Category: Sports

Uber Stadium

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I’m not a big (American) football fan these days, but I did happen to catch a bit of the San Francisco 49ers first home game at their new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The Niners have moved from San Francisco’s Candlestick Park into the heart of Silicon Valley, a stones-throw from the headquarters of companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook that are at the cutting edge of technological innovation and cultural change.

Supposedly, Levi’s Stadium utilizes cutting edge technology, but visually it’s a total bore, even dare I say ugly. It looks like a clunky, generic college football stadium that was built in the 20th century. So much for hoping for a beautifully designed and innovative 21st century stadium – in the heart of the most technologically advanced region in the world.

You’d have to go to Munich for something like that. Pictured above is the Allianz Arena, designed by architects Herzog & De Meuron, who also designed the Beijing National Stadium with artist Ai Weiwei, and museums such as San Francisco’s de Young and London’s Tate Modern. It’s home to Munich’s two football (soccer) teams, Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich. The inflated cells that cover the exterior change color for each home game – to red for Bayern and blue for TSV 1860. The exterior can also morph into other colors and patterns for various events. Now that’s what I call an uber stadium – the type we should expect in a place called Silicon Valley.

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Color, Design, Lighting, Sports, Uncategorized

Nice Pose

Yoga Studio

Check out the bench and wall mounted shelves we custom designed for a yoga studio. They’re made of painted wood accented with white oak. The bench has a storage space underneath for yoga mats and props. And look at the pose of the wall piece. What perfect balance and technique – the spine is straight as a board . . . oh, it is a board.

Filed under: Color, Design, Furniture, Interiors, Sports, Uncategorized

Knitted Booties

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If you’re a lover of The Beautiful Game, or if you’re just tuning in for the World Cup, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the exuberant footwear on show. Fluorescent orange, day-glow pink, chartreuse and violet with two-tone color fades, swirls, tiger stripes, paint splashes and reptile skin patterns – anything and everything goes, and the more garish the better. The days of black boots with white stripes are long gone!

In comparison, these new limited edition boots by Adidas are sophisticated fashion. Indeed, they look like they were designed by Missoni. The Samba Primeknit is the worlds first knitted football boot, utilizing high tech waterproof yarn and an innovative manufacturing process to produce boots that are lighter and use fewer materials. I’m not convinced that the look will catch on, but one can only hope.

Filed under: Color, Design, Fashion, Graphics, Sports, Uncategorized

Masket Faces

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These mysterious ‘faces’ caught my attention at the fantastic design shop HAY in Copenhagen. They’re a strange and unique hybrid of mask and basket – masket? I don’t know whom the artist is, but apparently they are Russian, which makes them even more enigmatic. Unfortunately they were for display only and not for sale. Too bad, I had my eye on the top one with the badass Lucha Libre vibe.

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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

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Brilliant photo of glam wrestler “Exotic” Adrian Street with his father and fellow Welsh miners in 1973, from the excellent exhibit All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by artist Jeremy Deller at the Manchester Art Gallery.

It’s a personal look at the impact and persisting influence of the Industrial Revolution on British popular culture, combining contemporary music, film and photography with 19th century images and objects.

Adrian Street is undoubtedly one of the stars of the exhibit, at sixteen escaping a life as a coal miner and going on to become the cross dressing, glam rock, World Wrestling Champion. Here’s an excerpt from the fascinating video So Many Ways To Hurt You, The Life And Times Of Adrian Street.

Filed under: Art, Fashion, Film & Media, Music, Photography, Sports, Travel & Places, Uncategorized