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Friday 5/27 Edition

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”
Tom Waits.

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” 
Tom Waits.


Wear It Like: Lucky Blue Smith - Tuesday 5/24 Edition

1. George Slim Fit Black Blazer @ Reiss
2. Neil Barrett Biker Jeans @ Mr Porter
3. Berluti Burnished Leather Belt @ Mr Porter
4. Saint Laurent Duckies Western Leather Boots @ Matches
Sounds: The Downeaster-Alexa by Billy Joel @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Lucky Blue Smith - Monday 5/23 Edition

1. Saint Laurent Bomber Jacket @ Mr Porter
2. Burberry Brit Stretch Leg Jeans @ Matches
3. Lennox WHite Shirt @ Sir Jack's
4. Alexander McQueen Black Studded Belt @ Mr Porter
5. Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle Boots @ farfetch
Sounds: Bang My Head by David Guetta ft. Sia & Fetty Wap @ Amazon


Cool Design - Friday 5/20 Edition: Shipping Containers Used To Create Vineyard Lookout Tower and Tasting Space

Cumulus Studio, which has offices in both Tasmania and Melbourne, designed the visitor facilities named Devil’s Corner Lookout and Cellar Door for the Brown Brothers winery in Apslawn.

Constricted primarily from timber-clad shipping containers, the two structures provide a semi-sheltered space for wine and food sampling, as well as an observation point overlooking the vines and the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s eastern coast.

“The project for the wine company Brown Brothers seeks to amplify the experience of this iconic view to create a new tourism experience on the east coast of Tasmania,” said the studio, which previously converted an Art Deco pump house into a hotel on Australia’s deepest lake.

The structures are located on a grassy hillside beside the rows of grape vines.
The viewpoint, made from projecting and intersecting shipping containers, is set on the crest of the hill. It is designed to allow visitors to hone in views of the landscape’s distinguishing features.

An angled box by the entrance point points to views of the sky, while two metal balconies that jut from the timber-clad tower direct the gaze towards the horizon and the bay.

On the lower part of the hill, a series of single-storey blocks clad in wood make up the section of the building known as the Cellar Door.

They are arranged around a semi-sheltered courtyard where visitors can enjoy views of The Hazards a range of granite peaks that loom over the Freycinet Peninsula.

“The Cellar Door and Lookout were designed as a loose collection of timber-clad buildings that, through similar aesthetic and material treatment, form a modern interpretation of traditional farm or rural settlements that gather over time,” explained the architects.

“The lookout element is a critical component of the design, not only in providing a visual signifier for the settlement but also as a way of interpreting the landscape from which the Devil’s Corner wines originate.”

Low-cost shipping containers are increasingly making their way into permanent architecture. Recent examples including a house in Northern Ireland by architect and farmer Patrick Bradley made from stacked shipping containers.

The industrial units have also been used by Pedro Barata e Arquitetos Associados to create the “world’s biggest periscope” – a 12-metre-tall viewpoint in Brazil – and by Potash Architects for a stairwell at an Israeli port.
via Dezeen | Photography is by Tanja Milbourne


Wear It Like: Stephen Colbert - Thursday 5/19 Edition

1. Maison Margiela Checked Wool Suit @ Matches
2. John Smedley Rollneck Sweater @ Mr Porter
3. Turnbull & Asser Printed Square @ Mr Porter
4. Church's Turnbridge Loafers @ farfetch
Sounds: In The Morning by Zhu @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Stephen Colbert - Wednesday 5/18 Edition

1. Fanmail Belted Cotton Trousers @ Matches
2. MP Massimo Piombo Blue Cotton Blazer @ Mr Porter
3. Charvet Silk and Linen Tie @ Mr Porter
4. Thom Browne Linen Printed Square @ Mr Porter
5. Sebastian Cruz Navy Lapel Flower @ InforMANt
6. Lennox Dress Shirt @ Sir Jack's
Sounds: The Best Is Yet To Come by Frank Sinatra @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Stephen Colbert - Tuesday 5/17 Edition

1. Charlie Modern Fit Suit @ Reiss
2. J. Crew Cashmere Sweater @ Mr Porter
3. Marsell Classic Lace-up Shoes @ farfetch
4. Stainless Steel Whiskey Ice Ball @ Domino
5. Marwood Cotton Lace Pocket Square @ Mr Porter
6. Lanvin Cotton Evening Shirt @ Matches
Sounds: Ocean Drive Remix by Duke Dumont @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Stephen Colbert - Monday 5/16 Edition

1. Cupid Indigo Pinstripe Suit @ Reiss
2. Lanvin Speckled Pocket Tie @ Mr Porter
3. Linen Stitch Grass Skinny Tie @ The Tie Bar
4. Tom Ford Silver Tie Bar @ Mr Porter
5. Lennox Blue Cuff Shirt @ Sir Jack's
6. Bottega Veneta Black Sqaure Sunglasses @ SSENSE 
Sounds: Panda by Desiigner @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Alden Ehrenreich - Monday 5/9 Edition

