Bertelli Bicycles

I found this NYC based bicycle builder’s site via core77, beautiful stuff. Gorgeous!


Newbern Fire Station / Town Hall

This is not a new rural studio project, it’s from 2004, but I like it and figure y’all may as well.  I really can’t get enough Rural Studio.

The project page states:

Newbern, Hale County, Alabama

Thesis Project 2003-2004
Will Brothers, Matthew Finley, Elizabeth Ellington, Leia Price.

Project description
The Newbern Volunteer Fire Department and Town Hall is the first new public building in Newbern for 110 years. It houses three fire trucks and satisfies the town’s needs for a place to house elections, council meetings, volunteer firefighter classes, fund-raising and community gatherings.

The building is supported by a wood and metal truss structure, which is enclosed by translucent polycarbonate panels, protected from the sun by cedar slats and topped-off with a galvanized aluminum roof. Inside there is a mezzanine level for fire fighting classes and at the ground floor a bathroom and kitchen.

An extraordinary effort by four students. Not only was the project conceived and built in just two years, but at the same time student Leia Price raised $100,000 in materials donations.

Happy Week After Christmas!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!  We had so much fun in the snowy Midwest.  I have to admit, I have a bit of a Christmas hangover and am a little sad that it went by so fast this year.

Wes returned to Brooklyn just in time for the blizzardocalypse that hit the east coast, and said it was pretty amazing.  We hope you all have safe travels and a very Happy New Year!

Sledding on Christmas Eve

images by Kelly Essenpreis


This looks like the perfect place to spend a vacation.  Created by Dedon, this light-weight woven nest can be placed or hung almost anywhere.  I could definitely kill some time in one of these.

Gerstner Cases

H. Gerstner & Sons cases are pretty nice, made in Dayton Ohio since 1906 by the same family.  Well, not all of them, they do have cheaper “international” models available. I’d stick to the made in USA models! Sure to age beautifully as long as you use it a lot.

Via the Garage Journal

Some Holiday Cheer 2010

Every year around Christmas, Wes and I have decided to choose a place to make a donation to.  Last year, we made a donation to our friends at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn, and this year we’ve decided to donate to the Caboodle Ranch in Florida.

Craig Grant created this cat-occupied ranch, filled with hundreds of abandoned, mistreated and stray cats.  He has built an entire cat-sized town, complete with houses (and even a City Hall!) trials to roam, tree houses to climb, ponds to drink from, and even giant litter boxes that he cleans meticulously.

“Cats should be able to roam free, and at Caboodle Ranch, that’s what they do,” he writes on his site, and we applaud him for it.  Some people may think he’s crazy, but we just love what he’s done.  It cost about $6,500/ month to run the ranch (with food, vaccinations and spay/neutering), so we hope to be able to contribute in a small way.  Happy Holidays, everyone!!

Old Taylor Distillery

The Old Taylor Distillery… The bourbon castle + 83 acres are for sale…

Quoted from….

Colonel Edmund H. Taylor began his distillery-owner’s career at the O.F.C. distillery in Leestown (which later became Ancient Age). After turning over ownership to his partner George T. Stagg, Taylor built a new distillery on Glenn’s Creek. It has been called one of the most remarkable sights in the bourbon industry. The main distillery building is made entirely of limestone blocks, in the form of a medieval castle, complete with turrets. A drawing of the castle appears on the label of Old Taylor Bourbon. The castle wasn’t just a facade, either; inside were gardens and ornate rooms where Colonel Taylor used to entertain important government officials and politicians. Taylor’s contribution was the guarantee of quality in an industry that had lost nearly all credibility. Very few distillers were selling quality product, and virtually none of what good bourbon was being made ever got to the public without being diluted, polluted, and rectified. Edmund Taylor crusaded tirelessly to have laws passed that would ensure quality product, and he was successful. He was the originator of what became known as the Bottled-in-Bond act of 1897. This was essentially a federal subsidy by tax deferral for product made to strict government standards and stored under government supervision. In the process, he was responsible for documenting what those standards would be. And therefore, Edmund H. Taylor, Jr. was given the task of defining Straight Bourbon Whiskey. As a result of the success of this act, other federally enforced standards for food products were enacted, and we can say we owe much of our current standards in many consumable products to this gentleman with a distillery on Glenn’s Creek.

If you have dreamed of your own private “Elsinore“  this historic home of Bourbon can now be your’s for 1.9M.

Prototype Helmet, Chad Hodge

Brooklyn based industrial designer Chad Hodge designed this beautiful helmet, a prototype for his senior thesis, University of Cincinnatti. See his portfolio here

Via Bubblevisor


P-Jacket from Mister Freedom…

Fierce Frenchman In A Thong

I am not generally a fan of Frenchmen wearing thongs in the desert, but this man is incredible.

Yes, he did choose to drive a Citroen 2cv into the Morrocan desert, but  at least he brought tools. When car broke apart, rather than cry about it or start wandering the desert, he took the pieces of the car and built himself a motorcycle.  Good thing he had 10 days provisions on hand, because it took him 12 days to build the thing.

Emile, you deserve that speedo.

Via Jalopnik

Four Nice Brownish Things

Architectural Surfaces & Shacks, Marie Ringwald

Artist’s site here.

Innertube Tesselations

From Brazilian Wallace Barros, made of inner tubes, looks like ferrofluid, buy bag here.

Qinghai Provence by Ian Allen

Ian Allen traveled across Asia for his Westward photo series, but it’s the photos taken of the Qinghai Provence that I loved most.  It’s an area that was struck by an earthquake earlier this year and since then, prayer flags have been strung across the foothills.  Pretty incredible.

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