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Herb Lester Maps

Herb Lester has released a set of maps for different cities, and obviously as a New Yorker my personal favorite is Where The Sidewalk Ends: How to find old New York. The awesome illustration work for the New York map was done by the always amazing Jim Datz.

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Hütten Palast

What a unique idea for a hotel. The concept and interiors for Hütten Palast in Berlin were created by Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer. The hotel itself occupies an old vacuum cleaner factory and has been restored and filled with spruced up old campers and newly constructed cabins. The comfort and kitsch of this is not lost on me. Most people shy away from hotels where the rooms are too small, but in this case it creates a much greater shared communal space around each of the trailers.

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From Barcelona

Designer Anders Hernando Balsells created this fun colorful branding, From Barcelona, to promote tourism in his home country of Spain. It was part of his master’s degree program at Universitat Ramon Llull.

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Alemanys 5

It is official. Alemanys 5 is by far the most enticing vacation rental I have ever come across. In the historic city of Girona, which is in Catalonia, Spain. The location is perfect, and the house itself is beyond perfect. A great balance of historic and modern elements. The totally ass kicking kitchen is probably my favorite part and we cannot forget about the private courtyard. You can rent either of the two separate apartments or the whole house depending on the size of your group.

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As far as museums go few entice me for any reason other than the art on display. In the far Northwest corner of Massachusetts there is a museum that breaks through the bland white box stereotype of museum galleries. MASS Moca similar to Dia in Beacon New York and the Tate Modern in London is a converted post industrial facility. So even though these three museums share a similar past, they each have beautiful excentrities, which make the visit especially engaging. Not only are the exhibitions art, but the architecture is art. The aging of the structure is another example of art. And then the updates to the building including signage, modern infrastructure and restroom facilities.

Every time I am lucky enough to get up there. I discover another artist I have never heard of and find another reason to love their campus. This particular visit every exhibition was new to me. They included Sub Mirage Lignum by Nari Ward, One Floor Up More Highly by Katharina Grosse, and the Sol Lewitt Retrospective, which has been 25 years in the making. You can take a look at some more photos from the museum over on my flickr and stay tuned for a post about the Sol Lewitt Retrospective later this week.

Long Weekend

We are heading up to MA today for a much needed long weekend at my parent’s in the Berkshires. It will be a nice to get out of the city and enjoy some home cooked meals, and just relax. I will be back posting Tuesday or Wednesday, so see you then.

Lena Corwin’s Maps

Lena Corwin, a Brooklyn local and amazing illustrator and designer has created, in collaboration with Other Books, an awesome book of travel maps. Somewhat in the spirit of Saul Steinberg’s famous New Yorker cover, these maps depict the cities with areas and landmarks completely out of scale dwarfing the streets and intersections that in the real world confine them. These maps are super fun, I hope sometime in the future Lena makes some prints. Little beauties like these deserve to be displayed not shelved away somewhere. To see the maps from all the cities you can pick the book up here.

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Swiss Alpine Pods

They really know how to do it in Switzerland. Little private ski resort, Whitepod with beautiful modern igloos. What more could a ski fanatic want? Both the lodge and igloos located at around 6,000 feet above sea level have astonishing views of the valley and snow surroundings.

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Huski Lodge

Huski Lodge is a boutique hotel in the Victorian Highlands of Australia. It was designed by Elenberg Fraser based on studies of snowflake geometry and Australian timber framing. The faceted design and positioning on the site work together maximize views and light in each of the separate apartments. It is intriguing to think that the architects studied snowflakes in the design of this building when you see the way the building and snow interact with one another as if they were old friends.


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Bass Notes

If you are in the greater London area between now and the 17th of next month you definitely need to check out this show. Bass Notes, a play on the pronunciation of Saul Bass’ last name, is an exhibition entirely composed of Bass’ film posters. Often exalted as his best works.

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Monte Rosa Hütte

This irregular hexagon that both blends into and juts out of the Swiss Alps is the Neue Monte Rosa-Hütte. Designed as an upgrade from the original structure built in the 19th century, architects Bearth and Deplazes have created a beautiful solution for this remote site. It’s wood-framing references the style and technique of previous structure, while the technical aspects both inside and out help to make it inherently new. The building itself is 100 percent self sufficient and must be able to create energy on site because of it’s remoteness. Building materials were delivered partially assembled in an estimated 3000 helicopter trips, mainly because mules were said to be too costly. Monte Rosa Hütte operates as both a restaurant and lodge for hikers traveling the 3 hours from the base of Monte Rosa.

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Mayan Ruins Tour

By the time you read this I will have embarked upon a two week journey through central America exploring the Mayan ruins with my grandfather and two cousins. I am less practiced in my spanish than years prior, but hope that it will all come back to me in the field. Leaving I hold few expectations beyond the hope of shooting tons of photos and experiencing something new or at least different, and spending time with some members of my close yet seemingly distant family will be a pleasure as well. It will also be a much needed break from the oppressively cold and snow winter here in New York.

I return on the 1st of February and you can expect a report along with some shots from the road.

Juvet Landscape Hotel

A hotel is rarely as serene or poised as perfectly within it’s natural surroundings. The Juvet Landscape Hotel pictured here was designed by Jensen & Skodvin architects and is in Gudbrandsjuvet Norway.

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Up in the Air

I first posted about the photographs of Ktinka back in July, you can look at the post here. Aside from the nod to the George Clooney movie Up in the Air whether intentional or otherwise, this set of photos pulls forward a great deal of nostalgia and feelings of a simpler time when air travel was envigorating and new. The narrative of her trip is also very clearly and cohesively presented in this set of images.

Landnemar: by Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes

I just wanted to share some images by Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes from a set entitled Landnemar, which in Icelandic means settler. I love the calm feeling in these photos as well as the interesting colors highlighted.

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The FIDA Mat

The FIDA Mat is a wonderfully compact solution for a lounge chair you could pack up and take anywhere. It was designed by Hannover industrial designer Patrick Frey, and feels like a design update to the classic hiker’s essential, The Crazy Creek.

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Birthright Israel

It has been almost a month since I through together a small backpack and hopped in a cab out to JFK to meet up with my Birthright group. If you had told me that I would come back professing Israel as the most beautiful place I had ever been and the amazing biodiversity found in what we in the western world think is a sand bowl I most likely would have scoffed. However, after seeing every type of terrain and city in Israel I feel a much stronger bond to my heritage and Israel itself. It may not be something that changes my life, but it is at least something that has helped me gain perspective.

I want to share a selection of photos from my trip that I think begin to capture the overwhelming beauty and feeling of being in a different world that I encountered on my trip. To view more of the photos from my trip and to see them on a map check out the flickr set.

City Hall Station

Photo by: Fred Guenther

After many years of having to exit the 6 train at the Brooklyn Bridge stop you can now stay on for a glimpse at the architectural wonder of the defunct City Hall station.

Pétur Thomsen

Icelandic photographer Pétur Thomsen took these amazing shots during the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the eastern part of Iceland. The imagery captured is extremely surreal, with the juxtaposition of man made forced into such powerful and extreme natural landscapes.

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Southeast Asia: Photos by Chris Glass

My friend Chris Glass has a fantastic eye and impeccable sense for capturing the vibrance and poise of reality. I just flipped through his uploads from the first half of his trip to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and I must say I am really loving them. These two are my favorites along with two more really amazing shots after the jump.

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