Brand new and really beautiful lamps from Caleb Seimon of United Glass. Three different ranges. Heavy clear glass, smaller colored transparent and white with cream that are reminiscent of Fulvio Bianconi's work for Venini.
Soon to be available at OK.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Another custom frame and build by Eric Zimmerman. Classic Mixte style or our good friend Daisey.
According to Daisey it rides at least as good as it looks. Not just a weekend bike this is getting used as a daily commuter. Not shown are the panniers and front case.
Believe it or not, the Mafac "Racer" brakes are the only vintage components on the bike. Eric says he designed the entire bike around them.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Silver Ridge Terrace. Another great Silverlake street for architecture.
From top to bottom.
The Howe House. 1925 Rudolph Schindler's masterpiece. Recently received a museum level restoration and is reportedly on the market.
The Hawk House. 1939 Harwell H. Harris. Natural, Japanese-inspired, modest, always great.
The Sabsay House. 1940 J.R. Davidson.
Murakami (no relation) House. A.E.Morris 1962. Not nearly as interesting as his studio house a few doors over (an amazing, contemporized wright inspired house) which is impossible to photograph from the street.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Kobo-shobu is a traditional Japanese craft center for developmentally disabled (Down Syndrome and severely autistic mostly) adults in Kagoshima.
About half of the craftspeople live on-site, the other half live with their families and spend their days there.
The ones we met were wonderful. I am not convinced about the wisdom of letting them work with power tools, the Japanese apparently have a very different attitude about liability.
For me, the woodwork was the most interesting, I expect to receive a shipment from there soon. They also have an embroidery workshop, ceramics studio, washi-paper studio, bakery and store.
People ask me all the time why "OK".
The story is not really very interesting. What is interesting is how often you see it out in the world.
I have been told it is the second most known word on the planet.
First is Coca-Cola.