Inspired by this colorful installation of buoys in the garden of our little house in Galicia, we went beachcombing on the nearby beach. We found quite a lot of buoys which we turned into a little Chinese b(u)oy.
Part of our stash:
Look how cute he looks with his necklace:
Chasing the beach for buoys was great fun: it felt a bit like strolling through a flea market. Plus it tidied up the beach a tiny bit. Do you like chasing boys... ehm buoys?
Faro de Lariño
Our little house in Galicia Spain (booked through AirBnB <3 ) was situated near the Faro de Lariño. Somehow it surprised me that the light didn't rotate, but pointed in one direction. Lighthouses on this part of the Spanish coast play an important role. Because so many shipwrecks occured here, it's called Costa da Morte, coast of death...
Anyway, I really liked "our" Faro, and the locals are very proud of it too: the village restaurant has a scale model on display which is very cute. Do you have a favorite lighthouse? Or did you ever sleep in a lighthouse hotel?
Type in Motion @ A Coruña
It's not a secret that I'm a lover of beautiful typography. When arriving in A Coruña during our stay in Galicia, the first thing that caught my eye was this huge poster of the Type in Motion exhibition. Of course I had to see this!
While this exhibition presented interesting music videos, short films, trailers, media facades & logos (amongst others), I had seen most of it before. It included short movies like the world famous Logorama, No Doubt's Hey Baby video, Studio Dumbar's Inholland identity video and tons of kinetic videos. My favorite was this French video by Arthur King: Le Sample ( with fun sound effects ).
The exhibition design was well done ( with titles shaped in colored seatbelt rope! ), good lighting, cool music videos. And an overdose of beautiful moving type. Nothing brand new, but being surrounded by beautiful type always feels good.
Type in Motion is a touring exhibition by the Design Museum in Zürich and represented in A Coruña by the Fundación Barrié and closed its doors last weekend. More info can be found here.
Our home in IKEA Family Live Magazine
Remember I told you about a talented team that came over to our home for a photoshoot? Today I'm excited to tell you that it was for IKEA Family Live magazine! If you're an IKEA Family card holder, you'll receive the magazine in the mail this month. You can also read our home story online. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!
As soon as I knew that the photographer of one of my favorite editorial shoots ever ( the colorcoordinated shoot for Habitat '09 on Adrian's homepage ) would "do" our home, I was really excited. I've worked on many photoshoots as a stylist & photographer's assistant, but never in my own home. Even though our home is spacious, it felt crowded and there was "stuff" everywhere. But we had so much fun! Thank you guys for all the hard work & the great result!
Oh and I have so much more respect for professional models. It's so exhausting to keep your energy focused when you're being "shot". One of our cats didn't mind the mess, he usually loves strangers and it turned out: he also loves being on camera! You'll see Wally in a few of the final pictures too.
Back home from Galicia!
After 3 weeks, 3 countries, 4833kms, 5 different beds & beautiful cities like A Coruña, Biarritz, Vigo and Bilbao: I'm back home! It has been quite a shocking change of weather: after a true Indian Summer with lots of sun ( & sunburns ) in Spain & Portugal, autumn really started here in France. But to come home to all the sunny yellow here at Studio Sapique makes it easier to hang on to that holiday feeling just a little bit longer.
I took A LOT of pictures, so in the next few weeks I'll take you along to Galicia… and beyond!
Did you already see the 2 videos Nick shot here at Studio Sapique?
In the first one you see the exterior of Studio Sapique. At 00:28 you can see that we live right by the riverside. Every weekday commercial vessels pass by & on wednesdays we have rowers "joining" them. Each rowing shell comes with a trainer, who shouts instructions from a Zodiac. I'd love to give it a try some time ( not the shouting, but the rowing! ).
In the second episode we take you inside: to our entry hall with its suspended staircase. Read more about it here.
These videos are part of a series. All shot & edited by Nick from Lifely. I can't wait to show you the next one! Soon!
The Typography of Travel 4
Beautiful typography spotted on some of my travels:
Graff (jewelry store) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Freia (chocolate brand) clock - Oslo, Norway
Timber Joinery Artisal - Creil, France
Danish Design Center - Copenhagen, Denmark
Linge Ferry - Ålesund, Norway
Les Bains des Docks - Le Havre, France
Another Nué - Copenhagen, Denmark
Crazy Daisy (nightclub) - Svendborg, Denmark
Kasia Gasparski (goldsmit) - Copenhagen, Denmark
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3!
Sucker for Succulents 2
When shooting our home for the Sapique Webisodes, I told Nick I absolutely wanted to film in the greenhouse. It's where I grow succulents, cactus plants, agaves, ferns & palm trees ( which I absolutely love ). While setting up the cameras & trying to find the right angles, Nick said it looked uninteresting on film. The collection of plants was all too green. Well, I like all these subtile colors. Do you?
I always choose color & shape over pattern. But a bold graphic pattern every once in a while, does make me very happy. Like this wall decoration at the Center of World Cultures Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp, Belgium. Isn't it pretty? And you? Do you like patterns?
A beetle in a jar
I know you're not supposed to keep insects in a jar. But I found this one a bit lost in the greenhouse at Studio Sapique. I put him in a jar just for a few minutes ( with one silly leaf ), so I could take some pictures. Otta was intrigued & wanted to play with the beetle. That's when I let him out. Bye bye black beetle!
Vintage Sapique 14
One of the toughest things while renovating Studio Sapique, was the lack of central heating. We moved in just before winter. On our first day we had no running water, so that was the first thing we took care of. I remember my husband was working on the new plumbing with a friend. It was freezing outside and they wore gloves while using the gas torch. It was almost impossible to finish the job because the butane inside the torch became liquid, which happens at < 4°C...
That first winter we heated one room with electric heaters, which cost a fortune & we were cold all the time because the capacity was insufficient. Imagine cooking dinner in a cold temporary kitchen. Every. Single. Day. Or taking a shower when the bathroom's temperature is about 5°C. I can tell you your shower gel isn't liquid anymore ;o)
Because of French bureaucracy & the enormous amount of work we survived 7 (!) cold winters at Studio Sapique. A "little" longer than expected. But last winter was bliss. We could finally invite people over between november & march! And DO stuff at home. Because you're too busy keeping warm when it's cold inside.
Otta & Dwjareb ( two of our 3 cats ) love floor heating just as much as we do. They prefer laying down on the floor as flatcats. In the summer when the heating is not on, they prefer sunbathing, as seen above.
Anyway: as for the upcoming winter, I don't fear the view below anymore!
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Dans un jardin
Earlier this summer, my husband & I spent some time in this Parisian jardin where he proposed to me over 14 years ago. We had not been back since. It felt completely different & yet I felt at least just as happy as back in 1998. Can you guess in which garden I took this picture?
While I'm in Spain ( my first time! ) enjoying some time off, I would like to introduce you to my favorite Spanish design studio: Atipo. Atipo is a small design studio in Gijón founded in 2010 by Raúl García del Pomar & Ismael González. Their approach to design is a little unexpected: they freely mix typography, type design with photography & video in self initiated projects. The results are AMAZING.
These first images come the from the Cassanet booklet: an inspirational & humoristic overview of the font Cassannet. The font is free ( pay with a tweet or Fb / pay what you want ) just like the beautiful Bariol. Can't wait to use them once I'll be back in France!
I love Atipo's pure & clever designs, based on good forms, great kerning & visual humor. ¡Viva Atipo!
( copyright of these images by Atipo )
This is what caught my eye at one of the least stylish places in the Oise. I liked the contrast between the grungy place with garbage trash all over & the YSL label...
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