KIDS /LEGO INSPIRATION

Texte en français à la fin de l'article
I am a big fan of Lego ever since I was a child. 
And I passed this passion on to my kids who spend hours 
building, destroying and building again entire worlds of colored bricks. 
But Lego inspires adults as well.
Several versions of the plastic colored bricks can be found in all kind of materials : 
wood, concrete, chrome and even paper.
wood-carved lego figures by malet thibaut + chrome figures
But where does this little brick come from? We need to fly back to Danemark in the 1930s 
when a carpenter specialized in wooden toys creates a company whose name is the abbreviation of the 
Danish sentence leg godt, which means "play well". 
But the plastic bricks we are familiar with will start being produced almost twenty years later. 
Since the shape of the brick was patented, early bricks from the 60s can perfectly match the ones from 2013! 

wooden bricks + paper bricks by kevin van aelst + concrete lego blocks by a. lewicki + patent drawing
But inspirations goes behind materials to inspire artists 
who imagine the little brick or the little figures in all kind of situation ;-)
quote + hope
Long Easter week-end is approaching. 
Have a lovely one and take the time to play 

Je suis une grande fan de Lego depuis que j'étais petite. Et j'ai transmis cette passion à mes enfants qui passent des heures à construire, détruire et construire encore des nouveaux mondes de briques colorées. 
Mais Lego inspire des adultes aussi, qui reprennent les formes des briques et des figurines lego pour les mouler dans toute la sorte de matériaux : du bois, du béton, du métal chromé et même du papier.
Mais certains artistes sont inspirés par la simple forme de la brique qu'ils imaginent dans toutes sortes de situations.

Mais d'où vient cette petite brique ? Il faut faire un bond dans les années 1930 au Danemark où un charpentier spécialisé dans les jouets en bois crée une société dont le nom est l'abréviation de l'expression danoise "leg godt", qui signifie "joue bien". Mais il faut attendre encore une vingtaine d'années pour trouver les premières briques en plastique que nous connaissons si bien. Et puisque la forme de la brique fut brevetée, les briques des années 1960 peuvent parfaitement s'emboîter avec celles de 2013! 

Passez un bon week-end de Pâques et prenez le temps de jouer 


DESIGN ICON ➤ BIALETTI


Blueprints from the London Design Museum + scandinavian dekoremodelista + "L'omino con i baffi", the bialetti mascot
 sebastian watersa merry mishap + expensive life
pinterest + ikea family livenick and max
This week the Design Icon is a special one. I am Italian, so this is an icon on its own. In an age when Nespresso is considered as the reference for coffee, let's go back to good coffee as Italians do it :-)
Designed in 1933, the "caffettiera" has been a style icon since the 1950s. It is an essential and fashionable part of almost every Italian kitchen.Many variations of the Moka have been developed, but the Moka Express is a time-honoured classic. Its clean classic design with the symmetrical eight-faceted metallic body is easily recognizable and it had the same design for over 70 years (unusual in a world of constantly changing products). 

Last but not least, Alfonso Bialetti is the grandfather of Alberto Alessi, the founder of the famous Italian design house (an upcoming Design Icon for sure).

Buon caffé a tutti e buona giornata  






BRIGHT WHITE

I am very fond of colours. 
They add a happy touch to an interior, are they in details or on entire walls. 
These days I noticed I was very much attracted by white, even total white, interiors. 
Winter is (almost) over but white has been the prevailing colour for months. 
I think it influenced this change of attitude. 
I will certainly be back soon with bright colours. 
But who said that white isn't a colour and it isn't bright?  
Here is the proof he was wrong 
vanilla eternity101 woonideeennordic leaves 
bolinano shape no shade + pinterest
in the white + pinterest
Here we are for an evening post (which is pretty unusual for un23ilaria). 
This is the post I did yesterday and wasn't able to publish.
In the meantime I found out that Emma from Emmas designblogg did similar post almost at the same time. 
Her blog is a reference in the field, so give a look at it :-)
And have a lovely evening 

(Happy I can finally post my Monday's post)



SPRING KNOCKING

It has been a tough week. 
Renovation works at home, a lot of dust and mess, everything out of place.
Things are getting back in order little by little 
and yesterday I bought myself some flowers.
I needed nature at home. I needed life among the dust and the mess.
But s p r i n g knocking at our doors inspired me for that purchase as well.
Winter was long and cold. 
Our eyes need the sun and the colours of this coming season more than ever.
Now that I can have my vases back in place, 
here are some inspirations for beautiful and simple bouquets. 

