I hate museums, I feel like they are buildings with pieces of arts constrained and caged. Its hours of looking through art you already know…but of course, every rule has its exceptions and The British Museum is mine. I know all there is to know about the courtroom refurbishment and I was more than happy to learn that I was going to visit it again.

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steel & glass

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The photo above is close up of the material used to for the greek columns. Due to my lack knowledge of materials, I can’t be exact and tell you what kind of stone it is, but I can guess and tell you that from the roughness and soldity that it had, my estimation is that its concrete. 

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The sharp contrast between modernism and classic connect so well. The open ceiling gives the courtroom a feel to the room. 

After an hour of luring over the courtroom we made our way to the building centre where a three-diomentional map of London awaited.

Posted at 4:07pm.

Let me start by saying that London was three days of purely intensed discoveries. Every time a group of friends and I walk into an interior, we begin to strip it bit by bit. I’ve come to learn a lot about materials, furniture and lighting, which exactly what I needed.

We started off with a pub that is owned by a theatre adding some high standards to it:

The Young Vic:

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Do keep in mind that this theatrical bar was a slaughter house (thanks for the info, Digger). You can pin point some of hints here and there. Brick wall, concrete floor, high ceilings, oddly, I can imagine it as a slaughter house.

I cannot say I did not enjoy the ambiance of the pub. The lighting was spectacular.

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They acted just as a guide would, showing off the best parts of the pub. Especially the wall seen on the picture above. If there is anything I absolutely admire, it is a wall coming to life. It certainly adds a sense of originality into the pub. Transitional furniture is what they went for, which blends in perfectly with the theme colors of the pub. (light brown, red, grey, dark brown) 

However, what doesn’t impress me much is that I do feel like I’ve seen it before. As a foreigner, I can certainly say that United Kingdom in general shares this taste in most of its pubs. I’ve visited Kent, Edinburgh, London and live in Glasgow. Most of the pubs I’ve been to in all four cities/towns, this organic atmosphere does seem to pop up almost everywhere. Although this can be an advantage and feel the entire country seem connected, in a sense…it would stop to surprise me or impress me when it comes to visiting a pub similar to Young Vic.

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(Images above taken from www.architecture.com )

Onwards to Citizen M:

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I absolutely adore the brick-looking structure on the wall, I did examine it further and asked around, the material I believe (and guess) is plastic, its not concrete because it wasn’t hard enough. Regardless of what it is, i love it. Truly. 

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The staircase above I believe is their signature staircase, it is found in almost all the branches (Longon, Glasgow and Amsterdam)

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This brilliant design hotel won countless awards as anew aspiring hotel. As a designer, I enjoy when there are three or two primary colors that are used instead of hundreds. The more the colors the less the interest (in my case). Fortunately, Citizen M did support my bold idea. 

Red

Black

Brown

Theme: Leading-edge. 

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And finally, the cherry on top:

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The keynote about this room is the mirror. Above most of the cafes and restaurants I’ve been to, all the ones that placed a mirror on the wall, this has been the best and easiest to admire. Its not just a simple angle-change, it is the whole process, the thought of it. Imagine the room above with a simple, ordinary, mirror planted on the wall. It wouldn’t be the same, I can garauntee it, even with all the fancy furinture in the world. it would never be the same. smart, creative and very innovative.


Posted at 9:47am.

Today I underwent two hours and a half of an intense regarding our pending ideas. Everyone printed a top plan of their current progress and talked about what they are hoping to achieve. Two hours and a half. Nevertheless, I’ll keep my mouth shut from all the complaints, because I actually got a bundle of information that is strong enough to change my entire plan. Digger, who’s birthday is today (happy happy birthday :)), suggested a fresh new idea that as usual I dismissed at first…It took a while for me to digest and undertake the plan that he drew out for me, and when it did…I was excited enough to feel the need to run back home and work on it…

Now, lets get into the design itself so I can explain what it is exactly that I will be changing: 

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You’re welcome for labelling it (if not you would have been very confused). Let me walk through this beautiful diagram so that any unnecessary confusion will be swept away…My plan, ultimate goal that I’d like to see myself achieve, is to make this room as posh/luxurious as possible, kind of like a jewelry store… Why? Well because the books I’m selling are just that. They are (or will be) old manuscripts and diaries that famous people (in the past) have written. Isn’t that just golden? I’ll be having one of the famous icons in art history, think big. no, think bigger. The smile that nobody knows the reason behind…YES. 

