Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Night Light


Jean Nouvel has designed the sleekest of stables for the restored horses on Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn.  Simply, he built a glass pavilion (think Paxton) over the attraction to allow for year-round entertainment.  (In summer months, the panes pull back, to allow the occupier of the space to fully access the interior space).
Now for the bomb.  At night, screens are draped across the building's facade and projectors from within the carousel cast shadows of the horses twirling by. Genius.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pipeline


The stone slide in Central Park has to be the best organic ride New York City has to offer.  Children love heading to this playground for thrills and I love how they swap out cardboard "sleds" with  strangers to improve speeds and heighten luge-like experiences.




Friday, July 27, 2012

The Goods

It's rare treat to return to a completed site when it is in full party mode and jamming with occupiers.  My months of graphite and paper concepts suddenly springboard to life.   Each guest's use of the space is a host of my drafting board soliloquies.  Love it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Xeriscaping


The Standard Hotel has a cactus lounge that makes me want to park my parched self on their blond wicker tufts and cross Joshua Tree National Park off my bucket list. That outdoor furniture defines the space.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

smooch fest

In honor of Prada's iconic pucker, The MET Ball Oz's commissioned their own rendition against a wall of red and white roses. That's some lip shtick.

Monday, July 23, 2012

God is in the Details

These are walnut pews with ash expansion joints.  Thomas Heatherwick's details for Worth Abbey are on par with MVDR or Scarpa... graciously understated.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Looming Landscape

While stitching my way through the Upper East Side, I came across this woven fence.  My Ansel Adams take doesn't do it enough justice.  It was a lovely twist of nature in the asphalt environment.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

sky's the limit


By lacing beaded garlands above a street in Montreal, the site is immediately reduced in scale.  A simple ceiling brings life to the urban landscape.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Great Lengths

                                                                      Dip these out.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Park


Allow "Park" to assume multiple meanings.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Woodcut


Princeton Architectural Press has recently published Bryan Nash Gill's prints of sliced trees. Each cross section resembles a fingerprint.   Subtle ridge formations and concentric cowlicks tell the life path of the tree.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Stella (r) Garden


Stella McCartney's English garden is bliss.  I love the entry court with those fabulous stone urns on pedestals mixed with terracotta planters planted with simple box domes. The wisteria whispering across the front facade and the oil and stone ground surface seem so elegant. There's a lot going on with the salvaged bench and side door but it works in an understated sophistication.

In the rear yard, her husband commissioned a garden dedicated to her in honor of their Anniversary.    The urns are filled with french lavender and double petunias and have been nestled in a sea of spring blooming alliums and tulips.



The copper beech hedge, bay trees and box highlight the Engagement Pool perfectly. Notice the trees in the background. Not even the tree pits have been overlooked.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Light Fantastic


Urban Electric has some of the most stunning "wet rated" lights on the market. Each fixture is perfection- my fav is Fenwick Pocket. Visit the company online www.urbanelecticco.com for their complete catalogue.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stareway to Heaven


Wendy is an architectural boutonniere pinned on the lapel of MOMA PS1.  A perennial installation born from the Young Architects Program, this Summer it sets the stage for the Museum's weekly concert series, Warm Up.  On the coattails of Harvard, I'm headed there next week for a preview.  Something tells me that I will drink in it's punch.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tickling the Canvas


Every artist has their own iconic handle.  Judith Braun, is a finger painter.  Her binary color palette and ambidextrous technique create a winsome world of figure ground. 



Monday, July 9, 2012

Think Tank

MetaLAB is a fabulous outpost parked under the umbrella of  Harvard's Graduate School of Design.  It was completely foreign to me until I met Rocky, a spunky student at the institution.  Digital art, design and humanities are the teeth in this cutting edge approach to education.  Bridging the world, experimentation is encouraged through an amalgamation of social and digital tools. 
Oh, to go back to school.  Fabulous.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bad Rap

The business of graffiti is having a bleak week in NYC.  Lewy BTM's fresh tag on the Brooklyn Bridge was buffed and 5Pointz Graffiti Institute is expected to be razed.  While I'm compassionate to the FBI's interest in maintaining the National Monument's pallid maquillage (A child sporting a smoky eye and rouge comes to mind...it's inappropriate), it's sad to see 5Pointz "Spray and Shouted" from the fabric of the urban skyline. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Estate Planning

My comfortable Libran logic is steeped in symmetry, proportion, scale and balance.  However, I delight in the unruly behavior of Michael Smith's home which completely hoodwinks the Golden Proportion.  Circles and squares form nice rotundas and water features but they have been assembled it seems, with little regard to the other.  The effect is interesting.
Sitting skewed on the property within puzzle piece shaped pools, the residence looks like it is temporarily moored on site.  This approach allows the suggestion of a breezy Rockford File lifestyle within the heavy hills of California...an architectural feat.



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Marrakech Marvel

It's name alone intrigued me.  The Fellah Hotel is a nifty mecca in Morocco.  Birthed by a marital team, they conceived a fantastic getaway that also nourishes a nonprofit arts center and literacy jump start to breed and defend the local cultural flare.  www. fellah-hotel.com




Monday, July 2, 2012

Tater Tats

Yes, those are beets, leeks, radishes and corn you see on Chef and farm to table enthusiast, Sean Brock's full sleeve tattoo.  To achieve this cornucopia-themed composition, he brought along a bounty of seed catalogues for his artist to refer to for authentic heirloom accuracy.