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Wait a minute... I didn't get faved by The Daido two years ago and didn't notice this, did I... !! Design, concepts, text, photograph are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #architecture #C+D
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When you're eating a meat bun, many ideas are possible, like a Shinkansen design for Don Carlo. #atelierying #davidlo #designerlife #designer #architecturaldesign #trains #shinkansen #railtravel

You know you're getting old when you find yourself always reminiscing, but I also remember being under 20 years old and talking excitedly to a man who heard Lauritz Melchior when he was six years old. I was reminiscing and fantasizing in those days too. Here are quite possibly my very first opera tickets: fourth ring at the New York State opera for Nickolai's Merry Wives of Windsor, I thought it was Falstaff, I was so disappointed. #opera #metopera #classicalmusic #atelierying #davidlo #newyorkstatetheater #beverlysills #newyorkcityopera #nyc🗽 #lincolncenter

Who really needs to eat when we're stuck trying to find a way through the first act of Le Nozze di Figaro? An empty void between two rooms serves as Susanna and Figaro's bedroom. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2016 by David Lo #opera #mozart #atelierying #davidlo #nyc #amazingarchitecture #archidaily #architect #artistsbook #archilovers #archilife

Mozart's Idomeneo is not far from Verdi's Falstaff, in many outer aspects, to the non-musician. Both involve a monumental struggle to let go, a relentless battle of sorts with life, a lot of fiddling with musical inventions and a ton of work by their respective composers. The only stick in the mud is that the Verdi opera does not have a father-son theme that pervades, whereas Idomeneo is both about the opera and it's composer's relationship with his own father. In any case, what intrigues me is the design for an idyllic space for the composer to do many revisions while grappling with his personal relationships. #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #mozart #idomeneo #opera

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Design No. 427: Idomeneo - a tiny, grand theater for Leopold Mozart
atelier ying, nyc
This theater's elemental structure is after the Victorian toy theaters that families owned. It is both grand and tiny. To the front audience it is a wider, grand space with a large vertical height, whose area is pitched and rises to the front to create a deep pit and cellar area for fantastical special-effects, a large concern for the father and son opera team. To the back section's audience it is a tiny theater framed in by the backspace which creates a very nice shoebox acoustic. To the sections on either side who do not see the opera but only hear, it is the feeling of a grand space, not unlike a Colosseum. This theater for Mozart's Idomeneo, allows us perhaps to feel the need Leopold had to make sure his son's opera was both serious and great, which carried to special-effects and cuts as well as additions of bravura passages to arias such as "Fuor Del Mar" which is what inspired me, hearing the original and cut versions. Please also see my other designs for Idomeneo, nos.371, 373 and 374.
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There's so much to love about Chestnut season. A little salt on them, like for boiled eggs, is perfect to bring out their flavor, and I'm still on the fence as to whether port or black coffee is its best accompaniment. A demitasse spoon is the perfect chestnut spoon.
That hoary old chestnut Die Meistersinger is in my ears tonight.

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Design No. 426: One-room tavern/fortress in James Court, for Boswell
atelier ying, nyc
A modern tavern on Boswell's own street in Edinburgh is a structure of 4 volumes stacked against a large wall, resembling a pack of chewing gum, with children's slides inside, a set of narrow stone stairs (so narrow they protect you from soldier's swinging swords) and service areas at the ground level. The highest room has the best air, is most secure and serves dinner first to the highest class person via a pulley outside the wall. After eating, he can slide down to the lower rooms and converse with the occupants in each, thus enjoying the tavern's 'companionability', as expressed in McLaren's book, "Highland Jaunts" (1954). Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers
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I'm not in Edinburgh, but Johnson's "Highland Jaunt" to Caledonia is in my thoughts over a modern version of a tavern meal of pork, salted greens and conch broth (the soup here is free) accompanying my beef and egg rice ($5.50 usd incl. tax). Of course, Boswell had beefsteak, bread and beer. But we both get a waiter. The excellent book by Moray McLaren compares 1773 Edinburgh with 1954 Edinburgh. It's a doubled pleasure as I'm nostalgic for both time periods. A design for all this as inspiration is running through my mind. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers
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Dr. Johnson's Dictionary
atelier ying, nyc
A 1783 edition of his dictionary in two volumes, printed one year before he died.

