• 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.
AUTHOR, ACTOR, HUMOURIST AND INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, WITH AN ABILITY TO FIND VALUABLE LIFE-GIFTS AMONGST THESE RUINS
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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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 email@example.com. 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.
For further information: Marcin Krzywonos (CEO) • Contact form
or their web-site: https://www.apptorium.com. The app is available directly from Apptorium or from Setapp.
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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But if you do get one then you'll need one of these:
Designed by Seven Seas Yachts
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 : : firstname.lastname@example.org : : 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
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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.
Go here to see a more complete dossier.
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: email@example.com
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
B IS AN AD-LESS MONTHLY PUBLICATION THAT INTRODUCES
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
as of the next issue DesignReview•International
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DesignPreview will re-commence in the next week or two......that will remain a free design 'gazette'
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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 we've heard, they are inevitable. The impact of change is different for most people. Lifestyle change, relationship change - job change, health change. The one inalienable human fact is that everyone, regardless of age, station in life - strengths, weaknesses, whatever - we have all experienced change.
Change is not quantitative. One never hears a comment such as, 'Well, I had 6 more changes than you did last week!'. Or, 'My change, yesterday, was much bigger (or smaller) than yours....'
No - change is life - it is the one constant. Some of us are better able to adapt to it, to rise above it - to incorporate and/or seize its moment - and harness either the positive, or negative fallout of change.
Most of you have by now received and read the change about to take place in the structure of DesignReview•International.
Sorry - not quite true. DRI, in and of itself, is not about to change. How you, the reading audience, engage with it is likely to change. Simply because, as previously stated, after three years of dedicated effort we are moving DRI to being a 'value-added' publication. Or, not - as you individually choose.
To reiterate, and for the last time, come September that month's issue will contain a subscription sign-up form. What means that? Means that this : : for those of you who continually enjoy the content, the insights - the 'value-added' features of DRI distribution and delivery of same will continue, monthly, uninterrupted following receipt of a paid subscription fee. For those of you who read the issuance this week of our email about this, you will recall that the survey feedback identified a per issue value of either $1.00 or $2.00......well, that actually hasn't beed finally decided on yet. You will receive a respectable advance notice in that regard.
However, moi - I felt guilty. Pourquoi? Well, I suppose I didn't give anyone a 'heads up' that this would ultimately be the direction that DRI would take - and now we've imposed this condition. On the other hand, we didn't know ourselves.....honestly. But out of respect for those of you who prefer not to pay for such content, and/or really just want 'flash' news items without the research, the backbone - I decided to provide, as a free service, a design bulletin, if you will. Just the basics of a story, the highlights.
A preview rather than a review. This week just such an effort was emailed to all recipients....it had the odd sounding moniker of 'datapoints'. Surely some of you wondered where, and when, I had lost my mind. I must apologize, explain and announce. As it was already a few days beyond month's end I felt it important to stick, as closely as possible, to the self-imposed discipline of always publishing on-time.
It slipped this issue - many reasons why - most beyond our control -but in the urgency to not let it slip any further the general announcement email was sent out and followed by the link to dr-datapoints.
If you observed the logo I designed for the design bulletin you will notice the letters, 'd' and 'p'.
I can now announce a successful negotiation to obtain the domain, www.DesignPreview.International.
Now it makes more sense, no? There is a delightful symmetry, to my mind, between DesignPreview and DesignReview......don't think it requires explaining.
www.DesignPreview.International provides me with freedom - a different kind of freedom than what is embraced in www.DesignReviewInternational - and it will permit me to, as I see fit, issue bulletins, blasts - 'hot off the press' kind issuances - and these will be free of charge. They will serve as a preview, naturally, to what will be contained in the more formal DesignReview issuance for that month. But, bear in mind - they will be just as described - news blasts - mostly a title with any compelling images associated with the information - there will be no depth. Sorry - that you get with a subscription.
And so, for this issue, 3•6, elements/stories as contained in the 'datapoints' issue will be further expanded. This will be the norm for this issue, and the following two.
It is my sincere hope that those of you who have been vocal about how you feel about DRI will continue to be readers. I have greater plans than this - this is a stepping stone to where I'd like to see DRI get to.
Thank you for your patience, your indulgence and your support. BTW - I want to make a personal/professional announcement here also. Last week I was informed that I was successful in my pursuit of a Master's degree from University of Gloucestershire, UK. I have earned an M.A., Creative and Critical Writing with the added distinction of, 'With Merit'. Hey - at 75 (middle age to me), being a freshly minted university graduate certainly tickles my fancy.
On a final note, henceforth, DR•I will restrict itself only to concerns regarding the world of design. No longer will there appear any personal comments or opinions.
Efficiency, versatility - adaptability, have become the watchwords of out digital daily survival.
In my daily professional experience, if I expect to be working off-site (in a library, a client's office - a train, plane) I spend way too much time setting aside this power cord, that USB connector type (are you all aware that there are three different types of connector ends for USBs? You must be....) I organize the connectors I need for my iPhone, iPad, bluetooth headset, earbuds, etc.....you get the picture. Oh yes, there's also my hard rives and/or a variety of data USBs.....it gets tiresome, wearying. And it actually all gets heavy. I love the minimalist ads we see that show the most elegant curved video screen with a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse - a sleek laptop - and nothing else in sight. Come on! That is not real life.....if you saw my desktop you'd shudder. Not because it's messy or disorganized. Because I have 10 different external hard drives, a music system, mouse, digital drawing tablet, old iPhone 4 that serves as a really cool earthView clock, this connector, that connector.....if I dropped eead it would take a tech guy at least a day to unravel all that is there. And so it is with joyous abandon that I greet announcements such as the one following. It didn't take a rocket scientist (maybe it actually did....) to think clever and create this newest device. Quite simply it is a combination external hard drive and multi-port USB bus......
aw c'mon! Why has it taken all this years for such an obvious need to ben realized in an actual, honest-to-goodness, efficiency product?
Okay - enough! No more yattering - this product deserves full-tilt boogie in terms of announcement - please read, and enjoy.
Minix’s amazing USB-C hub is also a 240GB hard drive [Review]BY ED HARDY • 4:45 PM, JULY 7, 2019
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of MacThe Minix Neo Storage is one of those inventions so clever they make you ask, “Why didn’t someone think of this before?” It combines into one small package two accessories many people carry around: an external hard drive with up to 240GB of capacity and a 4-port USB hub.
We tested it with both a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro. We’re sharing our real-world experience.