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Digger suggested I create an experience rather than design an actual bookstore, which regarding my manuscripts full of diamonds, makes perfect sense. He wants me to build a glass barrier that lies in the middle of the room (where the till is located) I can make that area both a storage and a display (by blocking out light and adjusting the moisture through air condition) any normal person can just come by and get hyped over the fact that they are in the same room with original words by all-time icons. 

GENUIS, props to Digger. and a mighty happy birthdayyyy 

Posted at 8:49am.

Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry (and again sorry). I’ve completely pushed you aside from my life. It is for a good cause, I’ve been working step by step with my new project and although I did warn myself to start updating a post about an update soon, I’ve completely lost track of time and here we are, almost a week and no new updates…Better sooner than later though right? so here we go…

This Bookshop has been twirling in my mind, eating me away bit by bit. I’m still stressed, over not wowing myself with my ideas. I dont feel like I lack the creativity, I feel like I lack the knowledge, the color palette, and that has been driving me crazy. This is probably occuring by the neccasity of looking through my classmates’ projects and wondering how they have no limiations whereas, I do (or at least like I feel like I do). I’m pretty sure I’ve confused you because I just confused myself. Let me back up a bit…

A few days ago I caught a glimpse on a classmate’s of mine’s project, It was a quick enough glimpse to make my heart jump. I do overstress, and I do overworry, but it is all because of the lack of knowledge, how can I walk outside the box when I can’t even see the box? How can you write a 1000 word essay on a foreign language you’ve been learning for a week now? (unless you write an essay based on a repitition of the words you do know) 

Now, the answer to the question “How” is hidden and tucked away in a place we both know we dont want to play around with, but desperate calls for desperate measures. Books.I’ll have to read more about Interiors and whatnot. Wish me luck. 

Also, pictures will be posted soon (promise).

Posted at 4:02pm.

I love books. The whole experience. Reading, thinking, its an open diary about a fictional character. You get an insight to whatever fictional world. Thankful for my luck, I’m celebrating the fresh start of new years with a new projects that revolves around this issue (yay!). I am asked to submit proposals for a city dealership in antiquarian books.

Now antiquarian can mean anything, from classical stories & poetry, to manuscripts all about the study of medicine (not really what I’d like to go with). I’m insristed to focus on history, ironic how antiquarian books will talk about history (since the books themselves are history) regardless, I am really interested in the relation of the irony so be it! Historic Antiquarian books will be my specialization! 

Posted at 10:01am.

I’ve given this a long debate in my head until I came to my decision. Do keep an open mind, I might disappoint you. Regardless, in the history of design, or better yet, in history in general it has always come between constraints and freedom, you can always go safe and say the middle ground between both battlefields is the best solution, but there is no fun in that. So here goes.

Both extremes do have pros and cons, lets start off with freedom. You can do whatever you like, however you like, with whatever you like added to it. To me, this is how freedom looks like through the eyes of an interior designer:

Missoni Hotel Edinburgh:

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Sketch Bar, London:

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With freedom you get innovative ideas, you clear your mind from the traditional thought of interior design. You are more abstract, throwing ideas and mashing them together. 

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Similar to the Pallock’s. 

The heavy side of freedom is the risk of the client. Will he/she like it? will the public? and you’re most likely to get stuck on ideas on the way the outcome. Personally, freedom blurs up my thinking completely. I worry and I would feel like I am doing everything wrong, just because I don’t have any sense of direction. Just like driving along a foggy road. 

Constraints, well it looks more like this:

ME luxury hotel, London

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Ultramodern, no doubt in that, but bold and direct. You know what the client wants, you bring it to life and you run away from dissapointments. Constraints can stop you from doing most of things that you like preferrably, but it does help with knowing what the client needs from you.


Burgundy Restaurant, Lebanon:

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Vermeer style of thinking (but in a little more up-to-date style)


My preferred field? Constraints. I loathe the awkward feel of not knowing where you are heading, it puts me in an awkward position (and although that can bring out a lot of new creativity that I didn’t know I had in me, I would much rather go with the known rather than the unknown). Its direct, and thats what I go for. Bullet pointed thoughts. 

Posted at 12:00am.

Look what I bumped into!

Stairs and ramps will never be the same again…

The new Cultural Center of Ostend ‘CC De Grote Post’, a 20 million euro transformation of the old Post Building by B-Architecten

(Source: hadrianestou)

Posted at 9:56am.

Look what I bumped into!
Stairs and ramps will never be the same again…

The new Cultural Center of Ostend ‘CC De Grote Post’, a 20 million euro transformation of the old Post Building by B-Architecten

Posted at 1:38pm.

