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Geometric Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration

Geometric Concrete Jewellery Display Inspiration, Blog Post by PASiNGA

May I inspire you?
I do love crafting concrete sculpture solids and the more unique the more fun I am having. I usually create minimal artistic stills but recently I also used them to display and elevate works by other artists.
Since these blocks are one offs in the way they feature imperfections and often in the combination or design they are sold in as well, the styled images of the set wont be seen on my site anymore. I think that is a shame as they can inspire and help to get started with setting up and get the creative juices running.

So here we go a collection of photography styling ideas for jewellery, pins and smaller beauty items....


Stack them ...

Black Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration By PASiNGA
Stackable Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration By PASiNGA
Geometric Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration By PASiNGA
Minimal Monochrome Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration by PASiNGA
Concrete Solids Photo Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration By PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration by PASiNGA

Align them ...

Modern Concrete Cosmetic Display Inspiration Blog Post by PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Photography Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration by PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Jewellery Display Inspiration Blog Post by PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Photography Props and Styling Inspiration by PASiNGA
Black Geometric Concrete Photo Props and Jewellery Styling Inspiration by PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Photography Props, Styling Inspiration by PASiNGA

Flat lay them ...

Minimal Concrete Flat Lay Jewellery Display Inspiration Blog Post by PASiNGA
Concrete Flat Lay Jewellery Display Inspiration Blog Post by PASiNGA
Modern Concrete Flat Lay Jewellery Display Inspiration Blog Post by PASiNGA
Concrete Blocks Photo Styling Set by PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Flat Lay Jewellery Display Inspiration Blog Post by PASiNGA
Geometric Concrete Modular Sculpture by PASiNGA

Style them with background - fabric, paper or metal sheets and / or by adding other props ....

Pale Concrete Block Set, Photo Props by PASiNGA
Dark Concrete Modular Display Set by PASiNGA
Pale Concrete Cylinder Jewellery Display Set by PASiNGA
Monochrome Concrete Cube Jewellery Display Set by PASiNGA
Concrete Diamond and Crystal Photo Prop Set by PASiNGA
Rocky Road Textured Concrete Cubes, Jewellery Display Set by PASiNGA

I hope those ideas inspire you and of course I would love to see what you come up with!

Best wishes,
Antje 

xx 

Credits:
Silver earrings by Forest & Fawn 
Back leather earrings by SlinkyLinksJewellery 
Concrete solids, styling and photography by PASiNGA



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'Building Tall - Home and Abroad' by Heidi Mergl

CIBC Square in Toronto, image via Wilkinson Eyre
CIBC Square in Toronto, image via Wilkinson Eyre

BUILDING TALL HOME AND ABROAD  Portsmouth  Architecture  School  Society


Heidi Mergl

Senior Architect/Associate

at Wilkinson Eyre

At WilkinsonEyre, Heidi has developed and coordinated the tower and envelope detailing of the first phase of CIBC Square in Toronto. And also led the design team  on 18 Blackfriars, London, which was granted planning permission in July this year. During this lecture Heidi will explore both projects in more detail. 


Thursday - 19th October 2017 - 5.00pm

1.10 Lecture Theatre Eldon Building

 


ABOUT HER

With more than ten years of experience, Heidi has led numerous schemes in the UK and abroad. from early feasibility studies through to completion. She is particularly passionate about construction detailing and maintaining the essence of the original concept of the scheme throughout the project's development.

Heidi studied architecture at the HafenCity University Hamburg and worked on a number of conservation and restoration projects in Germany. Before joining WilkinsonEyre in early 2014 she established her focus on large-scale mixed-use development in the urban fabric. Her experience includes Three Quays, 160 high end residential units next to the Tower of London and Phase 1 of the Battersea Power Station Development containing 750 apartments positioned above a communal podium.

18 Blackfriars, London, image via Wilkinson Eyre
18 Blackfriars, London, image via Wilkinson Eyre

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Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my passion for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too. My articles can be found within the blogs inspirations section or by searching below by my name.  


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Etsy Stationery Love - The Office Collaboration

Love your desk.  Etsy UK put together the most beautiful collection of journals, notebooks, pencil cases and many more trendy desk supplies for stationery lovers. 

Nothing brings joy to a dull day in the office like a little desk candy. All items are exquisitely designed and often crafted by talented designer makers.

With summer on the way - now is the perfect time to indulge a little and to show off your stationery fashionista while making sketches, notes and lists in the park or coffee shop. 

Simply scroll though Etsy to find a bright and wide range of wonderful things or click here to find monochrome recycled paper stationery for any occasion! Happy Shopping + Writing!

 

Office Collaboration - all items are by Etsy designer makers; photo by Alexander Edwards, styling by RebeccaNee
Office Collaboration - items are by Etsy designer makers, PASiNGA Venice Marble A6 Notebook

The photographic work is by Alexander Edwards and the beautiful styling is by RebeccaNee. 

Office Collaboration - all items are by Etsy designer makers; photo by Alexander Edwards, styling by RebeccaNee
I am sure you will find the right pouch for everyone on Etsy! Find all makers tagged when you click the image - enjoy!
Office Collaboration - all items are by Etsy designer makers; photo by Alexander Edwards, styling by RebeccaNee
All items are by Etsy designer makers, overjoyed to find the PASiNGA A5 Venice Marble recycled paper journal among them

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Frank Lloyd Wright - Part 3

The Guggenheim, New York, photography by PASiNGA
The Guggenheim, New York, photography by PASiNGA

Let's dive right in but if you have missed part 1 or 2 click on the numbers to catch up. 

 

These first two parts showed that the  connectivity of spaces and their arrangement in plan is key to the user experience. When Wright got the opportunity to work on a museum for Guggenheim he proposed a fluid flow of exhibition spaces. These were arranged along one ascending spiral ramp around a central atrium. Visitors would take a lift to the top floor and experience the exhibits along a continuous journey without the need to retrace their steps to find the exit.


 

 

Fun fact - Wright was filled with dismay when the owners moved into their new home bringing along some of their old furniture which quite often didn't fit in so that Wright started taking matters in his own hands by not only providing the architecture but also the interior design, built-in furniture and free standing pieces. He also provided landscape proposal surrounding the house to achieve the desired unity of design.

 

Fallingwater, by many considered his masterpiece, is next on my list for a visit - hopefully soon...

Heidi


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Copper Twist - Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors

Greens, stone, wood and copper an unbeatable beautiful combination.

