Dreaming a Pool

  Today it was so hot I dreamed of having a pool. Something stilish, natural looking and completely integrated with the architecture. Something that doesn’t really look like a pool. Like this beautiful example in Rio de Jainero designed by Burle Marx, who incidentally also designed the tiles. Some days it is good to dream!

Urban Jungle

I have introduced you to Dossofiorito already (read about them here), and once again the duo’s love of nature has been the starting point to an extraordinary design. 

We have all at least once, receivedan orchid in a vase. Most don’t survive long, because of too much water and not enough moisture. In the wild orchids – and many other plants called epiphytes – grow clinging on branches or trunks of other plants. They are no parasites: in this way they capture enough moisture while keeping the roots dry. 

To mimic nature, Dossofirito have designed a beautiful collection of suspended containers in ceramic. They are in fact pots for epiphytic houseplants, excepts the plants are meant to grow outside the pot. On the inside you pour water, that will be absorbed by the plant through the porous ceramic. Slowly the roots will cover the pot. I am dreaming of dozens of pots hanging from the ceiling and my study turning into some crazy urban jungle. Gardener wanted! 

  

Blow a wish

I love dandelions. They clearly cannot compete with peonies, water lillies or irisis as far as shape goes. They are colourless and odourless, but boy are they smart! A perfect example of good design. They are also gregarious, light hearted and always up for travelling. And if you are in need of a wish, just blow!

Queen Pineapple

 

We all know succulents have replaced orchids as the “in plant” (can’t call it flower, can you?!) of choice, but have you noticed how much fruit is popping up in flower arrangements? And the queen of the party is of course the glorious pineapple. With its spiky crown and geometric pattern the pineapple is higly decorative and alluring. So it is no surprise that after several decade of disregard the pineapple is enjoying a deserved revival. I have recently seen pineaplles acting as lamps, graving bed posts, on fabrics and as decorative elements in the kitchen. 

During the 20th century, the pineapple was a symbol of hospitality. American Sea Captains placed one outside their homes when on returning after a voyage, to welcome visits from friends. That is how the trend of stone pineapples at the entrance of fine properties began. So even without a fancy gate, let’s introduce a bit of pineapple flair!