All of a sudden I have a fascination for these gurgling fish pots! Don't ask!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
London based designer Kristy Whyte was just one of the designers at this years 100% Design London. Her style exudes "simplexity". When I first saw her work, I thought her designs seemed very Scandinavian. Turns out, she did study briefly in Sweden. I love her work, can't wait to see more. She just launced her own company called Purewhyte:
I am so excited to check out this new wine bar in downtown. The design looks so whimsical and chic, it reminds of the kind of places you find in LA. The fact that they also have a wheatpasting wall in also very promising. I hope it doesn't suck! And by suck, obviously I mean the crowd.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This is so incredible...why does history leave out such important and significant information. I always thought that the pyramids of giza were the oldest and most mysterious of ancient architectural remnants. Turns out, that this site in Bolivia, is the older and more mysterious. It seems to be the remains of a great wharf (for Lake Titicaca long ago lapped upon the shores of Tiahuanaco) and a massive, four-part, now collapsed building. One of the construction blocks from which the pier was fashioned weighs an estimated 440 tons (equal to nearly 600 full-size cars) and several other blocks laying about are between 100 and 150 tons.
Puma Punku doesn’t look impressive: a hill as remains of an old pyramid and a large number of megalithic block of stone on the ground, evidently smashed by a devastating earthquake. However, closer inspection shows that these stone blocks have been fabricated with a very advanced technology. Even more surprising is the technical design of these blocks, implying a modular design. The blocks were cut with such precision and laid in place without mortar, they are impenetrable even with a razor blade.
The block to the right has been cut with such precision, that it suggests evidence of machining and that they were using machined tools to cut the blocks. But apparently, the Imari Indians that built it, didn't not have a written language!!!
Incredible, truly incredible.
Watch more about the site here:
I am really loving Rob Dobi's work right now. Rob is a 2003 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in fine art, portfolio available at:
As a designer, I've always enjoyed flipping through panetones color swatches. So it makes me very happy to see that other people are just as inspired as i am. I love all these new pantone products and designs i am seeing!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Finally, a promising "arts district" may be formulating in San Diego's Barrio Logan. I moved away from San Diego and just recently came back after living in LA for 5 yrs. Its hard when you leave a city with a great art scene and come back to one that never really had one to begin with. But that seems to be changing. I was happy to discover that a less-traveled area on the outskirts of downtown has been occupied by some brave new artists. To get things going, The Guild restaurant made its appearance in mid 2007. I reall liked this place with it's urban gritty and gourmet style, but apparently it has not survived the recession.
The latest venture is the artist and design collective Glashaus, built out of an old glass factory by owners Greg Brotherton and Matt Devine, both sculptors. The space, an assortment of artist workspaces that complements the building’s stunning old bones.
I am not sure when it happened or how, but I've noticed lately that i have a slight obsession with birds done in a graphic or iconic design.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Julius Shulman, whose luminous photographs of homes and buildings brought fame to a number of mid-20th century Modernist architects and made him a household name in the architectural world, died Wednesday night. He was 98. Starting with Richard Neutra in 1936, Shulman's roster of clients read like a who's who of pioneering contemporary architecture: Rudolf M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, Raphael S. Soriano, John Lautner, Eero Saarinen, Albert Frey, Pierre Koenig, Harwell Harris and many others. His work was contained in virtually every book published on Modernist architects.