Friday, December 13, 2013

Color my world

Color Therapy?? Sign me in! Renowned for her eclectic use of color, French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux launched the first of her 100 Colors series in the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo as part of the 2013 Shinjuku Creators Festa.






Taking inspiration from the multiple layers and hues in the city of Tokyo, Moureaux developed her design concept ‘Shikiri’, which means dividing and creating spaces using colors. 840 papers – selected from the Japanese paper manufacturer Takeo – are hung from the ceiling creating a volume of suspended tints and shades. Beanbags placed beneath the installation invite visitors to immerse themselves in the space.

On the rear wall 100 round circles highlight all the colors in the installation. Visitors place a sticker next to their favorite to illustrate trends.



Emmanuelle who resides in Tokyo since 1996, uses color and three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, and not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces. Her signature style can be found in Architecture, Interior, Furniture and product design. Below are some of my favorite designs by her.









Photos via Emmanuelle.jp
Photos Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners cities around the world.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Happy coffee day!!

You would think that in a city the size of Los Angeles finding a good cup of coffee would be easy. It turns out that it really isn't. After two many cups of caffeine and many coffee shops visited, here are our top two coffee shops. Of course, there are many other great places, but for now since is coffee day, I will only write about our favorites!

No. ONE in Orange County!!


KEAN COFFEE

We came across this place by luck when we use to live in OC two years ago. Since then, we drink it every single day at home and twice a week on my way to work. This place is HEAVEN for us. They know how to prepare a real cup of anything that has good coffee in it. The flavor is bold and different from other coffees we've tried and you can taste their freshly roasted beans in every single cup.

Everything there is excellent, but don't forget to try the Turkish Cafe Late, which is basically Turkish coffee with milk and cardamom on top... my piece of heaven!!

  My two favorites; Espresso and Turkish Late 

This is the coffee we get for our espresso machine at home! You can't go wrong with these coffee beans.


Serving in two locations:
Newport Beach Coffeehouse  2043 Westcliff Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tustin Coffeehouse 13681 Newport Avenue, Suite 14,Tustin, CA 92780


No. ONE In LA!!


ALFRED COFFEE AND KITCHEN

This sweet and trendy coffee shop is perfect for an afternoon break or just to hang out during the weekend.
Definitely a celebrity watch spot, this eclectic little place is located in Melrose Place and it serves one of the best coffees in LA.  They brew Stumptown Coffee and the americano is definitely my favorite! The atmosphere is very warm and friendly and the baristas are all dressed in Rag & Bone!




Serving in one location:
8428 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From a different point of ~view~

Some of you may not have been blessed with the gift of 20/20 vision( including myself), but hope you love wearing your glasses, because you were given a lifelong pass to experiment with wonderful eyewear.

There have always been a few famous styles I've personally loved, but the creatives at Pop Chart Lab have compiled a huge list of fashion-forward frame-wearers into one amazing piece of wall decor (I love this stuff!!!). The Chart of Famous Eyewear includes every pair from Benjamin Franklin's bifocals to Elvis's kingly sunglasses.

 Pop Chart Lab The Chart of Famous Eyewear, $27, available at Pop Chart Lab.



The stylish eyewear of stars have become iconic in their own right. Designer Frederico Mauro has created another great series of pictures with famous frames worn by actors, musicians, directors and activist. Here are a few of my favorites, this art is amazing!












Check out Mauro's website to see  the rest of the collection.

And last but not least..My point of view! Seriously I can't leave without them :) 


Friday, July 26, 2013

Taste the world with EatWith

One of the joys of traveling is experiencing new cultures and trying authentic new flavors. Whether it's homemade Paella in Madrid or Eclectic North African feast in New York or a Hummus Extravaganza in Tel Aviv. EatWith gives travelers the opportunity to eat with locals in their homes and experience culinary tradition.

EatWith, really blew my mind! It immediately makes one think, why on earth hasn't this been around for ages already? Everyone can turn their home into a little private restaurant, you can host a meal on your own house and cook your own food, or attend dinners offered around the world and meet interesting new people.


I  really loved this idea because food brings people together! As Julia Child said " People who love to eat are always the best people".



Want to see more? find amazing meals in EatWith and share your experience with me! 







In case you were wondering, each host is carefully selected based on their personal background, hosting skills, entertaining space and food quality, among other parameters. Check out their EatWith guarantee.

Photos via EatWith

Friday, July 19, 2013

Eat your heart out LA

Once again locals and visitors have the opportunity to try a prix-fixe three-course menus (lunches from $15, $20 or $25 and dinners from $25, $35 or $45) at some of LA's best restaurants.

 There are thousand of restaurants this year for all the foodies out there; so below is a compiled Handy Guide to Dining Out during dineLA from Eater.com just to get you started. But remember, there are plenty of other choices listed on the dineLA webiste.


Dine LA restaurant week in now going on thru Friday July 26, so don't forget to make your reservations!! 

Bon appetit! 









Photos and Handy Guide to Dining Out during dineLA via  Eater.com

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Starbucks Japan

One of the most fascinating new design concept I've seen so far, is the Starbucks Coffee in Fukuoka. Its location determined by the unusual approach of design, as the street on which it stands leads to a shrine dedicated to a Japanese deity.

With the most rudimentary building materials and designed by architect Kengo Kuma, the structure uses hundreds of interlocking wooden blocks giving the impression that the Starbucks was nested in a tree. While the space is beautiful, the design also functions as a roof support and can be dismantled and reassembled somewhere else, adding a sustainable facet to the project. I love it!








Photos via bigin-japan