Cardboard Clouds

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You wouldn’t really be able to build a castle on these clouds but cardboard boxes do provide shelter for many homeless people.

This exhibition in the Norwegian Centre of Design and Architecture (DogA) is designed by architects from Fantastic Norway studio and features a giant pixelated cardboard cloud.

The exhibition is environmental and budget-friendly. Running until August 23, the boxes will be taken down and recycled.

One to go to if you find yourself in sunny Oslo. via Dezeen

Shantytemple Surprise

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The thing I love most about KL is the randomness and incongrous buildings that sit side by side each other. Like the Hindu temple that sits under a shopping mall called Mid Valley. Or this Chinese temple I spotted today whileI was waiting around for my sister to finish in a meeting.

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This shanty temple stood out next to the highway in vermillion and had a little one-stop bike thing filled with joss sticks, statues of deities, Malaysian flags and a sack or two. I walked into the smokey interior and witnessed a ladymonk/nun going about her business on a side altar and an older man rushing around the main altar which was filled with about what seem like a thousand gods.

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Note the little altar that’s been propped to the side of that tyre complete with joss stick that’d been burnt.

Around the World in 3 Senses

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One of my favourite stories as a child was Around The World in 80 Days. See, travel and faraway lands have always excited me.  Lately, this has been on my mind as I have just booked flights to go back to see family and am counting down days until my holiday. 

Sometimes time and budgets do not allow for traveling and you need to be creative. Travel can come in the form of books, film, music and food. Today I read The Times Online’s 50 Best Food Blogs and felt very inspired to do a spot of cooking and baking. 

I was also reminded of this restaurant/architectural wonder that I read about in New Zealand. The Yellow Treehouse is part of New Zealand’s Yellow Pages marketing campaign to prove that any project can be finished using the Yellow Pages. 

I love the architecture and design of this restaurant. I love that it resembles a lantern.

For now, I’m happy just listening to some Cumbia for a taste of the exotic.

I like my outdoors indoors

There’s a bit of magic when your space is altered. I love it when the outdoors get mixed up with the indoors and vice versa. The best art installations I’ve seen have mostly been about altering your environment, which is familiar in an Alice in Wonderland kind of way.

Last year, I saw some pretty spectacular outdoor/indoor mix-up. I was reminded of this when I was looking at an Anthony McCall image on  Chris’s blog. Technically the exhibition I went to in the Serpentine Gallery didn’t really bring the outdoors indoors but it helped fuel my imagination on what it was like to be able to walk towards the sunlight in a midnight sky.

mccallThis reminded me then of the time when we went to see Roger Hiorn’s Seizure. A flat in a housing estate in Elephant & Castle had been transformed into a crystal house.

2955012355_be4208184eOn a smaller scale, a nice way to bring the outdoors indoors is through something like a tree bed. Having been brought up in the city, I have found nature slightly scary. While I can appreciate nature aesthetically, I am not entirely comfortable with being outdoors. I like that someone has thought to design something for the non-campers out there.

tree-bedLast summer, on a glorious sunny day, I found myself walking along South Bank and stumbled upon the Armchair Theater.

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But really, the quickest way to bring the outdoors indoors or the playground anywhere is with this swing skirt by Rachel Griffin. I love that with this one simple design, this is fashion that you can wear and play in anywhere, anytime. Easily going back in time and being a kid again.

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Sew Loopy

If you thought that knitting had reached its peak with stitch-n-bitch groups, the knots are getting bigger in the form of guerilla knitting for the outdoors and phat threads for your interiors. I don’t really know how to knit and have tried to bring out my crafty side by picking up some free leftover yarn from work and finding some giraffe-stamped needles from the local charity shop. I have had friends try to teach me but I abandoned the project sometime last year when I got distracted by something else. But perhaps knitting graffiti can help me pick up those needles and cast some loops.

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Graffiti has evolved quite a bit from its spraycan origins. Laser tagging and cuprocking are ones that spring to mind. Some might argue that guerilla knitting isn’t a true graffiti art (would you call it craffiti instead?), but you can’t really complain when it splashes colour onto our otherwise mundane (grey) concrete slabs. The other forms of graffiti can’t quite create that surreal feeling of seeing a knitted flower sprout out from the lawn.