On one of my adventures in a small village of Panama, San Pedro, I came across one of the native chairs that are made in the area.
The use of natural material gives this piece it’s character. A type of vine is used, when it’s still green, to shape the rounded back.
This style in particular has a small incline and is intended to use for sleeping as well as sitting.
None of modern day carpentry tools were used in it’s construction and yet it is still level, sturdy and attractive in it’s details.
I’m so inspired by the craftsmanship of this piece and the mix of curves and orthogonal lines. The creativity that I find in the native products of Panama always keep my mind spinning and my soul in awe. What do you think about having a raw handcrafted piece of future like this in your home? Maybe I can fit one (or two) in my suitcase. -chels
Take this weekend to refresh; your mind, your body, your soul. Spend time with family and friends or do something you love. Take a bath, listen to a new album, read a book. Refresh.
If you need a reminder, download this image as a wallpaper. A gift from me to you, enjoy friends!
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I’m in Panama! Most people I met are curious to know where I’m from, the guesses are usually Hawaii, the Philippines, Asia and occasionally they are close with any South American country.
Although I was born in California after my parents met and married in Panama, I am a dual citizen and fluently speak Spanish.
I usually come to visit my family a few times a year since we’re the only ones who live outside of the country.
This time of year is rainy season and makes the country green with growth. These snapshots are on the route to my grandparent’s house about two hours outside of Panama City.
Lately I’ve been inspired by the magnitude of landscape that can be seen in every direction.
The bright green color, fresh air and quietness remind me of how beautiful our natural world really is. Take a look around and see everything the world has given you. -chels
Life always has a way of getting ahead of us and it’s easy to get caught up in our current priorities. But today, take a moment to tell someone why you love them. Go ahead, make their day. -chels
This summer I’m all about relaxing, creating and traveling. You could say it’s my own little version of eat, pray, love. With a few goals in mind, I’m looking forward to rejuvenating my creativity.
First off, I hope to fill a sketchbook (or two) with all my ideas, drawings and observations. Document the people, places and things I see.
I want to make a point to cherish all the moments spent with my family and friends. Absorb the simple things, the moments in between.
I will explore, explore, explore. When there’s a path less traveled, I’ll be on it. How about you? Any goals for the summer?
My first trip is right around the corner, I’ll be spending a few weeks in Panama to see my family. I can’t wait to escape into the nooks of this unique country. Have you ever been? Are you traveling anywhere special? Please do share! -chels
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‘Nido’ is italian for bird nest. At 9 square meters, designer Robin Falck was able to create a functional, creative, sustainably driven space in scenic Helsinki, Finland.
Designed and built by Falck himself, he was driven to maximize the space limits of building without a permit. After consulting with architect, Bruno Erat, he took on the project and completed his getaway in just two weeks.
The first floor includes a living space and micro-kitchen and a loft for sleeping and storage. The large angled window extends the amount of natural light passing through the space and provides for a spectacular view. Nature immersion.
He only used local or recycled material and even carried everything by hand to ‘keep the nature untouched.’
What a great escape! The design challenge for space, resource and locale was so beautifully executed. What do you think about having a small getaway cabin like this? I think I would never leave. -chels
I’m excited to say I’m out with the old, in with the new.
First off you may notice the blog layout has had an uplift… with bigger images! It’s perfect for the beautifully styled shoots that are on their way. Take a peek here.
My first year of grad school is officially over and I’ve caught up on all the missed sleep. My final project was even entered into an international competition.
I’m thrilled to be standing at the beginning of a new season, anticipating the adventures to come. It’s time to turn a new leaf, summer is practically here! -chels
This is the part where you find out who you are.
A year ago today, I graduated college. Talk about crazy. It seems like the life I had for four years was just yesterday. The memories still vivid and stories still alive.
Since it’s graduation time for many, I thought I’d share a congratulations to anyone who is moving on to a new chapter in life.
Seize the opportunities, savor the moments, cherish the memories. This is the part where you find out who you are. -chels
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It’s finals week. For those of you sleep deprived and overly caffeinated, I’m right there with you. I’m just three projects away from completing my first year of graduate school, phew! Almost there. The majority of my time this week will be spent on my residential design project. My concept for the space is based on the flux chair from the DC Design Festival. Inspired by origami, the chair can be unfold and carried with ease.
Dutch designers, Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten, worked on this design as a graduate project which turned into an entrepreneurial venture after graduation. Over 100 full sized prototypes were created in the process and the final designed was developed on the biggest molding machine in the Netherlands.
What I love about this piece is how many problems were solved in such a simple design. The chair is light, inexpensive, sturdy, attractive, convenient and easy to store. With only two points of connection, it’s amazing to see this structure hold. A perfect example of simple complexity.
The project I’ve been working on is for a client with a vacation home in the ski mountains of Spain. My idea was to create a space that would unfold, much like the flux chair does when disassembled. I decided on one continuous structure that folds up creating spaces and even furniture. Here’s some of the process work I’ve done on the design.
I’m at a point where I am simplifying the geometry and creating more fluidity with the structure. I’m so exhausted from the days upon nights upon days in the studio but I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product! With the furniture in place and a physical model built, I think I’ll finally see my vision come to life. What do you think about living in a folded space? Totally crazy or totally unique?
Keep going my friends, keep working hard; a well deserved summer is right around the corner! -chels