All posts tagged: architecture

Collage of Instagram images

Instagram Love

This week I thought I’d highlight some favourite Instagrammers who have gathered some serious following and for good reason. If you don’t know of them already, I’d check them out for a dose of photographic inspiration and good old creativity. Images from top left to right: @meanwhileinnowhere Swedish photographer ‘Wall Hunter’ posts only images of exteriors and walls. If you love a bit of architectural symmetry then this is one to follow. @scanwiches is a refreshing, side-view look at all sorts of different sandwiches, set against a backdrop of black by Jon Chonko. Stylish and appetite-inducing. @thefatjewish by The Fat Jew prescribes to humour and nothing but. I love this one of the beagle giving its owner ‘the look’. All dog owners have had it. @mattcrump who specialises in only the candy-coloured. Eye candy, real candy, candy pastels, candy filters … Matt does it all and, boy, does it make you feel happy. @sfawnd for something more subdued and monochrome by photographer and stylist Fawn DeViney. Beautiful, restful images.    

In the home: interiors and homewares inspiration

In The Home Link Love

Today’s link love is all about transformation: from churches to homes, wires to words, walls to kitchens, apartments to vertigo and bubble men to pot plants. Images from left to right: An amazing restoration of an empty church into a family home in Chicago by architects Linc Thelan. Stained glass windows never looked so good. When you see the photos, you’ll wish you lived in a church. Found at Fubiz. If you’re not scared of heights, then this apartment could well be for you. Believe it or not, it’s at the top of a ski jump in Norway. A really, really long ski jump! See more at The Sunday Chapter. ‘Plus que parfait’: Looking for some unique artwork? How about this very clever wire shadow art-cum-sculpture by Fred Eerdekens? More than perfect, I say. Discover more at Fubiz. If you like to keep your kitchen hidden away, then this simple but stunning design is the one to go for. Looking like a beautiful copper wall, at the click of a switch it opens up to reveal a kitchen. …

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Photo Essay | Northern Spain

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll have noticed my Spanish sojourn and over the next couple of weeks I thought I’d share with you some of what I saw. Starting in Bilbao at the northern tip of Spain in the Basque region, the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry takes centre stage and must be visited, even if you only see the exterior and none of the modern art exhibitions inside. Artist Jeff Koons’ gigantic Puppy sculpture made entirely from living flowers announces your arrival with all the fanfare of a summer party. When I visited there was a retrospective exhibition on Jeff Koons’ wacky modern art such as this giant cerise Balloon Dog as part of his ‘Celebration’ series. More Jeff Koons’ shiny, happy installations. If you can’t get enough of Frank Gehry’s architecture pay a visit or, even better, stay at the Hotel Marques de Riscal in La Rioja. Set amongst the rolling vineyards of Spain’s famous wine region, the hotel, which is itself one of the oldest Rioja wineries founded in 1858, is magnificent. You can …

Architectural Pavilion for NYC Figment Festival

Upcycling for Good Reason

I may have titled this post ‘Upcycling for Good Reason’ as if some people upcycle for no good reason but it is more to highlight those who are doing it to make a bold statement or make a massive difference to others Fonderie 47 is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking of the latter group. Founded by entrepreneur Peter Thum, Fonderie 47 turns weapons of war into beautiful pieces of jewellery and statement watches. Each piece is made from parts of an AK47 and funds programs to remove such weapons from circulation, creating a safer environment for aid and development. They say they’ve destroyed more than 40,000 AK47s and other such assault rifles in Africa. Each weapon is melted down and given to different artists to work their magic. No expense is spared nor technical specifications skimped (read more on the Inversion Principle AK47 Watch as a case in point). It’s estimated about 75 illegal guns are required to make just one custom-made ring. Wow. Then there’s architects Izaskun Chinchilla from Madrid who, for the Figment NYC outdoor festival (Summer 2015), have created a …