…that was quite the 4th of July holiday…rest is in order…

halls ridge knoll guest house, california/bohlin cywinski jackson


Jul 5, 2014

Creative Mind…

illustration/jesús devia


Jul 3, 2014

Stairs of Distinction…

clapham library, south london/studio egret west

s-house, chennai, india/sdeg

wieden+kennedy new york office/workac

kpop curve, south korea/moon hoon

objet élève/mieke meijer

implied rotation townhouse, nyc/dean/wolf architects

mulberry house, nyc/shop architects


Jul 1, 2014

Organic and Oval…

…are the signature design elements of Zaha Hadid…now designing a swimwear line for Viviona…here.


Jun 30, 2014


…thank you to TheCoolist for a sensitive and well done post on social justice…and what you and I can do to effect change…


5 Ways You Can Fight Sex Trafficking, Right Now, From Your Computer

By: Guest Writer

Editor’s Note — In March, I had the pleasure to meet Cameron Conaway, a journalist who has dedicated his career to exposing the terrors of sex trafficking around the world. While such an article is outside our normal realm at TheCoolist, it is a poignant subject that exists in part because most of us would rather ignore it.  Cameron was kind enough to share 5 ways that you can fight sex trafficking, right now, from your computer. – Seamus Payne

More than once I’ve had someone approach me and say, “I want to help fight sex trafficking but I simply don’t have any time to volunteer.”

This is usually when I get to learn about their boss, Bill, and of how he’s a passive aggressive narcissist. Or of the precise times of little Madeline’s soccer practice throughout the week. It’s all valid. We’re all busy. But you need not spend ten hours each week volunteering at a local shelter for survivors of sex trafficking in order to help combat the crime. Here are 5 ways you can fight sex trafficking, right now, without leaving your computer.Bonus: Do two or more of these as soon as you finish reading the article.

(1) Follow the Warriors. While it is unbelievably rewarding to volunteer your time at shelters or to attend talks from some of the leaders in this field, equally important is supporting those who are on the ground, day after day, trying to eradicate this crime. Numbers matter in this fight. “Like” these Facebook pages and Follow these Twitter accounts:



(2) Buy Books. I’ve been in this fight long enough to see the way in which some writers are simply using this cause to make money. Lots of money. So here are a few books by those who are pioneers in the anti-slavery movement, and by those who are continually pushing the conversation forward:

(3) Donate What You Can. Here are two organizations that I’ve connected with and that I personally believe do productive work with the money they receive. It’s cliché, but no donation is too small.

(4) Share an Article. Publishers are struggling to stay afloat these days, and one way they pay the bills and can pay their writers is through pageviews. This means that just as you wield your consumer power in the grocery store and at the mall, so too do you wield consumer power with each site you visit. Here are a few articles worth reading and sharing:

(5) Join the Google+ Human Trafficking Community. With updates every hour (and the ability to toggle them on and off) the Google+ Human Trafficking Community is a terrific way to stay informed about all aspects of the global anti-slavery movement. Members will find everything from breaking news and influential political decisions to inspiring stories from survivors. And you know the next part: Share what you learn!


Cameron Conaway, Executive Director at The Good Men Project, is a freelance journalist who has covered stories of human trafficking from Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and elsewhere. A frequent speaker on the topic, Conaway serves on the Editorial Board at Slavery Today: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions.

via:  TheCoolist


Jun 29, 2014


…a modern infinity pool for a Bond villain…

The Mirage House infinity pool on the Aegean Sea by Kois Associated Architects…


Jun 29, 2014

Spin Gold…

…go ahead…you can make it happen…

Jee Young Lee


Jun 27, 2014

Just Right…

…a small wooden structure has been created to complement ‘La Cabotte’, a vineyard on a hillside in southern France…designed by h2o architects…so charming, yes?  Santé!


Jun 26, 2014

Open Your Eyes…

…and flower…


Jun 26, 2014


…alright, Mother Nature, Chicago had an unusually brutal winter…may we please have an agreeable summer?  Chicago has been covered by creeping fog coming off Lake Michigan for the past several days.  It reminded me of a Kōnosu City, Saitama Prefecuture, Japan, residence…Distance of Fog by StudioGreenBlue.  Actually, fog never looked so alluring…

the project incorporates metal screens to provide sense of privacy within the open-plan space…

but the sun should be peeking through by noon…


Jun 25, 2014

Lost in Time at Casa No Tempo…

…I’m lost in time at Casa No Tempo…and I may never return…an hour south of Lisbon, I find pristine landscapes filled with oak and olive trees.  Casa No Tempo is a family farm which has been in the same family for generations…the home has undergone a recent renovation by the architect Manuel Aires Matus.

Horesback riding…

swimming in a pool that is spread with a sand colored plaster right up to the edge…

visiting in comfort and luxury…

breaking bread with friends and family…

reading by the fire in a cozy nook…

views from rooms with massive windows of cork trees, pastures, wild fields, dams, ponds, and streams…I’m spending the night…

…and beginning all over again.  It’s ok, no need to look for me…



Jun 24, 2014

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…

…yes, it is raining in Chicago…The Pour, a raindrop chandelier installation, by Design Haus Liberty in New York City, is much more appealing…


Jun 23, 2014

What’s Your Line?…

Island Residence, Edgartown, MA/Peter Rose + Partners


Jun 22, 2014

Cathy Azria…

…it is June…and there is no need for blazing fires to keep us warm…we do, however, have an opportunity to turn our fireplaces into works of art.

Artist/designer Cathy Azria was born in Tunisia and lived in France until she came to London in 1980 to study sculpture. Living in London ever since and working for private clients, architects and designers, she designs sculptural installations for interiors. She draws her inspiration from natural materials, organic forms, the interplay of light and a conviction that what is functional in the home can also be beautiful. Fire is the area interesting her most at the moment. She began to design fire installations when her search for a contemporary fireplace for her own home proved fruitless. Since then, she has been exploring the whole concept of fire and light, using metal both for its sculptural potential and for the way that it responds to heat, transforming into glowing forms.

Cathy never has and will never, mass-produce. She works by establishing a train of thought, then developing and refining it in response to each client’s requirements. Every piece is therefore unique, signed and numbered by its creator.


Jun 21, 2014


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