it’s not easy to pack for the holidays when you have these five handbags to choose@from. #yougotthis
…a 3D visualization of the sheltered outdoor courtyard
The cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, in Port-au-Prince, was destroyed during the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Parts of the building remained standing, and seeing as the cathedral stood as a historical building, a decision was made, to breathe new life into it, and thus a design competition was set up inviting design teams and professional from around the world to take part in it.
Before the earthquake the cathedral was a strong focal point and is still a source of national pride and inspiration. The idea is to not only preserve and stabilize the remnants of the original church but also provide a new civic space for non-religious activities.
The architect Segundo Cardona and his team from Puerto Rico submitted the winning design, which indicates that they will maintain and integrate the original façade of the building, include a sheltered outdoor courtyard that can house additional worshippers if need be and create a centralized altar and seating plan.
Here are some illustrations of the proposed cathedral design
images: world architecture news
…gothic and ethreal.
As the seasons change I’m embracing a more monochromatic taste in all things from Architecture, interiors, fashion and jewelry.
Earlier this month the city of Jozi held the 2013 Mercedes Benz Fashion week. In the Southern Hemisphere we are headed into autumn, and the lines that were being showcased are, I hope, a prediction of muted things to come in Autumn/Winter 2013.
My love for simplicity, minimalism and interesting cuts and patterns was evident in the designs by Avant Apparel. Long flowing sheer garments and lace inserts in black and white with gold accessories stirred both my inner gothic goddess and ethereal angel.
I have been obsessed with white recently and the top and pant combo in cream would be my go-to look for any winters cocktail party.
This exotic off shoulder dress, reminds me of a Bedouin princess’s wedding gown. I see a modern day Queen of Sheba wearing this gown to entrance her King Solomon.
The detail in this elegant ballerina dress is quite intense but because it is in white it appears quite subtle, and the 1950’s inspired cut will be flattering for any figure.
It seems that Peplum has stood the test of time, and will be here for another season.
I would like to say thank you to the fashion influencers out there for making the 70’s jumpsuit a modern day necessity.
…acessories do make a statement
…thigh high slits are a AW/2013 must have
…this outfit screams warrior princess
…winter cocktails anyone?
…the devil/angel is all in the details
She stood on the edge
Looking from within,
Her life had barely whispered
And yet she glowed
Her heart echoing her mind
Her spirit soaring…
With each cloud as it touched
She knew what she stood for
A future of sensitivity
An ultimate design methodology
She is honesty.
When I first saw images of this building i was moved by the poetry this building scribed in the landscape. Architects sometimes tend to think about how a surrounding landscape or environment will help enhance their building and their ego’s as well as those of their clients, but once in a while an architect comes along who is sensitive to the landscape around him/her and uses it to influence the design and is careful to let the end product barely touch the earth around it.
…within looking out
The Pavilion designed by Jesus Torres Garcia in Spain is an example of exemplary design and response to a barren landscape. It’s almost as if the surrounding landscape becomes the pavilion and vise versa.
The images of this pavillion succeed in describing the art of ‘treading lightly’.
…material choice sensitivity
As designers, we sometimes get asked the most bizarre questions by clients and as much as we would love to give a rhetorical retort, we mostly hold our tongues for fear of loosing you our soon to be ex-client.
Here are a few gems from my favorite source of all things satirically architectural, Coffee with an Architect.
Question: Have you completed similar projects?
Answer: How hard could it be?
Question: Do you have a design style?
Question: How actively involved are your clients in the design process?
Answer: Only as needed…
Question: My wife/sister/mother will be selecting the colours if that’s ok?
Answer: As long as she selects white…
Question: Will the principals of the firm be actively involved in my project?
Answer: Only when the design team screws something up…
Question: Do you understand our budget?
Answer: Not really…
Question: Who will be the project team working on my project?
Answer: Several interns…
Question: Do you understand the importance of our schedule?
Answer: Our interns are unpaid…
Question: Is this an original Barcelona chair?
Answer: Smell it, it still smells like Mies Van Der Rohe (really though?????)
Questions, answers & Images : Coffee with an Architect
I finally got the call…you know, the one every designer/ architect dreads or anticipates.
The call from ones parents/ mentor/ friend to design their home/ dress/ garage/ kitchen extension/ business card…
The thing is, my dad is an engineer, and when it comes to design he and I are never on the same page.
When I was 16 my dad designed our first two homes in Tanzania. He dragged me to the site when I was 18 and I mumbled pleasantries. See my opinion was not needed, I had an eye, but not the qualifications.
