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

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

TANGO PRACTICE, DUBLIN 2011

Dublin tango workshop, 2011

TANGO WORKSHOP

After the film broke apart in my Zenit camera, bravely I tried again a week later. This time with a different equipment but the same film Ilford Delta 400. One of the tango dancers, who was more experience than me with manual cameras, was very kind and helped me to change the film. That evening I must have used two rolls of film.

   

When I was reducing the size of images in Photoshop for this post I started getting very sentimental … in general. It must be the effect of the black and white photographs with all the noise in them, like a vinyl record with slightly huskily sound. The passing of time. Special moments appreciated more as they are gone. Life.

“All those moments
will be lost in time,
like tears in rain.
Time to die.”

Tears in rain, Blade Runner

MUSIC IN THE SOUL

Girls dancing with the girls! Boys dancing with the boys! Laughters, whispers, spontaneity. Joy!

FACES, PEOPLE, COUPLES, FRIENDS

Love affairs, broken hearts, bonding, flirtation, jealousy. Passion.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Step by step. Patience, perseverance, hard work. Relax.

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

SHAKESPEAREAN CHARACTERS

Merchant of Venice mask

HAMLET, KING LEAR AND THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

I have chosen three male characters from Shakespeare’s plays: Hamlet, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice. In styling the denim products, I wanted to create a display for male customers of M&S, creating a contemporary look mixed with the presence of Shakespeare’s characters and the versatility and long tradition of denim as a fashion material.

The year 2016 was the year of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, this event became an inspiration for my project. Among other things, I also wanted to work in men’s fashion. It seems to me it is less restrictive than women’s fashion and also it is difficult to dress a man badly. The styling is very informal, and each of the models wears a denim fabric.

The most consuming of all was making the props: skull, mask, crown and wreath. Props have been preserved to this day, decorated with Swarovski crystals, they look very good on the white wall of my apartment.

Shakespearean characters fashion display
Shakespearean characters fashion display

Hamlet fashion display
Hamlet male fashion display

Merchant of Venice fashion display
The Merchant of Venice male fashion display

King Lear fashion display
King Lear fashion display

Hamlet and Merchant of Venice display
Hamlet and Merchant of Venice display

Contemporary Yorick skull
Contemporary Yorick skull

Merchant of Venice mask
The Merchant of Venice mask

TRADITION OF DENIM FABRIC

Through my research, I found out some interesting facts about denim fabric. It has a long tradition goes back to as far as seventeen century. There is a dispute where did it originate from Italy or France?

The colour of denim wasn’t blue at the start and the Italian sailors in the city of Genoa where making trousers out of it for work in the harbours. The material was strong and sturdy. The French pronounce the word Genoa – Gênes, it may be the origin of the word jeans.

In France, in the city of Nîmes the French were trying to reproduce the jean but instead, they created similar fabric later on known as denim. From Nîmes as the French say de Nîmes – denim.

 

Display inspiration, denim and past modern trend
Display inspiration, denim, and past modern trend

 

King Lear inspiration
King Lear and Hamlet inspiration 

ADDITIONAL PROPS

 

Theatrical information about the characters
Theatrical information about the characters

 

Shakespeare 400 poster
Information poster

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

WARNING BY JENNY JOSEPH

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

ILLUSTRATIONS FOR A POEM

During my Visual Communication course, I had to create a handmade book with illustrations for a chosen poem. It had to be an interactive book. I worked with a poem Warning by Jenny Joseph, an English poet. To me, the poem is about the passing of time, reflection on life, regrets and promises. There is a mystery of the narrator age. Is it an old lady looking back at her life? or is it a very mature young person making decisions about her life?

I built the book like an accordion, so the illustrations could fall from one to another creating a story. Covered it with Financial Times, which is printed on pink paper, the colour has faded away now …

I put seeds and leaves of a linden tree in the background of the illustrations with an idea of creating an impression of a circle of life in nature. From the seeds at the start of the poem towards the falling down leaves at the end of it. The narrator talks about wearing purple, I tried to place purple or pink in most of the pages, also used pink ribbon to wrap the book,  as pink is considered very girly and youthful colour.

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph
cover

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph
accordion fold

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

Illustrations for the poem 'Warning' by Jenny Joseph

WARNING

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

    

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