March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Ring from the Frozen Garden Collection designed by Delfina Delettrez, Distinctly surreal, the beautiful pieces feature Delettrez’s signature insects, flowers, and other magical elements from the natural world come to life. An ode to life, the collection also touches on the dark side of humanity with references to memento mori, one of the recurring themes in her work.
Frozen Garden is designer Delfina Delettrez‘s latest jewelry collection comprised of a necklace, ring, bracelet and earrings. Delfina Delettrez -fourth generation Italian designer of the Fendi dynasty, drew inspiration for this capsule collection from “The magical moment when nature begins to reawaken, in a slow yet inexorable crescendo, between the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.” It is that precise moment that inspired Delettrez. The picturesque image of a winter garden, with flowers blossoming from the snow, led the designer back to her childhood, to relive her dream as a little girl, where every flower seemed a piece of jewelry. “Nature is the most precious jewellery. Every little girl’s first piece of jewellery was a flower or a garland of daisies in her hair. This collection is a look back to nature and to childhood. It’s as though you are wearing a future piece of the past, with flowers suspended in time like a frozen garden.” In each piece, flora, leaves and insects are encased in ice-like crystalline resin -the jewelry reads like precious fossils or a shadow box of all your most treasured things.
March 9, 2014 Comments Off
The understated luxury of hand-crafted wood furniture does more than serve a basic function. It makes a statement, tells a story, and adds to the beauty and charm that makes a home unique and artful. The following is a selection of artisans and small companies that are keeping the woodworking tradition alive by using sustainable practices and innovative techniques.
Walnut Chair from the Torsio Collection, Designed by Salih Teskeredžić -an internationally renowned Bosnian designer with Artisan. The meaning of the Torsio chair design technique is in erasing the aesthetic boundary between sculpture made of wood and the industrial product. Form is treated as the most important aspect, the material is supplemented, though true form “remains”, which is expressive, unique and yet a product of industrial aesthetics. Walnut as the favoured natural material has been reduced to basic tectonic principle of the plate-seat and legs with a backrest, merged with fluid lines creating a unity of form with no superfluous constructive elements. Fluidity of form and construction reduced to minimum are the central design themes for the ‘wood technology’ designers at Artisan, who co-founded Arteco, the driving force of a new movement in Bosnia -a sustainable technology wood industry center.
Indoor Desk, From the collection of objects designed by Elisa Cavani of Manoteca. Capturing old, discarded objects and turning them into something new to be appreciated, Manoteca hopes that the object’s new owner will think about the life the object once lived and the stories it invariably told. Often paired with recycled materials, the designer reinvents old objects into one-off designs that are completely handmade and only painted when necessary. Hailing from Bologna Italy, Manoteca re-creates objects in a “wooden house in a garden, a laboratory where old abandoned things and salvaged materials are taken care of, thought-of a second time, and re-assembled.”
La Nuit De Noel, From the collection of objects designed by Manoteca. With great delicacy, a twisted tree dangles a drop of light over a small pool of water. The box grounding the branch is positioned so perfectly at an angle you almost don’t notice the absolute balance that this brings to the piece. The electric source runs through the inside of the tree and the brown wire becomes evident exposed at the top to wrap a few branches before it feeds the exposed bulb. The water provides a reflective surface, mirroring the light source and calming the organic branch. In the work of Italian designer Elisa Cavani there is an immediate refreshing and humble nature in her approach, everything handmade and a one-off, the pieces echo the spirit of experimentation without the signs of trial and error. At the same time they demonstrate a love captured in the thought that went into making them, as well as in the history and reverence that connects them to something old. Whether it’s a vintage door as a table top, or a tricycle, lamp, and bookshelf ’Wandering Library‘ creation, the materials blend naturally together to create a harmonious rather than thrown together recycled aesthetic.
Interior NYC Loft, Desinged by Joinery Structures. Founded in 1988, Joinery Structures is a design-build studio and mill in Oakland California specializing in custom projects that integrate sustainable wood practices, innovative design, and precision craftsmanship. Founder and principal, Paul Discoe, is a renowned Japanese master builder and Zen Buddhist teacher. Paul studied architecture as a Buddhist temple builder in Kyoto, Japan for five years during the 1970s. Upon returning to the United States, Paul founded Joinery Structures to continue pursuing his passion for Asian architecture. By personally training his team in Japanese techniques and representing the architectural process as an embodiment of Zen practice, Paul has helped introduce Asian architecture to the Western world. Joinery Structures is locally and globally recognized for its ability to design and build beautiful spaces and innovative structures. With thoughtful project management, the Joinery Structures team exhibits exceptional skill and knowledge in design, wood milling, construction, and eco-sustainability.
Zhuo Pin-Ming’ Tea Table, by Taiwanese designer Jeff Dah-Yue Shi from the Slowwork Teastyle Collection for the Dragonfly Design Center. A collection which integrates sustainability, craftsmanship, culture and innovation. The theme of ‘slowwork’ reveals a method which devotes time and discipline to material. Traditional Chinese designs are reinterpreted with contemporary details and constructions. The Zhuo Pin-Ming’ Tea Table is influenced by Chinese classical ‘Ba Xian Table’ designs -the most common furniture found in traditional Chinese households, composed of only 3 parts: the top, the legs and the aprons. Zhuo Pin-Ming’ follows the joinery and tenon structure of the popular construction, while applying environmentally friendly material: bamboo. The table’s overall appearance and structure reveal intricate craftsmanship and detail. Through comprehensive understanding of the quality of the material, Da-Yue Shi achieves the same high density and rigidity as hardwood; a new solution for the traditional craft and an innovative expression of the contemporary Chinese design.
