heART and Design: THOMAS HEATHERWICK

“Listen to this music very carefully. This had brought me to tears.” says this guy who sent us out if we talked too much in class; or excluded us in orchestra rehearsals if we didn’t pay as much attention as he required. My mind was searching for the right response to this unsolicited, abrupt confession. How can something essentially non-living move someone so much? If there were words, sure – because words can ultimately kill the heart, isn’t it? But this was an instrumental number.

Several months later, I’d find out missing vowels. Passion.

A few years later, there I was… bawling my eyes out during performances, gasping at crafted objects, and marveling at the complexities that pure talent and passion generate.

However unfortunate, that there are not that much “moving” projects nowadays.

But Thomas Heatherwick is by no means ordinary, neither is he part of the general population. His work elevates him in ways not every man is fortunate enough to achieve.

I have seen his works (albeit most via the web), but having attended his talk the past weekend, and hearing his stories and concepts first-hand was an experience and a learning point beyond what the cyberspace conveys.

Thomas Heatherwick don’t seem to be undaunted by “this vs. that.” His projects merge the specialized zones that the corporate seem to think better subdivided. Strange though it may be, these may be the littlest of objects compared to his architectural work, but these next two creations are by far the most captivating to my artistic soul:

The London Olympic Cauldron.

Heatherwick Studios had tried competing for a larger project but ended up runner up for a couple of times, but this client – the government –  tapped him and asked his assistance to build the Olympic Cauldron. A cauldron? Is it not something the audience barely remembers? And there began the genius machine. Heatherwick Studios, did in fact make the most memorable cauldron in history. It was the biggest secret revealed during the Olympics. Afterwards, it was delivered to the different countries as a token of remembrance.

Let me know if these caused your eyes to involuntarily cascade tears down your cheeks.

Please visit Heatherwick Studios website here.

Happy Tuesday!

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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 😉

Inspiring Interiors: Hotels, Hotels!

How would you see the best of the best hotels without leaving your home? The internet! (Happy (belated) Internaut Day!) To be more precise, please click here -and while you’re at it, why not vote for your favorites? I did!

This will be a quick post, but it won’t leave you hanging for nothing. Below are a few eye-popping interiors to inspire you for the rest of the week(end). Don’t forget to read the description bar on the website to know more details how these thoughtful designs came to be.

Beauties like these seem too good to be true, does it not? ❤

Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

South Place Hotel, London - Conrad + Partners

South Place Hotel, London – Conrad + Partners

Macalister Mansion, Malaysia - Ministry of Design

Macalister Mansion, Malaysia – Ministry of Design

Jumeirah Vittaveli Hotel, Maldives - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jumeirah Vittaveli Hotel, Maldives – Hirsch Bedner Associates

The Churchill Bar, London - Bespoke London

The Churchill Bar, London – Bespoke London

Happy Saturday! (Vote now!) 🙂

Delightful Habytation: Tamzin Greenhill’s NY Apartment

In fashion, they are saying it does not matter how much your outfit cost, the important thing is to be able to pull them off; so more and more bloggers and vloggers are coming out now with their fascination to thrifting. What about on home furnishings (/interior design) then? As much as we need more affordable clothing, we also need reasonably priced bed to lie on, an inexpensive but durable dining table, and so on. I am quite pleased that one who is considered “elite” is not ashamed of divulging that her apartment houses an item from the flea market.

The most common recurrence in her house seems to be ikat patterns, lithograph artworks, and the art deco vs. 20th century theme on a tug of war. This room is a special favorite… because of the Panton chair.

Up close now, the color coordinated drawings trick the eye of symmetry but the odd blend of chairs quickly drive you to its miscellany. I am guessing the Ryan McGinley is the focal point and the pieces that surround are to complement, which really makes sense as you give attention to the accessories, all seem to be dancing in harmony with the photo silhouette.

Her den might look like your usual designed space thanks to the overflow of Ikea items and Chinese knock-offs all around the world, but designers would know this single angle of the room alone contains hundreds and thousands of dollars off the window. Despite its wide eclectic range, this living room looks cohesive as a strictly “zen” clutter-free space.

Here now is the “thrifted” study desk. Found on a London Flea Market, I should think this study desk cost only a fraction of the original price. It was probably refurbished and re-stained, but a Paul McCobb is still a Paul McCobb. And the faux bois wallpapered background gives a subtle but luxurious background.

While the study area above is with a masculine artwork, it still remained feminine framed by the sophisticated and delicate vase held florals, the Dining Room however is on the androgynous side with the neutral browns, and wood elements that spread across the room. And while we have a burly B&W lithograph, the accent of yellows brings a burst of a bubbly cheerleader.

Another common theme is the surprising rupture of clustered primary colors which is almost always given as the focal point. In this instance, it is minute but still very notable.

Here in the corridor, it is more in-your-face and standing confidently tall. I’m surprised to see the pink roses complement than clash.

This is a small part of her showcase worthy house which she decorated herself. With such a prestigious career in modeling, she chose to go back to her true passion- Interior Design. And she is one to appreciate her long wait, she says she is not regretting the time she spent modeling as it allowed her to travel and broaden her sense of aesthetics. This she (and we) cannot deny as evident from her perfectly decorated eclectic apartment in NYC.

Read more here. And visit her website here.