• Archive for April, 2012

    Let’s get vertical…

    by  • April 21, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Pont Max Juvenal, Aix en Provence (Patrick Blanc)

    Quai Branly museum, Paris (Patrick Blanc)

    We’ve been inspired recently by the ultimate urban gardening – living walls. More like artworks than the grassy roofs we’ve seen on libraries and the like, they add colour, pattern and movement to buildings, and don’t take up any floor space – a bonus in a busy city. Leading the way in ambitious designs is French botanist-artist Patrick Blanc, some of whose beautiful work is posted here. Layers of PVC and felt on a metal frame with an integrated, automated watering system, create an easy-care support for the plants, which is a boon, as we wouldn’t fancy the weeding much…

    Pershing Hall hotel, Paris (Patrick Blanc)

    Rue d’Alsace, Paris (Patrick Blanc)

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    Have your chair and eat it

    by  • April 20, 2012 • Life.Style.etc Loves, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It goes without saying that here at Livingetc we’ve a passion for all things furniture related, and it’s no secret that as soon as the clock chimes 3 (okay, sometimes before) we’re more than partial to a spot of tea and cake too. So we couldn’t believe our eyes when we chanced upon these marvellous miniatures on Moco Loco, all golden brown and baked to perfection. Created by designers Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira, the concept was born “of a reflection about the velocity of the contemporary furniture industry, and how consumers are unable to digest the large number of new products companies launch into the market every year.”  The idea with these small wonders is that you can bake an edible living room, decorate your furniture cakes with your favourite icing and toppings, then just eat them all up and start again. Amazing! If only you could do that with a regular sideboard. We can’t wait for the kettle to boil.

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    Love Love Laughter Lunch

    by  • April 20, 2012 • Life.Style.etc Loves • 0 Comments

    It may be raining outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of sunnier climes. It doesn’t take much but the photography in Helen Tsanos Sheinman’s new book, Love, Laughter and Lunch certainly puts us in the holiday mood, with its celebration of the culinary and interior style of Cyprus.

    ‘Food is nothing without the love of the people who share it,’ says Sheinman, who reconnected with her family heritage to create a book that’s part-memoir, part-travel journal and part recipe book.

    It’s not all food, there are plenty of droolworthy interiors shots, too.

    Love, Laughter and Lunch, £28, is available from Anthropologie and online from April 22.

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