Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Today as I was enjoying my morning coffee and browsing Tumblr, I stumbled across the image above from the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg Brooklyn. As coincidence would have it, I visited the Wythe Hotel last week for dinner + drinks and fell in love with the place, but I’d only seen the lobby and restaurant. Freshome, a design and architecture blog, recently featured the hotel on their website showing a bunch of beautiful photos. I love that the building was a textile mill in its former life and was renovated into a beautiful modern day hotel with much of its original character intact. After spending so long designing for a hotel company, I can really appreciate all the design and details that go into these projects.

The Hotel’s press release states, “Built in 1901, this former textile factory has been meticulously converted into a 72-room hotel offering service and amenities yet to be seen in the borough, while the building’s industrial character – like its concave corner entrance, original pine beams, masonry, arched windows and cast-iron columns – has been beautifully preserved.  Renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow, of Marlow & Sons, Diner, and Roman’s, manages the hotel’s expansive food and beverage program. Venues include Reynards – a ground floor restaurant and bar with a wood-fired oven and grill, courtyard seating, and a daily menu featuring market-driven American fare and seasonal cocktails, and Ides – a 6th floor bar and terrace with stunning Manhattan and Brooklyn views.”

Beautiful view right?




Love the headboard wall detail.

Beautiful pattern.


Really like their logo and the design of their website, beautiful really.

These simply line drawings of the room layouts are really quite nice.

They have a custom-made neon sign outside. Absolutely STUNNING at night.

The map.

For more information, visit their website here.

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This weekend fab.com had something A-MAZING on sale, Arts & Architecture 1945-54 by David F. Travers. Arts & Architecture was a design publication active from 1929 to 1967 focusing on American design, architecture, and landscaping published and edited by John Entenza from 1940-1962 and David Travers from 1962-1967. It was the leader in bringing attention to American architecture and in particular California Modernism. The magazine was also known for their Case Study Houses and their design to build programs. I first came across the publication in the Pratt Library in Brooklyn. You know how libraries have all those archive copies of old magazines rebound in plain hard covers? I saw a few that said Arts & Architecture and decided to flip thought them. It was an amazing discovery. Not only does that magazine feature covers designed by artists such as Herbert Matter, John Follis, Ken Chapman and Michael Weinberger, but that archive copies have the most amazing period advertisements from each era. I took so many pictures of the ads and spreads so I could take the copies “home” with me.

In 2008, Taschen reprinted and repackaged the iconic publication during a 10-year period, 1945-1954. You can own newly printed copies in beautiful packaging of every issue during that 10 year period, for $700. Now Fab had the set on sale for $450, but that was still too big a price to swallow for a newly-employed designer. I want this set sooooooo bad, but I wasn’t sure if the reprint features the ads, which for once I actually want. The ads, aside from the covers, are my favorite part! In this post I’ll feature images from the publication, and I’ll begin to share ads from the iconic magazine in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Vintage ad/illustration from the magazine. How great right?

I wanted dependability. Amen.

The entire boxed set, each year is divided into it’s own box with each issue inside.

The issues – how amazing are these covers?

So in love with these, wanted to buy them so I could scan and turn the covers into art.

Really love the golden yellow one (above).

Example of a Case Study House story.

Now these covers are from issues in the 1960s, but you see the aesthetic carried over from the 40s and 50s.

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It’s been a crazy week since I last posted. I recently moved from one Brooklyn apartment to another and have been preoccupied with settling in, unpacking and adjusting to a new neighborhood. And since I’m been examining and planning for my new space, I’ve had interior design and architecture on the brain a lot this week. A few days ago I found this awesome blog, Architectura. This blog is curated by 4 design students/graduates Paula Gonzalez (Ireland), Samuel Zeller (Switzerland), Tiago Leal (Portugal) and Timothy Hyde (Austria). I’m not really sure how these four got together and started their blog, but I love the variety of images they collect showcasing industrial design, interior design, and modern + historic architecture. While I’m planning to start a schedule of more frequent posts next week, sit back and enjoy a few of my favorites from Architectura, and check out their archive of images here.

One of my favorite buildings in NYC, near the High Line Park.

Love this interior.

Cool stairway design (above and below).

Another great interior.