Enjoy the flowers and have a lovely day ♥



Sources 1. •  2. a b c d •  3. a b c

DESIGN ICON ➤ THONET CHAIRS


amm + pinjacolada + the style files + remodelista
laure joliet + designboomflodeau + at home in love
This week we fly to Vienna, around 1859. Biedermeier and French Neo-Classical furniture are the prevailing styles of the time.Simple, elegant, dark, sometimes carved cabinets found their place in all middle and high-society houses. But a sort of revolution is finding its way through an ambitious and determined cabinetmaker, Mr. Michael Thonet (to be pronounced Tone-eT" with a hard beginning and ending t)Thonet's essential breakthrough was his success in having light, strong wood bent into curved, graceful shapes by forming the wood in hot steam. A technology, known as bentwood, that took years to perfect. This enabled him to design entirely novel, elegant, lightweight, durable and comfortable furniture, which appealed strongly to fashion - a complete departure from the heavy, carved designs of the past - and whose aesthetic and functional appeal remains to this day. Ever since, the Thonet chairs, No. 14 on top, have become a design classic, declined in several colours to enter even modern and contemporary interiors. Few 19th-century icon furniture pieces stood the test of time. But Thonet gave life to something so new, that even the design revolutions of the following century couldn't stop its success. 

Do you have a Thonet chair at home? Would you like to have one? I certainly will one day, and in the meantime have a lovely day ♥


KIDS /DESIGN DOLLS' HOUSES

I have two boys, so instead of dolls' houses I have garages and Medieval castles at home.
But I think I am getting ready to have my dolls' house, 
if the choice has to be taken among one of these modern architectures, all equipped with design furniture. 
These are so beautiful you can proudly show them in your living-room 
(by the way, one of them is a coffee-table that transforms into a dollhouse when parties are over!)
Ready to play? 

Modern-style architectures by Miniio
 Scale dollhouses reproduction of Arne Jacobsen’s architectures with tiny designer furniture and modern art pieces
1. The Emerson Doll House is inspired by Neutra’s Desert House and A. Quincy Jones’ house for Gary Cooper; 2. Villa Sibis;
3. Qubis Haus, a coffee table becoming a doll house after adding sliding panels

It is amazing how the Victorian dolls' houses we used to have in our childhood 
seem so far away (without even talking about the Barbie's ones ;-)
Did you make up your mind? Which one would you choose?
Have a great day and a lovely week-end
♥ 




DESIGN ICON ➤ BUTTERFLY CHAIR


details oriented + uvesauer  + Lucky Strike advertisement in 1955 via paul malon flickriver
design to inspire + Sophia Loren in Cannes in 1955 via knibb design + my pinterest
This is the week of the butterfly (at least for un23ilaria ;-) After the post about the Caribbean island in the shape of a butterfly, here we are with our Wednesday rendez-vous.  Sit comfortably and enjoy. The Butterfly Chair was designed in 1938 in Buenos AiresTwo years later, during a design exhibition in town, it was noticed by Edgar Kaufmann jr, Curator of Industrial Design at the MoMA in New York. He considered it as an example of "Good Design," because it was functional, handsome, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive (and eventually bought two of them: one for the Museum and one for his parents' new Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house!Also known as Hardoy Chair and BKR, from the name of its three designers (Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy), this comfortable chair quickly became hugely popular in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast.Mass-produced in the US by Alvar AAlto through Artek and then by Knoll, the ones you can buy today are probably just copies of the original ones. But if you want an affordable Design Icon at home, this is certainly one of them: perfect in any style of interior and comfortable as a cocoon.And now, take a good book, sit comfortably and have a lovely day (wish I could do it ;-) ♥



SORRY ... WE'RE ON HOLIDAYS ;-)


It's high time 
we took a long week off for some well deserved 
h o l i d a y s 
just the 4 of us, just having fun with sea, sand and sun 
See you in 10 days when we are back from 
G u a d e l o u p e 


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