Archive for February, 2010

Invertebrate Inhabits DC.

Looks like when you lose a furry and famous giant panda, you get a greasy grimy giant octopus. That’s the news at the National Zoo in DC. Weighing in at just three pounds this year, this new Washingtonian invertebrate (who arrived at the zoo in late January) will grow to be 13 times it’s current size in just one year. He’s got no name as of yet, but he should be earning his “leggy” moniker sometime next month. =) Fun fact: Giant Pacific octopuses are slightly bigger than a grain of rice when hatched, but can eventually weigh hundreds of pounds with an arm span of up to 25 feet an adult.

octopus

Capitol Home & Garden Show Closes Today.

If you’re surfing the web today with nothing to do (I wish I had that kind of free time), then head over to the final day at the Capitol Home & Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center. It ends at 6pm today! There is free parking at Long & Foster, 14501 George Carter Way in Chantilly. It is just one mile from Expo Center. Look for the signs that read “Park & Ride Shuttle, Long & Foster Building, Free Parking.”

Went Shopping with Steven Gambrel.

Today was the day to head out with Steven Gambrel for a day of shopping. Well, I was not actually with Steven, having a sugar-free vanilla soy latte, perusing antiques in the most exquisite shops the world over. I was instead strolling link by link though the sale items at the  1st Dibs Saturday Shopping Day. Aside from being an incredible interior designer who I have been watching for years (Steven studied architecture at UVA in my good ol’ home state of Virginia), he’s got quite the eye for top finds at 1st Dibs. So, for now, let me dream and pretend Steven was my shopping buddy this afternoon! In that case, would you look what he chose for my “dibs” list!!

EW Bach Rosewood Console

EW Bach Rosewood Console

Piero Fornasetti Balloon Lamp

Piero Fornasetti Balloon Lamp

Upholstered Bench with Solid Brass Curved Legs

Upholstered Bench with Solid Brass Curved Legs

Laurel Studios Desk Lamp

Laurel Studios Desk Lamp

Forged Bronze Side Tables

Forged Bronze Side Tables

Ben Seibel for Jenfredware Brass Ribbed Dish

Ben Seibel for Jenfredware Brass Ribbed Dish

Paul McCobb White Lacquer 3 Drawer Dresser

Paul McCobb White Lacquer 3 Drawer Dresser

1950's Iron Floor Lamp attributed to Frederic Weinberg

1950's Iron Floor Lamp attributed to Frederic Weinberg

Danish Rosewood Coffee Table

Danish Rosewood Coffee Table

Hamish Macpherson 1950's Concrete Sculpture

Hamish Macpherson 1950's Concrete Sculpture

Roger Thomas goes Green!

Looks like Architectural Digest has selected interior and furniture designer Roger Thomas to create the Architectural Digest Greeroom at the 82nd annual Oscars! Roger Thomas is currently Executive Vice President of Design for Wynn Design and Development. He created the stunning interiors of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, which opened in December 2008. He is currently directing the interior design of Wynn Encore Macau which will open May 2010. On top of these eincredible design projects, Roger was named “Designer of the Year” at The International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show in New York in 2008!. here is a sketch of his vision for the greenroom:

Roger Thomas's vision for the Oscars Architectural Digest Greenroom

Roger Thomas's vision for the Oscars Architectural Digest Greenroom

Casa Sugar reports that Roger has chosen French pieces by Roche Bobois to give it a 1930s vibe, decorative Afghan rugs byAmadi Carpets, woven satin fabrics from Sunbrella‘s Luminous collection, and a few pieces from Restoration Hardware’s new outdoor Klismos Cast Aluminum collection for a faux garden area. He will also hand-paint a few one-of-kind pieces for the room with freestyle curves and shapes.

Sophisticated with Old Hollywood flair. There’s LA for you. Watch the Oscars on March 7th to see if you can get a glimpse of that designer sketch come to life. Nominees are…

http://www.casasugar.com/Architectural-Digest-Selects-Roger-Thomas-Design-Greenroom-2010-Oscars-7549489

Art to the Mix.

The Corcoran is mising it up next month at Artini 2010… 1/2 Mixology, 1/2 Martini and 100% Art. Throughout the month of March, 12 of the city’s top mixologists will compete to create the most artistic martini! Each ‘artini’ as it’s referred to, is inspired by a work featured in the Corcoran’s current exhibition A Love of Europe: Highlights from the William A. Clark Collection.

Artini Logo

Sashay into any of these participating restaurants all month long to sample one of the 12 artini inspirations and their talented mixologists:

To top ita ll off, the 1869 Society will host a post Artini benefit on March 27th, where the winning artini will be revealed! Tickets are going for $85 for members of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and $100 for non-members. Interested in voting? Head here to choose your mixologist and artinit of the year. Who so you think the winner should be??

Still Life.

This photo was taken by moi the other day. Its a simple scaled down arrangement made from the leftover deep pink flowers that survived a week in my much larger Valentine’s Day bouquet. I love the moodiness in the image. The shadows fade beautifully and the subject of the photo has pretty shades of pink, blue and green. I have so much fun with photography and love experimenting with still life and portraiture. The small ceramic vase is by Jonathan Adler.

Tea and Two-Legged Architecture.

When you see something that causes you to pause, you know its done something to you. Something has changed. Such is the case with when I discovered Terunobu Fujimori. It was last May and I was thumbing through an issue of Dwell when I was caught off guard by this image of his two-legged tea house.

The Too-High Tea House

The Too-High Tea House with rolled copper roof.

At first thought, I was sure this was a children’s tree house. Nope, much cooler! Terunobu Fujimori is an architetural historian who has a streak for letting loose his eccentric curiosity of life in his designs, such as the two-legged tea house and a dandilion and grass covered roof.

The Charred Cedar House is treated with an ancient Japanese technique that seals the wood against rain and rot.

Fujimori's own residence built in 1995.

Rock siding and grass and dandelions on the roof and walls.

Rock siding and grass and dandelions on the roof and walls.

But what captures my senses most of all is the charred walls of a few of his structures. You see, in Japanese culture, the charring of wood is said to protect the structure from insects, moisure damage and other diseases for up to 80 years!

The Charred Cedar House.

The Charred Cedar House.

Charring process with fire moving evenly up the three planks.

Charring process with fire moving evenly up the three planks.

The charred pieces.

The charred pieces.

Plus, the burnt look adds a way cool charcoal texture that makes the abode even more interesting. He’s surely charred his way into my top list of architects.

The Coal House tea room suspends from second floor, only accessible by ladder.

The Coal House tea room suspends from second floor, only accessible by ladder.

The Coal House outdoor tea room ladder contrasts with the charred siding.

The Coal House outdoor tea room ladder contrasts with the charred siding.

The tea rooms low ceiling created an adult playroom, intimate and ready for tea time.

The tea rooms low ceiling created an adult playroom, intimate and ready for tea time.

Architecture and nature combine in many of Fujimori’s projects. From trees, grasses, and plants, Fujimori built amusing structures that deserve a second glance.

The Hot Spring House has two pines sticking out of the top - nature and architecture.

The Hot Spring House has two pines sticking out of the top - nature and architecture.

The Camellia Castle has a grass covered roof and a cladding of grass and stone.

The Camellia Castle has a soft grass-covered roof and a cladding of grass and stone.

This humpback children's museum has a playful tone.

This humpback children's museum has a playful tone.

Those of you near the Outback can see an art installation by Teruobu Fujimori at the RMIT Gallery.


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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