Sunday, July 20, 2014

in the works: buildings that renew and conserve energy

buildings that renew and conserve energy

the smog-removing pavilion is being built by nemesi studio

apparently it will be constructed of a cement that is photocatalytic. when sunlight beats on the exterior
it turns unhealthy particulate matter in the air into inert salts
story first heard about on take part a social action web site

by studio daniel libeskind
clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalized tile
for other pavillions to come to milan see article in archdaily

another building in progress

phoenix internation media center, beijing by biad ufo
energy saving features include rainwater will be collected by dropping naturally along the structural ribs into the collection tank which locates at the bottom of the building. After being filtered, the rain water will be recycled to water the artistic waterscape and irrigation for landscape. The cone-shaped shared space, which is 30 meters high, generates the chimney effect, which provides natural air ventilation to save energy during transitional seasons.

Monday, June 23, 2014

dwell on design 2014

4th annual
getting much busier
great for finding new materials especially if a homeowner and new to contemporary, green products and building materials

my highlights
sky-frame-sliding doors with slight frames

amboise collection-wood grain porcelain tiles in beautiful shades of grey and silver

heatscope-infra red ambient indoor and outdoor heating

tango lighting-contemporary very square edged and some good reading lights
exaco-greehouses prefab type
metal progetti-automated closets

paint-rocky rochon paint seattle wa based
sparkfires-the cube covered outdoor fireplace

brizo-faucetry matte black collection-siderna collection

there's always an interesting product or piece of furniture
here's a cargo scooter by nimble

Sunday, June 8, 2014

new orleans

great place to visit
amazing antiques
fabulous food
here are some highlights from my latest trip
walked from one end of magazine street to the other plus soniat house

soniat house(little inn french quarter)

 balzac antiques and following stores on magazine street

ann koerner

patricia thompson

pavement: new furniture store

and my favorite antique dealer
kevin stone

if you want to sight see
the WWII museum is worth a visit

best restaurants from this visit
cochon butcher: it's' hard to eat a po'boy after this sandwich spot

piggy mac and mac n' cheese at cochon butcher

gw fins: amazing sea food in french quarter
r'evolution: nouveaux creole, we had so much foie gras
cafe beignets: the best beignets
creole creamery: unique flavors and super delicious

on our list to try next trip recommended by kevin stone
liuzza's on bienville
the italian barrel

preservation hall: awesome all star jazz performance close up and personal

Sunday, April 20, 2014


never been a wallpaper lover but recently doing a project where used some
so have been collecting favorites and found some new ones to share

andrew martin-uk-all his papers are mostly stocked and well priced
view by collection-well priced-good backgrounds you wish were real
museum collection-favorites:cargo, pinboard, studio

engineer collection-favorites:atlantis, crackle, luggage, regent

navigator collection-favorites:eton, love letter, newton, library

library colors-just used stone
wall & deco-italy-for murals and rooms-interior and exterior
favorite exterior papers

some favorite indoor papers

they will do some custom work

used picture frame paper but came on textured vinyl so they printed it for me on smooth paper and did background only for ceiling
deborah bowness-uk
caution:paper very sensitive-had to seal it first before installing
glass tableware
really high end papers
cg surface-callidus guild-brooklyn
beautiful waxy textures
sinuous collection

painted papers and panels
gracie studio-antique panels and paper available also

some new metallic favorites
phillip jeffries-us great weaves-stocked
ordered pewter metallic over woven
twigs wallpaper-us-la-sold at portola paints
hand printed damasks-custom capabilities
imperiale pattern
beautiful renaissance colors
i needed silver and portola worked with them to do a custom metallic and here's what we fabricated

i will follow up with more photos when installation is finished