Ten years later, after getting the qualifications and 3 years of working experience my parents finaly saw what I did for a living in a magazine and the look of shock on their face was priceless. I mean I will always be their little girl and architecture is for men, not ladies, come on…
So I get the call, this past Sunday, and it went something like this…
“Hey so I bought a piece of land in the North, its about 800m2. I want to build a house for the family. I want you to design it”
cue my jaw on the floor
“Hello, Juliet can you hear me? Hello”
“…uhm, sure dad…so what exactly do YOU want ME to do again”
“Design it, everything, all the rooms, outside, everything, are you up for it”
“Sure dad, I will compile a brief and email you”
“Ok, goodnight, love you”
cue my little victory dance
My parents are very “Colonial traditional”, I’m talking diner at the table at 8pm, tea at 4pm, long flowing curtains, with Victorian style chairs and mis-matched cushion covers. So I’m raking my brain to come up with a design language that will satisfy my mums love for English traditional design and my dads engineering sensibilities, without compromising my love for modern architecture, then I stumbled upon this lovely house by DRAFT architects and I was sold.
…a tri-part house
Nothing screams traditional quite like a pitched roof, but I love the way DAFT architects modernized it by accentuating the pitch with a visual band, wrapping the floor to the wall to the roof.
…a view of the kitchen connecting the two buildings
…traditional details for a modernistic design
This is a three part house with the main house being more private housing the bedrooms, bathrooms and double garage. The secondary building is joined to the main house by a kitchen that opens up to the garden and driveway and houses the living and dining rooms.The stand alone building houses a sauna and garden store.
I love the size of this house, the separation of private and public spaces, the architectural language, use of balau wood to soften the hard white lines and the introduction of stonework, and will take inspiration from it.
The Satorialist commented that he enjoyed Taibo Bacars show when he visitedt Johannesburg, for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa, so armed with this commentary from the world-renowed street style photographer, I went trawling through cyberspace to learn more about this designer, and wondered why I hadn’t heard of him before.
Taibo Bacar a Mozambican native has been featured on the catwalks in Milan and online in Vogue Italia. He works with pattern and in this latest range he used the amazing fabric Kapulana from his homeland. The mix of corals and turquoise, two of my favorite summer colors, enthralled me, but when I saw the royal blue Kapulana with gold trimming, I fell in love.
Having won the emerging designer of the year, with Vanity Fair’s fashion director Michael Roberts singing his praises and stating that the clothes were a modern take on ‘Africanism’, this designer has a bright future ahead.
I rarely say this about clothing, well maybe I do, but the garments below definitely turned me onto this designer, and I will be following him closely in the future. I am yet to find out where his garments are stocked and I will definitely spread the news when I do.
…bead and ‘petal’ details
…cynched in waists
…a touch of kapulana
…my favorite dress
…gaga for this tote
…kapulana and lace details
…white on white
…Taibo Bacar at Milan Fashion Week
Dreamy, ethereal, traditional
mini, midi and maxi
Black, Coral, Turquoise, Gold, White
Satin, Kapulana, stretch cotton, lace, taffeta
Form fitting, voluminous, gathers
Strappy platform sandals, kapulana embelished clutch bags & shopping totes
previous collections: Haute Fashion Africa
In light of recent events, I thought I’d keep the spotlight on all things americana and shed light on one of my favorite American Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. He believed in holistic deigns in that his structures had to be in harmony with humanity and its environment.
He did everything from offices to churches, hotels and museums. He also designed furniture and stained glass. In 1991 he was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “the Greatest American Architect of all time”
Below are 3 of my favorite FLW buildings.
Designed and built between 1908 and 1910, Chicago, Illinois.
It is know to be the first example of the all American architectural style called Prairie. In 1963 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. FLW designed all of the interiors, windows, lighting, rugs, furniture and textiles as well as the architecture of this house.
…FLW’s sketch and plan for Robie House
…as it stands
That which was unique about the prairie style was the emphasis on the horizontal plane. There was extensive use of cantilevered roof eaves, continuous band of art-glass windows and the use of roman brick. From a distance the house looks like continuous lines of horizontal color and planes.
The Robie house set a standard for modern architecture, introducing new concepts with regards to planning and construction.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:
Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York city, it is by far one of my favorite buildings in New York City, and in its own right an icon, alongside the Chrysler and Empire State buildings.
Designed by FLW, it has a unique ramp gallery that extends from just under the skylight in the ceiling in a long continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building until it reaches the ground level.
…FLW’s sketch for the Modern Gallery, as it was initially named
…an image of the Museum from Manhattans 5th Avenue
…a view up towards the skylight in the main gallery space
From the street it looks like a white ribbon curled into a cylindrical stack, wider at the top, displaying nearly all curved surfaces, and sits in contract to the rectangular building that make up he bulk of Manhattans architectural landscape.
a.k.a Kaufmann Residence built from1935-1937 in Pennsylvannia.
I can honestly state that when I first saw images of this building I knew I wanted to be in the built industry. I knew there and then that I had chosen the right career path, and that I will strive to provide clients with exceptional designs like this. I was in first year architectural school, and in love with FLW.
