Recreating the Cosmos

by Kate on May 15, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-loop-cosmos-2I love living in the Bay Area, but sometimes I wish there were more visible stars. It’s easy to acclimate to the local night sky, but every time I manage to take a trip south to the Mojave Desert, I am blown away by how insanely awesome the view can be—so much more vast and dense with stars than I remember.

OSMO is a project that attempts to recreate some of the awe-inspiring beauty of the cosmos, and I would love to be able to see this in person. This giant 9-meter inflated sphere was devised by the London-based firm Loop.ph and designed for people to enter and explore from within. Inside, the mirrored space is a recreation of thousands upon thousands of stars, which are created with laser beams bouncing off the mylar film. As this video shows, there is also an incredibly strange and appealing ambient soundscape within the space.

It’s pretty wonderful that such an other-worldy experience can be conjured with such simple materials. While I know it won’t be nearly as spectacular, I’m inspired to purchase some emergency blankets, portable fans, and LED lights to try a DIY version at home! Anyone with me? 

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anthology-mag-blog-loop-cosmos-4{ All images by Loop.pH }

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La Casa Decotó

by Joanna on May 14, 2015

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Ever on the lookout for pieces to finish my loft in Seattle, I practically comb Etsy on a daily basis. My latest discovery is perfect for adding a touch of the Mediterranean to your home, while also providing guests with extra seating.

La Casa Decotó was founded by maker Montse and specializes in just that: small-batch rugs, ottomans, pillows, and other textiles. Some pieces are hand-crocheted by Montse in her Barcelona studio, and exhibit a heavy influences from North African crafts. Other pieces in the shop are vintage and truly one of a kind, making this shop a go-to as I get settled into my new place.

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{ images via La Casa Decotó }

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The Granite

by Joanna on May 13, 2015

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The Granite is truly something special: a studio and workshop full of emerging female-owned businesses and craftspeople. Founded in 2013, the studio revolves around creatives with experience in metalsmithing as well as ceramics (the latter being my favorite part of their portfolio!).

As a fellow creative, it’s especially exciting to see women-owned and -operated businesses flourishing, with more to come who specialize in working with a variety of materials (such as silk, paper, and porcelain). For a further peek into The Granite, be sure to follow the studio on Instagram.

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 { Images via The Granite }

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Antivilla

by Kate on May 12, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-interiors-antivilla-6Those of you who read the magazine know that we tend to gravitate towards eclectic, lived-in homes that are often filled with lots of fun, beautiful stuff. So it stands to reason that this spare, monochromatic concrete space would not catch our eye—and yet I’m totally drawn to it. Part of what interests us about the homes we feature are the stories and handmade touches behind the space. This Antivilla, a refurbished former lingerie factory renovated by the Berlin-based architecture firm Brandlhuber +,  has both.

This building represents a collective effort to create a cost-effective, uniquely hybrid space that can adapt to the seasons. The huge, irregularly shaped window openings are the result of friends working together to hammer away at the concrete slab facade, and the airy, transparent curtains can cut the interior into big open summery spaces or more enclosed nooks for winter. I admit that I would immediately feel the need to add color and softness to this space, were it my own—but there is a beautifully meditative, ethereal quality to the sparseness, and I find the open, broken-down facade so captivating; like peering out of a beautiful, ancient ruin.

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anthology-mag-blog-interiors-antivilla-5{ All images by Erica Overmeer, found via ArchDaily }

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Rebecca Chaperon

by Joanna on May 11, 2015

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Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Chaperon is seriously talented. She uses her art as a means of storytelling—”as landscapes meet flat geometry and emotive undercurrents.” I’m especially in love with some of her latest works, including a series of pastel-hued faceted crystals. They remind me of a magical world of sea-glass shards and sunsets.

Originally from England, Chaperon studied fine arts in Vancouver. Her work has gained much exposure through exhibitions in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2012 she had the honor of receiving the Canada Council Project Grant for Visual Artists. If you’re interested in adding a piece by Chaperon to your home, I suggest taking a look at her book Eerie Dearies, published in 2014.

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{ Images via Rebecca Chaperon, found on The Jealous Curator }

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