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February 3, 2006

Twisted Tower [de Young Museum] Jewelry Box


San Francisco's spectacular new de Young Museum (below),


designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has had a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"–like effect on designers in many areas.

You will recall how Richard Dreyfuss in the early part of that film became obsessed with building a strangely–shaped clay mound in his home, little knowing that it was a sign from the aliens that they'd be landing in a place that resembled his creation.

Maybe Herzog & de Meuron are aliens, now that I think about it.

Maybe we're all aliens.

I mean, "Stranger in a Strange Land" wasn't just the title of a book, you know....

But I digress.

From artist Miki Szabo comes the Australian lacewood jewelry box pictured at the top of this post, sculpted from a single slab of wood.

It uncoils to reveal seven silk velvet–lined compartments for your treasures.

Better make sure you really, really like someone before you give her this.

The box comes in two sizes: the small is 7" x 4" x 11" tall; the large is 10" x 5" X 16" high.

$1,050 and $1,950, respectively, here.

But perhaps you don't have a computer (I don't know why that amuses me so but it does which is why I keep repeating it): no problema.

Call 415-750-3642 and you can do it the old–fashioned way.

You know how to do things the old–fashioned way, don't you?

You just... ah, never mind.

[via Karen E. Steen and the New York Times "Currents" feature]

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The new deyoung "spectacular"??? Have you been? I must rant. Humbly. With respect. The DeYoung is an atrocity. An architectural virus invader from the bleaktropolis Los Angeles...or a communist apartment block in East Berlin. Who put this pointless sterile grey bus-terminal-with-air-traffic-control-tower in the middle of our beautiful park? Who designed the utterly unnavigable interior? Who's idea was the cantilevered 400 ton steel awning over nothing on the west side? I could shred something about every aspect of this design. It is horrific. How did little Bilbao get its wild-progressive-daring-exhuberant Gehry Guggenheim, and San Francisco, arguably America's most design-oriented progressively cultural city, end up with this!? Bad flow, bad ergonomics, harsh/intrusive/jarring exterior aethetics. A giant waste of effort and materials that ignores everything humans have codified about great architecture (exteriors and interiors) during 4,000 years of evolution and experimentation. The fine collection of art and artifacts contained within might as well be housed in an underground crypt. It gives me a headache to think about it...

The only thing new worth seeing at this location is Andy Goldsworthy's inspired "Faultline" in the walkway leading to the museum's front entrance...(http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/04/28/DDGAECFM3L1.DTL ).

Now if only that hair's breadth fissure would open up and engulf the edifice...

Posted by: sb | Feb 4, 2006 12:07:09 PM


Perhaps you are on to something here... Reading your post on the twist of things, this fairly recent apartment building in Malmö in the very south of Sweden came to mind. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, it has a definite twist... See this link to Wikipedia:


Posted by: Oz | Feb 4, 2006 8:34:18 AM

I want it. I must have it.

Posted by: Ginger | Feb 3, 2006 1:40:29 PM

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