Paris vs. New York: A Tally of Two Cities.

A friend posted the link to this site called Paris vs. New York: A Tally of Two Cities created by Vahram Muratyan of ViiiZ Design Studio which had some of the most clever imagery comparing two rival cities – Paris and New York. Having been to both cities multiple times I definitely could appreciate the comparisons between the City of Light and the Big Apple. You can always see the latest updates directly on Vahram’s site. Enjoy!

All images used with permission from Vahram Muratyan.

main food in new york and paris.

buildling facades in new york and paris.

bread in new york and paris.

street signage in new york and paris.

in new york and paris.

The High Line: More Green in New York City.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

I was in New York recently and got to visit The High Line, which is a new park that was converted from 1.45 miles of elevated railroad tracks on the West Side of Manhattan. When I first stepped into the park, I was a bit amazed. There were benches, greenery and art all around. In some areas of The High Line, there were even chairs for a bit of sunbathing.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

Halfway down the first section of the park (the second section is due to open sometime in 2010), there is a sitting area with large windows that form a lookout onto 10th Avenue traffic. Who knew that traffic could actually be a view?

scenes from the high line, new york city.

There are also passages along The High Line that is dedicated to public art. Here is an example of that – “The River That Flows Both Ways” by Spencer Finch. Not sure if there is any artistic significance to the chairs, but they just looked good to me so I had to take a photo.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

Do click on the links below for more about the design of The High Line. There is also a link to the map, which includes an interactive tour of the park with details on the features. Enjoy!

London Design Festival 2009: 100% Norway.

The annual London Design Festival is here again. We’ll attempt to bring some of the intriguing designs of the festival right here at metrosnapshot, starting with the annual 100% Norway exhibit, which showcases many of Norway’s established and up-and-coming designers.

The first of which is this Duo Sofa by Norway Says, which takes its design concept from clothes, specifically hoods and tall collars. The sofa is designed to dampen the surrounding noise. Whether it’s a tall back or just a simple look, the design makes it all possible.

duo sofa by norway says.

This diva lamp is a set of wood-laminated floor and pendant light sculptures. Created by Thomas Egset and Peter Natedal, this lamp also pays tribute to the Norwegian heritage of wood lamination craftsmanship. According to the manufacturer’s website, the outer frame of the lamp consists of a set of thirty-two gently curving walnut or oak laminated plywood slices around two wooden cylinders. The inner parts consist of a slim metal stem supporting a solid mouth-blown frosted glass globe.
diva lamp by thomas egset and peter natedal.

Lastly is this Norwegian Forest Lamp by Cathrine Kullberg. Per the designer’s website, the lights show a deep pine forest with animals in light and shade. An eagle registers movement on the ground. When lit, the blonde birch veneer shines with a warm glow, and the delicately cut forest motif lets white light to filter out between the highlights of the trees.
The shade is made from thin birch veneer. The birch veneer is carefully laser cut by a skilled airplane model maker who knows his birch veneer. The steel frame is custom made at a metal workshop and powder coated white. The shade is hand sewn onto the steel frame using natural leather lace. All the parts are assembled by hand in the designer’s Oslo studio.

norwegian forest lamp by cathrine kullberg.