AvroKUTE

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Part of AvroKOs new uniforms for their restaurants (Courtesy AvroKO)

Part of AvroKO's new uniforms for their restaurants (Courtesy AvroKO)

New York-city based design and concept firm AvroKO, the masterminds behind various self-propelled projects such as PUBLIC and Double Crown restaurants, recently revealed their latest venture–as fashion designers.

Teaming up with the Mona & Holly studio, AvroKO will release a limited edition of service uniforms in April as part of their Spring ’09 collection. Inspired by “smart and tidy service uniforms of decades past,” the collection doesn’t stray from AvroKO’s signature aesthetic–concept driven designs that are somewhat nostalgic of times past while maintaining a sense of modernity.

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Lessons From The Past

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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We just came across a story (above) by David Dunlap in the New York Times whose headline reads: Recession Is Ravaging Architectural Firms. In it architects bemoan the state of the industry and make claims like “it will never be the same again,” and “I’ve had the chance to see a lot of ups and downs. This one, to me, is without a doubt the worst.” Dunlap suggests that ‘Now, having shrunk, firms may decide to stay smaller.’ And one architect thinks this is the next Great Depression: “We don’t see a way out, a real turning point, until the end of the decade. If you’re talking about no significant work until the latter half of the decade, you’re talking about a situation that is somewhat similar to the 1930′s.”

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Porter House: Hoboken Edition

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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(photos: Shawn Michael Lowe)

Say “Hoboken” to a New Yorker and Irish Bars (and rowdy ex-frat boys), quaint row houses, and the Path Train might spring to mind. Thanks to the recently completed Garden Street Lofts (on sale now!), you can add high-end green condos designed by name brand architects to that list. Read More

iToldya So

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Now doesnt that look familiar? (Georgetown Metropolitan)

Now doesn't that look familiar? (Georgetown Metropolitan)

So it turns out they’ve finally approved designs for the Apple Store in Georgetown. As we speculated, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson came up with a perfectly appropriate glassy-historicist design, as they already have in places like Soho and Boston. Read More

Old School

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Last night we had the pleasure of attending Delab’s (Design East of La Brea) monthly gathering of creative types, this time at Cole’s, a legendary restaurant and bar in the Pacific Electric Building in Downtown LA. Open since 1908, Coles is known for its French Dip sandwiches (it claims to have invented the delicacy), clever–and strong–mixed drinks and “atomic” pickles. Read More

My Cousin St. Vinny

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Monday, March 9, 2009
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The proposed hospital, now headed for a court date. (Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed)

The proposed hospital, now headed for a court date. (Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed)

The Observer points us to a lawsuit filed today in State Supreme Court aimed at stopping the demolition of Albert C. Ledner’s National Maritime Union HQ in Greenwhich Village, now known as the O’Toole Building. If you read the paper with any regularity, you should know full well the story of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s attempts to replace the one-of-a-kind “overbite building” with a 300-foot tall Pei Cobb Freed-designed hospital tower. Well, the lawsuit may be just in time, as the Landmarks Preservation Commission is due to vote today on whether or not it approves the outsized plans for the new hospital building. Read More

AN Celebrity Party #1

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Monday, March 9, 2009
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Since we’re in LA, it was only a matter of time until The Architect’s Newspaper got to visit a celebrity party. This Saturday we were invited to the launch of author Jerry Stahl’s new thriller Pain Killers, thrown by none other than Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor. How did we get in? Thanks to voiceover artist-cum-architect-extraordinaire Janna Levenstein, who designed the 5,000 square foot Hollywood Hills pad (pictured above) that housed the festivities: 1615 Rising Glen. Read More

Say Goodbye to Your Gnome

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Monday, March 9, 2009
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What better way to usher out the profligate design culture of the Bush era than to have these Alien Gnome Bandits escort your Philippe Starck Gnome thingee back where it belongs–into the past. Read More

AIA SF Awards; aka Back When Architects Made Things

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Friday, March 6, 2009
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Aidlin Darlings 355 11th Street won both Merit and Sustainability Awards

Aidlin Darling's 355 11th Street won both Architecture and Sustainability Awards

Remember when architects actually built things? Oh yeah, that was last year. And to commemorate that fact in Northern California, the AIA San Francisco chapter just announced the winners of its 2009 Design Awards. Read More

LIEBing for New Shores

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
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Moving day for the Lieb House, en route to a Long Island-bound barge. (Storefront)

Moving day for the Lieb House, en route to a Long Island-bound barge. (Akira Sawa)

The Lieb House, Robert Venturi’s second commission and once in danger of demolition, will soon be en route to its new location, but by sea, not by land. After a bit of resistance from Glen Cove town council, the house has been cleared to travel by barge to its new site in the Long Island town.
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Architecture Gets Its Close Up

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
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A home-made dwelling in Portland's Dignity Village, featured in the film "Adapt"

What is SMIBE? Is it a brand of paint? Or maybe a government agency? No, it’s something much more interesting: the Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment. The Los Angeles-based, volunteer-run organization just announced the winners of its inaugural “Story About a Place” competition, which looked for short films (less than 6 minutes long) that “reveal new sides or issues about a place told by memorable characters.” The competition, which launched last fall, received over 90 entries from 13 countries. Read More

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Mari(mekko) Has a Brand New Bag

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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Leading Finnish textile and clothing company Marimekko recently unveiled a new line of women’s bags that reflect the distinctive design and simple pragmatism for which the company is known. Based on an existing Marimekko tableware fabrics, the bags are patterned using state-of-the-art printing technology in keeping with the cheerful, utilitarian Marimekko aesthetic, and are available in an array of colors and materials including the company’s trademark cotton canvas, Italian patent leather, and metal. Fashioned to be a bold personal statement as well as a practical handbag with functional details, these bright bags are contemporary while maintaining a sense of everyday practicality. From stylish evening bags to work totes, Mari’s new bags are suited to fit any well-designed lifestyle! Read More

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