Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon is an industrial interpretation of a hair salon. The space incorporates concrete and what looks like shipwrecked wood in minimal whites and blacks. Large distressed white columns flank the space. Large photographs of people decorate the walls, providing the only pop of color. The lighting resembles a photography studio, clipped on and wires sprawling near the ceiling. It's an absolutely beautiful space, and I'd imagine I'd emerge with half my head shaved after spending a session in this studio.
Reinier de Jong has designed STEEL, a chair made from recycled broom handles. The designer is asking that people donate old broom handles to his studio, and for every meter of wood that is donated, he will donate 1 euro to charity. I personally want one of the white chairs.
This tram stop at Rotonda de Sergio Cardell in Alicante, Spain is designed by SUBARQUITECTURA, and this cover provides shelter from the elements while consistently mimicking the night sky.
Architect Tiago Barros proposed his "Passing Cloud" design to the Van Alen Institute and the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City as an in a high-speed rail competition. The idea actually contradicts the traditional goal behind a high-speed rail, to get to a particular location at a particular time in a particular manner. The "Passing Cloud" is just that, a free-floating mode of transportation that takes one from one point to another, but in a much freer nomadic type way. It didn't win the competition, but has gained a tremendous amount of attention. Sounds like a great holiday to me.
I recently thought of Florine Stettheimer and her lovely cellophane decoration. A less well-known female painter of the early 20th century, Stettheimer was friends with Duchamp, O'Keeffe, Stein, and that whole crew, but she kept her work in her own private group of friends to visit her Greenwich village home. She began her more public artist career creating the set for Four Saints in Three Acts (1934). Cellophane was a new invention at this time, and she used in both her home (Fig. 1) and on stage (Fig. 2). I always thought this such a great idea with this new invention at the time, so I wanted to include a few images. Florine Stettheimer is and will always remain one of my favorite ladies.