POLISH PLAYTHINGS IN 1970s

What’s the most significant thing that happened in my life in Poland in the 1970s? … My brother was born. I remember well walking towards the house through the meadow with my father to welcome my newly arrived brother. This is the very first image I have in my collection of memories. People say I shouldn’t remember it as I was too little.

Why shouldn’t I?

Wooden clock from the 1970s

WHAT WAS POLAND LIKE IN THOSE DAYS?

It was the early days of the Solidarity movements, with protests and shootings in Gdańsk and Katowice in the north, and much the same in the south of Poland. My parents could only get reports and information from Radio Free Europe broadcasting from America, no mainstream news would ever talk about it. Full control from The Soviet Union was on. And then the Pope of the time visited and gave the Polish people courage and support, then the revolution started and the attempted assassination of the Pope came a couple of years later.

Radio Iza, 1975

Only recently I found out how terrified the whole Eastern Block was of this new Polish Pope. Apparently, Poland was full of spies. Jack Strong is a popular America movie that depicts those times very well and it has some great car chases.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR ME IN POLAND THEN?

From the perspective of a little kid, it was my territory, where I could play and feel safe, well, in my grandparent’s yard in the countryside that is. Those images in my head are like postcards, photographs, short videos; an ocean of memories. Severe winters, ice painted patterns on the windows, my grandmother’s jewellery and a witch coming out of a wardrobe.

Are your memories like mine?

Carpet beater, entertainment centre, Warsaw 1970s
Games at carptet beater, somewehre in Poland 1970s
Games at carpet beater, somewhere in Poland 1970s

Well, it just feels natural now to illustrate this post with examples of toys, from around the same time. Sure, like every kid, or most of them, I also had a teddy bear, a rocking horse, and a doll that was bald from excessive brushing. Oh, here in Poland we had I believe the best cartoons that were ever produced and New Year’s Eve was the day when hours and hours of Walt Disney cartoons were played. That was all such a feast!

Having so little visual communication though, did it mean we were under-privileged? Not at all!

 

Reksio was on TV at 7 pm and lasted 10 minutes, we were glued to the screen

Bolek and Lolek, two brothers and their adventures

FAMOUS POLISH TEDDY BEARS

Originally the Colargol Bear is French but was well adopted here in Poland.

Colargol by Tadeusz Wilkosz, 1974
Teddy Drop Ear by Janusz Galewicz, 1975
Teddy Drop Ear by Janusz Galewicz, 1975
Popular bears in the 1970s

CARS TOYS

Toy inspiration – Polonez. It was a Polish car produced by FSO from 1978-2002

HOME SWEET HOME

Miniature furniture from the 1970s which very much resemble IKEA’s style. I had them too. If I only knew today it is a collector’s item.

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

THE MARKER HOTEL, DUBLIN

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

ERODED NATURE AS THE INSPIRATION

The Marker Hotel was another educational pearl at The Open House Festival in 2014 in Dublin. The architect involved in the project gave a clear understanding of the inspiration for the design and its functionality. Once I was aware of the inspiration it became obvious what I was looking at. The building is inspired by cliffs at the coastline of the West of Ireland.

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin

The geometric glass elevation resembles the bottom part of the cliff. The part that gets washed and eroded by powerful Atlantic Ocean waves. The process creates a number of caves and gaps that are found deep in the rock, often used as a shelter for seals and birds. The use of the transparent shaded glass material at the front of the hotel mirrors the stormy ocean waters. The base part of the cliff is the location for the reception, lounge and the restaurant at the Marker Hotel. The toilets on the grand flour are just another little adventure. It is like walking into a dark cave where rocks are wet and a deaf echo joins the whistling wind. The wall sparkles in the dark just like minerals on the wet rock inside the cave.

The vibrant colours carried through the whole interior are taken from the mustardy yellow moss that grows on the rocks. The colour is repeated inside and outside of the hotel and is reflected in ornamental grasses at the front of the hotel too. The energetic lime and mustardy colours follow into the rooms.

Irish moss
Mustardy colour

The view from the rooftop bar of the Marker Hotel is overlooking the city, Dublin hills, the sea and it is a great spot to chill out. All in the close proximity of Airbnb headquarters and The Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

THE LOUNGE

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

THE RESTAURANT

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

THE CONFERENCE ROOM

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

THE BEDROOM

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

THE VIEW

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

THE ROOFTOP BAR

The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014
The Marker Hotel, Dublin, The Open House Festival 2014

 

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

GUEST HOUSE NR 31

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

NR 31 GUEST HOUSE ON LEESON CLOSE

I saw the Nr 31 Guest House for The Open House Festival in 2014 with a friend of mine (Greville Edwards) who was very kind to share his photographs with me for this post. Unfortunately, I lost my version of the high-resolution photographs.

