10.07.2014

Appartment lighting

Living spaces can be really difficult to design. I get a kind of "writer's block" when I know I have to design one, or design something related to them. Just knowing you are responsible of so many lives (kinf of) is panicking.

I know I'm not the responsible of their lives per se, but I do believe that architecture can help modify people's behaviour, can intervene in their decisions, and can help them be happier and healthier or sick. Like deciding whether to enter a shop or not just because it has a step, or looks cozzy or expensive, or getting sick because your house is full of tiny details that are perfect places for gathering dust, you have poor lighting, little or no fresh air or almost no daylight. Architecture, and design can modify life.

Right now I'm doing an appartment building with a previous story. It was a slippers factory that was to be closed. It seems sales are not good anymore as almost anything is cheaper if imported from China. It's terrible, but nothing to be done to rescue it, so the owner thought of selling it, and a friend of his told him to change it into an appartment building. The city is making it easier to build appartments in that zone, so it was the perfect timing.

That friend of him used to be my boss, so he asked me to design the appartments. I designed differerent buildings trying to respect the structure as much as possible, as well as the client requirements and the city rules. After several projects, lots of projects if I may say, one was finally chosen, and I thought everything was over, but it wasn't.

I was asked to do the interiors, as well as the lighting design, and the selling brochures, and every little detail that comes with that.

Although I find it scaring, lighting an appartment is at the same time exciting and one of my favorite challenges. I still remember the first studio appartment I lit on my own, and how it changed my client's social life. He sent me a flower+fruit basquet as a thank you.  It reminded me why I've chosen architecture in first place: I wanted to change people's lives by changing their environment... and I was able to do that through lighting design (and a bit of interior design).

I've lit up shopping malls, offices, restaurants, I've worked in Lighting design firms, and on my own, and even been in some workshops, and I found that little studio appartment in NYC the most rewarding and complex project up to now, due to the distance, the lack of budget and how happy the client became.








9.22.2014

Swedish design... and a bit of Mx

I love light, that's for sure. And I'm in love with design, nobody can deny we have been having an affair for quite a time, though I wouldn't say I'm meeting with lighting design as often as I want, I'm having my romantic escapades with design in general, architecture, interior, graphic, everything has become such a mix in my head lately... I think I'm finally getting to know a bit of it.
What's the problem? None. Then, what's my problem? Besides the lost and search of my identity and the whirpool of things that have to be organised in my head, I've been drifting away from Scandinavian design, specially Swedish design, and I find that a bit troubling as I fall in love with Stockholm while living in there. I even feel it as home outside home. Oh! I wish I could be back... maybe I'll apply for a lighting design position when I finish whatever I have to do in here.

I remember a store I loved, besides the Moderna museet and Fotografiska's shops, IKEA (obviously) and a couple of stores I found by chance, I loved DesignTorget. Today I'm going over the online store looking at all the new stuff they have and longing for the things I didn't bought when I could (like a phone), and I'm again fallin gin love with the simplicity and beauty of Scandinavian design. I wish I could design something like that, but I know I can't.

Many years ago, when I did my architecture thesis, I stated that Imagination is like a box where you keep all the images you collect during your life, and being from Mexico city, the images I've collected during my life and the way I see the world are quite different from a Swedish girl who's lived in Stockholm most of her life. They grew up with snow, and darkness, and learning to be punctual. I grew up surrounded by flowers and traffic jam, and a sun that would never abandon us for long, and about punctuality... well... there will always pass another bus, or another train, or you can always take a taxi, and people tell you things begin half an hour before. 

During these four years, I've been embracing mexican design and those things that make us unique, but I've forgotten a bit Swedish design, and that je ne sais qua that makes them unique as well, and highly recognizable as Scanndinavian design. 

Here are some objects from DesignTorget and some from Arta Ceramica (Mexico), so you can contrast and compare (as in school). Hope you like them, and, just to close this entrance, I haven't designed any kind of object, not Mexican nor Scandinavian influence, but I hope life takes me into that path soon. 

Hugs

Rivsalt

Cochinitos


Pony

Pajaritos

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Polka


10.19.2012

A new lighting adventure

I'm totally into light. That's a fact I repeat in almost every entry, but I've been out of the lighting world for so long, it seems ages. It's been more than a year since I went back to Sweden to present my thesis, and met my friends that were totally into light like me, and it's almost a year since I stopped working because I hated here money was the important thing, not new ideas, nor lighting queality, but complete business.

Anyways, it's been ages since I felt into the light world, because reading about it is not the same as being totally immerse. Reading about it is as walking in the beach, making your ankles wet, you enojy it, and it's fine, but it's a greater sensation to get into the sea with a friend a play in the waves.

I might get in the sea tomorrow, and for a whole week.

Tomorrow begins a workshop in a city near mine, and then some conferences will follow. I'm not so sure about the workshop. I compare it to the Alingsas workshop I went to when I was in Sweden and... just by the organisation, and how I felt before, well... not the same at all. I think it was because in Alingsas I expected nothing, and all of us were totally enthusiastic about it, we got the last places, and even found a cute cabin for spending the night as no room in the hostel was available and the hotel... I don't remember if it had room, but it was really expensive... and we were 5, 4 in the little cabin and a fifth friend who booked long before us. (He was into light long before us). Right now everything is different. I am in a hotel reccommended by the workshop, which is not what I expected at all, and it flood with fluorescent cool light that makes me feel kind of strange, kind of with a headache, I know almost nobody, I came by bus, and I know one of the organisers and one of the head designers... and just by the fact that I'll be in a workshop or in conferences, makes me miss my lighting friends so much... but nobody will be in here, everyone will be in Europe, Asia, or US, and I totally understand that. I'm looking forward for the PLDC in Copenhaghen next year.

Talking about PLDC, PLDA was the one who sponsored me the workshop, so thanks to them, I'll be writing you about it, (and also thanks to my parents).It is called Queretaluz, it takes places in Querétaro, a city near my city, (Mexico city), and it is beginning tomorrow.

I'm excited, and scared at the same time. Hope everything goes wonderful, regardless all the but's I have.

So... I'll be writting tomorrow, if I'm not too tired, and post some pics. (This reminds me, I have to put my camera in a pocket).