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Drop City

June 19th, 2013 | sculpture, socially responsible, video, vintage, architecture | No Comments »

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A striking still from a new documentary about “Drop City“, a temporary artist’s community in Colorado during the late 1960’s.  It doesn’t look like there is a Los Angeles screening planned, but I hope to see this at some point!

The Fundamental Group

September 9th, 2012 | home, sculpture, architecture, design | No Comments »

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The Fundamental Group

(original post here)

LACMA: Pacific Standard Time Contributions

November 2nd, 2011 | plants, local (L.A.), home, photography, sculpture, architecture, vintage, design | No Comments »

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I started a new job (hooray!) at the end of September and have had very little spare time or energy. I will still be posting, but the posts will be a little spread out. Please keep me in your RSS reader!

So this past weekend my lovely mother came to visit from Northern California. We visited LACMA because I wanted to show her LACMA first of all, but also wanted to see their contribution to Pacific Standard Time. My favorites were California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way and the installation of Five Card Stud by Ed Kleinholtz which was quite moving and immersive. This is a post about the former, but the latter is darkly fantastic and definitely worth visiting.

I took a janky phone photo of the Eames living room, as recreated by LACMA to compare to the real thing. I can tell you that even though it wasn’t identical, it filled me with joy and made me want to hop into the installation and have a cup of coffee a friend (or with the Eames’s).

Real:

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VS

Faux:

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Not quite the same, but you should check it out here for more detail.

Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980

September 19th, 2011 | sculpture, video, photography, kids, home, local (L.A.), print, vintage, architecture, general, fashion, textiles, accessories, design | No Comments »

Perhaps you’ve already heard about Pacific Standard Time, especially if you’re a Southern California resident.  If not, check out their site and start planning what events and exhibitions you want to go to!

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“Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Beginning October 2011, over 60 cultural institutions will make their contributions to this region-wide initiative encompassing every major L.A. art movement from 1945 to 1980.”

I’m super excited about these upcoming shows and events in and around LA. I suppose I should also mention that my jewelry line is going to be featured in the Orange County Museum of Art’s shop in conjunction with their Two Schools of Cool exhibit and State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, which is their contribution to Pacific Standard Time. I’m currently working on a batch of one-of-a-kind pieces for them, mainly with vintage materials.

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Maurizio Zucchi: living among the cacti

July 23rd, 2011 | home, plants, photography, architecture, design | No Comments »

Another space to dream about. More images at iiiinspired.  All of my dream spaces (for example) are primarily filled with plants and light.

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maurizio zucchi, elle korea, cacti, interior design, iiinspired, decor, the look see

(via here / original photos from Elle Korea)

The Nut Tree

April 1st, 2011 | photography, kids, vintage, architecture, general, design | 1 Comment »

I just came across this post which took me to this post, which then totally took me down memory lane.  I grew up in Northern California and my dad was a pilot, so I grew up flying with my dad in small airplanes.  We’d fly to almost anywhere that had an airstrip, especially if there was cool, kid-friendly stuff within walking distance from the airport.  The Nut Tree in Vacaville was one- there was a little airstrip literally steps away.

It’s one destination I remember going on more than one occasion and loving- from these photos you can see why! Granted these photos were taken about twenty years before I went there, but honestly it hadn’t changed too much by the 80’s. These photos reflect my memories of the place. There was a restaurant, toy shop, sweets shop, a train, and the feeling like you were at playground for kids and grown-ups.  Sad that the original is not around anymore… people didn’t know what they were missing.

Thanks to Cathy for the reminder of this childhood favorite. Seriously, check out these photos to see exactly how awesome this place was.  I appreciate the modernism so much more now than I did then.

vacaville, the nut tree, kids, leisure, airplanes, fun, vintage, the look see

vacaville, the nut tree, kids, leisure, airplanes, fun, vintage, the look see

vacaville, the nut tree, kids, leisure, airplanes, fun, vintage, the look see

Update: Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Architecture

January 13th, 2011 | plants, sculpture, architecture, design | 1 Comment »

Do you remember when I posted this concept art by Tham & Videgård for the Tree Hotel in Sweden?  Well it’s now a reality, open for business.  So beautiful!  I would love to stay here for about a week, starting right about… now.  If only it didn’t cost $550+ a night.  Check out the hotel’s site here (this one is called the Mirrorcube).  It reminds me a lot of sculpture by Francisco Infante-Arana and Nonna Gorrunova, don’t you agree?

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tree hotel by tham and videgard arkitekter, building, mirrorcube, thelooksee

tree hotel by tham and videgard arkitekter, building, mirrorcube, thelooksee

(via here)

Geodesic Home model (c. 1960)

October 2nd, 2010 | home, sculpture, vintage, architecture, design | 1 Comment »

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This salesman sample is up for auction here.  The model in a suitcase is just so sexy.

(via here)

Wholeo dome

June 6th, 2010 | sculpture, vintage, architecture, design | 4 Comments »

“Completed in 1974, Wholeo Dome is a 14-foot-in-diameter, 7-foot-tall geodesic dome covered with curved, stained glass panels.  In 2004, after having been kept in storage for more than twenty years, Wholeo Dome is installed at The Farm School in Summertown, TN, USA.”

Amazing. You can navigate their site for more info and photos.

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wholeo, dome, geodesic, stained glass, art, sculpture, thelooksee

wholeo, dome, geodesic, stained glass, art, sculpture, thelooksee

(via here)

Tham & Videgård Architecture: Tree hotel

May 7th, 2010 | sculpture, architecture, design | No Comments »

Practically invisible amongst the trees, this brilliant and beautiful tree house is a concept thought up by Tham & Videgård Architecture.  It would be so fun to spend a night up there, don’t you think?

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tham & videgard, architecture, sweden, treehouse, camoflage, thelooksee

(via here)




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