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This one makes me laugh…but with the house, not at it. I’d love to meet the owner.

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W.T. Kirkman lantern style light (Near Flathead Lake MT)
Vine porch curtain (North Hampton MA)

Cranbrook House Dining room light that can shine up and down or both. (Probably a custom design by Eliel Saarinen) Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Last year I spent a week in Mexico City with my aunt, a retired Mexican history professor. What an architectural treat! I’m finally getting a chance to share a few of the highlights.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes- Inside this recently restored, golden-topped, art nouveau building are several spectacular murals by Diego Riviera

Casa de los Azulejos

Casa de los Azulejos- This is the dining court inside a department store in the Centro Historico. The mural wraps around all sides of the light-filled courtyard. I don’t have a photo of the outside of the building, and old palace covered in blue and white tiles

 

Bold Facade in Centro Historico

Bold red-orange facade in Centro Historico

More Facade Decoration

Another facade in the Centro Historico, this one a bit less flashy, but has a variety of artful details

UNAM Giant Sundial

Aunt Susan at the giant sundial at UNAM

 

Approaching the Biblioteca Central UNAM

Approaching the Biblioteca Central UNAM – This walkway seemed a bit out of scale, but the shade was nice

Biblioteca Central - UNAM

Biblioteca Central – UNAM – The Central​ Library at UNAM was built in 1948, a collaboration between artist and architect Juan O’Gorman, and Architects​ Gustavo Saavedra and Juan Martinez de Velasco. The exterior is covered in murals depicting the history of Mexico and made out of stones collected from around the country.

Biblioteca Central - UNAM

Around the Biblioteca Central was a grid of grass squares and concrete pathways that seemed like they could be a giant board for a game.  The simple white painted arrows on some of the paths direct bikers properly through the maze.

Grid of lawn squares and concrete paths

Grid of lawn squares and concrete paths

Bike Path Arrows

The graphic simplicity of bike path through UNAM

 

Zona Rosa Art Deco Industrial

Zona Rosa Art Deco Industrial

Zona Rosa Green

Zona Rosa greenery

Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa Glass and Steel

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora

Amber Dome- Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico

Amber Dome- Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico

Living Roof - Jardin Botanico, Chapultapec

Living Roof – Jardin Botanico, Chapultapec

National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology Fountain Column

Marquee - Polanco

Marquee – Polanco

 

Mural and Fountain in Los Danzantes Coyoacan

Mural and Fountain in Los Danzantes Coyoacan

 

 

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kitchen-lighting

I saw this unique kitchen lighting solution in Baja recently while house shopping with a friend.

 

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Blue Hardware

Not long ago I was checking out a house in the Oakland hills that caught my client’s fancy – rustic modern I’d call it rustic modern with a bit of whimsy. I like it. I also like that it was surrounded by trees and shrubs so that I had trouble getting a good photo of the whole building. I noticed one nice detail that is daring and unusual. photo 1 If you look closely you will see that the post bases and the other structural connectors are blue! Here is a close up: blue hardware

Even closer:

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Last week I visited these guys to check out their work. One of my clients needs a handrail.

Nice to see what an artist can do with traditional blacksmithing.

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Art Tile fir drawers

spade cutout pulls (Armoire by Dickson Schneider I believe)

 

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de Young Museum SF Main Entry in Morning Light

The main entry to the de Young Museum in the late morning – If only we all could afford skins of copper in custom patterns.

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We took the train to Sacramento today to look around. In addition to nice trees, we saw some noteworthy buildings. Here are a few.

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I think this one was a bank

pyramid on the sacramento river

This pyramid of warm yellow stone – a great shape for a building in a place where land isn’t too expensive. Every room gets a roof deck!

The entry to the Great Pyramid

The entry to the Great Pyramid

Awesome new museum on the Sacrameto River

Awesome new museum on the Sacramento River

maritime museum copy

maritme museum feather

feather weathervane on the roof, sailboats along the entry bridge

golden bridge 1935

golden bridge 1935

 

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