Antique trike. Photo by KR at Renninger’s Antique Market in Kutztown, PA. Totally walked right by it. Blessed is the wife who seeth all.
A lot of people think that firetrucks are just a colorful and loud way of getting really awesome people in amazing outfits around town to do their hero’s work. It’s not that simple. Inside every hose truck, not to be confused with ladder truck, is an extremely sophisticated water pump engine that controls the flow from a hydrant through FDNY hoses or into a building’s sprinkler system to regulate and optimize hydrostatic pressure. You wanna talk about interaction design? Check that shit out!
One of the things I love most about my friend Jeremy Zilar is that when we need to get together to talk, I get to go have lunch at the New York Times Building. I love that building. I really respect the work of Renzo Piano. It’s a joy to get to go up into all that elegant and mechanical steel. The man knows his connections.
Downtown jewelry store Doyle & Doyle has a clever chair rail detail throughout the interior that allows its employees to insert velvet jewelry trays into a reveal, thus holding them in place, enabling two handed operation of locked display cabinets and removal of jewelry, and catching anything that falls from the display mounts accidentally. It’s a highly functional and ergonomic design detail, integrated perfectly into the historic wall space of the chair rail. Our eye likes to see the chair rail as a pleasing horizontal line, but in a space without chairs, it is superfluous ornament. I love to see classical architectural ornament come to life with new uses!
And yes, I did get her something for mother’s day.
I’m a cast hardware and fittings geek so I had to stop to check out these bolt-on climbing pegs for a 4 inch sprinkler main with an inspector’s drain valve and shut off way out of reach from the floor. (Reminds me my plumber keeps telling me I have to paint my main sprinkler branch red. Ugh… Endless home improvement.)