worldly pavilions

i'm a neglectful blogger these days. in the middle of a move and trying ever so hard to turn the page on a new chapter of life. in the mean time, these images are of two pavilions rising in shanghai for the upcoming world expo 2010 beginning may 1st. the top two are of the spanish pavilion and the bottom show the uk seed pavilion...
i'm intrigued.



from the purveyors of the standard hotel in nyc
roman & williams have something going on, this is the ace hotel in nyc. i really like the sketches and the use of industrial elements. also, the breslin restaurant in the hotel is amazing:

in some ways it reminds me of american bar in vienna by adolf loos:



casa larrain, chile

casa larrain, done by chilean architect cecelia puga is intriguing, however when i first was introduced (at a lecture given by puga) i was uncertain. there was something too obvious (i'm not talking about the general form of it) and i was left skeptical. but puga's explanation of chilean architecture sheds some light. shes says:
'We have never had access to the type of technology that you do in more developed countries, so we missed certain movements like deconstructivism and the more recent focus on digital technologies. Instead, we've been forced to stick with and develop modernism with more modest construction means and with local materials and labour,'
there is something honest and humble about this house. despite the acrobatics, it doesn't feel like it's trying too hard like many "modern", contemporary homes do. i am curious of it's current condition in the aftermath of the recent earthquakes in the area.
photos via: new architects


patagonia, a little piece of heaven

a little off topic, but i couldn't resist
found at:
happy weekend

felt shade

this is what prompted my post on felting...
a shade found at a restaurant along my travels.
also, interesting post on recycled felt scarves over at

shear brilliance

it begins with these guys...

claudy jongstra is a designer that i have admired for a while for her ability to take such a basic material and transform it into a variety of applications from interior coverings and textures to high fashion fabrics. her process is remarkable and the product is truly amazing. i particularly like the ethereal presence of her pieces that involve felting onto raw silk and silk chiffon. she has mastered such detailed and intricate techniques with such a wild and unruly material.
images: flickr


spool chairs

thonet chairs as blank canvases...
via dezeen


also similar...

designer: James Lee
each podium is composed of 200 pieces of laminated wood which was sourced from a variety of different forestry communities in canada.


i was reminded of the work of office da and a restaurant they did in boston's south end when I stumbled on this post at (blog) casa haus earlier today. monica ponce de leon's (of office da) interpretation is maybe a bit more dramatic. i attended a lecture she had given where she described the sweeping forms as stalactites and i guess it does kind of appear cavernous. an incredibly innovative way of creating space and drama while hiding all of the systems running along the ceiling. here are a couple more images of offic da's restaurant:


back in elementary school we were put to the task of constructing terrariums in big glass containers and i've been thinking lately of creating a new one (once i'm done moving). so i went searching for some inspiration and came across paula hayes who creates these amazing little environments in wonderful glass blobs...some not so little. plants really do make a space feel more cheerful and alive. just to know there's a beautiful little green life that depends on you for the occasional watering is kind of nice. i then discovered hayes's other projects like living necklaces...
which instantly reminded me of a project in the works by debi van zyl who has been knitting moss pockets out of metal thread

book via amazon: the new terrarium

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