I love how each material ages, on its own or together. The rustic charm and the interesting textures are wonderfully warm, industrial as well as natural and inviting. I am the kind of girl who likes aged copper more than the polished kind but I guess that is just a thing of taste and I won't judge you if you don't judge me. 
Well, I think - all I need now! is the space to make my rustic coppery industrial dreams come true.

 

Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
Copper Pots + Snake Plants - they are a statement

Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
Amazing, I think it was once a sugar bowl ...
Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
It's a DIY, click and find instructions!
Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
An industrial classic, fab inside as well as outside

Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
In love with the warm mood of the design.
Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
Sandy Grey Concrete Dodecahedron Air Plant Holder with copper stripes attached
Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
Almost too much but than again look at the texture and the warm shades ...

Copper Ideas For In- And Outdoors, blog pasinga.com
Concrete Houses with copper line

What about you, what is your favourite material or source of inspiration? 
In any case, feel invited to comment below and it's lovely to have you,
Antje xx


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Family Time - My 4 Favourite Examples To Fix Up A Seating Area

Yes, it's time for some family time and - oi - is my studio a mess. My baby sister is coming for a visit soon and it will be the first time for the kiddos, so I hope to create a little indoor as well as outdoor area. So many ideas are out there and I won't make my studio any bigger but lucky me, I've got a few more weeks to change things around.


Just in case you are up for an even bigger family event - some inspiration for a festive table setting ... 


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11 + 1 Simple Ideas To Decorate This Easter

Easter Decor, image via Pinterest
Easter Meets Metallic Bling
Easter Table Setting collection via pasinga.com, image via trendenser.se
A Rustic Easter Table Setting, A black Sharpie can help to paint the eggs, washy tape, brown paper and feathers can be used to accessorise
Temporary Tattoos To Decorate Easter Eggs  vai honeypielivingetc.blogspot.co.uk
Temporary Tattoos For A Personal Touch This Easter

11 simple ideas to decorate this Easter.

I always feel drawn to natural earthy tones and enjoy the light of pale shades of grey and whites. So here are some ideas I will draw inspiration from for my table setting this Easter.  


Minimal Spring Decor  via medinalind.com
The Minimal Hint of Spring
Easter Table Setting via stijlbloem.blogspot.co.uk
A Natural Easter Table Setting With Feathers
Easter decor inspiration via myscandinavianhome.com
Wire Easter-bunnyears
Easter Decor Inspiration via style-files.com
Easter Inspiration - Decor To Look out For
Easter Decor Ideas, Collection via PASiNGA.com image via Pinterest
Paint Them With A White Pen & a bowl lined with simply shredded brown paper could be the nest!
Modern Easter Table Setting, Inspiration Collection via PASiNGA.com and image via style-files.com
Table Setting In Shades of Grey and White
Easter Branch Display via Pinterest
Easter Branch Decoration - with minimal geometric paper megs, feathers and 'Happy Easter' eggs
Easter egg Painting, DIY via squirrellyminds.com
DIY - Add The Paint or Bling

image via Pinterest
Plus One - Happy Easter!

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Frank Lloyd Wright - Part 2

The son of a minister and teacher Wright was brought up with literature by Emerson and Goethe and music by Bach and Beethoven. As a result he placed man in the centre of his buildings with human values always being the first consideration in his design process and the industrial revolution gave him the tools to realize his imaginations. Besides his well-known domestic architecture Wright had a great impact on building typologies for other uses including offices, factories, worship and exhibitions.

 

The Larkin Building was one of the first open plan office buildings where the employee was no longer separated from the employer creating a unique sense of family within a cooperation. This was partly achieved by the simple architecture without the need for any decoration and the arrangement in plan. All back of house areas including stairs were allocated in the corners of the building and structural supports were associated with internal or external screens. Therefore the internal space was free for use.

 

One more part to follow, join me for the grand finale!

 

Heidi

Illustration by Heidi Mergl, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect Blog PASiNGA.com


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Pops Of Green | 10 Ideas For An Indoor Jungle Display

Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog
Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog

Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog
Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog

If you are little like me you will feel happier with pops of green around you. I am a huge fan of Air Plants and prefer succulents and cacti to most plants but I think it doesn't matter which type of plant you are into - we all like to nicely display our beauties, right?! Here is a collection of display options I have recently been inspired by. I like the idea of a jungle wall like the one on the left but feel even more drawn to the discipline of the display above. Well, below is how my shelve looks today but I think I am ready to mix it up a little. 

Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog

Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog
Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog
Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog
Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog
Pops Of Green, indoor jungle display PASiNGA Blog

I think I have to work on more hanging Air Plant holders as the ones above are really intriguing and maybe I will add some copper 'bling' vessels to my display as well. I guess you will know soon, as I am sure, I will at least manage to post snappies on Instagram. 
Cheers to our little indoor jungles,
Antje 

 

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Happy International Happiness Day

Happiness Is Homemade, blog post pasinga.com

It is always good to wear a smile - let's make todays smile contagious! Happy Happiness Day!

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Frank Lloyd Wright - one of the greatest architects of all times

Since I visited some of his buildings in and around Chicago a couple of years ago I am especially touched by the Robie House in Chicagos Oak Park. Its horizontal emphasis, use of materials and custom design from tip to toe make it something very special. The main space is one open plan living area which was revolutionary at the time and Wright applied his previously established principle of using screens. Rather than creating a space as a box with walls all partitions are architectural features like the large fire place in the centre of the space. This way Wright achieved the "destruction of the box" and noted "now architecture could be free".

Illustration by Heidi Mergl, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect Blog PASiNGA.com

Wright designed numerous houses over his lifetime, first responsible for all residential commissions at Adler and Sullivan and from 1893 with his own firm. All of them applied or developed in one way or the other the above principles and were designed with the Midwest prairie around Chicago in mind. Influenced by his early childhood years which he spent working on his uncles farm in southwestern Wisconsin Wright developed a deep love and respect for nature. In his opinion all buildings should be connected to the earth and grow out of the ground using gently sloped roofs and horizontal planes. This also felt most appropriate for the beautiful landscape surrounding the buildings while his designs raised the ground floor level slightly to improve the view out into the prairie.

A little insight into the thinking of the big master...

See you soon for part two!

 

Inspirational day,

Heidi

 

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7 Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones

Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via My Paradissi - Willis Street Residence Hampton Penthouse Huntly

7- maybe 8 - spaces that are looking pretty good with a touch of blush. Soft or dusty pinks as well as copper tones are on trend but no wonder look at these places how welcoming and fresh they are. From chair to rug, paint or brick wall it is an easy add and a delightful hue to lift the spirits for Spring.

Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via AMM /blog - a pink commercial space

Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via SF Girl By Bay
Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via Huntly - Moby 3143
5 Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via Coco Lapine Design - Grey and pink ...
Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via Archiproducts

 

Do you have a favourite? - I like, when it is just touches and accessories, easy to change and offering endless options. 

 

xx

Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via bloesemdesign

... Do[n't] go overboard .... !?!

Spaces That Make The Best Of Blush Tones - PASiNGA
Via mallorylucille.tumblr.com

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Black Walls For Art

From Dark Grey To Black ...

 

Loving the contrast and how easily eye-catching highlights are being created. I think it doesn't matter which style of artwork you add, it always looks elegant, calm and sophisticated.  Personally I am preferring a chalkboard or dark blue black but I am not decided yet. Anyways, just daydreaming of a new studio / workshop space to display my work in different ways. 

 

Inspirational day, 

Antje xx

Black Walls For Art by PASiNGA
image via liliinwonderland

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7 Monochrome Interiors That Inspire To Add Cozy Grey

So calm and so inviting to relax and breathe - cozy greys.

It doesn't matter which shade is for you as the calmness of grey always compliments your lifestyle. To me a dark grey is the best fit for spaces to rest and cuddle up and a lighter shade works better for a living or dining room. Mmhhhh well, I am in love with everything grey scale, it's timeless, elegant, simply beautiful but I guess, and since you know my work, you knew that already.

Anyhow, I can imagine it to complement a gallery wall of monochrome art prints as well [uuhhh - I think a new gallery wall post just came up] or to help a room with bright and colorful treasures to calm down. 

Magical grey inspirations,
Antje xx


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The Warm 'Wintery' Feeling

'Warm Wintery Feeling' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Warm Wintery Feeling' Visual Board

 

When I look outside I see the leaves still turning into lovely brown and golden colors. Only from time to time there is a proper fresh winter breeze but I feel Christmas is coming and the cravings for hot cocoa and chocolate cake are bang on time. You know what I mean - don't you?! So it is no surprise that I feel drawn to and inspired by the pallet of dark to golden brown colors these days.
Joyful inspiring Friday lovelies and I hope this warm 'wintery' feeling is contagious,
Antje 

xx 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the Concrete Copper Air Plant /Tealight Holder Cup as well as the Big Splash Notebooks are available on this site!


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Time To dream

'Time To Dream' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Time To Dream' Visual Board

 

Time to dream - Halloween has gone by, the first lights for Thanksgiving and Christmas appear here and there and Bonfire Night is coming up this weekend. Altogether, the warm green and brown colors outside as well as the shiny golden lights invite to relax, make notes, sketches or to read.
Happy day and inspirational dreams lovelies,
Antje 

xx 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the Mix it! Concrete Copper Air Plant /Tealight Holder Cups are available on this site!


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Autumn Colors

'Autumn Colors' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Autumn Colors' Visual Board

 

Autumn is finally here and everything feels cosier, chocolate tastes better and the early evening candle light is a joy for my soul.  Yes, that’s right I don’t have a fireplace but a girl can dream, right?! Anyway since candles are my thing right now I created new concrete shapes to hold all sorts of candles and most of them double as Air Plant holder as well, happy browsing!
I am looking forward to a Saturday full of work and a Sunday afternoon with my family. Happy weekend lovelies, see you,
Antje  xx 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the Concrete House Air Plant Holder
are available on this site!


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Inspiration Muted Colors

'Muted Colors' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Muted Colors' Visual Board

Summer time is the time to design and craft new things, test new combinations and find inspiration. I'm drawn back to one of my first concrete designs as well as to one of my new greeting cards. Not sure what it is but something about the contrast, the difference between or the possible combination of them that inspires me for more. So more is to come and the preparation for TENT will begin this weekend - Excited!! 

I hope to welcome you to my journey!
A creative day lovelies,

xx
 

 

This collection is curated with images  found via Pinterest and PASiNGA. Find all images on my pin board and the Concrete Diamond Paperweight Sculpture Set as well as the Greeting Card Collection are available on this site!


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Saturday Creativity

'Creative Saturday' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Creative Saturday' Visual Board

It has been such a crazy, exciting as well as feel good exhausting week that this typographic print spoke to me this morning like no other. I look forward to some rest at home, homemade frozen yogurt and some inspirational work.

I will be posting more about the things coming up and the things I worked on this week soon but for now let's enjoy a peaceful and restful weekend together.

Lot's of love,

Antje
xx

 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the Quirky Concrete Houses
are available on this site!


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A Monochrome Dynamic

'Monochrome Dynamic' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Monochrome Dynamic' Visual Board

The combination or contrast of black and white can be dynamic and powerful as well as calming. I am not sure what it is but the elegant monochrome shades of black and white fascinate me not only in design, home decor and fashion but in life general. May this board inspire and reflect,

Lot's of love,

xx
 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the Concrete Diamond Air Plant Holder as well
as the Concrete Notebook collection
are available on this site!


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Venice Biennale 2016 | Giardini | The Pavilions

It was an exciting 2nd day at the biennale. As you may know the main topic is how to cope with refugees as well as to make cities more flexible and therefore architecture and design. In my humble opinion there are only few really good starting points like giving people first of all a roof (Finland). It is basically the idea to provide a proper pitched roof structure for people rather than a tent and the other floors of the house are being built once the refugee feels to be at home. Others create opportunities by building a 'basic house structure' and the new owners fill it up, design and build the rest to their liking, .... One last interesting idea which stuck with me, maybe because I am an artist, is from Japan.  Imagine a cube like house, each corner has private rooms for at least a student but can be for a whole family. In the centre of the building at ground floor level is a common ground, community area if you like, to meet, explore and adventure together. 

 

Well, from regeneration of the traditional to new ideas only time will tell if any of these, or maybe all of them together, can make the difference. 

 

Enjoy the snappies and have a great Sunday.

 

See you back from London, Tuesday will be all back to normal!

 

Antje 

 


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The 'Making Of' | Venice Biennale | Arsenale

Arsenale - the making of
Arsenale - the making of

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Welcome to Venice | An Inspirational Break

Welcome to Venice in Italy where every other year architects from all over the world gather to exhibit theme specific works. This year's exhibition is curated by Alejandro Aravena under the title reporting from the front looking at some of the key challenges our society is faced today and how these can, at least partially, be addressed by architecture - housing, migration, recycling ... but that's it for now. More to follow in the coming days. 

