A few months ago, I inquired with Viberg about a custom set of boots. I wanted a pair of all-black boots, but I wanted something entirely unique. Here’s what we came up with: a 1950’s 8-Hole Service Boot constructed from Tumbled Black Italian Roughout leather on a Black 2014 Christy sole.
To add another element of originality to the boot, Viberg crafted a magnesium stamp with my family’s Chinese character 'Teh', which I designed.
2030 Last Black 2014 Christy Sole Gunmetal Eyelets Natural Midsole Unstructured Toe Heel Pull Tab Black Leather Laces Custom gold foil stamped heel insert
Handcrafted exclusively for me in Victoria, BC Canada. Much thanks and gratitude go out to Morgan, Guy, Brett and everyone at Viberg. Photos courtesy of Guy Ferguson.
This three-bedroom home, on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, is anchored in the natural beauty and power of this California landscape. Our design strategy embeds the building within the land, creating a structure inseparable from its context. The site offers dramatic views: a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean both along the bluff and the western exposure. Yet it demands a form more complex than a giant picture window.
The long, thin volume conforms and deforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, much like the banana slug native to the region’s seaside forests. In this way, the complex structural system applies and defies natural forms to accommodate the siting. The house is cantilevered 12 feet back from the bluff, both to protect the cliff’s delicate ecosystem and to ensure the structure’s integrity and safety. The interior is a shelter, a refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff. The house also shields the southern outdoor spaces from the powerful winds that blow from the northwest.