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Medlock Ames' New Tasting Room

When I was in Healdsburg checking out H2Hotel, I took a little detour to Medlock Ames' recently opened tasting room and bar, which is on the site and in the footprint of the century-old Alexander Valley Bar and Store, just north of downtown Healdsburg. Architect Luke Wade, builder Andy Bannister, and Medlock Ames' general manager Kenneth Rochford showed me around.
September 27, 2010
The Art of Structure

The Art of Structure

Last weekend, The Art of Structure opened at the Carnegie Museum of Art Heinz Architectural Center. Dedicated to feats of modern engineering, the exhibition features 20 scale models of bridges and slope-y structures accompanied by the drawings and notes that lead to their creation and is the combination of two other shows: Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist and The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy. The exhibit runs September 25 through January 17, 2011.
September 27, 2010
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Friday Finds 9.24.2010

Friday goodness, all around! Help yourself to a week's worth of links, all donated by your friendly Dwell staff.
September 24, 2010
Counter Space Exhibition at MoMA

Counter Space at the MoMA

In post-World War I Germany, architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky's "Frankfurt Kitchen" was manufactured and installed in thousands of public-housing unit across Frankfurt am Main. Schütte-Lihotzky's design took the kitchen out of hiding and into public light, showcasing smart, small, and ergonomic strategies for storage, appliances, and work areas. The Frankfurt Kitchen is at the center of the New York Museum of Modern Art's new show Counter Space, which opened last week. The exhibition also features iconic kitchen products and innovation of the 20th century, including Philippe Starck's lemon squeezer and Snaidero's Spazio Vivo mobile kitchen unit. The show runs through March 14, 2011.
September 23, 2010
2010 01SJ Biennial

01SJ Biennial: Build Your Own World

This past weekend marked the third 01SJ Biennial, held in San Jose, California. "The Silicon Valley is such a capitol of innovation, technology, and people thinking creatively that we wanted to create a festival highlighting that intersection of art and technology," says Jaime Austin, the festival's assistant curator. Exhibits, sculptures, and performances took over venues across the city but the center of it all was in the San Jose Convention Center's South Hall. This year's theme, Build Your Own World, lead to the naming of the hall's title: Out of the Garage, Into the World. "We tried to make the world's largest garage," Austin says "because so many Silicon Valley companies started in garages." Over 30 artists moved into the space on September 4, preparing their creations (fully while on view to the public) before the biennial began on September 16. "The goal is to have people engage with the projects," Austin says.
September 22, 2010
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Autoban and their House Hotel

Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar are the principals behind the Istanbul–based design house Autoban. Their work incorporates the rich history of the city perfectly with its emerging modern movements. Those designs—buildings, residences, hotels, furniture—are stark yet warm, mixing modern and traditional elements and materials. I became interested in their work after staying at The House Hotel Nisantasi while in Istanbul earlier this month. I tracked down Seyhan Özdemir to find out more about their background, projects, and inspirations.
September 22, 2010
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Friday Finds 9.17.2010

Happy Friday, all. We close the week with our favorite Interwebbian finds, featuring everything from big old trampolines to jaunty paper hats.
September 17, 2010
"Hair Salon," Bangkok, Thailand. (2010)

Bangkok's Storied Shophouses

Cities and countries have many faces, and the one known to travelers and foreigners often differs from that of the everyday. In his photo series "Shophouses" German photographer Peter Nitsch looks beyond Bangkok's skyscrapers and neon lights to show the storefronts occupied by citizens of the bustling megacity. Published in a book and on display at Bangkok's Kathmandu Gallery until September 26th, the series captures an intimate look at the brightly colored, packed-to-the-gills spaces of Southeast Asia's everyman.
September 14, 2010
Ileana Tounta at the Armory Show, NY 2010. From the Series "Art Fare."

"Fare" Trade Furniture

As Andy Freeberg perused Chelsea's galleries he noticed an interesting phenomenon: at some of the most prominent galleries, the only human presence was a person's head poking from the top of an ominous reception desk. Chronicled in the series "Sentry," Freeberg examined the phenomenon, capturing stoic images of some of the most popular New York galleries. In his most-recent series, titled "Art Fare," Freeberg revisits gallery desks, but this time at art fairs, where the large desks are ripped away and the gallerists are sitting out front for all to see.
September 12, 2010