Minix Neo Storage review: USB-C hub and SSD in one
At first glance, the Neo Storage appears to be a slightly bulky USB hub. Along one edge are a pair of USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a single USB-C port. On one end is a short cable with a USB-C connector.
The exterior is machined aluminum, with sharp edges but curved corners. It comes in either silver or space grey, and there’s a white LED bar that glows when this accessory is getting power. The overall look matches Apple’s design esthetic fairly well.
The central unit is 4.5 inches by 1.7 in. by 0.4 in. and 2.3 ounces (0.14 pounds). As mentioned, it’s larger than a typical USB hub, but smaller than most external hard drives. It fits easily into a gear bag, and Minix includes a black drawstring pouch so it won’t get scratched up. Or scratch up anything else, which is more likely.
Minix Neo Storage has a USB-C port, HDMI port, and dual USB Type-A ports.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of MacThe two USB ports are 0.3 inches apart. This is fine for cables and average-size thumbdrives, but is a bit tight for anything even slightly oversized. The HDMI port is equally close.
The built-in cable is 4.9-inch long, a reasonable length whether the Neo Storage is used with a MacBook or an iPad Pro. It seems durable enough to stand up to regular use.
Buried on the inside is an Intel SSD, either 120GB or 240GB. This is non-removable — it’s not possible to replace it with something larger.
Minix Neo Storage performanceThe SSD inside this accessory acts like any other USB drive. Just plug this peripheral in and a drive called NEO Storage will mount. We tested it with an iPad Pro running iOS 13 and it performs equally well. The drive appears in the Files app exactly as it’s supposed to.
Minix Neo Storage appears in the Drive app like any other removable drive.
Screen cap: Ed Hardy/Cult of MacMinix says the 240GB version offers up to 400MB/s read and write speed, while the 120GB one is slightly slower: 350MB/s.
Tests with multiple peripherals show that the dual USB-A ports perform exactly as expected, whether it’s a keyboard, mouse, or a thumbdrive inserted. That goes for the iPad Pro, too.
The HDMI port is up to 4K video at 30Hz. Our tests found no problems with this. It does what it’s supposed to: let you connect your computer to a TV or projector.
No device has as many USB-C ports as we’d like, and this accessory doesn’t have to monopolize one. It has a USB-C port so power can keep flowing to the iPad or MacBook while the accessory is in use. But that’s all it can do. It’s not possible to daisy chain on another USB-C accessory.
And just so there’s no confusion, the Neo Storage doesn’t have to be plugged in to an external power source for all its functions to work. All that’s required is the power coming from your Mac or iPad.
The aluminum casing serves as radiator so expect it to get warm. Not hot, but definitely a way to warm your fingers on a cold morning.
Minix Neo Storage final thoughtsAnyone who’s already planning on carrying a USB-C hub to connect to USB-A accessories and HDMI TVs can now add some built-in storage. True, this accessory is a bit more bulky than the average USB hub but that’s not much of a drawback.
Pricing:Minix’s official price for the 240GB version of the Neo Storage is $99.90 (€99.90). It’s available on Amazon at that price, and here’s the cost in Canada and the UK.
Taking into account that this is both a USB-C hub and an SSD, these prices are quite reasonable. Take the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C hub. It’s $69.99, and while it offers more ports it doesn’t include any storage. Now look at the OWC Envoy Pro Ex whose 250GB version is $129. It’s much, much faster, but also pricier. Compared to those two, the Minix Neo Storage starts to look like a deal.
Introducing the Light of Life- a single, uniquely shaped and astounding art piece that functions more than just a mere lamp. It's sleek and exhibits a thin, cherry wood shade, and brightness that can be smoothly adjusted via touch controls on the base.
It features a "Sleep Mode" setting that turns the light off automatically after 30 minutes so that you can sleep soundly and comfortably.
4In addition, the base of the lamp also has an integrated wireless charging pad, so you can charge any phone wirelessly!
This stunning lamp even comes with a built-in neodymium Bluetooth speaker. Just pair your device to the lamp, and play your favourite music wirelessly. You can even use the touch controls on the lamp to skip songs and adjust the volume.
Say good bye to dull and unpleasing desk lamps. Good bye to switches, chaotic tangled cords, electrical extensions and mess.
From the very innovative company, Articture.
Located just off the coast of Manhattan in the Long Island Sound, Columbia Island is a remote retreat just 30 minutes from the city. The private island comes with a 5,625-square-foot residence with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Its industrial-style interior features a spacious living area and kitchen with polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls. Expansive glazing and multiple terraces offer exceptional views while the rooftop deck affords sweeping panoramas of the New York skyline and nearby New Rochelle. Powered by solar panels and a desalination machine, the entire property is completely self-sustaining. Also included in the sale is the 3-acre Pea Island.
Photos: Sotheby's International Realty
$13,000,000.00 U S D • maybe a pretty cool BnB?
BOWLUS ROAD CHIEF ENDLESS HIGHWAYS CAMPER
Making its debut in 1934, the Bowlus Road Chief was the original silver bullet. Now, 85 years later, the travel trailer returns with some modern upgrades in the Endless Highway model. Its 26-foot exterior looks almost unchanged, sporting a similar aluminum shell that was created by aircraft engineer Hawley Bowlus. The interior is finished with wood walls and ceilings and features a master bedroom with king-size bed, an ensuite teak and chrome bathroom, dining for four, kitchen, and a sofa and armchair that convert into two twin beds. For added comfort while on the road, the camper also comes with heated floors, a cellular booster, a private wifi network, continuous hot water, and charging stations. It's all powered by a lithium iron phosphate systems, allowing you to stay off-grid for a full week adventure.
$185,000.00 - or attractive financing options - go here.
True portability and convenience : :
POURIGAMI COFFEE MAKER$30
Available on Kickstarter now, MiiR’s Pourigami pour-over system is a carry-able coffee maker that doesn’t succumb to the constraints of instant coffee alternatives or clunky camping presses. Three sleek slats of stainless steel (in black, stainless steel or white) interlock and form a nest for coffee filters. The system weighs just four ounces and, when unassembled, packs flat. Testing it out at this year’s Outdoor Retailer, we observed that it outperforms presses and clears a significant amount of space in your backpack.
