Nowhere: Pop-up restaurant in nature reserve helping diners connect with nature and observe social distancing — Life & Soul Magazine

A new pop-up restaurant in the midst of a nature reserve outside Stockholm in Sweden is set to open in August. The pop-up restaurant called Nowhere, is located in the Häringe-Hammersta Nature Reserve. Uniquely designed, six small tables are scattered around in nature and set apart from each other – in the middle of the forest, […]

Nowhere: Pop-up restaurant in nature reserve helping diners connect with nature and observe social distancing — Life & Soul Magazine

Brazilian performance artist dressing as an extension of earth and nature teaches kids about conservation in the Amazon — Life & Soul Magazine

Artist and activist Emerson Munduruku is teaching environmental conservation to children in Brazil through performance art under the guise of his his drag queen alter ego, Uýra Sodoma. Emerson Munduruku takes part in educational projects, teaching children about Amazon communities and how to both connect with and protect nature. His aim is to pass on […]

Brazilian performance artist dressing as an extension of earth and nature teaches kids about conservation in the Amazon — Life & Soul Magazine

Grow Your Own Herbs: Getting Started with Seed Germination and Herb Starters — Life & Soul Magazine

Are you looking to grow your own herb garden? There are three ways you can do this – from seed, planting a cutting or replanting a potted herb plant. Planting from seeds can be a long process as most herbs take some time to mature from seeds. That said it also rewarding watching the seeds […]

Grow Your Own Herbs: Getting Started with Seed Germination and Herb Starters — Life & Soul Magazine

Cambridge University Botanic Garden hosts Festival of Plants online — Life & Soul Magazine

Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s annual plant festival takes place online this week. The three-day virtual tour, which started on 26 May and ends today, centres around three key themes – Plant Science, Horticulture and Conservation, with features talks, tours and events made available daily. Videos, activities and tours from the festival can be viewed online, […]

Cambridge University Botanic Garden hosts Festival of Plants online — Life & Soul Magazine

Seedpod: Nomadic Resorts create comfortable sleep and dining pods for retreat within nature — Life & Soul Magazine

Design company Nomadic Resorts have devised a comfortable way to sleep outdoors while reconnecting with nature with their Seedpod – a cocoon-shaped nest that can be hung from trees, rocks, beams or tripods. The organically shaped pod, which is shaped like a seed, is a low impact vessel that can be used for sleeping or […]

Seedpod: Nomadic Resorts create comfortable sleep and dining pods for retreat within nature — Life & Soul Magazine

Greenery and nature come face to face with animal force- STK Restaurant in Olomouc- Nisha Designs

STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc Steak Restaurant

Steak restaurant housed in a former car repair shop.

Spontaneity, raw materials, pristine nature and above all – meat. The best steaks in the city of Olomouc.

STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ten years back, you would have come here to have your vehicle inspection certificate stamped. Entering the place, you would have covered your ears to escape the noise of the roaring car engines and watched the mechanics checking clutches and brakes. As the shift ended and the chaps clocked out to leave for home all hungry, they might have been dreaming about one kind of meal.

STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic
STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic

The juicy steak they would eat seated at a solid wood table supported by raw steel legs. Greenery and nature come face to face with animal force. That’s the core of Steak Restaurant’s (STK) interior, housed in a former car repair shop which gave the steakhouse its name.

Olomouc Steak Restaurant design by Komplits

STK in Olomouc emphasises simplicity and quality, both in its food and its interior. Instead of trying to deny and erase its greasy automobile heritage, the place embraces it. The 320 square metres of the restaurant authentically engage individual elements of its past.

Olomouc Steak Restaurant interior dining meat

This is evident from the materials, which include raw metal sheets, black steel and rebars. We even turned a seemingly problematic layout into an advantage, transforming bearing walls in narrow spaces into a vertical garden and a platform for a barbecue.

STK Restaurant in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Dominating the space are two huge steel bulls – the owner’s wish and a clear message to guests about the type of cuisine they should expect. In STK, heavy elements merge with nature. Willow branches wrap themselves around the tables and climb the walls, rising up to the ceiling and over the bulls’ heads.

STK Restaurant in Olomouc design by Komplits

Formed from solid oak boards, the tables have a rough hewn appearance and irregularly shaped steel legs. Here and there, plants spring from the ceiling and walls, changing the interior’s look with each new leaf that sprouts. Cowhide covering one of the walls and woven rope complete the signature style of the steakhouse.

