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Famille Summerbelle at work...mind-blowing!

When we added the London map prints and Paris maps prints by Famille Summerbelle to BODIE and FOU last June, they sold out on pre-orders alone in a couple of hours! It was mental and it hasn't stopped since then! We also got some fabulous press coverage in featured in The Times, You magazine, Easy Living which is great and a testimony to Julie's talent, the adorable French designer behind them.
So I really wanted to share with you how Julie created these beautiful cutout maps from London, Paris and NYC in this video....
It's amazing and almost seriously insane to watch but at the same time, it's fascinating to see how these gorgeous map prints are made....there is some serious talent here!
The NYC map print took 20 hours to make but don’t worry, the video lasts only 2 minutes...
Hope you enjoy it!


Click here to find out more about Famille Summerbelle



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Hanging Bookcase

Using less material for its construction that typical bookcases, the Hanging Bookcase was inspired by the racks used to dry laundry. Each book envelopes a vertical wire (which positions it), with its base resting on a horizontal wire (which bears its weight). The space between the wires and books gives a high degree of transparency, and the bookcase itself is lightweight.
The grid format in which the books are arranged makes it easy to locate each specific book, and they can be easily categorised. The space between the wires differs, however, to suit different book thicknesses. At the left of the Hanging Bookcase, the wires are six centimetres apart; the remaining wires are four centimetres apart. The wires are tightly strung to resist deformation, even when significant weight is applied. The size of the bookcase was determined by the scale and load-bearing strength of steel wire.
The wires can also be used as bookmarks, with the book slotted onto the wire at the appropriate page. The yellow book cards, which are hung on the horizontal wires, can be used for classification purposes and to assist with locating books quickly.
Bao Haimo, Yu Renzhuo, Ma Hu, Yao Shuai, Yu Meng



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Book Cell + Passage

Book Cell will gather editions from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the past 50 years, reinforcing the site specific nature of the work with the incorporation of one of the most precious streaks in the history of the cultural intervention of this institution.
 
The "Passage" represents a kind of symbolic "short cut across the world" in which we exist or dwell: through the factual, real world into the world of human culture, where reality is exchanged for another - virtual - reality, for the reality of word, text, sign, symbol, image, and back again.
The project itself is a metaphorical synthesis of a number of formal semantic elements: an entrance, a path, "endless walls" of books, mirrors, light, an exit and even the physical presence of the viewers themselves.



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Villa Dali

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Parallel world

Samal Design



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Human bookcase

 
Human furniture collection, created as a mix between the pragmatism and efficiency of thegeometrical shapes and sculptural beauty of human body. Realised in plastic and MDF or Corian.
Samal Design



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Dyson's Bladeless Fan



Review by engadget

We can't fault Dyson for chutzpah. After putting the company's spin on vacuum cleaners and then hand dryers, we probably should've guessed that a revolution in table fan engineering was next up. When we first saw an image of the Dyson Air Multiplier "bladeless fan" a few spurious theories popped into our heads as to how it works, but it didn't take long to figure it out: it has blades in it. It's just that these blades are inside the lower canister, rather similar to, dare we say it, how a vacuum cleaner is set up, with the air then routed through the ring up top. The benefits of this tech are that there are no nasty blades to get fingers caught up in, but also that there's no "buffeting" -- that on-off gush of air caused by fan blades unceremoniously chopping up the air into inelegant segments. Unfortunately, the downside of the Dyson method is that you can't make Darth Vader voices through the backside of the fan, and the whole assembly is closer in noise pollution to that of an actual vacuum cleaner than a regular table fan. And then there's the matter of price: $300 for the 10-inch model, $330 for the 12-inch, and neither of them offer nearly as much wind as a regular fan this size -- quite a steep entry fee for the gentle breezes that emanate out of this plastic wind tunnel. Full PR is after the break.


Cool looking though



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Duo

Ana Linares Design



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Underground Town

The Underground Town of Coober Pedy

posted in: Strange  |  posted by: Florin Nedelcu on June 23, 2008  |  3 Comments

Known by most as the opal capital of the world, the small town of Coober Pedy has quickly become one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. And that shouldn’t come as a big surprise since this is the world’s only underground town.

Set in South Australia, the driest state on the driest continent on Earth, Coober Pedy was established as a town at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1915, when opal was discovered here and miners started settling in. It soon became clear that the harsh temperatures were too hard to withstand so the miners started digging houses in the hillsides of the area, hoping they would find shelter from the burning sun. And they made the right choice, to this day many prefer to live in an underground house than build one on the surface, although the building costs are relatively similar.

Temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius during the Summer months and you must have air conditioning if you want to battle the heat in your living quarters above ground, whereas in the underground homes, the temperature remains constant at a cool 24 degrees. The humidity also doesn’t climb over 20% during these hot days, but it does get a bit cool in the winter.

Coober Pedy became a tourist location in 1981 when a local named Umberto Coro realized the huge potential of this unique settlement and decided to invest in building a hotel. News about the underground town spread fast and people from all over Australia began to show up, and today Coober Pedy is an international traveling destination. People can choose to stay in the Desert Cave hotel as well as in other small local inns in Coober Pedy and private underground houses.

Tourists say sleeping underground, in cool, dark, spacious rooms is an incredible experience and most of them swear it’s the best sleep they have ever had. The underground houses aren’t bad to look at either, the walls are beautifully finished and the furniture is chosen so that it reflects the reddish color of the rock..

If you’re looking for an offbeat travel experience, you simply must considerCoober Pedy, after all, an underground town is not something you see every day. One more tip, be sure to check out the underground churches, they are said to be very beautiful.



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Fibre Optics for Lighting

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Daylighting is an art of architectural lighting in which efforts are made to design the largest light source in our collective reality (the sun, obviously) as an effective source of light into a building.  Is that an exact definition?  No.  Does it seems like a common sense practice?  Of course!  People have been doing it for about, well, since the advent of people.  “How do I get some light into this ol’ shack made of sticks and leaves and still stay dry when it rains?”  It’s a common issue throughout history – clerestory windows, light collectors, reflecting panels, diffusion lenses, sawtooth roofs, skylights – all devices and concepts developed to use sun for interior lighting.

Sunlight is a light source that, if you think about it for a moment, is good on many, many levels.  That feels like a very obvious thing to say, but it’s true!  Sunlight makes the plants grow, sunlight is everywhere for a decent portion of the day, sunlight feeds us Vitamin D – and most importantly, it’s free and available!

My wife and I lived in Dallas a few years ago, and in our kitchen we had a SolaTube – a sunlight pipe that fed directly into the center of the kitchen.  It was situated on the rear of the house, and it got sun for about 12-15 hours every day.  Even on rainy, overcast days the sunlight pipe provided sunlight.  We always hung out in the kitchen – the light was nice, it was healthy.  It had such high color rendering and provided detail.  Food was beautiful!

Adding a SolaTube to a room doesn’t constitute Daylighting, and I certainly would not and do not assume so – I have a high level of respect for Daylighting designers, as they can really change our environments.  But the idea of pumping in some sunlight via simple technology is a smart idea – an efficient idea.  I was doing some research on the topic of Daylighting for a post or two, and in addition to SolaTubes and other sunlight pipe systems, I found some other interesting ways to use sunlight for interior lighting.

The fiber optic approach:

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A Swedish company called Parans developed a fiber optic method of piping the sunlight collected on top of the roof of wherever the system is installed – hospitals, schools, museums, laboratories, and anywhere that you need light.  The system uses a series of fiber optic wires to run sunlight throughout whatever space in which it’s installed.  Even if you weren’t using the sun as the main lighting source in a fiber optic system, you could put the source in a place that would give you easy and quick access in the event that you have to change a lamp in the system.

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Another company that is using fiber optics to send sunlight all over the interior of a building is Sunlight Direct.  Sunlight Direct uses a Hybrid Solar Lighting system to collect sunlight as a lighting source – a device is mounted on the roof that consists of a parabolic mirror that focuses as much sunlight as possible into a photovoltaic cell.  The Sunlight Direct system maintains lighting levels inside your house as the light level changes during the day.

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Another company, Neues Licht, also produced a fiber optic system that has a beautiful form as well as an efficient function – it’s called the UFO Chandelier:

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Neues Licht’s system is not solar powered, it is completely artificial.  However, the system is designed to tuck away the light source – to hide it in a closet, or an attic, or wherever else you might think to stash it so you can get to it in a hurry.  Can you imagine, however, if Neues Licht did make it solar, or provided a solar option?  Below is a cool photograph of the UFO Chandelier underwater in an aquarium – no electricity flowing through the lines, only light – so you can put it wherever you want!

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I think that’s about enough rambling on the goodness of solar power for now.



