"London-based Levitate Architects came up with this ingenious solution to a book storage problem and created a loft-like bedroom nestled under the roof of the top-floor apartment. Here's what Levitate's Tim Sloan had to say about the project: The flat occupies part of the shared top floor of an existing Victorian mansion block. Our proposal extended the flat into the unused loft space above, creating a new bedroom level and increasing the floor area of the flat by approximately one third. We created a 'secret' staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client's desire for a library to form a 'library staircase' in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome. The stair structure was designed as an upside down 'sedan chair' structure (with Rodrigues Associates, Structural Engineers, London) that carries the whole weight of the stair and books back to the main structural walls of the building. It dangles from the upper floor thereby avoiding any complicated neighbour issues with the floors below."
Começo a conhecer-me. Não existo. Sou o intervalo entre o que desejo ser e os outros me fizeram, Ou metade desse intervalo, porque também há vida ... Sou isso, enfim ... Apague a luz, feche a porta e deixe de ter barulhos de chinelos no corredor. Fique eu no quarto só com o grande sossego de mim mesmo. É um universo barato.
A Polaroid anunciou recentemente que vai deixar de produzir filmes para as suas famosas máquinas instantâneas... esta notícia vem na sequência da nova estratégia da marca, que há um ano deixou de produzir máquinas fotográficas analógicas, e que está a dar os primeiros passos na fotografia digital.
(Pensar que daqui a uns anos todas as máquinas se vão reduzir à fotografia digital, imaculada, perfeita, asséptica... automatizada... sem espaço para o erro...a máquina digital é uma tentação, podemos tirar muitas fotografias, repetir, rever, ajustar, corrigir... mas uma maquina analógica tem sempre o encanto do resultado único, irrepetível, muitas vezes frustrante – quantos rolos estragados, fotografias desfocadas ou sem luz suficiente – mas quando sai bem, sai mesmo bem.)
Para todos os amantes da fotografia instantânea só há duas hipóteses: comprar todos os filmes que conseguirem encontrar ou reciclar a máquina (transformando-a numa máquina digital), para os interessados nesta última hipótese, carreguem neste link "Polaroid is dead, long live polaroid".
"Last month, the first foreign-language edition of the Book Review was launched in … Romania? Don’t be so surprised. The post-communist, Romance-language-speaking country of 22 million, recently famous for global cinematic sensations like “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “12:08 East of Bucharest,” also has a thriving literary scene. "
"The Romanian edition of the Times Book Review, published by Editura Univers with a beginning print run of 40,000 copies, is currently a mirror copy of the English edition but hopes to add coverage of Romanian books in a few months. The online version won’t be up and running until March, but check out this cover from the inaugural issue, which features Jeffrey Rosen’s review of Anthony Lewis’s new book “Libertate Pentru Opinile Pe Care Le Detestam” — that’s “Freedom For the Thought We Hate” to you and me. The very groovy cover illustration, by Patrick Thomas, reproduces the text of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The words “New York Times Book Review” are rendered in English, but the rest of the cover provides some phrases bookish travelers might find useful on their next trip to Bucharest, including “novel” (romanul), “history” (istoria) and “neoconservative” (neoconservativ). "
"There's a hole in the world Like a great black pit and the vermin of the world inhabit it and it's morals aren't worth what a pig could spit and it goes by the name of London. At the top of the hole sit a privileged few making mock of the vermin in the lower zoo, turning beauty to filth and greed...."
Designed by the architects Niels Bruun and Henrik Corfitsen.
"At the Nordic Watercolour Museum you can see the work of leading contemporary international watercolourists or study classical watercolour paintings of the past. You can choose to take a specialised course led by professional artists, try how it feels to pait alongside your own children or grandchildren in the children's studio, or prepare your forthcoming exhibition in one of the guests studios."
Current Exhibition: CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS 2.12. 2007 - 9.3 2008