Poetic outdoor project
Outdoor fantastic Structure
/ The Smurfs, image from the comics/
/The Marsupilami, image from the comics/
/Giverny garden, France, where Claude Monet used to live/
/Nymphéas, Claude Monet/
I really like the use of the mushroom, in its completely natural form. It gives the inside furniture a natural and wild aspect. Furthermore, there's a magical feel to it, like those chair and lamp were extracted from a fairy tale.
The technic used in the weave wood lamp is really interesting and gives a very rustic feel to those very design furniture. Nowadays wood is used as something really pure, designers try to completely distance themselves from the traditional rustic wood. But with this product, it's really the ancient and the new use of wood that collides.
/ Mushroom Mycelium Furniture by Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova /
/ Lamp for the London Design Festival 2014 by Sebastian Cox and Lorna Singleton /
Moderne stacking toys
Stacking little boy
Toddlers explore their world and learn from it. Their little hands need to learn how to grab and stuff. It is why it's important that their toys are suitable, and help them learn new skills.
/From top to bottom:
"John Pawson said children love minimalist spaces. And he's right"
But a lot of preconceptions about kids and architecture are actually proved wrong when confronted with real kids. I recently interviewed the noted minimalist John Pawson. Minutes after we met, without any prompting from me, he brought up the scene in the 1990s sitcom Absolutely Fabulous when scatty fashion publicist Edina, played by Jennifer Saunders, is visited by friends who she remembers as ardent minimalists. Ahead of their arrival she desperately tries to tidy her house, fearing their disdain at its disorder. But they now have young children, and they arrive in a typhoon of clutter and disorganisation, their existenzminimum pretensions blown away for good.
Pawson has children, and raised them in a minimalist home of his own design, so I asked him if it was difficult to combine the two. He said no, it wasn't – children love minimalist spaces. And he's right. Children might be very good at creating mess and clutter, but that's not because they can only exist in messy, cluttered conditions. They like to have room to bang about and clear space to play.
"Some modern architectural styles seem to invite toddler-level appreciation"
I was reminded of the first time we took our son, then aged two, to visit the flat we now live in. It was newly built and unfurnished, all white paint and grey carpet. Not very interesting, but its emptiness seemed to fill him with energy, and he charged happily from room to room as if laying claim to to the place. Naturally we have since filled it up with things, and will not be opting for Pawsonian minimalism any time soon, but if you have the rare good fortune of enough storage space and picking-up time, I can see how it would be done.
Toddlers do have a knack for feeling at home in places, even in places where they should not. Their mobility, as well as their gleeful wish to dash about, develop much faster than the more sophisticated sense that different places have different rules and expectations. It's this lack of boundaries that can make them such bad adverts for children in general. But I'm not making any excuses for bad behaviour. The instance, a few years ago, of young children filmed clambering all over a Donald Judd sculpture at the Tate Modern springs to mind.
Though he has not yet endangered any masterpieces of modern art, our boy does have an undesirable fondness for wedging himself into tiny niches and gaps, such as the narrow defile behind bus shelters or between beach huts, or the recesses used to store fire extinguishers. It was necessary to grow new architectural antennae in order to spot these "toddlernooks" early. "
/extract from this article by Will Willes published on Dezeen/
Pop! Vinyl Figurines
Pop figurine are the new trend. With its cute design and its many different caracter, every fan of every show ever displayed by the company wants one. They use the rare factor of certain figurine to put the price very high. From Disney to GOT passing by some new TVShow like Stranger Things, those figurine are wanted by kids but also by adults nerd.
Going to Hamley's was more of a pleasure than a task. I'm a huge child and I will always have an unconditional love for toys.
The first that could be seen entering the shop was the display on the stairs going down, forming a star was like a tunnel. Most of the basement level was dedicated to the star wars franchise. Since Disney bought the right, SW merch is everywhere. From 100£ Lego boxes to virtual reality mask, passing by backpack and fluff, Star wars merch is no longer for nerd and adult fans.
This floor was for toddlers, everything was with bright colours and soft. I found out that most of the old toys ( toys that are made since a long time ago) are in this section.
