior's rustic minimalism is defined by exposed white oak beams, vaulted ceilings, and concrete floors. A wall of glazing in the great room puts the focus on lake views while a series of porches are completely enveloped in the rural landscape.
Photos: Chris Cooper / Lake|Flato
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Lladró’s Nightbloom collection is the name of the most recent lighting line created by Marcel Wanders, one of the top interior designers in Europe. Recently he has been recognized for his achievements, specifically within this Lladró’s inspired collection that won the Lighting category award, on Home Interior Products section. This is a major accomplishment towards the design community, where outstanding works are able to prevail and stand out!
The European Product Design Award is an institution that aims to recognize, annually, the efforts of designers and design teams that aspire to improve our everyday lives with practical and beautiful creations. The contemporary shapes of the Nightbloom lamps, calling to mind the petals of a flower swaying in the breeze, earned Lladró this prestigious award recognized all over the world.
Nightbloom by Marcel Wanders stands on an authentic and out-of-the-ordinary collection that represents a set of exquisite lighting pieces that stand as simple items, yet enable the most luxurious ambiance you can imagine! This collection was presented at the last edition of Isaloni 2019, in Milan, within the Euroluce fair.
Bjarke Ingels Group has been working on the Mars Science City project after the United Arab Emirates announced the initiative in 2017. The $140 Million USD (AED 500 million) research city aims to serve as a “viable and realistic model” for the simulation of human occupation of the martian landscape. The project is designed with a team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.
Utilizing one of the techniques currently considered for Mars habitat construction, the walls of the museum will be 3D printed using sand from the Emirati desert. Laboratory spaces will be outfitted with advanced technologies allowing researchers to test construction and living strategies under specific Martian heat and radiation levels. Plans for the city include an experimental living scenario in which a team will attempt to live within the constructed environment for a full year.
The 1.9 million-square-foot domed structure will become the largest space simulation city ever constructed. Mars Science City will house a variety of program pieces for both researchers and visitors, including laboratories for the study of food, energy and water; landscapes for agricultural testing and food security studies; and a museum celebrating humanity’s greatest space achievements and educating visitors on the city’s research.
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DANISH ARCHITECT DORTE MANDRUP’S THE WHALE VISITOR CENTER IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
300 km North of the Arctic Circle, on the tip of the island Andøya lies Andenes. A small town located amid dramatic landscapes – both above and below the ocean’s surface. Just a few sea miles from shore a deep-sea valley unfolds. It is frequently visited by migrating whales, making Andenes one of the best places in the world to see this fabled animal up-close.
The new Arctic attraction, The Whale, tells the story of the big inhabitants of this underwater world, rising as a soft hill on the rocky shore– as if a giant had lifted a thin layer of the crust of the earth and created a cavity underneath.
The building rises as a soft hill on the rocky shore – as if a giant had lifted a thin layer of the crust of the earth and created a cavity underneath.
A single curved concrete shell makes up the roof of The Whale. This parabolic form effectively transmits the forces to three support points in the corners of the building, creating a large, inner column-free room.
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Always striving to perfect the art of listening and understanding the bigger picture, we consider it our greatest responsibility to transform ideas into great, buildable design.
Where does d e s i g n live? Good question, no? Anyone have the answer? Thought not. 'Cause the only answer is, 'everywhere'. Next question - what language is design from? Answer : : None - why? 'cause design is a language.....design is a conversation, between conscious users/consumers and/or between plain, everyday observers. Design, living everywhere, is plastic - it takes every form, speaks softly, sometimes yells raucously. Or it murmurs seductively, it whispers comfortingly.
So design lives here, also in Moraga, CA.
Spectacular Remodel Featured on the 2010 Moraga Country Club Kitchen Tour - Wonderfully updated MCC home - totally remodeled and improved. Expanded kitchen w/ WoodMode cabs, CeasarStone counters, nice appliances. Great golf course + view location. Gracious Master with updated bath, walk-in closet, private deck. Includes access to Moraga Country Club!
This from the Zillow site : :
Situated between the Caspian Sea and Si Sangan forest, Iranian firm MADO Architects developed a private residential project dedicated to the clients' specific request of absolute privacy. The Sisangan Villa project focused on the site's layout, referral to typical vernacular architecture, and geometric manipulation to create a dynamic structure of intersecting concrete walls and glass facades.
The initial design started with a square with 4 walls, bounding the construction site from all sides.The team then detached the square’s sides from their intersection and rotated them, forming the project's interior space and allowing light to enter from all sides. This manipulation of geometric forms reinforced a connection between the architecture, landscape, and sunlight, blurring the boundaries between inside and out. The oblique walls were also implemented in the design to structurally support the roof, as well as create a sense of privacy and enclosure.
MADO Design : : email@example.com : : N.12, Anahita Street, Parkway, Tehran, Iran
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These are some of the latest photographs from Leonardo Bechini, photographer extraordinaire, Milan, Italy - obviously a fashion shoot.
Merry Christmas to all of you.
This issue has no Christmas content
Should it have had?
I, think not
The form, contours and character of DR•I is likely
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And here we are......some of you decided to continue the journey, others didn't. No loss....
see, I/we (Vanessa, Steven, Leonardo and Hana) still put in the same effort.....rushing with the same passion, the same conviction that d e s i g n - in all its forms, is a meaningful part of the equation of life, of living.
In algebra every equation is a balanced formula - the conditions expressed on the left side of the equal sign are e q u a l to, the conditions as contained on the right side of that same sign. Speaking on behalf of my colleagues, contemporaries - all who speak at least 3 languages - design is yet, another language. It is a lingua of emotion touched/tapped - it is a language of movement, wherein a sculpture, a painting - a park, place, building, moves us to feel....to feel a connection, and when really successful to feel an understanding of what is not stated in words, per se, but is stated in the visual language of balance, symmetry, colour, form and/or function.
DesignReview•International has evolved - it has come from a humble, hesitant voice to what it is today - proud of its achievement, gratified by the comments and criticisms that relate to its content - it has - a voice! You all - yes, you, the readers - it warms my heart to know that what we have managed to bring to life, has brought a light of sorts into your, lives.
We will continue on this mission - to seek, to find - to put in front of you, treasures, prizes, surprises that will hopefully expand your universe of design of design sensibility/sensitivity • talk back to us please - let us know what, why - things work for you. We will attempt to search, to find, aspects and elements that are meaningful to your lives.
