What we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty….

“I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs — at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral.”
— Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson designed America.

Or, at least modern America.

As an architect, he was most known for his glass houses and skyscrapers. He didn’t design anything anyone could fathom living in today, he designed what HE wanted to live in. And he did.

What is extraordinary about Philip Johnson, however, isn’t his design skills. Read more.

Department stores are kind of like museums.

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums where images of mass advertising and popular culture that everyone can recognize are a form of art.”
— Andy Warhol

A few weeks back, I visited Andy Warhol’s home town, in which his official museum lives. You can read a little more about that trip here.

The museum was amazing.

It was loud with color and really encompassed all of Andy Warhol’s life and career — from his mother’s art, to the contemporary artists who would be inspired by him decades after his passing.

I find that the most interesting aspect of Andy Warhol’s career is how he took advantage of the art of branding. Read more.

She is more famous than I am.

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.”
— Gustave Eiffel

I found this quote by Gustave Eiffel today. If you didn’t already know or guess, Gustave Eiffel was the architect behind the Eiffel Tower, which was built in 1887–89.

Despite my love for the Eiffel Tower, something doesn’t sit right with me when I think about this quote. Read More.