Monday, July 26, 2010

National Faire!

We all have to admit that flying these days has become a bit of trial, and one of the biggest trials of all is at the airport. For all the new airport terminals that have opened recently, they still leave me rather unimpressed. They all tout the amount of natural light and wide open spaces that they incorporate. Even though the architecture maybe good, by the time all the stores, security checkpoints, fast food joints etc have been added in, it all starts to resemble a suburban shopping mall. Even from the exterior these new buildings lack presence being obscured by elevated roadways and such. One particular example is JFK, which is a nightmare.

In the 60’s and 70’s I imagine departing and arriving was an entirely different matter. We had the brilliance of Eero Saarinen’s terminal for TWA, the jet age splendour of Pan Am’s Worldport, and the clean stark modernity of National Airlines Sundrome.

The terminal designed by I. M. Pei was opened in 1970 for National Airlines. Now this is a terminal filled with natural light. This was the first time an airport structure was built using glass as a primary source of construction. This is a masterpiece of modernist architecture using incredibly clean and simple lines to convey an extraordinary sense of space. In this case the building does not have to convey movement as one can see all the movement happening outside.

There were very few curves in the building except for central open core (hence the name Sundrome) allowing natural sunlight into the lower levels.

Now after nearly 40 years and subsequent use by various different airlines it conveys nothing of the original impact it once had.

Unfortunately it has been slated for demolition, and preservationists have organized an opposition to its demolition and so they should. This is evocative of when flying was full of savoir faire.

Sightseeing Savoir Faire

It is shaping up to be a beautiful week here in Toronto. Temperatures hovering around the low 30’s with the humidity only creeping up towards the end of the week.

After a weekend in the country with wardrobe from Marie Streichenberger, I think it is time that we headed to a wonderful week of sightseeing in a European city with wardrobe from Richard Chai. These are all easy to wear pieces that would mix and match quite easily. Although the shorts are not nearly tailored enough for me, I think they would be fabulously cool.

Sixties Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire is just loving this vintage Pierre Balmain silk scarf from the 1960’s.

The artist, who designed this fabulous piece of savoir faire, definitely had their finger on the pulse of the period. While not really a logo and instantly recognisable as such, it packs a design punch. Not only does it embrace the flower power aesthetic of the times it screams luxe for the young jet setter who wore it.

I think it is a fabulous attempt by a couture house to embrace their younger clients, and ensure their patronage, by providing up to the minute accessories. The wonderful shades of magenta and purples contrast brilliantly with the white background.

Sheer Savoir Faire!
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