Photo © Kóan Jeff Baysa
Gas Station Architecture: Santa Monica Municipal Pump Reflection at Sunset
Photo © Yoshiharu Matsumura A new house in Osaka by Yuji Oda Architect Office
How do you talk about furniture? Gosh, we don’t really know. We asked ourselves, “How did all this come about?” but wow, that’s a pretty long and complicated story. We decided we wanted to describe these pieces as “field recordings” made of wood. While discussing what that might mean, we became interested in a term: “found design.” We all know what “found art” is (or isn’t?) What could “found design” be? Here is some found text via Google translations of Casa Brutus and Waterfall Magazine, two of our favorite Japanese publications, to help us all understand:
“Creating an ideal space. More freedom! And full of character evolution. Treasure from the basics too late to listen to people. Always present is a moral geometry. Like a record heat wave that comes barely softened. Let’s start preparing for the fall of art!”
You’ll find that each piece has a partial “found text” explanation for it. We swear they are more accurate than what we could ever say about them.
That said, we hope you like our simple plywood and OSB furniture. It was inspired by 70s DIY books, the ideas proposed in Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione project, Judd, Reitveld, Burton and Schindler. We’d love to hear what you think.
And please, buy some!
ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu
Author: Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart
European Release: September 20
International Release: September 27
Price: € 150,00 / $ 199,00 / £ 140,00
Format: 25.5 x 29.2
Features: 800 pages, full cover, hardcover, 2 volumes in slipcase
Design brand Moooi, defined by its CEO and Cofounder, Casper Vissers as ‘a serious company with a smile’ has opened the doors of its first permanent showroom & UK headquarters in London at Portobello Dock.
After opening showrooms in Antwerp and Milan earlier in the year the Moooi crew have now sailed to the UK, one of the company’s leading markets, a timely arrival to coincide with the capital’s celebrations for the London Design Festival …read the rest of this article »
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.
[goodbye] You have probably noticed by now that there are less posts on Japanese architectures lately. Gero who had posted about residential architecture in Japan by emerging architects left the blog over the summer to focus on his new career. Good luck to his new endeavor!
[hello] A few day ago, there was a post by my good friend with his ‘drive-by shooting’ photo in LA. Physician/curator Kóan Jeff Baysa (a.k.a. docsensei) is joining the blog to share his views on art, medicine, technology, architecture, fashion, design, cuisine, and scent.
Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa is a physician, curator, designer, writer, Whitney Museum ISP Curatorial Fellow alumnus, and a member of AICA, the association of international art critics. He has curated exhibitions internationally as well as for the Whitney Museum, Canon Corporation, and the United Nations. On the boards of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University and the Omi International Arts Center, he has presented lectures at the MoMA, Whitney Museum, NextMed, the Phillips Collection and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. He received a Ford Foundation grant to lecture at the Hanoi University of Culture and is the Chair of the Advisory Board for Collectrium, a tech company creating beautiful technology for the art world. Born and raised in Hawaii and completing his medical education as a fellow at UCSF, Dr. Baysa has segued from a clinical practice in allergy and clinical immunology to clinical research investigating neuroplasticity, olfactory stimuli, and memory disorders. His medical and curatorial practices bring the cultures of science, design, technology, and art together.
Welcome aboard, docsensei!
Nothing to say, just enjoy.
Photo © Kóan Jeff Baysa
Helios House BP was designed by Office dA in Boston and is located at the intersection of Robertson and Olympic boulevards in Los Angeles. This is hailed as the first environmentally-conscious gas station. With solar panels and a water catchment system, it was awarded LEED certification!