Grazie, all. . . . . .
What, is art?
That question has haunted the human race since time immemorial....
this question is an emotional one
it is a legal one
it is a transactional one
Thomas Merton in No Man Is An Island:
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Jennifer Seeley, knows, art. Her art, is a little different - 'What is art?' is a question that resonates,
I believe, in all of us. If a poem moves you, if a lyric pinches at your emotions - if a song or piece of music
causes ripples in your heart, rapture in your soul, is that, art? Artists, galeries, museums, curators, social media, all claim to know the answer. Maybe they do.....maybe they do. Para mi, it is whatever touches you.....the songbooks of Francis Cabrel, Rod Stewart's delivery in 'An American Songbook', Manitas de Platas' or Stephane Grapelli - or Django Reinhardt • I am moved, I am both a victim and a winner in any/all of this.
Jennifer Seeley delivers a very special/specific art form - IMHO, she takes the 'taken for granted' subject of the animal kingdom and infuses them with actual personality.....almost as if the giraffe took a 'selfie'- or BEAR, popped into the frame with its unasked question.
So - here is Jennifer Seeley
And here is where you can discover more about her, her passions, her principles.http://www.jennseeleyart.com/index.html
Jennifer Seeley is a painter exploring ideas of expression and color through animal portraiture. She was born and raised in SLC Utah and received her BFA in Drawing and Painting and Art Education through Utah State University.
Jennifer has a deep appreciation for living things and her work is a celebration of this. She uses a combination of quick loose brushstrokes and slow refined strokes with bright and arbitrary color schemes to create a lively feel to her work. She often mixes the paint right on the canvas. Each painting has a unique expression and takes on a personality of its own.
She gains inspiration and rejuvenation through the outdoors and enjoys traveling across the US selling her work.
You have questions? I have, answers. . . . 56 years ago, in 1963 the Apollo 3500 GT SPIDER, was born.
This was a hybrid, the combined efforts of Italian craftsmen, American engineers - to produce this svelte, sexy, automobile.
From the web-site that is managing this auction, 'When Britain met America with the Shelby Cobra, it was an instant success. Another cross-Atlantic pairing that isn't as well-known is the Apollo 3500 GT, and American-Italian hybrid powered by an all-aluminum Buick V8. The brainchild of engineer Milt Brown, the Apollo used a Brown-designed chassis, the aforementioned V8, and handmade bodywork by Carrozzeria Intermeccanica of Torino, Italy. The Apollo used a ladder chassis with a multi-link rear suspension and upper and lower A-arms at the front — one-upping Ferrari, who were still using rear live axles and leaf springs. Despite the solid performance, company was plagued by strong demand and poor finances, and only 86 were made. Only five Spiders still exist, and the 3500 GT Spider pictured here is the first one built and has been owned by George Finley, head of sales for Apollo, since new. The car is absolutely mint and is one of the most unique cars to come from America, when a dream and some know-how went a long way.
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This is a discovery of the works of Giacometti, who was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. Beginning in 1922, he lived and worked mainly in Paris but regularly visited his hometown Borgonovo to see his family and work on his art.
Giacometti was one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. His work was particularly influenced by artistic styles such as Cubism and Surrealism. Philosophical questions about the human condition, as well as existential and phenomenological debates played a significant role in his work. Around 1935 he gave up on his Surrealistic influences in order to pursue a more deepened analysis of figurative compositions. Giacometti wrote texts for periodicals and exhibition catalogues and recorded his thoughts and memories in notebooks and diaries. His self-critical nature led to great doubts about his work and his ability to do justice to his own artistic ideas but acted as a great motivating force.
Between 1938 and 1944 Giacometti's sculptures had a maximum height of seven centimeters (2.75 inches). Their small size reflected the actual distance between the artist's position and his model. In this context he self-critically stated: "But wanting to create from memory what I had seen, to my terror the sculptures became smaller and smaller". After the war, Giacometti created his most famous sculptures: his extremely tall and slender figurines. These sculptures were subject to his individual viewing experience—between an imaginary yet real, a tangible yet inaccessible space.
In Giacometti's whole body of work, his painting constitutes only a small part. After 1957, however, his figurative paintings were equally as present as his sculptures. His almost monochromatic paintings of his late work do not refer to any other artistic styles of modernity.
The Giacometti Institute + Museum, designed by Pacal Grasso Architects, is described as:
The Giacometti Institute was created on the initiative of the Giacometti Foundation, which owns the biggest collection of Alberto Giacometti’s works. The Institute is the reference place for Giacometti's work and an art history center, which includes exhibitions, research and pedagogy.
With a surface area of 350 m2, the Giacometti Institute is located at 5 Rue Victor Schœlcher in the 14th arrondissement, the Montparnasse neighbourhood where Giacometti lived and worked throughout his career.
It is housed within the former studio of artist and interior designer Paul Follot, in a listed heritage building, a private mansion in the art deco style, with decors have been preserved and restored. Dating from the period of stylistic transition between art nouveau and art deco, the building was built between 1912 and 1914. Paul Follot’s studio constitutes a remarkable testimony to the Montparnasse neighbourhood, the area chosen by artists.
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This -is a masterful, piece of work....the subtleties, the elegance - use of pattern, materials and tactility provide a serene and supportive backdrop for the intense detail of Giacometti's works. The architect is to be applauded - for the restraint, the control - the vision by which they created this cocoon. Bravo!
A part of our mission here at DR•I is to search for the unusual, the unexpected - the whimsical, humorous and downright clever design ideas - here are some such.
Phew! Glad that's out of the way....but, fun, no?
We were, before we got side-tracked, talking about art....of course there are numerous artForms, yes?
It is not only the province of oils, acrylics, canvases and such - no?
Watercolour is a most difficult medium - very unforgiving.....as an artist, if one makes a mistake with a brushstroke, it cannot simply be painted over....the medium does not allow for that. Whereas with oils and acrylics - if a brushstroke goes awry, well. . . . load up some additional pigment and paint over.
So I have great respect for the water colourist, for the vision and the discipline required to produce their work.
One such, is an artist featured previously, and an old friend (former interior designer) Suzan Carsley.
Suzan emigrated from Montréal to New Brunswick some years ago and has devoted herself to her painting - her art. She is an old friend and I know/knew the family well, worked with their great design store on many occasions. But here - here is something that moves me....