 

Source, labiennale.org
Fly with me ....
Source, labiennale.org
Amazing atmosphere in Venice

 

After a wonderful long breakfast and writing this post we are on our way to the one and only train station in Venice. If wifi is a available I will be sharing live from Villa Capra "La Rotonda" in Vicenza. In any case have an amazing day and I will see you tomorrow, breakfast time, for my next post! 

 

x

Loving the hidden gems of Venice
Loving the hidden gems of Venice
Loving the hidden gems

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Venice | Venezia 2016

Our long bank holiday weekend is coming up and I will use the time not only to finish open orders and answer request but also to prepare my short trip to Venice, Italy.

The Biennale of Art and Architecture is taking place and I hope to visit Villa La Rotonda as well.

Source, labiennale.org
Source, labiennale.org
Source, labiennale.org
Source, labiennale.org

I can't wait to take it all in, feel the creativity, the energy and breath in the salty air while enjoying wonderful Italian ice cream.

 

I will be sharing some of the things I see and feel inspired by here and on Instagram!

 

 

Meanwhile in the Studio

The studio will be answered for mail and similar by my dear friend Andrea.
However emails and requests will be forwarded to me. Therefore please allow 48 hours for me to respond.


Thank you!

xx


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Modern Rustic Accessories

'Modern Rustic Accessories'  Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Modern Rustic Accessories' Visual Board

 

Charming, isn't it?!

 

... an instant feeling of home, embraced like a hug, through warm inviting natural materials, colors, vintage finds and playful modern concrete vessels.

Lot's of love,

xx
 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the dodecahedron concrete vessels

as well as the trendy Air Plants
are available here as well!


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Shiny Copper & Emerald Green

'Shiny Copper Emerald Green' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Shiny Copper Emerald Green' Visual Board

Green is a happy, hopeful color but add the twist and warmth of copper or rose gold, it's magic ....

 

... pure elegance and glamour.

Lot's of love,

xx
 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the Concrete Copper Modular Sculpture  Set of Two
is available here as well!


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Minimalist Rose + Black

'Minimalist Rose and Black' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Minimalist Rose and Black' Visual Board

 

April is working hard to feature all the weather changes you could ask for. It is still cold outside but it is the end of April and everything inside me wants to feel, see and taste spring ....

 

... so here we go. Fragile flowers, soft pastels of rose and grey combined with a warm touch of copper and wood. Delightful minimal lines and whites clear the mind and mood.

Charming day!
Lot's of love,

xx
 

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and

the abstract monochrome 'White' photographic art print
is available here as well!


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Sun, Sand, The Sea & Me

'Sun, Sand, The Sea & Me' White Inspiration Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Sun, Sand, The Sea & Me' White Inspiration Visual Board

 

The greys of the fog, the industrial beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge and the salty air ....

 

... it was pure and magical day.

Keep on dreaming, remembering and creating,

xx
 

 

 

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the monochrome 'Foggy Golden Gate' photographic art print
is available here as well!


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New York Fashion | Blue

'New York Style' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'New York Style' Visual Board

 

My trip to New York during Spring last year ...

 

... was the inspiration for this visual board. Not only were we lucky enough to have blue skies and sunshine but the city itself offered this pigeon blue note within the streets and stunning glass facades. Well not to mention the fashion sense all around us ...

Lot's of love and a blue sky for the weekend,

xx
 

 

 

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the monochrome 'New York' photographic art print
is available  here as well!


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Spring + Easter Is Full Of Surprises

'Spring + Easter Is Full Of Surpirses' Visual Board with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
'Spring + Easter Is Full Of Surpirses' Visual Board

 

Soft pastels, watery hints of life and new beginnings ....

 

... it's time to wander, take deep breaths of fresh spring air, look out for the first beautiful signs of spring and of course Easter will be coming up soon!

Lot's of love and a bright magical day,

xx
 

 

 

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Find all images on my pin board and

the concrete keyboard key push pins

can you find here as well!


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Green + Black

Green + Black, Lines Nature in Stationery and Fashion featuring images via Pinterest and PASiNGA

A strong and bold contrast ....

 

... organic beautiful soft lines of plants and trees, copied in fashion and illustrated with stationery. Dream up your next adventure, and don't forget to be wild and bold!

 

Lot's of love,

xx
 

 

 

 

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the Notebook and many more can you find
in my Stationery section as well!


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Just A Hint

'Just A Hint' Visual Collection with Images via Pinterest and PASiNGA

Just A Hint ....

 

of mint, of green, of spring. A peek around the corner, a little adventure, finding the new, exploring the wild, finding the beauty, mixing vintage with the less, just a gentle touch, seeking inspiration ..... 

 

Creative day,

xx
 

 

 

 

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in my Print section as well!


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Adore Industrial

Inspirational Board 'Adore Industrial', images via PASiNGA and Pinterest
Inspirational Board 'Adore Industrial'

I am sharing today my absolutely well kept secret with you
- I Love Monochrome!


Okay, not really a secret but truly my passion and how I would like the world around me to be.
Let's adore the contrast and dynamic together!

Lot's of Inspiration,

Antje
 

 

 

 

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in my Print section as well!


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February || Head in clouds, looking for spring

February, looking for spring, PASiNGA Stationery and images via Pinterest

Indeed - Good Day Lovelies!

February is here and the first flowers and green leaves starting to show themselves. Although spring sunshine still feels a bit like a dream as it is rainy and stormy right now, I am sure it will arrive. Until then, visual boards, friendly greetings and happy lifestyle accessories will provide inspiration.

Lot's of Love,

Antje
 

 

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Breathe | Grey Inspiration

breathe | grey inspiration, visual collection with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA

[ Breathe ]


As you may know, due to my other social media posts, I have been struck by a bad cold this week. No need to worry - I am alive!
Although a bit slower than usual and now in need to catch up with a lot of things, it gave me at the same time the inspiration for this visual collection.
I hope you feel calm and relaxed already.

 

 

This collection is curated with images found
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Find all images on my pin board but
the Concrete Notebook Collection is here as well!


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Antje

xx

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Wings of Inspiration

 'Wings of Inspiration' | images via PASiNGA and Pinterest

I just felt like gold after this exciting week. I got lots of inspirational input from other artists, worked on new designs, finished custom pieces and had most of the time black hands. Loving black pigments and all the shades of grey coming with it! So here we go.
 

 

This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board but
the Concrete Diamond Push Pins are here as well!


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Antje

xx

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Time for a coffee ...

