Category Archives: Architectural details

San Francisco’s Chinatown

I used to joke that if I were to design a driving video game set in San Francisco, Chinatown would be the ultimate challenge of the game, the final level to be completed by only the most skilled drivers with zen-like patience and the agility of a cheetah and parking skills of, well, me.

Driving in Chinatown is probably best avoided because of its narrow one-way streets and throngs of pedestrians. But, if you ditch the car and slow down, you can see the texture of the place. It’s a world of vibrant colors and layers of brick, stone, gates, patterned doors, graffiti , stuff to buy and people.

I took these photos very early before most of the shops were open so I could get a clear view of the building facades. Even without the crowds you can see how lively the setting is. Check it out…without a car.

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Moody Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

I don’t know about you but I love Halloween! And I couldn’t wait to finally post these photos of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery In Paris. It was a visual feast of distressed moss-covered walls, rusting ornate ironwork, cobblestones and SNOW!


crypt door, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Of the thousands to choose from at the cemetery as inspiration (I didn’t even begin to document everything that I found inspiring), I chose this ironwork door for is lovely lines.



crypt, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and a list of other departed celebs buried here are too numerous to name.


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

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London Calling: inspiration from the V&A

Taken during a 2010 trip to London, this image of an iron window grille was the catalyst for the Patterns Found blog project. I began documenting found patterns in every landscape. Architecture. Nature. Industry. Far from accidental, this particular piece of ironwork resides at the V&A Museum—a deliberate, beautiful artifact on display. If you can’t get there in person, check out their online database for inspiration. I don’t know of a richer resource for textile design inspiration.

London. It’s dear to me for many reasons. My short residence there in my 20s made me more self-assured and adventurous in all areas of my life. Forging out on my own, I had the pleasure of working in the tea room at the V&A Museum. Not only did I get to experience the culture on a much different level than if I’d been passing through as a tourist, but I was surrounded by incredible textiles, jewelry, costumes, and so much more that this wonderful museum holds in its massive collection. Decades later, with my son in tow for the first time, I returned to London. Seeing the city through his eyes renewed my perspective and helped me rediscover the city, the museum, and the visual contrasts in every corner.

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artwork inspired from ironwork, V&A museum, London 2014

This is the design I created inspired by the photo taken of the grille.

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