Frank Lloyd Wright Recliner, Designed by Copeland Furniture. Frank Lloyd Wright is without a doubt an icon in the field of American Architecture and furniture design. His creations are recognizable at first glance, and were often specifically created to go into the buildings or homes he designed. Many of these furniture designs even bear the name of the client the piece was commissioned for. Copeland Furniture -natural hardwood furniture made in Vermont, worked with the Wright Foundation and has the rights to reproduce many of his designs to the exacting standards Wright intended a hundred years ago. Wright designed this recliner in 1902 for the grand home of Susan Lawrence Dana in Springfield Illinois and designed variations of this recliner for many of his Prairie Era homes. Copeland Furniture is a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on the banks of the Connecticut River in Bradford Vermont, whose design aesthetic coincides with a resurgence of appreciation for designs from the Arts & Crafts, Mission, Shaker, and Scandinavian movements today. Copeland Furniture is Forest Stewardship Council certified.
Juglans Chest of Drawers, from the Fold Editions series designed by Rafe Mullarkey for Larkbeck, part of Larkbeck’s ongoing fine wood furniture line that includes the Linden Credenza (Austrian Lime), Acer Console (Sycamore), Asa No Ha Highboy (Black Walnut), Sakura Sideboard (Sycamore), and Shippo Tsunagi Desk (Black Walnut). Larkbeck is a London-based studio collaboration between two furniture makers: Rafe Mullarkey and Laszlo Beckett. Their central London workshop focuses on traditional cabinet making techniques, combined with contemporary technologies. The two designers celebrate the development of practical art within the design of fine furniture. Larkbeck honors their individual design directions whilst collectively combining their own unique creative stories. Their furniture is produced in limited editions, constructed from solid hardwood, and explores the decorative possibilities of domestic objects reaching back to a more classical aesthetic.
Peninsula Chair from the Arris Line, Designed by Benjamin Klebba & Matt Pierce at Phloem Studio in Portland Oregon. All of the furniture is available in domestic hardwoods -Ash, Cherry, Walnut, Rift White Oak, Western (Claro) Walnut, and Western Curly Maple. ‘Phloem’ [floh-em] (noun) -the vascular structure in plants that provides nutrients through photosynthesis, a name that references ecology. A nod to remind oneself as a designer, working with wood as the main medium -trees that were once alive, to honor those materials and design with intention. Phloem Studio was founded by designer/craftsman Benjamin Klebba after working first for a luthier building acoustic guitars, and then for a custom furniture company, Ben moved to Oregon and Phloem Studio was born. Later, he joined a group of creative friends and their collaboration became a source of inspiration. With an emphasis on natural materials and traditional joinery, Phloem is dedicated to living within the contemporary canon, but outside any trend or fad. Phloem Studio strives to achieve that balance.
March 7, 2014 Comments Off
Mantras are like little prayers. The lotus mantra is one of the most popular mantras in Tibet; it is known as the prayer of compassion. It is often said that the essence of all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this one mantra. There are so many layers of meaning in Sanskrit, as each syllable carries its own vibration, and the syllables together form new vibrations that evoke various additional meanings. Loosely translated, Om Mani Padme Hum means: “I bow to the jewel within the lotus.”
Lisa Gayko Schaewe, Lotus #108 from 108 Lotuses: An Art Practice, Courtesy and © Lisa Gayko Schaewe.
This beautiful mantra can be chanted, spoken, or thought on its own, or with a mala to aid your practice and concentration. Repeating this mantra is believed to purify the mind and body and bring joy and peace to you, and those around you:
OM: The Dalai Lama says: “In chanting OM, you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech and mind of a Buddha.” OM represents the oneness, the universal.
MANI: Mani means jewel, and it symbolizes compassion, love, and the altruistic goal of achieving enlightenment. Remembering this helps us to practice pure ethics, acceptance, and patience.
PADME: Padme means lotus, and it symbolizes wisdom. The lotus flower grows out of the mud, but is not soiled by the mud. It reminds us that we can live in this imperfect world and not be affected by it. This helps us to practice perseverance and concentration, remembering our goals, and our true nature.
HUM: Hum helps us to practice wisdom and make good choices. It means inseparability and it symbolizes purity. It reminds us that we can achieve the perfection we seek by combining wisdom and activity.
Lisa Gayko Schaewe, Dust: Revisited Exhibition Invite, Dust: Revisited -a series of paintings inspired by photographer David Maisel’s Library of Dust, is now on view at Naropa University Lincoln Gallery, Boulder, Colorado.
Lisa Gayko Schaewe’s view and process as an artist are deeply informed by her years as a Zen student and her training with John Daido Loori, Roshi (1931-2009) at Zen Mountain Monastery. She engages in creative process as a form of meditation practice. For her, art making is a way to appreciate the potential held within the open space of not knowing and to directly experience the sacred, interconnected ground of being.
