Living Inspirations

A corner of  my living room. Enjoy!

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My Ercol Tables

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I love Ercol Furnitures. It is a fact.

I got my pebble tables on Ebay, pure vintage shopping these days.

Ercol pebble tables have been a classic since they came out, and recently they have been selling a lot in Japan and Korea, making it so difficult to bid on a original vintage piece.

Their design is so pure and delicate, yet robust and with character, a true classic.

And how cool are these brass candles?

Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road is the world renown largest antique market.

The setting is very picturesque and photogenic, and movie Notting Hill made it widely known to all of us.

Although the market gets very packed on Saturdays, it is really the only time to appreciate the 1000 dealers that populate the road  with their stalls. And anyways, who likes to wander around in an empty market after all?

Tiffany Silverware (Accessories #2)

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One of my favourites, needless to say, it’s quite a classic.

The Tiffany ring. Yes, it’s always on my finger, and I quite love it.

Do you like it?

Made in China (Shanghai)

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These ceramics are so beautiful that I totally felt in love and made me run and sign up to ceramic classes. Don’t think that what I produced was as nearly as nice.

This one I bought in Shanghai, in Moganshan art district. Made in China for ceramics is totally a thumb up, but I was generally quite surprised to see how the quality of other design or clothing items from China has improved in the last few years.

What do you think?

Peter Zumthor and Therme Vals- Architectural Stories #2

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I will try to explain in words what pictures don’t do, specially when we are dealing with Peter Zumthor work.

Peter himself does not like books or photos to describe his buildings, as in effect we are talking about sensations and experiences.

Its architecture is simple: mass and voids. When we put down the materials, then we start talking, whispering or even singing: stone and water. How many forms or smells or colors can water take?

In Vals water comes on any possible form, be it vapor, snow, ice and drops. And even color and smell have their character, from pools of flower to ferrous pools.

And about stone itself, well it can be cold, oh so very cold, or warm and almost hot. Light can shine on it and reflect as a mirror, or it can get as dark as the bottom of a pit.

Get there in winter to enjoy the Therms at their best, and make sure you order plenty of cheese fondue and spatzli in one of the restaurants on the way back.

Irving Penn- When exposure was the only Photoshop

Irvin penn- balenciaga Sleeve, Paris 1950

Irving Penn was a true photographer with style.

His black and white silhouettes were like a very neat hand sketch. Very few bold lines, the rest was light and shadows.

Really, how cool are these pictures? I can’t stop watching them, so simple yet so full of details.

Just a quote that made me think:

“I think that b&w pictures are intrinsically finer than colour. I think that I have never seen a really great colour photograph.”

All pictures by Irving Penn (1917-2009)

The Serpentine Gallery and Sou Fujimoto

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Every year The Serpentine Galley invites one of the StarArchitect who still has not completed a project in the UK to build a temporary pavilion in Hyde Park.

Japanese Sou Fujimoto was The Chosen One for 2013.

Fujimoto reinvented the clouds, designing an ethereal steel structure that dissolves in the air. Perhaps to give people the thrilling sensation of walking in the clouds, he made the structure accessible to public, so that visitors can climb up and enjoy the breeze of Kensington Garden.

Little Georgia- Food stories #1

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Little Georgia is a charming restaurant set in a quiet corner of Angel.

Top dishes are blini- the georgian salty crepes- and cheese bread is to die for.

Wine list is well above the standards and the owner suggested a very refreshing Tvishi white wine.

After our delicious mezes and a glass of wine or two, we ordered traditional georgian coffee. Curious little thing: one of the very stylish owner reads the future our of your empty coffee cup.