FUTURISTIC GLANCES 2

Dear bloguers,

as a suggestion for your evening, I leave you with a roll of great scientific fiction movies. Because futuristic architecture and cinema cross when about projecting  fantastic scenarios and other realities.

Can you imagine how world will look like in 2050?

Metropolis, Fritz Lang

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FUTURISTIC GLANCES 1

I’m feeling a little bit revivalist these days!… After Morris I would like to introduce you another illustrator, that I didn’t know before I stumbled on his illustrations by accident, this morning. In a few seconds I felt in love by his work! And I’ll bet you will too!

His name is Charles Schridde. He’s an american painter and illustrator known by its precision and realistic detail.  He became famous with his magnificent series of Motorola ads in 1961-62.  As basic require for an telecommunication enterprise, he focused his work on futuristic and appealing visions.

Looking to his illustrations with the distance of our times, we can understand the romanticism put in publicity that we can’t find anymore. Today’s publicity explores other parts of our brain and desires, it’s more voracious and intelligent. Maybe that’s why I feel nostalgic looking to this pictures.

Wonderful architecture, great panoramic, beautiful homes, happy couples, the future coming in our houses in harmony with the present…

MORRIS PRINTS

William Morris, born in 24 March 1834 was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and Utopian socialist associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement.

With his creative genius, he helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, and was a direct influence on postwar authors such as J.R. R Tolkien (Lord of the Rings trilogy). He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production.

William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1887

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PANTONEMANIA

Today I bought this “book”. Lovely isn’t it? Do you know what it is? A Pantone box with 100 postcards, each one with different colour and tone. It will be very helpful to me!

In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. 

Pantone has since expanded its color matching system concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint. Today, the PANTONE Name is known worldwide as the standard language for accurate color communication, from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, across a variety of industries. Pantone continues to develop color communication and inspirational tools, and aggressively adopts new digital technology to address the color needs of the creative community everywhere.”

http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx

Dued to its reputation in the creative bussiness, this brand took over as a real trend! It extrapolated the graphic world to equipment and interior design, fashion, horology…

 

…even in food!!!

As you see Pantone is a trend to stay!

See you tomorrow! ; )

PETS

When thinking of ways to reduce stress in life, usually techniques like meditation, yoga and sport come to mind. These are great techniques, to be sure. But getting a new best friend can also have many stress relieving and health benefits. Research shows that, unless you’re someone who really dislikes animals or is absolutely too busy to care for one, pets can provide excellent social support, stress relief and other health benefits—perhaps more than people!

Here are more health benefits of pets:

Pets Can Improve Your Mood:
For those who love animals, it’s virtually impossible to stay in a bad mood when a pair of loving puppy eyes meets yours, or when a super-soft cat rubs up against your hand. Research supports the mood-enhancing benefits of pets.

Pets Control Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs:
Yes, it’s true. While ACE inhibiting drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they aren’t as effective on controlling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension. However, in a recent study, groups of hypertensive New York stockbrokers who got dogs or cats were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t get pets.

 

Pets Encourage You To Get Out And Exercise:
Whether we walk our dogs because they need it, or are more likely to enjoy a walk when we have companionship, dog owners do spend more time walking than non-pet owners, at least if we live in an urban setting. Because exercise is good for stress management and overall health, owning a dog can be credited with increasing these benefits.

Pets Can Help With Social Support:
When we’re out walking, having a dog with us can make us more approachable and give people a reason to stop and talk, thereby increasing the number of people we meet, giving us an opportunity to increase our network of friends and acquaintances, which also has great stress management benefits.

Pets Stave Off Loneliness and Provide Unconditional Love:
Pets can be there for you in ways that people can’t. They can offer love and companionship, and can also enjoy comfortable silences, keep secrets and are excellent snugglers. And they could be the best antidote to loneliness. In fact, research shows that nursing home residents reported less loneliness when visited by dogs than when they spent time with other people! All these benefits can reduce the amount of stress people experience in response to feelings of social isolation and lack of social support from people.

Pets Can Reduce Stress—Sometimes More Than People:
While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend who’s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present! (This may be partially due to the fact that pets don’t judge us; they just love us.)

 

It’s important to realize that owning a pet isn’t for everyone. Pets do come with additional work and responsibility, which can bring its own stress. However, for most people, the benefits of having a pet outweigh the drawbacks. Having a furry best friend can reduce stress in your life and bring you support when times get tough.

Sources:

Evenson RJ, Simon RW. Clarifying the Relationship Between Parenthood and Depression. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. December 2005.

IDEA # 4 MODULAR CRAFTS IN FELT

As a design lover, I have a special passion for great things based on simple ideas, or contrariwise! Simple things based on great ideas! Things like low tech objects, that doesn’t need many ressources to make a practical (and nice!) result.

Today I brought you a genius concept based in origami construction, to create a surface in felt. It’s low cost, washable and easy to do! With this matrix you can do trivets, coasters, rugs and other stuff… Take a look…

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Learn how to do this one here:

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/03/modular-felt-coaster-tutorial.html

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Learn how to do this one here:

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-modular-felt-trivet.html

You just need to cut it right and start to build up your fabric!

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Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

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I love this one, just perfect!:

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And just when I was ending this post I’ve found this fantastic design company Crafted Systems that works specifically this technique. Here you can find not just rugs but also chandeliers, vessels and pannels. Click here if you want to see more:

http://www.crafted-systems.com/

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DECORATE WITH FRAMES

Today’s idea is dedicated to empty boring walls- Let’s decorate with  frames compositions!

Cheap and original, this idea will give a personal touch to your walls. Everything is valid to be framed, since photos, drawings, posters, publicity, old casual objects…Give wings to your imagination. And if imagination is missing you today, here are some inspirations… Enjoy! ; )

… with a vintage style…

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NATURAL SCENTS

Just looking to this picture below I can feel the odor of the room: the fresh scent of flowers! As you know, the first impression that we have when we enter in a room, is not only visual, but also olfactive. Does your house smells good?!

Today I’ll give you the 5 MUST HAVE air freshners. And forget about “Ambipur” , “Febrise” and other chemical and unhealthy products. Today is just about ECOlogic and ECOnomic tips to make your own home fragrances.

1) FRESH FLOWERS

Not a mystery. A nice bouquet of  fresh roses, jacarandas, camellias, hibiscus, magnolias, geraniums, violets, jasmine, orchids,  lilies… make the difference in a room.

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CONVERSATION CHAIRS

The other day I saw a conversation chair in a shoe’s store and I thought to myself how long I didn’t see a chair like that. Actually, they are not very common, but I think they have a cute (and confortable, I may say) concept. This object is really an human relationships encourager. I don’t know the origins, but I could bet that this kind of chair appeared in the Moulin Rouge Era to induce the famous tête-a-tête! ; )

 

STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN

Stairs: an architectonic element designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances called steps.

There is an immense variety of forms, shapes and dimensions of stairways. Today I’ll leave you the most particular ones I ever seen. Some can be frightening because of the high, the absence of balustrades or the sensation of instability and unbalance (I doubt I could climb all those ones) but one thing is sure, they are all beautiful! : )

Let’s up!

Some appear to be form above function, more sculptures and design than building elements to be used. But don’t take it personally; stairways are to architects what shoes are to women!

And stairways have an advantage comparing to shoes; there’s an ergonomic formula to calculate the dimensions in way to assure the comfort of the user. No sore feet! ; )

Finally, as usually, here are some practical ideas to take advantage of the dead space under the staircases for storage, without the typical brooms closet or Harry Potter’s tiny room…

And my thought after compiling this blog is: oh god, my staircase is so booooring!…

See you tomorrow!

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