Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Which is the Fairest Building of Them All?

That's the question Vanity Fair magazine recently posed to leading architects around the world.  Their answers, spotlighting some of the most architecturally-interesting buildings, were featured in the magazine's World Architecture Survey.   

Perusing the list and noticing a distinct lack of eco-love,  Architect magazine responded with its own rankings of the most sublime "green" buildings within the last 30 years. 

Before you find out which buildings Vanity Fair's experts deem the best in the world in the last 30 years or see photos of the top 21 here or learn which "green" structures Architect claims are the best or see the slideshow of the "green" picks,  can you guess which architect took an impressive second place on both lists?

Here's a clue:

Recognize him? Does the name Renzo Piano strike a chord? 

If not, here's another clue: an image of the project that earned Piano second place on Architect's Top Green Building list:

The California Academy of Sciences Building
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  Image by Todd Eberle 
Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Our question for you is:

Which building - "green" or otherwise - do you think is the most architecturally-exciting public building locally and why?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Coreen Cordova's "Summer Whites Collection" and Win a Charm contest.

For  the well-stocked jewelry box and well-dressed neckline... we're in mad design love with Coreen Cordova's newest collection, "Summer Whites".

We'd wear this to make an entrance.....

This to make a statement.....

And this.... well, because wearing drama - not being the source of it - makes us smile beatifically, too!

But our big question is... where would you wear this?

Promise to tell!  Follow DesignSwirl before August 5, 2010 for your very own chance to win this charming Coreen Cordova "Dove" mini-pendant.  It wings its way to one lucky follower when our  contest ends August 6. 

• One of a kind or limited edition only •
 • Hand-carved bone beads • Bone or resin pendant in silver bezel in various designs  • $150 and up •  

 •  Also available online: Charms, Pendants, Necklaces and Bracelets • 
•  The Top 50 charms in The Classic Line feature birds, blossoms, spiritual, and Western themes  •

Friday, July 16, 2010

Outdoor fabric from Langner DZign

For easy lounging on stylish chaises, leaning back at sumptuous alfresco feasts, or falling into a hammock's sea of pillows, printed fabrics by Maine artist Gretchen Langner elevate the art of outdoor living.

• Fabric for the protected outdoors from Langner dZign  •  Fade- and water-resistant acrylic  •  Five patterns (Bud, Flower, Spiral, Circle and Overlay ) in select or custom colorways    •  $50 per yard   • 10 yard minimum •  Available at Enid Ford Atelier in San Francisco  

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Recipe for the Artful "Arnold Palmer"

We love Cafe Marmalade's signature version of the classic summer drink known as the Arnold Palmer, a thirst-quenching concoction of lemonade and iced tea.  Cafe Marmalade's twist?

Brewed Ginger Peach tea by Republic of Tea
House-made minted lemonade 
Crushed ice. 

But, when it comes to style, we really love the layered glamor of the "Arnold Palmers" served at  the Panama Hotel.

Panama Hotel's secret?  Fill 3/4 of a pint glass with ice. Top the ice with lemonade. Slowly add iced tea.

Do we sip from the top for a taste of tea, sink the straw lower for a little lemonade or try for the middle without disturbing the balance? We never know.

Cafe Marmalade •  22 Ross Common  • Ross • 415.461.2205

The Panama Hotel • 4 Bayview St.  • San Rafael • 415. 457.3993 •