February 28, 2011

Vivienne Westwood - Do it Yourself!

Do it Yourself, a documentary by Letmiya Sztalryd and Jean-Marie Sztalryd, previewed at Colette.
Finally a portrait of the English queen of fashion that reveals a woman of multiple talents: artist, intellectual, and subversive provocateur of the punk movement in the 70s.

“DIY! Don’t buy my clothes. Well, if you are rich or can afford a stylist, you can get me. But if not, do it yourself. My idea is that you can mix charity, vintage, Portobello Road, pieces of Ikat fabric; wrap it all around yourself, use a handkerchief as knickers, mix safety pins and jewelery. But above all do something! Be optimistic!”

“In these hard times — dress up. There is status in wearing your favorites over and over until they grow old (patina) or fall apart.”~Vivienne Westwood

The Farrell House

Perry Farrell posted a pic reminiscing of his old house in Venice and because of the unusual facade, I felt like looking it up.

Commissioned by Farrell and designed by architect Steven Ehrlich; The Farrell House, a radical transformation of a typical California bungalow. The most prominent feature is a two story barrel vault that runs the length of the structure...Unique in nature the house was designed for a rock musician and takes advantage of Southern California~s weather. As a result a sense of openness predominates. A glass wall slides completely away into a wall pocket to remove the barrier between interior and exterior. The owner embraced non-Western cultural influences, resulting in simplicity, tranquility and responsiveness to nature.~redfin


Glorious Monday...

in Hollywood. View from my hike @Runyon Canyon after a snow and hail filled weekend. That's the Hollywood Sign in the distance next to snow capped mountains.


February 25, 2011

A Single Man

I just watched Tom Ford's A Single Man and was taken a back not only by the music, but the visuals as well. Bravo Mr. Ford. Yes, I'm a little late and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought the house that Colin Firth's character lived in was stunning. Of course it's a Lautner. Located in Glendale.

The Schaffer Residence, 1949.
Hidden in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, the redwood, concrete & glass residence opens to the oak forest that influenced the form and orientation of the design
~crosby doe associates


February 24, 2011


A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art.
The last Outlaw of Visual Disciplines. 2010 Taschen.

February 23, 2011

FJ House

I like the work from Studio Guilherme Torres so much that this is the 2nd time posting a project from them.
This bachelor pad was renovated and re-designed for a DJ located in on the West side of São Paulo, Brasil. Not only do the ‘high-low’ effects, meaning great insights on a very low cost inspired by the 70's give this place a great vibe, but the artificial light lines using led lighting scored into the walls and the ceiling, featuring very little stand alone lighting as an alternative light source within the apartment are great design details that make this place pop.
~photo MCA Estudio via Yatzer


February 22, 2011

1st Dibs Finds

from top left clockwise:
Arcipelago (Archipelago) by Luciano Ventrone 2008-2009,
Southwest Boeing 737-700 Jeffrey Milstein
Untitled (Joy) by Kasper Sonne 2009
NEW YORK. USA. 10.14.10. 12:03 by Mauro Bonacina 2010
Untitled Kamrooz Aram 2010
Heavy Bag by Zilla Leutenegger 2010
Beach, Rio by Michael McLaughlin 2002



I posted these before on Design Talk, but they crossed my path again and felt I should re-post on Design*ByProxy. From Concrete Wall, this is the coolest thing to happen to wallpaper in a while.


February 18, 2011


What: Crass- Selections from the Mott Collection
When: Opening Reception Friday 18th, 6-8pm
Where: Andrew Roth Gallery 160A East 70th St. New York, NY

Crass embodied the anarcho-punk aesthetic of the late 70's: they privileged politics over musicianship, substance over form, and above all Independence over profitability. The group lived in an open community and used much of the proceeds from their music to support other political causes and organizations...The material featured in this exhibition spans the high period of Crass' endeavors from 1978 to 1984, and constitutes a special segment of the Mott Collection
~ The Mott Collection

thanks for the invite. wish I could make it.


February 17, 2011

Round Up...

rooms with music in them.


Collection seen at Stockholm Furniture Fair.

~via wallpaper
Photographs by Viktor Sjödin



the chalk outline series- all my ex-boyfriends

by Stephane J. Bradley. SJB FIne Art being shown at The Maladroit Project


February 16, 2011

For Sale or Lease

23 foot skylight in the middle of the canyon. ahhhhhh. iLOVE.

Cliff May, the father of the modern ranch-style home, designed this particular one
located in, Brentwood's Sullivan Canyon for his own residence in 1953. Nearly sixty years later, the two-bedroom, two-bath home has been, in the words of the listing, "sharpened and refined by Marmol Radziner," and can be yours to own or lease. ~curbed la

See full listing here.


Golden Brown

So much talk about Honeysuckle; Pantone's Color of the Year. Do you think "Golden Brown" will ever make it?

February 15, 2011

t.e. on d/s

You might remember I posted about Scholten and Baijings’ pillows and throws before. Well, I got an email yesterday from DesignStory and they have a selection for like 1/2 off. If you are aware how much they are, you would know that 1/2 off is an amazing deal. Become a member of DesignStory with my personal invitation here and see all their pretty FAB deals on Modern wares for the home.


Urban Outfitters Corporate Buildings

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle from ArchDaily on Vimeo.

Since just mentioning Urban Outfitters a few posts below, I had to feature these great images of their , designed by located in Philadelphia.
Voted Building of the year by ArchDaily and winner of AIA Honor Award for Architecture , both for 2010. The transformed design studios and offices for Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters were transformed from dilapidated historic buildings in a navy yard.
Watch the video to see company founder Dick Hayne's and employees talk about the site and its "alternative" design features.

~images Lara Swimmer Photography