Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jean Prouve's Ferembal House

This video from wallpaper magazine shows the restoration of this amazing prefab building.

In 1991, the Parisian design gallerist Patrick Seguin – the man who really put the heat in the market for Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand – went to see a discarded Prouvé treasure. The Ferembal House had been built as the offices for a can factory in Nancy in 1948. The factory was demolished 30 years later and the Prouvé pre fab nearly ended up in the dumpster. Luckily, a local who understood what could be lost, packed it away until Seguin came to investigate and took it off his hands. It took him another 10 years to stockpile the funds to renovate the house and another nine – working with Prouvé experts in Nancy, the designer-engineer-architect’s town, and Seguin’s long-term pal, the architect Jean Nouvel – to actually complete the renovation.

The remarkable story of the rescue and Nouvel’s work on the project as well as exclusive first pictures of the Ferembal House appear in our July issue. Seguin estimates that the building – all one storey and 180 square metres of it – is now worth €8m. But as our story and this video shows, the restored Ferembal House is important not because of its price tag but because it is more evidence of the genius in Prouvé’s radical utilitarian design.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

These two made some of the greatest, well crafted psychedlic pop of the '60's

Friday, September 24, 2010

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks may star in one of the most stylish television shows of all time, grace countless covers of magazines, be celebrated in the media for her curves, and be contemporary the champion of body acceptance, but that doesn't mean that the fashion industry will help her out.

"People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress," Hendricks said. "They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress. This has always been my size. I’ve worked on other shows with this same size but Mad Men celebrates it and that is nice."

At the Emmys on Sunday night, Hendricks wore a revealing lavender Zac Posen gown. According to costume measurements, Hendricks is a curvaceous 39" x 30" x 39", which would peg her as somewhere around a size 12.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jay-Z Young Forever

I gotta say I am more in awe of Jay-Z's genius everyday. Bill and I were on an airplane with him for a flight to London in 1999 and there were all these screaming girls at the gate , I had no idea who he was, and now 11 years later, this guy has made 2 of my favorite singles of the last year. The video is pretty great too

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Salvador Dali For Lanvin Chocolate

Even dali was crazy for Lanvin

The Wisdom of Marilyn Monroe

I came across these statements while looking at profiles on the internet and I gotta admit I'm kind of blown away, I mean I had always heard that MM was smart, but here she seems so together, it's kind of hard to believe that a person who was so patient and wise would take her own life....I guess that's another one of life's mysteries..

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

"The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space."

"We are all born sexual creatures,thank God, but it's a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift."

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."

"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."

"You never know what life is like, until you have lived it."

"Ever notice how 'What the hell' is always the right answer?"

Friday, September 10, 2010

When Madmen Get Their Way

My friend Mark McCray just sent me a link to images from John Galliano's Dior Haute Couture S/S collection and I have to say I'm blown away, the sheer creativity is mind-blowing. I wonder how many of these creations ever get made? You can see the entire collection here.....

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Arcade Fire Ready To Start

Neon Bible was dreadful, but their new cd I can not get enough of, I love this song!