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Design No. 425: Samuel Johnson Gough Square Tower
atelier ying, nyc.

A closer view of this design. A central military tent a la Napoleon suspended from above and underneath this a Viennese café provides a public/private open space. A relaxation room derived from Winston Churchill's teletype room of WWII where he kept up with world news, but instead of this, Johnson has an small foyer with an aisle of book carts instead to trawl for new words. And a courthouse robing room with lockers for his six assistants. Numerous Garret windows and bathroom windows all provide more than adequate circulation.
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Design No. 425: Samuel Johnson Gough Square Tower
atelier ying, nyc.

I love interludes. To me they can represent an idyllic period of time. But also a
finite space like a connecting pathway or anteroom where you experience the shifting views of a street. As such, they can also bring on emotions, deja vu or presque vu.
Being a Samuel Johnson fan, a few of his emotional needs are addressed here with this fantasy space, a Gough Square tower, which houses garret-like workspaces for his six amanuenses. As in most of my work, honor and homage abounds for all concerned: the layout of the spaces for Johnson's workers are inspired by the humble writing space of John Le Carre. The tower floor is loosely reminiscent of the inner Temple courts of the area, and Johnson has a central dispatch station with the character of a cigar factory lector, a military commander's tent, and a cafe bar by Adolf Loos.
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Design No. 424: John Mortimer, Glyptodon Palanquin
Atelier Ying, Nyc.

I'm obsessed with odd subjects like palanquins. Taking inspiration from my son's drawing of a bullet train, I've transformed the fantasy of being transported inside a shell, an igloo, a hut and here the large dome-shaped shell of the glyptodon dinosaur into the palanquin idea, a traditional transport for nobility.
This is a perfect space for a private session between a barrister and his instructing solicitor or their client.
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Design No. 423: Apartment House Peering Camera
atelier ying, nyc.

A John Hejduk Apartment House inspires this Peering camera entry in my series. Atelier Bow-wow started the idea of views to bring in the street, so to say. I'm simply bringing it the quiet intimacy of a camera's scale. A furnace describes the camera body inside the space. By making the eyepieces small, by obstructing views and creating partial views the peering idea is exhibited, and a tendency to study is more this camera's function, rather than the traditional one of the camera. Learning from Atelier Bow-wow's method (imho), these cameras dissect the main subject in their own incomplete ways.

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Design No. 422 : "Peering" Camera: Lyons Corner House
atelier ying, nyc.

Stuffed Shells begin at the finish of my drawing for a series of cameras where peering, as opposed to peeping, is the main function. The detective cameras of the 1800's are its ancestor. The architect firm of Atelier Bow-wow had a house with similar functions, which are now scaled down (and perhaps more typical) to a camera's scale, which allows one to examine the locus in quo, if one could merge detection with photography in a ruminating way. The novel, Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders (a prized oddity of Rumpole fans) follow this path as an eccentric design pivot that will parlay other elements of early photographic history like Nadar's Le Geant. Rumpole has some chops at the Lyons Corner House restaurant, which doesn't exist anymore, sadly.

Lastly, drawing doesn't excite me, so I do it carelessly here, but pen nibs do, and Delta makes a superb nib that exceeds Pelikan, Parker and most definitely Montblanc.

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Haven't finish this design yet, but so wonderful to do it with a Victorian-era lap desk and antique dip pen.

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Design No. 421 : A Sherlock Holmes Portrait Camera
atelier ying, nyc.
Holmes' favorite blackshag tobacco, a pipe tamper and a cutty pipe are stored in the camera body. The IVF through the second story window depicts via a Victorian peepshow the famed detective's consulting room. A brownie shutter lever on the side draws the curtains in front of a sofa and Stradivarius for the VF to work. A gas lamp stores the ideal flash. A larger version has a generous developing bath (like the English Ferrotype cameras of the 1900's) to dip plates into, but this would change the structure of the camera. A pinhole would be the likely camera function, or a medium format camera like an autographic. A second room is an IVF that holds a portrait of Irene Adler. In Holmes' eccentric style a "connected" smoking pipe wouldn't be out of consideration (I have quite a few other pipes like this, for example please see design nos. 239, 309). Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #cameradesign #cameranotebook #camera #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers #england #london #smokingpipes #sherlockholmes #books #chinatown #kodakautographic #earlyphotography

Design No. 420: Mortimer and Wodehouse at the Opera
atelier ying, nyc.

