In a recent article of Italian magazine Domus, there were some interesting pictures of the Casa Malaparte I would like to share. I never get enough of it... In this blog there is another article on this villa. Look for Malaparte.

First a link [and thanks to] the Domus link



Gurutube will point you out why you don't get done what you would like to.

Watch out for your monkey mind..... Look it up on YouTube...



The rise and fall of a love affair described in terms of an auction catalog: this is 'important artifacts ... et cetera'. Few people will have a conception of this book. And that is all too understandable, because Key artifacts ... is a book that is unique in its kind.

Important artifacts ... is the description of 1332 lots that once belonged to the (fictional) Lenore Doolan, culinary editor at The New York Times, and Harold Morris, much sought after commercial photographer. These gifts they each have given, clothes they wore, the books they read [together], CDs, knickknacks, theater programs, menus, photographs, letters and printouts of e-mails they each sent when Harold visited a distant corner of the world again for a job. In short, all the costumes and props from the drama of their love life.

Because it is a tragedy. In the description of all these objects draws slowly the story of love between Lenore and Harold, how they each have experienced how their relationship intensified and when and where the first cracks showe. How their relationship slowly but inevitably had to break down, with dire results as the 'sale' of everything to remember their love, and still on 14 February 2009, Valentines Day, auctioned at Strachan & Quinn.

< The page about the stuffed squirrel

Link to the author: Leanne Shapton



Some time ago I came across Coggles, a delightful digital dept. store. It has 'I want' written all over it.

The shop, was apparently named after the secretary of the former husband of founder Victoria Bage. The explanation for the name of the shop: Victoria's husband was caught having an affair with this secretary. Victoria divorced him and took revenge by the naming the shop to change the name of the secretary, Sarah Coggles. A strong reminder of the creativity rage can arouse.

Founded in 1974 in downtown York, it is now an online store with great content.

To visit this shop PRESS



Good news: The Monster of Moretti is back to visit.

The 'Monstre' is located in the bowels of La Defense, it is a sculpture and installation by Raymond Moretti. he built it in the studio that he lives in the brand new architectural 'monster' La Defense, possessed.
Les Journées du Patrimoine [guardian of the Parisian heritage] reopened the workshop and living space by Raymond Moretti, abandoned since 2005, the year of the death of its creator.

Right the chimney of the 'Monster'

Before 2005, the installation was open to the public every day

Moretti stond bekend om als ontwerper van posters

The installation seen from the balcony
(for security reasons you can not descend)
The shadows on the walls are painted

Parts are scattered on the ground

A walk in a theatrical setting

Subscribe to a visit of the machinery

Pictures made by the visitors, who to their surprise were guided as a group of six, by an expert on the history of the business district, offering everything some very passionate commentary.
More information in the blog article Condition Venus.



The Belgian landscape architects Jacques and his sons Martin and Peter have designed some of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. I love their dramatic command of space and strong sculptural forms, their work combines a modernist aesthetic with a respect for tradition and the spirit of place. At the family home in Schoten, near Antwerp, a former gardener's cottage attached to an eighteenth-century estate, they have created in their private garden a laboratory for experiment on an intimate scale. 

I came across them because of the work they did for the gardens of the Louvre around the Arc Du Petit Carrousel. The use of hedges and the playfull walks you can make, enjoying the height differences and views, make it worth a visit. Well everybody visiting passes through anyway.

It's hard to find good photos of what I'm talking about. Behind the Maillols you can see the garden, but you cannot look inside. But once you are there you should walk through. 

A cute film on the Maillol statues, with more Wirtz in the background

Finally the Wirtz website



The Château de Marqueyssac is a 17th century chateau and gardens located at Vézac, in the Dordogne Department of France. The chateau was built at the end of the 17th century by Bertrand Vernet de Marqueyssac, Counselor to Louis XIV, on cliffs overlooking the Dordogne Valley. The original garden à la française was attributed to a pupil of André Le Nôtre, and featured terraces, alleys, and a kitchen garden surrounding the chateau.

To see the website press here it starts with a cute film...

A cute YouTube from Gardeners World

To get there, press here