Farewell: Sam Maloof

. Sunday, May 31, 2009

He was described by the Smithsonian Institution as "America's most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman" and People magazine dubbed him "The Hemingway of Hardwood." But his business card always said "woodworker." "I like the word," he told a Los Angeles Times reporter, his eyes brightening behind large, owl-eyed glass frames. "It's an honest word."

Sam Maloof
Born: January 24, 1916(1916-01-24)
Died: May 21, 2009 (aged 93)
Occupation: Woodworker

See more at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Spaces: A Graphic Toronto Home

. Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Toronto 1970s brutalist modern home renovated for the 21st Century. Sculptural classics like the Norman Cherner armchairs, Eero Saarinen Womb Chair, Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair, and Sori Yanagi Butterfly stool, echo the spiraling staircase. And with Maarten Baas Smoke Chair, provide nice contrast to the interior's strong and graphic linearity.

Architects: gh3
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Design Team: Pat Hanson, Anthony Provenzano
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick
General Contractor: Jens Nielsen
Project year: 2006-2007
Budget: US $500,000
Constructed Area: 185.8 sqm
Photographs: Ben Rahn

Via Apartment Therapy, via Design42day

Coco Avant Chanel

. Friday, May 29, 2009

Listen: School Of Seven Bells: My Cabal

. Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Via Pedestrian.

Spaces: Iconic Ferris Bueller House for sale. Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?


"Tucked away in the woods of Chicago, this four-bed, four-bath is a modernist masterpiece, but might be more well-know for its starring role in the painfully infamous car scene of the feature film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Its reprise on the web currently comes from its recent listing on the market for $2.3 million.

Two steel-and-glass buildings make up this peaceful palace with the garage celebrating the automobile by showcasing the cars within. Architects A. James Speyer and David Haid built the structures on steel beams, creating a Jetson-like pod above the ground. The home also has stunning panoramic views, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls spanning 5,300 square feet and lending an affect much like Philip Johnson's famed Glass House."

Via CoolHunting.

Listen: Phoenix Lisztomania: Holy Ghost Remix

. Saturday, May 23, 2009

"NYC residing, DFA affiliated duo Holy Ghost! achieve the impossible and remix a Phoenix track so it's more joyous than the original. Hard to believe I know but we're talking hands in the hair "I'm gonna hug some strangers" type euphoria and while it doesn't quite reach the blissful groove of "Hold On" this disco reworking of the sunniest band on the planet certainly comes close."

Via Pedestrian.

Fresh Finds: Henning Kjaernulf, Hans Eichenberger, Airborne + Rankin


A sleek chrome Alpha pedestal table by Hans Eichenberger for Stendig.

A rare and magnificent pair of Henning Kjaernulf armchairs executed in richly pronounced Brazilian rosewood.

A chic 1970s chrome and tufted velvet occasional chair by the renowned French firm Airborne.

From the co-founder of Dazed and Confuzed, a nice collectible copy of Rankin Works.

All via Modern Love.

Favorite Picks: Phillips de Pury: Design

. Thursday, May 21, 2009

Favorite Picks from the upcoming June 3rd auction:

An incredible set of POUL KJÆRHOLM armchairs, model no. PK 11, in original custom zebra hide.

A GIO PONTI Coffee table, from the Giulio Cesare ocean liner.

An important GINO SARFATTI chandelier, model no. 2068.

VLADIMIR KAGAN "Tri-Symmetric" stool.

A Monumental GEORGE NAKASHIMA "Conoid" dining table.

See the complete online catalog here.

Favorite Picks: Sotheby's: Important 20th Century Design

. Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Favorite Picks from the upcoming June 12th auction:

An Ico Parisi lounge and ottoman.

A set of Hans Hansen boxes in rosewood and silver.

A Maria Pergay fossil lamp.

Andre Arbus stools in maple and ostrich.

A Jean Prouve dining table and set of 6 standard chairs.

See the complete online catalog here.

Listen: Make the Girl Dance: Baby Baby Baby

. Monday, May 18, 2009

Via Pedestrian.

Favorite Picks: Wright: Post War + Contemporary Art


Favorite picks from the upcoming June 4th auction:

A motorized sculpture by Julio Le Parc

Collapsible Jitterbug Atom sculpture by R. Buckminster Fuller

Andy Warhol's $1

Marilyn Minter limited edition skateboard decks for Supreme

Photos by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

David Lachapelle photo of Helena Christiansen

Painting by Barry McGee.

See the full online preview here.

Lodown Interview: Mike Mills: Years Of Change

. Saturday, May 16, 2009

An interview with the multifaceted Mike Mills. Filmmaker, graphic designer, photographer. Illustrator, musician, painter. One of the most important creative minds to rise out of the last decade.

Via Lodown Magazine

Fresh Finds: Mike Mills + Maurice Burke


A Rare Brazilian ALPHA Lounge Chair by MAURICE BURKE.

A set of 5 poster prints from MIKE MILLS' 1996 A Visual Sampler for Mo Wax.

Via Modern Love.

Listen: Phoenix: 1901: Dazed Digital Exclusive

. Friday, May 15, 2009


Produced by Kin Woo for Dazed Digital

Directed by Bogstandard(Dylan Byrne and Ben Strebel)

Editor Prano Bailey-Bond

Postproduction Bogstandard

Camera assistants Borja Martin & Carlos Galdon

'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' out on 25 May.

Via Pedestrian.

Spaces: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld: New York

. Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Todd Selby takes a peek inside the ever chic Julia Roitfeld's New York home, featuring a collection of family and fashion photographs (they are seemingly one and the same), an assortment of luxury items and accessories, and classic marble and chrome Florence Knoll tables and credenza.

Via The Selby.

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