What Italian cities and design awards in L.A. have in common

Dear F.T., It’s been a while since I’ve been to Italy. My feet are missing the round cobblestones soaked in the smell of morning espresso that is infusing the already perfumed Mediterranean air. There is nothing like a deep breath of air in that sea-surrounded country. You can almost see the molecules, swirling happily around…

What we had in the hut and lost when we moved to the palace

When we all lived in the hut all things were, apparently, simpler. Rooms were multi-functional, less to clean, less to maintain. There was no need to show off since everyone had a hut and nobody was either on the streets, nor in a palace. Leaders that presumably had bigger huts were not questioned, nor envied…

Design Of Creatively Harmonious Intelligent Answers

“Sometime in the summer of 1986, after a lot of debating and obsessing over how I would like to spend my life, I made the decision to become an architect. It was a decision like any other and at the time, not bigger nor smaller, whose long-term implications I was not looking to grasp. I…


Today I’ll be short. Some days are just like this. Busy, screeching painfully at the speed of seconds passing by, bloated seconds, full of the swell of thoughts and chores, ambitions and fears, too busy to notice each other. Seconds are droplets isolated and estranged, unaware of belonging all to one life, my life. Sifting…

The never lost art of Weaving

In my world, we all had a grandma that was knitting. Among family chatter and laughter, with a big smile and all ears at all the talk around her, down on her lap, her hands moved fast kneading thread and needles into a flurry of seemingly chaotic storm. From it came the most neatly organized intertwine, artful patterns and bursts of colour. Fascinating.

Read full article and find out how this tradition is now expressed in modern architecture and design

2018, a Retrospective

2018 has been the year of many conundrums. Innocent yet unmistakably urgent, happenstances of everyday sift through time, moulding it to their liking. Yet I’m looking back and amidst all that, as always, wonderful life comes through strong with beautiful memories and many accomplishments.

The US architectural symbol of democracy, Lincoln Memorial

Symbols are an evolving library of information that pulls us together into the same conversation. Many symbols go beyond religious and cultural markers that are recognized by all, while some need to be learned before they are used and understood.

The key ingredient in a symbol is meaning. Anything can be a symbol, if it has meaning and sufficient recognition or use, it will eventually make it into the library of symbols of a religion, nation, the western or the eastern world, or humanity.

Neoclassical architecture as it is present in North America and especially United States has been associated with many meanings out of which in the case of Lincoln Memorial is democracy.

Twenty Two beautiful fountain pens

Oh! I so like fountain pens! I have owned one since grade one, in fact, that was my first writing tool. I believe it was a Pelican. And yes that should give you a hint at how old I am which I don’t really see it as a problem but rather an advantage. Faber-Castell was,…

Sci-fi and the future of the body imagined

My fascination with sci-fi as a genre lies in the forgiveness with which the public accepts its ideas.  Imagination in the sphere of the future is accepted much easier than in the realm of the present. As a designer of interiors, many of my ideas are shot down, questioned, torsioned, probed and often some are…