Craft & Design
A sketch by ‘a pinch of design’ – Joanna Walczak
Christmas is in less than two weeks! I love this time of the year, buying Christmas gifts. Although it seems like a hard nut to crack in fact, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. We just need to remember about the most important principle: buy gifts fitting the taste to whom you will give it to, not yours. Buying someone a gift you would like to get is a nice idea only if the person has similar tastes to you. The best way to get an idea of what to buy is to listen carefully to somebody, what that person liked lately, what book he would like to read or what’s missing in his home.
I would like to present you selected ideas for Christmas gifts that I picked for you. Maybe I can help you somehow with this list to buy gifts for your loved ones that will bring a smile on their faces.
Last weekend finally I managed to visit the famous Merci store. And I was absolutely blown away, I’m gonna come back there more often!
Merci was created in March 2009 by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, in the heart of the historic Haut-Marais district. Since the opening it has achieved enormous popularity thanks to its aim to bring all together: traditional and modern, local and international, simple and costly, mass-produced and individually made, and present the best of each world. Merci store turns a dream into reality. The dream of mixing contemporary objects with antique pieces, vintage clothing, everyday objects, new and second-hand books. And what’s more, Merci it’s not only a shop, it s also a home for many exhibitions and events.
I found this great interior design by famous polish office Studio Rygalik on Elle Decoration PL website two weeks ago. The interior of the Warsaw based store Wearso. Organic looks extremely intresting thanks to its new arrangement. The team from Studio Rygalik as always impresses by its work!
As you will see on the pictures below, the main element of the project is a very light metal installation hanging from the ceiling. What a great idea, which not only give an outstanding visual effect but is also very functional! The metal installation for the exposure of the clothes collection is fixed to a system solution based on an even grid with meshes. Thus, the evenly placed meshes allow to easily change configurations of metal structures, while enabling a quick change of the interior design and adapting it to the needs of the collection. A great solution made with subdued colours and high quality materials. The whole project of the interior perfectly fits the brand philosophy based on ecology, sustainable development and timelessness. Love it and I put it on my list of places to see during the Christmas stay in Warsaw! 🙂
In today’s post I would like to present you Charles and Ray Eames, ones of the most important American designers of the 20th century. I decided to write this post now because firstly I personally admire this pair’s work very much and secondly because the British Barbican presents a new exhibition celebrating the life and work of these designers. The exhibition, aptly titled ‘The World of Charles and Ray Eames’ presents their beautiful universe, from the first plywood experiments, spanning architecture, furniture and product design to less known abstract paintings, multi-media installation projects, graphic design and photographic arts. It reveals their career and is a testimony to their office’s work. The curator of the exhibition Catherine Ince says:
‘We have tried to really explore and highlight the types of projects that they undertook in their 45 years of operation.’.
The exhibition affords an intimate view of the pair as people. You can read more about this beautiful presentation of their work on Wallpaper* magazine website, but I would like to present you some of their iconic projects.
Charles and Ray famously said,
“We wanted to make the best for the most for the least.” , 1941
Renovation in architecture is my favourite subject. It’s amazing how we can connect the old with the new, convert a space into something outstanding and brilliant. Create a new meaning. That’s my biggest dream and ambition to work on and realize such projects!
In today’s post I would like to present you a 120 m² condo located in Montreal on the ground floor of a 1887 triplex in the Plateau Mont-Royal. The Canadian designer Anne Sophie Goneau renovated it and designed beautiful minimalist apartment with exposed brick walls and a large bookshelf on show through the glazed facade.
Photo 1. white cotton ball lights
This very beautiful and romantic idea absolutely charmed me. From string lights conception I have chosen the cotton ball lights to my September Objects of Desire list. Now I would like to tell you a bit more about this idea and show you some inspiration proving that these lights add magic to each and every interior.
The string lights create a beautiful play of light, shadow and colour. It’s a great and easy idea to make over every space at our home, especially in autumn and winter when we want to feel very cosy and comfortable. The string hung in the right place will create amazing atmosphere and keep us in a very good mood.
Photo 1. Wool blankets
Not long time ago we were enjoying the warm days of summer, but now the days are getting colder and Christmas time will soon be upon us. But there is nothing better for cool autumn and winter evenings than staying at home with a cup of hot tea and wraping up in a warm blanket! I think this is the element we love about autumn and winter the most :). A warm blanket will keep us warm inside and also outside when we decide to catch the last rays of sun on the terrace or in the garden. A beautiful blanket provides warmth but also is a decorative element of the living room or as a bed covering in the bedroom.
Finally weekend! 🙂 The polish city Łódź is on everyone’s lips in Poland this week, I believe abroad too! 🙂 Why is so? Because of the Łódź Design Festival that started on Thursday, but more about this in the next post. Today I would like to show you an amazing loft located in that city and designed all in white.
White interiors present bright and serene atmosphere. They are also a beautiful solution for overwhelming small spaces, tiny flats with small windows or flats with some architectural defects. In this outstanding interior, the white color perfectly highlights the original architectural details! The designers of the apartment, Agata Puławska and Sylwia Pogorzelska from OIKOI Studio, took the advantage of the very high interior (nearly 5m high) and designed a mezzanine. There they created a cozy bedroom with a small workspace area, that can still get daylight from the only two, but high windows.
I am pretty late with this post. We are already in October but I still would like to share with you my favourite things from the previous month. Here are my 4 objects of desire from September that will make your home original and add a little bit of magic and poetry.