heART and Design : Netflix : ABSTRACT | The Art of Design

Some choose interior design for the glamour. Some wiser ones go for design for the aesthetic pleasure. The wisest ones are those that turn to design for the desire of a balanced ergonomic, beauty, practicality, precision, and empathy on treating a space.

Ilse Crawford is definitely the latter. Her works showcase much thoughtfulness juxtaposed with a sophisticated design flair. Most admirable is her perception of what design is and what it should be. How can she not, having come from Elle? Editing and growing the publication within 71 issues in 9 years.

To all those considering to venture to taking design as a career, please join the industry for the passion, not for the perceived glamour (it is anything but that), or assuming it will be an easy choice (it will prove otherwise).

Netflix’s ABSTRACT | The Art of Design (episode 8) would be a great in-depth look into the field.

heART and Design: Love Affair With the Panton Chair

I had once heard that the heart wants what it wants. If that assumption were true, would it be applicable to my love affair for the Panton Chair?

Truth be told, I have never adored a single piece of furniture (/ART ) as much as I love the this one. In fact, six years ago, I told myself this piece of history would be my first luxury purchase. For the time being, I have cushioned myself on it countless times (in various stores and public spaces) and I never tire of doing so.

In technical terms, Panton chair is formed after the human body and has a cantilevered base. The iconic Verner Panton designed it in the late 1960s- with the assistance of Vitra. Also, it is the first “fully plastic chair made from a single section.”

For the market, it is safe to say, Panton chair’s success is due to its cunning + stunning appeal together with its relentless versatility. From the modern 60s look, to the contemporary eclectic era of the 21st century, it is comparable to a chameleon morphing its way into every scenario it faces. A handful of which portrayed below:

The ultimate example would be its appearance at Bartholomew Church in Eastern bohemia by Maxim Velcovsky.

What more can we ask for from a single piece of furniture?

….What about the kids, you ask?

 

This was set to production almost twelve years ago. Talk about being ahead of the trends.

I guess communities of people are having this love affair along with me after all.

For the mean time, I’d have to satiate my longing with visuals, so I have created a pin board entirely dedicated to this piece of art (and since imitation is a form of flattery, there are some unoriginals included within the board). Enjoy! xx

heArt and Design: BBC Design Rules

3, 2, 1… and we’re back!

Not quite an expected beginning, but here’s a quick post, or rather, just a bunch of links for those who are looking to venture into the interior design realm. If you stick to the end, it’s not a doubt you’ll pick up a handful of basic knowledge to get you up and going. Here are the links to BBC Design Rules with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Hope you gained something from this very quick visit. Cheers to you if you go against the “practical” ways and pursue a career into art and design.. You won’t regret it! For the most part of your life, at least. I kid 😉

Friday Frolics: Wan Chai Art Distict

My friends and I took a stroll around Wan Chai last month (not that side of Wan Chai, by the way), this little district is filled with quirky, vintage stores that one could easily keep you coming back. If only I had loads of money to spend, I am sure I would have walked away with bags and bags of collectible antiquities. Another friend actually took me here months ago and as soon as the area sunk into me, I felt right at home. None of the items there belonged to my past but they were reminders of it. It’s the classic irony I am sure we all share somehow, someway. Plus, an artsy fartsy would not be able to help it, the facades of some store really speak about the interior character in one snap! Take for example my two favorites below:

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And of course, the interior has to pride itself too! Like we always hear and copy, “It’s all in the details!”

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Faucet for hand knobs? Upcycling just got fancier.

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If this is part of the décor, I love it! If it’s for sale, I’d love to have it.

So without anymore delays, on behalf of these quirkiness, I welcome you to a short summary of our “tour”.

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I think we’ve went it to approximately five boutiques. All of them had their own characters, it’s just like going into fairytales, and if you had listened closely, I am sure there were tons of stories in one book.

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This refurbished display cabinet is just teeming with plastic toys. The smell brought me right back to twenty years ago. It may be junk to some, but for some collectors out there. (Especially guys, you might find a treasure or two in here- there’s even a Superman poster somewhere in this store.)

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Here it is! (@ nlostnfound)

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This certainly reminds me of my grandma’s house and bedtime stories. (Ps. Gaaah. Adorable miniature rocking horses!!!)

