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in Arts+ Crafts, Interiors, Ispiration, People

Lucas Lamenha’s art

I have been following Lucas Lamenha for a while now.

I love his art and the fantastic worlds that he manages to fit onto a canvas.

He also includes encouraging messages in his artwork so that his art becomes somehow a manifesto of his world.

I grew up amongst my father’s paintings and Lucas’s abstract, geometrical faces somehow remind me of the mysterious silver figures my father used to paint everywhere, only in a street-art, 2.0, pop version.

Lucas Lamenha is a Brazilian, now living in his home town Maceiò, not too far from Recife.

He has just had his first international exhibition in June and July at the DSArts Viva Gallery in London, in the cool area of Dalston and he will also show his art in New York in September at a collective exhibition called The Growing Culture.

One of my new New Year resolutions (see my past but still valid resolutions here) was to read at least one of the books that  inspire the people who I inspire me so I asked Lucas to recommend a book. He said  “The boy in the striped pyjamas from John Boyne because it shows us that it is possible to have humanity even in an inhuman time in history like this. Also because it shows innocence as one of the most precious things in the world.”

Thank you Lucas, I will definitely follow your advice!

in Arts+ Crafts, Color Inspiration, Ispiration, People

GNAM Museum and Paolo Echaurren

 Yesterday I went to one of my favourite museums in Rome, the GNAM -the National Modern Art Gallery– with my favourite two men in the world, Alex and Giulio. The gallery has an astonishing permanent collection and until 3rd April it is  hosting a Paolo Echaurren exhibition
I didn’t know this Italian painter, cartoonist and illustrator before, I was totally blown away. 
What do you think?


in DIY, Ispiration

Decorating with graffiti

The Panic Room at the Au Vieux Panier Hotel in Marseille
from the 2014 Ikea catalogue
via Iddesign Jeddah
via Vectormu
via Not a Paper House
via Hannas Room
Inspired by my profile photo, I have selected for you some cool examples of how to decorate with graffiti. I am gutted that I haven’t got any photo of the piece of wall art Alex made in the apartment where we used to live before. 
If you have never made a graffiti before and if you have never used a spray can, I would strongly advice you to employ a graffiti artist. A part from that, be bold, if or whenever you will change your mind, you can paint it over! 
in Interiors, Ispiration

Philippe Starck’s Mama Shelter Hotels

Hotels are an endless source of inspiration;  the new hotels Mama Shelter designed by Philippe Starck are affordable enough to allow you to spend a few nights there and have a proper look around, steal some ideas. Philippe Starck is a bit like Kate Moss, he is everywhere and inevitably his omnipresence has became a bit annoying and has made him less interesting, however he  is  undoubtedly so talented and has an eye for setting trends that he often comes up with great visions like the Mama Shelter Hotels pictured in the photos above. I really like the white and yellow stripy wall in the first photo, it gives meaning to a space that otherwise would look like a bare corridor. I love the million people wallpaper in the second photo with the two classic armchairs upholstered in a funky orange. The graffiti and writings on the black bedroom walls remind me of a  blackboard, a massive trend now, and the cartoon character plastic masks lights add a playful touch. I love the splashes of lemon yellow like the football table in the lounge or the wall paint in the bedroom, cleverly combined with a salmon pink/orange. Philippe Starck is a 64 years old boy who likes to inject some lightness in what he creates. 
The hip hotels (at Istanbul, Paris, Marseille and Lion) are of course a success, remember to book early if you want to go.
P.S: Yes the colourful things hanging from the ceiling in the third photo (from the top) are inflatable rings.
in Arts+ Crafts

Trompe l’oeil and street art

Sala d’Estate, Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia (Italy).
by Andrea Mantegna, St.Ignazio Church,Rome (Italy)
by Pere Borrell del Caso, Collection Banco de Espana, Madrid
by Escif, Katowice (Poland)
by Edgar Mueller
by Bansky, West Bank (Israeli)
Vank Square, Teheran
A bit of culture: it’s always handy being able to drop a french word into conversation while sipping cider at the pub, it sounds cool.
As Wikipedia explains, trompe l’oeil  is “an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions”. The name is french and means ‘to deceive the eye’. It was also used by the Greeks and the Romans (see, for instance,Pompei in Italy) but  it thrived during the baroque period producing incredible results of perspective illusion .
When you speak about it, people think about cheesy badly made sea views in american-italian houses, however it’s widely used by street artists to create different worlds, to open unexpected doors to imaginary spaces or to make a shallow reality prettier.