Monthly Archives: October 2011

Eileen Gray

E 1027 from the sky

A bird’s-eye view of Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici’s counter-modernist love nest.

“The biggest secret of E.1027 is that it offers spaces for secrets, having layers of interiors within its interiors.”Katarina Bonnevier

Eileen Gray designed E.1027  for herself and her then lover, art critic Jean Badovici. She chose an isolated spot on the French Riviera right on the water, and made a house where the sun and sea would be visible from almost every room. The sea and sky floats into E.1027 through giant windows and balconies. She blurred the boundaries of inside/outside, and also upside/downside: the pattern of the floor creeps up to the walls and ceiling. One distinction she made clear is the one between public and private — the building is almost invisible to passersby. E.1027 is perched on a cliff over the Mediterranean without any direct roads leading to it. Born to a wealthy Scottish-Irish family in 1878, Eileen Gray lived well outside societal expectations, and she designed for the different kind of life she lived.

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Seed Saving

Seed savers taking  break.

Seed savers enjoying the fruits of their labor.

It’s Fall and our gardens are dying. You probably spent some time deadheading basil and mint flowers and getting upset when lettuce bolted. By the time herbs and plants start developing seeds and flowers, they’ve slowed down on producing the leaves we love to eat. They have one foot in the grave. Keep the life cycle cyclical and save their seeds for next year.

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Dieter Rams

A television set designed by Dieter Rams. (Image via Life as an Architect)

Not a knob more than what you need. A TV designed by Dieter Rams. (Image via Life as an Architect)

“Weniger, aber besser” — less, but better.

Industrial designer Dieter Rams, born in Germany in 1932 (and still alive), was concerned with the chaos going on in the world around him: chaos as a result of the Wars, the Great Depression, and later, the more subtle, but also pernicious chaos of disposable design and planned obsolescence that was the purview of his trade.

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