Invasive Species

Remember Dillon Marsh’s Assimilation photo series that featured the incredibly large birds nests created by social weaver birds? His work caught my eye again, this time focusing on undercover cell phone towers. “In 1996, a palm tree appeared, almost overnight, in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. This was supposedly one of the world’s first ever disguised cell phone towers. Since then, these trees have spread across the city, the country and the rest of the world. Invasive Species explores the relationship between the environment and the disguised towers of Cape Town and its surroundings.” Dillon’s work is not only visually pleasing with the muted tones and blended lines that resemble a painting, but he teaches his viewers something, making his work that much more important. I had no idea these elusive cell phone towers started in Cape Town. And even though the towers don’t really blend in, Dillon somehow makes them not seem so bad.

Invasive Species, Bellville (2009)

Invasive Species, Athlone (2009)

Invasive Species, Eersterivier (2009)



How did I manage to miss the record-to-face-selfie, aka sleevefacing, phenomenon? The term was first coined in 2007 by Welsh DJ Carl Morris after pictures were taken of him holding record sleeves to his faces. An official Sleeveface blog followed in 2008 and the rest is hours of entertainment history. These are some of my favorites . . .





Concrete Living

Marius Haverkamp‘s Amsterdam kitchen was the original inspiration behind our kitchen remodel. And although our kitchen concept morphed along the way, I still absolutely adore this home. The architect and his wife, children’s clothing designer Emily Gray, transformed a former warehouse into a loft combining industrial elements like brick, concrete, reclaimed wood, steel and glass. It’s airy, masculine, and rugged. Perfect.


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