Wires Above Cities, Then and Now

I wrote an article a few weeks ago about horrendous wire rat nests of death across the world — and almost a week later, I found an article with photos of turn of the century wire rat nests of death, wires above cities, but with a beauty about them — progress photographed and frozen in time.  It’s a shame that in many parts of the world the technology and safety aspects of giving everyone modernity haven’t quite met on the timeline yet.

You have to see these photos, it’s like looking at luck being doled out to the masses.  Remember old knob and tube wiring from underneath so many of our homes and buildings?  We had this stuff under our house, and it sits there still — disconnected of course and replaced by some modern distribution (Romex), but it was the source of electricity in millions of homes across America for decades.

Knob and Tube wiring

Check this out:

Holy shit.  This particular image below reminds me of another image…

Nightmare of wiring in Phuket

These two guys above here are just having a good old time with some wire.  You know, wire brothers.

70-foot telephone grids.  70 feet.  Made of wire and wood from the turn of the century.

Elegant, no?  There is a grandness about images like this, systems like this that were built not only to serve, but to serve as something aesthetically pleasing while being practical.

Hat tips:

An awesome gallery here:

The Daily Lamp – Marianne Andersen’s “In Theory” Pendant

I’ve been contemplating a series called “The Daily Lamp.”  I look at so many awesome luminaire designs every day and there is no way I could possible write about all of them.  I’m going to start posting a different lamp every Monday through Friday, there are WAY too many crazy cool and awesome lamps out there that it’s a disservice for me NOT to talk about them!

Today’s Daily Lamp is from designer Marianne Andersen, the In Theory pendant lamp series:




It’s a very interesting design — it reminds me of getting the wine cork stuck in the bottle!  A clear “shade,” a smoky one, and a milky diffuser.  Elegant.  I’d light a bar with these, most definitely.

Marianne’s work was seen at the State of Things exhibit at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, 2013.


Thanks to The Daily Tonic and DesignStudio 210!

Andika Pradana’s Skansen Visit Video – Blast from My Swedish Past!

Ah, Andika!  Your video really made me miss you guys, all of you!  Please share a hug from me to everybody that was there, because this video warmed up my heart for the whole day.  Thanks, brother!

So, Community, this video below was taken by Andika Pradana (an amazing photographer/videographer who has lots of imagery on Flickr, Facebook, and Vimeo) when I was in Stockholm at KTH in the fall.  Andika is in a group of photographers that I consider a Master of Captured Lumens – the man can capture light among the best.

Skansen is “the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island DjurgÃ¥rden in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833-1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.”  It’s a pretty cool place – there were some amazing views of the harbor, Stockholm, and the architecture around the city from that island.  I have tons of pictures from my travels to that place, I just have to get unbusy for a weekend to sort them!

My KTH class was there observing some of the period structures and how people in those era (1750’s-1850’s) dealt with daylight and available light.  We did a lot of sketching in a particular structure assigned by group, and then compared our work to create a 3D representation of the “feeling” of the light in the room.  I’ll post pictures of that too, it was quite fun – myself, lovely Valeria Mirarchi, and everybody’s pal, Jonas Godehart.  You two are going to be working lighting designers soon, I am so proud of you!

Okay, enough rambling.  Check out Andika’s video!  He did a great job of capturing the entire project from start to finish:

Skansen (Daylighting Observation) from Andika Pradana on Vimeo.

What An Awesome Day – Stockholm ROCKS!

On Thursday afternoon I went to a Stockholm walking tour/city rally thing with some international students.  In addition to getting to see a whole bunch of Stockholm, I met several new friends – Ahmed from Egypt, Mohammad from Iran, Kate from Austria, Jamie from Boston, Fernando from Brazil, Andreas from Sweden, and Reza from Iran.  We seemed to be the spry bunch, and after about 3/4 the way through the city walk, we decided to get lunch and a beer (which was nine bucks, by the way – damn):


Hands down, it was an amazing day.  At some point, I am going to get out at night and take some long exposure shots of Stockholm – that will be amazing!  Check out some photos from my day, if you’re interested – just a few, I took hundreds:

Where I’m living this year:


Stockholm Central train station:


KTH Main Campus library:


Walking in Stockholm:


The Royal Theatre:


Walking along the water:


Fountain above the train station – you walk underneath this thing!