ON OUR WEBSITE: We bring to you an interview with architect Silvia Ullmayer in her Hackney home – which she shares with her architect partner Allan Sylvester and two daughters. They called their home ‘In-between’, a joint effort between Silvia, Allan and friends. Freshly graduated ten years ago, they found themselves too poor and unable to afford anything but unreasonably small quarters. Among the increasingly expensive London housing market, In-between sets an example — that finding and building one’s home is made possible through persistence and imagination. Thanks to our London correspondent, Henrietta Zeffert for the images and the interview; as well as to Karoline Mayer and Killian O’Sullivan for additional images.
ON OUR WEBSITE:Tim Rileyfrom Property Collectives enlightens us on the emerging age of ‘The Internet of Things’. This future will shift how people consume and control their energy usage; as easy as signing in to Instagram! Recent advancements in media and communications technology have enabled smarter appliances that can be switched on or off and managed via the web. Such technology will enable households to make smarter choices, as sustainable and more efficient ways of living will become more visible. Power to the people! Thanks to Tim for sharing his knowledge with us andMarc Martinfor providing the illustration.
Wild imagery are sweeping through our imagination thanks to Esther Nienhuis.
A desire to be elsewhere is the central theme of my work. In the series called Saudade, I represent this boundary as a physical one. A view is shown from behind the rain-covered or sun-lit windscreen of a car. Thick drops dance over the screen or are smashed against the side, swept away by the wipers. The film of water and the reflection of the sun on the otherwise invisible glass partly deform the view. This perturbing layer is always present, in between here and elsewhere. The screen uncovers the world that is longed for and excludes it at the same time.
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has made a poetic filmic piece called ’Your Embodied Garden.’ Olafur’s inspiration came from a visit to a scholar’s garden in Suzhou, China. The limited parameters made him reflect on how the garden framed his observation and therefore his understanding of himself within it. In collaboration with his choreographer, Steen Koerner, the film documents how the body moves in response to the garden — directing us to reflect on how our lives are a result of the force of nature. Film stills courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson.
ON OUR WEBSITE: Ah MUJI, hurry up and open in Melbourne! Leon Goh profiles the understated collectivism of the Japanese masters of ‘no design design’ through the framework of their recent Found MUJI project. Photos of the Found MUJI publication pages (edited by Naoto Fukusawa) by Eugenia Lim.
Beautiful video installation works by Rebeca Mendez. Take us to these landscapes!
FABIAN BÜRGYwas born in 1980 in Switzerland where he still lives and works as a Sculptor and Independent Digital Creative. His diverse and playful artistic practice, which includes sculpture, installation and digital imaging, explores the aesthetic of things through random encounters of materials, misplaced situations and spatial relationships.
ON OUR WEBSITE: Georgia Nowak sails back to the remote Fogo Island, in the Newfoundland region of Canada for our second LESS IS MORE instalment on the exquisite artist studios by Saunders Architecture. A secular and spiritual work space for visiting artists, the 28.5 sqm Bridge Studio overlooks an inland pond – the perfect spot for inward and outward contemplation. Photos by Bent Rene Synnevag.
ON OUR WEBSITE:Hong Kong is one of the densest, most vertical metropolises in the world – green land and fresh produce is not easy to come by. Joanna Kawecki speaks with Michael Leung, the quiet creative powerhouse behind urban beekeeping/design collective HK Honey,revolutionising the rooftops one hive at a time. Photos by HK Honey, Glenn Eugen Ellingsen and Kiku Ohe. Many thanks to our pals at Ala Champfestwho originally published this interview in their Issue #7.