Direct from Puerto Plata

In between the over 2500 meters above sea level mountains carved with mysterious caves and the wide span beaches quiet in the sun, up on the north shore of the Dominican lies a story of lifestyle incomprehensible to most western civilization.

On Proximity, Space and Light Installations. The Distillery District

Needless to say, beautiful lights at night have a pleasant charm to them.When those lights are designed by artists and architects and placed in the open, the city transforms into a curated exhibit. Few places around the world have light festivals and now we have it too! Out of the ones on display at the Distillery, my favorite…

On the act of Building…

Building is both, power and privilege. It should be treated it as such in order to achieve successful results. Belfry Tashkent jewelry Store

Look again – National Art Gallery

We often find ourselves dismissive toward the familiar. The quest for novelty is socially promoted as a virtue, a higher aspiration; to the detriment of the well-known that is often associated with the banal, the boring. And we don’t want that. And yet the power of archetypes and clichés is indisputable. It’s almost like a…

Kitchens then and now – Victorian vs Contemporary

The middle of a room lends itself best to tasks that are social while its perimeter, to individual tasks. Oftentimes in the Victorian era meal preparation was a shared experience; multiple staff would prepare a single meal. It is only natural that they liked working in the centre of the kitchen where their primary work…

Wellness in Design as a way of life

We all heard of it by now. The Wellness concept has taken over the mainstream and it’s not shy about it. Wellness promotes physical and mental health as key ingredients to great quality of life.  Banking on the importance of a balanced and happy living, it stands for the pursuit of  healthy and emotional equilibrium….

The mystery of many bathrooms

Remember the days when the whole family shared the outhouse WC? Not that it was better, but are we not getting a bit extreme? There are many many reasons to have multiple bathrooms, even one per bedroom, extra powder room and so forth. They are in fact essential to big families and to those who…

Interior Design Trends, 2016

2016 will be all about personalization in the context of streamlining and minimizing uselessness: lighter wood coloured floors brighter colour choices a no-nonsense, fluff-free approach to design healthy products wellness and ease of use while individualized choices and customization will continue.

Harbingers of Failure, not as bad of a label as you would think

A catchy name indeed, I first heard it on the radio and was immediately interested. Maybe that is a give-away right there… A new study shows that the early adoption of new products by certain groups of people points to their potential failure. While at first this sounds like a bad label since you don’t want…

The best 3 of the 2015 Azure Design Awards

Oiseau des Iles, architecture category Sun screening taken to a new dimension from architectural perforation to textured surfaces in this beautiful and airy mixed-use complex in Nantes, France by Antonini Darmon. Metamorphous, landscape category An elegant, nature inspired landscape intervention that was build in collaboration with oceanic engineers and meant to both enhance the shore…

High-end brands get competition

The time when the luxury market is an unquestioned establishment has come to an end. Trend reports show two important shifts: one, that the luxury market is increasing and second, that it is less populated by big brands and increasingly full of the lesser known. We tend to gear away from selecting based on recognition and move toward…

The art of travel

The fascination of travel has charmed the wondrous mind from Marco Polo and beyond. In his time, one traveled to learn and explore and to bring home a new way of doing things, a new way of life. Novelty had a different kind of value than from what we load it with now. It used to be a journey….