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Bucky slept here

Pals Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi frequented the Roger Smith Hotel on Lexington Avenue at 47th Street in Manhattan and ‘most certainly saw this vaulted relief ceiling in the penthouse. Urban legend has it that this ceiling pattern at least partially inspired Fuller in the design of his famous geodesic dome.

The Treachery of Images


© Bertrand Fèvre
 
The first prize of the International Creation of Limoges Porcelain Award was given to the 33-piece suspended sculpture of porcelain, Ceci n’est pas (70 x 100 x 70 cm) by Bertrand Fèvre, invoking the infamous Rene Magritte painting, La trahison des images (1928–29). The artist, playing with materiality, utility, scale, volume, symbology, and perspective, confronts the inherent duality and contradictions of the quotidian, while praising issues of universality, heritage and craftsmanship. For three generations, the Raynaud family has created the renown Limoges porcelain chinaware. Limoges, in west-central France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is world-famous for its 19th century porcelain, medieval enamels on copper and oak barrels used in aging Cognac Continue Reading

Lamellar Ceiling Structure

Unusual ceiling treatment in a building that formerly housed Boeing’s Continental Graphics and an Edsel car dealership. The block is now being developed to become the locus of a new destination district in Los Angeles.

Psychogeography

A three-dimensional map of the lower Manhattan skyline made of a Jell-O-like material by Liz Hickok, from the exhibition, You Are Here → Mapping the Psychogeography of New York City at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery till 5 November 2010. Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by theorist Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”

Cloudscapes

Presented by Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo Architects at the recent Venice Biennial of Architecture, indoor clouds were formed by stacking a warm humid layer (25C, 100% RH) between a lower cool dry layer (18C, 40% RH) and a higher hot dry layer (37C, 60% RH). Although technologically different, it invokes images of Diller and Scofidio’s 2002 Blur building and Cai Guo-Qiang’s pyrotechnics.

Portrait of Shingo Francis, Casa del Mar, Santa Monica, California


Photo © Kóan Jeff Baysa
 
Born to an American impressionist painter father and a Japanese contemporary filmmaker mother, Shingo has established himself as a global artist achieving special recognition at ARCO in Spain, among other places, and through notable exhibitions in Japan and in the U.S.

His opening at the 5 Star Hotel Casa del Mar, was well-attended by friends of Shingo and friends of his parents, spanning generations. Along with another artist, Felicia, who created a wonderful image incorporating an existing mirror, Shingo floated painted paper spheres above the expansive lounge, mounted translucent colored spheres in windows, and installed colored hula hoop sculptures in the beach sand in front of the hotel. He also showed framed works hung on walls throughout the hotel’s main areas.