Tuesday, November 2, 2010

house tours-parade of new homes

The parade of homes was a great way to see what trends are hot now.  I was not very impressed with what I saw about new construction. It seems to be that the economy got the best of the construction world taste also.  The majority of the houses I went to see had very cheap finishes, almost as if they tried to cut cost on everything they  could.   It makes me wonder what kind of corners they also cut on the most major aspects of construction, such as hvac? Plumbing? And  yes even electrical.  Here are the pictures and rendering of the ones I got to see. 

Reading Comprehension 5

The english tea pot, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

the Chinese tea pot, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

the Baby tea pot, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

The artifact that I believe represents a revolution in design is a simple teapot.  The United States, having come from England, and very rooted in the English customs, considered tea time a very important time of the day.  This was an everyday activity.  It represented comfort and security, and as the world trade increased, so did the repetuar of teapot styles.  England and the United States were accustomed to the tall rounded bottom square top teapot, in contrast to the Eastern short, round teapot.  As we can see in this rendering, this now American teapot is almost as straight replica of a Chinese one of similar times. 


I have chosen to talk about 18th century shoes for male and female because it is direct inspiration from Chinese shoes and Indian shoes even in today’s times.  As we can see in the form of these shoes, they are very pointed with soft lines.  The ones that have heels are of a very delicate shape and form.  The flats are very organic form, almost like a leaf or a cocoon.  They are very reminiscent of the Chinese culture.  Even though the 18th century was full of splendor, and with excessive adornment you may also say the same of Indian wardrobes today.  The colors of these shoes are very bright, and lively just as the ones that took they took their inspiration from. 

17th century shoes

chinese shoes

indian shoe

In this New York space of the 18th century we can see a Chinese influence in the furnishings.  They sit very low to the ground with distinctive curvilinear lines.  The dark woods accentuate the choice of materials, and it also brings a simplicity that is very typical of Chinese furnishings.  The circle within a square encrusted in the back of the side chair that sits in front of the chess table is very reminiscent of a gong.

The Royal Pavilion, by John Nash, in London is a very beautiful example of Middle Eastern influence.  At first glance, if you are viewing this building from a drawing you will imagine its surroundings to be of India, you might even go as far as imagining elephants walking around its gardens.  However, this building is located in the middle of London, and it was a place of escape, from everyday life, for the Royal family into a dream world in a far away land.  This building features an onion dome, as did most of the structures during this time in India.  An onion dome is simply a dome that has the same shape as an onion that is bulbous and tapers to a smooth point.  The screen colonnades all around the bottom of the building are also a direct Indian influence.  This building stands out from all the other buildings that surround it.  Needless to say it will fit better somewhere in India, but it does create a strong statement of anything goes; the more you have, the better it shows, worldliness.
The Royal Pavilion, Coffee by Jasmine Collins
The Taj Mahal, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

For my place I chose Charleston SC.  This is a port very active in the 17 and 18th century, I would go as far as to say that it was also very influential in as a trend marker.   The architecture of Charleston is classic English architecture; therefore, the interiors are also extremely English influenced.  But wait! What do we have here? A filtration of Chinese culture in the furnishing that has just came in, in the last shipment!.  Well, this looks different, but kind of cool.  I will re work it and make them fit my d├ęcor.  This was the mentality of the people of the 18th century.  When the foreign goods began to make their way into our cities, and life as the new it, just got a bit more intrusting.   As we see in this cover page of a very famous book the table that is between the center windows of the drawing room of the Nathaniel Russell house, is a direct Chinese piece of furniture low to the grown, dark woods and linear.  Oh! And wait what’s that on top of it? Looks to me that is a very Chinese urn!

High Rise project

This is the building as it stands; we will be building to suit the client’s needs.  We will be working on two stories and fours spaces simultaneously with 4 other designers as a design team.  Each designer will be planning a space, yet all together designing a floor. 

We are embarking on a new project the high rise!  Very excited to see what kind of wonderful spaces our brains will deliver now. Here are the pictures of the space in its current condition. 
This is me inspecting the space, and taking pictures.

Oh, what a view if this is not inspiring, I don’t know what is!


The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and glass building that was originally built in London, England as a great exhibition hall.  There were more than 14,000 exhibitors from all around the world.  It displayed samples of the latest technologies, as well as furnishings from the Baroque period.  There were also statuary from the classical periods, and clothing just to name a few.  hat made the space alive. People were enchanted and mesmerized to see so many goods displayed all under one roof.  Not only was this under roof, but the roof was made of glass.  This building was breakthrough because it is the epitome of the Industrial Revolution.  Some of its inspiration were the green houses around the castles, therefore, there was also trees and plants, water gardens, and I would assume wildlife that made the space alive.