The concrete block is often used as a crude building material or as a support in a makeshift student bookcase but it is such a dynamic form that deserves its own platform. Here it is upsized to serve as a bench or small table.
I just finished this coffee table: An examination of the everyday objects that surround us - the humble bread tag is often unnoticed, easily disposed of but instantly recognizable. Here it is elevated in order to highlight a small but iconic piece of good design.
I spent the month of September with the family hanging out in Brooklyn and was lucky enough to take a side trip to New Hope, Pennsylvania to tour the Nakashima studio. We even got to peek in the wood barn.
The finest pop up shop north of 60 opens tomorrow - run by three dynamic young business ladies it should be the place to be tomorrow night. Check it out at:
http://modernburl.blogspot.com/ or on Facebook
I'll have a few wooden thingamajigs and doodads for sale.
My urban dog stick was recently posted to the Canadian Design Resource:
A slick accessory for the urban hipster dog owner. It's a commentary on the disconnectedness of people with nature and the appalling lack of good sticks in the inner city. It comes in different sizes and will look as good on the way to the park as in the park.
Would you let your best friend chew on a stick that was just found lying on the ground?
A nice little profile of me in the fall edition of This Magazine. Now that it's off the news stand I thought I should post it for the masses on the interweb....
We were lucky enough to get in on a tour of the Stahl house. The house is Instantly recognized by the iconic Julius Shulman photograph with the lights of LA spreading out in the valley below.
For some reason the owners signed a deal with Design Within Reach to furnish the house - Herman Miller would have been my choice - i'm just saying....
We couldn't resist going back to the Eames house for another look around - and so Stellan could ride the elephant - which apparently was not by Eames but a gift from a friend.
We're hoping to base an addition to our house on the interior of the Eames house so it was good to get another peek inside.
We're down in Palm Springs on a mini break - checking out some cool 'desert modern' houses - the most well known is probably the Kaufmann house - a 1946 design by Richard Neutra. Here I am doing a look see over the fence:
And a link to an article about the restoration as well as some pictures by someone with better access than me:
The architectural firm that did the restoration was Marmol Radziner. They are designing the next generation of California modern homes - including prefab homes for the Dwell Collection.
I was just profiled in the portfolio section of the latest edition of Studio magazine (Fall/Winter 2010). It's a nice little publication and the only national magazine dedicated to fine craft and design in Canada.