Casa da Musica by Rem Koolhaas

Casa da Musica located in Porto, Portugal is a cultural and musical institution. Incredibly modern and heavy set in its initial exterior presentation, the spaceship like stairs beckon you to enter a world which meticulously juxtaposes its concrete structure with that of an unexpected ethereal experience upon entrance.

I am in total awe. -tM

Photography: Unknown

Taking Root

Blurring the lines between life and art, part sculptural installation and part public furniture piece designed by Ju Lee Architects makes hanging out in this park in Seoul Korea all the more inviting. Roots that gently rise and fall create different heights for people to lean on, sit, or lie down.

Taking inspiration from nature and encouraging our connection to it in my opinion, is always a good thing. -tM

Photography: Kyungsub Shin

A Private Refuge

An Italian Baroque Palace turned elegant hotel in which the architects and design team honoured the existing structure of the space. I am enchanted by its beauty and elegance. Sensual and simple marries tradition and discretion. -tM

Palazzo Bozzi Corso | Lecce, Italie | www.palazzobozzicorso.com

Photography: AD France Magazine

Serenity Now

Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM

The Making Of A Home

In Residence: Patrizia Moroso

The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise

Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe. 

As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.

For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”

Decorating God

Architecture: Hiroshi Nakamura | Ribbon Chapel

Architecture: Hiroshi Nakamura | Ribbon Chapel

Award winning architecture. Where to you get in touch with your personal Jesus/God? -tM

p.s. I find it interesting that in our culture ribbons commemorate, are symbols of remembrance and solidarity, I wonder if that is why he chose the ribbon as recognition of a higher force.

Existentialist Minimalism?

Calm, and patient, this video explores the minimalist architecture of Le Corbusier, who was one of the pioneers of urban planning and architecture. He dedicated his life to providing better living conditions for those residing in crowded cities.

I can still hear the ocean and distant highway traffic long after the picture has stopped moving. -tM

Garden Scapes

From Mediterranean and Spanish Hacienda inspired gardens in Los Angeles, to an 18th century restoration of a chateau in France, the art and design of landscaping is just as important as interior design.  It is all part of the architectural design of the home. There is no separation, it is just an extension. -tM

Photography: 1stdibs

A Fine Balance

Photography: Tadao Ando's Home

Photography: Tadao Ando's Home

When nature and architecture exist in perfect harmony, it allows for a spacial transformation of an organic kind. 

They don't ever have to marry, however architecture has to allow nature the space to flourish, as it must not overwhelm it nor possess it. Good architecture should let nature in. -tM

 

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

Socialist Yugoslavia and her Monuments

So much of the worlds Communist architecture and monuments have long been forgotten.

I have always been fascinated with the oppressive duality of these concrete structures that are in some cases intimidatingly beautiful. 

Concrete wings, abstract fists, commissioned by Tito commemorating WWII,  conceptual flowers,  and some even resembling ancient Pagan symbols, grace the countrysides of these forgotten places.

The MoMA will be hosting an exhibition exploring the former Yugoslavia's concrete structures, Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980 opening this summer 15 July 2018 and running until 13 January 2019. 

The exhibition takes a look at Yugoslavia's urban planning,  while celebrating its architect's and their ongoing influence post Communist era.

Sun-Rain Room

Photography: Alex James | London, England

Photography: Alex James | London, England

This is not your typical urban/Floridian sun/rain room. Bright and beautiful even on the most dreary of London's days, it allows one to take advantage of the inconsistent weather. The drain pipes become waterfalls that flow into the reflective pool, where the indoor space allows just enough light and warmth to come in enabling plants to grow and thrive.

Beauty and function aside, it appears to be just "a good place to be on a bad day." -tM

Trust with a Capital "T"

Photography: Unknown | The Gallery of Tower of Wood |  EY Centre

Photography: Unknown | The Gallery of Tower of Wood |  EY Centre

Respect and Trust are the the two corner stones or pillars of any relationship. That being said, trust is the trickier one of the two to give, and to receive. Trust is complex because people come with their own baggage in life, and usually the trust suitcase is heavier then most. 

I don't believe that you can have any relationship successfully thrive and survive without trust. More times often then nought relationships crumble without faith. It is a tricky thing to rebuild once it is lost, sometimes it takes years, and sometimes it never happens. Trust is an incredibly strong bond shared between two people yet its foundation is often fragile.

I don't know if you can trust anyone "completely" as you never know how someone will behave in anger. There are many degrees of anger, and in moments of rage, there is no telling what people will say or do. Sometimes we don't even recognize ourselves in anger, so why would we expect someone else to trust us unreservedly?

So tell me, how do you receive and give Trust in your relationships? Is it implicit, gradual, or do you avoid building close ties altogether? -tM

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