Love these. I remember the very first pair of Melissa shoes I had back in high school. The entire sneaker was made of blue and clear plastic. If I wore them without socks, you could see the silhouette of my foot which was very sexy, after a fresh pedicure.
The most interesting thing about this shoe, is that the plastic discs can be cut and customized to the wearer’s liking. A few of the photos below, show some of these options…
Below are a few photos of the designer/artist and his work. Pesce is an Italian designer who has lived in New York since 1980 and has been described as one of the most independent thinkers on the international design scene today. He main works are furniture and house ware designs; chairs and ottomans, couches and vases, but to box him in would be wrong since his most famous artist work is the ‘Organic Building’ in Osaka, Japan. Some of his pieces are today part of the MoMA’s permanent collection, although many are not on view. Pesce, born in 1939, studied architecture and industrial design in Venice early in his career. The Organic Building was completed in 1993.
Check out the photos below…
The artist himself.
The Organic Building. The plant pots along the exterior of the building contain 80 different species of bamboo.
Pesce’s Rock Vase, made of resin.
Pesce’s Golgotha Chair made of dacron-filled and resin coated fibreglass cloth. FYI- dacron is a type of polyester fabric.
Pesce’s chair and ottoman designed for B&B Italia, as part of his “Up” chair series. B&B Italia is a luxury modern furniture brand and manufacturing company. Divided into two main brands under the B&B umbrella, they are B&B Italia and Maxalto, with Maxalto focusing more on wood processing.
So once again, I’m turning to a topic of great interest to me. Architecture. I cannot stress enough how much I like this form of design, and its impact in a larger sense on the people and places affected by buildings.
One of Gehry’s most famous well known works is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. A beautiful and strange structure no doubt, one that makes me think of ocean waves, clouds, and anti symmetrical designs. Below are a few photos…
For his latest work Gehry won the competition back in 2003 to design a new high rise for lower Manhattan’s (below 14th street) skyline. At 76 stories high, it is currently the tallest residential building in New York City history. Made of a stainless steel panel exterior, the buildings facade changes constantly depending on your vantage point. Areas of the metal jut out, while others curve inward creating a seemingly multi-dimensional surface. We perhaps could argue, yet another building built for the rich? Young people with trust funds, and royalties, another generation of young adults that are over-indulged, and not nearly compassionate enough for the common man. But to move away from all this, the awe and beauty of this very tall structure cannot be discounted. I would say that Gehry, in his way, has served New York well. Another awesome building, that signifies some of that changes of our generation…”A Downtown Skyscraper for the Digital Age.” -via The New York Times
I posted about the architecture exhibit at the MoMA on Social Change not too long ago. I have some photos from this day. Again I think I want to talk about the fact that its important in our world, to do some kind of meaningful work, that gives you more than a paycheck, but also a sense of pride in what you have created. I’ve always felt a special affinity towards architecture, and its impact on societies. Just thinking of the process of designing something on such a large scale all the while trying to tap into the world of the people surrounding that area. What they do, where they go, how they eat, the music they listen to, and also the existing landscape in which they live, must all be taken into account. Below are some of the images…
The 3 above give statistics on the lives of people where architects have built structures. Some give the percentage of children who are illiterate, others give the number of people who now benefit from schools, apartments, and cable cars built in cities that before did not have these things.
“We as architects, could and should pay a stronger roe in the formation of living space and the habits of people. We have to come up with innovative ideas to help conserve resources and therefore help nurture a future free of crisis.”
The link above will give you more information on Francis, who began his architectural career in Berlin. For his part in the exhibit, Francis designed a primary school in his own home town, Burkina Faso, in West Africa.
“I hope that the human ability to build with nothing but the natural material just under our feet – and with our own hands – will improve and not vanish. This skill is essential now and in the future to build sustainable housing for all.”
Check this link to find out more information about Anna and the projects she is working on. For this exhibit her part included a hand-made school in Bangladesh where 80% of the children are illiterate.
Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement
Red Location Museum in South Africa
Luckily there is still work being done that if not actually changes things in the world for the better, it aims to. With that said I’m very excited to see this exhibition at the MoMA, featuring the work of architects around the world that are designing with more than just a structure in mind. From a museum in South Africa, to a metro cable in Venezuela that connects a city, to housing for fisherman in Lebanon, to a hand-made elementary school in Bangladesh. In my estimation it is important that work which is socially and humanely conscious exists and thrives.
I’ve been a fan of Buckminster since my first trip to the MoMA. His work is exquisite in its symmetrical proportions. I was working at ICP the other night, and started flipping through the pages of Wired Magazine. There was a small feature on his designs being used in LA for tree houses, of the young and rich. Apparently architect Dustin Feider is installing them all over the city of Los Angeles. In addition the LA County Museum of Art has one installed as well. This is not the first time Buckminster’s work has been used to construct buildings, but it is the first time the designs have been turned into tree houses.
Buckminster, in his own words.
Much of Buckminster’s work can be seen at the MoMA.
Wired Magazine Cover Nov. 2009
Geodesic Dome Tree House constructed by architect Dustin Feider, based on Buckminster’s famous design.