The second floor was dedicated to little girls, everything was pink. You could found dolls dolls house, diy product that's all. But off everything was pink or light purple. The lego collection for girls illustrates the stereotype the little girls: a little want to go the coffee place or the Mal, take care of her pets and drive her convertible. And the worse is that the collection ' lego friends ' doesn't even match with the normal one, they are not compatible
The Two last floor were mostly for older child, and when was filled with merchandise going from Harry Potter and Lord of the rings to DC Comics passing through WMA. Everything was meant to attract little boys with dark colour and violence displayed.
The work of Isamu Noguchi is incredible. The lines are pure, and the materials are well balanced.
2nd: Rudder Stool, USA 1944
4th: Maquettes for chair and dining table designed for the William A.M. Burden residence, Northeast Harbor, Maine, Interiors, March 1949 /
The strenght of the stone
In this children tale, the "stone"/brick wall symbolize strength, safety, and perseverance.The final house, the one that was the more time consuming to build, is the only one that resists the devasting breeze of the big bad wolf. The owner of the brick house chose to build it against the opinion of his brothers, that are being to confident. Whereas his brothers are playing the violin and dancing the 3rd little pig sings "You can play or laugh or sing, don't think you can make me sore. I'll be safe and you'll be sorry when the wolf comes to your door". Bricks make him and his brothers safe. It's solid and kind of eternal in this child tale. Stone is here presented as the most solid material, an eternal shelter.
/Three little pigs, a short movie by Walt Disney in 1933/
The End, a furniture by ToiletPaper in 2014
Stones, the revolution weapons
translation: "Under 21years old, here's your voting bill"
/Poster made by the art school of paris "Les Arts Déco" for the youth riot of May 68/
/Anonymous pictures from may 68/
A single stem of Gypsophilia
Corten steel in art
Known confortable chairs
The glue to all families: a kite
/ Extract from Mary Poppins, by Walt Disney /
Fairy tale forest: a scary, cold and dangerous space
The green line of NY
New life for an old train rail
/ "Petite ceinture" in Paris, old rail around Paris/
Community Garden / Sustainable space
Environment and Politics
" Guerrilla gardening is the act of gardening on land that the gardeners do not have the legal rights to cultivate, such as abandoned sites, areas that are not being cared for, or private property. It encompasses a diverse range of people and motivations, ranging from gardeners who spill over their legal boundaries to gardeners with political influences who seek to provoke change by using guerrilla gardening as a form of protest or direct action. This practice has implications for land rights and land reform; aiming to promote re-consideration of land ownership in order to assign a new purpose or reclaim land that is perceived to be in neglect or misused.
The land that is guerrilla gardened is usually abandoned or perceived to be neglected by its legal owner. That land is used by guerrilla gardeners to raise plants, frequently focusing onfood crops or plants intended for aesthetic purposes, like flowers. "
I really like the concept of environmental activism, kinda like gree peace but in a more peaceful way, Guerrilla Garden is really the proof that good people exist. It's a really efficient way of doing action: not asking for anyone permission.
/ extract from Wikipedia /
I identify copper, forest green, jade green, pastel blue and white as the hit colour of this season. The two greens are usually present in a room with plants, the white is a symbol of a minimalist interior, copper is found in the accessorise in the room or the furniture and blue is there to make everything look calm and happier.
Wood and Wool Sheep
Boxes with Strings DIY
Strings as structure
"French artist Bertrand Lanthiez created this audiovisual installation by projecting white light along criss-crossing woollen threads (+ movie).
Called Sounds of Threads, the installation comprises strands of wool stretched between four wooden stands, with beams of white light projected across them in time to a piece of music."
/ By Bertrand Lanthiez "Sounds of Threads" https://www.dezeen.com/2013/11/17/sounds-of-threads-music-visualisation-bertrand-lanthiez/ /
Doll House with trendy Interior Design
This doll house is so design that you don't even see a child playing in it but what appear to be the mom. The light colour of the wood and trendy style of the furniture make this doll house the dream of every mom.
Its versatility is also something that makes it very modern.
Tree house doll house
The dream of every city child: to own a garden to do a tree house.
Interchangeable Doll house
Doll Houses in Wood
Those Doll Houses are very design and could fit in a kids room as well as in a living room. They are also very simple and emphasised the wood.
Star Wars Merchandises
Star Wars is probably the most bankable franchise this year. With its new contract with Disney, you can found almost anything with the Star Wars logo somewhere.
And with its promise to make a film every year, the Star Wars trend will not stop soon.
