happy place

I’d like to share a few night time pictures of my bedroom.

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I’ll share some day time pictures some day, soon 🙂

  1. My mum got the chair from an Iranian exhibition about fifteen years ago (bought as a set which she later gave away and kept only two pieces).
  2. The desk lamp was a gift.
  3. My friend went to Paris and got me this Picasso sketching pencil from the Center Pompidou, it also came with a bookmark. Such a thoughtful gift, I sketch and paint a lot so I like to have it close to me just to dream and visualize 🙂 I also like to keep my passport close by just so that I feel like I’m going to travel soon 😀
  4. I like to collect random pieces of ‘memories’ like polished stones or this wheat strand from when I first went to Timau.
  5. I love to light candles at night, helps me see the world through dreamy warm light 🙂
  6. I had my desk made out of my mum’s old pink bed (some of you may have seen it on my Instagram some time last year) then painted it white because my room has an all white theme at the moment. I’d like to do the same to my wardrobe and storage units, that is, paint them white and probably have a distressed finish.

Designing furniture has always been a dream of mine. I have a deep respect and profound admiration for architects whose exploration and passion for design transcend into other fields, such as furniture design.

I admire the work of Zaha Hadid, in my humble opinion her work seems to have a certain spontaneous, classic yet eclectic feel. I’d probably collect a single piece from her work. But I admire the simplicity and universal appeal of simple yet detailed and well thought out Scandinavian designs. Finn Jhul, Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, just to name a few, were successful at creating timeless classics. I aspire to be that great of an architect and designer one day.

What immense satisfaction one must feel to design a piece to their own specifications and preference. I hope to explore this side of my creativity. Just to go off tangent as I usually do, as a creative do you sometimes worry that ideas will run out? Or that everything has been done already? I mean, how much more creativity can one put into the design of a chair? Or table? I try to train my mind to see things differently, and see the opportunity for growth in every situation. I will admire the next designer’s work, question what I like about the design, draw some lessons – but will always want to have something that is my own. My way, you know?

What are your dreams? Just start, today. However small, start building towards your bigger dreams. One day at a time 🙂

this is where i work

I’ve had a long, tiring – but rewarding – day and with only enough energy to edit these pictures, my brain is dead and I just need to shut down. Lol.

A few of you may know that after getting my first degree (Bachelor of Architectural Studies B. As), I took a gap year and worked at a firm called Morphosis for close to a year (okay not really, but 8 months in students’ time is close to a year). Back then, our offices were quite modest – a three bedroom house repurposed into an office (there is a word for that but I can’t really get my thoughts together at this hour). It was great in it’s own way, very intimate, and we made some priceless memories there.

However, I must say I was very excited knowing that the firm moved and I’d be working in this contemporary masterpiece. I mean, in the Kenyan context this building is kind of a big deal. Apparently, it’s not even completely done yet! I’ll be sure to post updated pictures once the interiors are done. I’ll let the pictures to the rest of the talking as I go snooze, I have to go to work in the morning these days.

Ciao!

office

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PS. I also get to enjoy beautiful sunsets every so often. It’s still quite sparse out here, and I’m loving it.

PSPS. I took these photos on my phone, and edited on Snapseed then VSCO. I need to get Lightroom so I can start experimenting with that too.

#okaybye

swahili beach resort, diani. mombasa

“..A fantasy tropical paradise where there’s nothing but good; magical sunsets, flowers, lots of fragrant fresh fruit, and (imaginary) live performances from Cesaria Evora, Lianne la Havas and Jessie Ware”.

Take me back already, please?

 

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Well, it’s been a while since I shared  on this space. I get overly critical of what material to put up on my blog, so I tend to slack on my blog posts. If you, however, would like to keep up with my adventures on a daily, feel free to follow me on my Instagram. It’s my happy space 🙂

Between running around for months to complete my final year project (which I’m happy to say I finished and did well alhamdulilah), and a cleansing month of fast and prayer (Ramadhan) I didn’t have much time for fun or recreation. A few weeks in Mombasa at my grandmother’s were more than welcome; I had longed for the sea, it always gives me a sense of renewal.

I can’t find the words to describe how I felt when I got to The Swahili Beach Resort, but I’ll try. Excited. Hopeful. And very much in my own dream world – a fantasy tropical paradise where there’s nothing but good; magical sunsets, flowers, lots of fragrant fresh fruit, and (imaginary) live performances from Cesaria Evora, Lianne la Havas and Jessie Ware.

Prior to the brief evening at the resort, I’d spent the majority of my morning and afternoon with friends and family at Amani Tiwi Resort. Catching up, eating, laughing and taking long, peaceful strolls by the beach. See, the thing about hanging out with loved ones is they get you. Even with your annoying paparazzi habits, they will still tolerate you and even think of more things to do that fit in your description of ‘fun’.
So they suggest, how about we leave early and explore Diani. They (obviously) didn’t get any objections from me.

We first stopped by Congo Beach (will share that adventure in another post) and then stopped by Swahili Beach Resort in time for afternoon tea.
As a (recent graduate) architect, I had been aware of the design of the resort for years; Its characteristic cascading pools and whitewashed buildings, heavily influenced by Swahili architecture, and the designers’ application of symmetry as a theme in design.

What you don’t see is the feeling the spaces invoke on the user, the effect beauty has on a person. The way the spaces flow into each other, the way views are strategically framed to the ocean and public spaces. The smoothness of the floors and walls. The rippling sound of water in the vast (yet unimposing), domed central space. The beautiful furniture and its placement. The urge to want to stay in this space, forever. Ah. I almost had to be dragged out. If there’s anyone thinking of spoiling themselves and taking a trip to Mombasa, this place is a must see ❤

I hope you like the pictures, I took them all on my camera phone and edited them on the VSCO app. Catch up soon?

Fatma.