Uh, Mecca

August 4th, 2011 by

mmart03 - Steven Dahlman PhotographyThe Merchandise Mart beckons. Built in 1930, The Mart in Chicago is design source Mecca. I have the opportunity to again visit this beautiful city. I will spend two of my days immersing myself at the Mart. This may indeed be the perfect destination for finding beautiful, unique architectural pieces for one of my clients. Sorry LA and SF, gotta go Chi -town or go home.

Steven Dahlman Photography



I like a Pulley

July 14th, 2011 by

David Mann and Brett McMullen
MR Architecture + Decor

This design is so good it gives me the shivers. The door makes me happy, as I imagine opening and closing it a lot. The furniture grouping is timeless and sophisticated, contrasting nicely with the door and its call to action.






Seattle Public Library

May 25th, 2011 by

Seattle Public LibraryOn a recent trip to Seattle, I stayed at the Executive Pacific Hotel, a quaint boutique downtown hotel. One of the best features of the hotel is its close proximity to the Seattle Public Library, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Laminated tour cards of the building are available at the main desk, offering a fun and informative way to learn more about the 10 story structure. This is one of the most interesting and thoughtful buildings I’ve seen in a good while. If you’re ever in the rainy city, it’s a must see.