Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hotels: The Waterhouse Shanghai

above photos © image courtesy of Nerhi & Hu, Derryck Menere via stylepark.com
above photos © image courtesy of Nerhi & Hu,Tuomas Uusheimo via stylepark.com
above photo via dailytonic.com © Pedro Pegenaute

The Waterhouse, Shanghai. Located in Shanghai's historic Shuliupu district. The Waterhouse is a  4 floor 19-room boutique hotel. It was built into an existing 3 floor Japanese army building from the 1930's. The hotel contrasts between the new construction and furnishings and the old restored concrete building. Check out the full post at stylepark.com for more images including construction photos.

Photographers Backdrops circa 1900

German photographers backdrops circa 1900. Approx 7ft wide. Installation Antiques, available on 1st dibs.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Japanese Boro Cloth from Sri Gallery

Sri is a textile gallery in Brooklyn that specializes in antique Japanese folk textiles. They have some incredible Boro cloths.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

At Auction: Jens Peter Schmid

Concrete Table by Jens Peter Schmid, ca. 1986  71w x 35d x 30.5h
Estimate $20,000 - $30,000
Result No Sale

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The More You Know: Urban Crude

Los Angeles has active oil wells, the CLUI has a detailed project which covers all of the locations; The Center For Land Use Interpretation, via i heart photograph

Max Lamb's Construction Videos

   Hexagonal Pewter Stool 2008 from Max Lamb on Vimeo.

Max Lamb has a number of construction process videos. The one above shows a stool being cast in the sand. There are also some great time lapse videos of his stone work. Such as the La Cernia Limestone Chair.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Graphic Design: Military Documents

images found during a ebay search for military documents. (sorry I dont have links to the auctions)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Visiting: Rietveld's Universe

image ©kim zwarts
Gerrit Rietveld, Cupboard (l) and design for a music cupboard (r), (1923). via phaidon
Gerrit Rietveld, Model of Mees House (l) (1934-6), The Hague and Metz & Co. rooftop pavilion (1933), Amsterdam. via phaidon
Gerrit Rietveld and model for the Schröder House (l) and wrap-around windows in the Schröder House eastern corner. via phaidon
Gerrit Rietveld, Child's beach buggy (1922-23) via phaidon
An exhibition of Rietvelds work that aims to show he designed much more than the classic Red-Blue Chair & the Schroder House. He completed more than 100 building and many pieces of furniture. The exhibition places his work in a broad context by comparing his work and manner of working to contemporaries such as Wright, Les Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. 20 Oct 2010 - 30 Jan 2011. Centraal Museum Utrecht, NL via Abitare

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The More You Know: Wikileaks Atomic Bunker

Thanks to a misleading article by the NY Post, this former atomic bunker in Stockholm was briefly believed to be the headquarters of Wikileaks. 
But sadly its not. Its a Bahnoff center that hosts 2 of their servers. Which doesn't make the space any less cool. Just less headline worthy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Watching: Duck, You Sucker

Such great sets (especially on the train), wonderful walls and plenty of Ennio Morricone. Sergio Leone's "Duck, You Sucker" (1971)
Art Direction Andrea Crisanti, Set Decoration Dario Micheli