Love in the Afternoon

I love this video for the Oliver People’s 2011 ad campaign, starring Devendra Banhart, his girlfriend, Rebecca Schwartz & the amazing architecture of John Lautner. It’s very artistic..ethereal & mesmerizing and being a longtime fan of John Lautner’s architecture I appreciate their chosen backdrop of the home he designed for jazz composer, Russ Garcia {Rainbow House}.

And I love that she’s reading Terry Southern’s “Candy”….nice touch.

Link to Oliver People’s Website & Video

{Vid produced by Lisa Eisner}


Mid Century Style

Pierre Koenig ~ Case Study Home

’60’s Babydoll Swing Dress

’60’s Barware

’60’s Black Cocktail Dress

Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs

Kodak Insta-Matic

Libby Glassware

Sideboard/Buffet Table ~ Photograph: ©Henri Kyriacou

Vintage Gibson Guitars & Marshall Amps

King of ’60’s Cool, Steve McQueen ~ ©1963 John Dominis/Life Magazine

Pontiac GTO

Cathedral of Finance

Photograph: Flickr/Girl in the D

Detroit is rich in beautiful Art Deco architecture and there is perhaps no better example than the Guardian Building. Originally named the Union Guardian Building, it was designed by Wirt Roland (Smith, Hinchman & Grylls) and built in 1928. The interior is filled with mosaic, Pewabic and Rookwood tile. The building, which is currently owned by Wayne County, became a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989.

Photograph: Flickr/Girl in the D

It’s exterior (496ft./40 stories), like it’s interior, is quite grand. The shade of the orange brick was formulated specifically for this building, and dubbed Guardian Brick by the architect. Here it is, rising up, at 500 Griswold Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.

Book Cadillac Taking Shape


The renovation of the Book Cadillac Hotel is nearing completion and from the looks of it, it’s nothing short of amazing (actually that’s too weak a word) and a real tribute to the tradesmen who rebuilt her. Although the work is still in progress, many of the rooms have already been sold. The top floor holds six penthouses and most other floors will hold 12 condos. I can only imagine the views from those rooms. To give you an appreciation of the work that was done by the trades and artists, behold the before and after photos.


Book Caddy 003

I’m elated that someone has restored something in Detroit, instead of tearing it down. The hotel will open in October 2008 and I hope it both prospers and inspires others to invest in Detroit as well.

Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern

The city of Midland, Michigan is synonymous with the name, “Dow”. The Dow family has made it’s mark there with Dow Chemical Company, founded by Herbert Henry Dow in 1897 and also by his son, Alden B. Dow, the architect, who designed more than one hundred buildings there including his own home and studio, a National Historic Landmark. Dow studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin in Wisconsin – the summer of 1933 and opened his own studio in 1934.

A new book by Author Diane Maddex, titled “Alden B. Dow, Midwestern Modern,” traces his life, work and intense personal philosophy that governed everything he did.

Link: Dow House

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

Photograph: Rick Dikeman 2001

A friend from Helsinki has been part of a team working to put together an exhibition of Eero Saarinen, the visionary architect who designed the GM Tech center and the St. Louis Arch, to name just a few. The exhibition is currently at Cranbrook, where Eero and his father, Eliel Saarinen designed many of the buildings, as well as furniture, fabrics and decorative elements. It runs from November 17 thru March 30, 2008 and will make stops in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., ending in New Haven, CT in 2010. It’s being organized by The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and The Museum of Finnish Architecture with the support of Yale University School of Architecture.

Links: Cranbrook Art Museum

Detroit Rising

Photograph: Mike Russell 2007

The Book-Cadillac Hotel gets a $176 million dollar extreme makeover.

Twenty-two years ago the Book-Cadillac Hotel closed, falling into a descent of damage and decay. But thanks to the Ferchill Group, a Cleveland based developer; the Book building is making a serious comeback. They are transforming the building into a combination hotel and luxury condominiums that will hopefully energize the city and usher in a new spirit of restoration for other amazing architectural gems as well.