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A feast for the eyes! It would be safe to say you could find any home accessories you might be missing at the moment, and more! And by the way, does this trunk not remind you of Mr. Bean? (Click here if it doesn’t.)

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Cat lover? You might be infatuated with these Japanese cat booklets. They are so adorable even in pixels.

Oh, and if you haven’t already been sucked in, this next capture might do the trick.

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Handmade?? Defined cuteness enough for you? ❤

I promise you, these snapshots do not give any justice to what lies in wait. Here’s a map, find yourself lost in this small little district in Wan Chai tomorrow!

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At Sau Wa Fong Street, there would be these twin staircases on the left, pick either and climb up, there you’ll find these quirky goodness.

And for us who’s been… here is a teaser.

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Happy Friday!

 

Monday Motivations:

With the murky war that has been going on against my limited logic and hopefully-still-unshakable faith, this has been a significant blessing.

Trusting it would be to each and every viewer as well. Let’s keep waiting on God, and persevering in whatever situation we are currently in. 2013 must, should, and will be great. Let’s do our best! Let’s claim God’s promises. 🙂

Inspiring Interiors: Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

When I was at the youthful age of ten, I knew I wanted to be an interior designer; and my heart have since been fixated on designing dream homes. For quite some time then, I never even thought about having to design commercial spaces and whatnots, I was merely so focused with wanting to design residential interiors. Up until this age, I’d rarely be caught researching on designs not pertaining to residential designing. But when it hits you, it hits you. Today, I am sharing a personal favorite eye-candy hotel design of mine, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. Welcome to HABYT’s first virtual hotel tour, “disfrutar”!

First off, the commendable and infamous Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar (aka Restaurant Blanc).

With an interior owning such an amount of charming personality (not to mention great food, or so I read . No doubts about that, but I wish I’d be privileged enough to share from experience :p ), no one should dare question why this is the “essence” of the hotel.

Now knowing the reason why this was a love at first sight for me, let’s formally walk in from the entrance.

 

The atrium. It’s white, rigid lines are contrasted by the peeping colors and playful shadows emitted from adjacent rooms. Glorious and captivating in pairing. “Experience” will definitely be encountered passing through an atrium as whimsical as this.

From the thumbnail, there seemed to be an odd but strangely amusing waterworks going on in the walkway. (They would have pulled it off!) The mirrored reflection at the ceiling is an added detail to the natural ambient they were emulating.  I am in awe of how cozy and wild this room feels all together. This is “bringing nature in” at one of its most elegant attendance.

Here is a rustic, quirky and somewhat glam-vintage accent at the Banker’s Bar.

And now, for the suites and en-suites:

I can only imagine paying for these suites. Really, I can ONLY imagine. (But who knows, one can dream!)

And of course, I cannot end this tour without introducing you to the clever Patricia Urquiola, the orchestrator of this dreamland.

Disclaimer: While I daydream of visiting Barcelona and coming home to Mandarin Oriental, these images are not mine. Kindly click on the images for credits. 🙂 Head over to Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s website and the Contemporist  for more details.

Delightful Habytation: Harriet Anstruther

Rarely do I see an interior space receiving immediate response of: “My dream home!” But with the perfect turn of events, I came across Harriet Anstruther’s self-designed, eye-candy abode and marveled at how she almost perfectly got my taste. Browsing through her website, I didn’t  realize I screen-capped her entire house!

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 You always read it on good, worthwhile coffee table books: details matter a great deal.

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Luxury and ingenuity redefined.

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(Formal Living Room) In fashion, I believe this style should be what’s referred as “androgynous.” It’s applicable to interior spaces as well. 😉

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No write-up necessary.

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(Living Room) Give me this for a living room and I’d have no qualms whatsoever.

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I would give up any chair I own to have an original Panton Chair.

I’d give all chair I ever owned to have a Panton Chair with this home office.

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I could only hope for this. Colors are largely too masculine for my taste, but somehow the floral arrangement, feminine form of the armchair, the shabby pedestal, and walls brimmed with images gave off enough femininity to still be a dream of mine.

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“Grand” and “elegance” in their most simplistic, down-to-earth interpretation.

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Odd as it is, this corridor leading to the bathroom is my icing on this cake. It’s becoming rare to witness such design priority given to a space perceived “unworthy” of design. Lined french doors could apparently do so much, and those wood parquet are complementing beyond description.

Visit her website for more of these appetizing interiors. Happy Tuesday!