My thoughts slowly finding fruition in this design homage to prolific authors
John Mortimer and PG Wodehouse, who both employed a similar handling of similes, imho.
A Hong Kong styled tea set pulls out of the back of a Pollock toy theater that is a facade decoration with an aquarium bulb unit substituting for the ambient radio lamp. Below this a twin set of back to back bookcases house the authors books like a miniature partners desk.
The missing Opera radio program and dim sum of the tea set form a suitable unrequited state of a funerary homage.
Where would we be without our Saturday opera programmes, our wireless and our dim sum?
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Design No. 419: architectural anti-parasitic architectural interventions
atelier ying, nyc.

I for one do not think that parasitic structures will stand the test of time. And the collage of the old and the new is something I personally find disturbing, even if they are artful or skillfully done or chic. I don't think the original architects of the host buildings would appreciate a parasitic structure. At the risk of being un-modern. These are chic anti-interventions.
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Design No. 418: The Lost Journal of Boswell
atelier ying, nyc.

When there's a cabinet meeting in your head with Johnson/Boswell/Cornell/Mortimer and Boswell holds this meeting something would be precipitated over the usual beef and rice breakfast in a Chinatown tavern.
Opening a 1960's wig box from Macy*s one might chance upon a windfall: golf balls preserving two pieces of pewter, a tea pot belonging to Old Tom Rowley (or Morris) and a toy soldier figure. A map of Boswell's London near Gough Square shows various chambers buildings. The fictive Rowley's name plate pose as luggage stickers on the black with gold trim box cover. The used golf balls conjure up Boswell's lost Holland journal papers of the 1760's, as casually lost in play and recovered by a young boy on the links. The balls and papers 'preserve' relics of Boswell's history, his father was a judge who wanted his errant son to take up the law but the young Boswell sought a commission in the guards in order to retain his allowance.
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Taking a break with a Mortimer novel as the weather gets cooler. I've humming Norma choruses in my sleep so I need a change. A Chinatown-style chicken roll and coffee!
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Nothing better than some warm freshly boiled peanuts Chinese style, with cinnamon, star anise and some garlic cloves, eaten with green tea and some note taking with an Old Bailey hack. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #setdesign #stagedesign #archilovers #design #classicalmusic #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #MetOpera #orchestra #operalife #operafan #operalover #rumpole #architexture #art #architecturelovers #chinesefood #nyc #england #rumpoleofthebailey

Design No. 417: Norma Pulpit / Parsifal Confessional
atelier ying, nyc.

Norma's solo with chorus after Casta Diva directly inspired this design. A high structure for Norma to speak from, like a bully's pulpit, with a top spike piece, for she is truly alone in her love and her self-journey in her inner turmoil is warlike and heroic, from a romantic perspective. "Ah, bello a me ritorna, ..." for although this should be a tender invocation Bellini marks the words to be sung con forza.
In Parsifal Wagner purifies both the characters of his drama as well as himself of artistic temptations, inclinations (the opposite of Bellini, whom Wagner admired). One composer's abnegation is the other composer's nostalgic rumination, in a way.
The drama is great characterizing these extremes and what an interesting pair of operas I am listening to these days, Norma and Parsifal, both have these static qualities where nothing happens and nothing much happens, it is all about internal struggles and ideals of duty. So the idea of the static yet dramatic, and the idea of propensity due to the illusion of preponderance are my cues for figuring out my conception here, like a conductor trying to sense the flow and tempi. Wagner is an architect, without a doubt. Someone should write about Wagner and the Genius Loci among his places, like Bayreuth. Who else but these two composers cared so much about the sense of atmosphere of a place? Anthony Pappano offered the long, prominent introductions in Norma as indicative for similar reasons.
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