OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL 2016 / DUBLIN

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE ARCHITECTS FESTIVAL

What is The Open House Festival?

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides (source click here).

In my opinion, it is the best festival/event taking place in Dublin. I have been looking forward to it with a great enthusiasm every year and been attending the festival regularly. It is well organised, always with helpful volunteers offering catalogues for sale at every door, which are decorated with white balloons that help to spot the place easily. The viewers are broken into small groups and are guided by either an owner of the place, an architect involved in the project or a manager who runs the business or an institution. During the tour, the public can find out valuable information about the history of the place, the inspiration for the design, compromises and problems, which accrued during the creation process.

The houses inside are often a great surprise, featuring a clever architectural solution, original concept and skilled innovations. All followed by tasteful interior design often spiced up with recognizable pieces of furniture from the Bauhaus period or classic a Scandinavian design.

 

THE BRASS & MARBLE KITCHEN

This is a house I have seen during The Open House Festival in 2016.  It is a three floors Victorian house located in South Dublin. The group I was in was guided by the Landlady of the house, who also mentioned that one floor was available for rent as Airbnb.

The pearl of the house definitely is the brass kitchen which reflects the light and bounces off the golden glow. Marks on the surface work very well with the walls which reveal layers of different paints that previously decorated the space. The Landlady mentioned they did have an idea to paint the walls in a particular colour but after cleaning the walls they decided to leave it as it is. It definitely adds a lot of character to the place while giving it a slightly rough, an unfished look which works very well with patterned white marble and very present brass featured around the house. All combined with the collection of odd chairs.

Even if at first the renovation process of the house appears unfished every single object in this house is very well thought through, creating balanced styling entirety. Huge applause to the Lady of the house!

The images were taken with my HTC mobile phone, the resolution could be better but surprisingly it worked pretty well.

THE BRASS KITCHEN

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
The Brass Kitchen, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE BROWN KITCHEN

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE FIREPLACE

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE WALL

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE CHAIR, SOFAS, SINK

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

PLANTS & PATIO

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

MARVELS OF SCIENCE POSTER

Marvels of Science poster

BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Marsh Library is located just beside St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin. It is a truly magical and mysterious place. As a visitor, you can sense the three hundred years old history hidden in books, walls and dark oak wood that was used to build the library. The atmosphere resembles the mood of the place described by Umberto Eco in his book called The Name of the Rose.

After visiting the library I was given a project to design a poster for the Dublin Science Conference in 2012.

 

   

The Universe is floating in space, inviting viewers to an exhibition in Marsh Library. The whole poster was designed and manipulated in Photoshop where I tried different colour combinations.

Marvels of Science poster
Marvels of Science final version

 

Marvels of Science poster
Marvels of Science monochromatic

 

Marvels of Science poster
Marvels of Science working version

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

COLD WAR POSTER

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.

SPACE TRAVEL POSTER

The Cold War period was the time of a geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. The forty years of the competition between powers were also a great inspiration for a space travel.

The futuristic poster I designed has elements of 1950s styling. The characteristics of the typeface were often used on American advertising posters and illustrations. It is also the time when American society was moulded into mass consumers through the industrial design. The style equals function.

   

Travelling in space is possible! Three rockets are leaving the planet Mars heading towards the planet Earth. The Moon is in between them. To emphasise The Cold War period and the clashes between the East and the West on the top part of the poster, I used the Russian language, which translates to:

Aeromars. Go beyond the frames of the obvious.

 

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.
Monochromatic version

 

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.
Three colours experiment: brown, red, yellow

 

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.
The final version

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

BREAD PACKAGING

Olive bread packaging

THE BAKER ON NASSAU BREAD PACKAGING

The brief asked for a label design for an imaginary gourmet bread line, produced by The Baker on Nassau. Each bread has its own history, tradition and recipe.

I based my concept on the bread origin. Emphasising typefaces as a reference to a cultural aspect of the place. Each label tells a brief history of the product. The label wraps the bread in such a way the consumers could hold it without getting covered in a floor.

 

 

Gold Rush bread label typeface refers to 1920s in America and the yellow colour is a reference to sun heat, gold and corn.

