is this

boxy wood pieces

The Great American Detour

everyone has a greyhound story...

the bathrooms stink,
the bus depots are depressing
and I once sat next to a recently
released San Quentin prisoner
for 4 hours on greyhound.

but I've also met some
really incredible people on the bus.
One man told me his story of heading
down to Mexico to try to bring his
family to the States and was
very nervous about how
he was going to
execute this.

With that said, The greyhound is
always a slow journey.

...and that's the beauty of it.
Driving through each state
is an incredibly intimate
& tedious experience.

In August,
my sister Lauren Cerre
& Tyler Manson did exactly this.

Carrying one small piece of luggage each,
3 note pads, a camera and some hand sanitizer,
Lauren and Tyler rode across America
for 2 weeks on a greyhound,

With each state border they crossed,
they jumped into stories that shed great
light on the tumultuous economic
& political climate of america.

And these stories come
straight from the people
living the issues right now and
will continue to do so everyday,
until some puts their foot down
and does something about it.


Great American Detour
premiers tonight
on Current TV
10 PM


introducing Bethany Obrecht

I worked with Bethany on
a photo project and from there
she introduced me to her own work.

she creates cinematic
moments...as if they were
movie stills from the 40's/50's.
I love the prop styling and her
attention to body language.

this is her side project

ps: how much do
we love the intro
for MAD MEN?



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black rubber house

In Dungeness Beach,
simon conder disbanded
the traditional "beach house"
and went to the dark side.

No rustic white wash
or Seabreeze Blue walls here,
Mr. Conder clad the interior
his 1930's fisherman house in
plywood & the exterior in

black rubber


on the cheap

during this recession,
it may be wise to think like students
...like when you were 20 and came up
with genius ideas for organizing
and storing things w/o
spending a dime.

1. Kayt uses dresser drawers
as wall mountings.

2. a cooper union student
made a bed frame from
honeycomb cardboard

in college I used a found wooden
bookshelf for our dishes and cups.
and I made a awesome desk from
a 94' compact TV and old crates.
it was so rad. I had films
playing constantly.

what did you do?


anita calero

has the best style.

I'm a big fan,
yet the surge of mid-century
is starting to get exhausting.
Is it just me, or is every
apt looking the same?

ah, but these interiors
are too beautiful to deny.

Calero has a natural restraint
with her mid-century decor
and doesn't sacrifice her
humble style for trend.

am I making sense?

another look.



a design staple


is Albertus Seba's
rad collection of oddities.

This Dutch-pharmacist dude from the 18th c.
collected the crazy stuff and then one day
had someone illustrate a 4 volume
catalog of all his specimens.

what a cool guy.

and so is ny10536


apr - 08 by anthro_creative.

I've never been to iceland

apr - 29 by anthro_creative.

apr - 16 by anthro_creative.

listening to david axelrod

the godfather of superfly

Miles davis, curtis mayfield,
tommy guerrero, dr. dre, dj shadow,
etc, all learned a note or 2 from
this premier composer of
jazz-hip hop.

the edge
is cinematic
sensual and gritty


today is monday

and there's nothing better
than seeing a blown-up photo
of Casa Malaparte hanging
in a dining room.

its very cinematic.

plus, each room in this
apartment has a frame
from another angle.

I'm not fond of movie posters,
yet I would be interested in taking
movie stills from my favorite films
and enlarging them into wall art.

it would add a bit of
irony and cohesiveness
to my apartment.

which film sequence
would you choose?


dries van noten
by catharine stuart

flip through

nomenus quarterly

Erik Madigan Heck
has a classical eye
for design.



wall niches

As much as I prefer
giant industrial shelving
I also enjoy a bookshelf that is
disproportionally smaller than the
rest of the room, more like a little
wall cubby to place just a few things.

It reminds me of those tiny
wall niches in old Etruscan towns
where people place 2 or 3 things
of special value.

it could be a lit candle,
a little vase of flowers,
a religious crucifix,
or the Madonna.

the best part,
is that someone changes it everyday:
replaces the flowers, rearranges the stones, etc.
it's like an anonymous love letter
the townspeople.

have you seen this before?



the religion of doubt

After 9 years of catholic school
there are still 2 or 3 things
I don't know...

1. if there is a God.

2. what will happen when I die.

into great silence

I find it humbling not to know.


sissors, paper and silhouettes

the adventures of prince achmed


animation by
Lotte Reiniger

via smile

the oldest surviving
animated feature film.