Help Stamp Out Over-cropping

The Post Office have just released this series of Masterworks of American Architecture stamps, which is nice, although the cropping of most of the images leaves little of the architecture to appreciate. Particularly egregious is the fact that they cropped out our graphics for Richard Meier’s High Museum. We have solved that by redesigning that… Continue reading Help Stamp Out Over-cropping

Usernames Are So 1996

I’m sure it’s happened to you at some point, you visit a website that you registered with, maybe your company’s healthcare provider, but you’ve totally forgotten your username and password. If you’re anything like me, you have a few usernames you’ve used over the years and a few passwords you might have used, but which… Continue reading Usernames Are So 1996

It Takes All Sorts

A participant, and a traditionally shaped New York City cop (I didn’t know there were any of these left), festooned with genuine good old-fashioned cop paraphernalia. Taken during today’s gay pride parade just along from our studio, at Fifth Avenue and 16th Street. Hillary Clinton got the biggest applause.

Howl’s Moving Castle

A few weeks ago I attended the premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated film, Howl’s Moving Castle, at the MOMA here in NYC. I was ecstatic that the first premiere I’d ever attend was a Studio Ghibli creation. Maybe it was my brimming anticipation, or the expectations I’d come to hold from the reassurance that… Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle

(One of) My Favorite Architect(s)

Louis Kahn at the AA. I discovered this while rummaging through my computer this morning. I think I must have taken the photo in 1962 or thereabouts, when Kahn visited the Architectural Association and reviewed our fifth year projects. I can’t remember now what he said about my particular attempt (a utopian and megalomaniacal redevelopment… Continue reading (One of) My Favorite Architect(s)

Congratulations, Jasmin.

Four years ago, a German high school graduate with no previous experience but with an avid passion for design knocked on our door looking for an internship for the Summer. Her prodigious talent was immediately apparent, and in the few months she was with us we were glad to be able to help a little… Continue reading Congratulations, Jasmin.

Central Park This Morning

An egret wading in the shallows with the historic Dakota apartment building on Central Park West reflected behind (oops, sorry, that’s not the Dakota, that’s the building immediately north of it). Taken during our morning walk to work today. I love New York.

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There’s a Solution to Every Problem

I bumped into this guy delivering fruit in Union Square today. The ultimate answer to the soggy cigar butt problem and a perfect no-fuss design solution.

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The Light Stuff

I seem to be on a street furniture bender this week, but in case you hadn’t noticed, there is still one genuine (not cutesy-poo pastiche) early Fifth Avenue lamp post standing alone, albeit overshadowed by an aggressive cobrahead, facing the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street and Broadway. This particular design dates from the early Twentieth… Continue reading The Light Stuff