Friday, September 26, 2008

South African Architecture Firm Wins Curry Prize

MMA Architects was awarded the inaugural $100,000 Curry Stone Design Prize yesterday in Louisville for their 10 x 10 Design Indaba House or Sand Bag House.

The concept is so cool. Google it if you want to see more photographs. This will certainly have applications in other areas of the world. This year’s prize jurors – journalist John Hockenberry; architect David Adjaye; designer Renny Ramakers; prize founder Clifford Curry; and Michael Speaks, design scholar and dean of University of Kentucky ’s College of Design – praised the design as “absolutely brilliant” and “super-intelligent.” From the Curry Stone website:

The design forgoes traditional brick and mortar foundations in favor of a two-story frame of timber and sandbag infill construction, which is both energy efficient and requires little to no electricity or skilled labor to construct.

The Curry Stone Design Prize and the Curry Stone Chair in Design were founded by architect Clifford Curry and his wife, H. Delight Stone, as a gift from the Curry Stone Foundation to the University of Kentucky College of Design.
Principal architect on the project Luyanda Mpahlwa, Principal and Director, MMA Architects, Cape Town. All images copyright Wieland Gleich,, 2007.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tiny Ottomans

I found these tiny ottoman boxes on Australian designer Anna Spiro's Absolutely Beautiful Things blog.

They are by artist Kimberly Applegate of Live a Plush Life. As one who favors the diminutive, I'm clearly smitten.

Here's the blue ottoman styled two ways.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tony's Tapas

I made these croquetas de jambon after days of preparation. Yumm.

Tony Tahhan, a wonderful young food blogger,
recently posted this tasty recipe here. I love the way he presents the mis en place section. The recipe is not complicated, but it is a messy project. Worth it? You bet. In fact, I will make two batches next time because for all the mess it will be a long time before I subject my kitchen to such activity. Thank Tony!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

‘recollection’ New Works by Lori Warner

My friend Lori Warner has a show at the Soprafina Gallery in Boston. I am soory to have missed the opening, but will be sure to visit.

The exhibit, which runs through September 27th, is at the gallery's new address: 55 Thayer Street. Lori graduated from RISD (with highest honors I might add, but she will pshaw about). The show consists of monotypes (shown here) and several encaustics. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 to 5:30 or by appointment.

This is one of the pieces in my collection. It is called 'Cranberry Fog'.


Monday, September 8, 2008

Two English Ceramic Talents

Found these two ceramicists both of whom I admire because of their wonderful, yet traditional forms and super use of color. Neither seems to have representation in the US. Too bad.

I'm drawn to Julian Belmonte's work because of his simplicity of line and yes, the orange.

Jane Cox's work has been written about in almost every important British publication. I'm quite taken by both her intense azure blue and her comfy shapes.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Charity Water -- Happy Birthday Scott!

Sorry to be repetitive, but this is one thing you September buds encourage the rest of us to embrace.

Scott Harrison is going to be 33 this month, so he's asking his pals to donate $33 to Charity Water rather than -- or in addition to -- fun gifts for Scott. Oh my gosh, are they like Leos? BorninSeptember? Their own site? Happy Birthday Scott!