30 April 2010
29 April 2010
I had the pleasure of viewing Alexander Gentelev's Thieves By Law at the TriBeCa film festival last night. I highly recommend checking it out! I only regret the late screening, I was too exhausted to stay for the Q&A with the director...
28 April 2010
27 April 2010
26 April 2010
Canadian artist Dave Trautrimas has created an exhibition featuring architectural compositions made from common household objects. Titled The Spyfrost Project, the show will open at Toronto's LE Gallery on 28 April.
The gallery details:
"(The objects reassemble)... top secret, Cold War era military outposts. These skunkworkstructures, hybrids of both machinery and architecture, stand as colossal weaponized ancestors to common objects such as refrigerators, lawnmowers and washing machines. Fashioned with aspiring futurism, yet an ominous sense of militaristic purpose, these installations link the parallel development of capitalism’s postwar consumer culture and the Military Industrial Complex. Balanced between the promised utopian culture of leisure, facilitated by what the latest in modern manufacturing had to offer and the threat of a global catastrophe wrought by ICBM’s, super sonic jet fighters, and spy satellites, this series elicits the tense equilibrium between the extremes of design and technology during the Cold War era."
From Eastern Design Office, Villa Saitan is an apartment building located in Kyota Japan. The structure features leaf shaped holes- offering character shaped by the light let in. Learn more at Contemporist.
23 April 2010
22 April 2010
The living areas and bedrooms of the four-story barn-like structure will overlook the mountains, as well the home features a 4800 sq ft observation deck.
A word from the design team (headed by John Beckmann):
Montana’s Western mountains have been lifted and folded by plate tectonics and sculpted by glaciers over millions of years. The project is situated on a sloping windswept bluff overlooking Beaver Head National Forest with extraordinary views of Big Sky Mountain.
In a world which is increasingly becoming placeless, our clients requested that we design their home with cultural specificity. It should be of its time, yet be part of the place they love – the vast ancient landscape of Montana.
21 April 2010
20 April 2010
19 April 2010
We ordered coffee and mulled over the menus. The server moved at a glacial place- securing the spot as a venue best suited for good conversation- perhaps go with a friend that you've been meaning to catch up with?
I selected the Eggs Benedict with Canadian ham and grits. My company ordered the jalapeno and cheese hash. We were offered fresh biscuits, which came crumbly with butter and jam. My dish came in a heap with eggs that could have been poached another minute- but otherwise fantastic with the ham seared and the hollandaise buttery and smooth. The grits were satisfying and comforting- improved slightly with black pepper.
I'm not certain that I'd return to Bubby's without reason. The food is up to par in terms of the New York City brunch scene, but there are more engaging menus and prix-fixes aimed to garner one's interest. Bubby's appears to be successful for its location (lack of nearby competition and stunning views).
images: NY Mag
The menu offers unlimited mimosas/bloody mary cocktails with choice of entree and coffee or tea. Among the choices: frittatas, pizzettes, salads and calzones. I ordered a mimosa and the pizzette with dressed freshly shaved parmesan, proscuitto and dressed arugula. The massive square pie came in with generous portions of greens and thinly sliced cheese and proscuitto. A lively mix of flavors complimented the thin crust pie. I would highly recommend this dish- well matched with its fresh mozzarella and olive oil (rather than red sauce).
The menu also boasts a "hangover pie," topped w/ pepperoni, hot sauce and fries. While somewhat curious, I decided not to go that route. The bar keep provided attentive and non-invasive service. Upon inquiring about delivery/event/cater services- she smiled and brought me literature. I will certainly return and suggest the venue to others.
Images: from my iPhone
18 April 2010
17 April 2010
16 April 2010
Vahakn Matossian's Notice Me is a series of guerrilla street signs with personal messages specific to their site. Found throughout London, the installations are meant to "attempt to plant a seed in peoples’ minds, that might grow with the other thoughts throughout the day."
15 April 2010
14 April 2010
13 April 2010
Here's a good reason to embrace the suburbs! Designed by architects Hariri & Hariri, this pool house is located in Wilton, CT. I'm ready to snag a bikini, a bottle of bubbly and tote the Pug on the Metro North...