Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lately...

My brood and I hit the West Village....only to tumble into this roving vehicle of tricked-out art.  John, the artist driving the "Convoluted Construct" can be located at ConVoCon.com.  His business card is printed on canvas = a guy who will make you think out of the box.

Monday, December 10, 2012

pen to paper

Nicholas Ouchenir's pen styles read like independent conversations.  Each slant seems to be capable of speaking volumes.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

before AUTOCAD

This photo of Frank Lloyd Wright is spectacular. 


Monday, November 19, 2012

j'adore....

....Pelle Lights for the design of their thick cord suspenders and brass hardware. 

Jumbo Bubble Chandelier by PELLE

Friday, November 16, 2012

ersatz sensibility


  Guggenheim- check it out.


To Do: Asterisms at the Guggenheim

Thursday, November 15, 2012

yum

Artist, Karen Kilimnik entices you with a Degas-esque stroke and then hits you with a smokey eye....



.... total yum.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

macho man

Drinks Before Dinner, a Paul Davis work... is a gentle cocktail of Alex Colville and Spanish fly.  Love it.




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monograms

Personal tones of insignia are delightful.  Bill Crosby is known for his spinning wheel of dreamcoat sweaters, the Lone Ranger had Tonto and JFK for his Wayfarers.
During a Metro North snafu (and in a sly bid to grace the preteen grid) I tried on my son's signature navy ear muffins.  They are actually.... quite fabulous. www.urbanears.com

Monday, November 12, 2012

sunny disposition


best selling design of sunglasses.... in history

Pinned Image

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gimme Moore

Gagosian is satiating Henry Moore enthusiasts with "Late Large Forms" .
Once the squad of perfect storms relinquish, the exhibition is scheduled to open this month in Lower Manhattan.  Bucolic settings are the usual digs for these pieces, fallow gallery space is not their typical "hamster wheeling" zip code. 
It will be curious to see how the behemoths play out when strangled in captivity.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

From hank to hendrix

...nothing beats a Joel Bernstein photographic essay of  the Harvest Moon legend.   London's Snap Gallery has dedicated it's walls to this stubble burning bomb.  Neil Young in  his glory.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Je Voudrais

1.  Black Chuck Taylors
2.  Poolside's rendition of Harvest Moon
3. To be in the glare of Bec Brittain's Shy 088
4. A generator with Snake Plissken endurance

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Funestration

 For December, Disney will be usurping the piano nobile of Barney's position along the Madison Avenue landscape.  "Electric Holiday" is the theme for this season's annual window blitz.  Designed to assault pedestrians with a multi-platform score of music, lights and fashion... theatrics will carol the architecture of street life. 

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Friday, October 26, 2012

krink

Fun or pure stupidity...I can't decide.  
The mix of alcohol peddled from The Standard Grill and graffiti pens sold at the hotel's sundries stoop could make for a dangerous concoction for the existing maquillage of the Meatpacking District.   The urge to try it out immediately could be too intoxicating.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Where's the beef?

Modena's Hosteria Giusti has been tailored for the truly epicurious.  Garnished with a cut of secrecy, it reigns supreme in it's designed approach.
Beckoning from an ominous Freemans-style alley, the salumeria requires patrons to call from a hull of darkness.  Once reservation has been confirmed, louvered doors swing open and light reveals a lilliputian dining emporium scaled around four dining tables.  Andiamo.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Culturally Uplifting

West 8 designed this undulating thread which buffers Toronto's spread of Lake Ontario.  Appearing to be contorted from seismic activity,  it's pallid gesture is a unique silhouette along the monotony of pedestrian paving.  The amalgamation of form and function that play on proportion and scale.... beautility.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tourniquet

Thomas Heatherwick is at the top of my dance card.
To mark the transition into this under recognized London hospital, he bandaged it's skeletal structure with braided stainless steel frames.  With a Tensor Bandage je ne sais quoi, his installation supports the weight of the structure, resuscitates the cement and glass fabric of the neighborhood and subdues the overbearing scale of the cityscape.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Heeling hijinks

Pinned Image
A perfect pairing.