Quilts - quilts on a line on Fogo Island.....(more about that unique and special place next issue)
It's a 'happy' painting - it resonates with the salty airiness of the sea, an almost mystical representation of a vision experienced.
And then - then there is this......for me she has the ability to evoke a sense of gravity-defying airiness.....
for me, I float, when I gaze at this. Her work is viewable at: www.facebook.com/suzancarsleyartist and you can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great work Suzan!
“All our guests who have been travelling with us are concerned by the climate crisis.”
The above quote by Janne Honkanen, founder of travel agency Luxury Action, might constitute the greatest irony of the 21st century. Starting next year, Honkanen’s ‘eco-conscious’ clients will stay in heated, all-glass pods at the North Pole — otherwise known as the most over-engineered igloos ever designed.
According to Dezeen, Honkanen is aiming to create “the northernmost hotel in the world”, with glass capsules being transported to the polar ice cap for the duration of April each year. For the other 11 months, they will be located on a glacier in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between the North Pole and Scandinavia.
Do these glass igloos look cool to stay in? Absolutely. It would undoubtedly be an incredibly unique experience to lay in bed, looking out at the stars and possibly the Northern Lights, and see a polar bear walk by. Luxury Action’s itinerary includes hiking across a glacier, meeting indigenous people and arctic scientists working nearby, and viewing seals, polar bears, arctic birds and other wildlife.
Before you start packing, though, you should know that this cool experience doesn’t come cheap: true to its name, Luxury Action is charging $100,000 for a five-night stay. But beyond the impact on your bank balance, there is the cost to the environment that such a project would surely cause
For me, I could really get off on the cosy hermit-like envelope......at least for a couple of days. You?
Mood . . . . . . do we concern ourselves with, mood?
This home, in Chile, has a palpable mood.....can't you feel it?
Southern Chile's harsh climate brings extended periods of rain and cold temperatures but what it lacks in sunshine, it makes up for in rugged landscapes. Casa KDDK is no exception. Its site is enveloped in lush, green meadows and dense forests. To take advantage of the views, the zinc-clad dwelling is sited on the property's highest point, also allowing the home to attract the largest amount of natural light. These incoming rays are brought into the interior through expansive glazing and when combined with an all-white palette, create a light, airy atmosphere even in the darker, dreary seasons. The transparent facade also keeps the interior connected to the scenery year-round while iron and glass screens fold open to allow for a summer terrace in the warmer months.
Photos: Karina Duque
SAN FRANCISCO CLOCKTOWER PENTHOUSE
Unique, historic, and impeccably designed, the San Francisco Clocktower Penthouse leaves little to be desired. The 3,000-square-foot condo is housed on the top four floors of the former Max Schmidt Lithography Company headquarters. Bright and airy, the two-bedroom interior features an open floor plan with spacious living areas that include a game room and home office. The building's heritage is highlighted with exposed brick walls and steel beams while contemporary furnishings complement the industrial shell. The crowning jewel of the property is the Clock Room. Located at the top of the tower, the lounge is surrounded by the mechanisms of the fully-functional clock. The whole thing is wrapped in a 1,300-square-foot terrace, affording expansive views over the South Beach area.
Photos: Compass Real Estate
What an awesome, 'pie-in-the-sky' kind place......lottery winners, mega-gazillionaires - start your engines.
Emory Motorsports is a staple of California’s car culture, and even more so in the recreation, and restoration, of Porsche’s most iconic platforms. Over the years, the company has gifted a handful of the industry’s most lauded vehicles to the masses, helping it to gain a reputation that’s nothing short of legendary. Now, they’ve pushed the boundaries even further with this 1959 Aquamarine Transitional Speedster.
The vehicle you see here was inspired by Porsche’s original 1954-1958 “Speedster” model, adopting an open-air silhouette, racing-inspired aluminum tonneau cover, and a similar headrest hoop and cage as its progenitor. To give the car the revered “Emory Outlaw” look, the team applied a period-correct Aquamarine Metallic paint, a handful of bespoke bonnet modifications, and a reverse-louvered deck lid, complementing the vehicle’s Charcoal square-weave carpet interior, Hydes’ red leather upholstery, and a triple-gauge speedometer/tachometer inspired by Porsche’s iconic 904. To support the 205-horsepower Emory-Rothsport Outlaw-4 engine’s additional figures, a modified 901-style IRS suspension was contracted, alongside adjustable Koni dampers, custom rotors, and calipers, and a set of 15×5 Tecnomagnesio wheels on Dunlop rubber.
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Just a wayCool light fixture - classic, elegant - but so practical......of course that is only applicable if you, read.....as in books.
Found in factories and offices across America in the early 1900s, our swing-arm fixtures provide clean, targeted light with a timeless, vintage-inspired design. A great space-saving solution, our Imbrie Articulating Sconce features strong pivot joints for an amazing range of movement and a turnkey socket, so it can be turned on/off at the fixture or the wall switch. Highly customizable, the Imbrie Articulating Sconce comes in an array of color combinations for a truly tailored look.
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Formally titled the 2019 Small World Photomicrography Competition, Nikon’s Microscopic Photography Competition calls for entries as “a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope.” Thus, that means all of the images are shot under a microscope, using some variant of photomicrography. This year’s winning shot, by Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler, depicts a turtle embryo in vibrant hues, courtesy of fluorescence and stereo microscopy. Some 20 other winning images (including a tiny portrait of a small white-hair spider, a pregnant planktonic crustacean and more) were chosen from 2,000+ submissions from 100 different countries.
Details are available here:
With a rapidly aging population, an inward flux of new urban residents, and developmental pressures forcing displacement and homelessness on growing numbers of people, housing design finds itself at a critical nexus in the United States.
And while many architecture firms are surely working on innovative housing projects, few have dedicated teams focused on pursuing housing innovation from an integrated, transformational perspective. KTGY Architecture + Planning is one such firm, however. The R+D Studio at KTGY exists to "explore new and emerging ideas related to building design and technology," with an eye toward integrating new housing developments into their surroundings, re-thinking existing design paradigms, and prototyping cost- and time-saving construction approaches all the while expanding the realm of housing design to include co-living arrangements, contemporary senior housing models, and supportive housing.
