Date Archives February 2013

SOLAR App Giveaway

SOLAR App for iPhone

The awesome folks at SOLAR, my personal go-to app for weather, have given me some promotional codes to give away to 5 clever readers. If you’re unfamiliar with SOLAR I suggest you check it out through that link and watch their ad. On a side note, I’m not being paid for this, I really do use the app, and I thought it would be cool to give readers something for free. Cool?

To win a promo code you need to tell me what your favorite kind of weather is and why. The more clever and funny your why answer is the better chance you have of winning. You can tell me in two different ways:

1) Tweet your reason with the hashtag #tfibSOLAR.
2) Write on the TFIB Facebook post by clicking here.

Here are the winners:

“I love waking up to fog on spring camping trips on the AT. Makes it looks like a scene from a horror film.” – Jordy Tropp

“I love the crisp, cool air of the ozarks in the fall, with a fog rising from the shade of the valleys like steam from my cup of coffee. Being from Louisiana, where the fall is hot as hell and twice as humid, I only discovered this pleasure as a man well into my twenties.” – Rob Moffett

“Not too fucking hot, not too fucking freezing. Plz gimme app” – Bárbara Astrini-Currie

Two Videos about the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu

Steven Holl Sliced Porosity Block

It’s that time of year when folks start to guess about who might be awarded this year’s Pritzker Prize, the annual that “honors a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” I’m not going to make a guess this year, mostly because I don’t want to be wrong for the third year in a row, but partly because the recents laureates have not be very well known and it’s quite possible that the committee will one-up themselves this year and I’ll have no idea who the laureate is.

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Wounded Deers – Film Review of ‘Fawns’


I first found Fawns while I was busy looking for something else, and it has since proved to be a lesson for me on managing my expectations. Ironically, I had impatiently been waiting for The Fourth Dimension to be released, the collection of short films from different directors curated by Harmony Korine of which Fawns is the last. The longer I waited the taller my expectations on what Korine would deliver grew to mountain heights. To my surprise, when it was released I was disappointed with most of it, until Jan Kwiecinski’s 30-minute adventure Fawns blew me away.

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Sam Kittinger wins ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ Re-Covered Books Contest

Sam Kittinger's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Picking a winner for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Re-Covered Books contest was a difficult challenge. The story is incredibly unusual which is certainly a part of the book’s charm. If you’re unfamiliar with the plot, here’s a quick synopsis.

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

So you can see why this might be the toughest book we’ve ever taken on. We had a number of really beautiful entries and I couldn’t be more happy with the high quality of work that was entered. But there had to be one winner, and I chose this beautiful cover by Sam Kittinger.

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Beautiful Dhurries by Swedish Studio Oyyo

Nes Campaign Image by Oyyo

Campaign for Oyyo shot in the Manvar Desert of Rajasthan. Photo: David Magnusson /

I love these dhurries made by the Swedish studio Oyyo. Handwoven by a community of craftspeople near India’s Jodhpur, the dhurries are made from 100% organic cotton and are the perfect balance of old tradition and contemporary style. Oyyo is a Swedish duo made up of Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén. Founded in Stockholm in Autumn of 2011 the studio work in nomadic ways, aiming to explore the convergence of cultures, design and fine craftsmanship.

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Wonderful Weavings from New Friends

New Friends logo and weaving

New Friends Sun Shade weaving

I first came across New Friends weavings at the Sight Unseen Pop Up shop during New York Design Week back in 2011. There was a small white weaving that appeared to be dripping the words NEW FRIENDS on the wall, and I gasped and was instantaneously smitten. I didn’t realize that it was the first ever showing of Alexandra Segeti and Kelly Rakowski’s work, but their dual city weavings (NYC and Philadelphia respectively) have gone on to continuous gasp-worthy notoriety ever since.

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“You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are” by Keaton Henson

Keaton Henson

I don’t know much about him but I recently came across the music of Keaton Henson, a UK musician who’s sad and dark music is extremely beautiful. The song above, “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are,” comes from his 2012 album Dear, and has to be one of my favorites from the album. It’s sensitive, it’s intense and it’s filled with guitar driven reverb. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s a pretty great fine artist, which you can see below and by clicking here.

Keaton Henson Art

Keaton Henson Art

A Building that Wants to be a Computer

antonini darmon architectes Saint Denis France

Don’t be fooled by the deceptively simple exterior of this library building in Saint Denis, France. Don’t even be fooled by the word library.  This is the Saint Denis Archives Building. It was designed by Antonini + Darmon Architectes to function as hard drive– a reference to the most popular form of storage since the shelf.  Even though the architects don’t mean to take this metaphor literally, there are moments where it becomes conspicuous. For instance there is a giant turntable on the ground floor that allows bookmobiles and shuttles to be more efficiently packed away inside the building. In plan, it makes a giant circle that briefly makes the plan look like the innards of a computer.

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