Liebster Award!!

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The Design 411 has been nominated by RefindStyle for the Liebster Award! A massive thank you goes to Refind Style, I haven’t received this award before, but it sure is amazing to be nominated by a fellow follower/blogger.

I didn’t know how this worked until I saw Refind Style’s post about it… So here’s the low down:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.

2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them.

3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.

4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.

5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.

6. There are no tag backs.

So here we go!

1. 11 Things About Me

1. I’ve just finished my A Levels in Fine Art, Textiles and Spanish with AAD

2. I went through a number of years of wanting to become a surgeon (heart or brain to be specific!!)

3. I might be a quiet person at times, but there’s always something going round my brain – guaranteed

4. Architecture has been my passion for the last three years, but I was never smart enough to actually get into Architecture school

5. I love marmite

6. I love discovering new places – hopefully starting my travelling adventure next summer with my boyfriend

7. I house an expensive taste – but don’t like being ripped off – I like a good bargain

8. I used to be a dancer and gymnast – I wish I still do those

9. I’m the organised type

10. Some would say I am obsessed with the colour Orange

11. I believe simple things are the most powerful

2. 11 Questions from RefindStyle

1. If you were invited to the Met Gala who or what would you wear? I’m really not sure on that one! sorry

2. Why did you start a blog? To start research into the latest design finds, and share them to like-minded people

3. Do you like dressing up or keeping it casual? I love dressing up for going out for an evening, but I prefer casual for normal day-to-day

4. Favorite place to online shop? ASOS.com – their sales are amazing!

5. Vintage or brand-new? I think vintage looks good on a certain type of person, but personally I’m more of a brand-new which I’ll mix with previous styles

6. Are you a night owl or early riser? I like staying until around 11pm, and I also like waking up early to get started with my day… I’m both I suppose!

7. Where was the coolest place you’ve ever been on vacation? 3 days in NYC, then two weeks in the Florida Keys – hands down my favourite and most memorable holiday so far

8.  Favorite TV show for fashion/costumes? Probably Sex and the City

9. If you could live in another decade, which one would it be? Go back to the 90’s… or 80’s

10. Pants or dresses/skirts? Pants. Dresses and skirts for occasions, not casual!

11. Favorite way to relax? Watching a One Tree Hill boxset

My questions for my nominees!!

1. Why did you start your blog?

2. Which city in the world would you most like to live in?

3. What is your current goal?

4.Where is the most inspirational place you have been on holiday to?

5. Who is your favourite blogger, and why?

6. What inspires you the most?

7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

8. What is your greatest achievement?

9. What did you want to become (in the future) when you were younger?

10. What one thing can you NOT live without?

11. Who is your favourite architect?

And finally, My Nominees are ….

Stephen G Hipperson

Mind of Andy


Photo Lord Contest

To Be Aware


Elisa Ruland

Andrew Ferri

Forcing Myself Happy

Hall 91 Design

See What Eye See

Please take a look at these wonderful blogs, they are worth a visit!

An Unusual Gateway to Science

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The top floor of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale opens to a vast amount of surfaces covered in QR codes. Visitors can decode these using their tablet computers, iPads or iPhones to explore the meaning behind them all; ideas for a new Russian city which is dedicated to science.

Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012

In contrast to the top floor of the building, visitors can peer through lenses to catch a glimpse of the secretive science towns which were established under the Soviet Union downstairs.

The architectural team behind this phenomena are: Pierre de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Kazuyo Sejima and the Venice Architecture Biennale’s director David Chipperfield.

Below are images of how the exhibition works.

Russian Pavilion: How This Works
Russian Pavilion: How This Works

I think this is a great way for the general public to engage themselves with the latest technology, and at the same time, be able to see the ideas behind a city which will inevitably serve a gracious purpose in the future.

Have you enjoyed reading the latest finds? Let us know in a comment below!

All photographs and information taken from:


http://www.dezeen.com/2012/08/29/russian-pavilion-at-venice-architeture-biennale-2012/ ]

Silence… Jon DeBoer Photography

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Jon DeBoer – black and white photography

Loving the new inspirations? They’re coming fast!

Drop a comment and show your appreciation!

Photographs, and for more information, taken from:


http://souumboss.tumblr.com/ ]

http://souumboss.tumblr.com/post/30402548202/black-white-photography-by-jon-deboer#notes ]


http://xaxor.com/photography/38057-photographer-jon-deboer-black-and-white-part-2.html ]

Tumblr; an Archive of the World’s Greatest Photographs and Inspirations

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Tumblr, one of the most popular social networking and microblogging, was founded in February of 2007. Many of you may have heard of Tumblr, use it or may never have heard of it before and think I am talking gobble-de-goop.

However, the ten’s of thousands – or even millions! – of photographs which are posted – probably each month. It can be a minefield but you can be guaranteed to find something that suits you. Suits your blog, your mood, hooby, or even your lifetime ambitions.

For example… Searching for the Tag ” Architecture “, here are a few snapshots at what you are most likely to find…

The National Gallery Berlin

The New York Times Building – Renzo Piano

Or even ” Interiors ” …

Modern Interior is one of the most popular to appear within this tag
Unusual but modern designs
Simple details

And now for one of my favourites… ” Exteriors ” …


A wide variety of photographs and design come up through some of the easiest of tags – this for me is a great way to find those all important inspirations to pursue what I enjoy, so maybe you too can create your own Tumblr “microblog” for your inspirations.

For mine, visit: http://j-hatcher.tumblr.com/

What are your thoughts on Tumblr? What do you find it most useful for?

Photographs are all taken from:


http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/architecture ]

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/interiors ]

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/exteriors ]

The Air Tattoo; A New Form of Self-Expression?

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Today, DesignBoom.com have shared something which has caught my eye… An Air Tattoo. Whether that is because I have some, if quite small, interest in fashion – I’m not sure but this could quite possibly be something which will be further developed into something a lot sturdier.

These air tattoos look fragile, but they are in fact made of a tough paper-like material that is waterproof and resistant to tearing…



All images, Copyright of Dezeen.com at http://www.dezeen.com/2012/08/06/air-tattoos-by-logical-art/ 

Similar to normal tattoos, these are created by a drawing of the desired pattern and simply clips around the neck by slotting one into the other – tessellation.

A smart idea in my mind, however I think the name is quite unworthy and incorrect. It should be something like “Air Jewellery” rather than a tattoo. The designs look familiar to some tattoo patterns, however I can’t help but think that they are somewhat too alike many jewellery which is on the market these days.

Nevertheless, I think this could be a brighter form of self-expression as a supplement for actual tattoos – the air tattoo seems more lady-like for women than those tattoos plastered across their arms/legs/back.

What are your opinions on this new creation? Leave us a comment below.