We talked with Marissa Kasdan, director of KTGY's R+D Studio, to discuss how well-designed housing can serve more people, the changing nature of domestic spaces, and to highlight innovations coming out of her team's work.
What is the focus of KTGY’s R+D Studio? And of your position?
KTGY’s R+D Studio was created as a dedicated effort focused on furthering KTGY’s vision, “to move the discourse of architecture forward by continuously searching for better.” With that goal in mind, the R+D Studio explores new and emerging ideas related to building design, shifts in residential demographics, and trends in the way people live. My role, as director of the R+D Studio, is to maintain the focus of the studio in a way that also supports the design efforts of the various studios within KTGY. I coordinate with studio leaders from KTGY offices across the country and look for opportunities to develop design concepts that support the building types and market segments we serve.
The R+D Studio seems to pursue an integrated approach that considers design, urban-scale considerations, and constructability issues simultaneously. Can you share an example of a project (or an approach/idea) that has most benefited from this arrangement?
The Skytowns concept considers how townhome unit plans in a high-rise configuration could maximize building efficiency while minimizing elevator stops and shared circulation space, all while providing multi-level unit layouts in an urban setting. On every other level, the townhome units recapture the corridor area as unit area, increasing the overall building efficiency to nearly 90%. The inherent nature of the multi-story units creates a unique opportunity for vertical variation along the high-rise façade.
One of your research focuses revolves around expanding the definition of co-living. How is the research coming out of the R+D Studio informing the design of unit plans for this type of housing?
Initially, we developed a co-housing concept to address urban affordability for young professionals trying to manage their rents, leading to the development of an 11-bedroom, 11-bathroom prototype unit. Since then, we have discussed with many of our clients and other interested individuals the opportunity to apply the benefits of shared living in new ways to help address a variety of issues and serve a wide range of demographics.
With housing affordability continuing to challenge cities and developers, shared living has the potential to cut housing costs while also providing the social connectedness that has been dwindling from our society. Families, seniors, and low-income individuals are some of the demographic groups we envision could greatly benefit from the inherent qualities of co-housing communities.
Everybody, repeat after me -'I LOVE LEO' • Leonardo Bechini is a standout artiste in photography.
I had the great pleasure of befriending him, when as a student, he took a course I was teaching at College Inter-Dec.....2002 I believe. We have remained colleagues, friends since. His sensitivity and vision is awesome. Based in Milan he is a senior design executive for European-based fashion enterprises.
Some cool details I shot whilst I lived/worked in Miami for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Art - and more, art
GGregoGergory Deane is a contemporary California artist specializing in expressionist painting. His body of work features fields of color and organic texture paired with free movement and dramatic gesture to express profound emotion on canvas.
“I sometimes have certain things in my mind when I create each piece, perhaps the emotion of joy or tranquility when I choose my colors, or perhaps the influence of the Orient or an obscure European tradition when I layer in bits of paper or gold leaf. This is new art, but tradition is frequently there too.”
Deane was born in Oregon and moved to California as a teenager he was strongly drawn towards fine arts, particularly expressionism and character studies. Design school brought him to San Francisco where he entered into the world of interior design during a very exciting period, interiors began to be recognized as functional art, contemporary design created the setting for large format contemporary paintings and sculpture. He met his wife Margo during this period and she inspired him to transition to his true passion for painting and mixed media art. Gregory opened his studio and began his first series of paintings, Pages of Time motivated by an Asian influence. The true spirit of abstract expressionism flows through his body of work, color, tone and shadow have always played a fundamental role in convergence with a sense of depth and motion.
Gregory Deane’s abstraction integrates mixed media. “Including a photograph or words from a newspaper, bits of tissue paper or whatever might be at hand,” the artist reports, “I can evoke a grounding feeling of place and a sense of time, whether it’s an African jungle or a Chinese market.”
Deane has been profoundly influenced by the masters of contemporary art, Franz Kline. Robert Rauschenberg and the color work of Paul Jenkins. “The poetry of life is my greatest influence, though,” Deane says, and you see it in the symphonic expression of his paintings.
Deane's work is in the collection of the Accademia delle Arti del Designo in Florence, Italy where he was the first American to have an exhibition in the museum's history. Accademia delle Arti del Designo was founded by Michaelangelo, and is an important part of the world of influential art in Florence. Deane also has a painting in the permanent collection of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and enjoys a long list of prominent collectors.
Gregory has a beautiful studio in Palo Alto that is open by appointment, it is the best way to see the artist in action and his current works. The opportunity of seeing him work or viewing his most current pieces is an unforgettable experience.
If you care - and many of you might - Kurt Cobain's home is up for sale.....
It's such a lovely piece of architecture
There is a visceral sadness to it, methinks
The Related Companies has released new renderings and a new name for Thomas Heatherwick’s High Line project at 515 West 18th Street: Lantern House. The pair of residential structures is located along Tenth Avenue between West 18th Street and West 19th Street and flanks both sides of the High Line [...]. The development is Heatherwick’s first residential project in New York City and in the United States. SLCE Architects is the architect of record.
Thomas Heatherwick is expanding his foothold in New York City: after creating quite a stir with the Vessel at Hudson Yards and the under-construction floating Pier 55 park, the London-based studio is teaming up with developers Related Companies again for the practice's first residential project on this side of the Atlantic, called Lantern House.
Prices for the 181 residences will start at $1.7 million for a one-bedroom unit
IMHO - this is a brilliant innovation in regards to fenestration design......it provides a 'fishbowl' kind of experience along with contributing a unique and distinctive style signature to what are primarily the run-of-the-mill sheet pan architecture of most of today's condo designs.....BRAVO. M. Heatherwick!
So - that's it. Today is the first step, in a journey. . . . . I am hopeful that many/most of you will accompany me.It will be, as it has been thus far - a journey of discovery.
Bon voyage ã tous.....
Isn't that what it's all about? Less words - more pictures.
This issue, that about sums it up.
Clever, yes? I, like c l e v e r . . . . and fact is, clever only really occurs in graphic design. Don't think I've ever heard 'clever' applied to architecture - or interior design.
Kazuyo Sejima has created some of the 21st century’s most captivating spaces, from the distinctive metal facade of the seven-story New Museum tower in New York City to the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion, which features 75,000 feet of curving, transparent walls. Her firm, SANAA, is known for its elegant, idiosyncratic design; Sejima and her partner, Ryue Nishizawa, were awarded the field’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, in 2010.
