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Biutike Design

I’m excited to share this project from October 2018.

I redesigned an old ceramics studio into a natural cosmetics shop called Biutike, C/Curia 13, in the old center of Pamplona. Before I go any further with the design, let me just say that you should really go see Leire, the owner, who has the best natural cosmetics and personal hygiene products available. She also knows absolutely everything about them and is just a lovely person all around. Check her out on Instagram or Facebook, @Biutike.

As I was saying, I redesigned an old ceramics studio into a cosmetics shop. But it was more than that. I scrubbed, painted, cut, drilled, hung, scampering up and down a ladder all day, everything. I didn’t do it alone, of course, but I was there every day getting my hands dirty and it was glorious fun. I’d like to take another moment for another tangent here. If there are any designing women out there who know of power tools made for smaller hands (preferably not pink either), please let me know. There is nothing more frustrating than having tools that seem to work against you rather than with you simply because the tools were designed for and made by people with larger hands and more natural upper-body strength, i.e. men. Those technical issues aside, most of the time things flowed and were finished in a timely fashion.

But the best part about it was that it was the first time I designed for someone else – for their taste and personality, preferences, and needs. The entire inspiration came from the owner’s tattoo – a mandala, black, purple, green, lush and yet somehow simple. While I was helping her look for a place to set up shop, this location was the only one that I walked into and felt energy. Have you ever had that experience? Walked into someplace and felt the type of energy it would provide? Well, for me it is a normal occurrence. The place had some great bones to it that I could see behind the orange paint and cluttered cabinets (see before picture). So we set to work.

We had a very small budget and so I looked to one of my favorite materials – pallets. But I didn’t want rustic for this place. It had to be refined. So we cut, sanded, and varnished the pallets and hung them from black cables. The walls needed a couple coats of paint – a barely off-white that made it glow. I added a small purple detail on a border above the counter, which was also made from a sanded and stained pallet. One of the great details of the space is a small shelf just below the ceiling, which I filled with eucalyptus branches to add just the right touch of green I was looking for. We left the ceiling and chandelier intact, which helps maintain the charm of the place, and added the simplest of lights over the counter. It doesn’t quite look like the 21st century.

Another fantastic element is the front display case. It was completely covered by wood panels when we found it. Again, all that it really needed was to be revealed, not changed. It lets in the most beautiful light and provides Leire a space to play with to her heart’s content – showing off new products and changing the seasonal concept. After cutting the pallets to make the shelves, we had plenty of pieces leftover that she now uses to create levels in the display case, perfectly tying together the elements of the store and recycling/reusing what would have otherwise been wasted. Sustainable design based on reused things that have been redone is my favorite way to work. And Biutike is full of them! Even the umbrella holder is a ceramic piece made by the former artisan who owned the studio. We decided to leave it in place and its colors also match the original inspiration – her tattoo.

Moving outside, I knew that we needed a bold color. Looking up and down the street, everything else was a pale neutral. But the exterior of this place was already a dark burgundy and it just stood out in a street full of pale colors. I figured – why not go with it in an even bolder way? So we chose a deep, rich purple that looks like black plum in the shade and a sparkling gem in the sunlight. It also happened, that when I was looking on Pinterest (my absolute favorite) for color ideas, the color that we had chosen turned out to be the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. An amusing coincidence to me, because the year that we built Poise, I also inadvertently chose the color of the year that year for my logo and webpage etc. I somehow seem to soak up the patterns of what is coming next without actually hunting for trends.

It sure was a wild ride. Some frustrations and unforeseen issues, but what part of life doesn’t have those things? One of the best parts was that I got to build something new for someone else while I was closing my studio. It was truly a gift to get to work on bringing Biutike to life.

 

 

 

Kö estudio. Cursos de caligrafía.

Con mucha ilusión, os presento el próximo taller y colaboración en Poise, caligrafía con Kö Studio, Sonia Beroiz. Abajo una explicación del curso en sus propias palabras.

Los detalles concretos:

Primer Trimestre 2018. Escritura expresiva y personalizada.

