As soon as I saw Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2011 Couture line, I immediately thought of the beautiful photographs from one of my favorite books, Birdby Andrew Zuckerman. When I started matching up birds to specific pieces, I couldn’t seem to stop! Hence, the lack of editing.
Tom Kundig is among maybe my top 2 or 3 favorite architects. My lovely wife introduced me to his work by giving me a great book on him, Tom Kundig: Houses. Among many others, this book covers the “Chicken Point Cabin” project, one of my favorites. There is definitely something very warm about his work, while having a spacial severity at the same time. If I ever have the chance to design and build my own place, I am going to steal ideas from him shamelessly.
Well here’s another another one that wasn’t published last year (decided just to take the 2010 out of the title from now on), but as I acquired it recently, I’m adding it to the list.
When I was about 8, a TV advertisement used to run for a local “themed room” motel that was located nearby. They boasted having a jungle room, a Queen of Hearts palace (w/ heart-shaped tub), a caveman cave, and even a knight’s castle. After seeing it a couple of times, I begged my mom to let me have my upcoming birthday party there, unable to comprehend that it was for ADULTS ONLY. Luckily my mom sort of ignored the request and suggested that I have a sleepover at the house instead.
Anyway, when I saw this book, Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan, I was obsessed. Alien Abduction Play Room? Check. Hello Kitty S&M Room? Check. Subway Car Room? Check. They even have a Gulliver’s Travels Room with some sort of creepy legged snowman. Amazingly strange.
People always seem a little surprised to learn that I’m a rabid football fan. I don’t try to hide it, but I do tend to annoy people at dinner parties. I live for the Chicago Bears and this Sunday they will be playing our oldest rival, the Green Bay Packers (boooo!) for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. In anticipation of either the most exciting or disappointing weekend in the football season, I give you, the Chicago Bears of the 1940′s.
I meant to space these book posts out a bit, but my other post for today needs some editing, so here it is! You can never indulge in too many books, right? My other favorite book from 2010 wasn’t actually published last year (like the rest), but I did buy it last year, so I’m counting it anyway.
“Otherworld Uprising is the first major monograph for Toronto-based Shary Boyle, who is known for her uncanny and exquisite porcelain figurines that skillfully subvert the historical expectations inherent to this traditional material. Through dream-like references to mythology and fairytales, her imagery illustrates female desire from a female point of view.”
My third favorite book of 2010 was The Surreal House by Jane Alison. Published in conjunction with a Barbican Art Gallery exhibit of the same name, it brings together a unique blend of art, photography, film, and architecture, while exploring the idea of dwelling as a place of mystery and wonder.
It explores “the home” in every surreal sense of the word, including “the haunted house, the cabinet of curiosities, the ruined castle, the cage, the cave, the box, the labyrinth, the bell jar, and the womb” all while showcasing classic and rare surrealists works. Beautiful images and well written.