Posts Tagged ‘interiors’

Smith House by Arthur Erickson

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

One last Vancouver house by Arthur Erickson. The house was built for and is still owned by the painterGordon Smith and his partner Marion. They have carefully maintained it over the years, in keeping with Erickson’s original design and intention. There’s an interesting article in Vancouver Magazine about the difference between their informed maintenance and the slow degradation of Erickson’s nearby Graham House, which was demolished in 2007.

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Taking the indoor/outdoor look to new levels

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

This gets points for adventurousness and imagination and magic, if not success. It’s another image from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970.

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“The king has donkey ears” should have been used more often in 2008.

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

I found this neat tool [Update: tool now offline, but try this one] after Jer Thorp made me some design-related graphs. Actually, Jer found it. It allows you to compare the frequency of any two words or phrases in the entire text of the New York Times for 2008.

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Sublime 1960s interior

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Beautiful, inviting 60s room from English textile designer John Hopper‘s  amazing Flickr collection of textiles and interiors from the last several centuries. That hidden door!

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Chan family house in 1950s Vancouver

Friday, January 30th, 2009

These photographs are from my husband grandparents’ house, a blue Edwardian two-storey that still stands in Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood. The house is less than a block away from our studio and very close to where we both live. Strathcona was – and is – home to many of Vancouver’s early Chinese immigrants.

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The Saturday Generation

Friday, December 5th, 2008

The Cave Room (above), the Projection Room, and the Xanadu Room (below) are from “The Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating,” 1973, by Barbara D’Arcy. D’arcy was famous for her wild display rooms actually constructed inside the Bloomingdales store in New York in the 1960s and 70s. All her rooms had the classic 60s emphasis on lounging, pleasure, boldness, and an appeal to the senses that bordered on the psychedelic or the mind-altering – they were an Experience.

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