The work of Peter Seitz

March 25th, 2010






These pieces were created in the 1960’s by the graphic design pioneer Peter Seitz. It seems to me that Seitz’s work revolves a lot around forms (triangle, circle, square, line etc.). My favorite is the urban/regional studies institute piece. It uses an expressive intersection of shapes that really draws my eye in.

Images via Walker Art & Ryan Gerald.

Take Ivy Series Four Mix

March 22nd, 2010

Brian Gossett’s brings us his fourth installment of the Take Ivy series. If you’re just jumping into these mixes, the inspiration behind the Take Ivy series came from a group of photographs (also the ones used in the art) by T. Hayashida.

Take Ivy Series Four Mix – Brian Gossett/Since 78

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Rosen Residence by Craig Ellwood

March 19th, 2010

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The Rosen Residence was designed by Craig Ellwood Associates for Gerald and Arlene Rosen. The house was constructed in West Los Angeles during the 1960′s. I really like the wood meets modern aesthetic throughout the house. Check out the Eames lounger and ottoman sitting in front of the old style piano.

Via the Mid-Century Modern Interiors pool.

Take Ivy Series Three Mix

March 17th, 2010

Take Ivy is Brian Gossett’s hottest new series of mixes. This mix, Series Four, is comprised of twenty-one different classical and contemporary tracks mixed together to make the experience feel seamless.

Not only is this mix amazing, but did you see the art? I was immediately drawn into it based purely on the detail of typography and the textures. The inspiration behind the Take Ivy series came from a group of photographs (also the ones used in the art) by T. Hayashida.

Take Ivy Series Three Mix – Brian Gossett/Since 78

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Vivienda 19 House

March 16th, 2010








The Vivienda 19 house is a beautiful house in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid and was designed by A-cero Architects. The garage is located in the basement of the house, while the more important areas of the house such as the living and dining rooms are located on the first floor. All of the bedrooms and private rooms are on the third floor.

Via the Contemporist.

Swiss Poster Collection: 1971 to the present

March 15th, 2010

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Cargegie Mellon University is the home to a very large Swiss Poster Collection. There are more than 300 works ranging from 1970 to present time. This collection was established by Swiss graphic designer Ruedi Ruegg and Professor Daniel Boyarski.

The Collection contains work by designers such as Max Bill, Paul Bruhwiler, Ruedi Kulling, Herbert Leupin, Josef Muller-Brockmann, Roger Pfund, Ruedi Ruegg, Niklaus Troxler, Wolfgang Weingart, Kurt Wirth, R. Schraivogel, Cornel Windlin, and many others.

Check out more posters and information on the Swiss Collections website.

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Wilt Chamberlain House On The Hill

March 12th, 2010

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Until now I had never heard of Wilt Chamberlain the NBA basketball player or this enormous house. After reading a few articles about the house, the most interesting thing aside from the architecture and interior was that it has a groovy feel to it.

“Built in 1971, the five-bedroom, 7,158-square-foot contemporary-style house at 15216 Antelo Place in Bel-Air was built by Chamberlain, who lived there until his death in 1999. TV writers George Meyer and Maria Semple purchased the house from Chamberlain’s estate in 2002 for nearly $3 million, and have owned it ever since. The house has attracted much attention over the years–both with this listing and in 2000-2002, when Chamberlain’s estate was trying to unload it, first for $7.45 million and later reducing its asking price to $4.38 million. The house’s unconventional features include a gold-lined hot tub, a retractable mirrored ceiling above the master bed, a swimming pool that flows into the living room, walls of glass, 40-foot ceilings, a wrap-around pool, and a balcony suspended over the living room. Other features include five and a half baths and teak finishes.

The house sits on a 2.58-acre parcel that has ocean and city views.”

Source Mid Century Architecture

From the Weekend: Olympic Peninsula

March 8th, 2010









Sometimes I find it increasingly difficult to get away from working on stuff and take a break. This past weekend I managed to get away and go north from Seattle, out onto the Olympic Peninsula–all around fun trip. Excited to get out and start shooting more photos.

Mid-Century Modern Flickr Pool

February 23rd, 2010








It’s a wonderful feeling to look back at older art & design. This particular group of images, sourced from a pool on Flickr called Mid-Century Modern Art & Design, are just a few of many that I really enjoyed.

Don’t let the great image of the Sands Motel fool you. Maybe at one point in its life it was an oasis but now, its far from it. I included this image because of my personal recollection of the motel and also because I wasn’t aware that the Sands Motels existed anywhere but in downtown Boise, Idaho. In the image above it looks gorgeous and like it was the hot spot. That certainly wasn’t the case in Boise back in 2002.

The Sands Motel as I knew it, was a trashy, run-down motel where drug deals and prostitutes went down. The sheets of the beds had burn holes, the knob of the sink came off to the touch and fell down the sink (whoops), and lastly the TV. My brother and I were little and of course wanted to watch some TV (more than likely to get our minds off the fact that this motel was sketchy) so our dad hardwired the TV back into working order because someone had cut the wires off the back of it for some unknown reason. On top of that I believe that when our dad went into the lobby to get a room, the guy was sleeping in his chair with his arms falling back to each side and his head tilted over the back of the chair, looking like he was dead. If this wasn’t an indication that we shouldn’t stay here, then I don’t know what was.

Alex Varanese

February 21st, 2010







Alex Varanese is a stunning visual artist based out of San Francisco. His work has a very unique and retro feel to it, using experimental type to really make each piece sing. Initially the detail is what I was drawn to, but after reading about Alex on various sites, I realized that the majority of his work is true 3D Illustrations. It’s extremely hard to tell because each piece has been completed so extensively. I could only imagine that each one of these pieces was substantially time consuming.

I would love to take the time to learn how to work with a real 3D program such as Maya or 3ds Max. It seems like there is so much that could be done design-wise. If you have any other great 3d design links, feel free to share them.

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Venture Magazine

February 19th, 2010

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These images are of a 1960′s magazine called Venture. It’s a shame there really isn’t that much information about the magazine.

Via the Retro America Flickr pool

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