Geometric Concrete Ornaments a minimal Christmas accessory by PASiNGA

... and to finally start thinking about those holiday decorations.

 

Here are some of my minimalist favorites. What do you fancy?
Oh I can't wait to put my feet up, have a wonderful white cream topped coffee and enjoy the glistening lights.


Lots of love,

xx

 

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Images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
[source and more on my Pinterest
board 'Moodboard Pins']

 


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The White

The White, white fashion and home decor accessories in an inspiring collection

In love with white.

It's minimal, bright and like a breath of air.
Add a few shades of concrete grey, allow the sunshine to work its magic and fall in love with calm and clean, nevertheless cheeky lines.

 

Have a fab day and lot's of love,

x

 

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why not click here .
Enjoy your stay!

 

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Black Halloween

Halloween with concrete art, black accessories and of course ghosts

Beautiful Black

As you know I am from Germany and this has not been a Holiday to celebrate in my childhood this celebration is still a bit odd to me. But who doesn't like a good dress up and I am always happy to decorate my home. No reason too little to get that started - so here are my simple black inspirations for this spooky black orange weekend.


Happy Halloween!

Boo!

 


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Crisp October Morning

Geometric concrete planter bowl perfect for cacti and succulents

Fresh and Bright ...

beautiful lines of nature and geometry.
Sophisticated, elegant yet joyfully playful.
Can't help it, this combination makes me smile.


Lots of love and a wonderful day!
xx

 


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why not click here .
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You make me wonder

It starts to be icy outside ...

the dark grey and blue tones are more present and create at times, sometimes only for minutes, a wonderful display.


Lots of love and don't miss my give away!
xx

 


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why not click here .
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October Peach

October Peach Collection with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA

Peach, Pink, Copper and Sandy Concrete


Autumn is here and the people are starting to talk Christmas already. Well, I am not really there yet but I enjoy the change of colours, the pastel shades nature creates on a foggy morning and the fresh breeze of cold air.

I hope you feel inspired as well,

lots of love,
xx



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Black and White, Home Sweet Home

Black and White, Home Sweet Home, design and art collection

Black and White || Home Sweet Home


Have a wonderful day,

lots of love,
Antje
 

 

 

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why not click here and more Art Prints
can you find over here.

Enjoy your stay!

 

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Stay Wild, Be Mine

'Stay Wild, Be Mine' Moodboard Collection with Images via PASiNGA and Pinterest

A Friday calling for wild things. Lot's to do and very excited as many new and thrilling things are happening. More soon,  for now - let's dance wild and be happy

Lots of love,
Antje
 

 

 


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This Then That

Design Inspiration Moodboard with art by PASiNGA and images via Pinterest

This, Then, That.
But first a ice cream!

Feel inspired to enjoy your day,

lots of love,
Antje
 

 

 

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can you find over here.

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Home Making | Love of Details

Home Making with Concrete Planter by PASiNGA and more
Home Making Inspiration

Home making is in the detail of things.
Isn't it? Warm 'woody' colours to celebrate autumn and a fresh hint of pink to lighten the mood this time of the year can't go wrong. Of course feel free to change colour. I think a bright green or yellow would work well too, don't you?


Be inspired, lots of love,

xx
 

 

 

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Bank Holiday Weekend | Autumn is almost here

Bank Holiday Weekend Inspiration
Bank Holiday Weekend Inspiration | Autumn is almost here!

It's about 6 a.m. in London. I have got my windows wide open and I can smell the wonderful fresh autumn air. Wet leaves, some last flowers and a bit of beautiful morning sunshine. You know the golden glow which inspired me to this collection.

Enjoy your coffee and have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend!
Antje
 

 

 

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PAUSE


A splash of minimal modern yet playful design.
Just about right to give my soul a pause and to feel inspired. Loving the less attitude of  these pieces. What about you?

Happy pause lovelies and lots of love,

xx

 

 

 

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Home Decor | Industrial + Concrete

Home Decor Inspiration, industrial and concrete accessories || images via PASiNGA and Pinterest


Fresh industrial minimal delights to brighten up our homes.

Loving the minimal airy feeling of these items and think they mix quite well. What do you think? 

Be inspired, lots of love,

xx



 

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Twisted Cube Planter can you find here
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Industrial Chic, Office Decoration + Accessories

'Industrial Chic' office decoation and accessories with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA


Loving the 'GO' sign, it's not just enormous and has this industrial chic but it also pushes me to go on in a positive way. I think it would be perfect for those nights - you know when you are working and motivation and coffee are running low.

I am always in love with the sensational harmony wood, metal and concrete create especially if vintage, up-cycled pieces and new modern design come together.
Well can I say it one last time 'love' it!

Be inspired, I want my studio to look like this, perhaps one day,
lots of love,

xx

 

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Dodecahedron Concrete Tillandsia Planter
can you find here
Enjoy your browse!

 

 

 

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It has been an exciting week - Thank You!

Mood board collection 'Copper and dark Concrete' featuring creations and images via PASiNGA and Pinterest


Grey + Copper!

Together a sensational sight - well at least I can't keep my eyes of this combination.

So I couldn't resist but to work on a combination of playful geometric concrete shapes complimenting the warm and shiny copper.
The new design is the newbie this week and received a wonderful welcome by you guys. Thank You!


Be inspired, lots of love,

xx

 

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Black and White | XO

Black and hwite mood board collection with images ia PASiNGA and Pinterest


Black and White.

Is there anything more beautiful, more dramatic, more elegant or timeless ...

It always amazes me how playful, how decent, how interesting, how always new black and white work together.

Be inspired, lots of love,

XO

 

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Effortless Elegant

'Effortless Elegant' moodboard collection London with photographs by PASiNGA and via Pinterest


'I love to be elegant. It's about not trying too hard. It has to be effortless.' CARA

I got nothing to add - except wishing you a fantastic day,

xx

 

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Choose kindness and laugh often.

Abstract Mood Board Collection 'Choose Kindness and laugh often.'

It's been a while since my last post and I have to apologize for putting it off.
My Holidays have been amazing and I had the great fortune to get back and wonderful customers have been waiting for me to fulfill their kind orders.
THANK YOU! You are amazing! 
Today is the day - I am back on track. All orders have been shipped, my shops are open and I will be sharing, as usually, on all social media channels :D

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend,

xx

 

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Top Ten Tallest Buildings in London

Top Ten Tallest Buildings In London 2015

Over centuries London’s Skyline was dominated by church spires and in particular St. Paul's Cathedral. However since the lifting of height restrictions in the 1960 a number of high rise developments have been realised across the city. Some of the first most notable ones are the Centre Point and Tower 42 followed by a number of towers in the docklands. 30 St Mary Axe – commonly referred to as the gherkin – is a globally well-known high rise development which – as you can see – is risking to drop out of the top ten tallest buildings in London soon. 


