Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tales From the Alhambra

To an unpractised eye the light relievos and fanciful arabesques which cover the walls of the Alhambra appear to have been sculptured by the hand, with a minute and patient labor, an inexhaustible variety of detail, yet a general uniformity and harmony of design truly astonishing; and this may especially be said of the vaults and cupolas, which are wrought like honey-combs, or frostwork, with stalactites and pendants which confound the beholder with the seeming intricacy of their patterns. The astonishment ceases, however, when it is discovered that this is all stucco-work: plates of plaster of Paris, cast in moulds and skilfully joined so as to form patterns of every size and form. This mode of diapering walls with arabesques and stuccoing the vaults with grotto-work, was invented in Damascus, but highly improved by the Moors in Morocco, to whom Saracenic architecture owes its most graceful and fanciful details. The process by which all this fairy tracery was produced was ingeniously simple: The wall in its naked state was divided off by lines crossing at right angles, such as artists use in copying a picture; over these were drawn a succession of intersecting segments of circles. By the aid of these the artists could work with celerity and certainty, and from the mere intersection of the plain and curved lines arose the interminable variety of patterns and the general uniformity of their character.

Washington Irving Tales From the Alhambra


Gorgeous Granada: The Stunning Alhambra in Images
from Cheri Lucas of Writing Through the Fog
Great photos!!

Desert Wing

If you were to conjure up an image of the desert in your mind, modern architecture like the Desert Wing house would probably not be there with it. Like a gem glistening in a sea of sand, this home features state-of-the-art design and ultra-modern aesthetics. With that being said, the structure is very tied to the land. The walls are made from soil dug up from on site and the roof is built from copper extracted from the nearby mines.

Designed by Brent Kendle, the Desert Wing House features a gorgeous tan interior and polished marble floors that blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment.

A true desert rose.


all props to Alex Scott @ Trendhunter


Hollywood-mogul style

“…my theory about the atmosphere around the Marmont is it’s affected by the constant stream of failed and frustrated showbiz fanstasies from decades past funneled down Sunset Hollywood and Hollywood Boulevards. Hollywood Boulevard breaks …apart and winds up into the hills behind the hotel while Sunset flows on in front of it. The Chateau sits like an island in these two powerful streams. I declare Le Ch. Marmont a Deleuzian island kingdom, the schizo’s Mount St. Michel.”

Conceived as a fashionable apartment tower during a real estate boom, the Marmont opened in Febuary 1929. It was inspired by the Chateau Amboise, a royal retreat on the Loire, but it as built of steel and concrete to withstand earthquakes, and has proved amazingly durable. High rents discouraged tenants, and the building was soon sold and turned into a hotel. To furnish it, the new owner bought extravagant pieces at Depression-era estate sales and moved them around to suit favorite guests.