Swimming Pool Culture

For those of us not fortunate enough to live by the ocean or a lake, pool culture, especially in the late 70's to early 90's, was our way of dipping into an entirely new movement. Life was cool by the pool, public or private, it was a place to lounge, show off our bodies, flirt, and if you were a kid, to be independent of worry for getting in trouble for the decibel level with which you chose to exert your freedom at.

It was a place of mental and social relaxation, a cultural smorgasbord, which translated into a space of liberty where you were at ease to talk to others from all walks of life.

Something happens when we gather around water, it's as if we know that life is bigger then us, our defence's seem to take a back seat as we begin to move to the rhythm and pulse of its spirit.

Life is better by the pool, it's sexier, it's easier, and at times even chicer. -tM 

Photography: Vogue, 1978; Unknown, 1960, 1978

Poetry

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Til then my windows ache

 

Matilde, where are you? Down there I noticed, 
under my necktie and just above the heart, 
a certain pang of grief between the ribs, 
you were gone that quickly. 

I needed the light of your energy, 
I looked around, devouring hope. 
I watched the void without you that is like a house, 
nothing left but tragic windows. 

Out of sheer taciturnity the ceiling listens
to the fall of the ancient leafless rain, 
to feathers, to whatever the night imprisoned: 

so I wait for you like a lonely house
till you will see me again and live in me. 
Till then my windows ache. 

Pablo Neruda

In life and in hope there are certain windows that will remain perpetually open. -tM

Photography: Unknown | Italy

The Power of Architecture: Louis Kahn

Louis Kahn is amazing at merging architectural modernism with ancient elements without losing the innovation of contemporary design.

His interest in symmetry draws the viewers eye to the centre of his design and beyond. He is a master at playing with light and shadow. The Salk Institute fountain above aligns with the sun at both the autumnal and vernal equinox. Khan's symmetry makes space for ancient world balance, and focus in our lives. It is a reminder that we are part of a larger existence. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to his work. 

He was a monumental architect, he looked to civilizations past for inspiration. After a trip to Rome he wrote, “I finally realize that the architecture of Italy will remain as the inspirational source of the works of the future…those who don’t see it that way ought to look again. Our stuff looks tiny compared to it.” There was always a clear reference in his work to the ancient buildings he admired.

When he died in 1974 he was one of the most celebrated architects in the United States, and to this day he has remained deeply influential on restoring beauty back into architecture. -tM

Photography: Unknown

Paths

 Photography: André Pillay | Paths

Photography: André Pillay | Paths

There shouldn't be regrets, there are just different paths to live,

and there within also lays the beauty of life and experience.

In a world that is beginning to look and feel the same no matter where you choose to call home, thank goodness our choices still remain different. It is part of what continues to shape humanity and collectively moves us toward one another whether we realize it or not. -tM

Fortune: Some pursue happiness; you create

 Design: Hanna Stenstrom and Jennie Aden | Fortuna

Design: Hanna Stenstrom and Jennie Aden | Fortuna

Fortune cookie inspired, crack it open from the side and you can even use it as storage.

The little tag translated means "big in words" or "full of hot air" in Swedish.  

Fun and functional. -tM

Cinematic Mood

 Photography: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Photography: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

I am in a romantic mood. Perhaps it's because every Friday I find inspiration in the promises of freedom that only a weekend can bring.

A slower pace of existence, one that allows space for a lingering embrace and glaces that are more intimate then words will ever be. -tM

Back to Back

 Photography: AD France Magazine

Photography: AD France Magazine

I love the functionality of this room. It works as both a formal and informal space. The table can be used in a formal dining setting or as an informal desk/breakfast nook where one can partake in their morning coffee and paper rituals with just a removal of a chair or two.

The two sofa's back to back act as a natural yet subtle space divider with no abrupt disruption to design. The eye roams and the energy flows.

Back to back, yet with no opposition, this room works on so many levels and is an impressive example of how smart design inspires good living. -tM

The Three Accent Pillars

The three pillars of every religion have found their artistic expression in these three accent pillars/walls which can be seen from every room and vantage point in this modern Mongolian apartment. What a brilliant and artistic way to add sculptural allure and modernist sheen to a space.

Ancient allure meets modern aesthetic. -tM

Photography: Ha Da | Yatzer

Green with Envy

There  is marble on top of marble on top of...in this chic Tuscan Villa/summer home.

The successful use of marble in the architecture and design of this home is all about proportion and volume. The colour also blends into the surrounding landscape, making it an extension of its environment. 

What a beautiful visual inspiration and escape from a pale city winter.

Designer: Vincenzo De Cotiis | Photography: Ambroise Tezenas for AD Magazine

At the Heart of it All

Cuba is food for the blighted soul. 

Cuban people have such a strong sense of humanity, life isn't defined by the individual but by the quality of exchange that takes place between people and their communities.

Each time I return home from Cuba I reminded of the importance of connection and how at the truth of it all, very little is needed to make a life worth living. -tM

Photography: Javier Arcenillas; Dan Cohen; Tomas Munita; David Bush; Sabiano Parente