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Friday, August 31, 2012


As we enter this weekend, we post a beautiful Hindu prayer performed by Deva Premal, Miten and Manose (2008) - from the YouTube channel of bodhiveeren.
Om Twameva Sakshat Shri Ganesha Sakshat Shri Adi Shakti Mataji Shri Nirmala Devi Namoh Namah.
Thou art my mother, Thou art my father, Thou art my brother (or relative), Thou art my friend, Thou art my knowledge, Thou art my wealth, Thou art my all-in-all...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Evan Robertson

Writer and Illustrator, Evan Robertson
Have your ever heard the earth breathe?
In an interview with The Huffington Post (July 11, 2012), Evan Robertson states, "The best thing about paperbacks (apart from the smell, of course) is that when a little jewel of a sentence grabs you, you can underline it. If you’ve only ever read a book on a screen, then let me explain: Underlining something in your book is the original “interactive” media. Think of it as a hyperlink that redirects to your own thoughts, and like a hyperlink, it can leave the rest of the story behind and open up a new window of ideas, insights, musings."
Mr. Robertson's images are so beautiful and poignant. They bring to mind a scene from the documentary, "What the bleep do we know?", where a brain's synapses are illustrated as lightening storms - rapidly translating thoughts into feeling. In viewing these lovely graphic works, there is a moment of revelation as our lightening storms relax, resolving into meaning.
This is how Mr. Robertson's work imbeds itself into our psyches - as graphic poetry.
Evan Robertson on Etsy

It is not drawn in any maps; true places never are.

There is no denying the wild horse in us.

Do I dare disturb the Universe?

Monday, August 27, 2012


diner en blanc Los Angeles
From the four corners of Los Angeles, they drove to the revealed location. They gathered, dressed their tables, laid out food and lit candles. White on white on summer white.
Swirling hankies signaled the group's excitement and recognition of success. Let the festivities begin!
Some dressed to impress. Others encouraged their imaginations - men's black shoes adorned with white stickers, a fabricated gauzy dress cinched at the waist with a silver cord, a toga (yes, someone wore a sheet!). Some women wore glittery jewels. And many guests wore hats of all colors, shapes, sizes. A photographed favorite was a mocha colored, feather adorned cap sitting atop a head of dark, cascading curls.
It was a lovely evening, lasting only a few hours. Then, one by one, tables were cleared as guests quietly left. Soon, all were gone. Only the faint twinkling of a still-lit candle shone in the distance.
Nothing, then everything, then absolute quiet.
For more information: Diner en Blanc
See Breathe (August 27th entry) for a link to the Paris Diner en Blanc

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cool Recipe

Directly from The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, a cool summer recipe:
"Not gelato, not sorbetto—semifreddo occupies a niche. The light and creamy texture melts fast in your mouth, leaving the essential freshness of the fruit. It’s easy, too, since you need no ice cream machine. Semifreddo keeps well in the freezer for a week."
Yes, it has heavy cream and as long as you eat this delicious treat with a group of friends - so that you only serve yourself a small amount - put your guilt aside and enjoy! Grazie, Frances and Edward...

Serves 8

11/2 pints strawberries, hulled

1 tablespoon orange juice
11/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (4 ounces) mascarpone
11/2 cups heavy cream
Puré the strawberries (reserving and refrigerating several pretty
ones) with the orange juice and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Chill the
puré in a large bowl until ready to use.
Bring water almost to a boil in the bottom of a double boiler, then
lower the heat to a good simmer. In the top, beat
the eggs with the remaining sugar, the milk,
and vanilla. Whisk continuously for 10 to
14 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and
forms trailing ribbons. Reserve 1/4 cup of the
strawberry puré, then whisk the egg mixture
into the puré.
Cool the mixture in the fridge
about 11/2 hours.
Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a few inches overhanging the sides.
When the strawberry-egg mixture has cooled, whisk in the mascarpone.
In a separate bowl, whip the cream until firm peaks form.
Fold the cream into the strawberry and mascarpone
Pour the semifreddo into the pan, and freeze
for at least 4 hours. Unmold by loosening the
plastic wrap, then inverting the pan onto a
serving dish. Add the reserved strawberries
to the remaining 1/4 cup strawberry puré and
spoon this over the semifreddo in the dish or
over individual servings.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Check in

Be sure to check, BREATHE, (upper right) - for daily images and thoughts. Some may become future postings on T2F! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Design Beauty

