click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
ice skating at the pond at bryant park
"Winter" in Bryant Park.
I have noticed that the leaves on the trees in NYC do not really change much. We do not have a peak season to view the Fall Foliage. So how does a city dweller mark the passage of time from Summer to Fall to Winter, you may ask? By walking through Bryant Park
everyday, and noting the changing landscapes, albeit installed by construction crews. Simulated nature.
In summer, Bryant Park is filled with cafe tables and chairs, lunch eaters, grass-lyer-oners (I think they call this sun bathing), a beautiful green lawn, ivy under the trees, potted plants, the outdoor cafe at the Bryant Park Grill
, and the slatted movie screen
which abuts the fountain for the Summer Film Festival
. The fountain is off at this time.
In late summer, the lawn is entirely covered with rubber tarps, and New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2009 Collections, is built on top!
In late late summer (perhaps you could call this early early Fall), after the tents are taken down and the rubber tarps which protect the lawn are pulled up, a brand new Lawn is immediately rolled out. New Lawn! In sod form. What was the purpose of the tarps if they were just going to put down New Lawn? It is a mystery, but I am not complaining. The New Lawn is breathtaking. And the fountain is at last turned on! It is glorious. It is Fall. It is my favorite season, next to Spring.
In Fall, as soon as Bryant Park is perfectly green with the New Lawn and the old ivy, the lawn is removed. Rolled up. Taken away. Now it is ice skating season.
Ice Skating Season construction begins at the end of September. It happened to be 80 degrees that week. I do love ice skating. And I can't wait to ice skate in Bryant Park. But what happened to perfect Fall in Bryant Park? I know. They have to put up the rink (and take it down) in time for New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2009 Collections, which begins in February. But Monday, the 27th, was the Grand Opening Celebration for The Pond at Bryant Park
. I will see you on the ice!
Look at the two-story structure they are building with the rounded roof.
I found out that it's going to be a (temporary!) seasonal restaurant.
Wow, that is a lot of work for temporary.
The Pond at Bryant Park
The Bryant Park Hotel & Empire State Building in the background.
Labels: bryant park, ice skating, midtown, nature in microcosm, nyc