Friday, October 19, 2012

"BECOME YOUR DREAM"


De La Vega pens philosophically charged "annotated chalk drawings" on the sidewalks of NYC. Stumbling upon one is a true spree in emotional pleasure.
"THIS MOMENT IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN YOU THINK"
Pedestrian Perfection.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Lay-Up

The backdrop to this Seattle basketball court looks like it was engineered by the Pointer Sisters. Skirted by the prominent Frank Gehry EMP Museum, I would gladly preform a Neutron Dance in the key.....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

the lexicon of street

Graffiti artist, Barry McGee tats his serifs with a candy striper slant.  The double wide sidewalk and picture lights persuades the diffident urban landscape to transform to gallery art form.  
                                

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Bomb

The transition between stone and lawn can be an abrupt mess.  With the addition of these grenade-esque sculptures, they smooth the passageway along this threshold with a Mycenaean edge .
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Leviathan

Anish Kapoor found the interior space of the Grand Palais "more overwhelming" than being outdoors because there were no vertical or horizontal references to human scale.  In a stroke of brilliance,  he inflated the space to engulf the occupier. 



Friday, October 12, 2012

Boston to the T



I'm kind of digging Silvetti's glass shroud in Boston's Dewey Square.  A tip of the hat to I.M.Pei's Louvre by way of Giza, a nod to Gropius via glass and steel construction...and it's harking a Veritas hoodie spin.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Between Tread and Rise Find Stile


For several weeks "staircases" have been romancing my periphery vision.  Enjoyably, the skeletal thread that binds this infrastructure together is a nautilus-inspired interruption to my linear persuasion.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Assouline

Tucked away in the lobby of NYC's Plaza Hotel is a wonderful little bookshop, Assouline. Filled with the most beautiful collection of current and collectibles, you feel honored to browse. Window shop online for fabulous gift ideas to feed virtually any hobby or enthusiast. www.assouline.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ground Control to Major Tom



Janus et Cie, maker of all things stunning, has launched their new line of futuristic outdoor furnishings.  This set certainly solves the conundrum of how to store your patio furniture over the the shoulder season. 
Headquarters must have been boning up on the Gestalt theory when this baby was hatched.  Part function, part sculpture... Fly me to the moon.
 

Friday, October 5, 2012

crosby redux

Just when the ink from my latest post on the Crosby Street Hotel became stale, they beckon me with a third digit....a rooftop culinary garden.  Should stars align, reel yourself into the Sunday program. Enjoy the screening room while you dine on locavore deliciousness and then tuck yourself into the folds of the Meadow Suite for a full throttle circumference of the Crosby campus. 



Thursday, October 4, 2012

PFD

The tired keyhole life jackets that I was bound to as a child were suffocating and restricting.  However, they seem far more emotionally buoyant when illustrated by Santiago Morillo.

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rock Garden

It's rare that beetles are a benevolent element to a garden.  However, in this case Ringo and friends act like Vitruvian gents, showcasing the dramatic scale of the biannual digitalis.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Louvre


Recently, the Louvre uncloaked it's Islamic collection from under an undulating sleeve of distressed metal.  At once engaging, it's fluid gesture against the rigid facade of the courtyard dares the occupier of the space to inch closer.  Cleverly, scale is maintained by the sine curve which grounds the structure comfortably within it's surroundings and maintains human proportionn.

