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Interior, graphic, and industrial design, along with other visual delights found on my global journeys.

Design
Wagara: Decoding Traditional Japanese Patterns
October 4, 2018
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Wagara: Decoding Traditional Japanese Patterns
“Wagara” are traditional Japanese patterns. They are historic designs, each with a specific meaning, originally created for decorating traditional Japanese garments – kimono and yakata.  The patterns that date back to the 8th century Heian period of Japan, are largely inspired by nature and were crafted using techniques from painting and Chinese calligraphy. They were […]
Design
Style Profile: Florence Broadhurst
June 7, 2018
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Florence Broadhurst – Wallpaper Wonder & International Woman of Mystery
Enigmatically eccentric Australian, Florence Broadhurst, made an indelible impression on the design world before her life was cut short in a gruesome murder that to this day remains unsolved.
Design
Sign-spirational Sign Design – Vintage Las Vegas Signs
May 15, 2018
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Sign-spirational Sign Design – Vintage Las Vegas Signs
When you imagine the Las Vegas strip, there’s no doubt you’ll picture it glowing with neon. From the early days of Sin City, casinos, restaurants and hotels have been shouting their presence in bright, pulsing light. Though neon has been largely replaced with contemporary technology, there are some who had the good taste and foresight […]
Architecture Design
Greenwood Great House – Jamaica’s Best Kept Secret
April 17, 2018
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Greenwood Great House – Jamaica’s Best Kept Secret
I had to do some mining for hidden Jamaican gems before I came across Greenwood Great House. I visited on good authority that the home’s original condition and furnishings make it a more interesting choice than other, better known great houses on the island. I was suitably impressed! Greenwood was built in 1780 by Richard […]
Design
The Artful History of Vintage Travel Postcards
March 8, 2018
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The Artful History of Vintage Travel Postcards
Who doesn’t love to find a postcard from somewhere far away, waiting for them inside their letterbox? It’s such a rare occasion in this internet era, which only makes it an even more delightful surprise. While the Golden Age of postcards is long past, like the travel posters of yesteryear, vintage travel postcards are experiencing a resurgence […]
Design
Walk the Rio Sidewalks – Calçada Portuguesa
March 2, 2018
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Walk the Rio Sidewalks – Calçada Portuguesa
Wander the mosaic Rio sidewalks, across the globe and through history, to see how thoughtful design can bring joy to everyday objects! A Samba beat bounced its way into my hotel room from Copacabana Beach below.  It was my first day in Rio and this area of Brazil was exactly what I grew up imagined South America […]
Design
Sign-spirational World of Sign Design – Theatre Marquees
October 12, 2017
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Sign-spirational World of Sign Design – Theatre Marquees
Ooh I do love a sparkling theatre marquee; the feel of a hot ticket in my hand; and the air of excitement right before the curtain goes up on another show! Who doesn’t want a little show biz glamour in their life, and a great theatre marquee can do just that. It’s the sign you’ve […]
Design
Sign-spirational World of Sign Design – Terrific Typography
July 6, 2017
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Sign-spirational World of Sign Design – Terrific Typography
The Sign-spirational World of Sign Design Series is a pictorial tribute to the hidden graphic designers, craftspeople and signwriters who take potentially dull, ordinary information and elevate it to eye-catching beauty. This is an ode to the makers of signs that add excitement and aesthetic interest to the urban landscape we unwittingly absorb every day. […]
Design
Sign-spirational World of Sign Design – Three Dimensions
June 8, 2017
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Sign-spirational World of Sign Design – Three Dimensions
All over the world, I have come across signs that made me stop and look twice. Beautiful typography, clever design, interesting logos, polished posters and/or artisan craftsmanship catch my designer’s eye. This pictorial series is an ode to the designers, signwriters, and makers who have created outstanding signs; a tribute to the typographers and graphic […]
Design
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
November 15, 2016
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Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
If you’ve ever seen the first Sex and the City movie, you will know the scene where Carrie walks into a dreamy New York City apartment that’s for sale and imagines herself as the owner and resident. Striking a pose in a sun-drenched doorway she greets an imaginary guest – “Hello, I live here!” – […]
Design Nature
Roberto Burle Marx – Brasil’s Painterly Landscape Designer
August 18, 2016
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Roberto Burle Marx – Brasil’s Painterly Landscape Designer
I first discovered Roberto Burle Marx on a quest to learn about the decorative mosaics that line Copacabana’s promenade in Rio de Janiero. What a superstar I found! He’s not only responsible for those gorgeous calcada portuguesa. but over two-thousand garden designs across twenty countries. Not to mention the inspired jewellery collections, theatre sets and costumes, art […]
Culture Design
Colours of Rio Carnival
August 11, 2016
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Colours of Rio Carnival
I was hoping this year would signal my return to Brazil. It’s been far too long since my first Rio Carnival experience and I would like to go back and party like only Brazilians know how – with music, colour and drama, that doesn’t stop for a tropical deluge or two. I’d like to sip […]