Orto Botanico in Rome part 2
For the last blogpost of the year, I'm taking you inside the greenhouse at the Orto Botanico in Rome. If you liked the little walk around the botanical garden, you are in for a treat: the inside is gorgeous too! It is definitely not the prettiest greenhouse that I ever visited, but I had the place all to myself, the light was amazing, the plants looked healthy and were full of character and uncommon shapes. It was not too perfect, just the way I like it. So let's have a look inside:
In what looks like the entrance hall, grows a couple of very tall Euphorbia, some of which are endangered.
Euphorbia growing towards the light:
An impressive grid look:
Love the heart shaped leaves (and thorns) on this Alluaudia:
In the side wing they grow the cacti, succulents and Caudex, like these Mother in Law's seats:
Playful Babel designs by iBride + giveaway!
It is one of the "design trends" that I spotted (and liked!) a lot in 2017: playfulness. Designs that change shape, that have different uses or that evolve over time. Nothing too serious, nice curves that you want to touch and overall: fun!
Today I would like to introduce you to one of these designs. As you may have seen I spotted these new stackable tableware sets for the first time at Maison & Objet in September. They are designed by French company iBride, that created 3 sleek Babel towers in melamine that consist of cups, bowls, plates and dishes. They look great when stacked, but it's also a lot of fun to create new shapes and turn them into presentation dishes or other surprising combinations: (scroll down for the giveaway details!)
The outsides of the Babel towers have a beautiful matte finish and on the inside the designers Rachel & Benoît Convers added small colorful illustrations that highlight the primary senses connected to food: sight, smell, taste and touch.
iBride is a small design company based in the Bourgogne France Comté region in Eastern France and was founded 20 years ago by Carine Jannin and her sister Rachel Convers and brother-in-law Benoît Convers. They are known for their creative tableware and small furniture. The word "ibride" itself is a French wordplay for "hybrid", and many of iBride's pieces do indeed combine several forms and functions. Like new Babel range.
Through an ingenious and beautiful 3D surface pattern, the bowls and cups fit perfectly into eachother:
The Babel towers are not only playful: their surface pattern also gives a nice haptic feedback on touch:
All three designs are dishwasher safe, made of durable food grade melamine. And they come in nice boxes that emphasise their individual fonctions: drink, eat or make:
And voilà: the inside! green, mustard, mint and black & white illustrations by Rachel Convers:
So my idea was to show you a table full of food and snacks, but when taking pictures it wasn't dinner or apéro time (yet) so instead I gathered the ingredients for our taco dinner. Well, when I say our taco dinner: I mean the dinner Robert prepared for us. Because apart from the occasional baking session, I still never cook. I do love to eat though ;)
And now comes the good news: you can get to play with the Babel tower of your choice too! Together with iBride I get to giveaway a Babel EAT (light grey), Babel DRINK (dark grey) or Babel MAKE (white).
For a chance to win:
► Follow @joelixjoelix and @ibride_design on Instagram
► Leave a comment on this Instagram post with the Babel you would like to win
► Tag two friends in your comment, that would love a Babel too
Giveaway is open to anyone in Europe until December 18th 2017. The winner will be announced on Tuesday December 19th, like an early Christmas gift, in a comment on the Instagram post and via Instagram direct message. Fingers crossed!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been contacted. Thank you all for playing!
This blogpost was made in collaboration with iBride. They kindly provided me with the Babel towers, but all photos, opinions and words are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going!
Orto Botanico in Rome part 1
Some days feel like you received a precious gift. Not in a monetary way, that you may expect in this month of gift giving, wishlists, giftguides, giving to charity and advent calendars. But more in an "experience" way. Two weeks ago, after spending a wonderful weekend in Rome for #Blago2017 I was lucky to have an extra few hours in the city, all by myself. Now I love to spend time with cool people, but a few hours of calmth and sunshine in the Botanical Gardens of Rome were just wonderful too. Time to get my camera rolling, to soak up all the sunshine I could get before heading home to greyness at home, and to admire the lush palms, cacti, tropical foliage, greenhouses, bamboo and succulents. A true gift!
So let me share my gift with you in this post. Maybe it will inspire you to go visit your local botanical garden, or even visit the one in Rome.
The Orto Botanico of Rome Sapienza University is located at walking distance from the Vatican, on the west bank of the Tiber, outside the boundaries of ancient Rome. It consists of a 12ha parc on the slopes of the Janiculum hill, overlooking the 17th-century Palazzo Corsini, which was from 1659-1689 the residence of Queen Christina of Sweden, now the headquarters of the National Academy of Science and the Corsini Gallery. It looks rather majestic (photo above) I believe.
