Posts Tagged ‘museum’

New Yorkers cool off in the Astoria public pool with the Hell's Gate railroad bridge looming in the background in the summer of 1940.

A Striking Visual History of New York City

April 30, 2013

I came across an article by the Associated Press announcing the release of an amazing photo database of 870,000 photos of New York City from the mid 1800’s through the late 20th century.  No one, two or twenty photographers could ever shoot a collection as vast and varied as this, but anonymous municipal workers did, […]

2013 | Architecture, Events, From the Road, Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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Jens Risom celebrating nearly a century of iconic design

May 8, 2012

“Comfort vs. function in furniture can be quickly resolved. A well designed sofa settles the question in one sitting” – Jens Risom

2012 | Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Car Design Mash-up

October 15, 2010

Readers may have come to notice that we love cars. Cool cars. Fast cars. Concept cars. Today there will be some odd cars. Usually our fancies tend to revolve around German performance cars or American concept cars of the 50’s and 60’s. Sure there are exceptions. Scenic Designer and recent Rutgers Mason Gross School of […]

2010 | Inspiration | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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A Design Metaphor

March 25, 2010

I saw this post today at Scene360 about a kinetic installation at the BMW museum by Art+Com. Beautiful work. From the Art+Com site: The Kinetic Sculpture is a metaphorical translation of the from-finding process in design. The installation consists of 714 metal spheres hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually controlled stepper motors. Covering […]

2010 | Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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65 Designers, no waiting

February 23, 2010

Cliff Kuang has an interesting post up at Fast Company on personality traits of designers. The Myers-Briggs personality test was taken by 65 designers, and skipping over the charts and graphs – you can see them if you click on the above link – here are the findings, as described by Kuang: According to the […]

2010 | Teaching | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Design Within Reach: Mad Neon Sign Love

January 27, 2010

From Design Within Reach Design Notes: Neon is a noble gas, and that’s not a reference to Prince Charles and baked beans. Rather, the term refers to an odorless, colorless, monatomic gas that has a low chemical reactivity. When a high-voltage current is run through a glass tube filled with neon (or argon or phosphor), […]

2010 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (3)
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3 cool adjustable tables

January 7, 2010

I like hardware as a design element. Done properly it works onstage, on television and in exhibits/environments. Despite how it might sound hardware can be elegant as well as gritty. I prefer elegance, but when gritty is required, we go gritty. Not in this post. Maybe tomorrow. At left, I think we have a great […]

2010 | Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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It’s a beach house?

January 6, 2010

It sure looks warm. But not beachy. At least not Jersey Beachy (wouldn’t that be shorey?). Although as a typical beach house it would be open to the elements rather than protecting the inhabitants from the elements. Either way, this is some good design and an exciting place to live, possibly work. I like the […]

2010 | Architecture | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Decals and Vectorworks 2010

September 14, 2009

I won’t say this is a masterpiece, but it was done quickly to illustrate a concept and it uses a new featire in Renderworks 2010 that I have been waiting for, waiting for a very long time. I have been using Vectorworks as a modeler for some years. Before Renderworks was added to the suite, […]

2009 | The Work, VectorWorks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (4)
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Baroque was modern once

September 10, 2009

It may not be my thing, but one has to appreciate the Baroque styles. If it stood still, these folks decorated it. And decorated it and decorated it again. In a May 2009 article, The New York Times discusses an exhibition of the baroque at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I didn’t make the show, […]

2009 | Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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A visit to MoMA will be in order

July 13, 2009

Not exactly sure how I feel about this work. I guees I will have to go and see for myself in real life. Pictures just don’t do it. I have selected one that I find exciting to use here, but there were some questionable objects… I’ll let MoMa speak for themselves: MoMA PRESENTS THE FIRST […]

2009 | Architecture, Art for Art's Sake, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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What is moderism?

July 11, 2009

An article on the LA Times website today raised this interesting question. There are related articles on modern retailing, you can look for them if you like. The LA Times (THE Times would be the New York one), provides a bit of basic history and philosophy. They make a basic connection between Moderism and sustainibility, […]

2009 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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What’s the password?

June 29, 2009

Looking for something to do on these warm summer nights? Well, if you’re in town on a Wednesday evening – why not visit a museum? No, no not that museum – The Museum of the City of New York. Now through August the Museum is hosting an outdoor speakeasy. On the menu – cocktails from […]

2009 | Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Live! from Philly or Phoenix, one of those places.

June 15, 2009

Some years back I designed a production of “The Petrified Forest” performed live on television, as it had been during the Golden Age of Television. Last night I related a funny story about the production, which I will now share with you. But first, some namedropping; The production starred Jack Klugman (playing the role originated […]

2009 | The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (2)

Architectural Follies

June 10, 2009

No, this is not a post about a show where there will be dancing architects, all wearing Daniel Libeskind Glasses, and little more… grimace and shudder. An Architectural Folly is a building built as decoration without any real function of shelter. I first became aware of Follies creating interpretive exhibits for the Montgomery Place historic […]

2009 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , Comments (2)
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National Portrait Gallery

May 1, 2009

In August, we visited Washington DC and amongst our stops was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery. It was our first visit (well ever) since a recently completed renovation. August was about 9 months after The New York Times reviewed the work of architect Norman Foster. Just about the right amount of time for […]

2009 | From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (3)
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