Spring (..or almost summer)

How true is this chart!? It’s exactly what happened today!..at least here in Paris with 20 degrees celsius…

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..one of those sunny everything-is-possible and life-is-so-georgous days, right? At least, that’s how I felt .)

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Beautiful (more or less) abandoned places II

This abandoned outdoor movie theater in the Desert of Sinai looks just stunning…so surreal

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All this thanks to a crazy frenchman..and thinking that no single movie was ever screened at the End of the World Cinema…

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The Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas made those beautiful shots of this isolated place.

And those striking beautiful pictures by Andrew Newey of honey hunters in Nepal.
The Gurung honey hunters risk they life every year to gather honey from the world’s largest honeybee, an ancient tradition that goes back to hundreds of years.

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Aren’t they just breathtaking?

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Weeks faves

Have you heard of the miracle on 68th street, NY this week? A woman gave birth to her baby daughter on the streets of New York……

…and Happy (belated) Birthday, Elisabeth Taylor!

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Love this picture

..and, after a long and kind of stressful week, the most relaxing tunes according to the scientists

1. Marconi Union – Weightless 
2. Airstream – Electra 
3. DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 
4. Enya – Watermark 
5. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing 
6. Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
7. All Saints – Pure Shores 
8. Adele – Someone Like You 
9. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria 
10. Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

…for a very relaxing weekend!

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Madame l’Architecte

This one is a  special for all architects among you, my fellow sufferers, and those who know this business.  After a really sh…y day  at the office, having a look at  this tumblr really helps to relativize, put things into perspective .. and see things with some humour and less gravity.
Some of my french friends may already know it: Madame l’Architecte. Two women architects who narrate in pictures and with a lot of humour the daily routine of their work! It’s just hilarious!

Here are some of my favorites .)

(For the non frenchies among you, I tried some translation)

Quand le maitre d’ouvrage te demande si l’estimation des travaux inclut les options.
When the client asks you if the estimate of costs includes options.

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Quand tu demandes conseil à ton boss au sujet d’un courrier recommandé destiné à une entreprise –
When you ask your boss for advice about a registered mail for a contractor

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Quand tes collègues te demandent comment s’est passée ta réunion de chantier et que tu leur résumes en quelques mots.
When your colleagues ask you how was your site-meeting and you recap in a few words

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Quand le charpentier t’explique que les poteaux n’auront pas exactement la même section que celle que tu as dessinée.
When you carpenter explains to you that the pillars will not be exactly the same section that you have drawn.

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Quand l’entrepreneur t’explique qu’il ne lit jamais ses marchés avant de les signer, car cela demanderait au moins une semaine avec deux avocats, et que de toutes façons il a un accord cadre avec le client… “alors bon, les pièces contractuelles… Mme l’Architecte…”

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Quand tu gagnes un concours face à un Jean Nouvel (Oh yes,  sorry my dear – it happens to the best  of us .)
If you win a competition against Jean Nouvel (for the non-architects, it’s like winning a tennis match against Roger Federer)

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…and so on…

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Friday faves

This article in the NYTimes made me smile

Dear Diary:

I called up a restaurant that we had been wanting to go to for a while when we visit New York (my wife and I are both native New Yorkers). A young woman answered the phone.

“Hi, I’d like to make reservations for Valentine’s Day,” I said.
“Sure, sir, I think I can do that,” she replied. “Let’s see, Friday the 14th . . . ”
“Do you have anything available at 7?”
“Yes, we do. Seven o’clock, table for two?”
“Yes, that’s great,” I said as I gave her my name.
“You know,” the woman said, “of all the reservations I’ve taken for Valentine’s Day so far, you are the first guy to have called. All the other reservations have been made by women.”
“Really?” I asked, somewhat surprised.
“I’m even looking at the other names that are here on the list, and they’re all women’s names. So you’re the only guy. You get big points for that in my book.”
“Thanks. Do you mind if I tell you something?” I asked.
“Sure, go ahead.”
“I picked your restaurant and the time because that’s what my wife told me to do.”

Happy wife, happy life

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and this new hotel just opened in Paris where the name is concept as it seems : Hotel Crayon.

I’ve never really stayed in a hotel in Paris.  On my first visit I stayed at this great hostel, in the middle of Paris and then I always stayed at friends or in the end in my own appartement. People sometimes ask me if I can recommend a hotel while staying in Paris and I never know what to say but if I would visit Paris now I would definitely want to try this one. I looks really fun, don’t you think?

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It was designed by architect Julie Gauthorn who used the reference of crayon pencils to choose wallpaper designs.

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And have you heard of Steve Job’s time capsule that was found and unearthed after 30 years?!

It was put in the ground at the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983.

 

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It contained among other items the simple one-button mouse from Apple’s Lisa computer, a Rubik’s Cube, an eight-track of the Moody Blues and some… beer 🙂

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Have a good one!

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Origami door

I would love to have this door at home!

Great work by austrian designer Klemens Torggler. Fascinating what some people can do out of an ordinary object like a door, right?

It’s truly capturing only just to watch it over and over and over again…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I…we are not much about Valentine’s day but still – I stumbled over these great cards lately so I thought it’s a the perfect occasion to share.

They are all designed by fabulous illustratorDesigner Emily Dowell  (and there is mooore when you go and check out her site). Enjoy!

..this one made me smile.. (cause it’s so true)

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…and would have loved to get this one while I was in my early twentiesorsomething… (who wouldn’t, right?)

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…and this one would go to my crazyBeloved sister Maggie… and my dear friend Serena  .)

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..and this one, too.. and you Pips .)

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…and this one to you, my love

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Weeks faves

New Year… new trying. Since my life schedule at the moment often doesn’t leave me enough time to write posts as I would like to, I decided to set up  ‘Weeks faves‘ where I share things which I have stumbled upon during the week. So hope you enjoy!

KonneKt is a game that allows children in isolation to interact and play through glass barriers with others

Isn’t that great? Unbelievable that nobody has thought about this before. I love this idea and I really hope it can get realized and go into production so that kids all over could enjoy it.

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…a loudspeaker that you an actually sit in! Crazy.. but I would to have one of those at my office (especially when my colleague is there)
Equipped with 18 speakers and fitted with Tempur pillows that adjust to your body shape.
Designed by Scandinavian Studio Total and Pjadad.

And since it’s friday afternoon and almost time for the apéro here in Paris…

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I would love to have one of those in my kitchen. Beautiful bottle openers. I never thought I would say that one about a bottle opener – but these are really little masterpieces made of brass.
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And this one is especially for you, my chéri 🙂
The Undo button for you iphone. At least for me it’s new and I remember how often you swear that you cannot undo something that got erased or recover a text that just disappeared…voilà!

Have a great weekend!

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Happy New Year

 

Here we are..2014..it still sounds so weird..
And I’m way behind my blog… Life has been so busy the last couple of weeks…months. It seems like it has been a long year.. which went by so fast.

When I look back it doesn´t feel like IT has brought much new,  serious substantial changes but rather the Old in a new, altered, unknown manner.
Maxou has changed so much, the little baby he was only a couple of months ago seems so far away. He runs, he talks, he demands or refuses, he wants things his own way.
I’m back to work, same work but I finally know what it means to be a working mom.. life is not the same!  ‘What a cliché‘, I always thought ‘working mom‘. And you don’t understand what it really means till you really get there – I’m there and I’m worn out. And we only have one kiddo so far!! How are you doing the job with two or three…? So, my apologies to all those working moms out there, especially mine. I’ve never realized all the work you really had to manage.
There hasn’t been any serious, revolutionary changes in our relationship either yet I still have the feeling that it took a 100 degree turn.. from ‘us‘ to ‘us + 1‘. It changes so much without that you even notice it… Slowly, unconspiciously but surely the little +1 takes over everything . As casually as possible it sneeks in every corner of your mind, takes in all the place in your heart, takes possession of all your free time and your grasses matinées (french for fat morning – meaning staying in bed till noon) .) So, you have to be very careful.. and probably very well organized.because there comes a night when you lie in your bed and ask yourself ‘what happened to ‘us‘? Where did it go? ..and I? What happened to me? to seeing my friends, going swimming and doing pilates..?
So, we haven’t quite figured it all out yet, but we’ll get there. (hopefully)

But +1 means also + 1000000… of new, unknown, beautiful, unforgettable moments and feelings…which I’m so so thankful for.

So even thought the changes might seem imperceptible, they can be overthrowing… in every possible way.

Happy New Year everybody! ..with lots of magnificient changes in all forms and shapes.

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Bees detecting cancer

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Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees.

It’s simple: the patient exhales into a glass chamber in which the bees have been placed before; if they detect cancer (“..the odour on the patient’s breath that they have been trained to target”), the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber.

“Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.”
“The bees can be trained within 10 minutes,” explains Soares. “Training simply consists of exposing the bees to a specific odour and then feeding them with a solution of water and sugar, therefore they associate that odour with a food reward.”…
“There’s plenty of interest in the project especially from charities and further applications as a cost effective early detection of illness, specifically in developing countries,” Soares said.

Could it really be that simple?
Really Fascinating!

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