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Friday
Oct152010

architecture & design film festival: new york

photo by: magicicadaWhat: Architecture & Design Film Festival
When: October 15-17, 2010
Where: Tribeca Cinemas, New York

Don’t miss the first US film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design.

A mix of feature length films, documentaries and shorts are scheduled for the weekend— and don’t miss discussions with filmmakers, architects and designers about the design process, architecture in film, and the many designs we see and use every day.

Thursday
Sep232010

inspiration: los angeles

Arriving early at LAX, we hit the ground running. We’re eager to explore, to soak up the Pacific sun—but first: lunch!

Hungry?  A great deli/café in West Hollywood is Joan’s on Third. After devouring a veggie sandwich and some vinho verde, our next stop is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Artsy? LACMA has a fabulous new addition, The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, by Renzo Piano. We got lucky and just made it to the John Baldessari exhibit before it was dismantled on September 12th. If you’re close by, the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd is free*—a great opportunity to catch photographs by LA-based Catherine Opie

Thirsty? Ready to dip our toes in the ocean and sink into the sand, we head to the Santa Monica Pier… and detour at the Viceroy Hotel for cocktails before sunset. There’s a photoshoot happening in the lobby, so we carefully make our way into the bar and we’re just in time for happy hour—bonus, we get the undivided attention of the mixologist on duty!

Shopping? Top on our list is to check out the new CB2 in Santa Monica Place. It’s a quick walk up to the Pier then we head east. Two floors of home furnishings displayed with unbelievable creativity—what a great team?!

Dinner? We head back to LA and drop the car off in front of The Little Door restaurant—an oasis from the hustle and traffic. From the non-descript “little” door in front, opening into a walled garden with soothing music and candlelite where they serve delicious tagines of lamb and couscous.

Sleepy? By the end of the meal it’s 1:00 a.m. on our biological clocks and definitely bedtime. We check into an urban nest at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. No relation to Frankie but who knew that in the 50’s they filmed the Hollywood episodes of the ‘I Love Lucy Show’ here? As for tomorrow—we can’t wait to wake up to another beautiful day in southern California!

The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, by Renzo Piano

*Free Community Weekend at LACMA: limited, timed tickets are available at lacma.org and at the ticket office.

Tuesday
May042010

displaying modern art

Mixing modern and vintage is right on trend but it can be a challenge if your architecture is from another century. We hope you can forgive us for the quality of the image, but this creative idea from our Miami store was one of our favorite solutions that we wanted to share.

In Victorian times, picture rails were incorporated into the trim or molding as a way to hang portraits and art. Usually thick ropes ornate with tassels were attached to the artwork and hidden clips allowed for easy placement and positioning on the rail—without doing damage to plaster walls.

While the bungee cords shown are looped around the metal pole, consider latching their hooks on to actual picture rails to hang modern art or framed photos. Cords come in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and colors; check your local hardware store to find the most appropriate for the task and hang on!


Thursday
Sep032009

inspiration: barcelona

This summer, I took the opportunity to visit Barcelona since I’d been wanting to go for years. For four sun-filled beautiful days I swam in the sea, walked the streets, admired the architecture, devoured the fish, and left with lasting impressions.

The two most outstanding? First, everyone was incredibly gracious and seemed to possess a sense of peace and happiness along with a modest pride in their homeland’s culture and language. Second, the architecture is absolutely amazing.

 

All the works by Antoni Gaudi are wonderful in their whimsy and define unique. Gothic and Modern are equally prevalent—and quite often they’re mixed with sheer genius.

Much like home it’s a very bike friendly city—for both tourists and locals—and the transit system is efficient and easy. While wandering the neighborhoods I found modern hotels in the industrial area, and storefront windows of thick glass flush to the weathered walls that make up the winding streets of the Gothic quarter.

A few favorite spots: Parc Guell for its Gaudi architecture, colorful mosaics and expansive views of the city and sea. Mil for their vintage storefront and exceptional millinery for men and women. La Vinya del Senyor at Placa Santa Maria—a wonderful spot for wine tastings and tapas—just outside the Santa Maria del Mar. Do see the Gothic cathedral, the beauty is in its architecture, age and grit.

And lastly, Salero for lunch. Tucked in La Ribera, their mix of vintage with modern—of worn wood tables and white chairs, of mirrors and lighting—topped by delicious cuisine served on simple tablewares, altogether the experience was a highlight. 

Photo: Restaurante Salero

The trip was very refreshing and inspirational. I bought a stack of music to recall the mood and took hundreds of photos. Isn’t this the perfect mix of old and new?

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