“What’s so great about this building” my dad asks as he shivers outside the Kimbell Art Museum. “It’s amazing.” I respond, sweating from running laps around the building and taking pictures of every nook and cranny I can find – the details I imagine Louis Kahn spent hours resolving. This is why my family doesn’t like for me to bring a camera on family trips. We’re outside the closed museum in late December and I’m pleading to stay “just five more minuets” after having already spent over an hour taking pictures. Sometimes I wish my family would “get it” and share my enthusiasm for a nice handrail. Still, there are times when it’s hard for me to appreciate a project and I switch places with my dad: “What is so great about this?” I wonder.
That’s why I’m glad I came across these photos taken by Josh Terr of Le Corbusier’s La Tourette along with the story of his experience staying at the monastery for three days. I’ve known why I am supposed to find this building significant for years, but it’s only after seeing these photos that I can see the relation to actually experiencing the building. There are surprising details and vivid details in his account about showering in the building or standing in his room and touching both walls with his hands, but mostly the photographs are stunning. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t consider himself much of an architecture photographer and posts the pictures to his site directly from his camera without editing.
Denise Nestor is a Dublin based artist who’s recent illustrations are staggeringly beautiful. Drawn from a top down perspective, these nature pieces feature woodland creatures sleeping, or perhaps deceased, laying on piles of flowers, leaves and other forest floor detritus. Each scene is depicted with such an exquisite peacefulness, they make you want to soak in the details of each piece. I can only hope that she continues to expand upon this series.
Published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s seminal novel Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel where owning books is illegal and houses containing them are burned by firemen. Ray Bradbury has said that ” the novel is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids, partial information devoid of context.” Kind of sounds like our modern day world, taking in factoids (tweets), though I believe if anything we read more.
Sadly, Bradbury passed away a few months ago, so I thought doing a Re-Covered contest in his honor would be nice. You mission is to redesign the classic cover to Fahrenheit 451, bringing to life a contemporary vision of the book and it’s ideas. I suggest paying close to attention to not only your imagery, but to your typography as well. Every bit counts!
The winner will get $100 to Amazon as well as some posters and goodies that I’ve been holding on to.
• Save your images as JPGs at 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode – this is super important! There are no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Submitting a front and back cover will certainly help your chances, but is not required.
• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Fahrenheit-451.jpg”
• Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Fahrenheit 451“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.
• All entries are due Saturday, September 22, 2012 by Midnight PST.
If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate as well. Good luck and have fun!
My friends at Always With Honor released a new poster last week called Home Sweet Home which I’m totally in love with. It features small vignettes of odd houses they’d love to live in, everything from a lighthouse to a teepee. But I have to say that my favorite is definitely the moon base, which you can see on the bottom left. You can get one for yourself for only $25 by clicking here.
Funny Heartbeat is the newest track from LA-based indie-pop duo Kisses. The band describe the song as being a look at what’s to come on their second LP, describing it as a combination of “freestyle grooves and sophisticated funk”.
The new track is certainly that and it makes for a great listen, proving that the band haven’t lost any of the magic which made their debut so great. With production from Tim Larcombe and Saint Etienne’s Pete Wiggs, the track is a wonderful slice of sun-kissed dream pop and a great way to kick off your working week!
Since 2008 hard graft has been making fine leather and felt goods, ranging from bags to iPad cases. They’ve continually upped their game every year, rethinking their concepts and pushing the boundaries of their design thinking. Last week though, they may have outdone themselves.
Quite a while back we set out to find the right Italian workshop that shares our ethos in crafting limited shoes by hand. Cobbling them together with pride, bit by bit. It’s fair to say our search was quite a bumpy ride – bigger factories turned us down instantly and small artisan workshops that were up for the challenge where extremely hard to find. But, hands down we have found the perfect match and here’s the first results of our ideas.
It seems to me that hard graft is making a natural transition from bag making to shoe cobbling. They have such a strong design language which beautifully translates to the world of footwear. My personal favorite of the bunch, there are three models which come in two colors, are the Men’s Hight Boot in all grey. It’s amazing how much the boot looks like one of their bags, with the leather body and the touch of felt on the back of the ankle. It’s a manly, sexy boot that looks timeless.
This is a huge jump for hard graft. I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, died over the weekend at the age of 82.
At 02:39 UTC on Monday July 21, 1969, Armstrong opened the hatch, and at 02:51 UTC began his descent to the lunar surface. The Remote Control Unit controls on his chest kept him from seeing his feet. Climbing down the nine-rung ladder, Armstrong pulled a D-ring to deploy the Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) folded against Eagle’s side and activate the TV camera, and at 02:56:15 UTC he set his left foot on the surface.
These are images of the Porsche Pavilion designed by Henn Architeckten. The swooping steel pavilion is the latest addition to the Autostadt, a park next to the Wolfsburg Volkswagen factory with a museum dedicated to the history of VW along with pavilions dedicated to each of the major brands under the VW auto group. The design of the Porsche Pavilion is dominated by a swooping mass of matte-finished steel that hovers above the water of a lagoon.
You can see in the photos above how the light reflects off of the water’s surface and casts light onto the underside of the steel canopy. Luckily, there’s plenty of surface area for these reflections because the steel cantilever is over 80 feet long (that’s 25 meters for folks outside the states.) The pavilion is an impressive engineering feat constructed with the alluring curves and panache you might expect from Porsche.