There is a reason why there is an APP for this building available on iTunes for iPad here.
…a 1938 sketch by FLW of Fallingwater
…poised in greatness
He was and Architect, interior designer, writer and educator, and these are all facets of my career that I have been and continue to explore.
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend one of my favorite fashion designers show. It was the Loin Cloth and Ashes Show, in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa.
The Head Designer Anisa Mpungwe, of Tanzanian origin, collaborated with radio host Anele Mdoda, to produce a range named Anele. Every Item of clothing was named after a street in Johannesburg, illustrating the youth and vibrancy of this cosmopolitan African city.
With the range spanning from white on white, silver and pastel African prints, its no wonder the design duo got a standing ovation and a few whistles for good measure.
LCA is known for its detailing, impecable finishing and elegant designs. It provides women with an alternative to the drab and usual be it office, formal or cocktail wear, and the Anele range definitely went over and above all expectations.
I have been buying LCA for a while and I will definitely be purchasing the shorts, a couple of maxi evening dresses and the drop waist mini dresses will definitely come in handy for next years spring/summer time.
Feast your eyes on my favorites from the line:
…a powerful opening
…white on white abstract print
…a shimmer on salmon
…Anele Mdoda working the runway
…my favorite piece, the drop waisted mini dress
…an homage to the 60’s
…peplum is here to stay for another season
…the drop-waisted mini dress
…printed shorts that remind one of the seaside
…le piece de resistance!
…the design duo Anele Mdoda and Anisa Mpungwe
All stock will be available at the LCA Store in Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg from the 1st of December 2012.
Loin cloth and Ashes: LCA
The first time I heard the statement ‘50 shades of Grey’, I though PANTONE where coming out with a spring line in shades of grey, with unique names like, aggregate, or concrete, or pebble. No seriously, I did.
I thought that maybe there was a concrete company out there that had figured out a way to average out the price on coloured concrete in the shades of grey. I know, I was mistaken. It turned out to be , what I call a 21st century version of Mills and Boon romance novels.
Instead of the long haired lothario being won over by the damsel’s heavy bosom and exposed ankle, our hero, Mr. Christian Grey, gets off on Sadomasochistic acts of love.
It got me thinking though, as a designer, I’m sure there are architects out there who have utilized this 50 shades of grey courtesy of our concrete suppliers, and produced beautiful structures, exposing the beauty of the material.
The firm Acero Architects, in my mind, have truly mastered the art of exposed concrete, and exterior wall tile cladding in different shades of grey. They seem to just go over the edge of that which is perceived to be a minimalistic architectural aesthetic. They make all the elements of design blend into one harmonious whole. Floors become ceilings, and celings become furniture. Walls can be entrances or part of the landscape design, depending on how you look at it.
Below are a few of my favorite designs from their residential portfolio, in diminishing shades of grey.
CONCRETE HOUSE II
…shades of the palest pebble whites
MARMOL Y BAMBU
…flow of design from floor to roof
REENCUENTRO EN ARAVACA HOUSING
…95% white mixed with 5% black creates the palest of greys
So whilst most women and men, are pouring over the pages of a Grey undone, I am scavenging ways to inspire my newfound love for the ‘unsure’ hue. Grey.
Dear African Man,
I saw you standing to the side with your head held high, broad torso and wise eyes, trying not to draw attention to your magnetic presence. I noticed that you endured wars, suffered my humiliation, and labels like Garcon! Boy! N***er! whilst still holding your ego in check.
I walked towards you and you proudly clasped my hand and gazed into my eyes, and at that moment I knew all would be well. You reached for my child, she smiled and I noticed a tear roll down your cheek and your vulnerability became apparent to me. I know you blamed it on the wind, but my child is wise, for she winked at you, and I knew.
You are my African Beauty.
Africa is reflected in your face, her deserts, hills, valleys and forests are seen in the depths of your eyes, and her pain and suffering is apparent in the scars on your back. You are her child. Your sociability is revealed, when I see you amongst your friends and colleagues, they look up to you, my dear, for they sense your core faith and stability.
You are love, for you have crossed continents for me, been shackled up and locked, torn down and whipped into a fashion, unbecoming of your glorious Self, so you may fit into a preconceived notion of what YOU should be. And then I saw your dignity. Stand out my Brotha! Stand tall my man. Shout loud and sing proudly for there isn’t a beauty like…
My African Man.
Your broad feet touch the ground so gently as you carry my family, my hang-ups, my African Womanliness. In your strong able arms. I am yours for I am Wo-man fashioned from you, here to encourage you to be stronger, better, faster and to be proud, loving and respectful of those around you.
I will teach our son to emulate you and to love his woman as you have loved me, with care and pride and a sense of comedy, and I will teach my daughter, to look out for a man like you, with grace and agility.
May your dreams and the desires of your heart, be fulfilled with me, for I applaud you my love, My Beauty.