Sunday, October 21, 2012

updates on some interesting new buildings popping up and some old ones that i have taken notice of

pheonix international media center
by biad ufo in beijing
new architects to follow
denton corker marshall
tamizo architects

3 cubes residence by tamizo architects poland
museums to add to list
museum reitberg near zurich
nelson-atkins museum of art kansas city
kunst museum lichtenstein
kolumba museum by peter zumthor cologne 
he is receiving the royal gold medal award for 2013 and an absolute favorite of mine
renews the link with a tradition of modern architecture that emphasizes place, community and material practice.the swiss architect will be formally presented with the medal in a ceremony in february. it will join zumthor’s pritzker prize for architecture (2009), premium imperiale (2008), thomas jefferson medal in architecture (2006), and the numerous other awards he has amassed.

saint benedict chapel switzerland
devon house uk
built over the only thermal springs in the graubunden canton in switzerland, the therme vals is a and spa

Saturday, October 13, 2012

designer shopping in istanbul and turkey

some of my favorite purchases were from the places listed below
i was looking for goat hair tent covers to bind as rugs and textiles
4 stops not to miss
for textiles new and vintage in grand old bazaar
muhlis gunbatti
 i purchased silk velvet and some antique metallic thread embroidered pieces and remnants
other good nomadic rugs and kilims where i was also able to locate the tent covers from hazal
liked this rug also
anther rug dealer with a large selection that distinguished itself in terms of willingness to locate what i was looking for and with a much larger selection warehoused close by their showroom in old bazaar carpet art

my favorite turkish designer
asli tunca and a few of her bespoke pieces- she does great metal doors, and fabulous patinated wood cabinetry as well a snake wall sconce and tufted bergere with bronze legs.
and my other all time favorite jewelry designer
sevan bicakci

Saturday, October 6, 2012

turkey sights to see

had a fascinating trip to turkey
sights not to miss
blue mosque
 i am sure there are better photos but i focused on details, specifically materials
topkapi palace
there were some amazing exhibits that could not be photographed
the raw material and age mixed with the gilding is right up my alley

hagia sophia
amazing built in year 537 hard to believe
archeological museums
probably the best i have seen
marble roman period 2nd c.a.d.
door and column detail
see also the dolmabahce palace
and don't forget about the spice market
will follow up with some great textile and rug vendors and more from istanbul next posting
but must show you a very special place in central turkey
 a natural wonder created from volcanic eruptions with underground and cave cities dating back to 3000-2000 b.c.

our hotel yunak a marvel 
seeing formations from a hot air balloon
more caves

some monastic regions within cities
no photos were allowed inside the churches
more to follow