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Shaz Madani has come a long way since she was first featured. Her work has diversified into mostly editorial design projects (books and magazines) vested in the arts often with a social cause flavor.


She’s in a class all of her own.

No hype – just beautiful

Introducing my new studio spaces. No hype – just beautiful shot + edited by Carole Guevin.

I have shot my reworked and rearranged design – photo – painting spaces on what can be best described as a spur of the moment decision + inspiration. As many designers – my eyes can intake a large lateral vision.. and since my painting spot was in the same room as the editorial design + curation workstation.. I was constantly nagged by the in progress canvas: "work on me – work on me!"

Also right across the design library (which double-duties as room divider) – is our music studio and well.. painting requires solitude.. and quiet lol – and no big splashes of colors – thank you. All walls are white except for one cherry wall in the painting studio.

So thereyago – here is my monochromatic slightly pinkly colorized graphically enhanced mini studio tour.

That decision proved the best I took to enhance my creative working flow.

Love my mid-Century Modern chair in yellow (original) cuirette.

A brightly naturally lit live / work environment.


The design library shelves are all color coded by book spines – it is very very pretty.

Partial view of my shooting area + drawing table – Italian designed which I proudly own for over 30+ years. It’s where I spread printouts + mount miniature staging.

Love the Good Morning Sunshine poster.

Umbra paper bin by Joshua Davis.


You can see down the corridor – stacks of canvases. Rearranging the studio cleared the space – making for a large empty studio entrance. In progress canvases relocated where they belong.

Still got to get rid aka give away the piled boxes of books under the console.

I did a mostly white + black with very little colours photo collages on the Metro work tables + console which were a bit damaged – hence got them at a real cheapo price.

Love the Laugh out Lout box. Inspiring quotes written all over.

Inside my X30 Fujifilm digital camera.


Entering the painting space. Huge couch is a great reading spot and single guess bed – if needed.

All art in that room is mine – except for a small illustrated poster of Sydney harbour.

The coaster table is where all the Bubble Gum Dreamer props are stored.

The polka dots cushions were a rare find – and imitate the colored dots in the painting which represents how deep JF and I are attached while pursuing our life (ad)ventures. Cool huh?

The black cushions states New York – not New Work.


The painting room has an unusual configuration – 5 walls. In fact the brownstone is located on an irregular lot which means rooms in the back are smaller and moving to the front – expand.

Crazy enough – there is not one single 90 degrees wall in the flat.

Sun orientation is S/E. Summer = 40+ degrees.

Yay for our portable A/C.


Since I shot the series – a few more paintings made there way in – but not overwhelming the space. It’s rather pleasant and stimulating. Some of my paint tubes – I do acrylic strictly – are in that very useful desserte on coasters that I move around as needed.

I painted over a cheap artwork a gradient of red to deep orange diagonals.

I loved the narrow rectangular format.

It once was a bed head.


All my drawing material + more paint tubes + masking papers etc are lodged in these Ikea shelves. We actually use these profusely and have put (6) chrome feet to elevate them – huh heighten them – design and purpose wise.

One day I will paint the pale one with some crazy artwork.. I am not a beigy girl.

The pièce de résistance is an in progress painting (yet still untitled) that has found a home and will be leaving the studio as soon as I finish it.

One day I asked Alaa (Dr Dekis) – what were her fav colors: blue + pink her answer.

In order to clarify what is blue to her – I showed her that painting..

And it was love at first sight!

She later wrote – (sent her the picture) that it gives her goosebumps.

Guess that’s the best compliment one can receive – no?


I am immensely grateful for the space + gear we have.

I am anticipating many years of creation.

And discovery.

Masterful staging

Victoria Ling joyful and masterful staging and photography is astounding. Her minimal visual sobriety is accompanied by quirky perspectives that trump viewer perceptions.


Her extensive portfolio currently show 75 commissioned and personal projects.

Think playful?

4 shots campaign for Daniel Wellington watches. Handmade blue + pink stripy props by Marion Toy.

LUV drawing / #3

Illustration is probably the largest creative area to express (mostly without words) a message. Application media are endless.

Recent finds:

Artwork for Future Classic’s complication ‘One in a million’. 2016. Collaboration project Anny Wang + Tim Söderström.


Posters March’16 by Quim Marin


Cousins Secret Weapon cover by Eh Sides!


Corner Food Shop by 1041uuu


My Space installation by Eike Koenig


Wander Project by Carolina Niño


Illustrated type poster by Chae Byung-rok


Two moments spent with myself by Cynthia Alonso


B O R E A L by Súa Agapé


Miso ramen by Alvin Diec


Refugees welcome by Elena Éper

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool is a photo essay by Maria Svarbova and was shot at the Malina pool in Bratislava, Slovekia.


I picked these four shots for the intemporality of the dreamy turquoise palette + absence of contrast except for those punchy red, orange and yellow details.

Zaha Hadid – RIP

ZAHA HADID 1950-2016. RIP

What a shocker – I have admired her work immensely – probably one of the most original + breaker of norms + status quo + glass ceiling.

portrait: Sebastian Böttcher


Her architectural signature is recognizable the world around. Someone titled her The Queen of Curves! How apt indeed.

Most definitely sitting in the pinnacle forum of those top of them all architects. She was an all around nice person – not a diva.

A work selection in black & white.


Zaha Hadid’s early work played a huge role in my development as a designer. She was one of the best to ever do it. This is one of her paintings from 1982. What a gift.


"Zaha’s drawings were never pure representation or simple formal research, but necessary tools for design production. Early drawings were a means of altering and modifying the plan, leading to the disappearance of difference between 2D and 3D.

In an interview, Hadid describes that she was attempting to appropriate the moving quality of elemental forms in Malevichs’ paintings in order to inject the idea of motion and energy in architecture, and thus free the plan from its static role."


via: Michael Cina


Zaha Hadid is not only the most distinct, successful and influential architect of her generation, she is also among the most intellectual.

Her works are often described as fluid, curvilinear and organic, featuring unique lines and shapes and oblique inspirations.

via: Michael Cohen


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