Spaces: Marcio Kogan: Osler House

. Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Marcio Kogan leaves us amazed once more, but this time with Osler House. Osler House is located in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, a city which is a world reference for urban planning.... The exquisite architecture of Osler House is composed of two perpendicular reinforced concrete volumes, a pool and a beautifully landscaped garden which organize it. Significant parts that make up this architecture are the classic yet modern tiles of Athos Bulcão along with other designs of the modern city; the large glass panel windows, the large wooden shutters, the concrete, and the landscape.

Complimenting the main living space is a Mole lounge chair by Sergio Rodrigues.

Photos by Pedro Vannucchi.

Via Yatzer

1stDibs Creators: Coco Chanel: The Eternal Mademoiselle


1stDibs Creators takes a look at the rise and fall of Coco Chanel, through the lens of Life photographer Mark Shaw.

Via 1stDibs.

Before they were famous: Spike Jonze, Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee, + Danny Way

. Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In eager anticipation of Where the Wild Things Are, I'd like to show you Spike Jonze's roots in film making. This video is from 1990 and was shot by Spike in the streets of Paris for the then newly formed skate company Blind. It features the now acclaimed contemporary artist Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee (before he became Earl), and skate legend Danny Way. Spike remains close to the skate industry and still continues to direct skate videos to this day:

Now, almost 2 decades later, Spike Jonze's latest work is only a couple of weeks away:

A lesson in Vignettes: with examples by David Hicks


Learn how to properly arrange a vignette, with examples from the master David Hicks.

See it at: Meade Design Group.

Spaces: PullTab Design: East Village

. Saturday, September 26, 2009

With the help of PullTab Design, a young New York City firm, Anil Shrivastava and Namita Luthra designed the interior of their East Village apartment with details that speak to their shared Indian identity. "We wanted to capture that feeling of being very true to India, but also very modern at the same time," Ms. Luthra said.

The interior greenery and water features.... amazing.

Photos: Elizabeth Felicella for The New York Times

Via Blue Ant Studio, via New York Times

Jackson Pollock: Hidden Signatures


Did the Abstract Expressionist hide his name amid the swirls and torrents of a legendary 1943 mural? An art historian makes the case for a signature gesture.

Can you see it? Click to reveal the signature.

Read the full article at Smithsonian Mag. Thanks Craig for the heads-up.

Resurrected: Jens Quistgaard Pepper Mills for Dansk

. Wednesday, September 23, 2009

At long last, Dansk has a new creative director with a strong belief in the companies history.

Of the many things coming back on the market, i am most interested in the return of Jens Quistgaard's combined salt and pepper mills.

They were originally made in Denmark from solid teak and there were dozens of versions. Afterwards they were made in Malaysia and then in Thailand and the quality got progressively worse.

The new ones are not quite as nice as the very first but are substantially better than the second and third generation. They are new and clean, sport ceramic grinding mechanisms and work really well (and they are only $50.)


Favorite Picks: Wright: Modern Design

. Monday, September 21, 2009

Favorite Picks from Wright's upcoming October 6th Auction.

A truly PERFECT Florence Knoll Sofa (Model 2577).

A rare and early Arredoluce table lamp.

A Paavo Tynell brass pendant lamp.

An Italian counter-balance desk lamp from an unknown designer.

A rare George Nelson Kangaroo lounge chair.

An iconic Hans Wegner Valet chair.

A rare George Nakashima rocking chair.

A nice cluster of Nagel modular candleholders.

One of a pair of classic rosewood Eames Lounge and Ottoman.

See the full preview here.

Spaces: Claude Parent: Villa Drusche


French architect Claude Parent, whose work lies equally in written theory and physical structures, designed Villa Drusch, a home which embodies his “theory of oblique architecture.” Built in Versailles in 1963, the home is a literal embodiment of his theory. Constructed primarily of concrete, Villa Drusch appears to be a home turned on its side, a bold architectural move which still evokes interest today. Living spaces are encased in aluminum-framed glass, which naturally lights the open interior. A staircase inside follows the slope of the exterior structure, leading to a second level where the ceiling, contrary to the rectilinear exterior, curves dramatically inward. Most surfaces inside are also cast from concrete.

Lounge chairs from Warren Platner and Charles and Ray Eames compliment the interior. Also seen is a rare 1970's Molteni Desk by Vittorio Parigi and Nani Prina.

Via SwipeLife, via Rolu.

Dwell Goes Behind the Scenes at Fritz Hansen: Arne Jacobsen's 3107 Chair


It takes nine sheets of veneer, two layers of cotton backing, up to five coats of paint, and 11 days to make a 3107 chair. We take you to the floor of Fritz Hansen's stackable-chair factory to show you how it's done.

Via Dwell.

Watch: Lou Doillon for Givenchy + Vanessa Bruno

. Friday, September 18, 2009

Click the photo to watch the Givenchy film:

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is a sentiment Lou Doillon knows all too well. The French Model, actress, fashion muse and daughter of Jane Birkin wields an unconventional beauty and distinct personal style that has captivated fashion bloggers and publications such as French Playboy and Purple Fashion alike.

More recently Doillon has featured in not one but two videos, appearing in a video look book Directed by Stephanie Di Giusto for Vanessa Bruno's Autumn/Winter 2009/10 collection and a more artistic video for Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Directed by photographer Karim Sadli.

Via Pedestrian.

For Vanessa Bruno:

Fresh Finds: Saarinen, Venini, Eames, Lightolier + Larsson


An early Saarinen Executive Armchair with wood legs by Knoll.

A rare + impressive Lightolier floor lamp featuring fluted cased glass, brass, enameled steel, + wood.

An Albert Larsson atomic-age pedestal table in teak.

A rare Paolo Venini Inciso textured vase.

An Italian Bullicante glass pitcher.

A Charles + Ray Eames Armshell Chair in bright orange fiberglass.

A set of 4 Charles + Ray Eames Sideshell Chairs in bright orange fiberglass.

All via Modern Love.

1st Dibs Introspective: Sergio Rodrigues


A conversation with the Brazilian master designer, in conjunction with Espasso.

Via 1stdibs

Spaces: Eames Chairs + Tombstones, welcome to 85 Swains Lane

. Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yes, that is a cemetery.....

And yes, that is an incredible home.....

Via Carrie Can,
Via Wallpaper,
Via Eldridge Smerin Architects.

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