Sandwiches

PROTOTAPAS

PROTOTAPAS

Maybe "Prototapas" makes sense in the context of this blog—you know, the blog is called Sandwiches: quickly prepared, broadly accessible, unpretentious chunks of DoubleButter goings-on. But even if you get all that you may still be asking "Prototapas?"

Your question is not unreasonable. Our answer? Bite-sized, appetizing prototypes. A few pieces, moderately priced. Stuff we cooked up in anticipation of some future full-blown product release—what we think of as the proper meal around here. All of them were, when they were made, works in progress, experiments. And they've all been further developed (or they will be) or what made them experimental was abandoned, at least for the time being.

Featured here is a 3-seater Roadrunner bench in white oak, one of our favorites and one of a test pair we made recently. More about it and the rest of the current menu can be found through this link: happy snacking.

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BUFFALO RACK AT LAST!

BUFFALO RACK AT LAST!
We get a little giddy around here when we drop a new product. We wish it happened more frequently—and if our renewed plans for global domination bear fruit it will—but for the time being it's a rare-ish occurrence. Case in point: the Buffalo Rack. Ready and in use for years in our houses and at the shop, finally available for purchase on this site. You'd think that the love it's gotten from us and from our coat-and-bag-hanging guests would've prompted speedier productification, but we're nothing if not slow to monetize our labors of love. Speaking of which, you might spy a little db-branded catalog on the lower shelf in these photos (marketing!)—you got a hankering, shoot us a note and we'll send one your way.

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DOUBLEBUTTERY STEEL PLANTERS

DOUBLEBUTTERY STEEL PLANTERS
Anyone who's strolled by our showroom space at 29 Galapago Street in Denver (perhaps wondering when the hell it's gonna be open) has no doubt noticed the massively handsome steel planter out front, aged now over a year, overflowing with grasses. Some of you have maybe even wondered who made it (duh!) and how you could get one of your own. Well wonder no more: of course we made it and of course you can have one of your own. We're adding them as official DoubleButter products, marketed first, we suppose, to architecture and landscaping firms in and around Denver but sold happily to anyone who desires. Available in virtually any size and any shape, all feature a folded top edge to soften the pieces to the hand and to the eye (and to add rigidity and to help keep the pieces straight and true). Shoot us a note or give us a call to inquire. More photos after the jump.

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LE FRANK (A.K.A. FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON)

LE FRANK (A.K.A. FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON)
So, sure, "Le Frank" is just the name of the lovely cafe on the ground floor of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, not the name of the building, not the name of the institution. Still, if you happen to arrive between exhibitions, when the galleries are empty of everything but the architecture, you can be forgiven for thinking the whole thing is just a monument to Frank Gehry, that the real show is permanently installed outside on the seemingly endless cascade of decks and gardens under those lively canopies. And a stirring monument it is—more so, we're sure, when the weather is fair and the skies clear, at the end of a long march out from the center of town.

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VISIT GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN (YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE IN PARIS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO)

VISIT GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN (YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE IN PARIS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO)
In spite of the title of this post, we're not actually sure Galerie Patrick Seguin wants visitors, at least we're not sure they want visitors like us—browsers, not shoppers. The place is a business after all. But with a focus on Jean Prouvé—his furniture and his demountable houses—and with additional works by the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, and Le Corbusier, all in a gallery designed by Jean Nouvel, what are we supposed to do, not visit? Sorry, but clearly they're asking for it (and they did buzz us in when we pressed the call button out front). And while we made a show of flipping through the catalog of their deep collection of vintage Prouvé, and the kind gallery assistant made a show of taking us seriously, we weren't fooling anyone. Still, well worth the trek and the mild embarrassment.

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CENTRE POMPIDOU STILL KILLING IT AT 40

CENTRE POMPIDOU STILL KILLING IT AT 40
Radical in 1977, radical in 2017: Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers's Pompidou Center in Paris, with the inside on the outside, color coded by function and organized around the idea of movement. Of course on the day we visited we couldn't move inside from outside due to a workers' strike (En Grève!) so we have no idea if with the inside on the outside the outside is likewise on the inside. Though if the inside were truly on the outside these exterior photos would show the Cy Twombly exhibition our traveling companion was hoping to see since of course the inside of a museum isn't just filled with the electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems but also the art. False advertising!

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SIGNS THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS DON'T SUCK: EVAN HECOX MURAL ON LARIMER

SIGNS THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS DON'T SUCK: EVAN HECOX MURAL ON LARIMER
More unsuckiness in the form of another fine Larimer mural, this one from Evan Hecox, long a DB favorite, on an otherwise plain block building at 2944-6. Clean and graphic and hella-Colorado-y, a most welcome addition to the hood. And now that we've got this fresh new site which we can actually update (that old piece had been busted on the back end for years), we'll try to keep more current with the radical changes in our regular stomping grounds—some unsucky, some (sadly) super sucky. This piece here is clearly a win for the good.

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FIELD TRIP: THE SEA RANCH

FIELD TRIP: THE SEA RANCH
Anyone looking for an example of how to smartly integrate housing into a landscape, how to enforce sensible design covenants to preserve a bit of integrity without stifling creativity and individual expression, or really, just an example of an ass-kicking walking trail along a jaw-dropping stretch of the northern California coast need look no further than the Sea Ranch. With landscape design and the overall master plan by Lawrence Halprin and an ever changing collection of subtle, handsome houses by a range of architects. Hell, even the graphics are dialed. Smart and handsome, head to toe.

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