Wednesday December 11, 2013
to flashing lights and holiday glitz. I need the playful spirit embraced by Charles and Ray Eames
just like in this 1946 photo of Charles with a Christmas tree made of molded-plywood chair legs.
Some of the most beautiful decorations are simple, economical, and eco-friendly. Check out these decorating ideas from the House & Garden Experts here at About.com:
Circa 1946 photograph from the exhibition "The Work of Charles & Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention," Furniture, Library of Congress in partnership with the Vitra Design Museum
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Keep it simple, stupid. Maybe an architect first came up with that phrase.
It could have come from Adolf Loos, the Viennese architect who taught the virtues of simplicity and functionality. Born on December 10, 1870 in what is now the Czech Republic, Loos worked with his stone mason father before becoming an architect. The simplicity of stone and classical lines is what drives his professional designs.
In spite of his many houses in Vienna, Loos may be better known for his ideas than his buildings. In his collected essays "Ornament & Crime" (compare prices) Loos compared architectural decoration to human passions that lead to sin. His 1910 Goldman and Salatsch Building shown here was criticized for being too plain.
The Adolf Loos House (Goldman and Salatsch Building), photo by Flickr member Istvan, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
Saturday December 7, 2013
Sunk on this day in 1941, the battleship Arizona
is the foundation for a graceful floating museum.
Architect Alfred Preis designed the USS Arizona Memorial as a solemn monument to the thousands who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. The museum structure protects but does not touch the historic ship. This model shows how.
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Photo © Stan Shebs, licensed under CC Share Alike 3.0 Unported via Wikimedia Commons
Wednesday December 4, 2013
When New Englanders headed west, they brought their eastern ideas... and their notions of what makes a home.
Thomas Oliver Larkin remodeled the Old Custom House
shown here into a style he developed. Made of adobe, the two story home has a second floor balcony and a low-pitched roof with wide eaves. The idea caught on, and the style became known as Monterey
, named for the California town were Larkin settled.
Does your home have a second floor balcony? Perhaps it is a Monterey Revival, inspired by the historic style.
Photo of Monterey Customhouse by Kristen (Krimp) Fuentes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons