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Originally posted on Jo2TheWorld:

Just brilliant!  World, I am back from across the pond and after a month of traveling, some medical woes, and some major post-design job decompression, I have returned to you.

Whitby Street, London

Whitby Street, London

To make up for my absence, I thought I would post a double dose of Adore A Door – two doors in one!  I spotted these while wandering around my new favorite neighborhood in East London, Shoreditch.  The area is filled with beautiful street art and Whitby Street is no exception.

This entry caught my eye immediately.  What can I say, I’ve always been drawn to geometric graphics.  The lines and triangles are great on their own, but the combination of colors really stood out to me.  I love the use of primaries with pastels and the black and white striping mimicking the iron gate.

 I am not sure who or what resides here, but I took the message to heart: “LAUGH…

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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

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.