This little beauty pulled up across the street from my local coffee shop this morning and I had a few words with the owner. Don’t know if restoration is the right term for what happened here because he seemed more in tune with the spirit of the original (at least the original street version) than creating a perfect reproduction. This started out as a four-door!
I was delighted to hear him say he drives this every day and the interior (very cozy) looked nicely lived in.
“To sell something surprising, make it familiar. To sell something familiar,, make it surprising.” Some interesting ideas on what makes something cool. Runs 4 min.
A few of my favorite excerpts from Steven Levy’s tour of Apple’s new campus.
“Jobs discussed the walls he had in mind for the offices: “He knew exactly what timber he wanted, but not just ‘I like oak’ or ‘I like maple.’ He knew it had to be quarter-cut. It had to be cut in the winter, ideally in January, to have the least amount of sap and sugar content. We were all sitting there, architects with gray hair, going, ‘Holy shit!’”
“At first, we had no idea what Steve was actually talking about with these pods. But he had it all mapped out: a space where you could concentrate one minute and then bump into another group of people in the next,” Behling says.”
“To withstand earthquakes, the Ring is mounted on huge steel base isolators that ensure the building can move up to 4.5 feet in any direction without losing its vital services.”
“The very toughest challenge came from constructing the giant glass sliding doors for the café—they had to extend from the ground to the roof, a full four stories. Each door leaf is about 85 feet by 54 feet. “The only doors I know of in the world that size are on an airplane hangar,” Diller says.”
“It’s not like we’re asking people to be uncomfortable at work,” she says. “We’re asking them to recognize that part of being connected to the outside is knowing what temperature it is. We don’t want you to feel like you’re in a casino. We want you to know what time of day it is, what temperature it is outside. Is the wind really blowing? That was Steve’s original intention, to sort of blur that line between the inside and outside. It sort of wakes up your senses.”
I love the work of Swedish-based artist Simon Stålenhag. I’ve shared some of his stuff here before. This one brings to mind the apartment building for the 21st century. Would love to know what inspired the artist.
“Aaron J. Groen is an artist specializing in astro and landscape photography. He was born and raised in South Dakota and spent his entire life exploring the beauty and wonder of the midwest. Traveling the back roads and gravels where most people do not travel. Constantly in search of that next spot to shoot that perfect moment in time. Aaron loves South Dakota’s amazing night skies and things that seem to be left behind by mankind. You can see much more of Aaron’s photography on his Flickr site.”
Hat tip to Margaret — tumblr junkie, art & photography lover, admirer of good coffee, two boxers dog owner, wife and mother.
Sketch (drawing? painting?) by Simon Stalenhag. Part of his The Electric State series. I found it timely and chilling. A nice big wall along the eastern borders of what are now Washington, Oregon and California.