sábado, 29 de septiembre de 2012

happiness,etc Blog

viernes, 28 de septiembre de 2012

Joss McKinley

Joss McKinley was born in Oxford 1981 and then raised in Somerset. In 2000 he moved to London to study graphic design at Central Saint Martins. There he found an interest in photography and went on to complete an MA in Fine Art Photography at the London College of Communication. Since graduating his work has been exhibited in The Saatchi Gallery and The Photographers Gallery Print Room of London and is housed in the public collections of the University of The Arts and the National Portrait Gallery. 
As well as concentrating on his personal work he is commissioned for publications such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, Wallpaper*, Intelligent Life, Port and Nowness.
He continues to live and work in London.
via: jossmckinley

miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2012

Breathtaking Sphinx Observatory at Swiss Alps

The Sphinx observatory is located at Jungfraujoch in Switzerland at an altitude of 3,571 meters. Due to its unique location in an unspoiled high alpine environment and the year-round accessibility via the Jungfrau Railway, combined with the excellent infrastructure, the Sphinx observatory provides unique conditions for successful research in various disciplines such as meteorology, astronomy, glaciology, physiology, radiation, and cosmic rays.
When the Jungfraujoch station opened in 1912 (which is also the highest railway station in all of Europe), Jungfraujoch became the number one place for scientists to conduct research under conditions of high altitude. At first the scientists worked in harsh conditions and lived in temporary shelters. Eventually, the Sphinx observatory was built in 1937 to accommodate eager scientists.
The Sphinx observatory is built on a steep cliff. The mountain top has been tunneled to fit an elevator which ascends to the observatory from the Jungfraujoch train station. The main-part of the Sphinx is used by scientists but for the tourists there is a metal-grate terrace surrounding the building on all sides that provides a stunning 360 degree view of the Great Aletsah Glacier, of the snow capped Alps, and of the green valley down below. From the metal gratting one can see 11,333 feet of abyss down below.

lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2012

The Architect of Happiness

Andrew Geller, also known as the architect of Happiness, embodied postwar ingenuity and optimism in a series of inexpensive beach houses in whimsical shapes and helped bringing modernism to the masses with prefabricated cottages sold at Macy’s. Last year he died in Syracuse. He was 87 and lived in Spencer, N.Y.

Mr. Geller designed the “typical American house” shown at the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959. The model shown in Moscow led to a line of vacation houses, sold in the 1960s under the name Leisurama. One of the houses, complete with picture window and carport, was displayed on the ninth floor of Macy’s in Herald Square; people came in to buy house-wares and walked out owning houses. (A basic model required a down payment of $490, followed by monthly payments of $73.) Some 200 Leisurama houses were built.
Geller posed something of a threat to the status quo. He was incredibly prolific, experimental, friendly, never took himself too seriously, could be irreverent, and even had dared to live a normal family life in suburban Long Island. He was successful in his own right, well outside the inner sanctum of the design world. He wasn’t practiced in the priestly double-speak of the architectural establishment. He didn’t care. He had the nerve to be playful, make jokes, have fun, be funny, breezy, light, even joyful. He’d made up his own rules and didn’t care much what the mainstream thought of him.
Geller could be an irritant, a speck of sand in the establishment’s eye. They were hoping he would just fly away, disappear somehow, but he didn’t. His freshness and originality kept popping up again and again, being “rediscovered,” until he was able to claim his own level of notoriety and acclaim.

Post by Coco Pastis

miércoles, 19 de septiembre de 2012

Claire Basler

martes, 18 de septiembre de 2012

New Project / Penthouse Sant Gervasi Barcelona

I´m happy to show my last work in Sant Gervasi. Mid-century and nordic inpiration define lightly penhouse placed in Barcelona. White,wood and leather combined to get warm minimalistic spaces. I hope you like it. 
Interior design by Katty Schiebeck and 3D project by Jesus Boyero.

lunes, 17 de septiembre de 2012

Maison Estate wineyard

The Valley of the Huguenots is one of the premier wine destinations in the world. It is here that the Maison Estate produces wines that are nature’s product, honed with skill, care and respect. Each vine is nurtured, each grape hand selected to give it that personal touch that is always home, always Maison.
“While travelling is my passion, the comforting memory of a meal, of intimate moments shared with good friends over good wine, always draws me home.” This is Chris Weylandt’s inspiration behind the name Maison – the French word for house.

After finishing his studies in 2003, Antwan Bondesio has worked at Limerick Lane Cellars in California, USA, Clos Henri in Marlborough, New Zealand as well as locally at Kaapzicht and Spier Wine Cellars. He is as passionate about winemaking as he is about surfing, fishing, walking and motorbikes.

Chris Weylandt, owner of the well-known furniture and homeware store, Weylandts, has seen the world. He is an avid wine connoisseur and the decision to produce his own collection of wines from his Franschhoek farm is one of his long-time dreams. Renowned for his attention to detail and organic design philosophy, Weylandt’s wine production is an eco-conscious labour of love.
“We make highly individual wines. We drink them with the people closest to us – and we love drinking them at home, where we can really explore the intimate character of each bottle,” says Weylandt.

The wines aren’t the only new addition to the Estate. The Tasting Room now has a chic, bistro styled restaurant, The Kitchen, which overlooks the spectacular vineyards. The Kitchen’s head chef is non-other than Arno Janse van Rensburg of Ginja and Myoga fame and it’s managed by Julian Smith, ex-Grande Provence and Waterkloof fame.

Comfortable couches are also available to relax in, where you can read a book or enjoy great wine with friends around a fireplace. Every sense will be catered to, so come and make the Maison Wine Estate your home for the day. via maisonestate