Field Notes: Sketching at The Henry and Lunch at...
Katie Miller and I swung by The Henry this afternoon to check out Sopheap Pich’s new exhibit and to brush up on our freehand sketch skills. We also popped into The Fat Hen, a new French-inspired cafe designed by Graham Baba. I especially loved the open shelving, which exposed the everyday flour, oatmeal and grains that might typically be tucked away in a pantry.
Smoke Damage Uncovers New Lining
The folks at PB Elemental were recently the victims of a small electrical fire. While tearing out smoke damaged drywall, the team’s luck took a turn for the better. Check out these 2- by 4-foot beauties discovered beneath the firm’s formerly plain walls. (Photo by Chris Pardo) Though I’m sure it was no fun dealing with the aftermath of a fire, this is a pretty awesome silver...
"Luminous" Puts Spotlight on SAM's Asian...
SAM didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for its latest exhibit. Channeling 13 countries, “Luminous” highlights 160 pieces culled almost entirely from the museum’s Asian art collection. Catherine Roche, Seattle Art Museum’s interim assistant curator of Asian art, curated the exhibit along with the guidance of Korean artist Do Ho Suh (the man behind the...
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
This weekend I zipped down to the Oregon Coast to catch some misty ocean vibes and to explore Haystack Rock. Children of the 80’s may recognize this massive formation from the opening scenes of The Goonies. It’s the world’s fourth largest seastack and accessible by foot at low tide. If you have a free weekend this fall, take a trip to Canon Beach to see this awesome sight for...
Technological Sublime: Highway 99's Spine
Aurora’s spine. Highway 99 above the Burke Gilman Trail, Fremont.
Dreamliner: On the Tarmac at Paine Field
On Saturday I swung by Paine Field in Everett to check out the Boeing Dreamliner. The mostly-composite plane includes 264 seats — 12 business and 252 economy — with personal television sets, roomier seats, an automatic toilet with a wash function, more storage, an arched entry way with a beverage bar, dimmable windows and larger lavatories. I was covering the event as a stringer for...
A few little snap shots from tonight’s Green Lake stroll. Lots of people watching and a pretty amazing sunset.
Analog Coffee's Got It Goin' On
In college, there was this neat little coffee shop tucked away in the basement of the Art School Building. After Korean class, I’d meet my arty friends for coffee and we’d talk about boys, attempt to study and sip the only decent cup of coffee on campus. Danny Hanlon, a former barista at my old on-campus coffee haunt has teamed up with friend Tim Hayden to open an awesome new Capitol...
Restaurant Revival: Adaptive Reuse and Dining Out...
From neighborhood coffee shops to farm-to-table restaurants, local and sustainable ingredients have long been the epicenter of Seattle’s dining scene. It’s no surprise that designers and architects with an eye for adaptive reuse and historic preservation are finding inspiration in our city’s booming dining scene. Capitol Hill’s open air Melrose Market, The Walrus and the...
Back to the Land in Japan's Chichibu Mountains
Part home, part shelter, part testing grounds. Feeling quite inspired by this modern retreat tucked away in Japan’s Chichibu mountain range. This design—with multiple layers, ladders and platforms—is both playful and practical. How neat would it be to apply this concept here in the Pacific Northwest? Read about Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend work-and-play place and check...