HISPANO SUIZA CARMEN ELECTRIC HYPERCAR
Hispano Suiza introduced its first production car in over 70 years at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. The Carmen is an all-electric hypercar that extensively uses carbon fiber for the monocoque chassis, eleven body panels, and nearly everything else, where at all possible. This helps the Carmen weigh in at 3,726 pounds — a relative lightweight in the electric car world. A 700 cell lithium-ion battery pack powers each rear wheel for a total of 1,019 horsepower, a 0-62 time of less than three seconds, and a limited top speed of 155 MPH. The interior is handcrafted at Hispano Suiza's Barcelona factory, using leather and Alcantara for the seating surfaces and aluminum and carbon fiber trim. Each of the 19 buyers can even choose their own perfume for the interior if that new car smell isn't enough. Hispano Suiza has designed the Carmen to be upgradeable as technology improves, keeping the Carmen relevant even after its production run ends.
In the words of someone, famous, 'HOOWAH!'
A TINY RETREAT RESTING ON A LARGE BOULDER IN THE CZECH COUNTRYSIDE
Prague-based firm Uhlik Architekti were asked by a private commission to create ‘Forest Retreat’: a compact and multifunctional timber hideaway that balances atop a natural boulder.The client requested a private space in the countryside where he could escape for quiet contemplation, given his demanding work back in Prague. Speaking of the site location, the architects explain that the client took them to a spot in the midst of fields, woods and meadows, “Full of strange boulders, to a remote and somewhat forgotten place”. The rich landscape together with the client’s aim won the architects over instantly. The exterior of the tiny home is charred timber and when closed it resembles an unassuming storage container. Two side walls act as moveable shutters that open to reveal large glass windows, allowing forest views from inside. All materials are local; either from a neighboring forest or from other nearby sources. The interior is made from plywood and features a set of ascending steps that differentiate the space, with each step doubling as a storage unit. The client can sit, work, lounge, or sleep as he pleases—the top level can be flipped upside down, turning into a double bed.
Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS brings tomorrow’s home into today’s world
Nina Zafar • The Washington Post
July 2In recent years, innovation in digital technologies transformed the way we live. Advances in smartphones, robotics and computers revolutionized every aspect of our lives leaving it almost impossible to imagine life without them, yet these types of technologies remain object focused vs. concept focused. At Virginia Tech, an interdisciplinary team of 25 students and faculty is taking existing technology that work independently of each other and asking the question, why can’t these components work together? Their FutureHAUS project is about creating an interface that is completely connected within one smart-home system.
Virginia Tech placed first in Dubai’s Solar Decathlon Middle East competition that challenged 15 universities from around the world to design, build and operate energy positive solar homes. While the baseline for the competition revolved around energy efficiency within a 900-square-foot space, what differentiated FutureHAUS from its competitors was the smart technologies.
“We didn’t enter the competition for the competition’s sake. We used the competition to test out an idea of how to build a future house,” says Joe Wheeler, an architecture professor and leading member of the FutureHAUS team.
The future house Wheeler refers to is composed of several cutting-edge concepts. The prefabrication concept proposes that homes be built like cars or planes, utilizing an efficient and sustainable factory. The system is different from modular or double-wide concepts which ship an entire build in one piece. Instead, the FutureHAUS comprises 18 prebuilt “Lego style” modules that are plug and play once they arrive on-site from the factory. This allowed the team to put the house together in two days.
Not only are the modules easily transportable, but they are loaded with state-of-the-art technologies that revolve around the idea of aging in place. The research team submitted their request for participation in the competition in 2016, giving them two years to come up with their plan.
“We did a lot of user group studies. The university is a perfect test fit for that, not only because you have the student body but also you have the researchers doing their own research,” says Bobby Vance, a professor and program manager at Virginia Tech’s Center for Design Research.
Technologies that support aging in place include rooms designed to accommodate users of any height, age or disability. For example, the bathroom includes a touch control smart mirror that controls bathroom functions and features, making the vanity and toilet height adjustable. The toilet will raise and lower based on who is about to use it. The kitchen counters detect height and automatically adjust to each user, too.
“Say you buy this home when you’re 25 years old and you want to live in it until you’re 85 years old. There’s a lot that happens in that time,” Vance said. “You could have small kids, you’ve got in-laws who come over, or maybe mom’s in a wheelchair now. The home should be able to accommodate every change and every person.”
Another central concept is that of flex space. The walls of the home can be repositioned based on different configurations that are stored in a central touch-screen interface. Users can adjust the size of the office/living/bedroom space with the touch of a button, allowing for maximum usage of a house with a smaller footprint. In fact, every aspect of the home can be changed and controlled through this interface.
“I think that’s why we won the competition. Anyone can make an energy-positive home, but is it relevant? Is it a place that someone actually wants to live? This is about integrating technology in a seamless way,” Vance said.
Skeptics may be hesitant to live in a home with as much innovative technology as FutureHAUS has, but Vance is confident that smart homes are close to being mainstream.
“You don’t have to go all-in in the beginning. One thing we say is does anyone miss crank windows in their car? But does your Murphy bed need to have a smart mirror on the back? No. Does your shower need to be automated? No. Is the infrastructure all there for when you’re ready to do that? Absolutely.”
The FutureHAUS team also spent much of the two years leading up to the Dubai competition finding funding for the project. Sponsors include large companies such as Kohler, DuPont and Dominion Energy.
“We’re committed to driving these types of projects, new opportunities for lower-carbon-footprint ecosystems, and this was a great chance for us to get involved,” says Emil Avram, vice president of innovation at Dominion.
“We want our customers to look for carbon-friendly solutions the same way we are as an energy provider, and we’ll help to provide them with those solutions,” Avram said.
Matthew Boys, a recent graduate of Virginia Tech who worked on the FutureHAUS project as part of his capstone, interned with Dominion Energy for three summers before connecting his management with the FutureHAUS team. The 23-year-old industrial and systems engineering major managed much of the logistics for getting the house to Dubai.
“It was a heck of an experience,” Boys said. “Being in a different environment, seeing the fruits of our tireless labor come together was amazing. At one point, this was just on drawings so to see it actually happening and watching people go into the house and seeing their reactions, their jaws were dropping.”
Although members of the FutureHAUS team are still thriving off the excitement of sweeping the competition in Dubai, they are already looking toward the future of smart homes. They have developed a VR model that lets users interact with their potential home in real time. This allows them to preview the finishes in the home, from the floors to the walls. The Dubai FutureHAUS is a very stark white, modern style, but the home can be customized to a more homey design.