It is aggressive experimentation

Today we had a mini-crit, all filled with awkward coughs, flaming debates and silent thoughts. Everyone had to talk about their work and being the person who never spoke her opinion, I blushed when it was my time to speak. Looking back now, I’m not that happy with what I had to show, they were quick sketches that I made to waste some time, but I did I have enough work to impress and I was happily given good feedback. I presented the drawings I posted plus four more that I haven’t posted yet (calm down, will do that soon). If I had the chance to re-do things, I would have spent more time and care on the samples that I made. My tutor, whom lets call Digger from now on, suggested that with the path I’m taking, I should create 49 images of experimentation. My initial thought was…no. But as I digested the suggestion, I told myself that I should take that risk. Being in a first year is all about walking down a questionable alleyway…will I get mugged? Will I not? Will I return home safely? Will i get ambushed? ( a bit of an extreme, but you get my point). Alright, time to get my hands dirty…

Posted at 1:36pm.

Fourth left, fifth right. 

Posted at 1:12pm.

Fourth left, fifth right. 

First drawing left, second middle, third right. 

Terrible, no?

Posted at 1:10pm.

First drawing left, second middle, third right. 

Terrible, no?

Just to put you in the mood, lets say you are a skilled florist. You plant seeds to see your beauties blume in the spring. You enjoy it, its a trait (and a skill) that defines a little bit of who you are. Now, you were asked to travel around for some meetings associated with whatever it is that you do (you are a florist by heart, not by career). After months of hopping from one contenant to the other, you finally return home, tired and a tiny bit foriegn. Your flowers now lay dead on the floor, fainted with color and thirsty for water. You tell yourself its okay, and that you’ll plant more soon. Ha ha. Why am I laughing? Because in reality, if you were to go back to that little hobby of yours after months of putting that relationship on hold, your skill shrinks in size and migrates to the back of your head, where all the rest of your unwanted memories lie. 

Unfortunately for me, I do share the same problem. Oh no, not with planting (that would be a tad out of context wouldnt it?) But with drawing. Drawing, sketching, shading and any artsy word that comes to mind that involves washing your hands after it…All shrunk.

I’ll cut the blah blah blah and get to the point. Yesterday I began with my project, my forty nine quest. I cut seven pieces of paper according to the size asked and laid out all my media in front of me to choose. I held a pencil on my right hand, placed one of the pieces of paper in front of me and finally began to draw. It was as if a constant earthquake were to happen every time the led of the pencil were to touch the paper. My sketching skills went back six years! No wait, I’m sorry, I was probably better then. It angers me. By the end of the night I had six drawings, one better than the one before it (I know improvement is so inspiring! Its cool as well….to see how one drawing is better than the one before it) Nevertheless, looks like I need to put my skill back to its place….

Aaaaaaaahh

Posted at 12:53pm.

So after closing the book for the first section of this project, we were introduced to the second. Wholeheartedly, I like this more. Instead of spending my hours in front of the laptop, I finally get to get my hand dirty from paint, glue and all sorts of things (hopefully will get a taste of what communication designers deal with on a daily basis)* Now, what I’m asked to do is create 49 pieces of drawings of my final plan for the room (where drawings can be any form of media) I have to use 7 “distinct media” and organize Them accordingly…

Now…please put your hands together, because for the first time ever, I brainstormed! I’ve got things a bit in order than usual…

Posted at 4:59pm.

Posted at 4:36pm.

Is a banana peel considered to be a media?
  • At this stage, we've been given two briefs, so my class and I still dont have the strongly-opiniantated views about eachother's work. Regardless, I chose to interview a classmate whom I believe has much potential...Internet Mara, Mara the internet...
  • What is your goal in any project? What do you want people to experience?
  • It depends on the project, but mainly, a pleasant interior that is "easy to digest", easy to move through, and not overly crowded while still being visually appealing and to anyone experiencing it.
  • how do you go about to your final product?
  • I usually brainstorm a bit at first, leave it for a while, panic a week before the deadline, five days before start cutting down on the brainstorm until i find a final solution, three days before, start making, one day before panic and no sleep while adjusting the things that i though would work and didnt to things that will and then print on the morning *laughs* (I definitely have to work on that .... )
  • why do you choose to work that way?
  • I don't, honestly.That's how i've always worked...and it just happens. I dont purposely leave it to the last minute. i just work much better under pressure and when i know i need to get it done, but i dont really like the stress involved with working like this.
  • What inspires you?
  • I don't know.. Other people's work I guess.. I read a lot of architecture and interior design magazines both online and printed so I just take from what I see there and also, just things and materials that I've used before in school and stuff.
  • What would you do differently from the previous project?
  • Try to not leave it to the last minute and be a bit more organized (the second part is sort of working)

Posted at 12:00am.