Continuing and fueling my knowledge base, exploration and obsession with mid century modern design, I bought the book Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid Century Designers by Leslie Williamson. The book for whatever reason had been sitting my Amazon wishlist for a longest time, probably because my wishlist needs some serious trimming. Anyways, I don’t know why I didn’t purchase it earlier! Williamson beautifully captures the homes of many mid century designers and the homes they had built for themselves and their family. I was not family with most of the designers in the book, but this is how I came to discover Russel Wright’s home in Manitoga.
Edgar and I are starting this tradition where we go hiking on July 4th weekend. Last year we went to Watkins Glen near the Finger lakes in upstate New York. This year, we hiked at Manitoga. Not only did Wright buy a large amount of acres on which built his house, but he also designed 3-4 hiking trails with scenic markers.
I’ve visited a few architects and artists home at this point, and there’s always a sense of warmth-ness and welcome-home-ness that is inviting to anyone that steps in the home. Similar to many mid century homes, Russel Wrights home is also nestled in the landscape, but so nestled the soil is almost at the edge of the windows that it’s practically outdoor living. The property he chose is a quarry, which from the view of the house also looks like a dragon when the rocks surround the quarry. Lounging in the living room with no walls, just windows of the quarry, it feels like a mini lake house.
Day + A Half trip = A few sites off my to-visit bucket list.
Locations: Zion National, Bryce Canyon, Horshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon
Just being in the presence of these desert sculpture interiors and landscape, you start wonder, then ponder if heaven can even feel as godly to these all-natural wonders.
An oasis of intersecting textures, rich stone colors, and monumental geometries, the tools used to carve these masterpieces: water, weather, and just a few thousand years of time. What if Bernini carve a narrow cave opening and the walls were to move like fabric? Yea that also sums up what the Antelope Canyon water-carved walls felt like.
FYI please visit during spring and fall when the temperature promotes happiness for all living things. Winter temperatures (speaking from experience) can be painful and hiking will be limited. Stay hydrated and sun-blocked over summer.
This past summer I had the opportunity to spend 5 weeks in Fontainebleau, France, consuming myself with classical French architecture and music. It was one way to be funemployed!
There’s something about French objects that are so irresistibly quaint and romantic. Maybe it’s the soft linens, the art-nouveau steel construction, parquet flooring, or the pastel colors contrasted with their perfectly green foliage of gardens. And oh how I miss the perfect weather made for strolling, farmers market of fresh produce, the scent of fresh buttery pastries.
It was very crowded.
Having said that, here are a few polaroid samples where I attempted to fade out the crowds of Chinese people.
Yichang > Three Gorges Dam > Danning River > Three Gorges > Fengdu + Jade Snow Cave > Chongqing