Saturday, February 28, 2009


Some much needed house attention this morning. A few images from around the perimeter.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Studio Job

Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel are Studio Job.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jurgen Bey

Dutch designer Jurgen Bey
Studio JurgenBey HERE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1960's Rosenthal

"Studio-Linie" for Rosenthal of Germany, designed by Tapio Wirkkala circa 1960-70

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Someday We'll Look Back

A few years ago I gave a lecture at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas, home of the prison museum. Although I did not tour the facility, I did see the former prison rodeo, and the exterior walls of the famous "Walls Prison", and they were indeed tall. On the bright side, I was  introduced to Dan Phillips, a sustainable pioneer in East Texas, and invited to his tree house and studio built from all salvaged materials. Below are a few photos of both, including a great ceiling made from remainder frame corners. Dan and his wife Marsha run Phoenix Commotion, working with communities to build these homes throughout Texas. It is a true jewel.
Phoenix Commotion HERE

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Home Archeology

Every so often we uncover some new shards of ceramic and glass in our garden. Yesterday, it appears as though we have found a match (see figure 2). It seems as though the match is from the Roxbury Semi-Porcelain factory in England, also showing a stamp of Ridgeway. It could date back to the mid 19th century. Our place was built in the early 1900's, so perhaps we are on to something. More to come as the research continues.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sevres Porcelain

French Porcelain manufacturer Sevres, originally founded in 1740. Great timeline from the Metropolitan Museum, HERE

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Library of Congress HERE