Lisa exhibits her work throughout the country, and is a licensed professional counselor and art psychotherapist, maintaining a private practice in Boulder, CO. She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University and facilitates Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction groups and workshops combining contemplative practice and creative process. Visit Lotus Opening Studio & Lotus Opening Therapy.
March 4, 2014 Comments Off
The first major exhibition to present the origins, history and practice of a millennium of visual history, Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine opens at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, 14 March and runs through 8 Sept. 2014, exploring the guiding principles of the Tibetan science of healing represented in medical paintings, manuscripts, and medical instruments. A multi-media installation showing how Tibetan medicine is used today, will invite visitors to relate what they discover to their own lives through interactive experiences within the galleries and throughout the Museum including the Café Serai and the shop.
Tree of Diagnosis, Copy of Plate 3 of the Lhasa Tibetan Medical Paintings; Lhasa, central Tibet; date unknown; Pigments on Cloth and Brocade; Private Collection, Chicago, Courtesy Rubin Museum.
The relationship of Tibetan medicine, Buddhism, and the visual arts has been integral to the development and transmission of this medical tradition. Approximately 140 objects dating from the 9th century to the present day demonstrate the advancement of Tibetan medical knowledge as it was codified in medical texts, illustrated in art, demonstrated by medical tools, and made evident by examples of medicines compounded from natural ingredients and applied in practice. Bodies in Balance provides audiences an opportunity to have a personalized exhibition experience. The Tibetan science of healing is based on an analytical system in which three forces -wind, bile, and phlegm- govern physical and mental aspects of being. Using a brief questionnaire, visitors can determine which of the three forces is dominant in their constitutions and follow a color-coded pathway that highlights the exhibition components most relevant to them. Included in the exhibition will be videos and a touchscreen that provide additional information and interactive experiences of select elements of these practices.
Bodies In Balance: The Essentials
A conference to deepen your appreciation of the exhibition -a full weekend of talks and demonstrations on the beneficial subject of Tibetan medicine and concepts of wellbeing.
Scholars, medical practitioners and experts meet to share their experience in eleven separate presentations. As interest in healthy living and a holistic approach to healthcare gain popularity in Western societies, age-old healing traditions from the East are being re-examined as new sources of knowledge. In a keynote to open the weekend’s conference, exhibition curator Theresia Hofer outlines the rich and integrated medical, spiritual, and artistic dimensions of Tibetan medicine, providing audiences with a new perspective on the relationship between mind, body, and sustained wellbeing.
Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Dictionary of Buddhism
A presentation to launch the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, in which the author highlights the entries on the Medicine Buddha.
The new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, by Donald Lopez, in 1,304 pages and 1.2 million words, is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. Its more than 5,000 alphabetical entries explain the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, P?li, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; the dictionary also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newar, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese. The entries take an encyclopedic approach to the religion, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance of the terms in greater depth than a conventional dictionary. At this book launch event, both authors will be present to discuss new and emerging trends in Buddhist Studies that are covered in the dictionary and highlight the entries on the Medicine Buddha. They will also present a Top Ten list of misconceptions about Buddhism, and will examine how these issues are addressed in the dictionary.
For information on presentations See Full Schedule
Hofer has a dual training in anthropology and medical history, holding advanced degrees from the University Vienna, Brunel University and University College London, UK. She currently works at the Section for Medical Anthropology at the University of Oslo, with her research and teaching focusing on cross-cultural understandings of health, illness and disability, and the history, art and contemporary practice of Tibetan medicine. She has carried out extensive fieldwork in the Tibet Autonomous Region (P. R. of China), Bhutan, India, and Nepal. She spent a year in Lhasa and rural central Tibet researching Tibetan doctors’ work in transforming and developing Tibetan medical traditions in the latter half of the 20th and into the 21st century. The result of almost five years of research and international collaboration is this first major exhibition that examines the guiding principles of Tibetan medicine through its diverse visual history, illuminating how this healing system has been passed down across a millennium and remains relevant to our 21st-century lives.
February 26, 2014 Comments Off
Craig Krull Gallery California
Masao Yamamoto, Nakazora #955, Silver Gelatin Print with Mixed Media, © Masao Yamamoto.
Working from a Zen philospohy of “emptiness”, Japanese photographer, Masao Yamamoto’s images are essentially vignettes of our intersection with the natural world, ruminations over the passage of time and memory. His finished prints are precious miniature treasures -averaging 3 x 5 inches and smaller- they are toned, stained, torn, marked, rubbed and creased into being. One has an experience of looking at found vintage photographs telling an intimate and unique story.
Masao Yamamoto, Nakazora #1280, Toned Gelatin Silver Print with Mixed Media, © Masao Yamamoto.
Yamamoto’s series began in 1993 as A Box of Ku -ku meaning “emptiness” in Japanese, and continued under the title Nakazora, an even more enigmatic definition, a Buddhist term that elludes to “a state when the feet do not touch the ground, and the space between sky and earth.” A fitting description for imagery that takes you somewhere distant, yet mysteriously familiar, to a place of waking dreams. Later, the Kawa = Flow series was created, and evolved into the current series, Shizuka = Cleanse.
