Watch: Please Give: Official Trailer

. Friday, April 30, 2010

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall

Official site here.

Look+Listen: Thunderheist: Jerk It


Let's kick start the weekend on the right note, with this brilliant music video for Thunderheist.

Directed by that go (Noel Paul & Stefan Moore)
Grand Jury Prize, SXSW 2009

Credits & Thanks to:
Mike Ragen (dp), Ana B (model), Caleb (rooster), Carey Denniston (stylist), Tristan Seniuk (ad), Jennifer Popochock (makeup), Diana Eng (rooster mama), Eric Thompson (shake machine), Bronwyn Lewis (tights), Yoshiko Naoe (shoes)

Spaces: Habel Residence: Villa with a View


The home of Trine and Peter Habel, a challenging renovation and expansion of a old villa located north of Copenhagen in Snekkersten. Through the installation of sleek linear windows, almost every room has a scenic sea-side view. Fine details such as the brass faucet in the kitchen add a subtle touches of glam.

Furnishings include pieces by Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, Poul Kjærholm, Mogens Lassen and Bjorn Wiinblad.

Via My Scandinavian Retreat, via Fri.

Aline Weber by Patrick Demarchelier


Just a sample from Demarchelier's newest editorial for Vogue Germany.

See the rest of the shoot at fashiongonerogue.

The Origin+Holdings of Vitra's Design Collection


A facinating look at the genesis and development of the most important modern design collection in the world, in the words of its creator Alexander von Vegesack.

Read the whole story here.

More photos on Vitra's Facebook page, and don't forget to add and suggest the Modern Love/The North Elevation facebook page too.

Listen: Twin Sister covers Daft Punk

. Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Perfect for a mellow summer evening.

"Long Island five-piece Twin Sister make floaty, summery folk tunes in the vein of Warpaint and Beach House.

They recently performed a cover of "Something About Us" - the beautiful and sad, muted funk song by Daft Punk - on a rooftop in Brooklyn for a nice live re-make of an electronic song.

Via Twin Sister and pedestrian.

Handmade Leather Chucks


individually hand made by italian-trained designer ryusaku hiruma. no detail has been overlooked in these all-leather converse all stars. shoe features a hand-stitched body, hand-cut adornments, and leather soles. only 64 pairs of each shoe are created, worldwide. available in milk and black.


Available at Opening Ceremony. Check out my earlier post here.

Via joeisthenewblack.

Classic Spaces: Finn Juhl's House


A look at Finn Juhl's personal residence in Ordrup, Denmark, now a museum.

The house where Finn Juhl lived and worked, located on a site adjoining Ordrupgaard museum park, was sold by the estate of Finn Juhl’s widow to Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen who, with the help of the Ministry of Culture, transferred the house to Ordrupgaard as a gift.

“The Post War period, which saw the golden age of Danish design, is so beautifully represented in Finn Juhl’s home. We boast of the architecture and design of the time, but we have preserved so little in its original state; here was a chance to preserve something unique.”....

The house, he designed and built as a young architect in 1942, is a unique example of Danish modernism for both architecture, furniture design and the visual arts.
A perfect example of Juhl’s long career as an architect and furniture designer the house, for which he designed all the furniture, looks almost exactly as it did when he died in 1989.

From ArcSpace.

Photos via Finn Juhl One Collection and Bright Bazzar.

Daily Dose: Tema e Variazoni


A great and unexpected pairing of Eames and Fornasetti.

Via skona hem.

LIFE Presents: Studio 54: The Hotspot's Heyday

. Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Night That Changed Everything

A week after the club opened, co-owner Steve Rubell agreed to host a lavish party to celebrate the 32nd birthday of Bianca Jagger (actress, fashion icon, and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger's wife). She made her entrance on a white horse, generating scads of publicity and envy among celebrities. From then on, Studio 54 was the place to see and be seen

A sample from this great photo gallery at Life on the legendary Studio 54.

Daily Dose: Cabin Fever

. Sunday, April 25, 2010

The season is upon us.

Via whatsbloggingmyview.

Watch: The Give


For a lazy summer Sunday afternoon.

The Give by phos pictures. Featuring a live performance by Chloe Katerndahl.

Directed: Tommy Petroni / Eliot Rausch
Director of Photography: Garrett Marks
Editor: Eliot Rausch
Wardrobe / Locations: Sammy Petroni
Production Assistant: Joey Petroni
Love Birds: Nickolai Preiss / Haley McMillen

Via howtomakeababyelephantfloat.

Spaces: Oscar Niemeyer's Strick House

. Friday, April 23, 2010

Legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's only American residential structure, the Strick House was built for film director Joseph Strick and his wife in 1963.  It is now home to prolific Modernist collectors Michael and Gabrielle Boyd, who proceeded to turn the home into a virtual museum for the greatest works of the last century.

The classics are too many to list, but I do like the orderly nature of how the rooms tend to be furnished into regional themes (i.e. French, American, Scandinavian, etc). Also, I love the garden walkway, pure Niemeyer.

Via obsessilicious, via daily icon.

Fresh Finds: Brutalist Glam


An amazing freeform wall mirror sculpture, in the raw and organic Brutalist aesthetic championed by designers and artists like Paul Evans, Louise Nevelson, and Walter Yarwood.  Circa 1960s, handfinished, a spectacular piece.

Via Modern Love.

Georgina Stojiljkovic by Ben Hassett


Incredible editorial by Ben Hassett for the newest issue of Vogue Germany.  Great creative concept, perfect execution.

See the whole shoot here.

Flashback: 1940: Artek-Pascoe, Manhattan


A look back at the Manhattan showroom of Artek-Pascoe.

From a July 15, 1940 TIME magazine article:

Last week Alvar and Aino Aalto opened their own furniture store (Artek-Pascoe, Inc.) in Manhattan. The Aaltos' plywood sandwiches of maple and birch are shaped in Wisconsin, shipped East for assembly. Colors of the finished pieces of furniture, many of them Aalto-patented ranged from natural finish through cellulosed red and blue to black. On display also went Aalto-designed screens and glassware.

The excellence of the Aalto furniture may help to discourage manufacture of some furniture that now passes for modern. The Aalto purpose is to use U. S. mass production to get their designs into ordinary U. S. homes. Though their simple, substantial furniture is well fitted for mass production, the Aalto assembly line has not yet cut prices to the ordinary buyer's range. In full operation, it will retail an armchair now priced at $29.50 for $19, a $47 chest of drawers for $24, a $15 side table for $9. The Aaltos have already attained space-saving by designing stools that nest into each other, side chairs and even armchairs that can be stacked 20 high to save space."

The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural and important extension of his architectural thinking and success. He created his first furniture in 1931-32 for the tuberculosis sanatorium at Paimio -- his international breakthrough. Artek was founded in December 1935 by Alvar Aalto, Marie Gullichsen an the Art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. Artek was set up to market Aalto's furniture, lamps and textiles, particularly on international markets where Artek focused its operations from the initial stages.

The name Artek is a contraction of art and technology. Aalto's declared proposal was to "create rational furniture for rational life." In 1936 the first Artek shop opens its doors at 31 Fabianinkatu Street in Helsinki, with the name written in Bauhaus type stylised letters. Nils-Gustav Hahl and Aino Marsio Aalto (Alvar's wife) managed the business together, until Hahl died in the war and Aino Alto took charge of the company until her death in 1949. The American Artek-Pascoe opened a shop in New York, where they distributed Alvar's objects and furniture to the rest of the US.

Photos via the haunted lamp.

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