An off week. We have to admit that as much as we love to knock H & H, we do love reading it, especially on a good week...which this wasn't. Perhaps everyone went white water rafting for Labor Day weekend, and this one was thrown together with whatever was left on the cutting room floor? Look at the facts. Only three posts, um, articles on the cover, one with a huge picture that doesn't do Donna House justice and makes the National Museum of the American Indian look positively ugly. Altogether it was an uninspiring week and we'll just move on after noting our top picks:
1. Though it is a long and unweildy article, A Native Spirit, Inside the Beltway, does a good job of illuminating not only what sort of enormous collaboration went into the National Museum of the American Indian, but also who one of the very earthy players was. Donna House, the Navajo ethnobiologist who helped create the natural landscape around the museum well deserves this type of write up.
2. In Two Scientists Caught in Amber, we thought we had fallen into an Edward Gorey time warp. This profile of Stuart Pivar's duplex apartment on West 67th Street will creep you out with its collection of skulls and bones. Interestingly, all you mid-century modern furniture buffs out there should take note of the fact that Renaissance furniture is not that popular and therefore far easier to purchase.
3. Good practical find. In Currents, which always pleases, we took note of the mention of Tortoise Life, a home store in LA that only sells Japanese design products, both from over there and designed by the store's owner, Taku Shimamoto. MGR H&H LINKS - Before College After Treehouses - Currents: LA style - Personal Shopper; organizing children's rooms - How I Prefer My Plants: Rare