Friday, January 30, 2009

Day & Night in Manama

By day: Kite flying by the Sh. Isa bin Salman Bridge. Memories of the past in the desert with our crazy kites. Glad to see it's still happening, brings families together during the weekend.

By night: Al Fateh Mosque and the Isa Cultural Center and National Library in Manama. A sparkling monument by night.

Excuse the pictures, they aren't clear because I was in the car :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Hey all..

I'm so sorry for the posting delay!!..I feel soooooo bad. I've had a very busy week and I didn't have the time to post, as you may know its not that easy deciding and making posts for Beautiful Chaos. I'll have all the time to post by the end of the week (can't wait!), in the mean time I'll try my best to post during the weekdays. Thank you all for those who are supporting me in keeping this blog alive and creative :) Hope you all have an unstressful week!

~ 317

Monday, January 19, 2009

Exploring "Consume" in Art

- Bag stools

- Strangled Lights

- Flame Lamps

Artist of the Week: London designer Gitta Gschwendtner

Bag stools: a series of woodcrete (a mixture of wood fibers and concrete) stools cast from moulds based on paper shopping bags - commissioned by the Design Museum and Time Out Magazine.
By referencing material consumption, she
investigated the tangible link between design and the city in an installation for the Design Museum Tank exploring the theme “Consume”.

Other previous works by Gitta,

-Strangled Lights: ceramic pendant lights

-Flame Lamps: A series of lamps utilizing low-energy bulbs designed for TEN. It mimics tradition and a sense of warm coziness with its electric flame.

via Gitta Gschwendtner

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Hidden Retreat in Ombrie

It took 6 years for a keen restoration of this given up Italian masonry in Ombrie, a secret yet close friend of its famous neighbor Tuscany, in Italy. The land is a small place with majestic green valleys, corn fields under the sun, narrow curvy roads lined with cypress and oak trees leading to quint villages with a minor population, its a secret and its beautiful!
Dazzled by the site, two globe-trotters found this abandoned masonry building through dirt roads with a tower sitting high above the large wild valley of Carpini. They had a dream to turn this into a future home through some good rehabilitation (which took six years).

The couple's design created a bridge between the centuries. Mixing the old with the new, but with a alluring sense of purity and freshness blending with the picturesque views of Ombrie.
They've created the place with cement walls, medival stones, glass and iron, large open spaces, an industrial kitchen, minimalist furniture, stages of gardens, shaded terraces, mazed pathways, and 360 degrees of refreshing open panoramic views. The best part? you can stay in this retreat!

Torre di Moravola
Moravola Alta, San Faustino, 06014 Montone, PG Italia,
Tel.: 00 39 07 59 46 09 65.
Seven days, starting from 300 € with breakfast.

via Côté Sud Octobre / Novembre 2008

Chema Madoz's Photography

Extraordinary Photography by Chema Madoz.

For more from his portfolio, visit his site Chema Madoz

via Why me?

Gummy Bear Chandelier!

The Gummy Bear Chandelier!! by Ya Ya Chou

"In this series, I explored the relationship between food consumption and class. The bright colors and soft texture of children's snacks construct a romantic scenario which draws my attention to the dangerous ingredient behind them. By rearranging the embellished snacks in the forms of luxury commodity, I wish to pose the questions: Who consume these foods? Who has the choice to choose? " Ya Ya Chou

via like cool, yayachou

British design classics on stamps

The Royal Mail has issued a set of 10 stamps celebrating 20th-century British design classics for this year! All iconic British designs that are known throughout the world. Example: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s design of the bright-red telephone box, or the Routemaster Bus: A true symbol of London to visitors from all over the world, now only a few of Douglas Scott and Colin Curtis’s remain on London’s streets. The Mini by Sir Alec Issigoni, has made use of every available space in the small car that was as much a fashion statement as a means of transport, the Robin Day chair, and Penguin books designed by Edward Young just to name a few.

For more, visit the Royal Mail

via dezeen

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Your very own Pocket Concierge

"Did You Know you can..."

  • Did you know that you can hire a celebrity chef for your next dinner party?
  • Or have your oven cleaned whilst enjoying an aromatherapy massage?
  • Or hire the very latest designer gown, handbag and vintage jewellery?
  • Or hire someone to wrap all your Christmas presents?
"Secret Services: your very own pocket concierge is the book to buy for luxurious, limited edition, useful, fun and 'how could I ever live without' services for parties, Christmas, weddings, home offices, cleaning, family, gifts, pets, travel, vintage, fashion, beauty, shopping and the home.

Also included are must-visit shops and websites; must-buy products, must-visit places, tips and ideas and ‘need-to-know’ information. Enjoy" Fab publishing

Click here to buy

via fab publishing UK

Would you dare wear?

Clump Clump Clump Clump Clump Clump .....

This boot has a horseshoe iron! This is the Rancho from Pony Shoes

and new for this summer Wanda from Ballet Shoes..

All from Punitive Shoes.

Would you dare wear?

via Likecool

A Bizarre Form

Bizarre..angular..form..covered in patterns..thing..what is this?

Its what designer Hannes Grebin says were commonly found in German living rooms during the 1970s. He describes his pieces as “living sculptures, which puts the traditional views about comfort and taste into question.”
He redesigned the German parlour/living room, while researching the topic of "coziness", he dissected the idea, and creatively re-articulated it.

Via dezeen

Peel off your Light

Created by designer Sehwan Oh, the Peel Off Light is one that you can customize after you have taken it home with you. A light that has pre-scored tiles that you peel or that way it reflects your design aesthetic and how much illumination you want.

via Yanko

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Spontaneous Attitude by Coco

Quirky, spontaneous, artistic, full of contrast and attitude..

all so evident in Coco Amardeil's photography. Toronto-born Paris-based Coco, involves fashion, decoration and contemporary art and creates such an attitude that is shown in her different photography subjects, such as: sharks, sewers, mannequins, bikers, design, art..and everything that is a part of her world. and I love!

Her clients include: ELLE, Coté Sud, Biba, Rolling Stone, Air France Magazine, Psychologies, A.D., Nokia, Roche-Bobois, Nivea, Le Printemps, Perrier, Nestlé, DDB, Rapp & Collins, Proximity, etc..

via terminal production, valerie hersleven, coco amardeil.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Effective Communication!

Latest project: Her window installation for Estate Agents Douglas & Gordon in South Kensington. A piece celebrating the famous residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who have left their mark and contributed to its rich heritage.

A response designed to promote the M25 motorway. "wipe away the confusion take the M25".

From Man or Mouse: a campaign to encourage internet users to cut down their time and enjoy more of the outside world.
Commissioned illustration for the New York Times Magazine.

A collaborative project questioning how, what, when and where advertising prevades. Engaging and involving the audience with the advertising.

Visual Communication is very important when you want to say something that sometimes words cannot fulfill..This is why graphic designers or illustrators, etc. are called for help. I've come across many successful visual communications which involve the audience to participate in the advertisement .. If the visual message is done successfully it will come with a positive outcome to the client from the audience and vice-versa.
I found out about graphic designer Shaz Madani, a graduate from LCC (London College of Communication) who has done some brilliant works, and she has visually communicated successfully.

For more info about the projects, check out her site:

Shaz Madani