1. Harry Airforce Blue Modern Fit Trousers @ Reiss
2. Harry Airforce Blue Modern Fit Blazer @ Reiss
3. Lennox Light Blue Pin Stripe Shirt @ Sir Jack's
4. Canali SIlk Jacquard Tie @ Mr Porter
5. Blake Green Versailles Cufflinks @ InforMANt
6. Paul Smith Brogue Shoes @ farfetch
Sounds: Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds @ Amazon


Design Week - Thursday 5/5 Edition: A Beautiful Home In The Real ‘Truman Show’ Town Hits The Market


A 3,000-square-foot beachfront home is on sale in Seaside, Fla., a planned community so pristine it was used as the too-good-to-be-true town on The Truman Show. (The Jim Carrey film was shot in 1998, back when it seemed unbelievable that Americans would watch a reality show about a hapless fool for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.)

The entryway to the Rossi house.

The house, offered for $11.8 million by Christie’s International Real Estate, was the residence of the town’s founders, Robert and Daryl Davis. After the Davises inherited the land that became Seaside in the late 1970s, they conceived a master plan that would serve as a beachhead (pun intended) of the New Urbanist movement, which promotes small, ecologically sustainable and walkable towns. (The Seaside slogan: “A simple, beautiful life.”) Seaside has more than 300 homes—all in walking distance of the town center—more than 12 restaurants, and over 40 shops and galleries.

The view from the top of the house.

The Rossi house—so named because it’s the only building by the Pritzker prize-winning architect Aldo Rossi in the U.S.—is on the town’s western edge and has three bedrooms and three and a half baths.

The Rossi House, surrounded by the town of Seaside.

The house, which has almost 2,700 square feet of outdoor space (almost matching the indoor square footage) was built in the mid-1990s; the parcel on which it sits contains three Gulf-side lots with potential for two additional residences.

A living area.

The house features a Bang & Olufsen integrated sound system with speakers in every room, Gaggenau and Miele kitchen and laundry appliances, and, as a coup de grace, a retractable motorized skylight that opens to the roof terrace.

The kitchen with Gaggenau appliances.

The Rossi House is just as beach-y as you’d expect from the founders of a town called Seaside: There are white finishes everywhere, Adirondack chairs amply distributed, and an outdoor terrace with a grill and an outdoor shower.

A terrace with an outdoor grill.
A terrace with an outdoor grill.

Given the lot size and the house’s architectural pedigree, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the estate is priced several million dollars higher than other houses in the town. If you buy the Rossi house, you’re not just buying into Seaside, you’re (arguably) buying the best of it.

A bathroom with a steam shower.
A bathroom with a steam shower

One of the house's three bedrooms.
One of the house’s three bedrooms.

A living area.
A living area.

The house has close to 3,000 square feet of outdoor space.
The house has close to 3,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The house fronts the water.
The house fronts the water.
via Bloomberg


Design Week - Wednesday 5/4 Edition: Step Inside This Modern Lake House That is Half Cabin, Half Barn


Lake|Flato Architects designed a modern house that was made for breezy, lakefront living in the hot Texas sun. At the shared age of 50, a creative director and a financial consultant started a new life in the city where they once belonged.

After residing in the Bay Area, the couple decided to return to Austin, Texas, for a quieter existence in a more rural setting—a place where they could feel secluded outdoors and also have space for the occasional visitor.

They found five acres down a winding road where Lake Austin meets Hog Pen Creek, and the outstretched branches of oak and pecan trees shades the land. It was ideal, and the pair sought to keep it as untouched as possible.

via curbed and dwell


Design Week - Tuesday 5/3 Edition: Industrial Building Transformed Into Modern Apartments


Australian architecture firm DKO aces this building overhaul into apartments in melbourne. The original exterior has been retained blending the old with the new with a perforated ‘floating’ box set back from the existing brick perimeter.

The second level and deck jut out over the edge, to create a recess that inherently emphasizes the distinction between the old and the new; appearing as if they aren’t touching but sitting in harmony.

The floating box addition is defined by a perforated pattern which represents the pattern seen on a nearby church.

“We always kept in mind the culture of the area, and really wanted to be sensitive and careful to respect it, and by this we are giving a bit of history back to the site. the perforated metal screens open to allow solar access and cross ventilation to the apartments.” comments the architects.

Internally, the pixelated perforations aids in the privacy of the inhabitants and influences the play in light and shadow.

this building occupies the present and also talks to us about the past. the design isn’t extreme – yet however its different. our main focus of this design was the consideration of the heritage facade, and by being sensitive to the relationship of the old and the new.”

Metal screens open to allow solar access and cross ventilation to the apartments



via DesignBoom