It has been some time since I saw it … four years ago. How do I remember it today? I remember it as a place I would like to stay in for the entire winter and read plenty of good books there. The kind of books I promised myself that one day I will read them. Books that require deep concentration. I imagine I would sit and read them around the fireplace on the leather sofa or inside of one of the warm rooms with the minimalistic interior design.

Guest House Nr 31 felt exclusive, yet simple and familiar. Apparently, Mick Jagger stayed there few times, so told the owner of the place during the tour he was giving. At the time there was no signage at the front door suggesting it is a guest house. People who need to know about it will find out through the word of mouth. The clientele is exclusive. At the back is a small secret garden, cleverly designed providing plenty of room for privacy to anyone who wants to visit it.

Nr 31 is a place you never want to leave but when you finally do, you will not have any regrets that life passed you by while you stayed there. The perfect retrieve house where the time does not exist. Inspiration will find you here. 

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin
Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin (fot. Greville Edwards)

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

Nr 31 Guest House in Dublin

All above images supplied by Greville Edwards – cool graphic designer.

Dublin mysterious Guest House

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Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

YELP HEADQUARTERS DUBLIN

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014

What is Yelp? In a few words, it is a website that publishes reviews of local businesses. It also trains small businesses on how to respond to reviews and how to hosts social events.

Yelp headquarters office was part of The Open House Festival in Dublin in 2016. The office is located not far from St. Stephen Green Park and it is just beside the Iveagh Gardens at Hatch Street.

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!

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014
Yelp Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland – Open House Festival 2014

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YELP ENTERTAINMENT ROOM

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014
Yelp Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland – Open House Festival 2014

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OFFICES

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014
Yelp Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland – Open House Festival 2014

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014

MEETING ROOM

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014
Yelp Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland – Open House Festival 2014

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CANTEEN

Yelp Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland - Open House Festival 2014
Yelp Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland – Open House Festival 2014

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Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

SQUARESPACE HEADQUARTER IN DUBLIN

Squarespace Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

‘Think of Squarespace as your very own IT department, with free, unlimited hosting, top-of-the-line security, an enterprise-grade infrastructure, and around-the-clock support.’

Squarespace was one of the platforms I considered before building my website with WordPress. Decided to stick to WordPress and the theme I have chosen with the large images and the parallel effect it has.

Squarespace headquarter is located not far from St. Patrick Cathedral on a long, narrow Ship Street Great. We were guided by an enthusiastic architect a young Irish girl who was in charge of the project. I was trying to research her name or the architectural practice but unfortunately, The Open House Festival does not archive previous festivals on their website.

The interior is dominated with mat black colour mixed with warm wood and lush green plants which are contrasting perfectly with the dark background. The meeting rooms are dark and mysterious yet the warm light makes them very cosy. I would compare it to a hollow but in a positive sense. Place where we would like to hibernate during the winter time with plenty of honey, good friends and good storytelling.

The square detail is noticeable on the kitchen tiles, sofas, chairs and it is nicely broken with round tables and the oval shape of the kitchen bar. So much black in combination with golden glow looks very sophisticated in the Squarespace headquarters. Plus the minimalism must help the employees to concentrate and focus while working.

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland
Squarespace Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland
Squarespace Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland
View from the roof of The Square Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

TWITTER & AIRBNB HEADQUARTERS IN DUBLIN

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the place where many world companies have their headquarters in Europe. Over the years I had a chance to visit a few of them either through The Open House Festival or through friends who invited me for a lunch. Friends Lunch Invitation is one of the benefits offered to the employees of those companies. Inside there is always very good interior design which follows the company branding and the philosophy of the business. Canteens and dining rooms are usually the most attractive. Not to mention the food which is absolutely de-li-cious, served with a lot of love and care.

TWITTER

In Twitter dominates wooden texture, black, blue and white colour. I was wondering why the wood is an important element of the interior design? I think I found the answer – birds twit while resting on the trees! That must be the connection to the wood.

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland
Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Twitter Headquarter in Dublin, IrelandWooden floor in the dining room

I was lucky to visit Airbnb through The Open House Festival and get a little tour of the place. Airbnb brings the idea of travelling also into their working space. Every day a team of employees will choose to work in a different area and at a different desk. Therefore one does not get attached to their own working space. Keep on moving! Keep on travelling! That’s the idea behind it. There is always a space provided for small personal belongings, but it is kept minimalistic. The main meeting place is built like an old Greek amphitheatre where the sound travels perfectly and the screen presentation is visible to everybody.

The location of Airbnb in Dublin is an attractive one too. Located at The Grand Canal Dock just beside The Marker Hotel and many different coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. It is a spot where the cold Irish Sea meets the apartment blocks providing an interesting space to relax.

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland
Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

Airbnb Headquarter in Dublin, Ireland

The Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland

 

More on a few Dublin’s headquarters in my next post.

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska