If MTM has a male soul mate, it is Miguel Roldan. MTM met Miguel when he lived in Barcelona. They taught architecture together. They debated design together. They brainstormed. They laughed.
MTM even learned to appreciate coffee (in espresso form) from Miguel.
To bring today's post about architect Robert Mills full circle, here's a sunset shot from the mall in Washington DC.
Robert Mills was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1781 and graduated from the College of Charleston. People, especially architect people, argue about whether he is the first native born American architect or the second behind Charles Bulfinch, but I don't care. The designer of the Washington Monument (Mills, won in competition) left his fingerprints all over the landscape of his hometown.
It was a few pieces of board. Strung lengthwise. Two-by-somethings at top and bottom. A slanting shard of wood between the two. Carried by two lads of indeterminate age.
I passed them in an intersection, on the way to an appointment. I was late. Running. Almost. I couldn't stop to ask them why they carried that particular configuration of wood through a busy intersection. Borne between them. Leather and asphalt. Oxygen and wool.
I wish everyone could win my Cootchie Contests, because yesterday’s commenters gave me lots of belly laughs. Your company brightened a hectic day.
We have two categories of winner: those who got really close to the mark without looking around online for the answer, and those who found the item online with the magic of Google. Because this item is a rather obscure architectural doo-dad produced and sold primarily in Japan, finding it on Google deserves some reward.
The winners who got close to the mark:
- Fiona (aka Speccy)
- Ted Strutz
The winners who Googled:
- Kenneth Andrews
The item is from a Japanese series of architectural model accessories. Click here for a link, generously provided yesterday by Carnell. The whole site is worth a look. The dinosaur series is quite funny to me for some reason.
Now, for my conundrum. I only have two of the antlered ladies to give away. For the other winners, I have a lovely wood cut Finnish snowflake ornament.
Dear Readers, please help me assign the, um, booty. Who should get the antlered lady? The snowflake? Please help me decide by weighing in with your choice recipients in a comment.
And, for the winners, please message me with your mailing address so that I may get these out to you. I will mail them during the first week of the new year, and may they bring luck for all of 2013.
This post is part of the series Roll Out the Holly, about the stories Christmas ornaments can conjure. Click here to read the series from the beginning.