EASTER TOUCH

After a long and wonderful holiday week, la machine à habiter comes back with some seasonal inspirations!

EASTER is a millennial ritual to celebrate the concept of change and renovation. In the religious approach, the Christian commemorate Christ’s Resurrection and the Jewish celebrate the Passover, the release and the escape of enslaved Jews in Egypt. In the pagan approach, “Easter” has its etymological origins in Ishtar or Eostre, a Fenian and a Germanic goddesses, respectively, related to spring and fertility.

That’s why flowers, eggs, nests, birds, bunnies and other natural elements pop up in our mind when we think about Easter decoration.

Besides these beautiful symbologies, I think it is general, we all feel the longer days, the warmer sun and the arrival of flowers acting directly in our state of minds. Everything changes not only in spring, but it is in this season where we all feel closer to renovation, so take this time to make a refresh not only material but also spiritual.

Have a sweet and happy Easter!

 

 

 

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IDEA #3 envelope

Hello everybody!

Today I bring a new idea that  is definitely in my “to do list”: a leather envelope phone/glasses case.

Very functional and with a look very clean an minimal (as I love).

All the instructions needed to do it, you can find them here:

http://www.swellmayde.com/2011/08/diy-envelope-cell-phone-case.html

I’ll leave you just a eyeblink, to see how easy it is! And can be easier if made in felt or cardboard, so give it a try! I’ll definitely will!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEIGHBOURS 2

In memory of my roman house 2010.

Yes, it’s true: In order to have a peaceful life we all must have to be good neighbours. As granny says, we all get what we give!

In an auto analysis I see myself as a good neighbour: I know my duties and my rights, I’m quiet and respectful, always friendly and available to help, etc. But I already had some bad experiences. I think that is a common problem for people living in apartments. (Nothing like my countryside unifamiliar house! )

What shall we do in that situations? Wiser advices would be to have pacience, to keep it cool,  to be reasonable, to have a “little talk” with the disturbers, bla bla bla

But in particular cases p.e. when you’re locked in the lift and you scream for help and your floor neighbour comes just to tell you to shut up because you’re making too much noise, and  it’s 11 p.m and she works the following day, and she won’t do nothing to help you, I swear I could become that dog (last post) and shit her front door!!

Done… ; )

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IDEA #2 sculptural paper chandelier

Tired of your paper ball lantern that you bought because it was cool and cheap, but  now  it’s vulgar and boring?

I have an idea that you will definitely should try!

Cute, isn´t it?! It appears to be very expensive and made by a design master but it was not! ; )

So here are the steps to achieve this look:

Materials:

  • 100–125  white standard-sized paper cupcake liners
  • 100–125  vertically striped petit fours papers
  • (1) 45–50 cm diameter white paper lantern
  • hot glue gun
  • 1 Hemma Cord for lighting

 

Step 1: Assemble the lantern and place it top up in a wide, shallow bowl to act as a base.

 

Step 2: Put a small dot of hot glue on the backside of a white cupcake liner. Starting about 3/5 cm from the wire ring at the top of the lantern, place the cupcake liner on the lantern and press until it is attached.

 

Step 3: Continue around the ring, spacing the papers so that the circular bases are approximately 2 cms apart, allowing the outer edges to merge and shape.

Apply the cupcake papers around the lantern in rings until you are 3/4 of the way down, and then flip the lantern over and gently place it back in the bowl, top side down.

Complete the underside, and fill in the bottom so that the papers cover the base opening.

 

Step 4: Begin applying the petit fours papers, centering them inside each white paper. Three-quarters of the way up the lantern, flip it top side up. Complete the top side.

 

Step 5: Go back through, gently manipulating the outer papers to an organic shape.

 

Step 7: Drop a light in, and voilà!

An idea by Heather Jennings in http://www.poppyhaus.com/

THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW

Dear readers,

I have the pleasure to present you… the future in 1949!

Enjoy!

WOOD ADDICTION

I admit, I’m a wood addicted… I love the look, the texture and the smell of wooden things. As a natural and important resource of humanity, wood always has been in our homes, from structural elements to furniture and other domestic accessories.

 

 

 

Before plastic appear, wood was the main material in equipment design. It required handy crafted artisans and things were made with love. Then the massive production arrived and the chinese plastic took it all… But the trends go around and come around, and now we can see the wood’s comeback in many things we couldn’t imagine before… The concept it may be a little bit kitsch, but nevertheless… it’s beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

HUMAN NESTS

Passing the vernacular and its proximity to natural forms, it follows an example of a contemporary design project that was inspired by the concept of  birds nest.

Personally I founded the idea pretty good, so I thought I should share this with you. Low-tech 1 – High-tech 0

See you tomorrow.

Peace & Love!

ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT ARCHITECTS

Most contemporary creative disciplines suffers the myth of the sole genius, icons and superstars.  It is particularly pronounced in architecture, where the image of the visionary architect endures as the gold standard of the discipline’s success.

In 1964, Bernard Rudofsky, an american writer, architect, designer, collector, educator, designer, and social historian examined a whole other side of architecture in the book Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non- Pedigreed Architecture— a fascinating lens on vernacular architecture, exploring both its functional value and its artistic richness, with a focus on indigenous tribal structures and ancient dwellings.

 

Underground city near Tungkwan (China)

Rudofsky peels the pretense of architecture from the creative and utilitarian acts of building to reveal a kind of vernacular, communal architecture embodying a timeless art form that springs from the intersection of human intelligence, necessity, and collective creativity.

Cliff dwellings of the Dogon tribe (Sudan)

The structures in Architecture without Architects reveal a kind of purposeful, iterative, social design process that, while dating back centuries and originating in primitive cultures, offers a powerful parallel to contemporary collaborative creation.

Marrakech (Morocco)

Hyderabad, Sind (Pakistan)

Cappadoccia (Turkey)

“I believe that sensory pleasure should take precedence over intellectual pleasure in art and architecture.” Bernard Rudofsky

CITY MADE OF PEOPLE

Because I miss the show world as a gymnast, today I’ll leave you with one  fantastic project of PILOBOLUS. Here it is the proof that the city is made of people, a machine made of human flesh. ; )

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