Lastly, someone buy this place for me. Pretty sweet beach house no?

Their June 2012 archives. Pretty awesome!

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Photography by Joshua McHugh

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan grace the pages of July’s Architectural Digest where they invite readers for a sneak peak of their Shelter Island home. As someone lucky enough to work for JA, I’d always been curious about this storied summer retreat. So hot off the presses, here are a few of my favorite shots. Be sure to pick up the July issue on newsstands now, and check out  Jonathan’s 10 Essentials for Summer Fun. Enjoy and happy summer!

How great are these tiles for outdoors?

I always smile at portraits of the married couple. So much personality.

Living room.

Again, how great are these tiles? The dark blue looks great with the orange.

Happy paddling and happy summer!

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The last few months I’ve been working with patterns and environmental graphics for one of my projects at work and I wanted to share this project by Lian Ng & Jean Orlebeke. I stumbled across it years ago while looking through Dwell magazine and I’m so happy I found a site that has all the prints. For $125 one can be yours! According to Publique Living,

This series of artwork inspired is by the distinctive architectural element from buildings around the world. Whether it be a pattern or shape that distinguishes these buildings, it is the first layer of visual iconic recognition. The cities in which these buildings reside in are called out by their airport code instead of their names, creating another layer of graphic distinction, akin to the visual alignment between architectural elements and buildings. The codes also function as a beacon of destination, proclaiming the cities’ association with inspiring architecture. An interpretive project from Lian Ng and Jean Orlebeke, in limited edition of 180, available unframed only.

I love the idea of this project, being inspired by architectural forms and turning that inspiration into graphic patterns and prints. In my project at work I’m trying to find ways to turn basic shapes into compelling repeat patterns for use on walls and glass throughout a building. It’s definitely a challenge but this project is a great example of how simple (or complex) shapes and lines can create compelling graphics. Here are a few of my favorites … now if anyone would like to get me a print for my bday … I’d love you long time.

You can purchase prints here, at Publique Living.

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Last week I attended the 63rd Annual UN DPI/NGO conference in Melbourne, Australia. This year’s theme was Advance Global Health: Achieve the MDGs. The MDGs are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. They include reducing extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development. I know a lot about the 5th goal, improving Maternal Health, and in my opinion, it stands as the most important, but I shall not go into my rant.

The conference took place over 3 days at the Melbourne Convention Centre, a BEAUTIFUL building in Melbourne’s South Warf. I took many photos (below) of the space because I loved it so much. Everyday the conference would start with a round table discussion with important NGO (non-government organizations aka non-profits) leaders, and they would discuss issues around achieving the MDGs, and issues particular to their NGO and region. Some of these talks were more successful than others, a few ended up being pretty boring to be honest, and were not inspiring. The audience question portion was usually interesting as people would pretend to have questions and either a) provide a lengthy speech about their NGO or b) criticize the UN and their lack of efforts. It was nice to see the Conference opening the floor up to suggestion and question though.

Throughout the day there would be workshops, lunch breaks, and afternoons teas, where we could network. I gave out TONS of Art Center brochures, and directed lots of people to the Pratt booth. I kept wondering how to frame my purpose for attending the conference. I’m not in an NGO, I’m not in public health, never been to a developing nation, etc … so I ended up making the case for collaboration. NGOs have amazing content and do amazing work. Partnering with designers and artists can take their work to another level and space. Entire new audiences can be created, and since our job is to communicate effectively, working together would help NGOs better do that.

A lot of people loved both projects, and had never thought about reaching out the design community. Many were excited about the opportunity to work with students, and get their messages out there. I joked with a friend that I felt like an ambassador of design, but in reality, that’s pretty much what I did. Most of the free time at the conference was set up for networking, and I did a hell of a lot of that. My favorite part of the Conference were the Youth Breakfasts, each morning at 7am (i had to wake up at 6am EVERY day of the trip) where we met our peers, and enjoyed FREE breakfast while talking about our work, and how youth can get more involved. I’m so thankful to my friend Kelly and her team putting those together.

Now onto the photos … I’ll do another post later reflecting on outcomes of the conference, once I present this stuff to Pratt, and get their feedback.

Screen shot from the Melbourne Convention Centre’s website … cool place (minus not having working wireless internet).


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