The Shard

My senior year at Wellesley I took a course on the history of the skyscraper. The last building that we discussed was Renzo Piano's proposed (at the time) skyscraper in London. In the interim I haven't really kept up on the goings on of skyscraper development so it was cool to read this article about the finished product. My favorite quote from the interview:
"It is not difficult to make a new shape," he says. "Even children can do that. What is difficult is to make new shape that makes sense."

Suits Me

At some point (maybe by the time I'm 40?) I need to leave the daily uniform of jeans and t-shirts behind. When that day arrives here's hoping I've got the dough to spend on these suits from Narciso Rodriguez's 2013 Resort Collection. I love that his clothes have a simplicity to them yet they draw my eye in and I want to know more about the details and construction.

Screwed up Shoe

On the off chance that an exec at Yves Saint Laurant is a big fan of my blog, I'm going to share my love for these shoes. A great juxtaposition of hard edge with the big flash of metal and understated style with a simple black penny loafer with a stacked heal. And the piece de resistance, the blink and you'll miss it gold screw and bolt, amazing.

Cannes Cannes

Everything sounds better with a French accent.

Ask First

30 days at Rikers and a mental evaluation for not asking before installing public art in a New York City tree, crazy. I discovered the furniture maker Takeshi Miyakawa through this article about his trouble with the police following his first foray into public art. Legal troubles aside his furniture is really incredible. I love the coffee table he designed to aid victims of the Japanese earthquake. He is giving 90% of the proceeds away which is so generous considering he makes each piece by hand.

Barlow Show

Librado Romero/The New York Times
As a continuation of my never ending series of posts about things I would love to see if I lived in NYC or LA, the exhibition of Phyllida Barlow's work at the New Museum in lower Manhattan looks like a great show. I feel an affinity with the way her sculptures and installations interact with the architecture, plus I love the way her materials seem to be an both objects of construction and decay simultaneously.

Burden's Metropolis

I just discovered this great slideshow of Chris Burden's new installation at the LACMA. Seeing this work has me thinking my next project should be a thomas the tank engine installation since I have all the materials and free labor (Mac and Hamilton spend at least a third of their day putting together train tracks) at my disposal.

Modern Palazzo

Andrea Wyner for The New York Times
I love this slideshow of a renovated palazzo in Florence. The combination of mid century modernist furniture and renaissance architecture works so well together. I never would have thought the two styles would compliment one another but the result is a perfectly livable space takes the best from both worlds.