Huguette Caland

Loving the black and white work of Los Angeles based Lebanese artist Huguette Caland! My favorites .... her little black ink drawings and the metal & thread Rossinante sculptures.

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You can see most of Huguette's work @

10,000 Monks praying for a better world

Discovered on Facebook via Shawn W. (his picture).

Bosco Verticale - Vertical Forest

This project is currently under construction in Milan, Italy!!!

"Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory
. Bosco Verticale is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city. It is a model that operates correlated to the policies for reforestation and naturalization of the large urban and metropolitan borders (Metrosbosco). Metrobosco and Bosco Verticale are devices for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities. Together they create two modes of building links between nature and city within the territory and within the cities of contemporary Europe.

The first example of a Bosco Verticale composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, will be realized in the center of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighborhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall) apart from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants.
On flat land, each Bosco Verticale equals, in amount of trees, an area equal to 10.000 sqm of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 50.000 sqm.

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates and produces energy. The Bosco Verticale aids in the creation of a micro-climate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building. Additionally Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will contribute, together with the aforementioned micro-climate to increase the degree of energetic self sufficiency of the two towers. The management and maintenance of the Bosco Verticale’s vegetation will be centralized and entrusted to an agency with an office counter open to the public."

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For more information and images of the project, click on the above link.

Asphalte Laurence Favory

Supporting friends .... Pearl, this is for you!

Opening Night - Thursday, November 3 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Exhibit until November 26, 2011

Galerie De Vos - Espace Seven
7 rue Bonaparte
Paris 75006

Sweet Fine Day - Calendar

If you love food ... this is a calendar for you! Discovered on the very cool blog, this 2012 calendar is actually available through Etsy.

Jenna Park is a designer and the co-owner and creative director behind the Brooklyn confectionery company, Whimsy & Spice. She photographs, styles and designs all the creative efforts behind the company's brand.

In the mood for ... Elsworth Kelly

Hedi Slimane - California Song

Select California bands will contribute to the installation, using a fragmentary sound system, and panoramic scores

Hedi Slimane's "Califorina Period" served to not only extend his explorations of urban youth out of the European platforms of Berlin and London, but gave his photography the merit of truly capturing the modern youth of California . Slimane achieved this in a way no other photographer of this generation has. Quality of light met a defined quality of life and, as such , mutual myths (of both Slimane and of California's youth) were perpetrated. Clips from the press release post jump

Slimane's exhibition at MOCA will be divided into two parts. An installation and a series of black-and-white print photographs from his California years will be presented on the ground floor, and a sonic, motion-photography installation, produced specifically for MOCA, will be featured on the second floor. The installation will reference a multi-projection, cubic, architectural format, which Slimane has constructed in previous exhibitions to present his photographs, using serial construction and repetition to create an archaic form of cinematic narration. Slimaneʼs allusive portraiture, in which photographs, portraits, and still life compositions are often signs or fragments of a portrait, will be projected in a repetitive, almost ritual, manner. The installation will also address “performance act,” as defined for the first time in Slimaneʼs photographic essay, Stage (2004), and will include a live performance space underneath the projection.

Select California bands, such as No Age, will contribute to the installation, using a fragmentary sound system, and composing panoramic scores—extended, visual song formats—which will form a dialogue with and define a sonic vocabulary for the photographs.

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Ruffle Necklace

Loving this ruffle necklace listed on Etsy ... and is available for purchase here!

See other handmade ruffle collars by clicking on this link:

A-Line Skirt by Luxirare

Loving this A-Line skirt by Luxirare ... to see more designs from her, go to


Loving the work of ceramic artists Gertrud Natzler (American, born Austria. 1908-1971) and Otto Natzler (American, born Austria. 1908-2007).

Some of these can be viewed @ though there is an upcoming exhibition right here in LA. (the above images are from

Form and Glaze

October 22 – November 26, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 5-8pm

166 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036

Phone: (323) 933-5557
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm

To read the full announcement ... click here.

Thanks to Juna B. for letting me know about it!

The Silk Farm - B&B

"Owned by a pair of architects, this is an immaculately restored rustic Provençal farmhouse, surrounded by vines, at the foot of the villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste.

The former silk farm has a delightful inner courtyard with summer kitchen and salon, large swimming pool, lawns and gardens around the property. Inside the authentic architecture is complimented by old and new furniture and artefacts from Provence as well as items collected from the silk road."

This surprisingly affordable listing from is just one of many incredible properties for rent by the night or by the week - this one is Provence.

Fore more information such as price and availablility, click here.

Derek Wilson - CERAMICS

Loving the exquisite work of Irish artist Derek Wilson.

In his own words ...

"My ideas spring from a complex blending of the abstract to the familiar, evident in both the functional ware and sculpture that I make. My objects, in their color, shape and materiality, reference the ideas of restraint, containment and minimalism. My search for a simplicity of form draws inspiration upon a diverse range of sources from mid-century British Constructivism to the history of the ceramic industry in Europe and Asia. I work in celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware and my objects, whether they are made to be used or not, tend to be placed in groupings – evoking communality and sociability. My aim is to push the boundaries of a traditional and diverse art form through playing with its aesthetics, materiality and processes. Fundamentally, my work is essentially made to be used in everyday life."

Derek Wilson Ceramics
25-51 York Street Belfast
Co.Antrim BT15 1ED

+44 786 0533681

The PNKYRNG Collection by Dina Kamal

Dina Kamal is an architect and a jewellery designer based in Beirut.

Below is a peak look at her first jewellery collection made and launched last summer at London's Dover Street Market. For more information and see her full line of jewelry, go to

In her own words ....

"Throughout history, the pinky ring, signet ring, or chevaliere, has implied status, style, and attitude.

From the Pharaohs to ancient Rome where royalty and clergy had their pinky rings embossed with symbols and seals, to dandies, and mafia, to the glamorous women of the 1930s who defined their avant-garde attitudes through fashion, to the silver screen icons, movie, jazz, rock, hip-hop and rap stars, the pinky ring is – and always has been – shorthand for distinction, style and attitude.

In a contemporary style, and from an architect’s perspective, the DK01 PNKYRNG Collection re-defines the shape of the signet ring and sets a revival for the pinky ring or chevalière.

DK01 is design practice focusing on unique ideas for precious objects and architectural projects."