25 April 2011


Finishing off with an accessory change the mood of your style.

Head scarf by Givenchy 1952

B.B wearing a cloche hat

Girl wearing a net on her face by Gordon Parks 1950

Girls wearing belt hair bands by Nina Leen

22 April 2011

14 April 2011

Julius Shulman (1910-2009)

Julius Shulman was one of the most important architectural photographers, best known for his iconic photographs of the Case Study Houses. Notably his CSH #22, The Stahl House designed by Pierre Koenig, was published many times as one of Shulman's best works. He was a pioneer of modern architecture photography, and helped mid century modern architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Pierre Koenig to get to wider audience.

Julius Shulman at his house/studio in Hollywood Hills 2007

In 1947, Shulman built his house and studio called The Shulman House in the Hollywood Hills, designed by Raphael Soriano who had started his career from an internship for Shulman's close friend, architect Richard Neutra. Neutra's most famous work, The Kaufmann House in 1946, was made famous by Shulman's photographs.

Shulman died at his home in Los Angeles on July 15, 2009, when he was 98.

Albert Frey residence 1965

Booth House designed by Smith and Williams 1956

Case Study House #20, The Bass House (Artist, Saul Bass residence) 
designed by C.Buff, C. Straub and D. Hensman 1958 

Mobil Gas Station 1956

Bay Bridge under construction 1930

Boulder Dam 1936

Shulman photographing The Stahl House

Case Study House #22, The Stahl House 
designed by Pierre Koenig 1960

The Stahl House

11 April 2011


I made a tiramisu yesterday. The layer of cream is more chilled and set, the day after it's made is the best time to eat!

8 April 2011

Death in the Making by Robert Capa 1938

'Death in the Making' is the first book by Magnum photographer Robert Capa, published in 1938. The book contains photographs of the Spanish Civil War taken by Capa and his lover and fellow photographer, Gerda Taro.

The front cover 'Falling soldier'

The book started as a collaboration between Capa and Taro, until Taro was badly wounded in a tank accident and later died. When the book was published, Capa dedicated it to her with this message, 'For Gerda Taro, who spent one year at the Spanish front, and who stayed on. RC'.

The photograph used for the front cover is one of Capa's most famous works 'Falling soldier', formally 'Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936'.

Inside 1




The dedication to Gerda Taro

1 to 4 photos are taken from 150 Years in The Stacks

3 April 2011

My book of the moment - 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan

Although I struggled to finish reading Ian McEwan's novel 'Atonement', burst into tears as I was watching the film adaptation, directed by Joe Wright. I stopped reading it way before all dramatic moments happened.... a tragic love story caused by one innocent lie....
The film also has beautiful period costume that is worth seeing. Now I'm reading the novel once again and this time it seems more engaging...

Stills From the film 'Atonement'