Two of my alltime faves: palmtrees and Opuntia cacti:
This tall cactus was sunbathing in front of the Palazzo Corsini:
Rome... feels like LA:
The exhibition greenhouse and in the front the "Garden of Simples" with flowerbeds with medicinal plants, structured bricks:
The perfect spot for soaking up sunshine, with a view on palms... and more palms:
One of the unique features of the Orto Botanico, and one of the richest in Europe, is the Bamboo Collection with over 70 different varieties of bamboo!
As the botanical garden is located on the on the slopes of the Janiculum hill, I got a really nice view over the old city of Rome through the autumn foliage:
The French greenhouse was all empty, usually it's full of Haworthia, Lithops and Gasteria, but I loved the detail of the curved window. It was only when editing pictures that I saw there's a large pomelo tree in the background!
Did you like the little walk around the Orto Botanico with me? Check back soon as I'll take you inside the fabulous succulent & cactus greenhouse that you see on the picture below. Look at those blue glass details on the front. Gorgeous, right? Believe me, the inside is really nice too!
Orto Botanico dell'Università di Roma "La Sapienza" /// Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24 /// 00165 Roma /// Italy
Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5:30/6:30pm, entry fee 8€
Warm light at home with LZF
While keeping our home as "neutral" as possible for the sake of selling, it is a delight to make it actually look nice and cosy and feel like home while we're still here. Especially now that temperatures are dropping (we had some snow over the weekend!) and the dark days before Xmas are getting close, I'm slightly obsessed with extra blankets and candles. And with good light... because candle light is all cosy and pretty, but it doesn't allow you to properly read a book. Unless you would light a hundred of them ;)
When I think of "warm", I also think of family, friends and even blogfriends. One of the most memorable blog evenings of last year was in Chiva, near Valencia Spain, where my LZF family hosted a garden banquet in their garden, near the LZF Lamps workshop and studio. Under the iconic decorative lighting in wood veneer, they set up a large table with tableware from Sandro's family, invited friends to cook a wonderful meal, and we had a magical evening. It is hard to catch evenings like this in words, but I tried to in this blogpost, together with a lot of photos. Sweet memories!
And like with real family: you keep in touch! I met my LZF family earlier this year in Milan where they launched their new collection, including a beautiful new color for their wood veneer: PINK! And a few weeks ago they sent me an elegant Air lamp for me to try at home. When they asked me which color I would prefer, I instantly thought of this beautiful pink, but finally opted for natural Beech, because this gives a warmer color of light. Just what we need in our cinema room. Look how it compliments the floor lamp and candle light:
What I like about the wood lamps of LZF is that they look great: both on and off. The shape of the Air lamp, designed by Ray Power, pleats and folds into an elegant shape that holds a dimmable LED light. When you turn on the light you can clearly see the structure of the wood veneer and it shines a warm glow into the room. I noticed that it's quite addictive to add a warm light source to a room: the other day I forgot to turn it on in the evening, and wondered why the cinema room looked so gloomy. So the Air is here to stay ;)
Paid partnership with LZF Lamps. They kindly provided me with an Air table lamp, but all photos, opinions and words are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going!
A postcard from beautiful Rome
Last weekend I went to Italy for the fourth time this year. In April I was invited to Milan for Design Week and later that month I was in Genoa and we visited Aosta in May. But it had been 21 years and 1 month since I was in Rome, during the typical "Rome reis", a trip for highschool students with Latin & Greek in their curriculum. From what I remember, Rome felt like a giant open air museum with cute carabinieri and all the rememnants of the history that we learned about at school. The city of Rome was also the stage of our teenager adventures, a first longer trip away from our families, with nights on the Spanish steps, cheap Lambrusco and the discovery of antipasti.
Anyway, going back to beautiful Rome for our annual Blago trip was wonderful. Flashes of memories came back, but more importantly: we created new memories that didn't include caribinieri or Lambrusco. This end of November felt like fall, with the colorful leaves still on the trees, instead of on the ground like here in Paris, and we were lucky to have our local friend Kat as our guide. She showed us her Rome, took us to the best places to eat, off the beaten track, organised a pasta cooking class for us, and made us laugh so much. The six of us met more than five years ago at a blog conference and became instant friends. Ever since, two babies were born, careers evolved, some of us even moved countries, but our annual girl's trips are a welcome break from it all. Here are a few snaps of the weekend!
I'm currently preparing a few extra blogposts, about our amazing apartment Casa Cau, the pasta workshop, bubbles and the amazing botanical garden. But first: weekend! Have a good one!
Oh how I love green balconies:
Early morning (8AM!) posing at the Trevi Fountain. Deepa looking all sharp and shiny:
Roman streetart in the Ostiense neighborhood: a colorful mural by BLU on the Fronte del Porto, a former aeronautical barracks:
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