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Peter Beard

January 29, 2017

Peter Beard at home in Montauk. 

Image courtesy of Whalebone

Peter Beard is an amazing photographer and a socialite. He befriended Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger; and Beard was known for his love of nightlife and for his complete eccentricity. Beard spent much of his time in Kenya capturing the local wildlife and retelling the stories of the local tribes. While Beard was not much of a business man, often trading works of art for a dinner bill, his art is now making a big comeback. We particularly appreciate his understanding of the changes that have occurred in Kenya over the past 40 years, as close to the source as he is!

“When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. Kenya’s population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless “wild—deer—ness” – it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game — so enormous it appeared inexhaustible.Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya’s population of over 30 million drains the country’s limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.

The beautiful play period has come to an end. Millions of years of evolutionary processes have been destroyed in the blink of an eye.

The Pleistocene is paved over, cannibalism is swallowed up by commercialism, arrows become AK- 47s, colonialism is replaced by the power, the prestige and the corruption of the international aid industry. This is The End Of The Game over and over.

What could possibly be next? Density and stress — aid and AIDS, deep blue computers and Nintendo robots, heart disease and cancer, liposuction and rhinoplasty, digital pets and Tamagotchi toys deliver us into the brave new world.”

Image courtesy of: Design Father

Image courtesy of: Photogrist

Image courtesy of: Afritorial

Posted in: Fine Art

From when she first appeared on the scene roughly 20 years ago, people have been drawn (no pun intended) to Cecily Brown. The British-born, New York City-based artist who draws inspirations from a variety of masters such as Edgar Degas and William Hogworth, has been "on fire" with her painting going for asking prices reaching the seven figures.

A recent retrospective, "Rehearsal" was a new view into the artist's process. More than 80 previously unseen drawings were presented at Brown's first ever solo museum exhibition at New York's Drawing Center. How exactly did Brown chose which ones to display from the hundreds of drawings in her procession? Brown thought it best to showcase those that best showcase her close attention to detail and the intricate discovery process she undergoes as she interprets masterworks. Claire Gilman, a curator at the Drawing Center, perhaps said it best, "You can see real sincerity and how deeply felt this process is for her. She is really grappling with every image." We couldn't agree more!

Cecily BrownStrolling Actresses (After Hogarth), 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. 

Image courtesy of: Drawing Center

Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache and ink, 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Cecily Brown.

Here, Ms. Brown derives inspiration from Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" album. 

Image courtesy of: Drawing Center

"Rehearsal", was an amazing retrospective that closed last month, (December, 2016). Brown's drawings have always been very private. She never thought to display them until a curator friend suggested she share her amazing drawings so that people could get a glimpse into her intimate process. We are glad someone was able to convince Brown to do just that!

Image courtesy of: W Magazine

Cecily Brown in her New York City studio.

Image courtesy of: Town and Country Magazine, photographed by: Kevin Trageser

Posted in: Fine Art

It's during this time of year that many of us want to vacation in the sun and warmth; yet, we want to showcase a magical resort we recently came upon. For those seeking something different, check out Finland's Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

Guests can do anything from dogsledding during wintertime to rafting on the picturesque Lemmenjoki River during the summer. Year-round, if you want to take a dip in the natural spring and it's frozen, staff will cut an individual hole for you. What a magical experience!

With very few lights "polluting" the sky, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a wonderful place to see the majestic Northern Lights. From mid-August through the end of April, you don't even have to leave your glass igloo to see the lights; simply look UP and you'll see them while cozy in your glass hut! Certainly, this is a "bucket list" item!

The glass igloos come in two sizes: 2 and 4-person rooms. We love that this can either be a family vacation or a romantic getaway. 

Image courtesy of: Luxury Escapes

Each igloo has a toilet and beds. Evenings can be spent in hot saunas or in the ice holes nearby. The glass igloos are built from a special thermal glass so the temperature inside the igloo remain quite warm. If you prefer a more rustic approach, you can sleep in a snow igloo where the temperature stays around -3°C and -6°C. If you choose this option, let us know how it is... we'll stay in the heated igloos instead!

Image courtesy of: Design Milk

Aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights, is a natural light display in the night's sky that occurs in Arctic regions between August and April. The colors are amazing and completely unique to the Arctic Circle!

Image courtesy of: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

This is the view from inside one of Kakslauttanen's glass igloos.

Image courtesy of: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Posted in: Culture

Wooden Skyscrapers

January 25, 2017

The Horyuji Temple or Temple of the Flourishing Law in Japan has survived wind, rain, fire and earthquakes for over 1,400 years. It is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Analysis of its central pillar has shown it is from a tree cut down in 594.

Wood is starting to gain traction as a structural building material for skyscrapers. The advantages would include lighter buildings requiring reduced foundations, reduced C02 emissions, quieter construction sites and faster construction schedules. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) uses timber sections glued together with their grains at right angles, making it much stronger than the original wood. Sprinkler systems and concrete flooring should alleviate concerns about fire. Although large timbers are usually safe from fire as the surface would char, protecting the interior. Here are a few of our favorite examples new wooden skyscrapers. 

The 5-story Temple of the Flourishing Law in Japan.

Image courtesy of Japan Visitor.

Tall Wood House at Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, currently under construction. Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, Tall Wood House will be 18 stories when finished later this year.

Image courtesy of Structure Monitoring Technology.

HAUT will begin construction later this year. Team V Architectuur designed HAUT to rise 21 stories. It will be the tallest timber building in the Netherlands. Cantilevered balconies and cut-outs to create double-height balconies of visual interest on the wooden exterior.

Image courtesy of Arch Daily.

A closer rendering of the exterior of HAUT by Team V Architectuur.

Image courtesy of Arch Daily.

Trätoppen is a conceptual design by Anders Berensson. It would be the tallest building in Stockholm. The CLT would support the structure while the cladding would be made up of wood numbers referring to the floor number.

Image courtesy of Dezeen.

The River Beech Tower is a conceptual proposal designed by Perkins+Will. 80 stories would top it out as the tallest timber skyscraper in the world. The tower, sited for the South branch of the Chicago River, would reference the John Hancock Center with wood X-bracing across the central atrium and an exterior diagrid carrying the weight of the building.
Image courtesy of Arch Daily.

A rendering showing the structure of the River Beech Tower by Perkins+Will.

Image courtesy of Arch Daily.

PLP Architecture worked with Cambridge University to propose the Oakwood Timber Tower forLondon. If built, it would be the tallest timber skyscraper in the world.

Image courtesy of Inhabitat.

Posted in: Architecture
Tagged: Architecture ARCHITECHT WOOD

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