Friday, June 17, 2011
Well, now for the interiors and its finishes. I go through the mood board, RM is unhappy at the whole process going haywire, but helps in technical details. Now to convince the client of the interior mood, I see a part of a very interesting image and decide on the interior facade. Get a go ahead from RR and bang on..we have both the room designs. DD now proposes materials, we get a small sample made.. Everything seems so interesting while on a project..what a drive..and what a team!!! Soon after, me and DD browse through lights.that is when i see these brilliant, flame like pendants..My stomach churns...I just feel this would be ideal...thoughts of cost,availability,finish,suspension(the room did not have a ceiling!) cross my mind...but it just feels right..so what do you do then??? Answer is simple- USE IT! *evil laugh* And we did..everyone questioned it- even the client(the rate was a lil steep) but then...we were sure it would look amazing...
These are the memories while designing the CHI ZEN at the Dubai festival city...Lovely team...lovely realisation.. i still want a few more things added..some things done differently..but I like what I see..Do you want to see how it looked???? Here is the room..and there you see the pendant used..isnt it beautiful..Do visit their link of fb for more images!
We fought for the light till the end... and even used it (though just one) in the private dining at their latest venue at the Chi Zen MOE...(The client still thought this light was too expensive..) But you tell me...isnt it worth it? Just look at the way its glows, It reminds me of the symbolic expression of our soul...untameable...unleashing its desires...beautiful!
Monday, June 13, 2011
As an architecture student, i always wanted to imitate his style, Im not sure how far i got, but then according to me,I believe that his love for Organic architecture began unknowingly- The forms he chose was very close to the art he chose from Japanese artists. Known to deal in art and interiors while doing his homes, he had a strong liking towards Japanese architecture, which is very close to nature in everysense!
Wright's desire to amalgamate man and nature is definitely inspired by the japanses style. Hence the term organic architecture was coined by Wright, in his writings.
The other kinds and types of work by FLW are mentionable, but i would like this to just be a part of the very many series of his design and its evolution, which i would want to emulate through my blog.
His usonian houses, Prairie houses, work with mentor Louis Sullivan are all interesting, but my love for Organic architecture surpasses all the rest.
- Organic architecture has to be sustainable, healthy,conserving and diverse.
Unfold like an organism from its seed within
- Exist in continuos present and begin again and again
- follow the flows and be flesxible and adaptable
- satisfy local,spiritual and physical needs
- Grow out of site and be unique
- celebrate the spirit of youth, play and surprise
- express the rhythm of music and the power of dance!
What an inspiration! But I must say he remains Forgotten, Would architects, builders,land owners think of sutainability until and unless imposed on them? I wonder how many buildings in Dubai are built keeping the natural landscape intact!I cannot recall of anything I've seen that blends with the desert's natural landscape other than the Army vehicles on the roads of Abu Dhabi!
Sustainabilty is definitely the way forward,Its amazing how the greatest architect of all times lead us to it with Organic architecture!Has any structure here in the UAE been able to apply the aforementioned rules of Organic architecture?
The hunt is on....
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Mangoes are very dear to me, back at home, at the start of summers we would relish every type of them, be it badami, alphonso, totapuri,malgova the names and types being endless..
But slowly as the watermelon and other fruits roll in, mangoes take a backseat and then Mom would literally find innovative ways of feeding us mangoes, Mango ice cream, sorbet, Mango puliserry, mango pickle, mango jam, mango squash,mango pulp etc again a long list!
This is a drink we invented at home, and we call it-
2 whole ripe mangoes peeled and pulped(do not strain)
Spoon in the mango pulp into 4 glasses and leave them in the freezer. squeeze the oranges, crush mint and blend them in a blender , i also crush them togethr with a mint crusher and mix them well(tedious,but a decent work out)add honey if you feel the oranges are sour.Strain them into the glasses with the mango pulp out from the freezer .Garnish with mint leaves and a tiny dollop of whipped cream.
I have finally joined a photography course and loving every minute of it! YAY! I have also promised myself that i will take photos of all the food i blog.. thats a really tough one, as Im not really great with the camera, but Im learning, Except the Tiramisu, I am proud of all the photos I have clicked.
This is something you can cook up on a very busy party planning day, and everybody will be eating off your fingers/plates. I have made this a couple of times, and promised to share the recipe, but never got the time to, so why not share it in here and send the link to all those friends of mine! you can never go wrong with it, so first time bakers...this is a MUST TRY!
4 ounce of unsalted butter
8 ounce of semi sweet chocolate chips
7 ounce of demerera sugar
1 pinch of salt
(I ounce = 28gms)
Preheat oven to 160 degree celcius(gas mark 1 in mine) line the base and sides of a 20cm square tin with parchment. Melt butter and chocolate chips over a double boiler(simmering water in a pan beneath and a heatproof bowl over it) or microwave in low heat. once melted, stir in to blend butter and chocolate together, and then add sugar, salt and vanilla. Remove from heat,Beat eggs in ( when slightly cool) one by one and then the flour and half the almonds.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
In a non stick pan, heat the oil and sputter Mustard, saute onions till transparent, I add salt at this point coz i feel the onions and tomatos cook and blend better with the salt. Further, add the masala- chilli,turmeric and coriander , stir till flavours are aromatic, add tomatoes and stir. close lid and leave at low flame for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk and tamarind pulp and simmer at low flame. when smal bubbles begin to appear, add the chopped potatoes and after 10 minutes, add prawns. leave to cook for about 15 minutes at a medium heat, or until the potatoes and prawns are cooked. You made add hot water to the necessary consistency you require.Granish with chopped coriander leaves.