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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.
the plein! the plein!
This architectural rendering of the Dutch Plein and Pavillion
from the official brochure was all we had to go on.
Well, we took the Water Taxi on Sunday from Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn. Why? Because it was free and it was NY400 Week* and we were feeling in a festive mood. We got off at the Battery with an eagerness to see the new Dutch Plein and Pavillion designed by architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio
. The official brochure said the Plein was unveiled on September 9th. With photo and description in hand, I asked some local vendors, a cop on a horse, some folks at the Dutch Pavillion, and no luck. No one had heard of it, and few even knew where the Battery was. They kept pointing us away from the Battery, towards Battery Park City. But alas. We doggedly scoured the Battery and no Plein. Disappointing.
Then I read this morning in The New York Times
The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion was officially unveiled Wednesday by the Dutch crown prince, Willem-Alexander of Orange, but it will not open until spring.
And by the way, if you want less-vague directions when you go in the spring, the article continues:
The building is Peter Minuit Plaza, which is named for the Dutch director-general who oversaw the early settlement at the southern tip of Manhattan, not far from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
I hereby give no stars to the official brochure. It didn't even define "plein." I still don't know what a plein is. From context, I gather it has something to do with en plein air
, but I think they made up this use of the word.
*celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival at New York Harbor
Labels: architecture, dutch plein and pavillion