Thursday, February 24, 2011

Frank, do you sleep?

Frank Gehry opens another stunning design! This time in a place where I lived, and perhaps will live again in the near future, lower Manhattan. I will admit, I'm sure this is quite out of my own price range, but how gorgeous. I am so in love with this building. I am hoping to plan another trip back to N.Y.C. in the Spring and hope to visit this stunning structure. Gehry never ceases to amaze me. With each project I am thoughtfully surprised. Just when you think he is going to turn left, he turns you upside down.

As someone who had the opportunity to visit this exact area in Manhattan not more than 6 months ago, I can honestly say...I had no clue this was going on. This particular area needed a new gimmick and Gehry has given us a reason to revisit this section of the city. Had it not been so close to my apartment I don't believe I would have even had the opportunity to see this location.

"A standard inclusion on every architect’s checklist is the ground-up design of a bonafide skyscraper. Surprisingly, Frank Gehry checks his off only this year with the completion of the 870-foot New York by Gehry. The delay of this particular accomplishment, however, becomes somewhat more coherent when one begins to count the superlatives attached to the 76-story residential tower—the Western Hemisphere’s tallest—and mixed-use development on Spruce Street in lower Manhattan." 

"The architect’s signature ripples come courtesy of stainless-steel curtain wall cladding the exterior. Those undulations, the influence of which the architect attributes to Gianlorenzo Bernini and the engineering of which were determined by a software platform developed by Gehry Technologies called Digital Project, affect the interior scheme as bulges on the fa├žade allow for a multitude of Gaudi-like interior window bays. The lack of uniformity has allowed for some 200 unique floor plans from which tenants may choose. Currently, 18 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental models are on view to the public. White oak flooring and custom Douglas Fir woodwork grace the lobby.
The building is surrounded by 15,000 square feet of public plaza landscaped by Field Operations and Dutch horticulturist Piet Oudolf, the team responsible for the creative reuse and design of New York’s defunct High Line train rail. A 100,000-square-foot public primary school with a rooftop play area will occupy the building’s first five floors. Formerly used as a parking lot by New York Downtown Hospital, which sold the site for development, the building also features offices and ambulatory-care facilities for professionals affiliated with the hospital. Car commuters needn’t worry, however: 26,000 square feet of below-grade garage is available for 175 hospital vehicles.
The 22,000 square feet of residential amenities include fitness and spa facilities and entertainment spaces, including a terrace for outdoor grilling, a library, children’s playrooms, and screening and game rooms with custom seating. A skylighted swimming pool is enclosed by retracting glass doors that open onto a wraparound sundeck. Penthouse tenants, depending on direction, will be able to enjoy views of the Hudson River’s piers and parks, all five East River bridges, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, all the way to a northern horizon including Central Park and the George Washington Bridge." []

Check out the link for more information!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Pattern

So, I've been missing in action because I have fallen deeply for a new pattern and can't stop myself from working on it. I'm working on crocheting my first blanket! Of course my brothers and parents suggested a Red Wings color scheme, and I LOVE IT!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Double Post Bonus

Snow Storm = Opportunity to catch up on posting! I thought I'd share another favorite designers work. Someone who I find much inspiration from. James Clar. I highly suggest checking out his work.

I just love it all. I hope you understand why I felt the need to post so  many images at once. But what I really hope, is that you find inspiration and a desire to create from these works.


How interesting is this!? I found these images tonight while paroozing a lighting design magazine...I'm in love with the simple straightforward concept! Plus the impact created is beautiful. The project is located in the Netherlands...titled "barflight".

"The installation comprises of a company of light ghosts insists on staying up late inside an old, abandoned Dutch brown bar."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

mmhm digital future

Here's two different versions of my digital portfolio [DVD] covers

I wanted to create a cohesive design with Cover #1 to match the buisness cards as well as resume I've already designed.

Cover #2 is a spin off of my original DVD cover.

Cover #3 is the original

Any comments welcome! I'm always interested in constructive criticism!
[If your having a hard time viewing them, simply click and they should enlarge for easier reading!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Buisness Card!

Today I finally revisited my business cards! Here's a look at what I've come up with so far: [I'm only posting the back in an effort to keep some privacy!]

Monday, February 7, 2011

Live on Architizer

Vegas, I miss you

A little less than one year ago, I had the opportunity to go on my very first spring break trip. After much debate, my room mate and I decided to fly to Las Vegas for a fun filled week. And, to make up for the fact that I had never gone on spring break. Little did I know...Las Vegas is becoming a breath taking architecture and design mecca.

Searching the web, we found the Vdara, a new completed hotel in the newest part of Vegas, City Center. The price was right and we flew in to Vegas where we stayed at the Vdara with views of the dessert and the pool from our room. Can I just say, this hotel is stunning, from the architecture to the interiors, the lighting to the Karim Rashid restaurant that greets you in the lobby.

Now the real point of this article, is that I so badly want to go back. Regardless of my fear of flying [which I seem to get better at with each new destination]. I hope to revisit Las Vegas and bask in it's beauty. To revisit one of my favorite lighting designs.

Created by a company that I have grown to love in the past two years. Illuminating Concepts.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Concept Board for Sugar Bumps

I finally had the opportunity to write a concept for my Sugar Bumps project! Thoughts are always welcome!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I recently read an article on a piece created by sculptor Rothschild. Though, I might not agree with the article, I do love the piece. The piece, entitled "Cold Corners" address much different issues from my perspective than what the article reviews. Stating the addressing of the sculpture and it's interaction with other work in the museum. I don't believe the interaction between the sculpture and featured work is what is of most interest to myself. What attracts me is the dialect that occurs between the sculpture and the architecture. The points seem to be interjecting through well planned and noted components of architecture. Thrusting into the skylight, leaning against columns, pointing to walls and floors. The sculpture draws new light to the space in which it has been built.