Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors actually read last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.
Ewan McGregor—the Scottish actor you may recognize from such films as the late-90s, early-naughties Star Wars prequel trilogy and Moulin Rouge—paid a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's seminal Fallingwater house in Stewart Township, Pennsylvania (some 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh). We're glad we're not the only ones who've struck out on homages to the country's architectural wonders this summer. Good on you, Ewan, though you'd probably benefit from a selfie stick.
Speaking of selfie sticks... We're just going to leave this one right here. It's a delight.
You may have heard: After 19 years, Google has abandoned the serifs in its iconic, multicolored logo in favor of something that can objectively be called "pared-down." It's not everyone's cup of tea and the Internet had a lot to say, as you can imagine. Typeface designers were a particularly aggrieved group when the new Google logo surfaced. The above tweet begins to outline some of their concerns. You can weigh in in the comments.
French brothers, industrial designers, and all-around innovators Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec recently partnered with Danish design company HAY on a line of gorgeous outdoor furnishings, debuted at this Labor Day weekend's Maison & Objet, the Paris decor fair. This gorgeous 'gram, courtesy of Ronan Bouroullec, of four chairs from the brothers' collection of outdoor seating for HAY, shows off the seating's simple, graphic, clean-lined design. When we get our hands on a pair, we'll let you know how comfy (or not) they are!
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels spent some time at Burning Man this past weekend—and it was OK. In fact, he seems to have had quite a good time bumming around on the playa and taking in the stunning array of ad-hoc architecture, design, and urbanism.
Not one of the better pavilions at the Serpentine pic.twitter.com/9AmtCxNfYz— This Brutal House (@BrutalHouse) September 1, 2015
The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, which was designed by Spanish studio Selgascano, opened last June and it's been met with mixed reactions, ranging from head scratching to gleeful (or, at least, intrigued) references to its "psychedelic" look. This was not one such reaction.
And now, your near-weekly moment of beauty from David Adjaye: The British architect has been traipsing all over, and his recent travels have brought him to Lebanon and Turkey, where he's been snapping shots of minarets, mosques, clocktowers, and more. We love this shot of a vault in Istanbul's oldest hammam, which, according to the architect, dates back 1,000 years.
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