All posts by “Wear + Here

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Slick abyss

This post began before Election Day. It began with surprising ambivalence: I wanted to love “Doug Aitken: Electric Earth” at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary, but didn’t. The projections felt too pretty, the loops too styled (quite unlike this perfectly layered coat). Time passed without much personality,… Read More

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Common thread

My Mexico travelogue begins with an installation by an artist ruminating on his Mexican roots (thanks for the tip, Persephone Bakery). Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe explores textiles as an interface between notions of architecture, fashion, and identity. By stringing prismatic veils from unexpected… Read More

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Beyond boutique

A new bar for chic shelter: French architect-designer Emmanuel Picault (of Chic by Accident) has transformed a 1920s townhouse into three meticulous suites, all within the hip leafiness of Colonia Roma in Mexico City. The intimate experience of La Valise—the brainchild of entrepreneur and globetrotter… Read More

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Aging gracefully

  A debate distraction: My soft spot for elderly care finds me scouting vanguard approaches. Like this compassionate compound designed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma in Japan’s Shizouka Prefecture. Two women in their 60s—one a social worker, the other a chef—live and work in this… Read More

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Snow drift

Waking up to my first snowfall of the season, I retreated under down and dreamed of a deck like this one at Casa Bonay in Barcelona, Spain (thank you Of a Kind for the 10 Things inspiration). A 19th-century home renovated into a boutique hotel,… Read More

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Family ties

Partial, yes, but perfection, no? A glimpse of the dinners to come at my family’s winery in Paso Robles, California—Niner Wine Estates. The new landscaping schema frames the vineyard’s iconic heart-shaped grove of blue oaks with an allée of old-growth olive trees, a design that… Read More

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Lorax view

Can you see the forest for the trees? Scottish artist Katie Paterson hopes so: her Hollow exists as a microcosm of all the forests ever on Earth, a miniature sprouting 10,000 unique tree species into a single sensory snapshot of bio-history. Commissioned by the University of… Read More

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Sharing means

Caring about capsule concepts like this: Airbnb recently revealed a new evolution of its sharing economy. Slated to open this fall, the Yoshino Cedar House is a semi-communal space that nurtures relationships within its walls as well as within the rural Japanese community in which… Read More

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Happy Birthday

To America’s best idea. Wish you were here to celebrate with us, John Prine, Emmylou Harris and 6,000 other celebrants at the Roosevelt Arch marking the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. America the beautiful, indeed. …the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use… Read More

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Busy as

A monumental steel beehive, planted deep inside London’s Royal Botanical Gardens, animates with the activity of a nearby natural nest: Glowing LED panels vary intensity according to the bees’ busyness, as does an accompanying soundtrack by Be—a dream team including Jason Pierce of Spiritualized and… Read More