March 22, 2012
Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete Read more: Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat Is Complete
Time to rejoice: a two-year reconstruction of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's iconic Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic was recently completed - and it looks spectacular. The modern masterpiece is one of the most famous houses in the Czech Republic, and after a restoration and reconstruction project that included everything from the structure of the building down to the door hinges and furniture, the historic home has been reopened and is ready for its close-up.
November 01, 2011
The Mantle done right
Just wanted to share an example of a thoroughly modern mantle. See more mantles.
June 02, 2011
Soft Rocker is a solar powered outdoor rocking lounger that allows you to recharge your internal battery -- and those of your electronics. Developed by architecture students at MIT, the furniture piece uses the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis, 35 watt solar tracking system. The lounger utilizes a 12 hour battery storing the solar energy harvested during sunlight hours so you to charge your gadgets even after sunset.
Several rockers are currently installed on MIT's killian court for temporary use.
April 27, 2011
Mies van der Rohe once said, "We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material." In this Palo Alto, CA, residence constructed from rammed earth, steel, and glass, and finished in white oak, ipe, and American walnut, architect Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture holds true to Mies' dictum. Thanks to the liberal use of natural materials, the house attains a comfortable sensibility noticed by nearly everyone who passes through its earthen walls. "Guests are, without exception, completely taken by how the house is very modern, but also very warm," say the owners.
View slideshow images of the home
March 21, 2011
Design + Culture – A Return to Fundamentalism?
Design and Culture have always been closely interrelated, but in many instances design is flaunted as the true measure of culture, rather than belonging to part of cultural context of the society. Design has become the embodiment of a larger process of creative ‘culture-mongering’ that has become a means to capture ideation, innovation and enterprise and made to stand for cultural identity.
Design has become synonymous with the labelling of culture; ’designed culture’, now represents not only the emblem of cultural prosperity, but is considered as a means to legitimatise whole areas of urban regeneration, and for gaining international recognition as well as mediating for social change. For example, the siting of the London Olympics in the east of London and the recent award to Qatar, to host 2022 World Cup Finals and to build national identity defined by football (an amazing feat for a tiny peninsula in Persian Gulf that was no more than barren desert twenty-two years ago).
This is further evidenced by the increasing visibility of design, and engineered art and architecture... Continue Reading
October 16, 2010
Kips Bay decorator show house
Kips Bay decorator show house opens -- a few months late and at a different address!
September 09, 2010
John Pawson tells us why less is more
August 28, 2010
On Location - On Location - The Lake House Effect - NYTimes.com
August 13, 2010
Ridiculous Open-Concept Luxury Loft in SoHo
Every couple months I’ll spend a night sifting through luxury properties for sale in New York City. It’s the only place in the world where you can easily find 50+ listings ranging from $5 million - $75 million at any given time. Understanding the density of Manhattan, it’s always fascinating how expensive a square foot can cost.
Most of the luxury units available are jaw-dropping condos or tall/skinny townhouses; many are conversions from old factories of the past.
Last night I came across a unit for sale in the prestigious New Museum Building, located on 158 Mercer Street in SoHo. Listed at $6.95 Million USD, it was the open-concept living space that really caught my attention. A 2,800 square foot “room” that serves as a kitchen, office, den, dining and living room. Absolutely incredible!
June 10, 2010
The Chia Pet Inspires Vertical GardensLifewall. Designed by Emilio Llobat.