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Bookshelf porn (dot com)

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in Architecture, Books, Featured

Bookshelfporn.com is a tumblr that documents bookshelves. Period. Excellent resource.

How to make a tipi

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 in Architecture, Books, Children, History

I thought it would be fun to someday make a tipi with my son so I went a searching on the web and found these charming illustrations by Ellsworth Jaeger from his 1945 publication, Wildwood Wisdom. Maybe someday I’ll get to it. For now, archived.

Serious play

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 in Architecture, Children, Toys

This NYTimes article on very serious playhouse construction explores an interesting little market. Definitely check out the slideshow

Dream home in Stockbridge, MA

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Antiques, Architecture, Decay, Home Improvement

Another day has come when I’d rather die than go to sleep knowing I cannot have this toy. Oh the joys and pains of owning a house like this. Unbelievable. Quick, someone give me a really big account. I’m gonna need at least a million bucks and a year off to bring this elegant, old lady back to life.

The Architect’s Desk by Hans Wegner

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Architecture, Furniture, Hardware

My friend Mark passed this on to me. I’ll let him do the talking: “That is God’s own office set. I knew about Wegner, but this just melted my head. So good.” Check out the chair. Tx Mark!

Building slump closes a whole town

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Architecture, Business, Home Improvement, Manufacturing

This article in msnbc.com reports on how the housing slump slowed construction, slowing sales of USG brand Sheetrock, forcing the shutdown of one of its plants, thus closing an entire town in Neveda. An entire zip code will be discontinued. Wild.

BAM: terra cotta components

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 in Architecture, Brooklyn, History, Process

 

Protected by chain link fence in a section of a parking lot across the street from Brooklyn Academy of Music there are some magnificent pieces of slip-cast ornamental terra cotta lying around. They are definitely part of BAM’s facade, but whether or not they are original, on their way out or on their way back up onto the building I do not know. I presume they are excess as restoration work was completed some time ago. Anyway, scroll through the gallery above to see more…

Brooklyn Technical High School

Brooklyn Tech, as it’s known, has some great stone work on its facade, with inspiring machine age iconography. The building was built from 1930-33, at the exact time as Rockefeller Center, and its exterior iconography is of the same post-crash, WPA vintage and spirit, calling people to work hard and to excel in sciences, technology, industry and American innovation. We seriously need a big ass booster shot of that stuff in this country. Read more on wikipedia… and marvel at the facilities originally housed inside for educating young New Yorkers in real trades.

West Village iron security detail

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 in Architecture, New York

This lovely entrance to a townhouse on Bleecker has beautiful, gothic cast iron grills attached to the insides of the door’s two glass panels. Excellent pattern. I like how the orientation of the longer elements contributes to verticality of the entire doorway’s composition.