cuadra san cristóbal | mexico city | 1966>68 | image courtesy povsteve
interesting story from the art and architectural world – stunning architecture. [ new york times ]
gilardi house | mexico city | 1975>77 | image courtesy povsteve
casa eduardo prieto lopez | mexico city | 1950 | image courtesy povsteve
casa luis barragan and studio | mexico city | 1947>8 | image courtesy of paula moya
torres de satélite | mexico city | 1957>58 | image courtesy of jubilo haku
1-3> cuadra san cristóbal | mexico city | 1966>68 | image courtesy povsteve
4-6> gilardi house | mexico city | 1975>77 | image courtesy povsteve
7-8> casa eduardo prieto lopez | mexico city | 1950 | image courtesy povsteve
9> casa eduardo prieto lopez | mexico city | 1950 | image jørn utzon
10,13> casa luis barragan and studio | mexico city | 1947>8 | image courtesy of povsteve
11> casa luis barragan and studio | mexico city | 1947>8 | image courtesy of paula moya
12> casa luis barragan and studio | mexico city | 1947>8 | image courtesy of eduardo micet
14> torres de satélite | mexico city | 1957>58 | image courtesy of povsteve
15> torres de satélite | mexico city | 1957>58 | image courtesy of josé miguel s
Chicago reminds everyone that the city embraces the bicycle as evidenced in new bike lanes seen behind the Merchandise Mart. The lanes promote bikes and bike safety. Here are five well-designed bike safety products you should put on your gift list.
Feel dorky wearing a bicycle helmet? Nutcase creates an aesthetically dis-pleasing, strictly utilitarian experience. Helmets seemed made to be ripped off as soon as possible. [ nutcase ]
Vespertine Cinch Belts offer a subtle pattern of intertwining diamonds wraps around the extremely reflective ANSI approved material of the Cinch Belts. They even reflect in the rain! [ vespertinenyc ]
Bookman bicycle lights. Stylish, luminous and pocket-sized. A slim, detachable bike light from Bookman, a Stockholm based company that makes accessories for bikes and people on bikes. [ bookman ]
Fibre Flare™ is a portable self-contained flexible solid core side emitting fibre optic element interposed between two electronic housing ends. Inside each of the housing ends is a single high intensity LED. Water resistant silicone outer housing. Powered by 2 x ‘AAA’ batteries. [ fibreflare ]
Ok, you’ve made yourself safer. What about your bike? The innovation for all cyclists, whether hobby cyclists or pros protects two-wheels with a high theft risk using this foldable lock. [ abus bordo granit x-plus ]
Two married Israeli graphic designers, worried over war between Iran and Israel create an Internet campaign with a slogan that you can impose over a picture of your choice.
The skeptics are quick to apply the slogan first. There are many similar responses.
But soon a flow of other responses surface.
The designers, Ronnie Edri and Michal Tamir, say they have received hundreds of private messages from Iranians saying they were deeply moved by the campaign. Not sure how viral it is but it is a story picked up by some mass media. [ +972 mag ] [ new york times ]
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“The Walker Art Center launched a new website last week that should be a model for other institutions of all kinds. The site repositions the Walker, in the words of Artlog, ‘at the center of the global conversation about contemporary art,’ by incorporating ideas, words, and art from far outside the museum’s walls.” ~alexis madrigal | the atlantic
charles and ray eames | dcm | herman miller 1946/1970 | photos courtesy of wright
Apple products combined cutting-edge design with cutting-edge technology. American ate it up. You don’t always (or usually) get such class acts in the consumer marketplace.
But I want to underscore another class act in American functional design: Herman Miller. I have an Eames chair (the one with the metal frame and wood back and seat) that my father-in-law used in the office of the building supplies business he built after he and and his wife fled Germany in 1938. Many of their possessions reflected the mid-Century modernist taste.
Unfortunately and non-intentionally a relative somehow broke the back off the chair shortly after my husband died. I wanted it fixed appropriately. Someone advised me to take it to an art gallery that specialized in mid-century modernism. But I just called Herman Miller and asked if they could fix it.
Well, you would have thought I was the First Lady by the way I was treated. As promised, shortly after the call I received two emails with my case number, a sample UPS label and a personal note from the woman with whom I originally spoke who had an expertise on whatever product anyone wished to return.
It turns out that Herman Miller simply needed to remove the broken molding on chair’s back, send it back and I could reattach it using a standard screwdriver. My contact advised me it would be a 3-4 week turn-around. Instead, I received the rebuilt back piece within a week of sending it.
It’s difficult to describe the feeling I had: the confidence that Herman Miller was actually taking care of me and my priceless family heirloom. My in-laws, carried the Bauhaus sensibility with them when they sought refuge in America.
This is not a story of bravery, heroism, moral enlightenment or anything like that. It is simply a statement of appreciation for a level of care and professionalism that all too often is missing in America today. My chair, whole again, represents a heritage I want to pass on.
jim dyson promotes innovation to cure economic woes.
Jim Dyson, legendary design engineer, in a piece for The Daily Beast, that whatever deficit fixes Washington comes up with near term, only expanding exports will grow the economy and keep deficits manageable in the long-run. Dyson encourages Congress to adopt Obama’s deficit-reduction commission’s recommendation to permanently extend the current temporary R&D tax credit. Dyson notes that China already surpasses the US in high tech exports but concludes that US companies are well-positioned to develop – with incentives that match their risk – the innovative technologies and new products of the future. more via daily beast
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