Domestic Goddess has design on her mind, from architect Barbie to Neutra address numbers to linoleum rugs
GODDESS GOT her grump on this week. That darned Barbie, 53 years old and not a wrinkle on her. Anywhere. What is she, plastic? Well, onto this week’s musing: all things architecture. And that includes She of Perfect Hair and Gams.
Barbie Millicent Roberts, what are you into now, child?
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Indeedie. The little anatomically impossible dear has added “architect” to her résumé of more than 125 “careers.” Little pink tube casually slung across her already-burdened back, perfect for toting her adorable little design plans. (For Ken? the Bratz dolls? Miss Piggy? Snooki?)
Technically she is called “Barbie I Can Be … architect doll.”
The Goddess can feel women architects everywhere wincing. Eye-rolling is sure to follow. But, hey, if some girl’s got her Barbie out and she sees the word “architect,” perhaps a gear will turn (away from hot pants, tube tops and heels, that is. Not that those things are bad. I’m just sayin’).
Probably not Snooki, though.
Comes with hard hat. And an app. Oui, an app.
About $12 wherever Barbies are sold. Where, ever.
Ken, our photog on this assignment (real name, Ken), informs those of us back at HQ that “this doll can really get those G.I. Joe contractors into a massive bidding war.”
You see them on lots of houses, Richard Neutra’s silver house numbers standing straight and tall, casting haunting little shadows as dusk falls. They’re an upfront way to add a finishing touch of modernity to any style of architecture, be it Bungalow or Tudor or Craftsman or an actual contemporary house. But now you might also see red, because the iconic numbers also come in red.
DWR worked with Dion Neutra, son of, to produce the Neutra House Numbers like the originals. Richard called for them on his Midcentury buildings, which include the 1947 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, the 1929 Lovell Health House in Los Angeles, and the 1955 Kronish House in Beverly Hills. His goal off the drawing board? “I try to make a house like a flower pot in which you can root something and out of which family life will bloom.” Saa-weet.
The red numbers, 4 inches tall, are made of weather- and corrosion-resistant aluminum. They install without visible hardware and float off the wall, casting subtle shadows. Each number ($48) comes with mounting hardware, instructions and a drilling template. Design Within Reach, 1918 First Ave., Seattle. www.dwr.com.
Design on the down low
Some of the best homes have them, linoleum rugs designed by Westling Design’s Christopher Stearns, that is. He made one for the family of FLW himself (Frank Lloyd Wright for you beginners), modeled from a Wright tapestry. Now he’s working one up for a woman of Bauhaus bent in San Diego. Think kitchen, entry, conference room, laundry nook or any high-traffic area of ye olde home or office. Each linoleum rug is made of Forbo Marmoleum (no off-gassing), is custom designed and can be made in any size or pattern that might pleaseth you. They start at $25 per square foot, depending on the complexity of the pattern. Stearns is an abstract painter who started this biz in L.A. about 15 years ago, moved to Seattle six years ago. westlingdesign.com.