Leningrad bread label typeface refers to Lenin and the red colour is a reference to Communist Russia.

Dubh bread label typeface refers to Celtic Ireland and the green colour is a colour of Ireland, the Green Emerald.

Olive Branch bread label typeface refers to the traditional Greek alphabet. The blue colour is a colour of sunny Greece, the popular holiday’s destination.

PRESENTATION OF THE BREAD LABELS

bread packaging
Gold Rush&Leningrad bread packaging
bread packaging
Dubh&Olive Branch bread packaging

 

 

DUBH – IRISH BREAD PACKAGING

 

Dubh bread packaging

Dubh bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging

GOLD RUSH – AMERICAN BREAD PACKAGING

 

Gold Rush bread packaging

Gold Rush bread packaging
Gold Rush bread packaging

 

LENINGRAD – RUSSIAN BREAD PACKAGING

Leningrad bread packaging

Leningrad bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging

 

BLACK OLIVE – GREEK BREAD PACKAGING

 

Olive bread packaging
Olive bread packaging

 

LABELS DETAILS

Gold Rush bread packaging
Gold Rush bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging
Olive bread packaging
Olive bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

VICTORIAN PACKAGING

Victorian tea and coffee packaging

VICTORIAN STYLE PACKAGING

This is a mock project for the tea and coffee packaging. The aim of it was to design 3D product following the styling of the set and then a photo shoot.

The Thompson Tea and Coffee Company based in Britain has been importing their products from Kenya for almost 150 years, so it would mean they started their trade journey during The Victorian Era. This was my starting point of the concept development.

 

Looking back now, I think I must have been inspired by the book I read as a child called In Desert and Wilderness wrote by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It tells a story of two kids travelling through Africa. The description of nature in the book is so superbly written that as a child I was able to imagine and feel the dust, the humidity, the burning sun heat, the smell of camels, leather, tea and yes coffee too if such was present.

I wanted to create a scenery of a picnic after a very long journey, somewhere in the middle of the desert beside rocks. The crew is sitting by the fire, preparing for the night. Dust, sand and scorpions are the company of the set.

For the typography I followed a tutorial on vintage signing, the link is here. My tea packaging was meant to be more green but the printer we had in the college caused some problems. I borrowed some old books and the scarves, bought the vintage cup at the antique shop and some old photographs with handwritten envelop at the flea market. I remember I paid €5 for the lot after negotiation! I guess I paid for the fact that I did NOT have it more than anything else!

After printing and folding the boxes we were ready for the styling and photoshoot. The final product is an ad campaign for Fallon&Byrne which here in Ireland is an exotic products store and a restaurant.

 

Victorian tea and coffee packaging
Victorian tea and coffee packaging
Victorian tea and coffee packaging
Victorian tea and coffee packaging

 

SIGNAGE&TYPOGRAPHY

PACKAGING CUT OUTS

 

Kericho tea packaging

 

Kericho coffee packaging

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

VICTORIAN FRONT GARDENS

Victorian front garden

VICTORIAN CLUES

To complete the journey on the Victorian architecture, here are some photographs that were taken in May 2018. Victorian gardens and houses in the Rathgar area.

In Ireland watering the gardens or the grass is totally unnecessary, in fact, I do not think I have ever have seen anyone doing so. Because of the humidity in the air everything around is full of life and greenery.

    

During the Industrial Revolution, there was a rapid development of the Dublin city, which at that time was under the British rule. I am not a great fan of the city centre, but I do really like the neighbourhood in which I live. It has a lot of character. When walking around it I have an impression I travelled back in time to the British colonial period. Something Irish people would not see as intriguing or entertaining as I do, at all. I only want to admire the aesthetics of that period.

Solid front doors with ornaments made of brass. Sparkle cleaned every Saturday, by very well-educated housewives. Perfectly matched colours of the doors with the facade of the buildings or with the plants in the garden. Romanticism hidden in organic vault lines over the front doors. Refined British black gates, fences and barriers. Perfect set for a romance during an Art Nouveau period.

 

Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden
Victorian front garden

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska