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Meet the family behind prosthetic eyeballs

Ever wonder where prosthetic eyes come from? Some pharmaceutical giant? A loud, whirring assembly line in a far-flung country? Try a few small families, who keep their craft close to their heart…and their bloodlines.

Universities don’t offer course work in ocularistry, with its odd blend of art and science. The only real way to learn the trade is to apprentice yourself to another ocularist, if you can find one willing to train you. Most opt to keep their secrets within their families.

"I equate it to being a blacksmith in the old days," ocularist David Gougelmann says. "Children followed in the footsteps of the father."

But like all families, the ties that bind can also eventually snap:

"Most families in the field of ocularistry have some kind of conflict," Gougelmann says. The son of a father who worked until he was 78 — "I don’t know many ocularists who’ve ever retired" — he chalks it up to a tension that exists in family businesses of all kinds.

"There’s this difficulty letting go," Gougelmann says. "You brought somebody into the business. At what point do you treat him as a peer? At what point do you relinquish the reins?"

Read more in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Too freaking cool.

Architect Adam Kushner’s new home on Minetta Lane. Photographed for Open House New York.

Kushner plans to renovate the residence using 3D printing, leaving the existing facade, but also pushing the living space back and adding a waterfall and rock-climbing wall. His inspiration, he said, was thinking about shelter found in the hollows of trees.

Here’s some photos of his old apartment, which he sold recently.

Monday, October 21, 2013

John Coltrane at the Guggenheim, New York City, 1960

Today is also the Guggenheim Museum’s 54th birthday!


John Coltrane at the Guggenheim, New York City, 1960

Today is also the Guggenheim Museum’s 54th birthday!

(Source: aquariumdrunkard)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Graham Hill’s amazing LifeEdited Apartment, which packs over 1,000-sq-ft of functionality in only 420-sq-ft of space.

Photographed for Open House New York.

From top:

(1) Two pull-down guest beds and extra storage closets; (2) sliding wall with home office can be moved along a track on the floor to hide entire guest bed area entirely

(3) View of kitchen and bathroom from living room, displaying a pull-out dining room table “frame” tucked under kitchen counter

(4) Dining table frame, when pulled out and expanded, can seat up to 10 people (shown without the panels that make up the table surface)

(5) Dining room table panels and stackable chairs, neatly stored in the closet; (7) privacy curtain also pulls out from a panel in the closet

(8) Master bed being pulled down from the wall, without disturbing items on the shelf

(9) Master bed, with shelf that also acts as the bed’s “legs”

Saturday, October 19, 2013
This is not rocket science. You can’t over play. You can’t record too much music. You can’t connect with your fans too much. Rest assured, most bands will not do it enough. Most of them all have the same problem. They are lazy. Most adults wake up 5 days a week and go to work. They work somewhere between 40 and 70 hours a week at their job. Very few bands work this hard.

Rich Holtzman, Manager of Portugal. The Man via Portugal. The Man: A Band In Love With The Road.  The full PDF is here.   (via garychou)

The new UrbanGlass facilities at BRIC House in Brooklyn.

Photographed for Open House New York.

The brand new BRIC House facilities in Brooklyn.

Photographed for Open House New York.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The beautiful Kathryn Scott Design Studio Brownstone. More on Flickr.

Photographed for Open House New York.