Friday Finds 5.27.11
This week we've been busily (and excitedly!) prepping for Dwell on Design, which is just under one month away. Among the many events slated are our ever-popular tours of modern homes in Los Angeles, a keynote talk by Cradle to Cradle author William McDonough, and discussions with many more Dwell favorites on topics as far reaching as crafting beer to creating a kid-friendly abode. This week, we also welcomed a new addition to our magazine, designer Everett Pelayo, who shares his first Friday Find today: the lives of Quinnford and Scout.
Everett: I am always in awe of anyone who is able to photograph their lives beyond the annual birthday or holiday. Quinnford and Scout, a couple currently living in Manchester, U.K., take photo documentation to the next level by beautifully photographing their relationship in monthly intervals. The visceral series documents all aspects of a relationship and a few photographs are NSFW. Check out their website and Flickr.
I saw the new Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris last night and though I didn't much care for the tired jokes, surging nostalgia, and guileless romanticism, there was a certain pleasure in seeing Allen flesh out (one-dimensionally, I should add) the great artists of the 20s. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Buñuel, Dali, Man Ray and others populate this jazz age fable, and as a postcard from the birth of modernism the fluffy film gives us all the stars in the firmament. A pity that Allen is such an aesthetic conservative, though. Next he'll be telling us how great Mozart is.
Construction on Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's new installation Your Rainbow Panorama was recently completed, and is set to open to the public on Saturday, May 28. Perched on top of the ARoS Museum of Art in Aarhus, Denmark, the circular walkway is clad in a full rainbow spectrum of glass, and looks freaking amazing. Also amazing: the museum's galleries take visitors through Dante’s Divine Comedy, leading up through the nine circles of Hell and the Mount of Purgatory to this new rooftop installation, which represents Paradise. According to Eliasson, "Your Rainbow Panorama enters into a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what is assured beforehand, that is to say the view of the city. I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside — where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to moving."
A lovely animation of the alphabet where each character is the first letter of a font name. The fluid transitions between each letter become a ballet-like and it's set to "Si tu n'étais pas là" by French musician Fréhel. I only wish that each of the letters lingered on the screen longer!
Miyoko: Sari Closet
If you've ever wanted to wear a sari, here's your chance. My cousin and his colleagues, who are about to be UCLA Anderson School of Management grads, just launched a new business called Sari Closet. For $79 you can rent one of more than 100 beautiful saris from India. Shipping is free, and you send it back in the box it arrived in. Even if you don't want to rent one, the embroidery on the saris is stunning and worth a peek through the galleries.