Thursday, 30 December 2010

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Burle Marx' Hideaway in Barra de Guaratiba / Rio de Janeiro

The Sitio Burle Marx is a delightful place 45 minutes away from Rio with wonderful gardens and inspiring open spaces. It has views over an estuary and the Mata Atlântica (tropical forest), interesting concrete pergolas embedded in vegetation and colourful hand painted tiles. Impressive also Marx' collection of Scandinavian and Murano vases, ex-votos and pre-Columbian objects.  

Monday, 20 December 2010

Rethinking Living Standards

If you could have a home in this location by means of downsizing... Would you go the extra mile?

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

James Turrell: Challenging Perception

The recent show at the Gagosian has been a wonderful opportunity to experience Turrell's latest on light/ colour/ space and to keep up with the Roden Crater project.  

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

This year's Biennale was a sensual exhibition with no trace of the architectural complexities and ego show-offs of past editions. Displaying very few models of recently completed signature buildings, the show has focused on the feeling of space. 

The 12th Architecture Biennale curated by architect Kazuyo Sejima from the Tokyo-based Sanaa practice came to a close last Sunday in Venice with a record attendance of 170,801 visitors. The theme "People Meet in Architecture" was wonderfully explored in the several spaces created with conventional building materials and others less conventional such as light, water, sound, clouds, wind, mesh cubes and even birds. Simply and unpretentiously done.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Madrid by Rafa Llano

Luces de Madrid / Madrid Lights

Rafa Llano is a self-taught photographer with an incredible energy and über-passion to never miss a shot. This post shows a selection of his best Madrid pictures and gets him to tell us about his work...

Urban Light Art by Luzinterruptus

Luzinterruptus is an anonymous art group who carries out light interventions in public spaces. They started acting in the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 and have since created installations for a few cities : the last one a commission for the V&A in London. Their aim is to get people's attention on certain urban topics, to embellish spaces and to highlight special places they think are undervalued. Their interventions are incredibly short lived: they hardly last longer than 4 hours. 

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Purpose of Signage

I got stuck recently because of troubles reading signage. Surely you can argue that I could work on my sharpness but regardless, it is a fact that some signs are hopelessly undecipherable while others simply aren't. The sign above is an example of great signage. It leaves no room for error and acknowledges that at German motorway speed you can't take more information than this.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Highlights 100% Design London 2010

There were 2 things you could grasp straight away at the Earls Court Design Show :  the persistent absence of the major (mostly Italian) furniture brands and the return of the bubbles. The so-much-missed champagne has been away from the London design premieres since Autumn 2008 and this year is back as if there is no tomorrow. Not sure if this is a sign of recovery for the design / building industry or the champagne one, nevertheless one of both seems to be back on track and this cannot be other but good news.