Fechas:

Todos los días con el horario de 16:30 a 20:30h.

21 de enero – Itálica

18 de febrero – Inglesa o Copperplate

11 de marzo – Pincel

Precios:

1 taller – 70€

3 talleres – 180€

 

Kö estudio.
Cursos de caligrafía.

 

Resumen para los cursos de caligrafía.

Pack de tres cursos de iniciación a la caligrafía. Aprende las bases para gestualizar tu escritura mediante diferentes técnicas, herramientas y estilos caligráficos.
* Para el estudio de la Copperplate se recomienda tener conocimientos de itálica para una mayor comprensión de la técnica.

Este es un espacio que invita a la práctica, a la reflexión y a la experimentación de la caligrafía. Donde se puede aprender y disfrutar escribiendo, a partir de modelos históricos, mediante el aprendizaje y manejo de herramientas para crear composiciones con la letra o caligrafías como medio de expresión.
Si te gustan las letras, quieres profundizar en su historia, tienes curiosidad por entender sus formas y posibilidades este es tu sitio. Cursos prácticos donde aprenderemos distintas escrituras formales, diversas técnicas y materiales de escritura. Estudiaremos la interpretación formal de textos, composición, color y experimentación con diferentes familias caligráficas.

Si se quiere decir algo muy especial se puede hacer con mucho estilo o si simplemente disfrutar escribiendo.

 

 

 

Artículo.

“La caligrafía es el arte de formar los signos de una manera expresiva, armoniosa y culta”.
Claude Mediavila, calígrafo francés.

La delicadeza y la trama del papel, la esencia de las tintas, la pluma, el pincel, los colores, el gusto por el trazo y el movimiento hacen de la caligrafía un medio de expresión rítmica que se utiliza como mensaje.

Es un medio de comunicación y por tanto de expresión. Un medio de comunicación tradicional que ha ido evolucionando hasta nuestros días. Lo que la hace especial es la expresión de sus rasgos, señal de identidad, de naturalidad y reflejo de nuestra personalidad.

Es una especialidad donde los proyectos se hacen a mano, no participa la tecnología y ayuda a mejorar las habilidades motoras y psicomotrices a la par que la percepción visual, capacidades que se van perfeccionando con la práctica. La caligrafía ayuda a la concentración y a la memorización, escribir más despacio permite organizar mejor las ideas. Ayuda a pensar, organizar y estructurar mejor el pensamiento debido a que nuestro cerebro, al escribir con la mano permite una mayor concentración. Un proceso manual y mental que ejercita otros valores como la relajación, la disciplina, la destreza y la sensibilidad. Es una disciplina que cuida los detalles y las formas, y que necesita una constancia, lo que ayuda a ser más metódico. Muy a tener en cuenta en la infancia y en la madurez.

La letra se puede educar, desde alguien que tiene mala letra a alguien que quiere conocer diferentes modelos para conseguir llegar a una forma de escritura personalizada y expresiva. Conseguimos la mejora de nuestra escritura a la par que conocer la arquitectura básica en el diseño de las letras. En una entrevista al periódico la Vanguardia, Oriol Miró, uno de mis grandes maestros y bellísima persona, explica la importancia de la caligrafía y todo lo que aporta a nuestras vidas.

Forma parte de nuestra cultura y de nuestro patrimonio, por tanto, es un conocimiento universal. Su práctica lleva al aprendizaje de las distintas técnicas de escritura, sus herramientas, el ritmo y la proyección en el espacio. Vamos adquiriendo destreza conforme la practicamos. No solo se trata de escribir bello, sino de conseguir un equilibrio entre todos los elementos que la conforman.

Muchas gracias!

Sonia Beroiz

 

 

Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy

This week for the blog, I’d like to review two books by the same author, Marie Kondo. Both deal with the same subject, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up came first and fully discusses the KonMari Method of tidying, and Spark Joy delves deeper into the technicalities of tidying and storing things in a practical way. The first book is available in Spanish, La Magia del Orden, while the second, Spark Joy, doesn’t seem to be available yet. It just came out in English this month.

Magic CoverSpark Joy Cover

But those are the technicalities. Why have I chosen to write about and share these books? Well, they deal with removing clutter from our lives in a way that I’ve never heard before, I have clutter in my life (in fact, a previous blog entry was named Clutter), and for quite a while now I have been wondering how to deal with all the stuff that I don’t use but can’t seem to let go. I have become attached to my things and I have too many things.

Throughout the process of building Poise, I tried very hard to prevent any unnecessary item from entering this space. I wanted a place of flow and harmony. I wanted a space that only contained useful things that I love to use. This is the essence of Marie Kondo’s tidying philosophy and it is perfectly explained by the title of her second book, Spark Joy. Her whole system is based on keeping the things that you love and letting everything else go. This philosophy is very similiar to aspects of Yoga, those of non-attachment and contentment and cleanliness and self-examination, all aspects of the Yamas or Niyamas of Yoga.

Throughout the KonMari tidying process, you must repeat a single question, asking yourself this question over and over again about everything that you own: “Does this Spark Joy?” If the answer is no, then you should let that item go. Her method forces you to examine the ideal life that you would like to have and to select only those possessions that help create that life. It is an in-depth and honest self-examination. Again, I say that this is a concept that lies at the very base of Yoga, as well. We are here now, for only as long as we will be, and it seems a rather careless waste to fill our homes and lives with things that don’t bring us joy.

In full disclosure, I haven’t yet started the process on my own house (maybe this weekend?!). I just read the book last week. But I am fascinated by the concept and I agree with her philosophy of how to put our houses and lives in order. Her point is simple – we must tidy our lives by deciding what we want to keep because it brings us joy. That is all. The rest we must let go.

If you find yourself in my situation, a closet full of things that you’ve forgotten you have, or a general sense of clutter in your home, or even unfinished business that you’ve tucked away in a drawer someplace – then I highly recommend reading either or both of these books. To Marie Kondo (and her translators and publishers), I thank you for sharing this idea with the world. A revelation – truly.

Clutter

This blog post is arriving a little bit late this week. Why? Well, after an amazing Thanksgiving weekend with friends, we arrived home and the exhaustion hit. So did a bit of the flu. It often seems to happen that, just when I have some days off the normal work routine and have some “extra time” to tackle those things that I’ve been putting aside, the standard end-of-autumn flu that I had been incubating hits full force. Do you know what set it off this year? Well, apart from the thousand things that need to be finished, it was the clutter.

What is clutter? It is the small piles of papers that you don’t quite know what to do with, the sweaters that you used to love but now don’t quite fit your style, the pictures of friends and family that you’ve been meaning to frame, the out-of-season clothes that just haven’t quite made it into storage yet, the formerly single dust bunny under the sofa that has now produced an extended family. It is walking into your new business location and only being able to see the construction crap that’s lying everywhere and not the newly painted walls. Looking at all this clutter, feeling the exhaustion of a busy few months, the body just says, “Stop!”

In the Niyamas of yoga, those guidelines of how we deal with ourselves, the first is Sauca, or cleanliness. Yes, that means something as simple as showering regularly, but it also means other areas of outer cleanliness, like our homes, and the inner cleanliness of clarity of mind. When you have lots of clutter going on, the mind has a much harder time being clear. I’m sure this sounds familiar, as we’ve all heard about Feng Shui Philosophy at one time or another. It is a whole system of keeping life’s energy free-flowing and clean – quite similar to Sauca in yoga.

I subscribe to an online magazine called MindBodyGreen and the article that arrived to my inbox yesterday was about this very topic. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I read these things and think it’s all a little too hippy-dippy for me, as open as I am to these theories and do believe that everything is energy in one form or another. But I recommend giving it a read and a try, especially before the holiday season (in all its excess) descends upon us. Perhaps a little bit more attention on decluttering would drastically help my flu – or at least my perspective about how sick I feel.

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