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October 10, 2019

Tokyo Chaise Longue (1940) — Charlotte Perriand

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Wrote Helena Madden in the Robb Report:

When 24-year-old designer Charlotte Perriand applied for a studio job in 1927, she was rejected outright, told only: "We don't embroider cushions here." 

Not to be discouraged, she landed the role only a month later with her breakout piece, Bar Sous le Toit, a design of a bar setup that's an homage to the aesthetic potential of chromed tubular steel.

A 60-year career followed, spawning many a now-classic piece: a modular bookshelf, slingback chair, chaise longue (above), and kitchen-bar concept among them.

But while her contributions to contemporary design were undoubtedly numerous, today only a select few know and attribute them to Perriand.

In the spirit of finally giving credit where credit is due, Fondation Louis Vuitton is presenting an exhibition of the late revolutionary's work.

In the main show for the fall season, the program will spread Perriand's designs across all four of the Paris museum's floors and celebrate not only her individual furnishings but also her larger art de vivre philosophy, which draws together the worlds of architecture, art, and design to create a sense of personal harmony and well-being.

"It was intimately connected to her life, her vision of the world and modern society, and her relationship to the body and its movement in a given space," says curator Jacques Barsac. "It's absolutely contemporary."

Visitors will walk through reconstructions of Perriand's exhibitions over the years, from her early collaborations with architect Le Corbusier (who made the embroidery comment; he was later persuaded to reconsider) to the rooms she curated during her time abroad in Japan.

Each will pair designs with the sculptures and paintings she selected to sit alongside them.

She's an ancestor of the modern woman — a free woman — and her pieces are still very much a part of our landscape," added Barsac. "People continue to purchase them without even knowing they were designed 70, 90 years ago."

The show will remain up through February 24, 2020.

October 10, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The best running songs of all time

Men's Health just chose its top 50; I was gobsmacked as I went down the list and espied not a single one of my top 50.

My top 20 (which varies, depending on my mood) in no particular order:

• Raspberry Beret

• Little Red Corvette

• Jump

• Gloria (Laura Branigan)

• Sharp Dressed Man

• Liar Liar

• Magic Carpet Ride

• Eye Of The Tiger

• Hey Hey, Goodbye

• 96 Tears

• Heroes

• Walk This Way

• Paradise City

• Bad To The Bone

• Takin' Care Of Business

• Book Of Love

• Mr. Roboto

• Sweet Home Alabama

• Rock The Boat

• Alive And Kicking

October 10, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)


Looks like Google's skunk works equivalent has been busy.

From the website:

Project Heaviside is Kitty Hawk’s latest high-performance electric VTOL vehicle.

It is designed to be fast, small, and exceedingly quiet, taking advantage of new possibilities to free people from traffic.

The Heaviside vehicle is roughly 100 times quieter than a regular helicopter.

Once in the air, the vehicle blends into the background noise of a city or suburb, barely discernible to the human ear.

Heaviside can travel from San Jose to San Francisco in 15 minutes and uses less than half the energy of a car.

Fast, small, quiet — introducing Heaviside.

"Real soon now" for once appears to be more than a figure of speech.

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Can't wait to take a ride in one.

October 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Catalina OS 10.15 Application Icons

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Noodling around after my new OS finally installed itself, I had a look at my Applications in various forms.

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Usually I just use the alphabetized list but for some reason I clicked on the icon format

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and was rewarded with the beautiful array above and below.

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There's a reason I'm a fanboi — in fact, many reasons, but Apple's design elegance and whimsy is certainly high on my list.

October 10, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Country Land Size Poster

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Most interesting, and an excellent counterpoint to the grossly distorted wall maps prevalent in U.S. classrooms.

Check out the U.S. vs. Australia vs. India: I had no idea.

24" x 33".


October 10, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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