Watch: 2 Short Films by Bansky: Pier Pressure + Royal Visit

. Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2 new short films by Bansky. In Royal Visit, the shadowy prolific street artist appears in disguise, as a heckling hippie to an amused Prince Charles.

Via pedestrian.

Flashback: 1986: The Smiths: Bigmouth Strikes Again

. Sunday, August 29, 2010

Live on BBC2's Whistle Test, May 20th 1986.

Spaces: Shamir Shah Design: Chelsea Loft




A beautiful light-filled space rich with visual texture and 20th Century design classics.  Furnishings include a Jens Risom sofa, a pair of vintage Laurel sculpture lamps, Niels Moller rosewood dining chairs, Sergio Rodrigues Diz lounge chairs, and an Arne Hovmand-Olsen desk chair.

Photos by Eric Laignel, via Shamir Shah.

Farewell: Corinne Day

. Saturday, August 28, 2010

Corinne Day, the seminal British photographer who helped establish modern fashion imagery (and Kate Moss) has passed away after a battle with brain cancer. She was 50 years old.

"Trawling through the London agencies, she spotted a 14-year-old waif from Croydon. The scrawny beauty of Kate Moss and Day's raw depiction of her caught the fashion zeitgeist of 1990s Britain, and both their fortunes were made." - BBC

These are Kate Moss' first ever fashion photographs, taken by Corrine Day for the July 1990 issue of The Face magazine.

Also see my earlier post featuring Corrine Day's photos of Daria Werbowy at Gio Ponti's Hotel Parco dei Principi.

Spaces: Humberto Hermeto: JE House: Nova Lima, Brazil

. Friday, August 27, 2010

An incredible home/art gallery by Humberto Hermeto:

"In an irregular terrain with 3160 sqm, we needed to incorporate two uses:

The first one, a big residence, with five suites, generous living and leisure spaces, in addition to the service dependencies.

The second, a large gallery for the owner, an art enthusiast.

The shape of the site, at first glance a complicating factor for its irregular form, guided the project. In the existing vertical gap (10 meters in total), the first action: different uses in different levels.

In the lower level, the gallery, the stereotomic volume. With the need for an air-conditioned closed space, the volume arises from the ground like a big rock, a big platform.

At the top level, the residence, the tectonic volume. And the second action: to get the most of the existing views, the residence is distributed under a continuous roof (81 meters), constituted by a reinforced concrete portico. This portico sets the residence´s built volume. And the residence is distributed under the roof, according the needs of each space: access , recreation area, kitchen, living room, bedrooms. The existing views guide the various openings: from every room one sees the mountains....

Communication between the various levels of the residence is made by a central core that contains an elevator. It connects directly the first level of the gallery to the residence level. In an intermediate level, it connects the service and garage floor (and the mezzanine of the gallery)."

The spacious interior is furnished with some 20th Century design classics, including an Oscar Niemeyer Rio rocking chaise lounge, and a set of 10 Kai Kristiansen No. 42 dining chairs.

Photos by Jomar Bragança, via arch daily.

Vintage Kate Moss Contacts

. Thursday, August 26, 2010

The icon in the making. Via wildfox.

Fresh Finds: A Pair of Finn Juhl Model 137 Japan Lounge Chairs in Teak + Brass


A fine pair of Finn Juhl's Model 137 lounge chairs featuring floating
concave seat panels suspended over solid teak frames with brass detailing.

Designed in 1953, this model was inspired by Hiroshima's Miyajima Water-Gate,
and is thus often referred to as the Japan or Japanese chair.

Signed with factory disc label. Another example can be seen in situ in Finn Juhl's home.

Via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.

A Visit to Herman Miller's Design Archives


Lish Dorset takes us along for a visit to Herman Miller's Design Archives.  This is a true time capsule of design history: untouched Alexander Girard fabrics, vintage advertisements by George Nelson and Associates, original blueprints, and of course amazing furniture.  Check out the seat cushion on the George Nelson MAA chair, and right beside it, is that a red suede upholstered Eames DCW?

The most interesting photos are of the original molds for both the George Nelson DAF chair and the Eames Armshell, which should dispel any myths that they are no longer in Herman Miller's possession.

All photos by Lish Dorset via craftzine, thanks Elke for the link.

Icons: Marcel Breuer + the BKF Butterfly Chair


Modernist icon and Bauhaus master designer Marcel Breuer, relaxing in a chair he did not design, the BKF Butterfly chair. Designed by Jorge Ferrari Hardoy in 1938 while working for the Austral Group in Buenos Aires, the chair was named "BKF" after his Austral Group partners, Antonio Bonet and Juan Kurchan.

Via Life.

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