But recently, Sejima embarked on a completely new kind of design project: a building that moves. The Japanese architect is the lead designer of a new bullet train created by Seibu Railway, in Japan, called the Seibu 001 series, or Laview. The project, which was announced in 2016, is now complete—and Sejima’s design may make it the most relaxing commuter train ever constructed, even as it exceeds speeds of 200 mph.
Sejima’s brief was to design something “never seen before,” a train that could establish a design language for the broader Seibu fleet and its next 100 years of transit, hence the “001” in the train’s name. As for “Laview,” that’s an acronym: The “L” stands for “luxurious living,” and the “A” is for “speedy like an arrow.” The “View” is just the view, of which there is a lot—to accentuate the train’s path through the Chichibu mountains.
True to its name, the train’s front features a sweeping, five-foot-wide curved glass window—the largest on a train in Japan. Meanwhile, each of the passenger cars is focused around expansive, 23-square-foot windows that begin at your seat bottom and stretch well above your head. To sit next to such a window must feel like you’re not riding inside a train at all. The body of the train itself is coated in paint that isn’t just silvery metallic, as it might first appear. It’s actually a custom aluminum coating picked for its exact reflectivity, which is meant to softly reflect the landscape right on the train’s exterior.
Then there’s the interior, which is really the most enticing part of the ride. Designer Yoko Ando led the textile design behind the train’s 422 velvety, mustard-hued seats. The armrests are compact and hint at necessary efficiencies built into high-speed rail. But the seat design itself harkens to the organic forms of Arne Jacobsen. It’s all topped off with a vaulted ceiling that diffuses soft light into the cabin.
All in all, the 001 series looks like an absolute joy to ride. And it makes us ever-so optimistic about the next 100 years of train travel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design,
technology, and culture for almost 15 years.
is work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech,
PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach
Sit down, why don't you?
Okay - where do you suggest I sit?
Well, I dunno - try that one over there....
You mean this one?
What do you think?
Uhhhh - like I'm gonna be swallowed up....digested, maybe?
But it's surprisingly comfortable.
Okay! So here's a few others to try. . . .
A 'colour coward'....qu'est-ce que c'est? It doesn't show up in internet searches, but it is a rather disparaging term that my designer contemporaries would often use to sum up a client who's, afraid of colo(u)r - in either spellings. You probably know someone - yes? They tend to dress in somber tones - or default to black (can't make a mistake with black)......but don't you just come alive when you spy a woman (generally a woman) who is just a riot of carefully calculated tones, timbres, terrific colours......who CELEBRATES colour? I applaud it - always. And I applaud DACOR for their commitment to colour in their most recent appliance offerings.
The photograph is one of Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy. It is is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas.
Dacor allowed Cinque Terre to be one of the inspirations for it's new ranges:
Is that not a DOUBLE WOW?
The rolling hills of Italy's Cinque Terre are dotted with bright, warmly-hued village buildings that make it feel like summer all year long. Even if your home isn't perched on the Italian Riviera, you can channel this charming coastal haven with a cheerful orange stovetop.
Design a kitchen that would make Julia Child jealous with a French-influenced stovetop. Inspired by the lavender fields of Provence, it’s feminine and sophisticated all at once.
From the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea to picturesque white buildings with cobalt roofs, Greece is a study in blue. Transform your bright, light-flooded kitchen into a Santorini-inspired vision with a corresponding stovetop.
Morocco is a kaleidoscope of color, from electric desert sunsets to marketplaces filled with fragrant spices and hand-woven rugs. A brilliant pop of fuchsia is the perfect way to reflect its rich, exotic culture.
So, come on - all you colourCowards - step up! C e l e b r at e your special colour.
. . . .a DACOR kitchen
Things - things, sometimes just grab you. I know I'm susceptible to it.....I love tactility - it's the unknown sense - in a way...... how we feel, when we touch - be it skin, steel, glass, granite - a banana - it is a communications channel that we don't usually embrace when we are out looking for, things.
I, like, this t h i n g!
Oh! What is it? Yes, well there's that isn't here......it's a notepad......Made in the heart of Paris in a workshop built by Gustave Eiffel, these writing pads are an elegant step up from your average legal pad or sticky note. The sturdy metal frames hold 200 sheets of 5 1/3" x 8 1/4" paper, micro-perforated for easy removal. Non-slip backing keeps them in place during aggressive note jotting, and the textured brass nuts at the top make swapping in replacement pads a breeze. Available as a desk pad filled with blank paper, and the option to add on refill sheet sets of both blank or graph paper as desired.
Gonna, most definitely, get me one of these.....the desk pad including blank paper is $35.00. Notepad refills, blank or graph paper, are $7.00. Order from here.
So - while we speak of Morocco.....sortof, check this out:
Architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of Studio KO keep offices in Paris and Marrakech—which is probably why they are experts in blending Eastern and Western architecture.
Working on luxury projects for the likes of the Hermes family, their firm Studio KO designed this minimalist mountain lodge in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Blocked prisms, earth tones and exotic textures mark the home, which they’ve dubbed Villa E.
Nowhere is the marriage of cultures more evident than in the use of locally sourced Ouriko stone, with its characteristic reddish color associated with nearby Marrakech or “The Ochre City.” When stacked to form the house’s exterior, its brick-like appearance evokes the Midwest’s prairie architecture.
E C L E C T I C
According to the Cambridge dictionary, the definition of e c l e c t i c is:
Methods, beliefs, ideas, etc. that are eclectic combine whatever seem the best or most useful things from many different areas or systems, rather than following a single system
My dear friend, Monica Parker, is the epitome of e c l e c t i c
. . . not only that but she is truly one of the funniest people there is.
She is an author (Getting Waisted, OMG [How Children See God] - and stay tuned....there's another one soon to be released).
She is my friend - since high school, she is my friend. And although decades went by without us seeing each other we re-connected via social media about 10 years ago, and then had a great lunch at Toronto's Union Station last summer whilst I was en route home to Montreal. Over the last 8 weeks I have been engaged in a special assignment in Toronto - the city of my birth. As a result I literally lived, and worked there up until last week. More about that in the next issue.
But, on one occasion I spent a delightful evening with Monica and her very talented husband Gilles Savard. And with another friend/contemporary of that same time, Nina Keogh - a world-renowned master puppeteer (The Polka Dot Door, The Friendly Giant, ToDAYS SPECIAL and many others) - and is now a highly sought after artist.