“We’re taking this to scale. We’re going to find the investors and come up with a couple of model homes that aren’t necessarily so futuristic like this, something that would meet market demand and propose what I like to call the Sears home of the future. We’re going to revitalize it and bring it back in a modern iHome,” Wheeler said.
The team has already begun researching what it would take to scale up production in a factory setting with a new team of engineering students. For a house named after the future, the technology is very much current. It may be just a matter of time before the FutureHAUS concept becomes a new normal.
FutureHAUS will be open to the public until Aug. 16 at Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus, 2602 Main Line Blvd., Alexandria. Tours are offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The house will be closed for private events throughout the summer and visitors should check the website for updated information at www.futurehaus.tech.
In much the same way that Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Marc Newson and many other distinctive designers/architects created an instantly recognizable style signature, so did Haha Hadid.
Her work was, and is, instantly recognizable. Its message is always consistent, never wavering - and her legacy carries on in the work of her firm.
This unique dwelling located at 520 West 28th Street, NYC, is typically representative of her signature.
Just now on the market at $48,750,000.00 there is no other quite like it.
Oh! But, one last thing!
I received, very recently, an enquiry from a company not even on our mail-out list....how they became aware of DR•I I have not as yet determined. But, given that they are in Rotterdam, the Netherlands I find it fascinating that our modest little journal came to their attention.
This is a purely fabulous innovation that all of you should want to be aware of......some may take exception to the core principle, others may outright applaud the ingenuity, cleverness and future benefits that may accrue from this forward-thinking initiative.
For me, I'm of the latter camp - I believe it may well have rich and productive rewards for a global society, down the road.
What is it? Simply stated it is a water-based, flooring animal farm....check it out:
Floating Farm Dairy
Through the process of scale enlargement, and the automation of activities, the harbour of Rotterdam shifts to the west of the city, and the border between harbour and city shifts accordingly. Consequently, the decline of traditional trade activities make room for residential- and other urban developments. The harbour economy with its corresponding trading dynamics is disappearing from the basins; the original contrast between the relatively calm residential landscape and the lively centre point for trade is revolving 180 degrees; the basins of the Merwehaven threaten to become open and empty spaces in a densifying urban landscape of the Merwe-Vierhaven (M4H) area. With the Floating Farm Dairy these beautiful, but slowly orphaned spaces, find meaning in a rapidly changing environment through the introduction of urban farming.
The Farm produces, processes and distributes dairy products in the city, close to its consumers. It brings producer and consumer closer together, adds to shorter supply chains and awareness of city residents. Urban waste flows are upgraded from residual product to valuable ingredients cow feed. Brewers grains, potato scraps and grass clippings from the Feyenoord football stadium are all part of the menu. This adds to urban recycling and constitutes a fairly efficient form of food production. The Floating Farm Dairy is the first step to subsequently planned ‘Foodstrip’ in which a wider range of food production will be represented.
The design is, in essence, an agricultural building based on nautical principles. Organization, structural principles and use of materials are used to enhance the buoyancy and stability. The result is a stacked organization that places all heavy structural- and technical components in the submerged part of the building. All significant and transparent functions are situated on in a lightweight structure on top. The result is a 3-layered façade ranging from concrete to translucent polycarbonate to entirely open.
The Floating Farm Dairy is a compact and logically stacked structure that merges technical installations, storage, processing and production in a singular entity. Three connected concrete pontoons house the production of fruits (ingredients for yogurt), rain- and wastewater recycling and additional installations. On the upper factory floor combines milk and yogurt processing, feeding system, manure handling and retail. The covered cow garden will house 40 cows that will be supported by a manure cleaning robot and a milking robot along with various elements regarding animal welfare like the centrally placed ‘green columns’ that ensure cooling. The cantilevering floors and roof address the multi-level agricultural hub, and articulate its architecture.
The two galleries around the cow garden - vertically connected via two steel bridges - string together various evocative spaces to make an educational route. Along this route visitors gain insight on all activities in the Farm without disturbing the business process. Feeding fences around the cow garden and glass walls around the dairy processing facilitate the sensory experience of visitors and underline the transparent character of the company. Feeding-, dairy-, and manure processing are all organized to a compact and efficient logistic system that make this unique multi-level program possible.
Client/Initiator: Floating Farm Holding BV
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 2000m2
Project location: Merwehaven, Rotterdam
Photo credits: Ruben Dario Kleimeer http://www.rubendariokleimeer.com/
Think about it. Almost all great cities in the world are adjacent to water - either a river (London, Montréal), an ocean (New York City), a lake (Chicago), etc. And as urban sprawl continues too, sprawl, farming communities are more threatened, more encroached upon. The reality is, there will always be, animal-based farming communities. Might it not make sense to bring them back to the core of our cities?
This is an easy, efficient and mobile method to make local stuff, local again.
In Montréal we benefit from the wisdom and convenience of Lufa Farms (https://montreal.lufa.com/en/marketplace) - an amazingly clever rooftop gardening initiative, enterprise.
Check it out - this is advanced, and clever thinking at its best.
One last word, for this issue.....the survey also threw back one other interesting commentary.
Actually two - the first was that everyone preferred the distribution to remain at once-a-month - the other was, for many, DR•I is simply too big - too much to get through. Para mi, I see that as the bonus I deliver - by design - aside from hyperlinks to source web-sites, you are never confronted with the dreaded,
'read more...' cop-out. What you see, is truly, what you get. It's honest, accurate, timely and always,
we believe, on topic.
• • • from the beginning of June. Why then is it feeling like Hallowe'en is just around the corner.
Here in Montréal - as in most of the north-east - it is freaking cold. Sorry, wrong - Cold and NASTY!
Weather forecast for next few days is, it's gonna me March! And in 3 weeks it's the first day of Summer....wahoo! We'll see. . . . .
So - what's new? What's new in the world of all things design?
Ah! There's this -
I LOVE this! Another great photograph by Adriana Garcia, Ottawa. Adriana is a professional interior designer and an amateur photographer.....think ya need to lose the 'amateur' part dearLady! Here's another of hers:
B E A U T I F U L work Adriana!
Mexico! We have, over the last months, brought you some fabulous examples of fine architecture in Mexico and throughout Latin and South America. Maybe it's just me, but I find a sense of the chest cavity expanding outwards when I see many of those projects for the first time. And now this....
There's a magic to the space/place that we find this in. Almost feels other-worldly. Personally I feel the warmth from the interior lighting flowing outwards, the damp coolness ofthe forest canopy closing inwards together with a sense of levitation almost! Purity, simplicity.
Yeah! That's what I'm talking' about!
