27.10.17

Architecture | The Seagram Building


I wish I could have been with Hiro as he stood in front of this building. For years upon years, I've seen him flick through and refer to this book. The Seagram Building emblazoned on the cover.









































































The Seagram Building in Manhattan, New York needs little introduction. It is an architectural masterpiece. With its heavyweight design background, provenance and sublime delivery, it created a precedent in modern architecture. The architect was the maestro Mies van der Rohe. Philip Johnson oversaw the interiors and the lighting designer was Richard Kelly (the godfather of architectural lighting design).

Completed in 1958, this 38 story structure of steel and glass was the most expensive building in the world.  Understandable when the  materials used included bronze, marble and travertine.

The Seagram Building is an elegant and exemplary masterclass of design at any given moment. But at night,  when the external fabric is revealed in silhouette, the building with the exuberance of a lantern - glows with refinement. Dieter Rams highlighted timelessness as being a vital principle of good design and the Seagram is precisely that. Timeless  even in the midst of progression. I'm sure every architect attempting to make their mark in New York, tips their hat in respect when they pass this building. 


LINKS FOR THE CURIOUS:

The Structure of Light by Richard Kelly

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20.10.17

From My Phone | Barbican




The Barbican has grown in popularity over the years. it’s no wonder that umpteen photos of the striking skyward-bound perpendicular Lauderdale House or the oasis like entrance to the Barbican Centre sweep across Instagram.  These days, not even its lofty conservatory can claim to be a secret sanctuary in London. The last time, I visited, I questioned if there were more people than plants on show.








































































But the Barbican still has its secrets, in the form of pleasing perspectives for those that drift away from the crowds.
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12.10.17

She Wears These Shoes On The Sea Shore







































I'm just about to pack my Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals away till my feet feel the heat of the sun again. 

But before I deposit them, along with the rest of my summer clothes into cedar block infused storage, I have to tell you that they were absolutely one of my best summer spends this year. I bought them with beachy intentions and because I figured that the pricier original cork versions wouldn't handle seawater, pebble and sand escapades as well.

I done good!

They've gone from beaches in Spain to beaches in Japan and even handled stomps around London without looking too shabby at the end of it all.

Alas, summer is done and autumn is no time for sandals, so these are getting a good clean before packed away along with my summer clothes till whenever the warm weather makes and appearance next year.



I bagged a bargain and bought them for £19.00 on ASOS during a sale - if you spot them in a clearance sale now - do yourself a favour and grab them for the next round of sun (fingers crossed).


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