I seem to be thinking about concrete frequently these days. I got the buyer’s guide to Dwell magazine and am enthralled with the useful and decorative properties of concrete in the home. I find myself wishing we had considered other options for our tiled bathroom floor. We put in unfinished ceramic tile before we moved into our home. Now, due to lack of glaze, they are and uglier brownish gray color thanks to North Carolina dirt. I will chalk up this poor design and function choice to being new to world of home DIY.
More on the concrete topic, today I read an interesting article in the New Yorker about the new parking garage on 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach by Herzog & de Meuron. The ideas and design exhibited in this building are unique and show a new way of thinking in terms of automobiles and cities. I love the integration of retail, living space, special events space, and innovative use of an older building rolled into a new and progressive piece of architecture. Imagine hosting your wedding in this amazing space – that changes the notion of a parking garage. Who said concrete couldn’t be beautiful?
This architecture and design reading leaves me reminiscing of my days in college architecture classes.
One of my favorite craft books, Generation T, inspired me to start using my tee shirts for something other than quilts. I have two tee shirt quilts already, though I admit they were both made by my mother. This book offers a great starting point with easy, moderate, to difficult projects. One of my more recent projects from this book was the tee shirt shopping bag, made with the iconic I ❤ NY tee shirt.
Contest for one of the amazing Generation T books at Eco Chic’s blog. (Contest is over, but you can still check out the blog for interesting ideas. )