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Leaving you with inspiring Mother's Day gifts


I'm flying to Barcelona in a couple of hours to join Bodie on our ski holidays. It will be the first time for our girls Mila (5) and Lily (6) so that should be a lot of fun. In the meantime, I leave you with some inspiring gifts from Mother's Day....
Nest art print in duck egg blue: £38 (available in sheer slate here) - one of my favourites...I find it very calming and it just looks amazing on a plain wall.
Gingko art print: £38
Cote Bastide Rose & Shower gel: £24.50 (Roses Eau de toilette here)
Silver plated beaker: £29.50
Wallflower scented candles (box of 25): £26. Click here to see our full range of scented candles made in France
Round metal tray: £42.50
And for mums who LOVE pottering around in the kitchen or garden...the Herb stand,
Linen apron (not many left unfortunately but really great quality) and the very popular ceramic grass vases would work wonder.
I'm off now. Have a fabulous week, I will be back early March.

PS:
Don't forget to send us pictures with your La Trop to enter La Trop Style Competition (if you are concerned having your face on the Blog, don't! I'm happy to cut your head off if you wish...in a nice way...Bye



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Une fille, un style...Jessica de Ruiter




Bon...I'll translate this for you because it was in the French Vogue...
"Jessica de Ruiter is a girl from L.A., blond hair, blue eyes, big smile and with a great fashion style sense, she looks like an actress from the seventies. She seems to have the same energy than the city she adopted seven years ago. She welcomed me (Garance Dore) with a green tea whereas I had brought a bottle of wine...LA Vs Paris? We still managed to get on very well. Fashion stylist, Jessica has a very healthy life a la mode californienne. She does yoga every day, loves essential oils and perfumes herself with Roses eau de toilette. Wearing jeans, men shirt, basic & designer pieces, she rarely goes shopping and goes through her wardrobe regularly to keep essential pieces. For her, style is a mix of elegance and comfort..so smart."
Great, inspiring piece from Garance as usual from great, inspiring women.



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Chair bookcase

Developed as a chair and a bookcase simultaneously, the intention was to provide both the storage for and a seat in which to read.

Yanko Design



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January Monthly competition winner

We are pleased to announce Russell Turner as the winner of our January monthly competition. Russell has won a beautiful Clare Vivier leather wrist wrap.


Russell wrote to us: "My stepdaughter is thrilled by my win as she adores the cool Clare Vivier leather wrist strap !" How nice!
If you haven't entered our February competition, there is still time..just go here and you may win the LOVE art print....a beautiful design that bursts out of happiness and joy.
And don't forget that we have another competition running on the Blog this time: La Trop Style competition!
Good luck with everything!



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Happy Mother's Day from BODIE and Fou


Click here to see our beautiful and inspiring gifts for Mother's Day



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Book Hook


Book Hook



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Perfect Valentine's Day WE & a sneak peek of our house

The perfect Valentine's Day can have many shapes or forms...for us this year, it was a friends and family affair and in the 12 years Steve and I had been together, it was probably the most heart-warming, relaxing and loving Valentine's weekend we ever had.


It all started Friday evening when my stylish friend Mandy and Mila's Godmother - arrived to our home with her husband Acland....
On Saturday morning, we went for breakfast at one of my favourite delis: Chez Kristoff where we had an amazing, yummy breakfast. I highly recommend this place. It has a very long communal table located right in the middle of the deli and stacks of shelves with beautiful, exotic food packaging from each side of the room. You feel you're eating in a grocery and I love the atmosphere. It's very friendly, relax and visually inspiring and refreshing. The staff is also very nice...a lot of young Franco/English and personally I love their eggs benedict...sigh

So the plan for the day was that more of Steve's friends would come around to watch the rugby while Mandy & I would escape to Anthropologie for a bit of retail therapy.
Well it didn't quite worked out like that.....We started drinking some gorgeous tea I had brought back from my trip in Paris (see my little improvisation..using a French school blackboard as a tea tray) and chatting. While the boys went to get beers, wine, roast for the evening, we made space in the lounge and since for once since we moved, the lounge didn't look like Mila's playroom, I took a few photos...






But when the boys came back, Ackland, impressed by his earlier breakfast, had also gone back to Chez Kristoff and came home with lots of food goodies......to die for fresh bread, amazing cheeses, delicious honey-ham and...



arrgh.....the most amazing brownies so instead of going shopping, Mandy and I spent the whole afternoon chatting, munching and looking at websites like the two geeks that we are.

