The interior of Yelp headquarters is a splash of primary colours. The positive, welcoming yellow at the entry in combination with black is followed by a geometrically shaped desk and wavy hall. Contrasting colours and shapes. As we go along more colours are introduced. The playroom is inspired by the 1970ties style. The colours are muted, relaxed, natural. The working space area and the canteen are brightened up with red. In the same colour are chairs, the counter and other decorative elements. No need for a coffee among those vivid colours!
Thedetails are not the details.
They make the design.
Charles Eames ~Architect&Furniture Designer
WHAT WILL BE REMEMBERED?
Recently I had to move out of a place where I spent a good few years of my life. The time has come and the change was needed. Time to make a space for something new. Humans will get used to anything. We often find comfort in strange places and situations. Adaptation is the survival skill. The rescue and the trap.
What makes a place? What’s remembered?
Smell, texture, light, sometimes sounds. The small details.
The Edwardian house I had to move out from in Dublin had some hidden characteristics, original, historical details. Brass door handle, letterbox frame, door press that has not been working for a hundred years! The front door resembles an old tree where history reveals itself.
I was experimenting with angles in my short photo documentary. While writing this post I am experimenting with the WordPress new plugin called Gutenberg.
Review of the Gutenberg plugin; working with images is fun while creating columns and different layouts. Working with text is less fun. Every time the return key is pressed the plugin creates a new text box. Confusing when it comes to creating spaces between text and image boxes. Hard to generate clear spaces.
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.
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.
Rathgar is a village in the south of Dublin with its origins going back to 1862. As far as I know, the south of Dublin and the Victorian houses were lived by the Protestants rather than Catholics. Therefor wealthier families have always lived here. This house is about a hundred and fifty years old, within a very close proximity to the house where James Joyce was born. It is a nice neighbourhood, safe, quiet, very green with plenty of gorgeous gardens.
This was the first project with a manual camera I had to do and the aim of it was to experiment with angles, focus, lighting, and still life. I wanted to document it in a style of 1940s. At least the way I think it was back then, with the slow pace of life. When people had the time and will to talk and to get to know each other. When they did not have to do hundreds of things in a one day. When they did not have to be perfect, trendy, successful, rich and famous. But they were ambitious, hard-working, well mannered and authentic.
There is a poem I studied in my primary school and for some reason, the mood in this documentary reminds me of it.
Czeslaw Milosz A song about the end of the world
(…) And those who were waiting for thunder and lightning Are disappointed. And those who were expecting signs and archangels’ trumpets Do not believe it is happening now. As long as the sun and the moon are above, As long as the bumblebee visits the rose, As long as children are born rosy, Nobody believes it is happening now.
And only an old man with grey hair who would be a prophet But he is not a prophet because he has another thing to do, He says while tying tomatoes: There will not be another end of the world, There will not be another end of the world.
The end of the world has come to that house too. It has been repossessed by Permanent TSB Bank and soon will be put on sale. All tenants have to be out. The banks have no mercy. For some, it is The End of The World.
The third time I went with my camera for the milonga evening I was feeling well experienced and prepared.
Milonga dance incorporates the same basic elements as Tango but permits a greater relaxation of legs and body. Movement is normally faster, and pauses are less common. It is usually a kind of rhythmic walking without complicated figures, with a more humorous and rustic style in contrast with the serious and dramatic Tango. (source: here)
I had to check myself what a milonga is …
Tango evenings in Dublin were always more of social events for me. Great way to network. The Third Place as they call it in marketing. The kind of a place where one meets people who are not connected to the work, family or personal past. Conversations are universal, thought to require good social skills and some general knowledge to share with others while conversing. Unless one wants to talk about tango … but there is no point of bringing wood into the forest.
There happened a good few marriages in the group, few children were born and some painful break-ups too. Some left Ireland for good, some stayed loyal to the dance for years and years. People come and go. The endorphins keep bringing people together.
I am very happy with this shoot. A couple of tango dancers are standing still, concentrating. Silence before the storm. It is so relaxing. Every time I look at it, I am Zen.