Olomouc Steak Restaurant interior design
Olomouc Steak Restaurant interior design

Steak Restaurant Olomouc – Building Information

Studio: Komplits
Author: Pavel Kříž | principal architect
Contact e-mail: hello@komplits.com

Project location: Lipenská 11/7, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Project year: 2018
Completion yea: 2019
Usable floor area: 320 m2

Client: steak restaurant | http://www.steak-restaurant.cz | info@steak-restaurant.cz
Photo credits: BoysPlayNice | http://www.boysplaynice.com | info@boysplaynice.com

Olomouc Steak Restaurant interior design
Olomouc Steak Restaurant interior design
Olomouc Steak Restaurant bathroom mirrors washroom

About Komplits

Why do all houses, flats, offices, schools, hotels or tables out there look similar, when we have unlimited fantasy and possibilities? That was Komplits’ starting point, a belief uniting its members. They like exploring the roads not taken. A new day brings a new idea, shape or use of material. “But this is a material for fences! Well – we’ll make a chandelier from it”. Based in Olomouc, a city that encourages creativity, a team of architects, design and civil engineers take Pavel Kříž’s fantastic universes from paper and transform them into reality.

We create our own worlds. Houses, restaurants, schools, hotels and offices. But also desks, lighting, a bar or a hanger. One clear signature style and plenty of room for imagination. The more we hear something is impossible, the more excited we get about it.

Photography: BoysPlayNice | info@boysplaynice.com | www.boysplaynice.com

Source: https://www.e-architect.co.uk/czechrepublic/stk-restaurant-in-olomouc

Celebrating World Environment Day each day everyday- Nisha Designs

Celebrate the Environment each day everyday! Nature is a powerful healer and provider treat it with respect and gratitude. Harming the environment it’s flora, fauna, animals, plant kingdom and its indigenous beings is no longer to be appropriate, choice nor an option. If it wants it can take away from you everything in a split second and you won’t be able to do nothing. Make choices and choose leaders that serve the greater good of our planet.

People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame – and only one – themselves. – Robert Collier

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi

33 Photos Of Weird & Rare Flowers That Look Like Something From A Fairytale- Nisha Designs

I was really intrigued when I saw a monkey orchid in Singapore orchid gardens. Believe me, it was looking exactly like a monkey. I got really inspired after seeing that weird flower and thought of doing a research on various weird looking flowers. I got a huge collection of rare and mysterious pictures of orchids and other flowers.

If you are a nature enthusiast, you will really enjoy this collection of flowers. This collection includes various rare orchids, tulips etc. Some of these flowers can be grown in your small garden and it can be a decor  for your home.

Lets take a look at 33 of these amazing collection of rare and mysterious flowers: Here u get 30 exotic and colourful garden flowers.

1. Monkey Orchid

Scientific Name : Dracula saulii

Monkey Orchid

2. Hooker’s Lips

Scientific Name : Psychotria elata

The bright red color of this flower attracts pollinators like humming bird. Commonly found in the rain forests of Central and South America. The flower looks like a pair of lips in its budding stage before fully blooming into a flower.

Hooker’s Lips

3. Naked Man Orchid

Scientific Name : Orchis italica

Commonly found in the Mediterranean. The lip of this orchid looks just like a man and hence called Naked man orchid.

Naked Man Orchid

4. Ice cream tulip

Scientific Name : Tulipa icecream

This flower definitely lives up to its name and looks exactly like a delicious ice cream cone. White petals are closely mounted against one another and form a central cone. Its visual appeal makes it a center-piece in any garden.

ice cream tulip

5. Moth Orchid

Scientific Name : Phalaenopsis

This is the most common orchid variety due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants all year-round. Found in Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent and Queensland.

Moth Orchid

6. Dancing Girls

Scientific Name : Impatiens bequaertii

Commonly found in the rain forests of East Africa. This flower is very small, about half inch in length.

Dancing Girls

7. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys bombyliflora

Comes under bee orchid species. This plant is a native of the Mediterranean region. It’s named after the Greek word bombylios, meaning bumble bee.

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid

8. Swaddled Babies

Scientific Name : Anguloa uniflora

The flowers of this orchid resembles babies sleeping in a cradle. Commonly found in parts of South America.

Swaddled Babies

9. Parrot Flower

Parrot Flower

10. Flying Duck Orchid

Scientific Name : Caleana major

This bright colored flower is a native of Australia. The bright purple color attracts pollinating agents.

Flying Duck Orchid

11. Tiger faced orchid

The center portion of this orchid flower looks exactly like the face of a tiger, as evident from the image below.

Tiger faced orchid

12. Happy Alien

Scientific Name : Calceolaria uniflora

This mountain plant is commonly found in the southern part of South America. Its combination of red, white and yellow colors makes it look like an alien.

Happy Alien

13. Angel Orchid

Scientific Name : Habenaria grandifloriformis

This flower is white in color and the arrangement of petals makes it look like an angel. Commonly found in the grasslands of Southern India.

Angel Orchid

14. Dove Orchid

Scientific Name : Peristeria elata

A Native of Central America, the central portion of this white flower resembles a dove. Also called Holy Ghost Orchid.

Dove Orchid

15. Ballerina Orchid

Scientific Name : Caladenia melanema

This orchid exactly looks like a ballerina dancer. Commonly found in Australia.

Ballerina orchid

16. White Egret Orchid

Scientific Name : Habenaria radiata

This orchid flower looks like a white egret in flight. Found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.

White Egret Orchid

17. Jewel Orchid

Scientific Name : Anoectochilus geniculatus

These are so named because of the stunning patterns and coloration of their dramatic foliage.

Jewel Orchid

18. Darth Vader Flower

Scientific Name : Aristolochia salvadorensis

This flower looks like the mask of popular Star Wars character Darth Vader and hence the name.

Darth Vader flower

19. Grey Spider Flower

Scientific Name : Grevillea buxifolia

This flower has yellowish and white petals, with stalks covered in reddish brown hairs. The arrangement makes it look like a grey spider. Commonly found in New South Wales in Australia.

Grey Spider Flower

image source here

20. Sara Tree Flower

Scientific Name : Couroupita guianensis

Also known as Cannonball Tree Flower, this is a native to the rain forests of Central and South America.

Sara Tree Flower

21. Mirror Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys speculum

This petals of this unique orchid resembles a female wasp. Male wasps, thinking that the petals are a female, land on them and helps in pollination.

Mirror Orchid

22. Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Scientific Name : Cypripedium acaule

This flower is commonly found in Canada. The petals are yellowish-brown to maroon in color with a large pouch that is usually a shade of pink. The pouch is prominent and gives this flower a lady’s slipper like look.

Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

23. Lily-of-the-Valley Flower

Scientific Name : Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley plants are one of the most fragrant and blooming plants in the spring and early summer throughout the northern temperate zone.

Lily-of-the-valley flower

24. Bird of Paradise

Scientific Name : Strelitzia reginae

Also called Crane flower. This flower is a native of South Africa.

Bird of Paradise

25. Passiflora Violacea Victoria

This flower is purple in color with a dark center and white filament tips.

Passiflora Violacea Victoria

26. Paracaleana Nigrita

This flower resembles a bird in flight. Its a native of Australia.

Paracaleana nigrita

27. Fly Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys insectifera

This orchid flower looks just like a fly and so it is called fly orchid. Commonly found in Europe.

Fly Orchid

image source here

28. Skeleton Flower

Scientific Name : Diphylleia grayi

This flower is called skeleton flower because its petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water. When dry, the flower is white in color!!!

Skeleton flower

29. The Bat Flower

Scientific Name : Tacca Chantrieri

This flower is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China. This flower is also called Devil’s flower, thanks to its devil like appearance.

The bat flower

30. Ceropegia

Scientific Name : Ceropegia Haygarthii

The name of this flower was derived from the words ‘keros’ meaning wax and ‘pege’ meaning fountain. As the name suggests, this flower looks like a fountain of wax. Also called parachute flower or lantern flower. Commonly found in Africa, southern Asia and Australia.

Ceropegia Haygarthii

31. Jungle Night Flower

Scientific Name : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

This is the flower of elephant foot yam or stink lily, which is a tropical tuber crop grown in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Jungle Night Flower

32. Flame Lily

Scientific Name : Gloriosa superba

This flower, with its spectacular array of yellow and red colored petals, looks like a flame. Also known by the name fire lily. Commonly found in Asia and Africa.

Flame Lily

33. Jeweled Carpet Flower

The arrangement of petals gives this flower a jewel – like appearance and hence called so.

