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Friday Finds 05.31.13

As we stitch up the week in the publishing world, we've gussied up some of our favorite web finds for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy and Happy Weekend!
May 31, 2013
commune trailer

A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu

Having spent many years pining for her own space at the beach, Sofie Howard—photographer agent and owner of Los Angeles–based Commune Images—finally found it at Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park in Malibu where, adjacent to the most preternaturally local private beach in town, even single-wides have been known to go for exorbitant prices. "I've been surfing here my whole life," Howard says, "and I had always thought, 'someday, someday.'" Two years ago, she found the "dinkiest, cheapest, grossest" trailer in the park, which needed some love. "It was literally plastic and cardboard, with a camping stove and a mini fridge," says Howard, who bought the one-bedroom, 500-square-foot trailer and called in her colleague Steven Johanknecht, a principal at the design firm Commune, the L.A. design collective that houses Commune Images. "'Doctor Steven' came in and worked his magic," says Howard.
May 31, 2013
Athfield House as photographed by Simon Devitt in Wellington, New Zealand.

Photography Focus: Simon Devitt's Portrait of a House

New Zealand photographer Simon Devitt has been capturing homes and homeowners in for close to fifteen years. His new book, Portrait of a House, collaborates with graphic designer Arch MacDonnell of Inhouse Design. Portrait of a House is a photo album of the Athfield House or "The Village on the Hill" known by Wellington, New Zealand locals. The Athfield House is an architectural experiment started by Ian Athfield in 1965 on the Khandallah hillside in Wellington. It's quite reminiscent of the Mos Eisley Cantina on the planet Tattooine, in Star Wars, Episode IV. The idea for this photo book came from Devitt's inspiration from other shelter photo books such as Robin Morrison's 1978 book Images of a House. "A house is a pretty refined subject to make a book about," explains Devitt. "It is not market driven, it is content driven and born out of passion. Life has happened there like in no other house, and the ‘living’ leaves its evidence, time has played out on its surface. There is a lot to be said about sitting still and how that looks. The Athfield house is a wonderful example of this. An accessible counterpoint to a largely asset based living that pervades New Zealand.” The "living" Devitt refers to is the extensive colorful dinner parties with it's well-known local bohemians (as seen in our slideshow) & the mass livestock that roam the property. Simon Devitt is the recent recipient of the New Zealand Architecture Awards' Presidential citation for photography. He also has a lecture in Photography of Architecture at the University of Auckland.
May 31, 2013
conranshop

Chat with Jasper Conran of The (New) Conran Shop

The Conran Shop's new look for its reopened Marylebone store in London; plus, a chat with Terence Conran's son Jasper, recently anointed head of the company.
May 31, 2013
nest thermostat

9 DIY Home Automation Gadgets for 2013

Home automation is an incredible way to simplify the life of a homeowner. By automating all of your technologies, you can not only make your life easier, but you can save yourself a lot of money and hassle. And it is surprisingly easy to do yourself. DIY home automation is not only easy, but it is cheap. Here are nine cool gadgets that you can use to automate your house for 2013.
May 30, 2013
aumas collectables

A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris

Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels.
May 30, 2013
chalk piggy bank

Site of the Day: Ladies and Gentlemen Studio

Founded by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, three-year-old Seattle design studio Ladies and Gentlemen has a small, but covetable collection of objects, jewelry, furniture, and lighting all made in the USA.
May 30, 2013

AIA|LA Announces Restaurant Design Awards Finalists

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) has announced the top nominees for the 9th-annual Restaurant Design Awards, held at Dwell on Design. This year’s jury—consisting of writer and One Kings Lane editor Margot Dougherty, restaurateur Warner Ebbink, and architect George Kelly, AIA—has selected nine finalists in the Restaurant category, four in the Café/Bar category and three in the Lounge/Nightclub category, as listed below.
May 30, 2013
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