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Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my passion for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too. My articles can be found within the blogs inspirations section or by searching below by my name.  


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Geometric Chocolate

Geometric Chocolate, moodboard collection with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA

Woke up this morning and all I wanted was a large dark chocolate coffee - I know right. Well no surprise that as I was enjoying it these images 'spoke' to me and I had to create this collection. Put together - I love the geometric lines, the natural twist, the colors and mood. May you enjoy it as much as I do,

wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend dears,

X

 

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Simplicity

Simplicity and it's Inspiration

It was an exciting week with lots of wonderful orders and custom requests. As I was creating and making my thought circled with ideas. To sort them I started to sketch and fold shapes however it all came together as I was pining pins with this quote. My Vision + Goal!


Thanks for stopping by, blissful weekend

x

 

 

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Make More Adventures

Make More Adventures, copper brown industrial home decor inspiration, images via PASiNGA and Pinterest

'Make More Adventures'

Yes please and as the weekend is coming up I think it's time to take out my camera and sketchbook, meet with friends and be inspired.
At the moment my inspirational colors and materials are copper, brown, steel and concrete as well as, of course, black and white. But the most interesting is the playfulness of the materials, be it with light and the surroundings or the forms it allows you to mold or bend it into.

I hope the finds above inspire your too and I wish you an uplifting creative weekend,
x

 

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| fantastic as part of your gallery wall
or as large work |

 


 

 

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Home Made

Home Made moodboard with creations and  images by PASiNGA and via Pinterest

Just some inspiration of minimal monotone yet useful eye-catchers for a work/live/life/love/my style home.
These are essentials to me :D - what are yours?

Magical day and a fantastic weekend all,
x



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are new in store
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Beautiful Simplicity | Black and White

Moodboard Collection 'I love Black and White | Beautiful Simplicity' by PASiNGA

I am sharing today my don't-tell-ever-anyone-secret with you ' I love Black and White.
Ah I knew you knew...

Blissful day,
Happiness

Antje
xx

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Have A Sensational 2015

Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year 2015, moodboard collection with images via Pinterest
Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year 2015

I wish you an extraordinary, blissful, uplifting, breathtaking, mind-blowing, fearless, bold, sensational, stunning, surprising, jaw-dropping, exciting
Happy New Year!


Cheers
X

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What is done in love is done well

Mood Board Collection 'Gifts given with Love' with images via PASiNGA and Pinterest
Mood Board Collection 'Gifts given with Love'

Christmas is around the corner and I am excited.
I can wrap the first gifts and I think I found with these inspirations above my dinner table decor. I am going to keep it all warm, natural and simple. I will have some concrete solids on the table carrying candles for the cozy atmosphere. With the baking my friends have to help [I really can't bake] but I asked for loads of chocolate - you know me. What are your plans?

Lot's of Love,
x

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Time to get in Christmas Mood

Mood Board Collection 'Winter Decor' with images via PASiNGA and Pinterest
Mood Board Collection 'Winter Decor'

It's about three weeks until Christmas and it's time to get planning. Most important bullet points on my list are sweets and deco as well as what to give. Therefore here are some inspirations - happy planning!
x

 

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Let's Do This

Moodboard Collection 'Let's Do this' featuring the Industrial Calendar 2015 by PASiNGA and images via Pinterest
Moodboard Collection 'Let's Do This' featuring the Industrial Calendar 2015 by PASiNGA and images via Pinterest

Oh La La!
I would love it if my office would look like this - well I guess, for starters, I would need to keep my desk clear ....
Let's do this - I will have a tidy up day - okay someday, not today

Joyful day everyone and thanks for stopping by,

x

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Lemon Soul

Mood Board Collection ' Lemon Soul'  with images via PASiNGA and Pinterest
Mood Board Collection ' Lemon Soul'

'Lemon Soul'

Cheers it's Friday - enjoy the day and be inspired by freshness and elegance
x

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Architecture | Skyscrapers, Part 2

A New Building Type Spreading Across The Globe By Heidi

please find PART 1 is available here 

Movements within the 70ies took the above one step further and concentrated on eye catching building forms and façades to create an individual appearance to maximise the rate of return for the owner. One typical skyscraper of this era is the 197 meter high American Telephone and Telegraph Building by Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York.

 

Although skyscrapers have been discussed theoretically for quite some time within Europe they have only been realized relatively rarely. Furthermore high rise buildings existed in a completely different format on this side of the Atlantic. The preservation of the historic town scape had been the key criteria ever since and therefore moderate high buildings had been built only on a singular basis to create reference points in the growing city. But new opportunities arose after the destructive Second World War and high rise had been considered to alleviate the deficit of residential and office spaces.

Even a dense inner city cluster so typical for the urban centres in the States became viable if situated on the outskirts like La Defence in Paris. The Docklands in London is another good example and skyscrapers grow out of the ground in most metropolitan areas by 1960. Although European architects contributed to the evolution by emigration into the USA like Mies van der Rohe since the early 20th century Europe now officially participates in the development and the construction of high rise buildings.


Commerzbank, sketched by Heidi Mergl
Commerzbank, sketched by Heidi

The Commerzbank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany completed in 1997 is a first attempt to achieve this. Shops, a car park and residential units are allocated at ground floor level with the main entrance to the offices above via glazed stairs. A public route through the development provides access to the heart of the scheme - a public centre with restaurants, cafes and space for cultural events. The office floors above are also organised as villages, each with a four storey high garden reinforcing the sense of community. At 259 meters the Commerzbank was Europe’s tallest building until the completion of the Shard in London still not reaching the heights other parts in the world are aiming for.

But the European skyscraper still divides the public mind. Some feel a certain amount of pride while others are just horrified by the thought that a high rise building could be build next door. Their potential location, height and presence in the skyline need to be considered carefully as well as their impact on the community. European skyscrapers have to aim for a positive contribution to the neighbourhood and can’t limit their purpose on providing more density. This is usually quite difficult due to the fact that their use is generally restricted to either being an office, hotel or residential development which for example causes infrastructure problems and results in office quarters being empty during nights and weekends. Mixed use schemes creating a city in the city would be able to balance the social and public needs and diminish certain drawbacks. But this requests the general acceptance that apartments, offices, a school, theatre, church and cinema could all be situated under the same roof.

