Saturday, September 20, 2014

BEAUTY: Clothing--Lederhosen

Since Oktoberfest starts today, September 20, 2014, let's honor the traditional, oft-maligned Bavarian lederhosen. There is something dashing and exotic about these leather interesting combination of manly, animal erotic sexiness and country naiveté. Works for me...

Robert Downey Jr. sported lederhosen to the premiere of "Iron Man 3."

He even wore them with a charivari, the traditional chain of Bavarian hunter charms! Look at these gorgeous examples below!

Friday, September 19, 2014


A short film collaboration between the amazing Miranda July and Miu Miu (as in Miuccia Prada). Hilarious.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BEAUTY: Mixed Media--Taylor Kinser

Graphic designer Taylor Kinser tried her hand at quantifying and objectifying emotions. For her imaginative "Bottled Emotions" project, she distilled six different emotional states down into their possible corresponding colors. And like some kind of spell book from "Harry Potter," she created an accompanying Tonic Guide of recipes (for lack of a better word) required for different emotional situations. Grandma's Fruitcake is particularly funny with its proportions of fear to curiosity!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BEAUTY: Illustration--Nicholas Stevenson

The quirky style of illustrator Nicholas Stevenson looks as if he draws his dreams, while still asleep. His charming, naïve work reminds me of the skewed rooms and odd perspectives of the great Maira Kalman (previously here) as well as the equally fun and peculiar work of Michael Swaney (previously here).

Top to bottom: A Vision; Fairy Tale (sketchbook); Forest Excatavation [sic] (sketchbook); Frost Fair; Green Shoes; Play Chase (sketchbook); Salem Website (sketchbook); Wolves

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BEAUTY: Architecture--Glass Tea House Mondrian

This past July 2014 at the Venice Biennale Architettura, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto unveiled his stunning, lyrical Glass Tea House Mondrian on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore. It is a faithful, traditional Japanese tea house with one exception: its walls are made of glass. The art of the tea ceremony is an ancient one and depends upon the silence and solitude of the space and its effect on the tea master and the guests (which is often limited to two or four people). But the seasons and nature are often a large part of the tea ceremony as well: the small food items often served during the ceremony change with the time of year and sometimes a small ikebana arrangement will reflect the outdoors as well. So it seems fitting that the outdoors and inside of the tea house could influence each other in such a vital way.

Sugimoto designed the glass cube in conjunction with Bisazza, the Italian tile manufacturer, who lined the forty-foot long reflecting pool in blue mosaic tiles.

The exterior fencing around the pavilion is made entirely of cedar wood, sourced from the Tōhoku region which was devastated by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

As dictated by tea ceremony tradition, the host (tea master) and guests enter through different doors. Above, the tea master enters the space through this side of the tea house...

...while the guests traditionally enter through a low, small door, a deliberate design which subliminally signals a change of perspective to the guests, and an important shift of consciousness.

Above: Kazuyo Sejima and creator of the tea house Hiroshi Sugimoto with their tea master