All that to say, it was a great evening, spent in Monica and Gille's home, which is, like she is, e c l e c t i c
As can be seen from the following photographs.
Note the antique samovar in the fireplace....the bust to the right of the TV was done by a Parisian sculptress friend
Masterful! A natural affinity for the unusual, the bizarre - perhaps it comes out of her unique sense of humour. And Gilles! What a marvellous talent. Professionally he is a costume designer, working in the world of movies/film. It was he that actually upholstered all the chairs seen here, made the harlequin coffee table......trés spécial!
I worked with Monica last year to re-design her web-site : : www.IamMonicaParker.com. Check it out.....particularly the IKALAALALAL part......
Merçi Monica et Gilles - for being my special friend for over half a century!
Oh! One other thing.....I think I need to run out and buy this chair for Monica - it is the perfect complement to her home:
Heck, it was listed at only $60,000.USD a few years ago. . . . . . what's $60,000 between friends?
While on the topic of Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti here is some interesting background on this pair of most talented furniture designers.
Ponti & Fornasetti
A Historic Collaboration
One of the most historic collaborations of the 20th century was that between Italian designers Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti. Though their styles differ, their creative genius is evident in all of their projects and each designer made vital contributions to the history of art and architecture.
Ponti and Fornasetti first worked together in the 1933 forming an important relationship that would last for decades and over the years they completed many prestigious projects according to an established and well-tested pattern: Ponti designed and Fornasetti decorated. Together the duo completed many notable interiors including those for ships, villas and hotels as well as private commissions for the Italian bourgeoisie. While their collaborative designs were included in the 1951 Triennale they were never mass produced.
Ponti designed, Fornasetti decorated and Pietro Chiesa executed the designs.
There has been, t a l k . There have been questions, there has been talk. There has been questions about the continuity of DRI.....we have attempted to answer them, honestly. In that process, a great deal of soul-searching has occurred. This issue marks 3 years of monthly publications of DesignReview•International.
We set lofty goals - a multi-lingual platform for one.....no ads for another - consistency, continuity and dependability, most importantly.
But, this is important - at least to us here at DRI. There was, for many, many reasons, no issue last month. What is really important is that no one missed it. I got not one query, 'Where is this month's issue?'.
Not one expression of concern, such as, 'Hey - you still alive in there?' Nada - zilch - zero. I am not about to elucidate on the reasons for this gap....they were legitimate and necessary. But before I continue,
I want you to read/review the following insertion.
Like, 'What is this?'
It's a digital magazine - a US publication that has two distinct characteristics - one, it has NO ads......two - it sells for $140.00 US per year - which includes two bound issues. Yikes! That makes it approximately $12.00US per month
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ONE WELL-BALANCED BRAND UNEARTHED FROM AROUND
THE GLOBE IN EACH ISSUE. BETWEEN ITS COVERS,
B NOT ONLY SHARES UNTOLD STORIES BEHIND THE BRAND
BUT ALSO ITS SENTIMENT AND CULTURE THAT ANY READERS
INTERESTED IN BRAND MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT CAN
LEAF THROUGH WITH EASE.
Magazine B's mission is to focus/feature on one specific manufacturer, each issue. This month is is Danner, based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1932, Portland-based Danner started out by crafting boots for loggers. Based on the strong quality of work boots that the company has become known for, Danner has expanded its product range to outdoor and fashion and has remained dedicated to the ethos of craftsmanship that has underpinned the brand for 85 years.
So - it is a really cool magazine. Some recent focus issues have been on Lululemon, Google, Vitra, Leica, etc.
it brings us to
it brings us to
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DesignPreview will re-commence in the next week or two......that will remain a free design 'gazette'
It is with great hope that i look forward to continuing our relationship - I have a passion for the platform which we have created, have a passion for finding wonderful design-related information and goodies.
Hopefully you all share that.
Ahhhh! But what means i d e s ?
In the ancient Roman calendar, each month had an Ides. In March, May, July, and October, the Ides fell on the 15th day. In every other month, the Ides fell on the 13th day. The word Ides derives from a Latin word, meaning to divide. ... It had 365 days and 12 months each year.
Oh well! Who's counting? Who's looking - perhaps IDESX2 means the end of the month - which is when the issue is generally released - ooops! A little late. Apologies. Like I said, 'Who's looking?' , 'Who's counting?'. But with the advent of the new PREVIEW flash editions we're run a touch ragged this month - again, apologies. But gee! Look - it's all a big bonus, right? I mean we released 3•6 ++ Issues 1, 2, 3 of Preview.....so, I don't feel quite so bad. Just wait -we'll hit our rhythm.
The ADASTRA - $13million USD
Originally built to haul Hong Kong businessman Antony Marden and his lucky guests all over the world, the Adastra Yacht is now available for sale. Its design, from Britain's Shuttleworth Design, combines luxury accommodations with the speed, fuel economy, and seafaring capabilities of a stripped-down cruiser. Features of the nearly all-custom boat include a superstructure crafted from carbon fiber with a Nomex honeycomb core, a glass and kevlar foam sandwich hull, incredible on-deck lounging areas, a full-width master bedroom with full bath, two guest cabins, a massive Caterpillar C18 main engine cranking out 1150 hp, a top speed of 23 knots, and a 10-knot cruising range of 10,000 nautical miles.
Told you it's a hotel.....just not quite ready to take reservation, yet.
CLIFF CONCEPT BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Every year, around 200,000 tourists hike up Noway's Preikestolen to get a glimpse of the incredible views. The Cliff Concept Boutique Hotel wants to give those travelers an extended stay on the edge of the 1,982-foot bluff. Anchored to the rock face, the five-tier structure would cantilever over the Lysefjorden Fjord where rounded balconies will overlook the Scandes scenery. What makes this hotel a potential bucket-list item is its pool. Suspended over the water, the infinity pool features transparent walls that give swimmers a birds-eye-view of the landscape below.
Photos: Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio
This is the brainchild of Hayri Atak, a US educated Interior Architect (a profession not generally acknowledged in North America but is in Europe and Asia.)
He was born in Eskişehir in 1989. After completing his primary school and high school education in Izmir, he studied Interior Architecture at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 2007. During this time he also travelled to the United States and studied at the Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. At Auburn, he had the opportunity to attend workshops at the world-famous Rural Studio. After graduating from ITU with both a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Facade Design and Technology, he studied Interior Hotel Design at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan.