This incredibly chilled-out afternoon ended up with Steve's amazing roast and more food the day after on Valentine's Day and frankly I'm glad we didn't end up in a restaurant like most year and instead had the most fabulous weekend with our friends...plus I got the most gorgeous dress from Steve as a present which he got from Mandy's boutique...can't really get better than this!



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La Tropezienne tote bag: Style competition


This is how are ideas get into motion at BODIE and FOU.....So many of you purchased La Tropezienne tote bag that I decided to put a little style gallery together but then, Elodie & I love this bag so much that we thought we should take it to the next level and turn this into La Trop Style Competition and YOU will decide via this blog, Facebook and Twitter which stylish woman should win the stunning Clare Vivier wrist wrap.
So if you are the proud owner of La Trop (the original in tan leather) or the black one (NEW!) or if you have a friend who owns La Trop, just borrow it and send us the most stylish, fashionable pictures ever!
We've shipped La Trop to Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain and of course England so we want to see how you wear your La Tropezienne tote bag in all these cities.

A few examples below (not valid for entries): La Trop in L.A. (so you know, the lovely girl wearing the striped t-shirt has La Trop with the 8" straps on her shoulder), La Trop at the farmer's market, La Trop in Belgium, La Trop in London






To Enter La Tropezienne tote bag Style competition:
Please send high-res images to contact(at)bodieandfou(dot)com with subject title: La Trop style competition
Closing date for entry submissions: 31/03/2010
Good luck!

The legal bits because even if we have fun, we do things properly....
Terms and Conditions
1. No purchase necessary.
2. Closing date for submitting high-res style photos will be on 31/03/2010. Closing date to cast votes on the blog will be on 15/04/2010.
3.
Only one entry per person & email address per month permitted (when sending high-res)
4.
Entry is open to everybody who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry.
5. Incomplete or unreadable entries are disqualified (i.e. low-res pictures). Responsibility cannot be accepted (and the Promoter shall not be liable) for lost or delayed entries.
6.
No cash alternative.
7.
The winner will be the ones receiving the most votes from our blog readers and will be informed immediately via e-mail address provided. A proof of ID will be required.
8.
In the event the winner fails to provide a valid postal address for prizes to be mailed to within 3 weeks of notification or for any reasons under these terms and conditions any participant (including the winner) was ineligible to enter, the prize will be withdrawn and the winning entry will be void.
11. All entries become and remain the property of the Promoter. By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge and accept these terms and conditions.

9.
BODIE and FOU reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time for reasons that are outside its control or where it is reasonably necessary to do so.
10.
The promoter of this competition is BODIE and FOU Ltd, registered at Unit 3A Electral House, 58 Neasden Lane, London NW10 2UJ.



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Livraria da Vila


Livraria inovadora de São Paulo


A Livraria da Vila é o resultado da remodelação de uma casa de dois andares, construída num terreno muito estreitas em São Paulo. Desde o início, ficou claro para os arquitetos que um plano aberto era necessário, para melhor organizar os produtos e circulação. Por essa razão, significativas alterações estruturais foram realizadas no edifício existente, como a incorporação de peças metálicas que permitem deslocar as colunas para as seções exterioreres do edifício, e reforçar as suas bases.
A inclusão de um nível extra, o porão, permitiu a criação de um piso inteiro apenas para crianças, além de um pequeno auditório para realização de cursos e palestras.
A loja projetistas acreditam que, em um local comercial, um projecto deve sempre ser desenvolvido para melhorar o produto, a sua in-store merchandising, e suas vendas. Há, sem dúvida, inúmeras maneiras de atingir este objetivo, e é provável que seja a natureza da abordagem que distingue cada projeto.
Isay Weinfeld Arquitetos, em particular, procura soluções que permitem que os clientes para confiram o produto o mais confortavelmente possível.
No caso da Livraria da Vila, o conforto, como é traduzido na composição dos espaços de baixa-teto, tons escuros, a iluminação indireta e prateleiras infinita, em desalinho cuidado, cobrindo todas as paredes ao teto. Seja qual for o sentido se olha, há livros, e uma sensação despretensiosa, que lembra o de lojas de livros usados, fazendo com que os clientes à vontade para navegar nas prateleiras para os livros que querem, ao folhear ou mesmo lê-los nos sofás e fácil cadeiras espalhadas pelo andares múltiplos.
A janela pivotante-shelf-portas, piso e os vazios 'conectando' um para o outro, são elementos de outro projeto que, inesperadamente, convidar os clientes a entrar e explorar a loja e seus diversos espaços.



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