 

World Trade Centre, sketched by Heidi Mergl
World Trade Centre, sketched by Heidi

Therefore the race for the world’s tallest building went on without European input and every improvement within the construction industry was followed by an even taller building.

Better concrete and steel facilitate the 412 meter of the World Trade Centre completed in 1962 by Minoru Yamasaki + Roth & Sons, followed by the 443 meter high Willis Tower designed by SOM 1974. The speculative economic boom of the 1980s helped to realise a number of skyscrapers throughout the world including Asia and the Middle East. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia therefore took the crown in 1996 (Cesar Pelli, 452 meter) and are still the highest twin towers in the world.

Petronas Towers, sketched by Heidi Mergl
Petronas Towers, sketched by Heidi
Willis Tower, sketched by Heidi Mergl
Willis Tower, sketched by Heidi

The devastating events shocking the world on the 11th September in 2001 in New York brought the industry to a standstill and some projects to an end due to safety concerns. But the investigation into the collapse of the buildings has given instructive knowledge and amended standards together with new technologies intend to ensure maximum security for future projects. Therefore high rise buildings are part of the re-development of the site currently under construction and a memorial and museum will remember the people who lost their lives.

Recent developments indicate a focus on the technological aspects of the skyscrapers. The construction industry becomes more concerned with value engineered buildings that also make their contribution towards sustainability. Research and prototypes are underway to evolve the overall tower to become an independent ecological system.

The structure, external envelope and building services are the key players - the orientation of the façade, its layers and materials have a huge impact on the internal climate and the extent of the required building services. A variety of structural systems has been developed and can be altered to suit the particular project to ensure efficiency and excellent harmony with the façade and services.


30 St Mary Axe - sketched by Heidi Mergl
St Mary Axe - sketched by Heidi

30 St Mary Axe [London, UK] - also commonly known as the gherkin - owes its popularity to its particular shape which is in fact a result of efficient engineering. The aerodynamic design directs the wind along the façade cooling the internal spaces and minimising wind loads going back into the structure. Ventilation via external windows and shading are controlled centrally reducing the required energy to maintain the building by 40%.

Architects and engineers also experiment with renewable energies. The incorporation of photovoltaic and solar elements has been realised successfully throughout a number of projects. Three wind turbines at the top of a residential tower called Strata in South London generate enough energy to provide lighting for the whole building or electricity for 20 apartments.


Developments in other areas of the construction have also been made to suit particular local or client requirements. Taipei 101 for examplehas only been able to lead the tallest building table for seven years due to extra ordinary engineering. Heavy storms and earthquakes are potential threads to the 508 meter high building located in Taiwan. A massive metal sphere installed at level 88 to 92 acts as a tuned damper reducing potential shaking and vibrations caused by high winds and ground movement. High performance reinforced concrete made it possible to complete the current tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa measuring 828m in Dubai designed by the high rise specialist SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill).

Taipei 101 & Burj Khalifa, sketched by Heidi Mergl
Taipei 101 & Burj Khalifa, sketched by Heidi

The building type skyscraper has clearly not reached its limits yet and whether the height, its shape or engineering is exceptional - they keep captivating the world. Even historical cities like London can’t resist their fascination and although their impact on the skyline competing with the traditional high points of churches and cathedrals is discussed controversially they still manage to change the way we live. They are an expression of power and wealth and their visual appearance quite often forms the corporate identity of one person, one company or even a whole city or region. High rise buildings also help to cope with the demands of urban growth and rural depopulation hence Skyscrapers are without doubt an essential part of the modern city - they are the new focal points of urban living.

The Shard in London By PASiNGA
The Shard in London

‘isms UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE’ by J. Melvin, London 2008;
‘How to read a Building, Interpret a building’s character and style’ by T. Brittain-Catlin, London 2007;
‘Der Traum vom Turm, Hochhaeuser: Mythos – Ingenieurkunst – Baukultur’ by NRW Forum, Germany 2005;
‘Skyscrapers Before the New Millennium: A Question of Boom or Bust’ by J. Zukowsky in ‘Skyscarpers, The New Millennium’, Munich, London, New York The Art Institute of Chicago;
‘Geschichte der Architecture, Des 20.
Jahrhunderts’ by J. Tietz, Koeln 1998
‘HochhausAtlas’ [Hrsg. J. Eisele und E. Kloft], Germany 2002

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Yes, Weekend.

Mood Board Collection 'Yes, Weekend.' with images via Pinterest and PASiNGA
Mood Board Collection 'Yes, Weekend.'

Yes, Weekend.

I can't help it - this week was just so exciting, stressful and full of mind blowing news that I am really looking forward to a relaxing weekend.
I am going to enjoy all the beautiful simple things in life.
What are you planning to do?
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Never Without Ice Cream

mood board collection 'My Ice' with images by PASiNGA and via Pinterest
mood board collection 'My Ice'

I am so looking forward to this day and who wouldn't?!
Art and good food topped with a bit of interior design. Oi, I can't wait to eat fresh warm pancakes :D
Enjoy,
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Style Tips for a Mix + Match Dining Set

I am sure we all have seen mix and match dining.

It looks great and offers endless possibilities between mixing colors, sizes, styles, textures, etc, to make your mark.

In many cases it's also a very budget friendly option, because you can use either dated or random chairs you have around to create a look.

Since we just can't order set up from the store here are some tips and tricks.

Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
I love the very industrial style in this collection
Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
industrial but colourful mix and match / via Pinterest
Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
via apartmenttherapy.com

Using the same chair but in different colours [see above] is probably the easiest way to have consistency with the shapes, materials, and styles, and you get to experiment with the color palette.

A budget friendly option is to find random chairs that you like and then paint them all white or black (or really any color you like) to create a random but uniform look.

 

<<< The image on the left shows a bit of a mix of those two. Just two chair design, one is left to be and the wood chairs are painted in different bright colors which makes it happy and a bit harder to spot that it is the same chair. Love it!


Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
the same design and bright colours / via Pinterest
Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
Three colours - bright and calm / via Pinterest

Another budget friendly tip if you want color but don't want to go totally crazy is to round up some chairs and paint them in the same color family.

Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
all black but different designs / via Pinterest

If color isn't your thing but you want the eclectic dining look, stick with neutrals. White, black, metals and woods are a good idea either on their own or mixed together.