Hayri Atak has received awards from many design competitions during his academic and professional life, both as an individual and a group. Having started his professional career during his undergraduate education, Interior Architect Hayri Atak has experience in a wide scope of interior and architectural projects including: hotel design, cafe/restaurant design, store concept design, villa design, clinical design, housing design, and facade design. In addition to his interest in product design and furniture design, he has recently been working on parametric designs, prototype techniques, molding & serial manufacture techniques of products and facades, and robotic architecture. Hayri Atak, who is both a lecturer and organizer of workshops in various universities, established Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio in 2017 with his vision and dream for creating a permanent architectural brand that guided the industry.
Paul T. Frankl (1886 – 1958) was a furniture and interior designer born in Austria. At the age of 28 he moved to the United States. It was here that Frankl found his true aesthetic voice and style. Frankl was pre-eminently an advocate of the American Modernism. He believed in a new, optimist world. Frankl witnessed two World Wars and aimed to create a new, brave and upward new world order through his design. He has written extensively on the subject of Modern architecture and design and skyscrapers where one of his trademark features. The new structure of the skyscaper, rising up into the sky broke completely with the constraints of the past. The towering architectural form expressed the excitement and optimism of a new era.
So, no one got it right. . . this was featured in DesignPreview Issue #2.
I love cork - I have used it for flooring in 3 kitchens so far. My clients love the colours it's available in and it is so comfortable underfoot. For those who question its durability, consider this - it is used in many high traffic restaurants and even as flooring for basketball courts. In Montreal it is distributed by Duro-Design in Laval.
The texture is gorgeous - it looks like leather but because it is a rigid material it can be used in form shapes like this really cool sofa. Check out the other photographs to better understand how it might be adapted to house storage compartments etc.
Other cool designs by Paul Frankl
Ray's Dive Bar - 177 Chrystie, NYC
You might well ask, 'Why is this here in a design journal?'
Simple answer is, 'Because it is a really great example of throwback funk - of days gone by, of style that only became, a style, long after.' That's why - and because, I like this kinda funk!
To swing by spots previously developed by NYC dive bar Ray’s all-star team might make one wonder how they ended up partnering on this particular watering hole. Much attention has gone to the involvement of actor Justin Theroux, but the others involved (including Jon Neidich, Taavo Somer, and Carlos Quirarte) have developed some of the most exciting and design-forward hospitality ventures in the city. From The Happiest Hour to The Smile, Acme and Freemans, Lemons at The Wythe Hotel and even The Rusty Knot, their combined impact on nightlife and dining has been markedly substantial. And yet Ray’s (177 Chrystie Street) is a destination for a Miller High Life and some whiskey.
Jon Neidich, the chief executive at Golden Age Hospitality, longed for the nightlife scene of his early adult life in the East Village. Remembering their affection for dives, Neidich and his collaborators drew out attributes from favorite former hangouts. Ray’s began to take shape: a homage to ease, an update to a beloved form of socializing.
“The dive serves the essential role as the neighborhood watering hole,” Neidich says, “Where someone’s a local, where bartender and patron have often developed a relationship. You walk up to the bar, you sink back drinks quickly, you put your favorite song on the jukebox, you just have a good time.”
NYC has changed, though. And, specifically, so has the LES neighborhood where Ray’s is located. “I’ve actually had my eye on this corner for about seven years,” Neidich continues, “From back when I lived on Grand and Essex Street. When Taavo and Carlos tapped us to be involved, it was perfect timing.” The location previous held the fashionable Le Turtle, an acclaimed vision of Quirarte and Somer. Neidich and crew preserved a nook of Le Turtle, but the rest of the venue has become wood-paneled and low-key.
Ray’s isn’t a dirty dive. In fact, it’s more akin to what writer Noah Rothbaum coined in 2016, an “upscale dive.” Arguably, this is the most important category of bars in NYC today—featuring a quality beverage program (here directed by Jim Kearns), welcoming decor and an open, easy atmosphere. As Neidich says, “I think we endeavored to create our version of a dive bar, which meant we would have a clean, well-thought-out space, good product, and great bartenders.” And this is what is delivered.
Neidich says visitors can expect good vibes every night and, “that feeling of comfort.” He wants Ray’s to be a place where people feel an affiliation, “somewhere you could go anytime on any day if you needed to and chances are you see someone you know.” Ray’s is definitely a neighborhood bar, belonging to the LES and its inhabitants by proximity, but anyone who walks in easily realizes it can be theirs too.
Images courtesy of Kirsten Francis
David Graver is Senior Editor at COOL HUNTING, and a contributor to various print and digital outlets. His areas of expertise include art, technology, travel, film, fashion, and hospitality, with further specialization in watches, spirits and cocktails. David represents Cool Hunting around the world at events including Baselworld, Milan Design Week, Miami Art Week, Tales of the Cocktail and New York Fashion Week, as well as gallery openings, product launches and cultural happenings.
Lab Lamp is meant to last for generations with a bent and folded construction and a hand-cast, square tube neck and circular base. Our archetypal version of a library light, the double-headed curved shades have a folded edge and are directional and rotate. Inside, a black porcelain socket secures the bulb. The pull brass stud link anchor chain is custom made, and the dimmer switch is knurled. The plug features a twisted fabric cord.
Lab Floor Lamp has telescoping height, which is held in place by an anti-fatigue pin that will never fail. Knurled metal wire brushed connects to the wrapped fabric cord with foot pedal switch plug.
Handcrafted in France, in a selection of Signature and Distinctive alloys with our Roman and Williams Guild Living Finishes and bespoke handblown glass.
Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer’s Roman and Williams Guild Original Designs are each branded with our insignia and delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
This is, Tuscany
These exterior photographs are probably what one would imagine of Tuscany architecture and style - old, weather-worn, genteel - gentle even. And that is all true - but enter through the front door and it's as if you plugged yourself into an electric outlet!
Text description provided by the architects. In the landscape of Puntaldìa, in Sardinia, the architect Simone Micheli, designed House Boat – a charming contemporary-style apartment. A space dedicated to redefine the conception of luxury, materializing the relationship between man, space, time and no longer conceived as the opulence of goods.
