Posts Tagged ‘bench’

Fleamarket decor in Delhi

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

India has the best inventory of vintage and antique furniture—both institutional and domestic—I’ve ever seen. Especially deco and moderne (bench above) not to mention traditional Indian wooden furniture of various vintages.

As discussed in this earlier post, in the early part of the 20th century the British administration in India hired architect Edward Lutyens to design the new city of New Delhi, and over the decades that he worked in India he brought Georgian, deco and moderne styles with him.

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Luis Barragán House

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

This is the Mexico City house and studio of Luis Barragán, considered by many to be the foremost Mexican architect of the 20th century. Built in 1948, the house was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 and is now a museum. We weren’t allowed to take photographs, which is unfortunate because the photos provided by the museum’s website give an inadequate and even somewhat false impression of the house’s quite amazing interior.

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Mexico City benches

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

More design from Mexico City. These are just four benches out of the scores of original designs found all over town. Many of these can be found on Paseo de la Reforma – two are the Pedro Friedeberg hand and foot bench, top, and the hippopotamus bench, bottom.

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Mexico City

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Everywhere you look in Mexico City, you see something well thought out. Then you come home.

Top, outside a mod bar in the Condesa district; brutalist bank building with relief exterior; art nouveau building in the Roma district; doorway in the Coyoacan neighbourhood; benches in Chapultepec Park; minimalist sans serif address lettering is everywhere; the amazing tiled library at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Best bench/seating platform, and of course it’s Australian

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

This is the ur-seating platform. Think how many people would gather here at a party, and even Le Chat prefers it. This is from a house in St. Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Why is Australian design so cool now? If you’ve ever seen Vogue Living Australia you know what I mean.

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High Line Park, two weeks from opening but already beautiful

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Of course the High Line park didn’t open on time for our New York trip – the first phase now opens June 15 – but at least we got to see all the frantic final activity from our hotel window. UPDATE June 6: This had seemed like a great urban park idea, and it would have made a very beautiful promenade for New York, but as it turns out its use is semi-private.

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