Quartz released a study today about shorelines and social patterns. Aerial images of New York beaches depict chaos and spontaneity, while Miami beaches are coordinated with punches of bright color. I think it speaks volumes about the lifestyle and culture (and awesomeness) in both cities!
Fashion inspired by art, art inspired by nature. Whichever way it goes, it’s great. I guess you could say that my obsession with Taffin has reached another level. James Claude Taffin de Givenchy is a French born, New York-based jewelry designer and a descendant of the Givenchy fashion house. His jewelry company, Taffin, blows my mind. Each piece he designs is usually one of a kind and many of them are auctioned off. Taffin is currently the creative director for Sotheby’s. I love this guy. Pictured below is his stunning ceramic tree brooch with pear shaped diamonds.
I cannot get over how ridiculously talented people are, how they envision something so beautiful in their mind and manage to create it seamlessly with their hands. The striking resemblance of the Taffin tree to Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting below is amazing. Maybe they’ve both taken trips to Lake George? ;)
From the Lake (Lake George), No. 3, 1924, Georgia O’Keeffe
I’ve seen this piece a number of times and while I personally wouldn’t wear it, I think it’s so beautiful. Jean Schlumberger’s clip of colorful gems is pierced by 18k gold arrows. The amethyst (center) is surrounded by small amethysts,, Montana sapphires and round brilliant diamonds.
The albino peacock. My love for albino animals abounds. (Note: best albino animal I’ve seen in person? Bright white reindeer in Norway!)
Bulgarian photographer and artist Juliana Nan is a virtuoso.
‘Golden Autumn’ by Juliana Nan
Many thanks to Hanoi Mark for this awesome shot.
When I traveled through Norway by boat I stopped in Nordkapp (North Cape), the northernmost point of Norway (71° N).
The Sami are indigenous people found throughout Scandinavia (they are also called Lapps or Laplanders). They speak their own language – called Sami – and have inhabited parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in northwest Russia for at least 5,000 years. Why are they always in the north, do you ask? Because reindeer are arctic animals that can only survive in the north, and reindeer herding is the livelihood of the Sami people.
Traditional Sami homes are called Gamme or Goahti, meaning ‘turf home’. A gamme is built on top of wooden arch beams and covered in layers of bark and turf, which is incredibly insulating. We passed by this gamme while in Nordkapp, and I thought it was fascinating.
I love that something so basic and culturally specific can influence modern architecture. I think it’s clear to see the correlation (or evolution?) between the no frills Sami gamme and this hidden-on-a-hill beauty from Interior Design Magazine.
The past is always present.