Venger Wind incorporates its beautiful turbines into the architectural design of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City.
From their press release:
"The rooftop wind farm is part of OMRF’s sustainability strategy to produce zero emissions energy for the new research tower. Integrated into the design of the building, the omni-directional wind turbines are well matched to the site conditions and collect wind from both the North and South sides of the building. The project is the largest building integrated wind energy system in the U.S. The V2 wind turbines are 18.5 ft tall, rated at 4.5 kilowatts each and are designed to start producing electricity at 8.9 mph, well below Oklahoma City’s annual wind speed average. Venger Wind’s V2 turbines are based on the work of Finnish engineer Sigurd Johannes Savonius who first invented the Savonius wind turbine in 1922. Venger Wind’s advanced V2 Savonius design is a significant evolutionary step forward from its predecessor."
For more information:
Venger Wind website
Venger Wind Facebook 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

5 Picks

T2F recommendations, posted after 5 PM
MVN Arquitectos - aa House, Almeria, Spain : designboom

Tom's Shoes
Lunchbook Sebastiano Ercoli and Alessandro Garlandini

Julia Child Remixed

Julia Child Remixed
Julia Child, PBS
In this remix, created by John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep), Julia Child raps recipes and techniques from many of her wonderful cooking shows.
I really enjoyed this homage to Ms. Child on the celebration of her 100th birthday!
Watch it here:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Ivo Tavares Studio
It began with a photograph of an umbrella-covered passageway. Then I saw the name, Ivo Tavares. When I connected the two, I discovered "branding".

What is branding? Think of it as an image or text designating only one type of product on the market. When we see the "brand", we specifically know what to expect in terms of a product's quality, taste and image. We immediately identify not only the product, but the company behind it.
What do you think of when I say, umbrella? Certainly, you know it as a hand-held functional object - for protection against rain or sunlight. However, does  monumental "canopy" ever come to mind? Probably, not.
I sat for a moment, studying the image and finally asked, "Why didn't I think of that?"
Ivo Tavares Studio did think of it. They developed it and had it installed in the Portuguese village of Agueda. Visitors enjoy this artful installation as they walk to their destinations. This passageway is now - and for as long as these umbrellas remain in place - branded. "Oh, yes, that's the place where all those umbrellas hang above like colorful clouds," someone might say. Or, "Of course, I will meet you in the cafe below all the umbrellas!"
Branding aside, the uplifting feeling of walking under these suspended objects would bring immense joy to anyone's inner child!
Ivo Tavares • Ricardo Abreu • Luîs Melo
Ivo Tavares Studio
Ivo Tavares Facebook
Ivo Tavares Vimeo

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Montecito House Published

Montecito House, designed by Ronald Frink Architects, is now published within the Santa Barbara / Montecito modernist homes collection of The Hamilton Co.
To find out more about this RFA designed home and to learn more about Josiah and Justine Hamilton, please follow this link:
The Hamilton Co.
Landscape: Bradley James Bontems Landscape Design

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Anna Piaggi

Anna Piaggi
When I saw the headline, RIP Anna Piaggi, I must admit, I was clueless. "Who was Anna Piaggi?" I wondered. 
Next to the headline was a photo of a woman demanding to be admired; a woman dressed in multi-colored faux fur collar atop a boldly printed coat, holding a bright blue umbrella, with a face made up for taking no prisoners and no nonsense. Who was this (eccentric and unafraid)) person?
I had to find out more.
I read, in Wikipedia, that Ms. Piaggi, "Since 1969... used a bright red manual Olivetti valentine typewriter for her work". What work? Well, as it turns out, Anna Piaggi was an icon of fashion and style and most importantly, a renowned fashion writer (Vogue Italia). The moment I read that she used the same charming typewriter for so many years, ignoring the computer, I began to settle in and read more. 
Here's what I discovered:
Ms. Piaggi was an associate of Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik. She was an admirer of Vivienne Westwood. And for years, her stand-out fashion and make-up made her the personality of all the major international runway shows. Mr. Lagerfeld was quoted as saying that Ms. Piaggi, "invents fashion".
Anna was an individualist.
So, RIP Anna. You put a dent on this planet with your colorful individuality - you will be missed.
Find out more:
British Vogue

Monday, August 6, 2012

Chance Encounters

The archeologist searches for markers of civilization. While carefully digging, she finds a fragment here, another there. These fragments either remain in place or are collected and held for later use.
I see my searches in much the same way. I, as archeologist, "find" artists and architects and makers of fascinating objects and present them here.
Today, with the great pride of one who has searched, diligently - I present the following artifacts from my dig.
Batzek Bowls by Yael Tandler Design

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Egg Box, designed by Otîlia Erdélyi

Still Life: "Smaklost", by Fideli Sundqvist
photo: Olivia Jeczmyk, Stylist: Joanna Lavén
Kilim, 2008/2009, silicone, 1100 x 220 cm, 360°, CAP Cologne, curated by Dorothee Joachim, GER, photo: Heike Weber
Heike Weber 

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