Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Inspiration: By the window

I love light. I love windows. Especially the really big ones. I just realized how many of my flickr favourites and photos on tumblr are taken at a window.

*Cinnamon

Sophia Coppola (via English Muse)


Hope everyone is doing great! xo

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Inspiration

I've been feeling very inspired lately. My laziness was kind of standing on my way (trust me - Leos can be very, very lazy sometimes), but fortunately I managed to deal with it! Lots of things to do this week, which is great.

I'm loving this photo that I just came across on the rockstar diaries. Have a beautiful day, full of inspiration!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lovely Home

Can you imagine living in a place like this? A place where every corner makes you want to grab your camera, a place where every window brings in magical light... I so can!


How is your week going? Any great plans? Mine is quite busy but I am kind of looking for something to get me distracted from all of my projects and stuff.

More photos here

Monday, November 16, 2009

Visiting... Aedes Studio

Remember I promised I'd share the last (and best) day from Sofia Architecture Week? Well, here it is. The last day was called Open Doors Day and some of the best architecture studios in my country opened their doors for us. It was so great to see what those young and talented people have on their bookshelves, how their inspiration walls look like and most important of all - meet them and talk with them about architecture.

The first place we went to was Aedes Studio. We actually kind of knew one of the architects in the studio because he is assistant at our university and we got to work with him for one semester.

Their studio was in an old building and it was very cozy. Lots of fun! Take a look :)

this is one of the workplaces. I love the creative mess! and the sign at the top left.

that plant totally makes me smile

work in progress

some models...

this is awesome! I love these weird pictures

Here are some of their projects:

A hotel in Borovetz


Apartment building in Sofia


"Jaklyn" - another apartment building in Sofia. It got nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award for 2009. (Congrats!!)

An interior for Sofbuild - they did a really good job there!


Pictures by Mihail Novakov and the ones of their projects - from Aedes Studio's website

Inspiration: Gentl & Hyers

Today I am inspired by the photography of Gentl & Hyers. I love beautiful arrangements of pretty things, I love the late afternoon light, right before it goes away and I love that I can find all of that in these pictures.

When it comes to food the arrangement and presentation is very important to me, even if I am having dinner just by myself. I guess that's why I love photos of deliciously looking food.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sofia Architecture Week

Some of you guys wanted to know a little more details about the Sofia Architecture Week and here is another post about it as promised.
The week started with a two-days forum. There were lectures all day long and some great guest architects. Unfortunately, all the places were booked before I could sign up. The lectures took place at the English yard of a lovely old building, used as Faculty of Biology.


Next there were four days of lectures, presentations and discussions open for all. They held place at another lovely place, called Sklada . I read somewhere that it used to be an old factory or a printing house but now it is used as a place to display and sell expensive designer furniture. Since the title of this year's architecture week was Changing Urban Visions, we talked a lot about our capital Sofia (that I currently live in). It was great to finally feel like a young, creative and most of all active citizen. Each of the evenings finished with architects playing music - each evening there was a different architect playing, lots of wine and talks.


There were also several exhibitions during the architecture week, some of them are still on. The first one I went to was Housing Models and it was probably my favourite. It is actually a visiting exhibition from Austria and it shows 12 international housing buildings. There were video installations but the best thing were the models, some of them real size, allowing you to actually feel the space.


The next one was SoHo Sofia. It showed works of students from the Technical University of Vienna and their ideas of turning the so called Women's market into SoHo Sofia. It is a very controversial place and it was interesting to see how people from a different country react to it.


There are a couple more exhibitions around the city, mostly thought-provoking.
There was a corner at the Sklada, where the newest books about architecture and design were presented and you could get them with a discount.


The last day was probably the most interesting, I will share it with you tomorrow though because this post became way longer than predicted.

All photos are by Mihail Novakov and more could be found at the event's facebook page.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Packaging

Here are a couple of pictures of my dad's presents for his birthday. They've been on my desktop for quite some time now and I thought you might like to see some packaging done by me. I love using natural materials and colours. You like?

I always enjoy seeing beautiful packaging. If you have any interesting blogs or photos to share, please do!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lovely: Legendary Pink Dots

Pretty isn't it? I saw this gorgeous porcelain set at Frau Haselmayer and I loved it! There is another one with dots of different colours, which I even think I like better. Find more beautiful things at Qubus.

Monday, November 9, 2009

(500) Days of Summer

After months of waiting I finally saw (500) Days of Summer! It was beautiful and of course I loved it. If you haven't seen it for whatever the reason, you totally should! I rarely like movies where the main character is an architect because it irritates me that they never show them properly. Well, this movie was no different, but for the first time it didn't really matter.

Okay, I am going to stop here and share just one more thing that I am sure most of you loved too - the chalkboard headboard! How cool was that? Being able to draw whatever headboard you'd like, make such large inspiration boards... There is one thing though - as a student I remember how gross my hands were after having to write on the chalkboard and all that dust going everywhere when I had to clean it. I have no idea how anyone can have this at home, especially in a kids room (where they usually put chalkboards). What are your thoughts?
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