Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Off to the market.

One of my absolute favourite things in Chicago is the Randolph Street Market. Held between April and November on the second to last weekend of the month Randolph is a huge draw for anyone in the design field, anyone looking for some great antiques, vintage fashion, Bakelite (trust me, the place is lousy with the stuff) or just looking to spend a fun afternoon browsing the isles of hidden treasures.

I try to go as often as possible and have found many great items for clients and myself. I know that many Interior Designers and shop owners get the Market as early as possible (8am in some cases) to pick through the very best items. Not being a morning person, in the slightest, I have yet to partake in one of these "Running of the Designers" as I like to call it. Perhaps one day...perhaps.

My wife and I were at the Market over the weekend and I just so happened to have my camera with me, it was in my tote and I hadn't even realized it was there when we left, a happy coincidence indeed. So I decided to take a few images to share with everyone some of the great and interesting items one can find there. This is just a brief sampling though mind you.

Why do I always see this duck head bookend only as a single?
Ladies and gentlemen, like in every flea/antiques market on the planet..I give you, big letters.
(I don't really have a comment for everything)
How could you not love this charming chair?
Or these charming pillows? Chair and pillows by Brimfield, one of my favourite stores.
(FYI - I'll be doing a special post about them in a few weeks)
How great is this, a giant hand carved display with a giant carved wood tooth? A molar I believe.
I just love a collection.
I keep telling my wife that I will leave here one day with one of the vintage bikes that are always here, a vintage Raleigh to be specific.
Another purchase I keep threatening to make. What? Fencing is cool.
And there you have it, happy hunting.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

I hate a parade..unless its a pride parade.

I have always hated parades, Fourth of July..hate it, Thanksgiving Day..hate it, Christmas...hate it. I suppose this goes back to the fact that I was in band through high school and, due to my musical aptitude,  I was put into every school band that existed, concert, orchestra, marching, performing, etc. etc etc. Basically I was in every parade within a hundred miles of what ever school I was in. But I digress.

Most parades are really just dull exercises in patience and futility (in my humble opinion). Pride parades, however, have an excitement that almost takes on a life of its own. Everyone wants to be there and is usually quite excited about it, everything is colourful and loud and wonderful and yesterday it was Chicago's turn.

So, at 11:45am Sunday morning, my wife and I made our way over to the intersection of Halsted, Broadway and Grace (the tip of the parade route and a  major turning point....great for photo's) with camera in hand to join the throngs of watchers and join in the revelry. Here are a few of my favourite images.

If you are lucky enough to live in an area with a pride parade do yourself a favour and find your way there. Have fun, show your support...and do whatever you can to catch some  beads.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Happy Father's Day."

My father, Robert E. Judge.

Happy Father's Day, the day we show our appreciation to the oft overlooked and usually unsung influence on our lives. Fathers are always there for us, even if it goes unnoticed. Fathers care for and love us, even if they don't say it. Fathers put up with all the grief we give them as children and teenagers, even though they would probably had rather not. I can guarantee mine put up with way, way, way more grief than he ever wanted from me.

Take this day to let your father know that you appreciate everything they did for you, that you respect them and most importantly that you love them...even if it makes them visibly uncomfortable when you say it.

I know that I never really told my own father how much he means to me or how much I actually listened to everything he told me while I was growing up or that I did pay attention to everything he sacrificed so that my brother and I could have a good life, and I regret that. Also, my dad is easily the hardest working person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing... and I am pretty sure he can beat up your dad.

At any rate, if you're reading this dad, "I love you."

Ladies and gentlemen, for my father, Mr. Conway Twitty...

Brion (Bob's son)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Belmont Harbor, a brief stop.

My wife and I were out for a walk yesterday afternoon, it was a bit cooler out and there was a wonderful fog/haze hanging about. Just before we began to make our way back home I noticed the Belmont Harbor (a place I walk by quite often) looked great in the fog, so we made our way over for me to take a few pictures. Very few actually as we were both getting quite hungry and were eager to get home and start dinner. Anyway, here is what I got, I hope you like them.

This is without a doubt my favourite shot, it turned out so well. I especially love the seagull at top left.
How do you not love a little blue tugboat?


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Wright.

Today marks the 144th remembrance of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright (8 jun. 1867 - 9 apr. 1959). Over the course of his 91 years Wright designed roughly 1,000 projects and saw just over 500 of those actually completed. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House, the Westcott House, and the Darwin D. Martin House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.

Having lived for a time in Arizona and now living in Chicago I have had the great privilege of seeing several Wright homes and buildings in person as many have been very close to home. The only important projects still left on my list are Fallingwater and Taliesin (East), and my wife and I are hoping to make it to Taliesin at some point in the next year (she is also a fan of Wright's work).

In honour of the day I wanted to share what is possibly my favourite aspect of Wright's body of work, his sketches and architectural drawings.

Usonia, Drawing 3
Willey House
Masterpiece ( Guggenheim)
The Wave
Pew House
Ground Floor Plan, Neuroseum, Wisconsin Neurological Foundation
Liberty Balloons I


If it isn't functional, it isn't beautiful...

Here is a wonderful video I stumbled across last night. It is an interview with Marilyn Neuhart, author of "The Story of Eames Furniture", and her husband John. Both have worked with the Eames Office in various capacities from the 1950s. Having been in close proximity to Charles and Ray Eames as well as the members of the Eames Office and their patron manufacturers for almost 30 years, the Neuharts had the extraordinary opportunity to absorb their stories. At their Los Angeles home, they tell the tale of working with Charles Eames in Gestalten.tv's latest look behind the Eames. Enjoy.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Latest Find: Jonathan Levitt, photographer.

I am constantly searching for new inspirations, points of reference, new ideas or anything that takes my fancy (and I have a very fancy fancy). While doing a few random searches on the net yesterday I came across the work of a wonderful photographer, one Jonathan Levitt.

Mr. Levitt's work is raw and natural and amazing. I have forever been drawn to photography that is visceral in nature with subject matter that is instinctively beautiful, Mr. Levitt captures that feeling to a stunning degree. I can easily say that I would love to get my hands on a couple of his prints someday soon.

Along with his website (linked above), Mr. Levitt's photography can be seen on his blog GRASSDOE, which has nothing but wonderful images. Here are just a few of my favourite images, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


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