Masao Yamamoto, Kawa = Flow #1618, Silver Gelatin Print with Mixed Media, © Masao Yamamoto.
Masao Yamamoto, Nakazora #1142, Silver Gelatin Print with Mixed Media, © Masao Yamamoto.
Like a Zen master, Yamamoto approaches his work with an “active passiveness.” He is active in his observations of Nature, but passive in his understanding that he is an inextricable part of Nature itself. In his statement, he quotes the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, “A great presence is hard to see. A great sound is hard to hear. A great figure has no form.” Yamamoto seeks the presence of something indefinable that exists beyond the details we are able to see. Living in the forest, he photographically “harvests” what he calls “treasures breathing quietly in nature.” He refers to the presence of these treasures or moments as “Shizuka” which means cleansed, pure, clear and untainted.
Masao Yamamoto, Shizuka = Cleanse, #3027 Zen, Silver Gelatin Print, 2011-12 © Masao Yamamoto.
In his exhibition “Shizuka = Cleanse” 1 March -25 April, 2014, at Craig Krull Gallery in California, Yamamoto presents black and white photographs of a single rock or branch in deep chiaroscuro. These natural forms appear to take various shapes such as a dragonhead, a falcon, a traditional Noh dancer or a hunter returning home with a deer. Recognizing spirits or creatures in natural objects is rooted in ancient animistic beliefs. From a more analytical, Western point of view, psychologist Steven Goldstein coined the term “pareidolia” in 1994 to describe our tendency to see rabbits in clouds, or the man in the moon. In Japanese culture however, human history is embedded in natural phenomena. For Yamamoto, the act of making a photograph is like picking up a rock on the beach and holding the universe in your hands.
Masao Yamamoto is a Japanese freelance photographer known for his small photographs, which seek to individualize the photographic prints as objects. He is represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica California, and Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta Georgia.
February 24, 2014 Comments Off
Ingrid Dee Magidson, Butterfly Effect, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas, 26 x 31 in., 2012, © Ingrid Dee Magidson. A solo exhibition of the artist’s work in now on view through 4 March, 2014, at Unix Gallery in New York.
Magidson is an artist whose work crosses multiple boundaries. It is at once ancient, referencing high-art and Renaissance images, long forgotten relics from museum archives, and at the same time entirely relevant making use of modern techniques and materials. The fine artist coins her technique “Layerism:” creating three-dimensional compositions of transparent acrylic layers through mixed media process that allows the viewer to see through the images to illuminate an intricate and poetic world within. A world where time is irrelevant, and hundreds of years of historical context are brought to life in a single work of sublime beauty.
Magidson’s new book title, Madness of the Muses, is inspired by a dialogue written by Plato in 370 B.C. In it, Socrates and Phaedrus discuss the influence of the Muses on the artist versus intellect alone. They conclude that inspired art is far better than anything the logical mind could create on its own.
Madness of the Muses, The Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson, Published by Stratumentis Publishing 2013, Hardcover, 12 x 9 in., 176 pgs., With a special introduction by contemporary Russian and American art collector, Bradley E. Place, Jr.
Madness of the Muses is a richly illustrated overview of the career of this intriguing artist. Over two hundred color reproductions highlight Magidson’s life and artwork; from her early experiments to the brilliant works being done today. Articles by prominent magazines and newspapers, as well as essays by the artist share a personal look at Magidson’s early life and her meteoric rise as an artist. Included in the book is a complete catalogue of Magidson’s work from 2006 to 2013.
February 15, 2014 Comments Off
“In dreams, the magic that weaves man and animal together glows with vibrancy; there the mysteries of the natural world are plain, the connectedness of life overpowers in a true state of being in balance with the earth. The traceries of energy that link us with the animals of forest, lake and sky are alive if we are quiet enough to see them.” ~ Beth Moon
Beth Moon, Listening To The Sky, From Thy Kingdom Come series, Platinum Palladium Print, 22 x 26 in., 2007, © and Courtesy Beth Moon.
Photographer Beth Moon demonstrates a magical and intuitive appreciation for the ways in which time, memory and nature define our understanding of man’s place in the universe. She helps us see the natural world in new ways, giving us insight into how we might be able to survive, thrive, and live more beautifully now. Her subjects are ancient and legendary trees from remote locations and the hills and coast near her home in California, and soulful animal humankind interactions in the natural world. The spirit of rooted trees, plants, and animals are wedded with their native landscapes in imagery that is both delicate and deep, leaving an indelible impression on your memory.
Beth Moon, Way of the Hare, From Thy Kingdom Come series, Platinum Palladium Print, 20 x 26 in., 2007, © and Courtesy Beth Moon.
Her handmade photographic works of art are as much about how Moon coaxes metal, paper, light, and mood, as they are about the subjects she studies. She creates platinum palladium prints, considered to be the longest lasting photographic process, as an homage to the longevity and survival of her subjects. A platinum print can last for centuries, much like a strong, well-tended tree. Mixing the powdered metals Moon formulates a tincture, according to her own recipe, then hand-coats sheets of heavy watercolor paper before exposing them to light in a unique process which embeds the metals in the paper. Working the materials by hand, much the way a painter would, Moon has the freedom to pursue her creative vision in process.
