February 5, 2011 |
Writing from Cairo ? Was it ridiculous that I was perched on top of a ladder hanging curtains before going out to join the revolution in Tahrir? I don't know. I know I had taken my bedroom curtains down and they'd been laundered and needed hanging ? otherwise they'd get creased and have to be ironed again. So I took 10 minutes to hang them and half a minute to take pleasure in their soft, billowing whiteness. Then I slung my bag over my shoulder and left. We live in Zamalek, a leafy residential neighborhood that is a 5-minute drive from the bridge that connects it to downtown.
HOME & GARDEN
September 4, 2010 |
As a sculptor and industrial designer working with found objects and castoffs, Aaron Kramer has a simple credo: "Trash is the failure of imagination. " The artist, subject of "Salvaged: Aaron Kramer and the Secret Life of Objects" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles through Sept. 12, also applied that philosophy to the renovation and decoration of his Santa Monica home. Plunked between a 1930s movie-star mansion designed by Richard Neutra and a residence by the contemporary architect Melinda Gray, Kramer's 1936 house was, he says, "a mish-mash, a blend of Cape Cod cottage with a little Santa Fe flair and New York loft details.
June 27, 2010 |
The great French critic André Bazin said of director Luchino Visconti that he filmed the Sicilian fishermen in "La Terra Trema" as if they were "tragic princes." In the 1963 epic "The Leopard," rapturously presented on a new Criterion Blu-ray, Visconti reverses the equation, pulling a family of 19th century aristocrats down to earth. Set in Sicily during the Risorgimento, the period that marked the end of Sicily's existence as an independent monarchy and the emergence of an Italian state, the movie exults in the last gasps of the nobility's opulence, even as it acknowledges and — ambivalently — endorses the necessity of its end. Perhaps the most overtly dialectical of Visconti's movies, "The Leopard" embodies the contradictions inherent in his identity.
April 1, 2010 |
Dear SOS: Would you furnish us with a recipe for the delicious zucchini tea cake served at Huckleberry's in Santa Monica? I know by taste it is not low in fat, but I was told it was baked with only the whites of eggs. It will soon be the season for an abundant crop of summer squash at outdoor markets. Thank you. Alice Mitchell Santa Monica Dear Alice: We loved the combination of flavors and the rich, dense texture of this tea cake. We liked it best served warm out of the oven.
March 18, 2010 |
Behold the majesty of banh it kep banh ram , one of the most dementedly wonderful versions of the one-thing-stuffed-inside-another-thing idea on this green earth. Deviously enough, banh it kep banh ram takes the concept a step further — stuffing one thing inside another version of itself. It's a glutinous rice cake, gently steamed, then stuffed halfway inside a deep-fried glutinous rice cake. One bite will take your mind apart. The steamed part is soft, gooey and sticky — like a starchy, savory taffy.
March 8, 2010 |
That annual Oscar conundrum -- how to make a fashion statement on the red carpet while honoring tradition at the same time -- was solved this year with one easy concept: texture. The actresses who made some of the grandest entrances stuck to architectural details and dresses that looked as though they were sculpted for them. Whether it was the black and ivory frayed chiffon camellias adorning Diane Kruger's Chanel Haute Couture gown or the layers of pleated raspberry ruffles swirling down the front of Vera Farmiga's Marchesa frock, some of the most striking dresses came in 3-D this year -- no goggles required.
HOME & GARDEN
February 27, 2010
The eminent Italian architect Mario Bellini created the aptly named Dune tray, whose rippled appearance is something of an optical illusion: Between the smooth top and bottom, shatter-resistant polycarbonate is textured to give the material some depth and to produce a play of light. The small version, $83, is about 18 by 12 inches; the large one, $113, is about 22 by 15 inches. Neither comes with handles; that keeps the minimalist design intact but makes carrying the tray a little trickier.
February 21, 2010 |
The clothes that designers showed for fall during New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday, invoked the classics, but with interesting, modern ideas mixed in. Among the trends we think we'll see women wearing come September are these five. Menswear mash-up Alexander Wang is the young New York designer everyone is watching right now, and his collection of sexy, deconstructed pinstripe suits set the tone for a season of creative menswear dressing for women. Among Wang's most memorable offerings: pinstripe pants with the waistband lopped off to expose a bare navel, and a morning jacket with the front removed and a bandeau left in its place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2010 |
With a hard hat perched on his head and an orange safety vest enveloping his burly figure, Tim Leiweke leaned against a window 52 stories up. He peered north, taking in a vista from downtown to the San Gabriel Mountains. "It's amazing, the view, eh?" he asked. With the ease of an urban planner and the affection of a doting uncle, Leiweke pointed out symbols of downtown's revitalization. There, he gestured enthusiastically: a Ralphs supermarket, the refurbished Eastern Columbia building, and finally, the light-filled and logo-emblazoned L.A. Live district that his company, Anschutz Entertainment Group, has built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2010 |
The architects met on a damp October Saturday and set off to visit a modern New York landmark, the American Folk Art Museum. The building is clad in lustrous bronze panels that shift in color as they catch the sun's slow trek across the sky. Inside, a skylight shoots brilliant beams into a grand interior space. But the two men hadn't traveled to Midtown Manhattan to look at the structure's famous features. Instead, they slid their curious fingers along the pocked surface of the alloyed bronze facade.