Betsey Johnson to Design an Eloise-Inspired Suite at the Plaza

October 30, 2009

eloise_book_coverWhen I was little, Eloise was one of my favorite books. I remember reading it with my mom and my grandma, and I loved how completely mischievous she was (in case you had a deprived childhood, or are a boy, Eloise is about a six-year-old girl who lives in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee. She wreaks havoc on the hotel and staff, and is basically awesome). The book was originally printed in 1955, and has the most amazing pink and black illustrations by Hilary Knight. These are not your typical illustrations…Eloise is kiiiind of unattractive, and the drawings have a slightly dark twist to them:

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betsey johnson houseSo ANYWAYS, hilarious and over-the-top fashion designer Betsey Johnson has been commissioned to, no joke, design a two-bedroom suite in the Plaza inspired by Eloise. If you’re at all familiar with Betsey Johnson, the  character’s hyper-girly signature pink-and-black palette should be no problem (take a look at Johnson’s own home, pictured on the left [click on the picture to enlarge it]). The suite is supposed to balance Johnson’s notoriously wild style with the Plaza’s brand of luxury, and should be a treat for adults and young guests alike. People who stay in the suite will recieve a copy of Eloise as well as postcards and a Super Duper Sundae to top off the night.  Rates start at $895 per night, or $3,595 per night for the “Live Like Eloise Slumber Party Package.”

Personally, I hope the suite ends up looking like this:

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“Homethinking” is writing our blog for us…

October 21, 2008

Homethinking is a website that compares neighborhoods of different cities. Hey, wait a minute…isn’t that what THIS site kinda does? Since it’s technically a real estate company, they’re aiming at helping people relocate. There’s a bunch of different cities to choose from, but let’s see how they did on the San Francisco/New York ones, since we’re entitled to be San Frooklyn focused.

They say:
Noe Valley = Park Slope (yes, agreed)
Inner Richmond = Brownsville (hmm, I don’t know about that one)
Pac Heights = Carroll Gardens (ha, fo sho)
Bayview = East Brooklyn (discuss)

This will be helpful when we convince all you NYers to join us out here. It’ll happen soon. I promise.


Let’s Dance on a Gehry!

October 3, 2008

Because every building is more fun when you dance on it! Sens, a New York-based non-profit experimental arts organization, creates site-specific performance art that aims to “explore human movements in man-made landscapes, creating a performance language that interacts with the environment and the audience. Each creation uses an existing indoors/outdoors public site or piece of urban architecture as the setting and inspiration for the performance.”

Take Rapture for example. Located on (yes, ON) Frank Gehry’s Bard College Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, the performance featured dancers moving across the brushed stainless steel exterior of the building, using innovative rigging systems.

Keep reading for more (insane) photos of the performance.
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Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s

September 5, 2008

Are you in NYC? Go to MoMA. Right now. It’s Friday, leave work early and go see this exhibit.

“The 1970s saw an explosion of architectural thought and experimentation—with the city, and New York especially, becoming a screen for the projection of architectural fantasies and utopias. The installation includes documentation of the real projects that resulted from these innovative ideas and experiments, including such traditional building types as single-family houses and skyscrapers.”

And then come back and tell me how it was.