“It is hard to find a subject more challenging to photograph than ancient trees. How do I express their power and beauty to those who have never seen them? How do I convey this power and beauty to those who have? I want to speak the language of the trees.” ~ Beth Moon
Beth Moon, The Yews of Wakehurst, From Portraits of Time series, © and Courtesy Beth Moon.
Beth Moon, Dragon Blood Tree in Diksom Forest, From Portraits of Time series, © and Courtesy Beth Moon.
Beth Moon, General Sherman, From Portraits of Time series, © and Courtesy Beth Moon.
Trees are earth’s oldest living monuments. Some, more than 5,000 years old, having figured out how to adapt and withstand changing environmental and human impacts. The oldest are usually the largest. Now known as “champion” trees, their majesty comes through in Moon’s Portraits of Time series, where Moon has photographed ancient and legendary trees, expressing their language, spirit and beauty. She records the symbolic groves of the giant Sequoias in the morning mist, the Joshua trees in the hot desert sun, the majestic, sentinel-like Baobab trees, and the ancient Yew -all of which are intricate and elegant in their simplicity of form. As our earth becomes increasingly crowded these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance reminding us, through their grandeur and age as they stand as the earth’s largest, living monuments, how essential they are to our psychology and how precious they are to the soul of the world .
Moon gains inspiration for her series “Portraits of Time”, from David Milarch and the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive’s efforts to save our planet by planting ancient forests, using clones of the ancient champion trees, as portrayed in The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jim Robbins. Portraits of Time is one of five series that can be seen in Moon’s beautiful new monograph Between Earth and Sky.
Between Earth and Sky, by Steven Brown (Author), Brooks Jensen (Author), Beth Moon (Artist), Hardcover, 96 pgs.
Numinous and magical, the black-and-white photographs of Beth Moon celebrate nature and our relationship to it as a primary elemental experience. Moon is one of a handful of American photographers using nineteenth-century printing processes, which greatly amplify the spirit of enchantment that permeates her work. Between Earth and Sky presents five major series of works produced since 1999: Portraits of Time, which portrays ancient and legendary trees from around the world; Thy Kingdom Come, which explores animistic and totemic beliefs connecting humankind and the animal kingdom; Odin’s Cove, the story of a pair of mated ravens living in the wild; The Savage Garden, which looks at the compelling, sinister beauty of carnivorous plants; and Augurs and Soothsayers, a series of portrait-style photographs of exotic chickens. This volume is Moon’s first monograph. Raised in Wisconsin, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
February 12, 2014 Comments Off
Sweet & Simple
Antidote Aletheia Ginger + Goldenberry Raw & Roasted Organic Cacao Bar, A powerful fusion of spicy ginger and tangy citrus flavor from goldenberry pieces. Based in New York, Antidote is made with Arriba cacao beans, cultivated in organic farms in Ecquador. Organic & vegan. Blissful side effects include: immediate stress relief, raw ecstasy, organic energy, antioxidant powerhouse, superfood magic. Flavors include: Almond + Fennel, Coffee + Cardamom, Lavender + Red Salt, Banana + Cayenne, Mango + Juniper, and Rose Salt + Lemon. Visit Antidote to find a location near you to pick up the Antidote -an earthy cacao for chocolate connoisseurs and healthy food fans. An outside-the-box chocolate for the Valentine. The most delicious cure ever!
February 11, 2014 Comments Off
Interior of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Brandes Residence (1952) fully furnished with Wright-designed custom-to-project redwood furniture in Sammamish, Washington. Famed modern architect Frank Lloyd Wright devised his “Usonian” home style to aim for middle-class affordability. The house is a modest 1,950 square feet, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate shop/office. It sits on a 3.2-acre wooded lot.
Known for its verdant landscape rich with mountains, lakes, rivers, and Puget Sound the Pacific Northwest has long been a preferred home for people who have an affinity for nature and has attracted artists and architects who endeavor to express a special reverence for the natural world. Frank Llyod Wright’s fondness for the region began early in the 20th century as he traveled to Seattle in route to Japan. Although he had previously designed buildings for the area, the first executed Northwest commission was the Chauncey Griggs House (1946) in Tacoma, Washington. Two more buildings in Washington State -the Brandes House (1952) in Sammamish and the Tracy House (1955) in Normandy Park- followed within a decade.
Exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Brandes Residence (1952) in Sammamish, Washington. Wright’s Usonian house includes such features as low roof, carport, an open floor plan, masonry walls and clerestory windows. The Brandes home, built in 1952, also features redwood trim and Wright’s original furniture. It’s one of the three Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Puget Sound area.
Interior of the Schuchart House (2009) by George Suyama in Broadmoo, Seattle.There is a lot to admire in this design, most specifically in the integration of the interior and exterior spaces, the placement of the house in the landscape, and the selection and detailing of materials. Each interior space relates directly to a dedicated private exterior space, while the house and gardens benefit from and add to the wider landscape beyond the site.
Interior of the Schuchart House (2009) by George Suyama & Schuchart|Dow in Broadmoo, Seattle. This project is about space that is created between a site’s topography and its architectural forms. The result is a house that is seamless in its connection to the landscape. Near perfection in precise detailing: a rigorous, economical, and coherent design statement.
