Monday, June 16, 2014

boost my productivity.

This once was firehouse has been transformed into
a productivity house for digital media company
Black Ocean. 

Space planned to function as a communal workspace with
a variety of scenarios including back courtyard, rooftop terrace and
ample amount of seating for you and your fave work pals.

The black exterior matches the name alright
but don't judge a space by its exteriors. 
The pristine white walls with wood accents and quirk
elements turn this old firehouse into a light and bright powerhouse.

  Black Ocean Firehouse, New York by Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cardenas
 Black Ocean Firehouse, New York by Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cardenas
Great neon accent next to the geometric window treatment.
 Black Ocean Firehouse, New York by Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cardenas

 Black Ocean Firehouse, New York by Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cardenas  
  Black Ocean Firehouse, New York by Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cardenas
 Black Ocean Firehouse, New York by Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cardenas
These are my fave lights. Must have in my den or something.
Black Ocean Head Offices -- New York
by: Rafael de Cardenas   


Friday, June 13, 2014

1600 pandas.

Second Hong Kong post in a week. 
I think I need to go back again. 

Hong Kong's harbourfront has always been a stage and space
for gallery exhibitions & fun installations.  

This time however, we have 1600 pandas
all made out up recycled paper sprinkled all over the
Hong Kong's International Airport Arrival hall. 
This large display was a not so discreet message to spread
awareness and hopefully spark actual action from the people
to help save endangered bear species. 

Not only unique to Hong Kong this is actually part of the
1600 Panda World Tour
1600
is also not a random number as according to the WWF
there are actually only SIXTEEN HUNDRED wild pandas left.
Let keep these cuties alive.
Organizers said that there will essentially be 
"flash mobs of pandas" engulfing various Hong Kong landmarks. 
Amongst these will probably be the Victoria Harbour, Shatin racecourse
Photo 3and even rumored to be on some of the trams.Photo 2
The video below even shows these little buggers "arriving" HKG.



Pandas in Taipei
 
'1600 Panda World Tour'
by: World Wildlife Fund  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

the TTC needs this.

 
Now a tradition, Budapest has winter holiday trams.
I know that we're still quite a few months away from
the festive holiday season, but who can say no to a
tram that looks like its traveling through time?!
With the fare of just a regular ride,
this twinkling transport is a budget friendly piece of magic.






 

We can't bank on the TTC ever being this fun.
But it would sure help gain some brownie points
for all the grief they give us on the regular.

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Trams in Budapest!




Monday, June 9, 2014

truly neon - Hong Kong

Any article that features Hong Kong in any capacity
attracts my immediate attention. Not only because
Hong Kong relates to me as home but also because
through all my travels,
no other city has been more fascinating.


You can practically smell the culture, the crafts, and the undeniable
ants-like dedication in engrained in so much of its population.

As a child, I remember getting off the plane and knowing immediately
that I was in Hong Kong: the tunnels, the chatter and
the bright neon lights radiating the streets.
The Chinese Palace Nightclub. Once located on Nathan Road in the Jordan District.
NEONSIGNS.HK
is an online exhibit that's dedicated to the iconic pieces
that made/make Hong Kong. With LED replacements and
new regulations abandoning them due to light pollution this
online exhibition documents the city's fingerprints of neon lights
in an attempt to preserve the feeling of this city's urban landscape.
Neon Map of Key signage

How can an old craftsman, in a world where their art is diminishing
NOT pull on all of your heartstrings.


Launched by M+ Museum this is their 7th mobile project using
the power of crowd sourcing to complete a collection that
would otherwise be terribly difficult to capture.

The project runs till JUNE 30,2014 if you're in Hong Kong
be sure to contribute with the hashtag #HKNEON


NEONSIGNS.HK
 by: M+ Museum



 

Friday, May 16, 2014

the only china i'll ever want to own.

Calamityware horrifying bluechina plates 

Traditional dinner plates are just no fun.
IF I was to ever have one of those walls with plates all over it
I want it to be these:
Sea Monsters and Robots causing a ruckus and all.
 
 by: Don Moyer  with Calamityware

Thursday, May 15, 2014

how to imagine France.

This photographer snapped 25 very playful takes
through the romantic country.

Each photograph has a dose of surrealism and dash of humor leaving
all of us ashamed of the lame photos we take on vacation.



"We discovered new cities and monuments and we had to create our own stories about them. We spent time in museums that were empty! We enjoyed having an entire castle to ourselves starting at 7am to see the sun come up. That seems crazy when I write about that today. "

The Water Mirror , Bordeaux
The MuCEM, Marseilles
The Royal Chateau de Blois

The Palais de Papes, Avignong
The Chateau du Clos-Luce
Gare Saint Sauver, Lille
Chateau de Thoiry
Pic Du Midi
The Thermes du Mont-Dore, Auvergne
Opera Royal of Versailles
The Pont du Gard
Chateau du Haut- Koenigsbourg
The Citadel of Besancon
The Cite of Carcassonne
The Palais de Papes, Avignon

'ImagineFrance'
by: Maia Flore














Wednesday, May 14, 2014

fru-fru.

I have never had proper appreciation for 
"old world charm".
I find it often too "fru-fru" if you will and
it's often an over bombardment of gold if you will.

However, with this whole "old is new" phenomenon
comingback and hitting harder than ever.
I'm starting to seesome executions
that actually tickle my old soul I never
even knew I had.

 

'LIZA' 
is a lavishly decked out restaurant resembling
a luxurious historical apartment. 

The walls were previously the
'Abdallah Bustros Palace' in East Beirut.
The traditional Lebanese home layout has been kept
bringing the old 19th century home back to life.




''We did not get obsessive about the design …..Everything is a bit tongue in cheek; delightful and somewhat impish.'

The features were of the artist Idarica Gazzoni's unique Arjumand wallpapers.
These grace the walls like frescoes found in traditional royal palaces.
These wallpapers bring us back in time,
reminding us of the original intents of each these rooms.

''Every room stands alone and yet plays a part in the bigger composition. LIZA Beirut is welcoming, inviting…moments are savoured and prolonged…LIZA Beirut feels like a place where one wishes to live.''










'LIZA'  @ East Beirut
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Interiors by: Maria Ousseimi
Lighting by: JVL StudioTableware, corner bar & decorative objects by: Orient 499

 (the brand composes of LIZA Paris, L DE LIZA sandwich bar, LIZA CHEZ VOUS catering service and MEZZA LIA delivery service.  CANTINE LIZA is due to open in Paris this coming spring @ the Galerie Lafayette)
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