Urban Jungle Bloggers #32
Today I'm taking you to Egypt for the October Edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers. The topic Plant Still Life "desert made think of the last time I was in a real desert. Which was more than 16(!) years ago in Egypt. That is if you don't count the numerous times I visited the desert-greenhouses in botanical gardens ;). Robert and I were in Egypt during the Millennium Concert at the Giza pyramids near Caïro. Jean Michel Jarre produced a giant concert & show called the Twelve Dreams of the Sun. I remember we drove into the desert, which is rather close to the suburbs of the city, and our car was checked for bombs with mirrors, dogs and security personnel. In what felt like the middle of the desert we had to pass through a security portal. So much changed in 16 years, this was pre-9/11 and in Europe we were not used to these strict security checks.
We passed from 1999 into the new millennium, with an incredible show with thousands of musicians, dancers and my favorite part: the children that formed a long procession with lights. One of the most surprising details was that it was cold in our tent in the desert and when we drove back to the city it started to rain. Not quite what I expected a desert to be like.
Anyway, let's go back to my styling for today's Urban Jungle edition: I gathered my most desert-y plants and mixed them with objects in a neutral, terracotta, yellow color palette. Not my usual style, but I liked playing around with them. One of the many many books we have about Egyptian history, had this perfect colored cover hidden under its protective jacket. I also added a few souvenirs we brought home 16 years ago, Turkish coffee pots, an oil lamp and I recreated the Rue du Caire mosaic that I spotted in Paris the other day.
Four years I wrote about our trips to Egypt on my blog... with scanned analog photos. It's crazy how so many things have changed so tremendously (digital photography, security) and so many things are still the same (like my partner). And I suppose Cairo is still a very very loud city.
One of my latest "desert"-y plants that I added to my collection, a group of Cleistocactus strausii also known as Silver Torch cactus:
Below you see one of the 6(!) Turkish coffee pots that we brought home... we never used them since but I don't really want to get rid of them either. Maybe just keep one and give away the others?
I'm very curious to see how other Urban Jungle Bloggers interpretate this Still Life Desert theme. I suspect there will be quite some cacti, sand and maybe even some dessert? Let's hope so! Do you ever create vignettes at home with your plants? Show us with the hashtag #urbanjunglebloggers
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via Facebook or Instagram. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
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Amodo Objects & Stories in Berlin
Between working on an urban jungle hangout and styling a jungle rooftop dinner location in Berlin last month, I found this gem of a shop in Mitte. Marianna, the Italian owner of Amodo, created a darling shop with a cool mix of everything I like (and more): plants, color, plywood, and a very personal and artistic style. With her background in the art world, she selected design and interior products from her home country Italy, like the beautiful blankets by LanificioB and the mirrors by Portego design, but also cushions from Bohazel in Berlin, backpacks from Braasi in Prague.
When chatting with Marianna about the plants in her shop and the courtyard that you can see from the shop, she told me she works together with all the neighbords to keep the courtyard as green and beautiful as possible. Have a look:
The "green window" in the back is such a highlight of the shop:
I love that she even sells deliciousness from "home", Amaretti, chocolate and Nocciolini from Italy:
Washi tape, stickers, building blocks and candleholders:
The pink glow on the rough Berlin-style wall, comes from the Bulbo Cynara grow light. A plant light that allows you to grow plants and vegetables in places where they don't get enough sunlight. They also come in handy to keep your plants happy in the darker winter months.
Cups, pins, notebooks, cushions, artwork, jewelry, puzzles, fountain pens, plant accessories...
And Amodo doesn't only sell beautiful objects, the space also feels very quiet and peaceful. Even in the middle of a bustling city like Berlin. And all the products come with interesting stories, because that's what Amodo is all about as well. Telling the stories behind all the cool design brands represented in the shop. It's eclectic and personal, very well curated and different from the many many concept stores that you can find on every streetcorner nowadays.
Beautiful throws and blankets by LanificioB:
Botanical artwork, ceramics, home perfumes, books, that cool hand mirror by Portego design, jewelry, soaps and more... I warmly recommend to visit Amodo when you're in Berlin! You won't leave the shop empty handed ;)
Amodo Objects & Stories /// Linienstr.150 /// 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Open from Monday through Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00
I won the vtwonen Advanced Blogger Award 2016!
So happy, humbled and honored! This weekend I won the vtwonen Advanced Blogger Award 2016 with my blog JOELIX.com. It was such a surprise, because I was shortlisted together with two very talented blog colleagues: Marij from My Attic and Suzanne from &Suus. They both create beautiful content for their blogs and social media and totally deserved to win. So while I was expecting that the award would go to Alphen aan den Rijn (where they both live), Carlein Kieboom, editor in chief of vtwonen, announced me as a winner! So cool! These were her kind words:
Carlein Kieboom: "And the winner is… JOELIX! Dear Judith, congratulations, you have a very personal style, we love to read all your stories behind your pictures. It’s unique how you mix all colors, also with greens, and that makes you a unique winner. So keep up the good work, congratulations!"
A few pictures from the vtwonen & Meet the Blogger Award Ceremony at Hotel Casa400 in Amsterdam:
Happy with winners Suzanne from &Suus, Jessica and Fleur from PRCHTG, me, and Theo-Bert from The Nice Stuff Collector:
Earlier that day, Igor and I presented our Urban Jungle book to the audience of Meet the Blogger and signed copies together with our book illustrator Saar Manche! It was so good to hear all kinds of feedback on the book, the photos, the illustrations... And of course we shared a few quirky details from the bookmaking process too ;) As you can imagine, it was a very nice, yet exhausting (I lost my voice again...) day! A small impression:
Winning the vtwonen Advanced Blogger Award feels like such a wonderful token of appreciation of my work as a blogger. Even though this past year I've worked so much more on UJB-related projects, it's great to know that my dear blog is appreciated by professionals... and you! Thank you so much!!! Now I'm off to edit hundreds of photos from this summer in Spain, Germany, France and Holland. I have so many things I want to blog about!