It's a treehouse, man!
Suspended in a Mexican forest, the Floating Treehouse takes inspiration from the neighboring trees. The wooden retreat is anchored to the forest floor by nine stilts, similar to tree roots. Its trunk-like exterior rises vertically three stories. The lowest level is raised off the ground and sits on a large platform. A kitchen, workspace, and drum studio make up the sheltered portion while a large living area is located on the outdoor terrace. A spiral staircase wraps around the exterior, leading to a bathroom and then a bedroom on the top floor. A strong connection between the interior and the landscape is maintained through large windows and openings throughout the interior. At night, the glazing illuminates transforming the dwelling into a glowing timber tower.
Photos: Studio Chirika / Talleresque
It's just special. . . . . .
From ArchDaily.com : : CIMC Headquarter Office Building / CCDI Dongxiying Studio
The most striking aspect of this exciting new building is what happens on the roof. There are many reasons why we in North America do not encourage rooftop access - could be, might be dangerous / could be/might become a hang-out / could be/might be any number of paranoid concerns.
But to my mind, it's a genius design that promotes this kind of engagement between workers and the environment. Access to solitude, to serenity in a stressful workplace has been shown to have very positive effects on personnel. This is a lovely and inventive approach to responsive design.
OTTOSTUMM's mission is to support architects and designers with modern thermal barrier steel fenestration systems, which not only preserve the character of national heritage buildings, but also offer the possibility to use windows and doors with highest visual qualities in contemporary architecture.
Their products have a very narrow focus and are ideal for renovating steel windows in historic buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as for indoor and outdoor use in highly design-oriented villas, boutique commercial and institutional buildings. Windows and doors crafted with OTTOSTUMM's profiles are often the most noticeable feature of prestigious properties.
Also from ArchDaily.com is this product line from OTTOSTUMM. Great window designs.
Speaking of photography : :
Peter M. Cook, a British architectural photographer has dedicated 20 years to photographing outstanding buildings in Tokyo. His new book, e d o, contains that work. Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, following is the description on the publisher's web-site:
How Tokyo's architecture changed over 20 years
British architectural photographer Peter M. Cook (*1967) started travelling to Tokyo in 1992, settling there in 1998. Peter has devoted himself to photographing buildings across Japan. Edo, which is the old name for Tokyo, is the culmination of twenty years tirelessly documenting Tokyo and its buildings, recording an architectural evolution of the city. For his photo book, Peter M. Cook has selected 100 images of Tokyo, paying homage to the visual language of Hiroshige’s 100 Views of Edo: Mount Fuji makes an appearance, ghostlike in the background, its powerful iconic presence a reminder of a constant in nature, in contrast to the urban landscape at its base. At the same time, Cook’s abstract aesthetics are reminiscent of the pioneering silent film Metropolis from 1927, which has set the scene for the futuristic city. The book furthermore includes a haiku by the renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma whose buildings Cook started to document for a new project.
Priced at £58.00 it is currently out of stock. Going on my Christmas wishlist!
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Why are we promoting Memphis?
Are we, promoting Memphis?
What caught my eye is this fabulous mural - trying to find more information about it. This, is what
g r a f f i t t i , if I might call it such, should be. Of course, it is not, by current definition, graffitti - it is, art - public art. Commisioned by, sanctioned by - paid for by, a committee of some sort. But it is powerfully expressive, directly communicative. It sums up, it contains, history - the resonace to those who made substantive contributions to Memphis, to the south, is palpable.
On the note regarding graffitti, I will take this opportunity to rant (just a little) - I HATE GRAFFITTI!
Graffitti in the free-for-all nonsensical, private encrypted obtuse and meaningless language of those who have convinced themselves that their irresponsible graphic messaging - akin to some alien pictograms - has a value, or makes sense - any sense - to the general public upon which it is imposed. To say nothing of the cost to the public purse to remove, cleanse, sanitize this visual dairrhea. It is in the most part a disgusting and self-delusional indulgence by those who mistakenly think they have a voice by which they should communicate to those of us who are ignorant of their values. That, pre-supposes, of course - that the practitioners of graffitti actually have any comprehension of, value. If I were Mayor I would make it an almost-top priority to set up a task force to eradicate/eliminate these transgressions. Simple question that needs to be asked, 'What gives them the right? Simple answer is - they are not, given the right - they, in the folds of darkness, highjack the right to abuse, inflict and babble graphically - it is d i s g u s t i n g and should be made to stop....or consequences would come into play!
From CoolHunting comes this:
In Memphis, Tennessee, the faded hues of yesteryear mingle delightfully with the invigorating aura of a burgeoning renaissance and prideful restoration of the city’s most historic locales. Beale Street, the city’s most famous stretch, is home to a handful of the nation’s most acclaimed music venues and once set the stage for some of America’s most inspired movements—everyone from B.B. King and Martin Luther King Jr. to Louis Armstrong and Elvis frequented here in its heyday. And, while music is certainly a primary draw for the nearly 200-year-old city, it’s working hard to attract more than just concert-goers and BBQ-eaters. Where sister city Nashville built itself to suit the expectations of its visitors, Memphis has stayed true to its locals—it’s soulful, resourceful and, best of all, rich with gems both old and new. These are a few of our favorite spots in the city by the Mississippi.
This newly opened airy spot in Memphis’ Pinch District is infusing southern, slow-moving hospitality into their chic, high-end coffee concept. Hayes and Amy McPherson, the couple behind Comeback Coffee, want to be a stopping place for all locals and visitors alike—and their expansive menu of delicious drinks and made-in-house treats certainly encourages this. Made by chef Cole Jeanes, the shop’s pastries are fresh and delightful and a rotating “market special” features local produce that isn’t used in the menu’s existing dishes. The interior is sparse but welcoming, and an adjacent back patio has enough room for dozens more. We recommend getting yourself a coffee soda—flash-chilled coffee infused with strawberries and lime, then put on tap—and a Mississippi Mud Pie (pictured here).
And then there's this : : HU•Hotel Memphis
Inside the Hu. Hotel Memphis—in walking distance to Beale Street and more of the city’s popular venues—open space abounds. From the lobby’s double-height ceilings to the building’s renovated rooftop space (the city installed a light show on its two longest bridges that can be seen from here starting at 7PM) the charming nooks and corners are endless. The lobby also feels much larger given that there’s no front desk: you check in at a coffeeshop-like counter just inside the front doors. There’s a consistent mid-century modern theme throughout, from the faded browns of the lobby to the pinkish hues of the hotel’s 110 guest rooms.
