Everything Old is New Again

I am appreciative of the attention to detail in this Italian restaurant. Merging the old world with the new, from the flag poles that fly the local news, to the booths, that with a simple mechanical turn of the table can go from an intimate seating for one to friendship for two. Function, form, and beautiful design. Once lost, now found, simplicity is here to stay. -tM

Photography: Mariell Lind

Chandelier Exploits

 Film: Diasies, 1966 | Vera Chytilova

Film: Diasies, 1966 | Vera Chytilova

This is my mood going into the weekend. There is a thrill that the week is over and the freedom of letting go of routine approaches.  

Each day is filled with infinite possibilities, but there is something about the weekend that makes us put this plausibility into action. 

Happy Weekend everyone! May your chandelier exploits elevate and motivate. -tM

Cravings

"Loving is a journey with water and with stars, with smothered air and abrupt storms of flour: loving is a clash of lightning-bolts and two bodies defeated by a single drop of honey." - Pablo Neruda

Artist: Cy Twombly

There is opposition and struggle even in love.  A force so great, that if willing, allows you the opportunity to become more then what you are, by inclusion. -tM

Peace

 Cinematography: Le Mepris, 1963

Cinematography: Le Mepris, 1963

The letting go that comes a long with the warm weather reminds us that most of the time all we really need to heal  is sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet.

Who needs the spa when you make the time to dip your feet into the water, and allow space for balance in your life. -tM

Hold Your Moment

“I look back on those days and regret none of it, not the risks, not the shame, not the total lack of foresight. The lyric cast of the sun, the teeming fields with tall plants nodding away under the intense mid afternoon heat, the squeak of our wooden floors, or the scrape of the clay ashtray pushed ever so lightly on the marble slab that used to sit on my nightstand. I knew that our minutes were numbered, but I didn't dare count them, just as I knew where all this was headed, but I didn't care to read the signposts. This was a time when I intentionally failed to drop bread crumbs for my return journey; instead, I ate them. He could turn out to be a creep; he could change me or ruin me forever, while time and gossip might ultimately disembowel everything we shared and trim the whole thing down till nothing but fish bones remained. I might miss this day, or I might do far better, but I'd always know that on those afternoons in my bedroom I had held my moment.” 
  - André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name

Sometimes you have to let your heart take the lead, no matter how foolish or impetuous the decision. Life is built on moments of exploration and bravery. In the attempt to act out our desires we also free ourselves of any conjectures. -tM

 

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, as there was no 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: Take a Closer Look

 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