March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Levi van Veluw.

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ah! Look at that light!

(from nuuro.tmblr.com)

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Black is too often associated with me. Even my bosses made a bet that my Santa hat would be black (the worst part: they were right). Sure, most of my clothes and belongings are black, but it’s not like I like the color itself that much, it’s just that things that are black… look a little more nice. More chic. More serious. And, hell, it matches with everything.

Architecture is about the only thing I haven’t considered applying black to. But recently I’m coming across more and more architectural projects that benefit from black. A few favorites:

Otake House in Japan by Suppose Design Office:

The Centrum Miuzek in Utrecht, Netherlands by Architecten van Mourik built out of recycled plastic planks:

The Urban Diva House by Pasel Kuenzel Architects:

This funky Japanese residence in Saijo by Suppose Design Office:

The Sinus house in Denmark be Cebra Architects:

And even this Victorian home in San Francisco:

December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Miss Amelia van Buren.

This painting from 1891 by Thomas Eakins stood out among the overwhelming number of images I come across in an average day.

After a little bit of research, I found out that Eakins studied both painting and anatomy. Just after Realism expanded out of France in the mid 19th century, Eakins took a more Brutalist approach to painting, creating “more reality than many viewers could endure.” That isn’t necessarily portrayed in this piece, but there is something more realistic than the rest of the art during this era.

“Eakins preferred a slow, deliberate method of careful invention based on his observations of the perspective, the anatomy, and the actual details of his subject.”

(creds: The Phillips Collection, Art Through the Ages)

This “rocks”

August 16, 2010 § 2 Comments

Israeli student Shmuel Linski created this Expresso Solo concrete expresso machine while at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

There are so many reasons to love this project: the simplicity of functions, the contrast of the concrete and the smooth curves, the patina that might develop from coffee stains, an appliance that becomes part of the design of your home rather than a temporary “thing”,  and the textural contrast of the harsh concrete to the smooth steel and glass. Minimalist, but dirty.

I have no idea how much it weighs, but you can’t let a detail like that weigh you down.

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