The Old Dominick Distillery is hard to miss. Not only is it situated across the street from Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken—a Memphis staple known for their fiery fried poultry—but its barrel storage room can just be seen peeking out of the second story window, which is frequently propped open to ease aging. The newly opened distillery is operating on a demand basis, meaning that if you stop in for a tasting or a tour you might not see much action. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t spirits to taste. The distillery makes a surprisingly nice suite of vodkas and gins and offers a preview of their one-year-old whiskey. The rest, which they plan to release at four years, is yet to come—though there’s plenty to be excited for.
Situated inside the old Fred P. Gattas department store building—where Elvis famously frequented as deliveryman before becoming an international star—is Stock and Belle. Opened in 2015, the shop stocks local and national goods from a well-curated list of similarly-aligned brands. There’s also an eclectic collection of local art—most of which is produced in-house in the shop’s artist studios (pictured here in the rear of the store). From local fragrances to handmade art and furniture, there’s a vast selection of made-in-Memphis goods that aren’t kitschy or touristy.
Inside Crosstown Concourse, a 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use building, there are over a dozen floors of office, school, living, retail and restaurant space. Perhaps most impressive is the building’s art gallery: Crosstown Arts. Featuring a vibrant red staircase that leads you into its heart and a vast mural to welcome guests, the gallery features rotating shows and a quirky, not-for-profit venue called the Art Bar. On exhibition right now is Stitched: Celebrating the Art of Quilting, which showcases the work of local quilters of all ages.
Pièce de Résistance
I am not shy - nor does it embarrass me - to be boldly unequivocal, to be boldly vocal when it comes to what, IMHO, is the representation of design mastery. . . . . and so it is with this m a s t e r p i e c e : :
You'd think I make a commission. . . . . not! But, once again the fine, fine work done by ArchDaily (www.ArchDaily.com) allows me to present this here - ArchDaily has done an exemplary job of curating this work.
From the architects [saavvedra arquitectos] as contained in the article by ArchDaily:
Text description provided by the architects. Casa Luzia is the second country house of a master plan of three houses in Avándaro, Mexico. (the first one is M House). This second land lot has a considerable downslope from the front to the back of the terrain. It rains with intensity most of the year and the lot is located in the natural pad of the rainwater. The big forest trees of Avandaro open to the center of the lot. The architectural program had to contemplate two different scenarios: a young couple with children or two young couples.
Casa Luzia was designed under these circumstances, taking as keys, the downslope of the terrain and the two bedrooms of the program. The rectangular volume rises from underground to float over the gradient. The bedrooms are located on the opposite extremes of the plan, giving privacy and autonomy and creating a tension that it`s solve by the complete openness of the public space.
Casa Luzia was designed under these circumstances, taking as keys, the downslope of the terrain and the two bedrooms of the program. The rectangular volume rises from underground to float over the gradient. The bedrooms are located on the opposite extremes of the plan, giving privacy and autonomy and creating a tension that it`s solve by the complete openness of the public space.
If in the Mies exercises of the Three Courtyards House aloud the subject (the super-human of Zarathustra) to inhabit the totality of space from anywhere. This house multiplies the subject to co-habit the totality of public space and only found privacy on the bedrooms. This central space is defined by furniture; the chimney and the kitchen bar are elements that hint the limits of the interior areas
There is something schizophrenic in mirroring modern architecture. Two spaces of similar proportions on opposite arista, that they see them in each other with different definitions, recognizing them in the other but not in themselves. It seems that even though they are identical they will never become homogeneous; summited to the fate of their distance, they create a force that could disrupt the space of architecture. And; as in construction is better to “direct the fissures” the volume of Casa Luzia is broken by stone tower with double height, a heavy and brutal element that “directs the fissure” of space.
Most of the volume skin is made of wood. It is sustained by a metallic structure that liberates the down part of the house, giving place to a courtyard/terrace that continuous the topography and the vegetation of the terrain.
The wooden skin opens for windows where the orientation and views requires. Two concrete slabs rest over the structure along the volume, only being interrupted by the double height stone tower, which solves the space balance, the material contrasts and the proportion of the house.
To a casual observer, looking at the horizontal planking shown here, it may appear to be simply a random emplacement of the pieces . . . . not so! You can be assured that the architect(s) individually selected each and every plank that is seen on these walls.....such important contributive character elements are not left to chance. The réalisation of such a result is truly very deliberate.
The sum of its parts is the totality of the work : : ethic
Montréal, a world class city - a renowned World Heritage site (le vieux port) - is replete with the most fabulous legacy architecture dating from the 1700's, 1800's. Many, many streets in and around the downtown core are graced by elegant greystone buildings - what were originally stately single residences. And, many still are - stately, singular residences. But, although Montréal has distinguished itself on the international achitectural stage with unique design and buildings [i.e., Place Ville Marie by I.M.Pei, Westmount Square by Mies van der Rohe, IBM tower by KPF Architects], our own local rockStar architects, such as Eric Huot (Geiger Huot) have deveoped and perfected the retention of heritage architecture into exciting, innovative and unique developments such as this one, in progress, Enticy Condominiums:
Note the integration of the four classic greystone buildings as apart of the general site......one of the floor plans offered in these buildings is:
For additional details, sales information, go to the Enticy Condominiums site.
Okay - so sit on this - or this - or maybe this
Given that Father's Day is soon upon us, here's a little something most all father's would need - and probably even enjoy - depending on what you filled it with.....
....or if you're really flush, this : :
ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH EAGLE VIII COUPECaptain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown made the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic ocean in 1919, piloting a Vickers Vimy biplane powered by two Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. The 20.3-liter V12s made 350 horsepower, helping Alcock and Brown average 115 MPH for the flight — and performed flawlessly the entire time. The journey was fraught with trouble from the beginning, with the pilots becoming lost in a freezing cloud bank before breaking through and navigating by the stars to Ireland and safety. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the heroic feat, Rolls-Royce is building 50 Wraith Eagle VIII special edition coupes, loaded with special features recalling the flight. Gunmetal and Selby Grey two-tone paint mark the night skies, and interior paneling of smoked eucalyptus vacuum metalized in gold with copper and brass that recall nighttime images of Earth from above. The starlight headliner is a map of the stars on the day of the flight in 1919, with red fiber optics marking the moment the pilots broke through the clouds, and constellations and the flight path embroidered in brass thread — a fitting tribute to Rolls-Royce's illustrious history.
