Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fever Ray - "When I Grow Up"

Video directed by Martin De Thurah. Perfect video for this song; really beautiful shots, storyline everything. The haunting vodoo scene - set in the ideal(?) Swedish suburb, somehow captures exactly what Karin Dreijer's music is about. Part Roy Andersson - part David Lynch. Watch in full-screen.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fabricius/Kastholm II

68 diametres of copper delight. From Nordisk Solar Compagni.



The picture above was not taken 40 years ago, for the sofa pictured was conceived in 2008 by Jean-Marie Massaud. Yet it could have easily been designed anytime during the last century. It stands as a definition of timeless design, like the Eames 670, the Barcelona chair or the Chesterfield furniture before it. I cannot imagine any room of any style, colour or use where it would seem out of place. It. Is. Awesome.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gropius Residence

These amazing pictures of the home of Walter Gropius in Lincoln, Massachusetts, are from the photo-book Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson. The house was built in 1938 and remained his home until his death in 1969. It is declared a National Historic Landmark and is now owned by Historic New England and open to the public.

From Wikipedia:

"Set amid fields, forests, and farmhouses, the Gropius House mixes up the traditional materials of New England architecture (wood, brick, and fieldstone) with industrial materials such as glass block, acoustical plaster, and chrome banisters. The house structure consists of a traditional New England post and beam wooden frame, sheathed with white painted tongue and grove vertical siding. Traditional clapboards are used in the interior foyer, but are applied vertically. Striking as it is, the house was built with economy in mind, and total construction costs were $18,000."

All of Mr. Gropius' posessions are left in the house, which is why these pictures give you the sense of him having just left the room.

More information and pictures:


Wright Scandinavian Design, November 18

Poul Henningsen PH4, 1932

Frits Henningsen, 1930

Bernt Petersen, 1959

Axel Salto, ca. 1940

Acton Bjørn, ca. 1950

Hans J. Wegner, 1955

Hans J. Wegner, 1960

Bodil Kjær, ca. 1960

Ib Kofod Larsen, ca. 1960

Henrik Armtorp, ca. 1950

Timo Sarpaneva, 1964

Finn Juhl, ca. 1953

Josef Frank, 1940

Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1956

Erik Höglund, ca. 1960

Poul Kjærholm, 1960

Poul Kjærholm, 1971

Johan Petter Johansson, ca. 1930

Poul Nørreklit, ca. 1970

Friday, November 5, 2010