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.


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


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  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


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


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


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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well Done

The Meatpacking District is about to become a little plumper with the introduction of UrbanSpace.  Poised to open at the beginning of September, the souk-like marketplace will deliver a new cut to the High Line milieu.  My gut tells me that this post will soon become the meat and potatoes of the neighborhood.