Fall patterns, again!

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Molly from the movie ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Beginning of school and discipline, in the right colors! By JTO JTO

Seeing that last year’s post about Fall patterns is one of your favorite, I prepared another one these days to feed our (because it’s mine too!) desire for seasonal patterns to put us in the mood for Autumn!
Funny thing that when I was younger I didn’t like this season at all! I imagine because of the beginning of school and the end of summer carelessness etc etc. On the contrary, as I grow up I am so ready for all the changes of this transition that I even can’t wait for them! I’m so eager for cozy nights and weekends, the new face of nature all around us, excursions to the woods, warmer palettes of colors, cozier outfits and homey feeling!

Happy Sunday guys, let’s enjoy Fall!!

Nature and foxy themed in earthy tones! Orange foxes – I don’t know why but this animal is stuck in my mind as a fall’s element, falling leaves, new pinecones – the last one was such a hit! – and of course pumkins!
1. foxes by Leticia 2. falling leaves by Jess Smart Smiley  3. pinecones by Georgiana Paraschiv 4. pumkins by Lindsey Elise Design

Sweeter tones with some blush pink and pomegranates! And of course-again foxes, cooler this time.
1. flowers via pinterest 2. blue foxes by Ooli, via Sorryzorrito 3. Pomegranates by Better Home

Closing this patterns’ party with my favorites, mostly for the feeling they create. Swallows for the migratory birds of this season, school/office stuff with pencils and erasers – it’s the time to concentrate again and do the real business, the first hot coffees of the year…knitting of course 🙂 beside the fire even better, with a purring cat at your lap (my favorite!!) and then as we have the rains what’s more suitable from rubber wellies!
1. swallows by Bridiy  2. office supplies by Emma Trithart  3. Knitting via pinterest  4. Chemex Coffee Culture Pattern by Sara Combs  5. pink cats by Angie Garland  6. rain boots by Cassie Kulp

Check out the previous Fall Patterns post Here

 

 

 

 

Funny ceilings

It’s been a while that at some projects at work I propose a hanging system with stuff, to make a space more crazy etc etc…but until now this idea stays only at laughing point! So, after seeing the new Aesop store in Singapore (Someday I’m gonna make a post about how much I love Aesop stores’ design!) I decided to gather some realized spaces with such a design to get it out of my system! I made quite a tribute but they’re many!

From wooden sticks, to shoelaces, foam sticks and ropes, this hanging system above your head makes the room really really special. Depending on the material it can also offer sound absorption except the mysterious and even magical atmosphere. So here are my favorite examples from around the world, tell me what you think! Would you like to visit a store like this, or dine in a restaurant? Or even have a specific place at your work with a crazy ceiling?

Above it’s a pastry shop in Madrid that used this indulated pink canopy at the whole ceiling. I love the contradiction with the rough textured walls! I think this is my favorite example. I would be there every day eating pastry 🙂
Below, it’s an example of my country so it couldn’t be missing from the collection! Here, I think the ceiling adds on the freshness of the store and gives a special character.

Camper stores are known for their unconventional design, so they did in Melbourne with this bold red ceiling by 30.000 shoelaces!! Does a shoe store needs anything more? Extra attention on the mirrored columns in the middle that create a whole picture instead of dividing the room.

Below it’s a unique drugstore in Madrid that used this idea to some spots only. It reminds me of the sea anemones! Here, a suspended cylinders system (2, 3 and 4 meters long) is used that dialogues with the central gondola. 256 tubes are used creating a very personal identity for the shop!
See another sea anemone resemblance from the past!

Above it’s the Monsoon Club at the Kennedy center in Washington D.C., USA. It’s a multi purpose performance center that keeps the sitting level all white for the ceiling to shine! It’s like a suspended 3D carpet. Designboom says it better: constructed out of a system of colored threads, the undulating form organizes, defines and accentuates the space while holding and concealing necessary technical equipment. The visual pattern of the threads is influenced by traditional ‘dhurries’, a type of flat-woven rug in India. Cool, right?

Paola Navone did it also:

Above is another one of my favorites for it’s general ambience. Saul Zona 14 in Guatemala has a beautiful terrace in it’s exterior space! This colorful canopy IA made of 1000 pounds of thread hanging from a steel structure. The color palette of greens, blue and yellows adds to the surrounding natural environment.
The source of the inspiration was the natural production techniques still used by indigenous people in Guatemala. The drying process of hanging threads is part of highly traditional elements of craft culture. However this threads system isn’t only decorative; it acts as both solar shade and sound absorbing surface!

The last 3 examples are in more earthy tones, with the black color to dominate as the natural hue of the suspension stands out.
The first is the Basho Sushi House in Portugal. 8.400 sushi sticks were used (!) that kept the budget low while creating a clear scenographic statement. I find it very loyal to the Japanese culture as well: minimal, to the point, calm and sushi!

The next one is from Tsujita restaurant in Los Angeles, California. The piece of art ceiling consisting of thousand wooden sticks is a creation of the Japanese designer Takeshi Sano. His description is very interesting:
I put image of clouds for the ceiling detail. There is IZUMO shrine, one of the most important shrine in Shimane Japan. The clouds we can see there, has beauty but mysterious image. I wanted to show those images on this design. I put 25000 of wooden sticks, which was shaped like drum stick on the ceiling.
In order to increase a reality of clouds, I calculate the focal length between eye line and wooden sticks and use that length for the stick length. Also I made difference on the distance between stick each other so that to make a stereoscopic effect to wooden cloud. Not only for this project. I’m always challenging to create a space that coexist art and interior. At the same time, I’d like people to feel the delicate of beauty, which Japanese have, and Japanese atmosphere when they visit here so that they will think that they want to visit Japan.  I’d like to make this restaurant as one of an element for Japanese reconstruction.

