Shelter: Camo House

Tom Kundig doesn’t build over or around boulders, he builds through them.

Tom Kundig is one king of American architectural design. For over three decades he has been collecting some of the highest design honors in his field including the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. One of his more recent endeavors, “The Pierre,” is yet another example of his genius.

“The Pierre,” which is French for rock, offers a fitting title for this modern home. Located on the shores of the San Juan Islands, WA, the owner’s infatuation with a stone outcropping provided an intriguing challenge for Kundig. Often viewed as a formidable hindrance to any architectural plan, many choose to build over, around, or even away from such an impediment. Not Kundig. He went right through it.

Of Beards and Men

“There is an intrinsic connection between a man and his beard."

I cultivate this beard not for the usual given reasons of skin trouble or pain of shaving, nor for the secret purpose of covering a weak chin, but as pure unblushing decoration, much as a peacock finds pleasure in his tail. – Steinbeck

On a farm outside of Minneapolis, MN, the very essence of manliness is being considered, analyzed, and documented, hair by masculine hair. Joseph D.R. OLeary is taking sittings and his subjects, from all over the country, are offering their facial accoutrements for his lens’ dissection.

The Center of Military History

Every weapon, uniform, and artifact is under lock and key. Well, until 2018.

What if I told you there was a place just outside of Washington DC whose collection could rival some wings of the Smithsonian? You’ve probably never heard of the US Army Center of Military History (CMH) but that all changes, now. In fact, our fingers are crossed that they can build the proposed museum by 2018.

Some quick stats on the building to whet the appetite. The CMH is 60,000 square feet, houses an incredibly 16,000 pieces of art, countless artifacts and a priceless weapons collection that predates the Revolutionary War. To ensure everything is properly preserved, the facility is kept at an even 70 degrees Fahrenheit with constant humidity. In fact, the air particulates are as small as 1/32 the width of a human hair.

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Weekend Edition: Seattle

Equipped for a rainy weekend getaway, we keep you cool and dry in the Emerald City.

Current Seattle forecast: rain. Seattle twelve month forecast: rain. Don't let a little drizzle stop your trip to the Emerald City, there's appeal despite the clouds. SAM's got open doors (and a dude with a hammer), and with Ballard as hip boomtown there's enough to drink away the glib weather.

If you're planning a trip, don't miss the deconstructed coffee (espresso + steamed milk + macchiato) at Slate, a game of bocci at Von Trappes (and a few beers), and visit our favorite whiskey bar, Canon. Sandwiches and rock abides at The Other Coast, and if you plan early, you may grab a bite at the obnoxiously popular The Walrus and the Carpenter (get there early, like opening at 4:00PM). Or, slip down the street for a taste of Oaxaca, at La Carta de Oaxaca (and dessert: Hot Cakes).

DIVERSIONS + TUNES: March 7, 2014

From The Comeback to Filson High Country, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.

1. THE GREAT COMEBACK: Fair warning: Kiwis, this is gonna hurt. All the facts on how we kept the Cup. / WSJ

2. THE OTHER AUSTIN: SXSW just launched into their music/movie/art extravaganza. Here, a look beyond the show. / Bearings

Creator's Project: Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs builds things with wood—like handguns, Lunar Modules, and McDonald’s.

Tom Sachs is a sculptor. Like Donatello, Michelangelo, Rodin. And, as with the great sculptors of times past, Tom Sachs makes things that depict the cultural consciousness of our time. Things like: Barbie Slave Ships. The Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module. A McDonald's cart.

Though his form may not be bronze or marble, his art is no less high. His constructions ring with a cultural heft—a Barbie ship “examines the links between slavery (control of the body) and advertising (control of the mind).” Which works, if you think about it. And that’s maybe the key to Tom Sachs' sculptures, they make you think about it.

The Kombinationskraftwagen

Volkswagen’s Combination Motor Vehicle, the Kombi, now puts its life in our hands.

"Volkswagen Brazil—the last country where the vehicles were still being made—ceases production of the classic Kombi van…" - CNN

The Type 2 was approved in 1949 as the second model in Volkswagen’s lineup; the Type 1 was the Beetle. It began rolling off the Wolfsburg line in 1950. Sixty-three years and five generations later, Volkswagen Brazil was the last factory making the Kombi. The manufacturer ended production on the final day of 2013.

The Kombi was the longest-produced model in automotive history with 3.5 million vehicles sold.

Home Bar Essentials

The booze, tools, glassware, and produce to bring the best cocktails into your home.

One thing sitting dusty on the Huckberry to-do list is the task of assembling a better home bar. We dream of something that gives us the solid working base to build the cocktails we most enjoy—something that serves as inspiration to move beyond the G & Ts, the Jack & Cokes. Something that shows we’ve graduated from early adulthood, and have become more of a cultured, cosmopolitan man. 

We want rack of bottles and shiny metal tools and translucent glasses and fresh, glistening fruit, but, what with the money, the time, the know-how—our dreams settle back on the to-do list, and we drink bourbon straight from the flask.

The Boston Garden

The circuses, horse shows, concerts, sports, rodeos (and more), all grown in the Garden.

The Boston Madison Square Garden opened in November of 1928 with a boxing match wherein Dick Finnegan beat Andre Routis. The event was fitting; a boxing promoter named Tex Rickard built the Garden (It didn’t take long for the name to get shortened). Designed for intimacy, Rickard wanted everyone to see “the sweat on the boxers’ brows.”

The Garden may have opened with boxing on November 17th, but it was the event three days later that set the tone for the arena: more than 17,000 fans showed up to see the Bruins face off against the Montreal Canadiens. Fights broke out between police and the crowd; windows and doors were broken as fans forced their way in. With only 13,909 seats for 17,000 eager fans, it was said to be like the storming of the Bastille.

Nature Acting Naturally

Jaime’s insight has changed the way we’ll look at landscape photography. Forever.

Jaime Beechum’s an enigmatic photographer, both in composition and persona. She rides behind the lens quietly—no loud bio-page, no oversized self-portrait. She’s an astute observer of nature and, in talking with her, an equally sharp student of photography and its subjects.

They say to never meet your heroes, disappointment always ride too close behind. But in interviewing Jaime, I only became more entranced by her work and thoughts. She was articulate in the way that shed a deeper meaning on her work. There were no pat responses.

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