Jeweled Carpet FlowerSource: Small Garden Ideas

Via: https://moon-child.net/33-photos-of-weird-rare-flowers-that-look-like-someting-from-a-fairytale/

Plants of the World Online: Kew’s digital resource for the world’s flora shares info on more than 1 million plant species — Life & Soul Magazine

Plants of the World Online (POWO), an online portal from Kew, is sharing known data on more than 1 million plants so that it can be used for research purposes, and to inform decisions about conservation, land use, policy and practice. A work-in-progress project that launched in 2017 with the aim to bring Kew’s science […]

Plants of the World Online: Kew’s digital resource for the world’s flora shares info on more than 1 million plant species — Life & Soul Magazine

Happy Earth Day- Earth Dragon- Nisha Designs

Walking the path of earth is living in harmony with nature in everything we do. The word nature literally means “that which is born.” When the poet e.e. cummings spoke of the difference between “a world of made” and “a world of born” in one of his most famous poems, he gave voice to trust in nature— recognize that the natural world is our home, our source, and the teacher of the wisdom we most need to learn- Philip Carr- Gomm

The Celtic symbol of the dragon is magical, one of transformation and eternal wisdom. The druids respected dragons as forces of nature, the guardians of mother earth and all things sacred, the protectors of nature and all living things. The dragon holds the powerful Celtic symbol of protection and power. These magical beings represented all that the universe has to offer.

Dragon energy was worshiped and used for the greater good. At special celebrations of the turning seasons of the year, to harvest the right crops, as a true guardian for all they held sacred.

The earth dragon has a symbolism of nature and all things connected to our Mother Earth. The earth dragon asks us to connect with nature in all of its beauty. The true wealth is not money but from the beauty of our land.

Call on the energy of the earth dragon if your energy needs grounding, or if you have lost your way a little, she will reconnect you to true source and bring back your power.

Morag Myerscough- her work brightens up space wherever it goes- Nisha Designs

Morag Myerscough is hugely passionate about what she does. Full of energy and full pelt into conversation as soon as I arrive at her London studio – though she admits a couple of coffees were involved – this is mostly her decompressing from presenting to a client that morning. She is passionate about what she does – but what is that? The labels graphic designer, designer and artist have variously been applied, but Myerscough doesn’t care to be labelled. Her website has no bio, and she has no business cards – much to the shock, she says, of a cohort of students she met recently. If you look at her work for clues, one of her best-known projects is a much-photographed wall in London’s new Design Museum, but others include the Temple of Agape on London’s Southbank, a ‘Belonging Bandstand’ that moved around Sussex, bedrooms for the Sheffield children’s hospital, and the 2015 Stirling Prize-winning project of Burntwood School that she collaborated on with architects AHMM.

The Temple of Agape. Image credit: Gareth Gardner

A project she has just presented was Mayfield in Manchester for developer U+I. Mayfield is a formerly derelict site in the process of being regenerated into a mixed-use development and public park. Myerscough’s large installation there displays the common traits in her work: it is a temporary, community-minded intervention in a public space, to be completed in a short deadline. Sceptics might see the combination of developer and artist as an exercise in ‘artwashing’, but there is a history of collaboration between her and Martyn Evans of U+I since a London community project, the Movement Cafe, completed in 2012. Myerscough is confident that what U+I is doing is positive, as ‘they do have a conscience’, and she is careful about who she works with, especially as she becomes better known and people approach her more and more. With developers, she says: ‘There’s always a level of moneymaking … but if you’re not displacing anyone or anything then I think it’s really important that places like Manchester get money put in them by different developers … because, obviously, if the European money gets taken away…’

There is a history of collaboration with U+I since a community project called the Movement Cafe. Image credit: Gareth Gardner

Just as she has to trust the client, they have to trust her. If they do, she ‘will go beyond – far and beyond’. With this trust – and with age too, says Myerscough – comes a sense of freedom and confidence. She no longer feels like a designer fulfilling a brief for a brand, as she explains: ‘Now I’m doing Mayfield, I’m not really responding to it being the brand or whatever; I’m responding to the social environment and all the people.’ It’s a more personal response, ‘a different space where it comes more from me’.

Despite having plenty of experience, Myerscough always looks critically at what she does. She believes it is very important for more established designers to relate to younger generations. With personal growth it can too easily be forgotten that the world is changing too: she talks about the ‘old-school’ and ‘male’ situations still being created by certain, older architecture and design figures, while outside of the industry she laments former prime minister Theresa May being ‘so old-fashioned [as a woman], so wrong in every way’.

