Wynwood Art District- Urban art in Miami

Hello everybody, happy new year! After a long break from blogging we are back. We’ve barely had any free time in our schedule these past few months since Darys has been crazy busy at work, and I was studying for a couple of exams towards getting my US architectural license. Everybody in the arch profession knows how these exams can be quite the grueling process. But guess what? PASS for both of them, so 4 down, only 3 more exams to go! I actually received the news for one of them via e-mail on Christmas day, and let me tell you, it was the best Christmas present a girl could get! We may have to take another quick break once the next test dates start approaching so we ask for a little bit of your patience while we get those monsters out of the way!

Since we spent Christmas and new year’s at Miami, we though it would be a good idea to share with everyone from out of town some images of our visit to the Wynwood Arts District. It’s amazing to see how much the city has evolved over the last couple of years. Definitely urban art at its finest. We just couldn’t get enough of the place!

Must visit places: Wynwood walls, Wynwood Kitchen and bar, Wood tavern, The Butcher Shop, Panther Coffee

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Who needs a rug? A great find on the road

Hello everyone, we are back!

We didn’t want our vacays to be over but we are certainly happy to be back with you! These past two weeks of traveling around Florida and the DR were incredibly fun, and we’ll be sharing some cool things from our trip in the next few posts. This had to be the first one though, since we fell in love with these babies as soon as we laid eyes on them. These funky and yet delicate looking handmade rugs can be spotted while traveling through the northern part of the DR. The locals hand craft these beauties, in all colors of the rainbow and they even create some pattern combinations. We couldn’t help but get a couple of these for ourselves, and the best thing is that  with our purchase we get to help the local artisans!

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Hola a todos, ya estamos de regreso!

No queríamos que nuestras vacaciones terminaran, pero si que estamos muy contentas de poder estar de nuevo con ustedes. Estas últimas dos semanas de viaje en la Florida y en República Dominicana han sido muy divertidas y estaremos compartiendo algunas cositas de nuestro viaje en los próximos posts. Pero estas alfombras tenían que ser lo primero en enseñarles, porque nos enamoramos de ellas tan pronto las vimos a lo lejos en la carretera camino al noroeste de la isla de Santo Domingo. Confeccionadas a mano por los locales de la zona, tienen un look moderno pero delicado al mismo tiempo. Se pueden encontrar en todos los colores del arco iris e inclusive tienen patterns y combinaciones de colores disponibles. No pudimos evitar elegir un par de ellas para nosotras, y lo mejor de todo es que con nuestra compra colaboramos con los artesanos locales!

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Inspired by her home country colors: A mexican illustrator

Paulina Reyes, a mexican illustrator based in New York, has worked with many design firms. She has collaborated with Laurie DeMartino, Kate Spade, and West Elm, among others. Her work is full of vivid colors that you often see in her native country. Here are some of her illustrations.

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Paulina Reyes es una ilustradora mexicana basada en Nueva York. Ha trabajado con varias firmas de diseño, entre ellas: Laurie DeMartino, Kate Spade, y West Elm. Su trabajo esta lleno de colores vívidos que frecuentemente se pueden percibir en su país natal. A continuación algunas de sus ilustraciones.

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From Trash to Treasures

Flipping through the pages of last month’s Architectural Digest Spain we ran into a name that got our attention: Piet Hein Eek. The beauty of the dutch designer’s work lies in the fact that it is given an undoubtedly unique identity by all the repurposed materials he uses, which would probably  be considered trash by the average person. We decided we had to get to know more about his designs, so here are some of his pieces.

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Hojeando la AD España del mes pasado nos encontramos con un nombre que llamó nuestra atención: Piet Hein Eek. La belleza del trabajo de este diseñador holandés está en el hecho de que cada composición tiene una identidad única gracias al  creativo rescate de materiales reciclados que la persona promedio consideraría basura. Decidimos que teníamos que conocer más sobre sus diseños, así que aquí les tenemos algunas de sus piezas.

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Plank chair in Indonesian Teak Scrap Wood:

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Plankchair in Dutch Scrap Wood:

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Images Source: Piet Hein Eek

A wine-licious weekend: La Rioja, Spain

Hello everybody!

We  haven’t posted much lately because we have been a little busy studying for the ARE’s, (Architect Registration Examination). As some of you may know, this can be a very time consuming task. But we can hardly wait to share some of our latest discoveries and design inspiration with you. This weekend we’ll take a break and visit a beautiful and wine-licious region in Spain: La Rioja. And guess where we’ll be staying: at the amazingly designed Frank Gehry winery hotel Marques de Riscal at Elciego.  Definitely a great wedding present from my husband’s work buddies! As architects, we are more excited about seeing the building and actually experiencing it than about anything else! Here’s a quick preview of the place , and we’ll post some images of  our favorite views of the building and interiors to inspire you later on!

Hola a todos!

No hemos escrito mucho últimamente porque nos estamos preparando para examinarnos para los  ARE’s (Architect Registration Examination: un proceso por el que debemos pasar todos los arquitectos en Estados Unidos para obtener el número de colegiatura y permiso para firmar proyectos). Como algunos de ustedes sabrán, este es un proceso largo y que consume mucho tiempo, pero ya tenemos muchísimas ganas de retomar el blog y comenzar a compartir con ustedes nuestras últimas inspiraciones y en que estamos trabajando estos días. Este finde tomaremos un pequeño break y visitaremos una región muy emblemática de España: La Rioja, famosa por sus exquisitos vinos. Y adivinen dónde nos quedamos: En el Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, diseñado por Frank Gehry! Un regalo de bodas excepcional de los compañeros de trabajo del hubby. Como arquitectas que somos estamos más emocionadas por ver el edificio y sentirlo que cualquier otra cosa! Aquí una foto del hotel para que se hagan una idea del lugar, y  muy pronto les traeremos las imágenes del diseño que más nos impacten y así les sirvan de inspiración a todos!


Wall Art Inspired by Matisse

For our living room, we wanted to incorporate a fun, colorful and youthful Wall Art that gave our apartment a punch line. The great Henri Matisse defined brush strokes, simplification of lines and all of his paintings in general have served as guideline and inspiration for our drawings. Each of the faces will have a 15 cms white border all around and will be printed on a 70 cms x 100 cms canvas. We will post pics of the final product very soon!

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Para nuestro salón, queríamos incorporar un Wall Art que fuera interesante, colorido y juvenil, y que al mismo tiempo le diera a nuestro apartamento un punto focal. Las pinceladas tan definidas , la simplificación de líneas y todo el arte en general del gran Henri Matisse han servido de guía e inspiración para nuestros dibujos. Cada una de las caras tendrá un borde blanco de 15cms alrededor y será impresa en un canvas de 70cms por 100 cms. Pronto colocaremos imágenes del producto final!