Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oh Hey There, Henry

My kittens are ridiculous. I'm pretty certain they are a new hybrid of puppy-cat. They eat lettuce, chew up shoes, and chase their tails.

Henry in particular really enjoys hiding under small spaces and peeking out from under them. His expression says, "oh hey there, what's up?"

Oh hey there, Henry.


Lady peeks out from things as well. 

I just found out I'll be interviewing with a prestigious design firm in Washington D.C. next week. I'm super excited and nervous all in one. Cincinnati, you know I don't want to leave you. I've stayed around when it wasn't convenient, always coming back and telling everyone how awesome you are. 

I've given you as much as I can, Cincy. I've gotta go where I'm wanted, even if in some ways it breaks my heart.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Library Cafe

I had a great day at TedxCincy, but a whole day at the conference means I neglected my Google Reader all day. Blasting through 150+ articles, and this gem from Fast Company Design grabbed me.

D'Espresso, a cafe in New York City, is opening a new location close to the public library. Designed by Nema Workshop, it looks like a library gone wonky... literally flipped on its side.

The books are actually glazed tiles printed with photos of books taken at a travel store. Clearly I'm a huge fan of libraries, and the way the design forces its inhabitants to consider their perspective is great. Yeah, it's a gimmick... but this time, it really works. Apparently he's going to do more, which I think could get a little tired after a while. But who knows... sometimes novelty can be done right. 

My other favorite detail about this project is the "baseboard" trim that can be seen in the first picture between the herringbone wood "floor" and the bookshelf "wall." Details like that really kick the design up a notch!