Category Archives: Architecture and Design

Buy Design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House For Sale

Originally built for Alice Millard (a humble book dealer) (1923) in Pasadena, California for $17,000 USD Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House  has been listed with Crosby Doe Associates for $4,495,000 USD.

It is definitely worth buying this house, because Wright stated he would rather have built the Millard House than St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, claiming it as one of his favorites and affectionately nick-naming it, ‘La Miniatura.’

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Buy Design, Amsterdam: Pearls from Makkum

If you remember, when I visited  Orson+Bodil Amterdam,  I had bad luck to buy a hat. And than I decided to go for pearls.

I got a pearl from Makkum, designer Alexander van Slobbe, made by  Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum.


Royal Tichelaar Makkum is the Netherlands’ oldest company, but they collaborate with the greatest modern designers and architects of nowadays Netherlands.

The list is here 

We can read on the webside, that ” The ‘pearls’ can be bought as complete necklace or one by one, to enable the wearer to compose her own ‘pearl’ rope. These ‘Pearls of Makkum’ have become desirable alternatives to the traditional pearl chain. The ‘pearls’ beauty is even enhanced by their luxury presentation box, designed by Irma Boom, who is responsible for all graphic expressions of our company.”

I bought a dark brown one: Onix.

And I told  Alexander that everey time I come back to Amsterdams, I’ll buy one  pearl more. One day I’ll own my own pearl necklace.IMG_7498

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Buy Design, OMA sells

Of course, if you want to convert a building in Venice into a department store, you must not forget about a cultural program. OMA is good in it.

Well, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is on the corner from a hotel where I usally stay for Venice Biennale. I guess, I better find a new hotel. Not so close to the culture programm…












































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Design Talks, The Future of Retail

Wednesday, March 13 Westerdals School of Communication is hosting a seminar The Future of Retail.TFOR_programme_last

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Design Travel, What To See in LA#2

Prada Epicenter / Beverly Hills, Los Angeles by OMA
343 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5105, USA

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Design Finds, Soviet Bus Stops Captured by Christopher Herwig

The first assignment I had when I started my architecture studies, was a train stop. I wish I had seen these pictures than

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Design Travel, Peter Zumtor in Oslo

Yes, Peter Zumtor will held a lecture at AHO tomorrow :

Peter Zumthor explains his design for last year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in this movie filmed by Dezeen at the preview in Kensington Gardens, London.

for fashionistas:

The July 1997 issue of Vogue contains a 10-page swimwear feature called ‘Body Building’. Each page consists of a single photograph showing a model inside Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals baths.

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