Monday, October 1, 2012

scarpetta

Scarpetta's  dining pavilion is a well braced addition to Toronto's downtown core.  One main dining table references summer camp chic as it collides with the urban landscape.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Palazzo Margherita

In a small hilltop town in southern Italy, Francis Ford Coppola has opened a boutique hotel.  The exterior courtyard gestures early tufa construction practices while the scaled plantings create a sanctuary to enjoy the bouquet of your spirit.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Design on the Land

A refurbished landscape at Trinity College has an intriguing approach.  While the circular tree pits seem to abbreviate the repetition of the grass and concrete mural, I like the integration of hard and soft materials. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Stairway to Gehry

The Art Gallery of Ontario hired Frank Gehry to design a staircase to sew the circulation path of the expanding collection together.  In a clever twist, it bows to New York's Guggenheim's shell but unravels the model to further the occupier through the space.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Groove is in the art

The MET is assuming a fresh  maquillage with the arrival of hip hop artist in residence, DJ Spooky.  His assignments include a narrated audio tour of the Oceanic Galleries and customizing a string composition for an upcoming film release.
His youthful spin will pierce the ancients like a shot of Juvederm.




Thursday, September 20, 2012

hay day



On a recent jaunt to the Nursery, I met artist Michael Shaughnessy in the parking lot.  Mom taught me never to talk to strangers but this fellow had a four foot finial of hay strapped to the roof of his car.  And so, I just had to say "Hey".  His medium and handiwork are fantastic as an installation along the water or, crafted into a quiver of smaller orbs to form a clutch of garden stools to roll up to an outdoor table. 
www.shaughnessyart.com

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

comic relief



Santiago Morilla's graffiti-inspired installation in the courtyard of the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere transforms the rundown urban landscape into an episodic diphthong of conjoining gestures.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tickling the Ivories

Christopher Payne's photo documentary of Steinway & Son's Astoria outpost is stunning. "Piano rims in conditioning room" is currently on view at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery.  The shadows from the carcasses of the piano hauls forms a fantastic rhythm by way of the measured tick of a metronome.

Friday, September 14, 2012

CCTV


Beijing's CCTV building lends an argyle je ne sais quoi.  However, the irregular web of rebar lattice poses an interesting dichotomy to Mies van der Rohe's rhythmic steel grid used at the Seagram Building.  In this case, the tighter gauge of the tartan at the entrances are fantastic as they instantly ground the occupier of the space against the magnitude of the structure. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

rocket st george

JARDIN Metal Signwww.rocketstgeorge.co.uk  is a British outfit donning artifacts for home and garden.  A dig through the website will unearth a spate of these winsome metal signs.
Metal Sign - Delicious

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Crosby

Mr & Mrs Smith - Meadow Suite drawing room
I was first intrigued by The Crosby Street Hotel when I stumbled upon an inviation to join their movie club from the grounds of their intimate screening room.  Within the week, the hotel crossed my path again.  This time, it was their Meadow Suite.  Just beyond the steel case wall of the sitting room is your own private slice of the High Line. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mama


Philippe Starck has birthed a line of hotels in France that he has baptized "Mama Shelter".  Unlike his brood of Ian Schrager hotels, these have been modeled from hostel DNA.  Guests are swaddled in highfalutin design concepts on a Century 21 budget.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Barragan



Luis Barragan is Mexico's most renowned architect.  However, I would also give him top billing as a landscape architect by virtue of the paint palette he mixed for his exterior stucco facades.  His iconic work is pinpointed by the rubik's cube strokes that spun the beat of his color wheel. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Baby needs a new pair of shoes

An installation was recently installed at Beatrix Ferrand's famed Dumbarton Oaks.  Wire mesh was festooned with crystals and suspended above a reflecting pool.  A little Vegas for me.  However, before the bloom was off the rose, I was enticed by the unassuming herb garden next door with it's wisteria arbor and fabulous hedge of pear.  Jackpot.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

tepidarium redux

The Mycenaean built The Lion Gate around 13BC to provide a formal gateway from the countryside into the citadel.  In it's simplest form, it was a vast wall with one square opening. 

The physical characteristics of this pool house suggest that it's lineage began in Greece.  Working as a functional threshold, the structure also weaves the landscape with the pool area via it's materiality.  Soil horizon-like veins are translated through the reclaimed wood panels, which abbreviate to sensationally frame the landscape.