Ben Aronson grew up in Sudbury, MA and studied Painting at Boston University. After receiving his MFA, he traveled through Europe and also worked for a time as an architectural illustrator.
Merry Christmas; let’s check out some bling! I don’t personally care about jewelry, but this is crazy and apropos… French jeweler Philippe Tournaire has designed a collection of architectural rings in 18k gold and precious stones. You can even commission his studio to create a custom architectural ring.
I’m not a fan of scary things and strongly dislike Halloween, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to tour the old John Shillito & Co. department store in downtown Cincinnati. This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a haunted house!
Portland, OR-based Matte Stephens is sort of the love child of Georges Damin and Mark Coomer, with a hint of Nicholas Takis and a touch of Jim Flora in the mix, sprinkled with a garnish of early Charley Harper. His gouache paintings are very much rooted in the forms and colors of the middle of the 20th century, and I especially like his scenes of different cities.
Really, the only reason I would ever want to own my own house would be to be able to wallpaper the walls. Check out Metropolis by Sandberg Tyg & Tapet, a manufacturer based in Ulricehamn, Sweden that calls itself “the world’s slowest wallpaper factory.” This pattern couldn’t possibly be more me.
Signage around Town: Over the Rhine Edition: a graphic designer ogles all the amazing signage and ghost signs in OTR.
Mushroom House in Hyde Park for Sale: only 349k for one of the most interesting homes in Cincinnati.
Three NKY Cities Awarded Best in Preservation: kudos to projects in Bellevue, Covington, and Newport.
Chelsea Resident Hangs Anti-Tourism Posters Pleading Visitors to Improve Their Manners: “Dear Chelsea, Nice problem to have. Wanna trade? Sincerely, Bedford-Stuyvesant.”
Underground New York Public Library: a visual library featuring the reading riders of the NYC subways.
Bikes, Transit and Traditional Urbanism: a fascinating, detailed look at walking, bike use and public transit in different cities, from Copenhagen to Bratislava.
A Parisian Sunday Walk: checking out street art in Paris.