August 14, 2014

Jason de Caires Taylor’s Underwater Sculpture Garden

It’s a rare case when a piece of sculpture means as much to the surrounding wildlife as it does to the humans who come to admire it. Such is the situation of Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden. Constructed out of concrete and steel, and bolted to the ocean substrate, the works here act as artificial reefs that provide “an ideal habitat for filter feeding organisms.”
Located between two and eight meters underwater, the collection of over 65 sculptures is home to a number of species, including peacock flounder, juvenile striped parrot fish, banded coral shrimp, and fire worms. The sculptures are in clear, shallow waters and can be easily seen by divers, snorkelers, and those in glass-bottomed boats.
Despite the fact that some of the pieces weigh as much as 15 tons, they are not impervious to the powers of the ocean. Taylor’s first work, Grace Reef, was torn to pieces by a hurricane. But such destruction is part of the point of Taylor’s work. As the sculptures interact with their underwater environment in unpredictable ways, the art becomes more interesting and more complex. Eventually they may disappear completely into the expansive blue gallery they inhabit.
Moilinere bay in Grenada, currently home to 65 sculptures, covers an area of 800sq meters. It is located two miles north of the capital St Georges on the west coast of the island, within an area designated a National Marine Park. The bay is enclosed by rock headlands and has a small beach in one corner. Within the Bay the sea ranges in depth from 0- 25m. It can be reached by land, by walking down to Dragon bay and following the beach down in a southerly direction. It is roughly a 10 minute boat ride from St Georges and 15 minutes from Grand Anse.
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August 13, 2014


British artist David Shrigley has re-imagined the eclectic London restaurant, Sketch, with primarily pink interiors and his own personal drawings, which line the surrounding walls. The illustrations thematically consider motifs of life, death and beyond, which offer points of departure for diners to muse on. The exhibition continues onto the restaurant tables with bespoke ceramic tableware featuring Shrigley’s trademark sarcastic drawings and texts, making the meal itself a site-specific sculptural work.
Shrigley humorously says of the ceramic-ware, ‘it will be the first artwork that i have made that can go in the dishwasher. It will be very clean artwork. Clean artwork is good artwork, in my opinion.’
The gallery at Sketch has been refurbished by Paris based architect and designer India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for Shrigley’s artwork. A monochromatic pink canvasses the walls and velvet-covered furniture surrounds the tabletops. The classic design creates a deliberately playful contrast with the witty art works.

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August 12, 2014


Bamboo architects: a new movement led by architects Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Vo Trong Nghia is putting bamboo construction back in the spotlight, according to Chris Precht of Austro-Chinese practice Penda.
The rise of modern architecture in the last century pushed the material “out of the spotlight”, Precht said, but he added that the overuse of glass and steel in contemporary architecture meant that people are now “longing for a certain imperfection in things; an imperfection you get with natural materials.”
“When we see a building made of bamboo, we think about the natural environment,” added Precht, who recently unveiled a concept for a bamboo hotel and a spectacular bamboo gateway. “That creates a certain campfire romanticism of being off the grid for a while.”





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August 11, 2014


There have been great innovative designs that make life easier for the sight impaired. A few good examples are the Bruno Bell Mug, Touch Color Digital Braille Drawing Board, and The Universal Phone. These designs are all dedicated to the blind. Here’s a look at a few Innovative Designs to help the Sight Impaired.


Above is Siafu PC by Jonathan Lucas. Lucas’s design gives the blind a fair chance to explore the world of computers in a limitless way. A conceptual material called magneclay or magnetized liquid possessing limitless morphing capabilities forms the base of this design.
And below, the B-Touch developed by Zhenwei You is an iPhone kinda phone with a Braille interface voice systems and programs to function as regular phone, book reader, and object recognizer.


This new color-reader by Lifeng Yu (The Bright-F) detects the brightness, saturation, and hue of colored fabrics, thereby allowing a blind person to literally pick his choice of color. It relays the color information via a voice feedback. Below this specialized Rubik Cube (by Zhiliang Chen) has six different basic materials: Metal, wood, textile, rubber, plastic, and stone. Different textures make it easy for the Blind to comprehend and play a joyful game!


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August 10, 2014


Mornings just got a little easier with this coffee-making alarm clock, the Barisieur, by British industrial designer Joshua Renouf. When it’s time, the multi-functioning machine begins brewing a fresh cup of coffee right by your bedside. The Barisieur eases the wake-up process by replacing a high-pitched buzzer wit hthe brewing motions of steel ball bearings and boiling water followed by the delicious aroma of fresh coffee. To set it up, users simply fill the milk container, sugar, and coffee grounds the night before. Before actually leaving the cozy comfort of your covers, a steaming hot cup of Joe is ready and waiting to get your morning going in the right direction.

