Elizabeth Moran’s mother Cary grew up in a haunted house in Memphis. That’s how the story goes, anyway. Every night she and her siblings would hear footsteps slowly climb the stairs from the basement to the second-floor bedrooms. Usually, they’d stop outside her brother’s room, then turn and head back downstairs.
Even now, Moran’s family believes that old house, which it subsequently sold, is still haunted. Elizabeth Moran never heard those footsteps for herself, but the ghost has been such a big part of her life that she’s exploring the history of this mythical creature and its relationship to her family in a project called Record of Cherry Road. The name refers to the street on which the house sits and to a series of notes Moran’s mother wrote about the footsteps.
“My mom says it was scary when they fist moved in, but eventually they nicknamed him Casper and he became a member of the family who just was always there,” Moran says.
The project is based on a narrative created by the designers around the invented character of Jeffry – a young boy who represents “the lost child in all of us, the version of ourselves that we left behind to become adults.” The folly symbolises a magical place Jeffry might have played in as a boy. ( dezeen )
U-House Kubota Architect Atelier
"cold living",… missing real life pictures from architecture,… not just this clean pre-user style ones!
Through Ishiuchi Miyako’s lens, the things we leave behind are not merely totems of ourselves, but rather objects with lives of their own. An upcoming exhibit at Andrew Roth gallery presents “Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts, ひろしま/Hiroshima 1945/2007—,” Ishiuchi’s photos of objects in the archive of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Photographing belongings from the past is a technique Ishiuchi started with her series, “Mother’s.” “After her mother’s death, she began photographing her mother’s items of clothing and personal effects from her mother’s home,” Andrew Roth said. “It was her way of connecting to her mother and getting to know her mother and understanding something about their relationship as well.”
"Catch of the Day" Campaign Presents Trash Fresh from the Sea
To bring attention to the issue of ocean pollution, the Surfrider Foundation teamed up with advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi LA to create the “Catch of the Day” campaign. Actual trash collected from beaches around the U.S. was re-packaged as food and left on display at farmer’s markets to create a impactful, site-specific message. By addressing consumers at the point of purchase, the “Catch of the Day” reminds seafood buyers that ocean pollution isn’t someone else’s problem; rather, it impacts individuals on a daily basis. Some of the repackaged items include cigarette butts from Venice Beach, California; aerosol cans from South Padre Beach, Texas; and condoms from Newport Beach, California. While environmental campaigns often emphasize shock value above all else, the Surfrider project tempers startling subjects with a restrained presentation and refined target audience.
Sybold van Ravesteyn, Lamp, 1926. From The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction, Vitra Design Museum, 2010. Via Phaidon
Fouquet’s Barrière Edouard François Architecte
"A set of seven buildings including real and pastiche Haussmannian styles, as well as a building dating from the 1970’s, formed a nearly complete urban block in the Triangle d’or (the corner of the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue Georges V). The restaurant Le Fouquet’s is the flagship property of the Barrière company. The goal was to unify these disparate elements and to make it the next parisian “Palace”, thus establishing a strong new image.
In this sensitive context, both historic and ostentatious, we invented the concept of Moulé-Troué (Cast and punctured). We replicated the authentic Haussmannian facade of the block. We then applied it onto the facades, like a bas-relief from Petra. The molded casting is then pierced by large openings that are completely independent of the Haussmannian lines but very relevant to the plans and the visual comfort of the rooms.”