“It is the mystery of the half-hidden that makes this cabinet special. Its name has been derived from the Arabic term Maschrabiyya, which in traditional Arabic architecture refers to decorative wooden frames that were used as window frames or balcony enclosures in houses and palaces. Its delicate grid structure serves both shading and ventilation purposes. What lies behind the grid only becomes visible to the onlooker upon coming closer but remains hidden from a larger distance. The cabinet, thus, becomes a delicate piece of furniture to store valuable items.”
I’ve already admitted my addiction to Pinterest. But I find that certain events or milestones can send the most tame pinner into a Pinterest fanatic – namely weddings, an imminent child and a new home. With the new addition to our family I have been furiously pinning images of beautiful nurseries, bespoke toys and lovely baby clothing. The funny thing about Pinterest is unless you have the bank account of a trust fund kid – real life and your Pinboard will never line up. But indulge me a moment while I imagine…
Matisse-inspired clothing from Bobo Chooses
“For many centuries hunters in rural Spain have used dogs, often greyhounds, to hunt wild animals across the winter landscape. In the 17th century these dogs were associated with nobility, protected by law and appearing in noblemens’ wills. But these dogs have had a dramatic fall from grace. Nowadays, at the end of the each hunting season in February, it is estimated that up to 100,000 dogs are abandoned or killed, considered too old or too slow for the next season…“
A book of the project is due to be published in July 2016. You can order a copy here.
Time for another smorgasbord of things for you to look at!
Seventies-style fashion is popping up all over the various fashion blogs I follow – from high waisted, wide-legged trousers, to billowy blouses, floral prints and feminine frills. **Click on the images below for their respective links
HRUSKAA is an etsy store with some elegant hanging planters.
The Future is Female. Amen to that.
Two lovely jungly drawings by Indian illustrator and visual artist Nupur Panemanglor.
Peter Pilotto’s Resort 2016 collection is a collaboration between Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, featuring a range of Greek-inspired sandals:
“Pilotto and De Vos riffed on the aesthetics of an ancient Greek board game by creating patterns with a vaguely Aegean feel. There were colorful embroideries, placid pastel-toned jacquards, and cozy intarsia knits…”
Bored Girls is a photographic series by Portland-based creative Anja Verdugo. The project began during an impromptu shoot when a moment of boredom was captured on camera. This grew into over 30 portraits of bored women against bright pastel backdrops.
Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994) was a Nigerian photographer who held the title of official photographer for the Royal Court of Benin in the mid 20th century. In 1942 he opened his own studio called The Ideal Studio where he did private commissions, documenting Nigeria’s social and cultural elite.
“Those in the upper echelon of society who could afford to do so would come dressed in their best outfits to have their portraits taken. Staring straight into Alonge’s lens, each subject had the power to represent himself or herself in the manner of their own choosing, a significant statement at a time when photos of Africans were often filtered through the gaze of a non-African photographer or anthropologist.”
The Washington Post did an article on some of these amazing images, which I thought I would share with you today.