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

Exits and Entrances

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I have been thinking about exits and entrances lately, how we choose to come into this world and how we choose to go out. It is my personal belief that they are incredibly poignant and mystical moments.

I find fascination in who we choose to come through, what family we join, the lessons that will/will not be learned in this life time, and in turn how we 'choose' to exit, leaving this existence behind. Yes, it can be argued that often we do not have the choice, that what is fated is fated when it comes to death, however intrinsically I feel like in that moment we know when it is time to let go and when it is time to fight.

Essentially we are all just passing through, making this life even more noteworthy. And if this life is all just a collection of random acts and undirected moments, then the miracle of you, of us, needs to be held in the highest of regard even more so,  through all struggle, in celebration, and even in the mundanity of it all. Don't you agree?     -tM

 

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

The Deepest Desire

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We spend so much time consuming these days that now more then ever it is important for the soul to create.

It is necessary to give birth to something, if not a child, a piece of art, a song, a meal; there is a divine connection that is made through creation. We are most at peace when we foster something into existence. I think it is because as we step into ourselves we also step into our truth, and as we toil with our hands, our minds are set free.

Go within to not go without. -tM

Lovers Rock

Love continued...

I am in the wilderness
You are in the music
In the man's car next to me
Somewhere in my sadness
I know I won't fall apart completely

When I need to be rescued
And I need a place to swim
I have a rock to cling to in the storm
When no one can hear me calling
I have you I can sing to

And in all this
And in all my life

You are the lovers rock
The rock that I cling to
You're the one
The one I swim to in a storm
Like a lovers rock

I am in the wilderness
You are in the music
In the man's car next to me
Somewhere in my sadness
I know I won't fall apart completely

And in all this
And in all my life

You are the lovers rock
The rock that I cling to
You're the one
The one I swim to in a storm
Like a lovers rock

You are the lovers rock
The rock… 

Lovers Rock, Sade

A Timely Trilogy

If you haven't yet been lead down the Before Sunrise, Sunset, and Midnight trilogy path, you have been missing out.

The film reunites these two characters at 9 year intervals in real time. It is a film about life, its relationships, the triumph of love, and also its failures.

The director Richard Linklater keeps it simple, from Vienna, to Paris, and onward to Greece, the characters walk and talk. The dialogue is intelligent, honest and connects the two characters not only on a cerebral level but also on an emotional, physical, and spiritual one. Ultimately it's a story about connection between two people and the years that follow: "When you are young, you believe there will be many people you connect with. Later in life you realize it only happens a few times." - Celine

It involves itself in the narrative of love over time, what could be, what should be and what is. -tM

Photography: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight

An Invitation to Visit

Photography: Unknown | Papillon, a French Bistro in Greece

Photography: Unknown | Papillon, a French Bistro in Greece

Entrances are just as important as exists, philosophically, aesthetically, and architecturally.

There is nothing more alluring then a sexy door coupled with mood lighting to draw one into a space, dissolving time while leaving the present moment free and unmarked.

The door above makes me want to do just that, enter and exchange one beauty for another. The beauty of design, for the beauty of what might unfold beyond those gates. 

And that is what happens when functional design and beauty say there "I do's." The power to seduce, invite, and entice moves beyond the aesthetic and fuses with the psyche. -tM

Time Machines

There is something hauntingly eerie about these photographs set against the gritty backdrop of 1970's New York.

An urban desert of quiet exists within each of these images. The muted colours reveal an honesty and purity of existence through landscape and design that only the night and the discerning lens could aspire to disclose. -tM

Photography: Landon Clay, NYC, 1974-76

In & Out

Architect/Design: Mercante Testa | Home on the Venice Canal

Architect/Design: Mercante Testa | Home on the Venice Canal

What a beautiful, artistic, and innovative way to use a landing in a home (note all of the shapes, elements, and colours inspired by the canal, & gondolas themselves). I think that this feature wall and nook could very well be a possibility in many an upright home. -tM