Spaces: Apartment BA

. Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Clean linearity, graphic monochromatic detailing, and rich wood tones denote this amazing apartment complex from the Office for Word and Image. Furnishings follow suit with some Mies van der Rohe classics: a brown leather Barcelona lounge chair and black leather MR 20 dining chairs.

This is a fresh addition to the OWI website, so the project details haven't been posted yet.  See the rest of the shoot here.

Photos by Tim Van De Velde.

Daily Dose: The Best of Both Worlds

. Monday, March 29, 2010

Like some kind of sleek and heavenly robotic jellyfish, this custom installation of classic Artimide Tolemeo Lamps dangling from an original Victorian period architectural molding, is unlike any thing I've ever seen before.

From a studio by Barcelona based Agustí Costa.

Via Projects I Love.

Flashback: 1987: Eric B & Rakim: Paid in Full


Gritty, heavy, and dark in both the beats and visuals. This is a masterpiece from the golden age of hip hop.

It's also a great street fashion time capsule, in some scenes you can feel the influence of the United Colors of Benetton campaign of the time.

Featuring Israel's Ofra Haza.

Pump up the volume.

Farewell: Eva Markvoort

. Sunday, March 28, 2010

This is the face of courage. Eva Markvoort, a.k.a. 65_RedRoses, passed away yesterday morning with her family by her side. If you don't know Eva, watch her story in the multi award-winning documentary here.

See Eva's blog here.

See Eva's farewell here.

"This is the end of my life, but it's not the end of my love."

She was 25 years old.

Double Daily Dose: Home Comforts


Casual and relaxed Modernism at both RUM and Coquette & Dove (via Desire to Inspire).

I was surprised and impressed to learn the second photo is a carefully styled Swedish real estate listing:

"White floors, cute accessories, the pop/splash/flash/dash and dollop of colour, a classic scandi piece or two and the obligatory pair of discarded fashionable shoes and dress on the hanger. The story that the styling tells lures you in. You want the lifestyle as much as the apartment. If you could you'd buy this home, live this life. Mission accomplished."

Kudos to the uncredited photographer.

Look + Listen: Land of Talk: It's Okay

. Saturday, March 27, 2010

Breathtaking video for It's Okay, from Montreal's Land of Talk.

Full screen mode definitely recommended.

From the album: Some Are Lakes
Directed by WeWereMonkeys

Flashback: 1969: The Muses of YSL


YSL avec Betty Catroux et Loulou de la Falaise, 1969.

Via Annieemal.

Flashback: An Iconic Group Photo: Playboy: July 1961

. Friday, March 26, 2010

Group shot from feature article Designs for Living, in the July 1961 issue of Playboy.

From left to right: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom. Photographer unknown.

Spaces: gh3, Toronto: House 60

. Thursday, March 25, 2010

House 60, by Toronto based gh3.

"gh3 works in the increasingly complex realm where architecture, urbanism and landscape overlap. Informed by the past and speaking to the future, we design with a modernist’s eye to order, beauty and social possibility, and an environmentalist’s awareness about sustainability and long–term planning."

The lyrically pattered glass extension to the living room wall is a nice counterpoint to the interior's strict linearity, creating a division and maintaining voluminousness at the same time.

Complimenting the interior are some mid century classics, including a matching pair of Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs, an Eames Surfboard Coffee Table, and a pair of Sigurd Ressel Falcon chairs (this is the actually the first time I've really liked the Falcon chairs!)

Via gh3.

Look+Listen: Dragonette: Easy


The newest video from Dragonette, with Martina Sorbara once again demonstrating a chameleon chic that only she can possess. Remember this?:

Via Dragonette.

Daily Dose: Steel is Real

. Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jean Prouvé and Harry Bertoia, masters of metal.

Via Aubrey Road.

Spaces: Chelsea Hing + Design Consultants: Melbourne Penthouse

. Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A beautiful penthouse project by Chelsea Hing + Design Consultants in collaboration Sophie Moore Pty Ltd.

"Arguably one of Melbourne’s best apartments, this penthouse enjoys 270 degree views around the CBD & looks out over the Fitzroy gardens. To capitalise on such an amazing position the clients’ brief was for the apartment to feel like a sophisticated New York address as if it was overlooking central park. With this in mind CHDC in collaboration with Sophie Moore Pty Ltd approached the design loosely around the concept of public & private spaces."

Anchoring the dining room is an Italian modernist classic from 1975, Cassina's La Barca Dining Table designed by Piero De Martini.

Photography by Nik Epifanidis.

See the rest here.

Look + Listen: Patti Smith Live @ Sotheby's


Patti Smith live from Purple Magazine on Vimeo.


Via Purple Diary.

Look+Listen: Synth Britannia


The genesis of Synth, in relation to a cultural shift in Britain. So many great clips!

Fresh Finds: Charles + Ray Eames, Harvey Guzzini, + More

. Sunday, March 21, 2010

An Eames sideshell in rich raw umber fiberglass, finished with a polished
LaFonda base designed in collaboration with Alexander Girard.

An ingenious table lamp by Harvey Guzzini comprised of 2
glowing half-spheres, spaced slightly
apart to allow crisp white light to escape
from within.

This fine Italian modernist pendant lamp features an opposing pair of
saucer shaped perspex discs. Between the discs is an enameled steel
strip mounted on brass posts. This design is a likely variant of Sarfatti's
perspex pendant lamps model 2065 (1953) and 2070 (1959).

A modernist sculpture composed of brushed and polished aluminum,
and featuring 3 figures holding a central sphere. Not signed, artist unknown.

Sleek, lightweight, and compact Italian folding chairs. The A-frame
and caned seats recall the 1966 Trieste chair designed by Angelo Jacober
in collaboration with Pierangela d'Aniello.

All via Modern Love.

Spotlight: Pia Ulin


Just a sample of the great imagery from the photographic portfolio of Stockholm-based Pia Ulin.

Via fine ting og sjokolade.

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