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8.25.2014

6.19.2014

Song Stein House

framing progress at the Song-Stein House - 
skylights and openings are framed in, 
the window and door openings are ready, 
and the central interior volumes are taking shape.

The shape of the space is already legible.





6.16.2014

Menlo Park Addition and Remodel

This project was completed last year, 
and now the fence is in.


6.13.2014

Sego Kitchen progress

The kitchen is nearly done here.  
Fine-tuning the lights, and working on the punch list.
We'll be waiting on a few Miele appliances to finish it all out, 
and there are a few remaining pieces of cabinetry still due in.

This shot shows the induction cooktop in action.





6.12.2014

Mahony May Studio

The back yard studio is complete, 
and here are some snapshots from the Dwell photoshoot last month.  
Look for it in the September issue!








6.10.2014

succulents

succulent shopping out on Hwy 92.
This space is beautiful, and they have a nice selection.


The corrugated plastic walls give a nice diffuse, even light to the whole space.




9.20.2013

sardinian rugs


Patricia Urquiola's incredible Sardinian Rugs 
from Moroso







available at DZINE in SF

8.06.2013

mod customizable earphones


Miya lets you customize the colors of your earphones, 
and they come with 3 different sizes of earbud.  
These might vanish less than the apple earbuds...  






6.17.2013

Community Advice posters by Susan O'Malley


Susan O'Malley
recently posted her
along Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto.

Simple but profound, they are the artifacts of her recent art piece at the the Palo Alto Art Center, in which she interviewed people about the advice they would give to their 8-year-old selves and their 80-year-old selves.




















get them here

5.30.2013

white + color


When in doubt, choose white.

Case study: offices of Sagmeister & Walsh


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4.18.2013

4.16.2013

givers are the biggest winners


Maria Popova reviews
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success,
by Adam Grant

"Givers, takers, and matchers all can— and do— achieve success.  But there’s something distinctive that happens when givers succeed: it spreads and cascades.  When takers win, there’s usually someone else who loses.  Research shows that people tend to envy successful takers and look for ways to knock them down a notch.  In contrast, when [givers] win, people are rooting for them and supporting them, rather than gunning for them.  Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them.  You’ll see that the difference lies in how giver success creates value, instead of just claiming it."

4.08.2013

cult of done


Makerbot founder Bre Pettis's Cult of Done is not new 
but I can't stop thinking about it.

"Laugh at perfection.  
It's boring and keeps you from being done."






This is also pretty funny:



4.05.2013

home as inhabitable sculpture


I do like the way the building has entire walls of glass,
framing the landscape in 3D.




"The use of raw concrete and formal expressiveness are directly linked with the Sculpture House project, begun in 1962 by architect Jacques Gillet, whose constructive principle and idea of intuitive creation challenge the aesthetics of postwar modernism and instead return to the ancient roots of human existence, nature and organic architecture."

from domus


4.04.2013

DIY concrete lamp


this is on my "someday" to-do list.






read the whole post on Remodelista

4.03.2013

4.02.2013

nice table from alkimeubles



oak veneer table

"Most of the time we are not aware of what truly stimulates our spirit; it is intangible. KIMUA is a nod to memory, an interpretation of the reminiscences that once made us happy and that, having given them form, remain there forever, without fear of neglect or the passage of time…"


4.01.2013

choices


Trust your own instinct.  
Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder


Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.
- unknown


What you do today is important, 
because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
- unknown





3.29.2013

short video portraits of forts


these minute-long video "Fortraits"
of people building small rustic buildings
are highly worth watching.

I'm inspired.










discovered via cabin porn


topanga cabin


the folks who run General Store in SF and LA
have been busy building by hand again,
this time in Topanga





3.05.2013

Node Chair


sweet video - a furniture love story!







designed by Ideo

manufactured by Steelcase


2.22.2013

2.05.2013

interior portraits




Lois Dodd "Loft Interior" 1968




Kathleen Melian, "Remains of Desire" 2012




Karen Kilimnik "The Head Witch's House, Reception Room", 2005




Maira Kalman "The Glass House" 2005


more at painting box