You know the old saying - 'If you have to ask you can't afford it'- so, don't ask!
. . . . . . . and then again, there's this : :
But of course, it then begs the question, 'If one, why not both?'
VELA CONCEPT YACHTThe latest concept by award-winning Italian designer Gianmarco Cardia, the Vela combines the romance of sail-powered travel with a practical hybrid propulsion system. DynaRig masts hold the 1,850 square meters of sails, with one section doubling as an outdoor movie theater. The 80-foot vessel also has a spacious owners suite, four guest cabins, a spa, a water-level beach club with bar, and a gym. The hull has yet to be engineered, but a top speed of 21 knots is likely possible with the sails and hybrid system working together.
From my friend in Milan, Leonardo Bechini, another master photographer : : :these just have to be shown : :
: : :
1973 PORSCHE 911 TARGA 2.4S1973 was the last year for the desirable long hood/narrow bumper 911. Safety regulations would force a design change the following year, but the bodywork isn't the only thing that makes 1973 a special year — it was also the first year for the famous 915 five-speed gearbox. While this particular 911 Targa remains mechanically stock, it sports a very special custom interior by ultra-premium French leather goods maker Berluti. Featuring Berluti's beautifully burnished Venizia leather, the company's master colorists and upholsterers covered every inch of the car's seats, dash, and panels in hide. What isn't leather is covered in Bouclé wool, including the seat backs, floor mats, and carpeting. A pair of driving shoes and day bag are also included. The workmanship is second-to-none and tones and colors match the silver exterior perfectly. A truly one-of-a-kind 911, this car will be auctioned off by Sotheby's in Paris, April 24-May 7, 2019. • Will probably fetch $200,000.00
So - you know what happens here : : end of the chapter. And it's also the mid-point in the journey.
Six chapters to go
See you next month.
BTW - you can always contact me at michael@DesignReview.International
Is that not a t r u t h for many/most of us?
Sure feels that way. Took off for 9 days to sunny Florida - and it was that - sunny......Florida is best in Spring and in Fall....IMHO. As I lived (endured it) there for almost four years I do have somewhat of an informed opinion. Last week the days were clear, sunny - and blessedly dry!
This issue might be considered the harbinger of spring. You will find there is a preponderance of fine residences in this one. Not by design - purely coincidental. And two are by Québec architects....again, not by design - just happened that way. Plus we have a third Canadian contribution by the very talented Rita Edwards (Victoria, B.C.) - a follow-up to the legacy home renovation project from a couple of issues ago.
What be this? Sortof one part of a paperclip, no?
I have said this many times : : 'I love clever!' And this is, clever. Who'd a thunk it?
The pure geometry, alone - is tantalizing.....
And so, by extrapolation, one can see how this same approach might produce an interesting design for corner shelves.......
Ugao is a clothes rack placed in the corner of a room to save up space, and since it’s fixed to a wall it can be positioned at any desired height. In a form of a continuous steel loop, Ugao is an unusual rack with a wooden rod as the only element that is reminiscent of typology and suggests the use. It is diagonally fixed to the wall on two sides facing at a 90 degree angle, making it a solid and trustful structure. Ugao is a dismountable object, shipped flat-pack, intended to meet contemporary nomadic lifestyle habits.
B R A V O ! For good, ,cool, simple - c l e v e r design / design-thinking!
There are times : : not many, mind you - when words are completely unnecessary
This is one such time
Anne Carrier • architecte
This, I daresay, is another
And yet, another. . . . albeit, this 1953 Jaguar 150 is an astonishing embodiment of the gospel according to M le Bauhaus : :
Form, ever, follows function
Memories, fond - this was my own Jaguar - in 1973 I was the proud owner of a 1954 Jaguar Mark IV sedan - manual transmission with overdrive.
Was a thrill, a treat - to drive it anywhere - evenaround the block....it was,as is shown here,
in British Racing Green
Think! Think about what you are seeing here. . . . . a singular continuous sweep of glossy white material.
Could only be man-made - is most likely one custom ordered sheet of Kerlite....there are no seams to interrupt the purity of the statement.
That kind of thinking can only come from an architect/designer whose vision is rooted in the determination to adhere to an unviolable principle.
Another stunning example of québecois architecture!
PAVILLON DU LAC
Surrounded by dense forest in Canada, the Pavillon du Lac reflects the lakefront setting with a glazed facade. The guest house sits on a gentle slope, laying lightly on the terrain with an elevated foundation that appears to float above the ground. Its exterior is made entirely out of floor-to-ceiling windows. During the day, the home mirrors the landscape but becomes completely transparent after the sun goes down. Internally, two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and living area all enjoy uninterrupted views of the lake and wooded scenery.
Photos: Adrien Williams / Daoust Lestage
3573 boulevard saint-laurent
As form, does ever, follow function we have here the most recent advance in lighting technology.
From their web-site, this accounting:
'After weeks of fruitless internet searching, we discovered it wasn’t possible to buy cordless table lamps for your home! Unless you are looking for cheap entry level, novelty or garden varieties.
A gap in the market? We thought so. Speaking to retailers and interior designers it quickly became apparent the obstacle to creating cordless table lamps had always been; battery life and desirability.
With a background in developing new products, we realised we could create something unique, and do it well. It became obvious that demand for high end lamps to suit more discerning customers would work best.
Our range of decorative cordless table lamps has been designed by some of the UKs finest artists and product designers.
The ceramic and glass bodies are all hand made by master craftsmen in small workshops.
All components come from UK suppliers known to us, with finishing and assembly undertaken by Alexander Joseph. We are very proud to claim our products are 100% British.
We have designed our own battery cells and electronics, solving battery life issues found in all other cordless lamps. We use the very latest in high density lithium ion batteries with a specially made vintage style LED bulbs. The technology is deliberately discrete but delivers unparalleled endurance of over 52 hours before recharging is needed.
In addition to our permanent range of cordless lamps, from time to time we produce spectacular ‘one off’ designs and commissions.'
True cordless lighting technology. WOW!
BRUCE WILLIS' PARROT CAY ESTATE
The pristine beachfront of Turks and Caicos would be enough for most vacationers but not for one of America's biggest action stars. When you're someone like Bruce Willis, a Caribbean estate isn't complete without guest houses, a beachfront yoga pavilion, a playground with a pirate ship, and a movie theater to watch his latest release. The 8-acre, sunset-facing compound comes with three beachfront homes that total 35,000 square-feet of living space. An additional17,000 square feet of outdoor terraces feature four pools protected by rows of coconut, banana, and papaya trees. Go beyond the lush vegetation and you'll find 1,000 feet of sugary white sand running into a bay of turquoise water. As part of Parrot Cay's Private Estates, the property includes estate management, housekeeping, provisioning, a chef, and butler services.
Photos: Sotheby's International Real Estate
Rita Edwards DID, ASID
We continue with e p i s o d e #2 of the Herel project in Victoria, B.C.
In Rita's own words : :
So, it has been a busy couple of months at Walmsley Cottage. Last time you were here, we were demolishing walls.
. . . and discovering the unexpected along the way. . . .
but, things have progressed, as you can see here:
With careful adherence to my plans and specifications, the new space is beginning to blossom!
All the work, of course, in in accordance with and governed by the new B.C. Building Code in conjunction with the standards and stipulations as per the Heritage Foundation of Oak Bay.
New walls/partitions, new windows in new places, a transformation in progress!
But let’s not keep you waiting any longer! Let’s show you a few before and after shots! We are not yet done, due to a setback with the cabinet maker, but I do believe you will start to get as excited as I!
The floors have been installed and finished to match those in the rest of the house.
As problem-solving designers we continuously grow, in part, by trusting our creative instincts.
The intuitive processes that are our constant companions, serve us, and our clients, well.
Initially I had a concen that that the upper kitchen cabinets might feel too much of a spatial intrusion, enclosing, rather than expanding the space. However, given that they are all interior lit with glass doors they provide a wonderful sense of mystique and expansiveness. Check it out!
(If you actually shorten the perspective in a space, it makes the space seem larger. I will be eternally grateful to her for this tip.) A designer/colleague/friend of mine that I visited in England recently taught me this trick. She uses it in her garden. It has served us well here!
And I couldn’t wait for the cabinet fronts as it was important to keep the counter installation on schedule due to a production lead time of three weeks.Both the client and I think the counters are fabulous!
And, just wait until you see the light fixtures we have chosen for above the island! Hint: the Victorians loved the Moroccan influence.
In regards to the re-birth of the Family Room we painted the walls a soft grey and VOILA! A place you are drawn to. The openness beckons you to the garden in the back. Please note, rest of Canada, Victoria has been drenched in sunshine for a few months now.
Also, the renaissance of the herringbone pattern provides a classic grounding of pattern and texture.....so well suited for this iconic legacy home!
Until my next installment!
We are going to be 2 weeks behind schedule, but we did add a gas fireplace insert and more updates to the electrical panel. I am excited for the rest of the cabinetry to come together. We have planned a mudroom area and laundry room storage, as well as cabinetry to finish off our sunroom.
Next time we meet, I should have it all finished up! Can’t wait for you to see!
For the techie in all of us - and this is an astonishing technological marvel by Intel!
This tiny device that looks like a flash drive turns any screen into a Windows 10 PC
Forget desktop computers and forget laptops, because there’s an even more compact PC that you should definitely check out. In fact, it’s barely bigger than a flash drive. The Intel Compute Stick CS125 Computer plugs into an HDMI port on any monitor or TV and you’ll instantly transform it into a Windows 10 PC. It features quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4, two USB ports, and more, and it costs less than $130 right now on Amazon.
Here’s what you need to know from the product page:
For under $200.00 CAD one has a perfectly functioning WIN10 PC - will connect to any hotel room HDMI TV.....so very cool!
This In-Ear Translator Can Interpret
A Bilingual Conversation On The Fly
The recent news of German start-up Bragi leaving the consumer hardware business -- which likely meant an end to its ambitious true wireless earbuds, the Dash -- was unfortunate. I admired the company's ambitious vision of trying to make the Dash more than just earbuds for music listening; Bragi wanted to turn them into full-fledged assistants that can offer real-time translations of different languages.
The Bragi Dash has likely reached the end of the line as a consumer product, without fully realizing its digital translator dream, but a Shenzhen-based start-up named Timekettle has created its own device that strives for that same goal. Named the WT2, the earphones are true wireless earpieces that are meant to be worn by two people who do not share a common language.
There are no shortage of apps that can translate spoken words into another language -- including Google's excellent Translate app -- but where the WT2 stand out is each earpiece can automatically identify and interpret a specific language in real time, without getting confused by other languages or sounds, and without needing the user to prompt the listening/translation process with, for example, a button tap.
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Original article written for Forbes by: Ben Sin
Safdie Architects Design a Fourth Tower
for Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
Safdie Architects have announced an expansion to the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore. Linking to the existing resort and waterfront development, the project takes cues from the original three hotel towers completed in 2011. Safdie Architects will expand the existing resort with a new stand-alone hotel tower with about 1,000 suites and its own sky roof and swimming pool, as well as a 15,000-seat music arena.
Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry announced that a fourth tower will be constructed next to MBS as part of a larger SG$9 billion project. The existing Marina Bay Sands is a 121,000 square meter mixed-use Integrated Resort located on a 16 hectare site of reclaimed land in Singapore. The complex includes a 55 storey hotel with 2560 rooms in total; a 1.2-hectare garden Skypark capping the towers; the ArtScience Museum on the waterfront promontory; two state-of-the-art theaters; a Casino; a Convention Center and Exhibition Halls; shopping and dining outlets; as well as an outdoor event plaza. Known for its famous 150 meter-high infinity swimming pool, the resort has become an icon for Singapore
‘Do you play?’
The voice, soft - regal, as only a proper British accent can be, commanded
me to turn on my barstool to look.
Raising an eyebrow I looked at her.
‘Play? At what?’
‘That’, she said pointing downwards towards the floor ‘That….fiddle, violin - whatever…’
‘Uh no - actually not’, I replied.
‘Oh’ she said her mouth forming the word like a zero framed in crimson icing.
Her eyes, liquid pools of emeraldShine, bored into me.
‘Then why do you have it? Is there something else in in there? Is it like a carry box or a carry-all?’
I took a long pull from my Bloody Caesar all the while taking in the beauty and porcelain luminosity of her face.
It’s actually a ‘Tommy’’ I said
‘A Tommy - Tommy Gun - cut down from a full Thompson sub-machine gun’
‘You ARE kidding me?'
I just looked at her - said nothing.
'So’, she asked again, with a wicked crooked smile, leaning back with her left elbow on the bar, and then uncurling towards me,
’Do you play?’
©michael moore 2017
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