Equilibrum in a design
/Balencer Lamp, by Berlin Studio Yuue Design in Stockholm 2016/
The Legacy of the Mingei movement
In The Mingei Idea (1933), Sōetsu Yanagi defines the movement as: "It must be modest but not junk, cheap but not fragile. Dishonesty, perversity, luxury, that is what Mingei objects must avoid: what is natural, sincere, pure, simple, these are the characteristics of Mingei. "
This stool is one of the symbols of the mingei Legacy. With its modern and design twist, it still follows simple and pure lines.
/Butterfly stool by Sori Yanagi in 1954/
Balance of the justice
/Equilibre (2000), by Brigitte Nahon in front of the justice court of Avignon/
The "power" of the stones
Lithotherapy (or stone therapy), when every crystal got a special energy related to a special aura of your body (the 7 chakras). Some can heal, some can harm, they say that you should treat them carefully.
/extract from Wikipedia/
"The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States."
Still Life painting with a twist
/'Natura Morta (Still Life)', 1956 (oil on canvas) by Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964)/
Flowers in vases
/First: Les Iris, made in may 1889 in Saint Remy by Van Gogh
Second: Les Tournesols, made in august 1888 in Arles/
Simple vessels, ceramics + other
/First: Pannier Percé, by Ionna Vautrin in 2005 for Industreal
Second: HellaJongerius ceramics work for the exhibition "Design for a living world" held at the Cooper-Hewitt in 2010
Third: Warm cup of tea/coffee, by Tonfisk design/
Magical Tree, feeling adventurous
/extract from My Neighbour Totoro by Miyazaki/
Sun shelter, urban / beach
/Ein Bokek Beach, Israel /
Organical shaped parisian bus stop
/ Parisian bus stop /
Rains, a sustainable brand
" PRODUCT INFORMATION
It is our absolute goal to develop and manufacture modern and comfortable rainwear. To accomplish this, we have developed a light-weighted and yet very strong polyester fabric with an added flexible polyurethane coating. The fabric is ultrasonic welded together to ensure waterproofness and all fittings, zippers and trimmings are made of materials optimized for a wet environment.
Column pressure: 4000 mm. (Jackets, Pants & Tote bags),
Column pressure: 6000 mm. (Bags, Backpacks, & Accessories). "
This brand had a history of environmental act and respect to the material. Their first line of coats was only made in recycled bottles.
/ Rains coats /
Trendy Interior Design
Tree toys in wood
Wood + Strings = knots
Exchangeable Doll House
By the uses of thin board of wood, they created a toy that enable the child to explore spaces but moreover to create its own imaginary world set.
Building a set to play in
The SYlvanian toys plays on the collection aspect< You can buy almost every part of the doll house but separately, therefore the client has to go back every year to buy the newest version of the TV set our the new characters.
The Brio brand exist for many years and can be found in my home. Its simple design and construction aspect attract many toddlers.
Equilibrum in Architecture
/Osler House in Brasilia, (2006-2008) by Marcio Kogan /
Balance of material
What I found interesting in her project is the poetic aspect of her installation and the careful balance of elements.
/The Poetics of Miss Understanding, by Ana Rita Antonio in 2013/
Art and balance
/Untitled (1937), Alexander Calder/
Parisian Café Culture
At the end of a meal or the end of school, a coffee and cigarette are the essences of the Parisian life.
The "Lost Generation" is the symbol of the café culture.
/Pictures by Brassai, First : Pablo Picasso at Café de Flore
Second: Jean Paul Sartre, Simone De beauvoir and Boris Vian at Café de Flore/
Ricochet, playing with stones
The Stone, the first material
The uses of the rocks in Brancusi sculptures is so raw and "easy" that it left the rock very natural looking, and make me think of prehistorical, Inca and Maya first carve stone.
Second: The kiss, (1933-1935) in Colonne by Constantin Brancusi
Last: Ponce monolith, statue of 2,8 metters in the Lost City, Machu Pichuu, pictures of Theodore Scott/
/The Stonewall Rebellion, June 28, 1969 by Fred McDarrah/
/Still Alive, by Antonio Aricò for Italian design brand "Seletti Design" in 2015/
Still Life paintings
/First: L'ancien, by Beert Osias (1570-1624)
Second: Vanité aux livres et au crâne, italien school, 17 century/