Removing the superfluous, the environment acquires aesthetic rigor and the value of existence emerges clearly in the attention of every detail. The project is driven by the ideal of life on a boat, always open to new adventures but perfectly organized in the management of spaces and in the optimization of functions, turning into avant-garde thinking in the balance between the future of technology and the traditional charm of the ancient art of master carpenters.
The space therefore multiplies its ability to satisfy the desires of contemporary man: in the sleeping area, for example, the door of the large wardrobe opens a bathroom area, dedicated to its guests while, in the children’s room, a careful and ironic study of shapes and spaces allowed the placement of four beds.
The shapes leave the opportunity to expand, free themselves and reach the state of global well-being. The colors brighten up the space, heightening its dynamism, the shapes of the furniture create different levels that do not cease to overlap and recompose on the basis of continuous changes in perspective. The beauty of the outside world penetrates inside the apartment with large windows and generates clever mixtures of dreams and reality.
Architecture and Design by : : Simone Micheli
© Jürgen Eheim
MAN! Ain't she purty? She surely is! This is a classic Indian Motorcycle reproduction.....drooool!
The reason it's even here, in this issue, is because a) it's super cool design and b) because of this : :
And the reason this is here is because - well, it's also just SoCool! A sidecar was converted to a BBQ pit!
Outrageous! But the motorcycle is also an Indian Motorcycle - which led me to the forenoted beauty.....
INDIAN X TRAEGER WOOD-FIRED GRILL MOTORCYCLE
Custom builder Thor Drake had a dream to combine outdoor grilling with his passion for motorcycles. The result is the perfect marriage of food and machine — a sidecar-mounted grill that's with you wherever the open road takes you. Thor took a Traeger Ironwood 885 wood pellet grill and fabricated a custom sidecar that matches the classic lines of the Indian Springfield Darkhorse perfectly, complete with mounting points for utensils and pellets for cooking on the go. The bike will debut at the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Moi? I'll take one of each......https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/
I dunno - maybe you're all right - maybe I am losing my mind......seems I have gotten hung up on these fabulous retro styles - perhaps it's an uncontrollable urge to wend my way back to earlier times - to undo the present, return to the past. I love the sense of tactility that seemed to be prevalent in the designs of the 30's and 40's - they do not exist any more. Touch - the feel - silky velvet, lush corduroy - elegant matelassé.......hand-woven silks......not here no more it seems. And so when I encounter these wonderful designs that are evocative of Phillip Marlowe, The Thin man, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller - I swell up....I'm sure I lived in those times. And so, this wonderful teensy trailer that was designed by Pierce-Arrow, moves my heart.....maybe you feel something too?
Many American luxury automakers used inventive tactics in an attempt to survive the Great Depression. Few were more inventive than Pierce-Arrow, which decided to build a luxurious travel trailer to accompany its automobiles.
Produced by a separate division at the Buffalo factory, the Pierce-Arrow Travelodge was built to the same outstanding standard as the company’s cars, with a steel frame covered by sheet aluminum outer panels, and an interior of beautifully finished birchwood and gum with linoleum floors. It was mounted on fully independent suspension and featured a Bendix hydraulic brake, actuated by a vacuum cylinder connected by hose to the trailering car. Three models were offered, the smallest being the 13.5-foot Model C priced at $784, with all equipment standard.
The Guyton Collection’s Model C was acquired from Charles and Veronica Orin of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, its owners since 1956. The interior features a handsome dinette, with comfortable booth-style seating and a linoleum table, which folds into a double bed, as well as an insulated icebox, a hand-pumped sink (designed to draw from an external source), a Prentiss-Wabers Auto-Cook-Kit camp stove, and a wood-burning stove. Extensive storage and counter space is provided as well. All windows are fitted with modern safety glass and curtains, and open to mosquito screens, including the rooftop hatch, allowing for well-ventilated living while on the road.
Accompanying the Travelodge are a variety of charming period accessories, including a blue speckleware dining set, a Philco table radio, and a three-piece set of leather luggage, amongst others, completing its wonderfully detailed presentation.
The ideal partner to one’s Pierce-Arrow, this unusually luxurious and beautifully built trailer is the ultimate tour accessory and the greatest prize for the determined Full Classic enthusiasts.
I'm thinkin' that all ya wants with this is the gorgeous pistachio/devon cream Indian Motorcycle - oui?
Speaking of the past - P O L A R O I D is a name - a brand name that only those of us of this generation are familiar with.....we all, mostly had one. And prior to digital photography every professional photographer used a Polaroid as his 'test' shot of a scene - you had to wait, wave the wet print about, in order to assess it - determine if it was good enough, angle-wise, to proceed with the full frame shot.
Man, was it a tedious process. But now, Polaroid has experienced a digital renaissance.
P O L A R O I D Meet the world’s brightest camera. This truly state of the art innovation features an extra bright flash developed in collaboration with Hawkins National Laboratory. Pressing the shutter button sends light waves towards your subject, which reflect back to create perfectly illuminated pictures in or out of the shadows. With its unique blue and red colorway, this camera is guaranteed to stand out amongst your collection. Easy to use and precise in its function, you’ll feel like a pro and shoot like one, too. This Stranger Things Edition is here just in time for the new season, and comes with a pack of i-Type film, featuring a random selection from 16 colorful and bold designs inspired by your favorite Hawkins hangout spots. Every pack includes 8 out of 16 spectacular designs, so you’re guaranteed a frame that’ll match your mood. Get ready to collect, swap and share with your closest friends.
P O L A R O I D : :
Here Kitty, Kitty. . . . can you spot le minou?
This is a 3D model of a proposed addition for an old client.....
a joint effort by myself and my star student Vanessa Bertran.
'Nuff said', he said. And i replied, from within the dank, damp fog that swirled about the gas lamps that were making a valiant effort to penetrate the mist, 'Why ever might thee think such? The night is still young - and we have to do our duty out here....'
That's it for Issue 3•7 - whatever is missing from our Preview issues will carry forward to Issue 3•8.
That will be end of August, or thereabouts. Compliments, critiques, complaints or concerns to Inbox@DesignReview.International
As a professional interior designer (45+ years) and as a Certified Graphic Designer (25 years) I have devoted my life to the pursuit of design excellence. Winner of numerous design awards I have also spent 25+ years teaching Interior Design.....the greatest quote regarding design is: the greatest faux pas in design is irrelevance