Perfect Wake Up


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August 02, 2014

Trending: Rose Gold

Rose GoldHold It Staff took the reins at Las Vegas Market, hunting for trends and searching out the latest and greatest from all of our vendors, to bring them home to San Diego. There were glimpses of rose gold to be spotted from floor to floor alongside plush upholstery and cutting edge designs. Rose gold can be found where chrome and polished brass once took center stage in furniture, lamps and hardware. Do not be afraid to combine rose gold with your current chrome or satin nickel finishes. Mixing metals is a very layered, sophisticated approach to design. The metal will add a chic, modern touch to any space and will be your favorite new statement piece in 2014.

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August 01, 2014


FairingsFairings are specialized coverings that surround an existing prosthetic leg, accurately recreating the body form through a process that uses three-dimensional scanning to capture the unique leg shape. But Fairings not only return the lost contour, they invite an expression of personality and individuality that has never before been possible.

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But to make this an even more personal part of the prosthetic leg, Fairings can be enhanced with patterns, graphics, and materials—including leather, ballistic nylon fabric, chrome plating, and even tattoos. By creating a unique custom form that presents the individual, Bespoke Innovations hopes to change the way the world thinks of prostheses.

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Donate Your Leg! (Well, sort of…)Think of this simple act as the easiest way you can impact someone’s life. We often work with bilateral amputees, who have no original reference leg to use as an anatomical template. In these cases, we ask for volunteers to be scanned so we may use their limb as a reference for our patient. The process is quick and easy — show up at our San Francisco studio in shorts (or bring them), and we scan your leg in minutes. Your leg shape will then be “given” to someone in need. We are not currently seeking donors but will post requests for specific “anatomy donors” as appropriate.


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July 27, 2014

Tribeca Loft

Tribeca1Recently discovered, two duplex penthouses located in the historic Duane Street in prime TriBeCa,New York were listed for sale together (although they can also be sold separately). But, the owners combined these two homes into “the ultimate 4550 square feet trophy residence”. In between the two penthouses there are over 2300 square feet of landscaped private roof terrace with a hot tub, barbecue, built-in wet bar, and fireplace. The project boasts a total of 12 rooms, with 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms.


A variety of materials and textures makes this unconventional crib homey and appealing. Gorgeous cast iron pillars and floor to ceiling arched windows with brick walls in the living room offer great natural light and an overall powerful character. Other features include beautiful glass French Doors leading to North and South terraces, contemporary high end furnishings, custom backlit millwork built around the fireplace and surround sound speakers. The cost for the two penthouses combined is $9,950,000.

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July 26, 2014

Indigo Grill Gets a Top-to-Bottom Remodel!


It’s a whole new world at Indigo Grill. After a dozen years in Little Italy, the Cohn Restaurant Group just completed a thorough retooling of the eatery, which soft opened this past weekend on India Street.

The changes in the landmark restaurant’s look first appear in the new entryway that was inspired by the sights and colors of South America, a country that’s intimately familiar to the world traveling Philippe Beltran, who designed the Ocean Beach and La Mesa BO-beau restaurants for the group and is behind the fresh visuals here.


In the modernized blue-tinted bar with communal tables, there’s a new beverage program with 24 beer taps, wine and a cocktail program. There are new seating nooks, including a sleek “white room” and a sunken cove, that connect the bar to the main dining area, which faces the open kitchen and is supposed to recall a Mexican hacienda. Outside, an expanded patio features an open corner with a fire pit that leads into an industrial, glass-fronted eating space along Cedar.

With an updated menu to match, Indigo Grill is on our “must-see” list again!


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July 25, 2014

Impossible Light

holdit_film_poster_blogsizeHold It Contemporary Home has been proud to present the San Diego Design Film Series line-up. Our series has featured documentary films centering around art, architecture, and design. Coming soon is the next feature in our series, Jeremy Ambers’ Impossible Light.

“The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and was almost immediately overshadowed by the Golden Gate Bridge, which opened less than a year later. A dull workhorse next to a glamorous star, it seemed the Bay Bridge would never outshine its sister to the north. That all changed on the evening of March 5, 2013, when the Bay Bridge—thanks to 25,000 LED lights—did just that: shined.”

This feature-length documentary follows the story of The Bay Bridge from the drawing board to the boardroom, revealing the trials and triumphs faced by the team.

Join us for the story of “impossibility made possible” on Tuesday, August 5th at The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. The film will begin at 7pm. Tickets are available from

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