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Mixology (25)

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I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas. – Helmut Newton

This Notebook That Room

Room: Botanical illustrations made from reproductions circa the 1700’s on the wallpaper at the Carolus Linnaeus Swedish estate.  The spectacularly beautiful Swedish countryside, characterized by sweeping coastline, sheltering forest, and historic townships, is the setting for the equally spectacular tradition of residences, Swedish residences. Photographs by Ingalill Snitt via The Swedish House. / Notebook: The Medium Strawberry Thief fabric notebook from the Liberty London collection features a print fabric cover, yellow elastic fastening and ruled ivory pages with Liberty logo footers via Liberty London.

This Notebook That Room2

Room: A mod, mod living room with black & white wallpaper, West Elm Hive Vases, a glossy white lacquer low cabinet, a white Parsons end tables and yellow & gray rug ala Josef Albers geometry. Images from Haus Interiors.  / Notebook: A black and white notebook created by Lanvin featuring an original Alber Elbaz print at the front and back cover. The book includes 88 pages, from FarFetch, L’Eclaireur, Paris, France.

This Notebook That Room

Room: A splash of Scandinavian decor under the eaves proves to be a zen space for a study. A book’s spine provides pops of color, the file cabinet keeps the space bright, and the stool can fit an unexpected friend. Clean, simple and modern. Photography by Espen Grønli via Design Milk. / Notebook: The paper nuts at Postalco produce a rainbow of nifty notebooks! Based in Japan but hailing from Brooklyn, the stationery experts provide unlimited ways to tote your notes and store your sketches! Made with A7 metal springs, graph paper and a printed cover. Note that all pads are assorted, at random, and specific colorways cannot be chosen via Opening Ceremony.

So much is kept in a little notebook…

Keren / The Walkup

Mixology (21)

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In honor of New York Bridal Week when Spring/Summer 2013 collections and couture dresses of tulles, chiffons, silks and lace are viewed, I present to you wedding white mixology. The biggest names in bridal this year are Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Marchesa, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra and Alfred Angelo. Are you mermaid style or a princess? I personally have never tried on a dress nor never really imagined myself in a white hot creation (not even the girlish fantasies). Perhaps my history lends itself more to cream…

Monique Lhuillier - Spring 2013

Dress: Textured lace gown by Monique Lhuillier. / Room: Fluffy white linens meet flowing white canopy headdress in this dreamscape of white. Flirty, feminine and bright, found here.

Banderole Gown by BHLDN

Dress: Banderole Gown by BHLDN with a silhouette fitted through bodice and hips. The gossamer three-quarter sleeves and tiers of pure silk chiffon unfurl from empire waist to toe. / Room: Waterfall Ruffle Curtain from Urban Outfitters in dusty pink dresses up a bare white room with spartan furnishings and still adds a touch of opulence. 

Tony Ward Couture 2013

Room: White based room with minimal midcentury features and sharp geometric shapes.  The yarn ball light fixture can be made here. Original image link found via Pinterest and broken! Sorry! / Dress: Tony Ward Couture 2013, Freesia – a column dress with rectangle draping and texture juxtaposition, found here.

Concrete Jungle

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Concrete is a composite construction material composed primarily of aggregate, cement and water. Technically speaking, concrete is a heterogenous mixture that has several variations – it’s recipe can include sand, ash, pumice, silica, quicklime, pozzolanic ash, crushed limestone, and crushed granite (to name a few). The chemical process in which concrete solidifies and dries is actually (and ironically) called hydration. The substance and invention actually date from the Roman Empire – indeed the word comes from the Latin word “concretus” (meaning compact or condensed).  Apparently though, after the fall of the Roman Empire this technology became extremely scarce and all but forgotten until the 18th century – that’s thousands of years people!  HOW does something like that happen? The romans used the substance to shape domes, aqueducts, and archways. Several concrete bathhouses still stand from the era. That seems pretty advanced for the time period – and yet POOF! The discovery just disappears.

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In the town of Zwickau, Germany, concrete architecture peppers the rivers. Image found HERE. 

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Brutalism was an architectural style that flourished in Critics of the style find in the 1950’s to the mid 1970’s. Many viewers found it unappealing due to its “cold” appearance, projecting an atmosphere of totalitarianism (this was the Cold War, folks). Others were upset that the material of concrete was used in residential areas as it lent itself easily to urban decay and graffiti.  Alison and Peter Smithson (British architects) coined the term in 1953, from the French béton brut, or “raw concrete”, a phrase used by Le Corbusier to describe the poured board-marked concrete with which he constructed many of his post-World War II buildings. To learn more about the styles origins, go HERE. 

Concrete is extremely susceptible to environmental damage. The mixes tensile strength can be damaged by wetness, sea water, freezing, and erosion. Today we have a bevy of materials that can hinder this process – however in the ancient days of yore – the Egyptians, and subsequently the Romans, learned to add horse-hair to the mixture in order to stop cracking.

A concrete wall becomes the new neutral. 

Reflective, glossy, air, and bright. Concrete becomes a minimal lover’s landscape. LicenseCopyright All rights reserved by Stebbi.

Concrete floors found in the Dutch Mountains, image via Design Milk HERE.

Brutal concrete stairs via Sisters Agency, HERE.

Sideboards by Eric Degenhardt for Böwer, image found HERE.

As far as being a decorative material, concrete actually can come in colors other than a drab grey! It all depends on the initial mix. Concrete even takes to staining, just like wood! The rock is also extremely energy efficient because it does not allow air seepage (like wooden house frames) – it can help to insulate and keep a building’s temperature constant.

A modern and white space complete with burnished and sleek concrete floors. The material takes on a natural and calming quality. Image found via House to Home, HERE.

This Spanish abode is 1/3 rustic cottage, 1/3 bohemian, 1/3 brutalist minimalism. Image found HERE.

Concrete loft in the West Village, NYC. Bricks, Concrete, Plastic, and Wood mingle in this airy space. Embrace materials. Found HERE. 

For the record, there is an abstractionist art movement called “concrete art”. It was first introduced by Theo van Doesburg in his “Manifesto of Concrete Art” (1930) – it has NOTHING to do with the rock mixture and EVERYTHING to do with casting off the strictures of interpretation. The art form aims to be devoid of symbolic influences or implications, in this way it is a concrete thought, not able to be read. Also affected by the varied uses of the word, “concretism”, is a practice of poetry wherein the visual arrangement of words form a pattern on the page are more importance than phonetic aesthetic. Oh the joys of the English language, etymology, and homonyms!

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