On my last trip to Denver this summer I stopped by to take a look at the much talked about Clyfford Still Museum. The Museum by architect, Brad Cloepfil, was an amazing experience. The Museum is conceived as a solid, a mass of concrete, crushed granite and quartz, a single construction that is opened up by natural light. The body of the building becomes the source of light for the art. Light is amplified, diffused and obscured and by each surface of the building. The architect developed a poured-in-place concrete screen for the ceilings in the upper-level galleries. This thin plane features a pattern of distorted ovals, biased toward the north, that runs diagonally across the surface, creating an opening for sunlight. The ceiling is structurally tied back to the adjacent concrete walls. Rough-sawn fir planks were placed on the surface of the cast-in-place concrete walls. Concrete oozed between the planks and formed fins that broke when the board were removed. This created the craggy, vertical lines that reference Still’s paintings. The deepest and most tightly spaced ridges face the western sun, creating a strong pattern along the street.
Can you believe it’s been over 6 weeks since I last posted on Uncensored? I am definitely not going to win Blogger of the Year, this year. It’s been a busy spring and summer including new clients, getting ready to install a house in Jackson Hole, working on a couple construction sites, working on a new upholstery furniture line, planning a wedding and I have had a little work done! The big reveal will be Monday.
Who doesn’t love a rubber ducky in the tub. But, how about this 6 story tall inflatable ducky currently in Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. He was created by Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofnan who is known for his large scale installations. He created the big yellow duck, which is currently traveling the world. Florentijn’s message is that the world is one big bath tub, and we are all in it together, a symbol of unity.
This morning I had a meeting with one of our young clients about some pieces to finish their house and she showed me three things they liked from Restoration Hardware. It got me thinking, she is such a cute young fashionable women. She always looks like she stepped out of the pages of the J Crew catalog. J Crew is definitely one of the most popular clothing companies around. It is stylish, fun, and original. President and style director, Jenna Lyons is definitely a style icon and has influenced the world of fashion. But, it seems to me that Restoration Hardware is the opposite of J Crew, dingy, boring, a retelling of things of the past, and a copycat. There is nothing original about it. It just doesn’t seem like the kind of stuff that the modern women would want. So here is my question, does the J Crew girl live in a Restoration Hardware house?