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Tsuzita restaurant, Los Angeles

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Odessa restaurant, Ukraine – hanging ropes, another material that can be used

Instagram opening!

I’m happy to announce you that I decided to create a profile in Instagram, at last!! I was negative for a long time because I though it would be very time consuming but there were so many pictures I wanted to show to the world and couldn’t through the blog that I changed my mind eventually. Also, my sister insisted so much that made me think about it seriously…I hope I’ll get the hang of it and spread the net with my eye-shots!
Here, I have my first photos posted to lure you to my profile! 😉 Come and take a look, I’m thrilled to open another communication channel with you!

Weekend & come back!

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Hello hello!!! I’m here again and trying to take advantage of that opportunity and write something! Almost one month ago, while I was cool and calm, with normal work to do – I even had started to feel insecure about future projects(and income of course…) a huge&urgent project came along! And as a result, as I always do, I fell in that deep whole of creativity and passion of completing the project and accomplishing all the tasks…for 2 weeks I was in a parallel universe, giving the 200% of myself, forgetting all the rest of the life! Of course I was dead after that, not just tired…I managed to do 1 month’s work in 2 weeks, but thankfully it was very satisfying, everything went well and I was quite proud after all 🙂

So this is the first weekend I have free time, the weather is hmm..nice and I’m planning walks with friends, I’m just thrilled!! Of course, architecture couldn’t miss from my weekend, as a small arch festival is happening in Athens by friends this weekend, and I’ll join but it will be fun!

What are your plans for the weekend?
I hope you’ll have fun anyway!
xoxo

PS. As I was writing these my phone rang and an arch chore came up but it’s gonna be short and I’ll try to keep the spirit as before..!

Photo source via Style at home | Photography by Edward Pond

Weekend with some splish splash!

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Photo via Sugar and charm

The pool theme is continued in the blog as you see! After the last post with flamingo products for a day at the pool we stay in the water also for the weekend. We couldn’t otherwise after all… Oh, I love these flamingo inflatables!! Imagine a pool or a sea full of pink flamingos, wouldn’t be super fun?!
For me this weekend will be a small vacation away because I’m gonna spend it in north Euboea again, I hope I’ll have some nice shots to show you after. What are your plans? I hope you’ll have a great time whatever you’ll do, stay close to the water!

For DIY project this time I have the coolest idea for our pool theme! DIY poolside pattern kimonos to complete the look!

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Weekend!

creative weekendHello again this weekend! Are you enjoying summer somewhere idyllic or like me continuing the daily routine? Today I will go again for work in the offices I was going every saturday this winter. Like the murderer that returns in the crime scene… I don’t love it but it will be in much cooler rythms so it won’t be very tiring. I work a lot lately, that’s for sure! However I’m in a “creativity trance” situation all this period which I love!! That’s the reason I’m inspired from creativity in a fun way this weekend like the photo above and wish you the same! Let your secret picasso get out and do something like that! If you have kids it will be even funnier I think. Make a piece of art all toghether and have a great weekend! xoxo

For the music lovers I have the best DIY project!!! Paint a ukalele like a pineapple and sing summer songs wearing flower necklaces!!! Totally in the summer mood, right? Even it’s an easy project see here a tutorial.

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Weekend!

yellow butterflyGood morning and happy weekend! In Greece this Monday is a national holiday so most of us we have a 3day holiday! Unfortunately I won’t enjoy it because I’ll have to work all of it for a new project I got. In fact I was happy that I’d have one day plus free for working at home where I can more productive. Is this serious? Probably…I used to think like that at school, very nerdy of me! Also, the weather in Athens last days is crazy, it’s very cold and cloudy, it helps me to concentrate.

I can always daydreem though that the sun is shinning outside, I’m in a pretty garden lying in a butterfly chair like the photo! I really hope you’ll do something like that this weekend! And if you want to be creative my blue flamingo found for you the cuttest DIY project: Clay cactus garden!! I love it!! See here for more.

clay cactusPhoto source of the dreamy garden above via est magazine

Mood of waking up today

Today I wake up kind of moody, feeling blue… I heard this nocturne and time stopped for a while. I miss playing the piano so much. Days like this I’m thinking of it. I even miss how piano makes me feel when I hear someone else’s playing. Chopin is the perfect composer for rainy days when the only thing you want to do is staying at home under the blankets! What’s your favorite music for these occasions?

Adored designer: Michael Anastassiades

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Apartment in East Melbourne by Flack Studio. Very famous photo for this lighting!

It’s true that the last period I’m very interested in lightings. With no particular reason..from the moment I created a board on Pinterest with lightings only I found myself collecting more and more pictures of them.From that moment, I started to pay extra notice on their design and firm..so I realized that a lot of my favorites were designed by Michael Anastassiades! And what a coincidence to be a Greek also!
All of his works are magnificent (oh the mirrors too) but his lightings are my favorites!! What I love the most on them is their eclectism, sophistication, how minimal and essential they are! Pieces of art, not just lightings. This style is my new favorite, it resembles a little with midcentury, don’t you think?

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He trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine before taking a masters degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.

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