Beach Christmas morning in Melbourne

If you are part of the Florida-goers North Americans and based on that, you think you know how Christmas is in all hot places you are mistaken. With all the heat and beautiful waters, these trips do not prepare you for what one finds in the land down under.

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.

Ivy Condos, growth to watch

Wave of Projects Making Their Way To June Community Councils   Included in this group is Ivy Condos by The Sher Corporation and Dream which is planned to rise to a height of 32 storeys on Mutual Street, south of Dundas.   full article HERE    

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…

2016, a Retrospective

A year of turmoil for many, I find that balance settles no matter what and things flow forward It is more how you look at things – than the things themselves – that flips the perception of a situation from tragedy, to  life itself.   Remembering Christmas shopping, not ready to do it again…   Got the…

Condo lobbies II

I like keeping an eye on what designers think and what people respond to when it comes to transition-spaces. Those that we go thru and yet, seldom use for a long period of time. They tend to be presented, like an installation, a sculpture, or a room in a museum, their refinement and importance explained,…

New York Penthouse, in style – Jennifer Lopez

I love the breezy airy and soft feel of this residence. Soft colours and white especially, have the power to filter light in a very pleasant and calming, even rejuvenating way. No wonder this is the colour theme of many a spa. Minimalist kitchens, aside from perfect entertaining spaces, give you  a sense of powerful…

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…

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…

The spatial and functional luxury of master suites

Back ten years ago not many designers thought out of the box and I’m happy to be one of the few that were at the forefront of this phenomena. What has happened to the notion of the Master Bedroom closely replicates the early twentieth-century modernism in architecture. The bedrooms have literally exploded and fused with…