Listen: New Feist Track: How Come You Never Go There

. Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How Come You Never Go There by Feist

From her upcoming fourth solo album Metals, due out October 2011.

Via pedestrian.

Start Me Up

. Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sarah D. livens up the studio with her best Mick Jagger.

Via Victor Del Toro.

Spaces: Thomas Phifer + Partners: Fishers Island House, New York


An incredible glass pavilion home by Thomas Phifer and Partners.

Just behind the copse stands a delicately transparent pavilion. Its light-filtering trellis—a horizontal tracery of slender aluminum rods extending the roof plane—aligns with the canopy of trees before it. Woven into the landscape, this is an architecture of subtlety, a precisely grounded yet quasi-weightless structure, an ethereal rectangle, planted between two existing woods. Like feathery fronds, the trellis reaches toward the bordering leafy branches, while the pavilion’s interior floor plane—fully visible through the glassy, Miesian shell—continues outward, its surface of ebonized bamboo transformed into an exterior plinth of Indian black granite, a walkway, finely striated with shadows from the diaphanous, metal canopy above.

More than a one-bedroom retreat for a former museum director and his wife, this is also a place of extraordinary 20th century paintings, sculptures, and glassware—much of it conveying a sense of buoyancy or levitation that echoes the pavilion’s lightness. The artwork always figures into view out, even if only peripherally. Conversely, from the gardens, this colorful indoor collection projects a presence outdoors.

In the animated interplay between landscape and art, in the shifting ambiguities between inside and out, the design achieves exceptional balance. An arcing swath of vibrant yellow sedum in the garden resonates with the golden footbridge in a Chinese screen inside; a mossy rock garden projects into the pavilion’s simple volume, while the bedroom nestles into a private apse of garden vegetation. You can look straight through the house without realizing it, but you could also mistake reflections of trees for glimpses through the pavilion. Morphing with the skies, flourishing seasonally, the dialogue evolves, nourishing the owner’s desire to live in the garden—with art.

Complimenting the interior is a choice selection of mid-century modernism, including works by Arne Jacobsen, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Gehry.

From an article on contermporist, with photos by Scott Frances.

Fresh Finds: Ole Wanscher, A.J. Donahue, Art Deco, 70's Chic + 60's Glam

. Sunday, August 7, 2011

A.J. Donahue was a 1942 Masters of Architecture graduate of Harvard University, under the tutelage of Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius. He designed the Winnipeg Chair, during his tenure as Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, producing each piece in his basement with the assistance of his students. There is much speculation that the Winnipeg Chair impressed a young George Mulhauser, so much so that it became the inspirational predecessor for Herman Miller's iconic Coconut Chair, which Mulhauser designed while working for George Nelson Associates.

Ole Wanscher teak settee and lounge chair, very rare model designed for Cado, featuring concave seat panels, sculpted armrests, and saber-flared legs. Elegant and refined, the lineage of this design can be traced to Wascher's earlier classically-influenced Colonial Chair for P. Jeppesen, and to the knock-down construction of his models for France & Son.

A fine and lyrical polished brass chandelier featuring 5 petal-shaped arms illuminating a central scultpure of brass flowers and leaves. Styled after a series of chandeliers designed by Paavo Tynell for both Taito Oy and Lightolier.

A pair of glamorous polished brass surrealist table lamps, featuring a sculpted organic palm motif. Reminiscent of the work of Serge Roche, Tommi Parzinger, and Maison Charles.

An impressive minimalist magazine rack from an unknown studio, featuring lacquered wood, chrome, and brushed brass. Signed with handpainted studio marks and dated Nov. 4 - 37.

A sleek and chic minimalist floor lamp from an unknown studio, featuring 3 pivoting chrome posts mounted on a solid marble base. Possibly Italian. Reminiscent of the works of Nanda Vigo produced by Arredoluce during the 1970s

All via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.

Daily Dose: Eames Stackers


Styled by the amazing Lotta Agaton.

Via the modern love tumblr.

Look+Listen: Best Coast x Drew Barrymore: Our Deal w/ Chloe Moretz


Drew Barrymore's video for Best Coast is a homage to classic teen-gang rivalry films of yore.

....pulling tricks and tropes from The Warriors, West Side Story and maybe even a little bit of Breakin’ (?) And as a former child star herself, Barrymore enlisted the help of Chloe Moretz (from Kick-Ass), Donald Glover (from “Community”) aka Childish Gambino, Alia Shawkat (Maebe from “Arrested Development”), cutie Tyler Posey (of recent “Teen Wolf” fame), and Miranda Cosgrove (Carly from…”iCarly”).

Via Round Table.

Flashback: 1989: The Stone Roses: Waterfall

. Friday, August 5, 2011

The Stone Roses performing the classic 'Waterfall' from their debut album live on the Tony Wilson hosted 'Other Side of Midnight' in Jan 1989 (before the album was actually released).

Thanks David for the link.

Don't worry, still here....

. Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's just been an extra busy past few weeks. I've still been tumblr'n on the daily, but here, not so much as blogspot is a little bit more labour intensive. As things return to normalcy, so will my posting here. Thanks for sticking around, good things to come!

Daily Dose: House 20


Platner perfect.  House 20 by Jolson, full project details at dezeen, with photography by Peter Bennetts.

Via the modern love tumblr.

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