April 4-6, 2014, the Wright Conservancy will host the “Out and About Wright: Enhancing Wright’s Legacy In The Pacific Northwest” event that will include tours of the Wright-designed Brandes and Tracy Houses as well as several private homes by contemporary architect George Suyama. Prior to the architectural tour Grant Hildebrand, professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of The Wright Space, will expand on themes from his recent book, Suyama: A Complex Serenity, as he discusses the philosophical connections between Wright and Suyama.
The elegant Seattle home (blueprint & interior) of the influential art collector Barney A. Ebsworth, owner of one of the most important private collections of modern American art. The house was designed specifically for the collection by Olson Kundig Architects, which includes important paintings and sculptures by Hopper, deKooning, Pollock, O’Keefe, Johns, Hockney and Calder among many others.
The Conservancy will also host an evening reception at the extraordinary lakefront house of Barney Ebsworth. The home, designed by Jim Olson of Olson Kundig, houses Ebsworth’s world-class collection of 20th century American art and is comprised of three individual pavilions linked by glass-enclosed walkways. Described as both a place superbly suited to display works of art as well as being a work of art in its own right, touring the house is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a complete and harmonious integration of art, architecture and nature.
For more information see the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
The Books & About
In this book The Wright Space: Pattern & Meaning In Frank Lloyd Wright’s Houses thirty-three of Wright’s domestic buildings, including all of the major houses on which his significance depends, are analyzed in detail in terms of their spatial characteristics. Fireplaces, seating, ceiling form, glazing, terraces, and roof overhangs are seen to follow a repetitive organization or pattern characterized by complementary juxtapositions of what the English geographer Jay Appleton calls “prospect” (a condition in which one can see over a considerable distance) and “refuge” (a place where one can hide). According to Appleton’s theory of landscape aesthetics, this juxtaposition offers the ability to see without being seen (or to hunt successfully without being, in turn, successfully hunted) and thus, eons ago, had survival value. But such a condition must have been sought, originally, because it was intrinsically pleasurable to our species. Hildebrand finds a striking correlation in Wright’s houses. Wright’s pattern of prospect and refuge, to which are added similarly derived qualities of complexity and order, is shown to be unique in domestic architecture to the degree to which it provides these preferred characteristics, suggesting why -in spite of serious drawbacks- his houses were built and valued by so many clients.
George Suyama began his architectural practice in Seattle in 1971; his early career is marked by a number of distinguished designs in the contemporaneous wood idiom of the region. Over time, however, Suyama developed an architecture characterized by a search for minimalist simplicity, a paradoxical architecture of intense, even exciting, tranquility.
In 2002, he and partners Ric Peterson and Jay Deguchi established Suyama Peterson Deguchi. Their firm has built a distinguished reputation by means of designs influenced by the immediate region and by Suyama’s ancestral Japan, which are intimately related to site and executed with an astonishing finesse of detail. Above all, their architecture reflects Suyama’s quest to eliminate what he calls “visual noise,” a quest that has yielded not visual silence but a kind of visual music. Architectural elements are distilled to a purity analogous to that of a musical tone, and relationships between those elements are as pure and artistically rich as the mathematics of music.
In Suyama: A Complex Serenity, Grant Hildebrand introduces the man and his work, discussing relevant aspects of Suyama’s life, the influences that have shaped his beliefs, and, in layman’s terminology, twenty of his built and unbuilt projects that illuminate the development of his remarkable art and craft. Included also are appendices that illustrate Suyama’s deep and long-standing involvement with the arts and product design.
Grant Hildebrand is a University of Washington professor emeritus of architecture and art history and author of seven books on architecture, including The Wright Space: Pattern and Meaning in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Houses and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Palmer House. He is a recipient of the Washington Governor’s Writers Award for work of literary merit and lasting value.
January 31, 2014 Comments Off
I love carrot cake and oatmeal, so this Morning Glory Oatmeal Recipe that includes wholesome steel-cut oats blended with freshly grated carrots, coconut milk, raisins and spices, then topped off with crunchy walnuts, is something special! A delicious gluten-free easily vegan breakfast that satisfies until lunch time. Recipe adapted from Megan Gordan -the Seattle-based food maker behind Marge Granola and author of the new cookbook Wholegrain Mornings.
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 1 cup light organic coconut milk
- 1 cup grated carrots (about 2 large carrots)
- 2/3 cup seedless organic raisins
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 1/2 Tbsp grated orange zest (about 1 1/2 oranges)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 or more Tbsp maple syrup (or raw honey or agave)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- sea salt optional
- In a saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Stir in the oats, carrots, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Bring the mixture back to boil, then decrease the heat to low & partially cover the pot.
- Cook the porridge, without stirring, until it begins to thicken and the oats are soft yet chewy. Check the oat’s texture by stirring them after 25 minutes of cooking (it might need a few more minutes of cooking).
- Remove from heat and stir in the coconut flakes, orange zest and vanilla. Add maple syrup (or other sweetener), to taste. Cover and let the oatmeal rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Toast the walnut pieces in a pan over medium-low, tossing frequently, until the edges are golden and the walnuts smell nice and toasty.
- Serve the oatmeal with a sprinkling of walnuts and a splash of milk.
Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons, Hardcover, by Megan Gordan, Published: December, 2013
From busy weekdays to slow Sundays, Whole-Grain Mornings will inspire readers towards healthy and delicious ways to incorporate whole grains into morning meals. With seasonally organized recipes, and information on time-saving alternatives as well as a guide to the most commonly used whole grains -and sprinkled with abundant food and lifestyle photography throughout, this cookbook guarantees the most important meal of the day will also be your favorite.
January 26, 2014 Comments Off
Earthy Animal Nature
Jes MaHarry Wisdom Owl Bracelet, 14K Yellow Gold “Wisdom” Owl Charm with lucky eight sparkling Diamonds. “Soothe your soul with love” is inscribed on the reverse side of charm, Paired with a 18K link chain, 7 1/4″. Signed~Exclusive. MaHarry’s soulful California Ranch lifestyle informs her art and original mixed-media jewelry that has come to be renowned worldwide. Finding perfection in imperfection is Jes’s signature. Over more than two decades this philosophy has attracted jewelry collectors far and wide, drawn to her bold gemstones fusions, authentic ancient trade beads and the distinctive charms she so artfully carves with symbols of life, love, and words of inspiration.
Jes MaHarry Circle of Life Ring, In Native American cultures, the Crow was regarded as a guardian and as a keeper of the sacred law, 14K Rose Gold Crow Skull joined on Yellow Gold band, etched with a Lion, flying Butterfly, and Owl, Charm measures 7/8” N-S and ½” E-W, Band measures 9.2mm. Signed~Exclusive. Eclectic artisan jewelry with whimsy & spirit handcrafted with Love. Featured since 2000 in Robert Redford’s esteemed Sundance Catalog, the Jes MaHarry brand is unparalleled in its distinctive style.
Jasmine Alexander Gold & Emerald Wing Ring, 18K Yellow Gold with Platinum Teardrop, 3.85 sustainably sourced Zambian Baguette-cut Emerald. One of a kind work created by jewelry artisan Jasmine Alexander for Gemfields Global Campaign -the world’s leading producer of ethically sourced, rare colored gemstones. Their ‘mine-to-market’ guarantee ensures that their emeralds, rubies, and amethysts are produced sustainably from Gemfields mines in Zambia and Mozambique. Available exclusively from Couturelab. Wings of Desire!
Maison Kitsuné Cream Lambswool Fox Head Sweater, Long sleeve, Ribbed knit crewneck collar, cuffs, and hem. Red Fox graphic at front in Umber and Black, Tonal stitching, 100% Lambswool, Made in Italy. This sweater has a vintage touch with its knitted pattern and takes its inspiration from the Maison Kitsuné mountain sweater. Accessorize this with slim cut Boyfriend Jeans and a Schoolboy Blazer for a foxy casual look, Parisian Style. Kitsuné is a French electronic music record label and fashion label created by Gildas Loaëc, Masaya Kuroki and the London-based company Åbäke. The name Kitsuné comes from the Japanese word kitsune meaning “fox”. The kitsune is said to have the power to change its appearance and its face. The many faces and appearances of the kitsune represent the different parts and directions of Kitsuné. Which this month, opened Café Kitsuné in Paris. Centrally located in the gardens of the Palais Royal, the café is nestled in a peaceful, nostalgic Paris canvas with magnificent 17th-century architecture.
Frye Melissa Tall Riding Boot in Camel, Soft Vintage Leather upper & Leather lined. Inspired by the classic Frye Paige Tall Riding Boot, done on a slimmer silhouette with inside zip. These come in Black, Burnt Red, Camel, Redwood & Spice. Frye makes some of the best-looking, hardest-working, longest-lasting boots on the planet with a steadfast commitment to quality and painstaking attention to detail. Founded in 1863 it’s the oldest continuously operating footwear brand in America. See the new Frye: The Boots That Made History 150th anniversary book from Rizzoli. A gorgeous hardcover book that celebrates Frye’s 150-year heritage of quality leatherwork and iconic role in American culture and fashion. Beautiful photographs show the distinctive designs and details of the company’s most popular products, from the perennially popular harness boots to the American-flag-inspired line that debuted last fall, with glamour shots of the products peppered throughout, along with photos of Frye-clad celebrities. And in honor of the brand’s 150-year anniversary, Frye has released a collection of limited-edition, American-flag-saluting boots and bags, which can be seen at the end of the book.
J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Italian Wool Flannel, in Heather Caramel, Wool with a hint of stretch, Stripe lining, Functional buttons at cuffs, Chest welt pocket, Flap welt pockets. J.Crew’s new soon to be classic schoolboy has the same slightly shrunken fit as the original -J.Crew’s cult following worthy piece de resistance, but now it’s a bit longer to create a leaner, more flattering line. Plus, the designers added a ticket pocket for handy lipstick storage. J.Crew always gets casually chic right.
Hermès Green Double Sens Croco Chiffon, 2014 reversible tote in Lawn Green Chiffon Mississippiensis Alligator Leather, reversing to Tundra Sikkim Calfskin, embossed with “hermes paris” measures 14″ x 11″ x 10.5″, handle adds 8.6″ in height. An unprecedented combination of Crocodile and Calfskin, both especially selected for their incredible softness, this magnificent version of the Double Sens, with a not-for-the-faint-of-heart-pricetag, is crafted with a high-level of precision and expertise one comes to expect from the French luxury goods company, world-famous for its manufacturing handbag excellence. Another timeless classic from Hermès.
