in my search to be inspired by things on the internet, i found ADAM EKBERG

to adam ekberg: thank you for the lessons in light

FOR THE FAINT OF HEART - issue no. 1 of Matériel


Matériel is available in select locations in Chicago and New York, and is sold online at various web retailers.

Dr. Leatherbarrow

I am finally getting around to reading my old mentor's book "Architecture Oriented Otherwise". Here are two quotes that are concurrently insightful and useful.

"The building must accept the fact that its effects are codependent on the potentiality of a situation."

"The building's investment in the unseen fullness of what "there is" sets the stage for its situation to live and breathe as is they had arisen by virtue of nature itself."

Reading the work of Leatherbarrow always takes me back to the practical and poetic, which is so refreshing.

Product vs. Building Design

Scale is the difference. A material transformation through varying methods and problem solving to reach highest potential is the similarity.

To say more seems to dilute my fascination.

house numbers and house - both by richard neutra


red shirt school of photography

Inspired by BLDGBLOG 's recent project of scanning and blogging about books found in the CCA  archives, I am now going to do the same with books I come across.

The first is one I purchased for 50 cents on Friday: "National Geographic on Indians of the Americas; a Color-illustrated Record" by Matthew W. Sterling.

Mostly, what I find endearing about this - and other National Geographic records from the 1950's - is the staging and coloring. Apparently this type of photography is called the "red shirt school of photography " which used kodachrome film that enhances reds to brilliant levels.



I design with free time. Here is our latest creation: CHAINGANG

CHAINGANG uses a repetitive linking technique to re purpose heaps of scrap leather into versatile accessories. CHAINGANG is available in various shades of tan, brown, and metallic; our commitment to utilizing otherwise discarded materials results in slight variations in color and texture.

CHAINGANG will be going to New York International Gift Fair in August and will be available in stores in the Fall.

styling by ashley helvey
photos by the amazing kyle johnson

Free Time Industries is a multidisciplinary design studio focused on creating innovative products by merging new technologies with natural materials and a contemporary aesthetics. A true collective, each designer utilizes their unique skill set in constructing furniture, housewares, and personal accessories that illustrate and enhance an imaginative yet uncomplicated lifestyle.

design value

 standard american strip mall

When looking at history, even briefly, it is readily apparent that the arts play a critical role in creating and upholding the stories of culture and humanity. Without them, we have little basis from which to understand where we come from or who we are. Currently, one of my foremost concerns is the state of American architecture in this context of history building. With the devastating blow to housing and construction during this global recession, and the majority of architecture lending itself to being a business venture, what we are left with is a design culture that cannot be trusted to be a vital contributor; by the people who work in it or the people who invest in it.

In my limited years of practice, I have been continually frustrated with the tremendous challenges that arise when trying to get a project built which has the foremost goal of contributing to our cultural fabric. Innovative designs are difficult to get permitted, funded by banks, and are generally more expensive to build due to standards in construction. Therefore, what has become the norm are practices that subscribe to standards established by city officials, banks, and developers. By surrendering such authority, architecture has let itself become a slave to outside forces; forces that have completely failed.

It is my hope that Architecture can pull itself out of this quagmire with the understanding that we must think of ourselves as more than just an assembly of skills and business deals. We will need to have faith in the value of our profession, educate our clients, and fight for poetic integrity. Otherwise, what are we doing this for?



Free Time Industries featured in issue no. 1 of DIRTY MAG. 
“DIRTY is a new creative quarterly and curatorial endeavor, showcasing the work of a new generation of artists & designers. Inspired by the subversive, the sarcastic and sometimes the absurd, DIRTY features the best in art, design, entertainment and food.  Check out our feature with the NYC online publication at http://dirty-mag.com