Thursday, January 31, 2008

etsy shop: sweetjuniper
listing: Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Tower West (8x10)
artist: Jim

Jim's photograph of Lafayette Tower West captures the striking simplicity of Mie van der Rohe's architecture while demonstrating the subtle unique characteristics of each individual window while maintaining a consistent color palette throughout the repetition of grid-based windows. That was a really long sentence.

Info on the The Mies van der Rohe Residential District from which Lafayette Tower West is a part (via nps.gov):

The Mies van der Rohe Residential District is both an outstanding example of Modernist architecture and one of America's most successful post-World War II urban redevelopment projects... The buildings reflect classic elements of Miesian design: steel skeleton frames that made no attempt to hide the building's structure, aluminum and glass skins, and open interiors that created a feeling of spaciousness. While the success of their work can be measured by the praise it has received over the years--one observer called it "the most spatially successful and socially significant statement in urban renewal"

sweetjuniper's esty shop features a small collection of photos taken in the urban setting of Detroit. If you like what you see in Jim's etsy shop, then check out his Detroit flickr photos. He accepts orders of photos from his flickr collection.

I love the intensive list of inspiration found at sweetjuniper.org. I counted 313 items in the list. Among my favorite are museum guards (of which I once was), ring-a-ding-dingers, and anyone who worked on those alaskan salmon boats.


Spudart said...

oh that's a photo? I thought it was a sculpture. haha.

Erik Maldre said...

it does have sculptural undertones