Date Archives February 2008

Julian Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi

Reading through the newest issue of Vanity Fair I came across an amazing article about Julian Schnabel’s architectural masterpiece, the Palazzo Chupi. As some may know, Julian Schnabel is a man of many talents. Most recently he directed the movie ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’, but he’s also been a painter, and obviously, a part time architect. He helped create the Palazzo Chupi while he directed ‘Diving Bell’, communicating through faxes drawings and questions about the project in New York as he worked on the movie in France.

He had bought the building itself in 1997 for $2.1 million dollars and used at as a place for his family live, previously using it as a refuge from his divorce and as a painting studio. The really amazing part is that he added the entire top of the building, basically anything that’s dark salmon colored. The architecture itself was inspired by Addison Mizner and Stanford White, two of Schnabel’s favorite architects, as well as Scrovegni Chapel in Italy. The building itself is split into a triplex, two duplexes, and two single-floor homes, so this is a very cozy 50,00 square foot building.

I personally think the building itself is immensely beautiful, a breath of fresh air away from the sometimes overwhelming contemporary minimalism or weirdness that abounds today. I didn’t even fully realize how much I enjoy hand made things until I really started reading about this. The idea of hand troweled plaster on a wall so much more comforting than white, flat walls. The inside decor is a but gaudy for my taste, but it looks like it would be really fun to come home to every night as well. I’m also in love with all the hand laid tiles and the wood paneling, as well as (I’m sure) amazing views of the Hudson River.

If anyone is in the market for buying a new space in Soho, you too can move into this beauty of a place for a mere $27,000,000! Check out more photos under the cut.

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Throwing Rocks in Glass Houses

I know it’s a bit early for politics, but I saw those on Daily Kos and had to immediately borrow the idea to share with you all. When is Hillary going to understand that we don’t want mudslinging and shit talking and negativity in our politics?! If she wasn’t such a bitch she’d probably be winning across the board. Let’s see if she somehow wiggles out of this one by saying that John Edwards asked her to use his words…


P.S. Sorry again for the politics in the morning, I promise it won’t happen again, haha…

Detergent T-shirt by us

One of my favorite things about this blog is finding young and talented designers who are starting to come up in the world. This description fits well with the London trio over at us (yes, all lowercase), who are creating a lot of really clever work. I had seen their identity work for the Kingston University degree show, and thought it was extremely fun and well done.

What caught my eye on my most recent visit to their site was the Detergent T-shirts they created as “mementos for festivals throughout the summer”. The point of the shirt is to be worn while you’re out getting muddy and gross at Reading or one of the other festivals, then you throw all your dirty clothes into the washer and the detergent releases from the t-shirt fibers and cleans all of your clothes. The second cool part is that the shirt also has a unique pattern and limited numbering on it, but you can only see the design after you’ve washed the shirt. They won a D&AD Global Student Award for this clever little idea, which I think is pretty fitting.

Check out the rest of their site for more interesting projects like this.


‘Sunday Morning’ on a Thursday Morning

Today I woke up and had a song stuck in my head, No Doubt’s ‘Sunday Morning’ off of their oh-so-classic album, Tragic Kingdom. I remember driving around in my friend’s shitty, gold Honda with this song blasting, all the windows down. There’s just something so epic about the song, it gets me going every time I hear it.

The video above was directed by music video wünderkind Sophie Muller, and features the band getting together to cook a meal, which they then use to have a giant food fight. They need to hurry up and get a new album out, but that might not happen anytime soon since Gwen has another bun in the oven!


Photos from Two Lines Align featuring Geoff McFetridge

Last night after work I headed right over to the REDCAT for Two Lines Align, Geoff McFetridge and Ed Fella’s new show. I’d never been to the REDCAT before (REDCAT stands for Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, it’s in Downtown LA) so it was fun to finally see what it’s like inside. The space itself was really big, think of a large restaurant, and includes a big gallery space and a laminated plywood-looking bar area.

Geoff McFetridge definitely took advantage of the space, painting giant murals and constructing a big installation which you get to walk through and in. He of course had work on the walls as well, but another cool thing he did was have a display box with a ton of his commercial work, like Virgin Suicides posters, the Nike Vandal Supremes he made (which I wanted to STEAL! haha), and even the Rooney logo, which I had no idea he made. It was pretty gratifying to see his work in person finally. I was talking to my friend Frank about his work, and we decided that it’s hard to do something really complex, but it’s just as hard to create something extremely simple, and therein lies his genius for me. I also got to talk to him for a few minutes and he was a really nice, cool guy.

I wasn’t a big fan of Ed Fella’s work, it was too all over the place for me and didn’t have enough cohesion. But if he helped inspire Mr. McFetridge in anyway, then I’m extremely grateful for his work. Check out under the cut for a TON of pics, and then check out a TON more on my Two Lines Align Flickr set.

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Son of Rambow

I just watched this trailer for the upcoming movie ‘Son of Rambow‘ and I think it looks amazingly cute. The movie is about a pair of boys, one named Will, who was raised in the Plymouth Brethren faith (think of the Amish) and the other, Lee Carter, a troublemaker who makes weird home movies. They strike up an odd friendship through a viewing of Rambo: First Blood, and then start making odd movies together.

The movie obviously becomes a little more complex, like Will becomes Lee’s stuntman, and they start to get popular and more kids want to be a part of it, causing tension and so on. But the movie looks absolutely adorable, and makes me wish my childhood was more like that, because it was kind of like that. Except for the becoming popular part.

The movie was already released in the UK, and it should be in the US on May 2nd in selected cities.


Lunar Eclipse Tonight

If you happen to live in western Europe, northwest Africa, the eastern half of North America or anywhere in South America, you’re in luck. Tonight will be the only full lunar eclipse we’ll be experiencing until 2010, so it’s definitely something to check out. For those who aren’t sure, the lunar eclipse is when the Sun, Earth, and Moon all align, causing the Earth’s shadow to fall on the moon.

Where you are determines when you need to keep a watch, so here’s a list of some of the places you just might be, which I stole from the Facebook group I joined to remind myself:

Newfoundland / 11:30 p.m. – 12:21 a.m.
Atlantic / 11:00 – 11:51 p.m.
Eastern / 10:00 – 10:51 p.m.
Central / 9:00 – 9:51 p.m.
Mountain / 8:00 – 8:51 p.m.
Pacific / 7:00 – 7:51 p.m.

South American time zones range from UTC (GMT) -5 to -3, so the time will be from 10pm until 1am.

In Europe and Africa ~ 3:00 a.m. – 3:51 a.m. UTC (GMT) in the early morning of February 21.


Kitsune Noir on Alltop

Last night I received an IM from the lovely Jean over at NOTCOT, and this morning an email from Guy Kawasaki letting me know that Kitsune Noir has been included into a new aggregation site called Alltop. The site features the best 30 or so websites in certain topics such as Autos, Celebrities, and in my case, Design. This way you can see what’s happening across the board on these blogs. It’s totally a copy of popurls, but with more topics and with much cleaner design.

Personally, I’m just shocked to see the blog up there. I know people read +KN, but it’s still odd to me. I kinda’ feel like the homely girl who grew giant boobs in high school. Anyhow, check out the site, it’s certainly well done and interesting to go through.