Pflanzenrettung plantrescue in Berlin Tegel
This is definitely one of the coolest places I got to visit recently: the Pflanzenrettung in Berlin Tegel. I received a little heads-up about this cool place by Heilke & Thomas from Parus Paper and Igor and I decided to go here straight from the airport before our Berlin booklaunch. The owner Andreas wasn't there, but we called him and he received us for a lightning fast 5-minute visit. I quickly snapped a few pictures because this was a plantnerd's dream!
The Pflanzenrettung in Berlin is a plant rescue service that picks up plants from all over Berlin and brings them to Tegel. Andreas places them in the garden and in a big hangar. Plants that become too big and outgrow the owner's apartments, or plants that are about to be thrown away, "old" office plants, plants that are used for temporary events: Andreas picks up all of them and gives them a new life. The plants that he collects, can be rented for events and sometimes he sells them too. Also, you can bring him your plants during your holiday or in the winter when your plants need some extra light or care. Like some kind of "hibernation-service"!
In the big hangar it's a jungle! At the moment there are not too many plants, according to Andreas, but in a few weeks it will be full of plants again.
So much leafy goodness, can you spot that big rubber plant in the middle? So much taller and more interesting than any Ficus elastica that you could pick up at the garden center. I like plants with character!
Outside it's cactus & palm heaven with wild creatures that are so much prettier than the perfect plants in regular garden centers:
Mini pots for big tall cacti:
I wish there was a plantrescue here in France too... or maybe I should start one myself hahaha.
I kind of fell in love with this slim blue-ish cactus plant on the right ;)
Pflanzenrettung /// Gabrielenstr. 14 /// 13507 Berlin-Tegel /// Andreas Frädrich: +49 30 200 540 50
Garden banquet with my LZF family
It's the last day of summer and today I want to share with you one of my most memorable evenings of this summer: the garden banquet at LZF Lamps in Spain. As part of Sunny Design Days, our group of bloggers and journalists was invited to attend a garden banquet in Chiva, a small town near Valencia. Little did we know we were invited into a family, the LZF family with the most welcoming, creative, friendly, down-to-earth and talented people. It was a magical evening where everything was so perfect, from the warm welcoming words, to the mini pineapples in our cocktails, to the beautifully designed name badges and dinner menus, to the glorious Spanish food, to all the team members, the garden setting with stunning LZF lighting, the music (yes! even the music was REALLY good!), the chefs, the people from KlunderBie that couldn't be there and created a video message for us. Seriously, everything felt just right. Not over-the-top, but taken care of with such eye for detail, taste and good vibes that it was mindblowing. I felt right at home and didn't want to leave. When Sandro told us, he didn't know how to do these kind of events in any other way, I thought that was SO touching. If the only way that you know how to invite people, is like this... by creating a heartwarming connection and invite complete strangers into your own personal world. That is where the magic happens. Let me try to show you a few bits and pieces of that magic.
Let's first start with the brand itself. LZF (Luzifer) Lamps is an established Spanish design brand that was founded by artist Mariví Calvo and musician Sandro Tothill in 1994. The couple started their business in a small studio in Valencia's historic center and when they grew bigger, they moved to this charming old winery location in Chiva, just outside the city. From the beginning they focus on wood veneer lamps, made by hand. The veneer is incredibly soft to touch and creates a unique light. The veneer is thin enough to allow some light to pass through. Which results in two very different colors & effects when the lamps are switched on or off. But LZF is not only about beautiful lighting, it's also about making, producing and communicating their work in their own personal way. With a little hint of the devil ;)
Throughout our visit we got to see these three sides parts of LZF: we started by visiting the mix-match offices of the LZF team where ideas, prototypes, color tests, plants, sketches and computers lay side-by-side. It felt very boho yet designy, and seeing the graphic designer's offices I could totally see myself working there... sipping a perfect pear-sage cocktail with a mini pineapple, of course. When we moved on from one room to the next, there was always a new surprise: were it the music starring LZF lamps, including CD/record sleeves and music posters (a campaigne that was awarded with several Red Dot awards), or the larger-than-life wooden animals called Funny Farm: it was a labyrinth of people working with other people. One of the values that showed throughout the evening was that they truly value other people's talents and ideas. They give carte-blanche (or lots of freedom) to designers, musicians, photographers, crafters, engineers to create what they think is best. Mutual respect, passion and talents, that is, also, where you'll find the magic at LZF.
We continued our visit through several rooms where all LZF lamps are produced, wrapped and shipped. All products come to life right here: in this former winery building in Chiva! Every lamp even has its own identifier which allows to trace which member of the LZF team created that specific lamp.
After this labyrinth visit, we were invited to join the LZF family outside in the garden for a Spanish feast of cheese, charcuterie, paella (which is a typical Valencianan dish, the rice paddies are just outside the city), salads, deconstructed cheese cake and lovely wine. We made polaroid photos to take home as a souvenir, watched videos of past and current LZF project campaigns in the outdoor cinema(!) and talked, laughed and ate for hours from mismatched tableware that Sandro inherited from his family in Australia.... As you can imagine, we didn't want to leave our new LZF family. I leave you with some more photos by the talented Maria Mira (and a few by me too, when I wasn't too busy enjoying the evening).
Photography by Miria Mira (5-6-11-13-16-17-19-20-21), rest by me (Judith de Graaff). More photos on LZF's blog.
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