Greenterior

For a long time that we are followers of Coffeeklatch, a blog dedicated to interviews with creative people in their homes. When we heard that its creators - the journalist Magali Elali and photographer Bart Kiggen - would lauch the book Greenterior, we decided to immediately have it in Cabana. From Antwerp to New York, passing through Barcelona and Amsterdam, the pair traveled in search of the most beautiful interiors where plants play a prominent role, interviewing along the way their creative owners and discovering their love for being surrounded by greenery. The duo visited florist Mark Colle, photographer Martyn Thompson, fashion designer Christian Wijnants and AOO shop owner and designer Marco Morro, among many others. In addition to the beautiful photography, interesting interviews, the book presents a complete listing of the featured plants and their characteristics. Absolutely essential for plants and original interiors lovers!

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Alexandra Kehayoglou

When we saw the work of the artist Alexandra Kehayoglou it was love at first sight. After we read her interview with Freunde von Freunden, we were fascinated by her work and went exploring its unique art form, which revolves around re-creating nature scenes by developing complex rugs. Descendant of a family of Greek immigrants who currently has a reknown carpet factory in Argentina, Alexandra raised the family activity to the art form, having captured the attention of Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who commissioned her to make a long naturalist carpet for his Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show in Paris.
Although this project for Dries Van Noten have been the one which had more visibility, the remaining work of the Argentine artist is far more impressive, especially the Refuges series. While in 'Refugio para unos días felices' a tropical beach and its sand serve as the subject of inspiration and ‘Refugio para un venado’ revealing a scene of the animal world with a deer wandering in a dense vegetation, it is in the ‘Refugio para un recuerdo’ that the artist reveals all her talent and attention to detail through an impressive installation with a swing surrounded with vegetation, a mixture of realism and mystery.
One of her other projects that caught our attention was the impressive 'En los pies de Elpiniki', inspired by her grandmother she never knew and a childhood surrounded by carpets. Referring to the journey that her grandmother Elpiniki did 90 years ago from Greece to Argentina, Alexandra developed a shoe-boat, symbolizing the tradition that her relative started in the new home country and a close connection with the natural world.

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Deriva

As everyone knows, at O Editorial we're lovers of good magazines, independent publications that explore lesser known themes and Deriva fits perfectly in this profile. Having discovered this magazine recently, Deriva is especially appealing for inciting us to look at what surrounds us daily with new eyes, to explore the hidden corners of our city, things that escape us in the hectic everyday life. Being a guide for walks and wanderings in the city, the magazine coming from Stockholm was inspired by psychogeography, where a dérive is an unplanned journey through the urban landscape. During such a drift, you’re simply guided by your instincts and your curiosity, focusing on the path itself rather than the
end destination, making us true flâneurs, observers of the urban life. In addition, the magazine reveals the urban oasis, where the sound disappears, hidden treasures as a greenhouse, a hidden courtyard or a corner in a park, special spaces for relaxing or reading a book.
Devoting each issue to a city through stories, photography, essays and walks through the neighborhoods, Deriva is printed in Sweden and was founded by Marta Vargas, a spanish graphic designer, photographer and creative director living in Stockholm, edited by Helena Öhman and managed by Arno Selvini. A must-read.

“Deriva is a print magazine. A guide to urban wandering, born out of the idea of enjoying the road and observing one’s surroundings. We want you to divert from the usual path; allow yourself to discover new journeys through the city – to follow your senses and emotions on the walk.”

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The Girards in Tokyo

While in London, at the Barbican, the work and life of the Eames is gathered in the magnificent exhibition ‘The World of Charles & Ray Eames’ on the other side of the world in Tokyo, the legacy of another icon of mid-twentieth century - Alexander Girard - is celebrated through two interesting exhibitions. During Tokyo Design Week, the local Herman Miller showroom, in collaboration with Maharam, is the stage for the exhibition ‘Alexander Girard: An Uncommon Vision’, which shows the creativity of the American designer. Known for his unique vision, Girard stood out for the brilliant use of textiles, colours and patterns, which were especially evident in his work for Herman Miller or the defunct Braniff Airlines. In this exhibition open until November 7th you'll find a selection of Girard pieces, including furniture, accessories, graphic panels and textiles from Maharam.
In the Curator's Cube gallery, the work of the descendants of Alexander Girard is displayed in a group exhibition dedicated to his grandchildren. Showing the influence that their ancestors had in their creations - from his great-grandfather, an art lover, through Alexander Girard and his father Marshall - ‘Girard Continued’ which runs until November 8 displays, among other things, the paintings of Kori Girard and sculptural pieces by his sister Aleishall Girard Maxon. Not to be missed!

“My greatest enjoyment and satisfaction in the solution of any project is uncovering the latent fantasy and magic in it.” Alexander Girard

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Photo by Apartamento magazine