One of the best-known projects is a much-photographed wall in London’s new Design Museum. Image credit: Gareth Gardner

Although she frequently collaborates with artist Luke Morgan, Myerscough is a one-woman studio, which she set up in 1993. How she defines herself and her work is important, and she remembers the confidence and ease with which her male peers would start out on their own (Thomas Heatherwick launched his eponymous studio around the same time). Their ease, and her discomfort, was due to rather entrenched attitudes in the industry about gender. She regrets the name slightly – choosing Studio Myerscough rather than Morag Myerscough in order to appear bigger and more established – because she still meets people who are either unable or unwilling to make the connection between her achievements and the studio’s. However, Myerscough prefers remaining on her own even as the projects grow: being the whole of Studio Myerscough gives her freedom with her ideas, time and ambitions, and fewer financial considerations as she hasn’t employees to pay.

Studio Myerscough. Image credit: Luke Morgan

Looking back at Myerscough’s career, you see where the various labels came from. Prior to the studio she studied graphic design, although she has never felt this reflected her work. Professionally, she has been employed as a designer – for Lamb & Shirley post-graduation and then as head of the graphics team for Memphis Group member Michele de Lucci in Milan – before coming back to begin Studio Myerscough. Its first project was a competition for a giant hoarding, which she entered and won with AHMM, and although she never wanted to be an architect the two have worked together on other jobs to much acclaim beside Burntwood School, such as the 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre, and a new installation in London’s Broadgate development. She was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry, but if she were to describe herself it would be as an artist.

The Belonging Bandstand in Brighton. Image credit: Morag Myerscough

What do you see in Myerscough’s work? For the unfamiliar it is eye-catching: colourful, often large in scale and in the public realm. You can sense her artistic background: her mother was a textile artist, her father a musician, and her family has roots in the circus. She says her penchant for temporary installations is due to the memory of the childhood thrill she felt when the circus came to town – bright colours and gaudy excitement where there was nothing before.

People can be scared of her neons and loud hues, but she uses her experience with colour to challenge those fears. For Sheffield’s children’s hospital the staff initially balked at her multicoloured designs, preferring ‘calming blue and green’. But once ‘they realised we weren’t trying to kill the children’ the mocked-up bedroom designs went down very well with the patients, parents and staff – and, as it turns out, teenagers particularly love orange.

For Sheffield’s children’s hospital the staff initially balked at the multicoloured designs. Image credit: Jill Tate

Sometimes you need to be shown things to understand: Myerscough talks about only realising some of her references for the Temple of Agape project upon walking through the erected structure (such as a temple she visited in India, where light entered beautifully through small openings in the walls).

Myerscough is interested in the difference between looking and seeing – one being passive, the other being active. This affects her approach to working with communities on public projects – considerable impact is made by how volunteers engage with the painting of the piece, able to see it after and say ‘I think I painted that bit’. On that same theme, a festival in Aberdeen called Look Again encouraged locals to reconsider a location in the city called Mercat Cross, which at that time was only frequented by drunks. The project had personal significance for Myerscough because Aberdeen was where her parents met and fell ‘in Love at First Sight’ – the name of the piece she produced for the festival. In among the brilliant team of women running the event, she felt her heritage more keenly than ever, seeing herself as she knew her mum – as a strong Scottish woman.

Myerscough may not like labels, but words are an important part of her work, often appearing large and readable from a distance. These words do not define but hope to provoke conversation. She often likes working with poets, and on Love at First Sight Jo Gilbert contributed with poetry in the local Doric dialect. Myerscough understands that people want to be recognised and appreciated for their unique knowledge and experience, but this can be a challenge for her original vision of a project. In Aberdeen the poem’s 300 words that needed painting were daunting, but Myerscough believes the point of collaboration isn’t to compromise.

Nor is it easy to work with large groups of volunteers rather than a dedicated, trained team, but the rewards are far more valuable, as volunteers treasure the experience. With every project Myerscough learns too – she tells me about how moved she was after a workshop with a blind school, as she never dreamed her work could reach beyond the visual in the way that it did, with the children making ‘incredible’ patterns with stickers and a grid.

At times during the interview I wish she would acknowledge the recognition that different groups want to give her – she inspires architects, designers, artists, nurses, patients, students and more, as their positive feedback testifies. Official accolades are rolling in too: a professorship at UCA Epsom, an honorary fellow at CSM, and a doctorate at Gloucester University, following one she received from Bournemouth, and on top of all this the appointment as a Royal Designer for Industry.

Open and enthusiastic, Myerscough’s heart is on her sleeve, but it is also on the painted surfaces of her work. She could be defined by her many labels and her many awards, but she is most confident in being defined by her work and the responses to it: colourful structures that light up spaces and the faces of those who visit them.

studiomyerscough.com

Words by Sophie Tolhurst