Friday, 3 March 2017

A Vision in Wood
Architect John Lautner’s (1911-94) architecture stems from it’s context. Revered as one of the pioneers of the Modernist movement in America, Lautner apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright and went on to design many remarkable, inspiring structures. 
The ‘Walstrom House’, built into a hillside in 1969, in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles is one of my favourites. Designed for an employee’s mother, the residence is a wooded vision bathed in natural light, surrounded with greenery.

Lautner’s architecture doesn’t prescribe to a particular style. Each of his projects has a unique identity. ‘Organic’ is the word I would use to describe the feel in his designs : springing out of the site, celebrating and embracing the setting’s features is the unique thread running through all of Lautner’s work. 

More on John Lautner  

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Wear  a  bit  of  Nature

Hina Nitesh

'Some see a weed some see a wish'…

How many times have you paused and admired the blooming flowers and how many times have you wished you could preserve them forever? There is so much beauty in nature around us - even the weed is a piece of art - it's all about how you look at it. Ask Kay Bells of Ruby Robin who makes wearable terrariums. 

Ensconced in tiny glass containers of different shapes are scenes from nature that bring back memories of time spent outdoors. These beautiful pieces of jewelry contain dried flowers, moss, crystals etc that makes nature live with you forever.

This surely is one piece of jewelry that is more precious than all the diamonds in the world. 

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cast in Imagination

"And who says that ceramics are really made of clay and that earth is the only material used? If well made, is is made of the same material as imagination..." La Bottega Delle Stelle

Bottega Delle Stelle is a Ferrara, Italy based contemporary ceramics studio. Riccardo Biavati, ceramicist and creative director fires fairy tales in the kiln - birds that are purveyors of ancient secrets, fascinating sloping roofed houses with curious faces peeping out, each with a story to tell. These also happen to double up as lanterns and incense burners!

View their spell binding selection here.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Snippet * 30    Be a Bird

Celebrated Dutch Artist  M.C.Escher's optical illusions play with patterns, perspective and evolution to create mind twisting drawings. Legendary designer Alexander McQueen's FW2009 collection was inspired by Escher's work, overlaying impossible looking art on garments.
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