Alicia Adams Alpaca Gloves in Curry, 100% Alpaca. Convenient, luxurious, and stylish hands-free warmth. Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. is a family business which specializes in the design and production of textiles and clothing utilizing the natural and sustainable characteristics of one of the softest and most luxurious materials -alpaca wool. Adams raises and manages a herd of over 200 Suri alpacas -one of the rarest breeds in the world, at a beautiful farm in New York’s Hudson Valley that is also home to Adams and her family. The alpacas at the farm are shorn yearly and their fiber processed into yarns for home wares and accessories as well as clothing for adults and children. All Alicia Adams Alpaca products are manufactured in the United States and in Peru utilizing the incredible handiwork of local artisans who continue the pre-Incan tradition of working alpaca fibers. Alpaca Love.
Tom Ford Nikita Sunglasses in Ligtht Havanna, 100% UV protection, Made in Italy. A magnificently sculpted sunglass from the style icon Tom Ford that screams glamour and class. No matter where you are in the world, Winter sun can be quite demanding on the eyes, and eyes need to be protected, all-year-’round. Ford’s shades are the perfect accessory for shielding UV rays and looking stylish. Prepare to be admired! If you have to wear Rx glasses/reading glasses/sunglasses, as most do, they may as well be Tom Ford.
RODIN Olio Lusso Perfume, Simple and sensual, RODIN oil-based perfume launched in 2013 and developed by the brookyln-based indie perfumers DS & Durga, captures the aromatic heart of Olio Lusso with a beautiful combination of sultry Jasmine and exotic Neroli. Creating an alluring aura and embodiment of quiet sophistication that resonates with thoughtful simplicity and sharp elegance in a product paralleled by the packaging. The Olio Lusso line was created by Linda Rodin, stylist and former fashion editor, to satisfy what she felt was missing in the skin care market. The Olio Lusso elixir, which is nothing short of amazing, has a strong following among fashion and beauty insiders as a miracle oil for women of all ages who seek beautiful, dewy skin that conveys an extraordinary sense of well-being. Made with an exclusive, aromatic blend of 11 essential oils.
Dr. Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence, This bath oil soothes and invigorates the skin while the fresh Evergreen scent encourages deep, cleansing breaths. This essence offers warmth and comfort during the cooler months and in times of stress or exhaustion. Spruce essential oil, extracted from Spruce needles, helps to improve blood flow to the skin. And Jojoba hydrates and supports moisture balance for smooth skin. Tip: Add a few drops to a small bowl of water to bring a fresh, forest scent to any room. Dr. Hauschka is a premium certified organic German skin care line formulated to the highest standards. Using a holistic approach to skin care that keeps the big picture in mind, they create products designed to be used as part of a healthy lifestyle to reconnect us with our natural rhythms. Beauty does come from within and Dr. Hauschka reflects this in their holistic approach to great skin and product design.
January 24, 2014 Comments Off
The official app of Polaroid, Polamatic 4.0 was recently released & updated by San Francisco-based indie app developer Dana Shakiba of Appadana, which brings back the instant nostalgia of Polaroid pictures. Capture or import a photo then watch it develop just like a real Polaroid. Then select from 36 Polaroid frames and filters, add text, and instantly share your Polaroid, or save to your Camera Roll in high-resolution (2282×2771 px). New features make Polamatic one of the more unique photography apps -with authentic Polaroid frames, advanced photo editing features, and the freedom to write multiple layers of text anywhere on your photo. Great for posting & sharing. Polaroid Love. Available from iTunes.
January 20, 2014 Comments Off
The Adventurer, The Maker, The Everyman
The inaugural issue of the indie magazine Collective Quarterly -a travel + lifestyle magazine, is now available for pre-order. One of the more exciting launches to take place within independent publishing. Founded by Jesse Lenz, Seth Putnam, and Jay Gullion, the Collective Quarterly was created to gather like-minded creatives, take them on a journey, and explore the local artisans and crafters of uncommon goods. With beautifully conceived and well-executed writing and photography, each issue will explore a single location taking the readers on an inspired journey. This is a magazine about creating. The first issue titled Issue Ø, contains fascinating content centered around both the local talent of Marfa, Texas, and the visitors inspired by the quaint, yet eccentric town. Each sequential issue of Collective Quarterly will focus on a different location -a trip to a particular region of the country or the world, bringing talented artists together to unearth the culture and creative voice of the area they visit.
Honoring artists with varied talents and styles, Collective Quarterly not only highlights the creative process of unique and gifted individuals, but they also enlist these artists to create specially crafted goods. Attempting to merge the ever challenging commerce and editorial conundrum, they offer a tightly edited group of products that include clothing, accessories, jewelry, art, and music, all of which are inspired by the magazine’s chosen location, available only through the Collective Quarterly online store. Coinciding with the launch of Issue Ø, the dry goods collection features a range of limited edition and exclusively developed new products, made in collaboration with some favorite brands, including Faribault Woolen Mills Co, Duluth Pack, and Fischer Clothing. The spirit of American hand-made goods. Brilliant.