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Swooning, the east coast edition.

The last time you caught me swooning (a word I refuse to take lightly), it was over the residential design for 12+Adler in Portland, by Skylab Architecture.

Today I bring you two more swoon-worthy designs, from the city of New York. Interestingly, they’re also both residential again (I wonder what that says about me?).

First up: the two-story, light-filled library and reading room from an oh-so-shwanky Tribeca loft that I have actually visited in person. And yes, the space really is as wonderful as it looks in this photo (though perhaps a touch more cluttered).

photo via Dying of Cute

Second up: the location used in the movie Last Night as the main characters’ home. I particularly can’t stop thinking about the almost-everything-fits-under-the-counter kitchen (and its freestanding sinks).

images from Last Night, with production design by Tim Grimes

February 15’s daily design idea is what do the spaces that linger in your memory say about you?

February 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

Shadowplay’s “Juno” handiwork.

Shadowplay Studio has quickly risen to the top of my completely unofficial people-who-design-amazing-opening-credits list. Two of their most well-known projects include the title credits for Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air, but my personal favorite is still the work they did on Juno. According to Shadowplay’s website, the “hand-crafted animation shows Juno walking through her neighborhood. The title sequence incorporates over 900 xeroxed, hand colored cut-outs of Juno.” Pretty incredible. Plus they documented the process and put a bunch of the pictures up on Flickr, so credit lovers like me can drool over the process some more.

September 4’s daily design idea is hand craftsmanship is all the more impressive in a technologically dominated environment.

September 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Replay: Inception

The reviews of Inception are seemingly endless (and endlessly positive). So rather than give the whole run-down, here are our two favorite things about the movie:

1. The unbelievable hallway scene, that was shot without green screen. “Nolan’s crew built a series of different hallway settings: a horizontal one that rotated 360 degrees, a vertical one that allowed actors to wear wires and another on which the actors were strapped to steel trolleys, which were eventually erased using visual effects.” The end result? AMAZING.

2. The film shoot was partially powered by solar power generators. The idea was (unsurprisingly) initiated by the movie’s lead, Leonardo DiCaprio.

July 29′s daily design idea is in artistic endeavors, respect the process as well as the product.

July 29, 2010 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

Tribeca Film Festival 2010: stories of people.

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, my favorite movies were Metropia and L’Arnacoeur (The Heartbreaker). While the movies were very different, they both told the story of a man re-learning the “rules” of his everyday life and struggling to balance his own desires with the expectations surrounding him. They also both had a strong leading lady, great humor (especially L’Arnacoeur), and beautiful cinematography (especially Metropia) – all things I appreciate in narrative films.


the two main characters make a run for it in Metropia


The Heartbreaker practices his dance moves to help in his seduction

Of the other movies I saw, my least favorites (only in retrospect) were a couple experimental shorts that showed people in them but made no connection to them. Initially I suspected that I might have an unconscious bias against experimental film techniques, but then I remembered how much I loved John Thompson‘s black white black white, an experimental short made by two guys with an 8mm camera, a sheet of glass, and some mud. It definitely wasn’t narrative, but it was on an unwaveringly human scale.

Ultimately I’ve decided that the reason I love film is that it’s such a great medium for telling stories about people. On top of that, my favorite part of film festivals is getting to hear the directors, writers, actors, and producers tell their own stories about the films that they’ve made. Having that connection always makes the experience of the film so much richer.

May 2′s daily design idea is give your designs a human side.

May 2, 2010 at 3:55 am Leave a comment

Physical pixels.

I’ve been riding a wave of street art love since seeing Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (which opened on the 16th in New York City and California, and drops in several more US cities over the next few weeks). Pixelated street art, similar to the early work of Invader, has become especially interesting to me since it both honors and rejects digital. This art is non-digital in form, yet it remains decidedly removed from the worlds of mosaic or pointillist painting. I’d also argue that the viewer needs to have been exposed to digital art to get the intended joy and/or feelings of nostalgia out of these pieces.

Patrick Jean of Onemoreprod recently made a really impressive short movie called PIXELS, where 8-bit video game-like creatures take over New York City. Jason Eppink has spurred on an amazing “unauthorized on-going video art performance collaboration” with his creation of the DIY Pixelator, which transforms the MTA’s public video ads into something a little less literal.  Then there’s always the more classic approach to street art:


taken by Annamarie Tendler in the East Village

April 16’s daily design idea is imagine that your world is pixelated, and design something based on that imagery.

April 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm 4 comments

Exit through the gift shop.

I was recently lucky enough to see an advanced screening of Exit Through The Gift Shop, “the world’s first Street Art disaster movie” which has street artist Banksy to thank for its production. The film is thrilling, hysterical, and honest (“especially the bit where we all lie“). It tracks the furious passion of Thierry Guetta, a Frenchman who videotaped his entire life and accidentally stumbled into the role of videographer for notorious street artists like Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Invader. Charged with developing his own art while Banksy created a film from all the footage, Guetta is now known as Mr. Brainwash.

I highly recommend seeing the film for several reasons, but the most important may be that you’ll get to see the amazing and previously obscured process of the world’s biggest street artists.

April 6’s daily design idea is find some way – any way – to document your work.

April 6, 2010 at 10:55 am 2 comments


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