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greenpoint edge

Edge of Greenpoint, Brooklyn complete with stray black cat.


(images by: vivien chin)

corrugated sunset


Catching some beautiful sunset colors off the metal siding.  Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


(image by: vivien chin)

setting orange


Beautiful sunset over Manhattan via ferry to Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Spectacular.


(images by: vivien chin)

pure shapes


Pyramid. Driving by the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas

(image by: vivien chin)

and the storm rolls in…


As I take this I walk through aggressively blowing winds and downpour that occurs 10 secs after. The picture does no justice. The sky was black as night.

(image by: vivien chin)

gallow green






The McKittrick Hotel on 27th street not only houses the amazing Sleep No More performances, it has just now opened a rooftop garden bar. It’s so cute and fun. Cocktails, alcoholic punch bowls for groups, wine, beer, great view of the water and the city complete with Empire State Building nearby. Blonde in Peril drink shown above. Reservations currently needed. $20 dollars a person, but the amount go towards the overall bill at the end. Check it out if you can.

(images by: vivien chin)

1000+ cranes of light






Just submitted a proposal for the Nuit Blanche 2012 Bring to Light Festival along the Brooklyn Waterfront with Artist/Architect Raylene Gorum and Lighting Designer Paul Hudson.  The above images are some of the items from the submission as well as partial full scale mock up with colored to study the light and reflective qualities of each deconstructed “crane” on itself and architectural space.  The site we chose was an old rope factory in Greenpoint Brooklyn.  Wish us luck in winning a final spot in the Festival!  Here is a description of our installation:

“1000+ Cranes of Light”
Proposal for Nuit Blanche 2012
Bring to Light festival of illuminated installations on the Brooklyn waterfront
by Raylene Gorum, Vivien Chin + Paul Hudson

We are proposing an installation for the breezeway at 67 West Street that uses physical materials and form to articulate the light and highlight the unique architectural properties of this specific site.  This installation will take the general form of a flock of shiny origami cranes suspended on fishing wire rising up from the ground floor of the alleyway through the 4 story balconies above.  They will be made out of highly reflective mylar which will be bathed in colored light and animate the alley in shimmering watery reflections.  The effect will be that of a wall of light shattered into dynamic prisms.  The details will reveal what those in theatrical lighting refer to as a “revelation of form”.

The “flock” starts at the ground level with the first steps of the origami fold.  The pieces/birds increase in complexity as the flock rises through the four balconies above until it finally takes its finished bird form.  The resulting three-dimensional “fabric” is composed of permuations of this modular bird base and weaves through the balcony side of the breezeway.  It’s an homage to both the poetry of flight and the process of construction/deconstuction.

Contrast is key here – these cranes will act as beacons of colorful flittering light in an otherwise compressed and low-lit space.  The piece itself is at once massive (22′ wide and over 60′ high) and massless (being made of feather weight materials and defying gravity).  We also understand that many of the other installations will be large streetside projections and offer this as a delicately constructed analog counterpoint to be discovered in the intimate setting of this unique industrial breezeway.

(images by vivien chin, raylene gorum, & paul hudson)

5 years_nyc


Been in New York City 5 Years today! Happy Anniversary!!

View of the rooftop gardens with the new World Trade Center Towers in construction (background) as taken from an apartment on 12th street. Classic NYC. Love it. What a different view from higher up!

(image by: vivien chin)

peacock perching above

Lovely installation above our dinner table a Kingswood recently.  A sign of inspiration for a recent competition entry as well….


(image by: vivien chin)



The elevator at Treasure & Bond.

(image by: vivien chin)

yayoi kusama_lv


Yayoi Kusama & Louis Vuitton collaboration in SOHO. A hint of what’s to come at the Whitney Museum. En route to the Whitney to check the exhibit out now. Can’t wait! Pattern city!

(image by: vivien chin)

untitled_’82_keith haring


An excerpt from Keith Haring’s “untitled” completed in 1982 that wraps around 3 walls. Currently showing at the MOMA.

(image by: vivien chin)

welcome to beacon

Welcome to Beacon, NY.  Walking to Dia:Beacon Museum


(image by: vivien chin)

brooklyn botanical greenhouse

View across the lilypad koi pond towards the Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.


(image by: vivien chin)





One of my favorite Murakami pieces on display at the MOMA.

(images by: vivien chin)

atrabiliarios_doris salcedo




Eerie and intriguing. Shoes in plywood niches with sheepskin and animal fiber thread. Sewn to the wall. Really cool. Currently displayed at the MOMA.

(images by: vivien chin)



(image by: vivien chin)

art + metal + bklyn



Awesome storefront of 4th State metal fabrication shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Cool guys. Hope to work with them more.

(image by: vivien chin)

retail coloring


Desigual makes a colorful splash on 6th Ave. Love the presence it has.

(image by: vivien chin)

desk view: sand art


The sand artist is back! Haven’t seen him in awhile. Impressive as always

(image by: vivien chin)



Elephants on the loose at the subway entrance of the Prospect Park station on the Q.

(image by: vivien chin)

steel & light


Light peeking through a Richard Serra piece at Dia: Beacon.

beacon: garden_irwin


Gardens at Dia: Beacon by Robert Irwin. Sunrays looking heavenly. Josh captured at the end of the path during his visit to NYC last week with Andy.

(image by: vivien chin)



73rd & Broadway.

(image by: vivien chin)

romanesque + byzantine + urban



Passing St. Bartholomew’s Church on East 51st & Park Ave while leaving a meeting yesterday. Romanesque and Byzantine style amongst mass urban-ness. Hear the interior is beautiful. Will check out one day.

(images by: vivien chin)

fire fire fire station


Fire station on West 83rd St.

(image by: vivien chin)

garden reflections


View at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Love the reflections.

(image by: vivien chin)

panda tag


Good ol’ pandas make construction fun. You’ve been tagged by “love panda”.

(image by: vivien chin)



A little art deco for your day. As seen exiting while Grand Central Station.

(image by: vivien chin)

peeking empire


The Empire State Building as I head home from work.

(image by: vivien chin)

flying black & white @ the new


Current lobby art at the New Museum.

(image by: vivien chin)

framing a classic


Framed moment of the Chrysler Bldg and Grand Central Station as I walk back from a meeting today. Lovely.

(image by: vivien chin)

urban center + the palace



Miss going to the Urban Center for Books! It was the best little store for Architecture and Design Books. When will you come back???

(image by: vivien chin)

belvedere sketch

A happy find. An image of an old sketch done in Central Park of Belvedere Castle from across the Turtle pond. Can’t wait till the weather gets nice enough again to sit out and do more sketching.

(image by: vivien chin)



Plastic spoon city @ Lafayette espresso bar!

(image by: vivien chin)


Mies van der Rohe’s 126th birthday via Google today.

sunsets & towers




Sunset views on Friday from a project in Tribeca my office is working on. Progress on the World Trade Center visible as well.

(images by: vivien chin)

towering over the park


Tower spires and central park. View from 57th st. & 5th ave at the bottom of the park. Went to a meeting there yesterday and saw this! A great view.

(image by: vivien chin)

underwater ink

Beautiful ink floating through water by Alberto Seveso.  Lovely!


(images from colossal)


bridging harelbeke

Bridging to halves of Town Hall of Harelbeke in Belgium by Dehullu & Partners.


(image from dezeen)


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