If you're up for a little DIY, you can make your dining chairs either similar or different by changing the upholstery on the seat. You can take a matching set and make each seat different, or you can take some mismatched chairs and use the same fabric to tie them together. This can also be a budget friendly way to update an outdated set.

Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
via Pinterest
Style Tips for a Mix and Match Dining Set
via Pinterest

And of course, there is the very common and much loved totally random way of styling a mixed dining set.

Good luck and happy mixing - let's find the magic!

Another Mix & Match guide can be found here  [my paradissi] and here [apartmenttherapy.com]



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Que Sera Sera .... moodboard Friday

moodboard 'Que Sera Sera...' images via Pinterest
moodboard 'Que Sera Sera...' images via Pinterest

 
I look forward to your comment!

don't have any more to say.
Wonderful Friday!
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Architecture | Skyscraper

A New Building Type Spreading Across The Globe  | Part 1 by Heidi

The skyscraper is one of the icons to be found in each American city, they symbolise power and wealth and rule the skyline of the most famous cities in the USA. They have never lost their uniqueness and started to fascinate the whole world so that even historical cities like London could not escape their congeniality - but there did this building type come from and how did skyscrapers evolve. Even more importantly why we are so keen to go higher and is the skyscraper the building form of the future?

Building high as well as creating a long lasting and visible sign always appealed to human kind but the creation of high rise buildings required first of all the development of efficient materials and construction technologies. Another key aspect is building services. Invented during the industrial revolution the lift, telephone and electric lighting have not only been used for the first time in high rise constructions but also contributed to the realization of skyscrapers. They would not have been viable without the comfort of vertical travel in an elevator.

 

The first high rise buildings appeared in the United States where land owners tried to maximize the use of their inner city plots by piling usable space on top of each other. Going high also helped to cope with the demands of urban growth and rural depopulation. Two American economical centers - Chicago and New York - promoted the evolution of skyscrapers starting in the 1870s in Chicago where parts of the city had to be re-constructed due to a big fire.

 

Wainwright Building, sketched by Heidi
Wainwright Building, sketched by Heidi
Monadnock Building, sketched by Heidi Mergl
Monadnock Building, sketched by Heidi

But the first skyscraper was actually located in St Louis, Missouri where Louis Sullivan unveiled the design for the ten storey high Wainwright Building (45 meter) in 1890. It had been constructed in conventional brick work like most of the first high rise constructions. The 60 meter high Monadnock Building designed by Burnham and Root completed in Chicago in 1892 followed the same principle resulting in two meter thick ground floor walls. They had to carry the 16 storeys above and only allowed for small window openings.

 

An optimized construction soon overcame the insufficient daylight provision and the structural limits of brick work by separating the structure from the façade. A sophisticated skeleton made of steel replaced the thick load bearing walls releasing the façade from its structural purpose. This opened up new opportunities for architectural façade treatment and Chicago’s school of architecture developed the leitmotif that the appearance of a building should represent how it works internally.

appearance of a building should represent how it works internally.

Louis H. Sullivan famous for his architectural theories phrased the principle mentioned above as 'form follows function' and William Le Baron Jenney implemented this into the First Leiter Building in 1879 foreshadowing modernism. Timber girders and joists supported by cast iron columns cope with the internal loadings. The external brick piers only have to carry their own weight and the almost floor to ceiling high windows.

 

Europe witnessed the invention of this new building type with euphoria but quickly realised that it would not be easy to incorporate high rise into traditionally grown cities like London, Paris or Frankfurt. The Eiffel Tower built in 1889 was the only exception and due to be demolished directly after the international exhibition. Clerical symbols of power ruled the skylines of Europe and have been the criterion for urban development. Hence the highest building in London at this time was still St Paul’s Cathedral with 112 meter built in 1710.

 

First Leiter & Woolworth Building, sketched by Heidi Mergl
First Leiter & Woolworth Building, sketched by Heidi

Approaching the end of the 19th century architects in New York reclaimed historical styles of the past. This way the innovative inner structure of high rise had been hidden behind a decorative cladding until the mid 20ies. One of the key examples is at that time the gigantic 235 meter high Woolworth Building. It was designed in the neo-gothic style by Cass Gilbert using the formal vocabulary of a medieval French cathedral - a building completed in 1913 decorated with arches, turrets, flying buttresses and gargoyles.

In the meantime and especially after the First World War modern architectural movements in Europe saw the opportunity to experiment with new designs. They felt that the new building types and materials should be met with an appropriate style to suit the machine age. But most of them did not manage to berecognized in America or had only minimal impact on the design of high rise buildings in the first quarter of the 19th century.

One however spread across the Atlantic - art deco - named after the "exposition internationale des arts decoratifs et industriels modernes" in Paris 1925. It influenced not only fine arts but also everyday commodities like furniture, clothing and jewellery. Elegant cubic forms and the use of shiny materials quickly became the symbol of the roaring twenties and Walter P. Chrysler opted for exactly that when he employed William van Alen to create a landmark for his booming automobile company in 1930. The Chrysler Building is more than that - a world famous icon of art deco.


Over time presence through height became once again more important resulting in the 102 storey high Empire State Building by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. A 60m long dirigible terminal for airships installed at roof level

ensured that the building remained the highest building for as long as possible. The use of standardised steel elements that had been prefabricated in an industrial manner also improved another key aspect of construction - it only took a little bit more than one year to complete the whole construction.

 

Prefabrication developed even further during the increased building period after the Second World War. The use of modern materials like aluminium and the perfect quality of workmanship generated huge glass elevations without any decoration. A new style was born - the international style - showcasing the characteristic of modernism with the commitment to the technical advancement and functionality as well as clean shapes.

 

From now on the high rise building envelope was formed by a light and independent skin - the highly standardised curtain wall. Unfortunately by using the same system buildings also appeared similar so that some architects tried to break the pattern. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe did so successfully. He designed a brass profile fixed to the external face of the façade which gives the Seagram Building in New York its particular elegance. The profile gives a vertical emphasis and creates different visual effects pending light and viewing angle.

Crysler & Empire State Building, sketched by Heidi
Crysler & Empire State Building, sketched by Heidi
Seagram Building, sketched by Heidi Mergl
Seagram Building, sketched by Heidi

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If you enjoyed this one maybe this post is a good read for you too - PART 2 'Movements of the 70ies'


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A day between Saturday and Sunday

moodboard collection with grey blue design and a big weekend wish by PASiNGA
Happy Weekend! [images via Pinterest please click for source]

Well - How is it anyone up for a 3-day weekend?

Let's enjoy what we got,

all the best
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