Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Apparently I have a big crush on block-like stack able dishes. I like these even more than the vintage black and white dishes from last month! HANABLOMST.
OCK from last month.

I Heart New York.

I recently registered to vote in New York State (sorry New Mexico!) I was called for Jury Duty (or as I've been referring to it "jury dirty") almost right away (thanks New York!) It's interesting that they ask you to be fair and unbiased against the defendants in each case (innocent until proven guilty) yet the building is named CRIMINAL courts building. Makes me think its full of criminals!
Below: sights and smells of Chinatown.

Below: I tried NOT to use the restroom, but finally succumbed and was treated to these very cool doorknobs. I can't imagine NYC paying $200-$500 for a custom doorknob today. At least not for their CRIMINAL courts building.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inca Empire

My parents are visiting Peru and just sent me the following message with attached photo:
'Entrando a Machu Picchu por el camino inca'
(Entering Machu Picchu through the Inca path)

Room with a View

While Ariel was at Storm King this past weekend, I had a fall experience of my own. See above the view from my soho apartment. The current season is my favorite time to be home.

I cant believe it will soon be this, ugh

Monday, October 26, 2009

Magic Hour (all day)

Storm King was amazing. Go now!
April 1- October 31 Wed-Sunday 10AM-5:30PM
November 1-November 15 Wed-Sunday 10AM-5PM
November 16 CLOSED for winter.
Just a tree.
Just a Calder. Five Swords, 1976
Mark di Suvero, Pyramidian', 2005
Andy Goldsworthy, Storm King Wall, 1997-98

Friday, October 23, 2009


Not exactly groundbreaking/earth shattering, but a cute trend nonetheless. Smith Shirt 180 from What Goes Around Comes Around*
Lumberjack Flannel Shirt 69.50 from J.Crew

*Speaking of What Goes Around Comes Around, check out the shop's vintage CHANEL jewelry.

Maya Lin Wavefield

I'm thrilled to be going to Storm King Art Center on Sunday to see Maya Lin's Wavefield.
Using the concept of fluid dynamics and applying sophisticated cartographic methods of measurement, Ms. Lin meticulously translated the scale, pacing, and pattern of mid-sea waves into gravel, earth, and grass. Each of the “waves” measures between 305 and 368 feet in length and, with the grasses, rises to a height of between ten and fifteen feet. Walking through the wavefield is akin to being amid large swells at sea: One may temporarily lose visual contact with adjacent waves and the horizon, or rise to the crest and see for miles.Maya Lin, American, 1959-
Storm King Wavefield, 2007-2008
Earth and grass; 240,000 square feet (11-acre site)

Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson

Also trying to do brunch at Blue Hill Farm
from the surrounding fields and pasture, as well as other local farms, Blue Hill at Stone Barns highlights the abundant resources of the Hudson Valley. There are no menus at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Instead, guests are presented with a list of over a hundred ingredients, updated daily, which contains the best offerings from the field and market.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

coming soon...

Parks and Recreation: an education

This is a week late but I just had the chance to catch last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation: Sister City Episode 'Leslie welcomes the Parks and Recreation department from Pawnee's sister city, Boraqua, Venezuela, and is stunned by the cultural differences'
I have to say that it was pretty educational for people who don’t know what Venezuela has become. The general's representing the Venezuela were captured perfectly from their red Chavista berets to their smugness in thinking they can buy everything and everyone with the country's oil money that does not even belong to them. (Fred Armisen as the head official was great)

There were some consistently funny, and sadly true, lines throughout the episode. My favorite was 'Chavez favorite pastime is humiliating America' while Leslie refuses to say ‘Viva Chavez’ in front of a video the Venezuelan representatives are making. As Leslie states, she can’t, she still believes in democracy. See episode here.

Caixa Forum

I had seen this Herzog de Meuron building, Caixa Forum in Madird, on various publications and i have to say that going to see it in person was very awesome. It certainly is not boring

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vintage Leather Pillows

From Hudson, New York. Regan & Smith.
(I bought them all.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hudson Valley Antiquing

I spent today in the Hudson Valley buying old stuff. I'd never been to the town of Hudson, and I loved it. The many many furniture stores close at 5PM so an early dinner was inevitable. I chose Swoon, on Warren Street. It was amazing, as they plan their menu around local ingredients.
My favorite store below. Just kidding. Kind of.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Come One, Come All

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Iriarte Iriarte

I discovered this shop in Barcelona's Gothic Quarters. The shop could easily have been on Harry Potter's Diagon Alley next to the apothecary. The shop is owned by two Argentinean girls who make everything by hand in the store: leather shoes, leather bags, leather portfolios, camisoles. The style is Hermione buys her first day of Witch Craft school outfit meets nun in training is finally given a free day to dress like a civilian. Iriarte-Iriarte

Catalan Gothic

I am currently reading La Catedral del Mar (The Cathedral of the Sea) The book is based on one of the neighborhood porters that helped built this Cathedral in Barcelona during the period of 1329-1383. I visited this medieval cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar, while in the city and it is truly breathtaking.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Why isn't there a website like this here?
The Sleep Room

blackberry photos

by hadley wiggins


VISUAL ACOUSTICS, the modernism of Julius Shulman is a film narrated by Dustin Hoffman, detailing the life of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.See this film with me.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ashe + Leandro New Work

See some of our new work on photographer Miha Matei's website.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Modernismo Catalan

This movement was mainly centered in Barcelona and its most famous poster child was Architect Antoni Gaudi. Catalan Modernisme lasted from 1888 through 1911 its members tried to set themselves apart from the reigning bourgeois lifestyle and values, it was all about being bohemians.

Above some snippets of common architecture examples from the movement.

Watch This

ARAYA at the IFC Center on 6th Avenue and Third West St.

'The story of ARAYA is the stuff of legend: a half-century ago, this gorgeous tone poem of the otherworldly salt marshes of Venezuela dazzled Cannes, sharing a prize with
Hiroshima, Mon Amour and earning its writer-director (making her feature debut) comparisons to Flaherty, Visconti and Rossellini. Yet distributors were unmoved, so it languished in obscurity, unseen and all but forgotten. Now, stunningly restored for its 50th anniversary — and theatrical premiere — by the champion of such lost classics as I Am Cuba, The Exiles and Killer of Sheep, ARAYA claims its place as a landmark of world cinema'

“Hypnotic… ARAYA has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us. It’s a gift to cineastes.” – Steven Soderbergh

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Berlin

You can find pretty amazing new buildings in East Berlin. One of my favorite projects is a rather unassuming one, its a gallery designed by British architect David Chipperfield. His work over all is really inspiring.
new versus old

Hail Mies

Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1968. Its a perfect example for everyhthing that Mies stood for. Less is more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


September 22, 2009 by Jeffrey Meyer

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has received its fair share of criticism for being impersonal and cold. Personally, I found it very moving to be lost in the maze of massive, nameless tombstones. As you get to the heart of the memorial, all city sound is lost and its only you and the cold concrete. The memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman, who can do no wrong in my book.

Berlin is for Lovers

behind this portal lies...


This is a collage I made of what I discovered to be my favorite park in the world. It's very romantic and un-tailored, with winding gravel paths and dark velvet ponds.
I love Berlin.
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