Introducing Issue Nº16
In this issue of Openhouse, “view” seems to appear over and over: 10AM Lofts scan a multi-millennial horizon, while Fondation Maeght’s view is closely focused through the lens of objects.
January 18, 2021
The empty rooms are quietly composed; still, soundless. In the elegant living room, modernist geometries of furnishings. Luxuriously silver-threaded draperies organize proportions of gracious repose.
In a sepia photograph of a 1950’s building site, a young boy leans his barely contained energy towards the camera, as it in turn captures the rural features of Tokyo.
We gather the stories in this issue with the theme of “heritage”: a word built on concepts of ownership and value that distracts us with its implication of lineage and authority.
The Emotional Life of Architecture
This house does not have an intellectual effort; it is the emotional effort. This house, it is all about emotions.
At Arm’s Length
It is amazing to see the Brancusi sculptures in situ. These vignettes from an artistic life offer intimate sculptural conversations.
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House-Studio Museum
In Mexico City, Juan O'Gorman's 1930s Rivera-Kahlo House-Studio is almost an architectural proposal of how to live apart-together.
Economies of Art and Life
Hotel Martel has been restored and conserved by its owner, Eric Touchaleaume, being the most complete example of Mallet-Stevens’ residential work.
At Potter's House
Talking with Luciano is itself like being in a garden; there are points that catch one’s imagination and vibrant connections; afterwards, ideas continue to grow.
At this moment we can take time to reflect on what it is to be home, to take care of our loved ones, and to really appreciate what we have.
Field of Vision
American Painter O’Keeffe was an immensely private figure who carefully crafted her persona & shaped a perimeter between her public & private worlds.
Thinking on the Ledge
In the shadowed interior, barely visible as an irregularly curved silhouette, but instantly recognizable, is the iconic rock, around which the house was built.
A vision of mutual understanding through cultural exchanges among the people of Japan and the world.
Vespertine is an ensemble built out of artistic respect and trust, at a specific moment in time. The uniqueness of the result could never be replicated.
Staying in a one-room cabin at the edge of the Mojave Desert in California is not a retreat; it is an opportunity to consider assumptions about how to live, instead.
Issue 10 Editor's Letter
I’ve always had a bone to pick with myself of why I don’t use my hands more. It seems like a new year’s resolution, that each December I realize I still haven’t done.
Living Together by Design
The Bless residency at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences is part installation/exhibition, part educational programming and part social experiment.