Inside Look at an Outsider

Anado McLauchlin is a mostly self-taught assemblage artist living south of the US border and across  the  tracks in La Cieneguita, Mexico. Oftentimes he is called an Outsider artist but prefers the term Insider  artist. His creative endeavors include beaded jewelry, embellished whimsical furniture, celebrative be-  jeweled mirrors, shamanic assemblages esoteric wall hangings and revelatory gardens.

Casa Las Ranas

Anado’s Art

artifacts

artifacts

assemblage

mirror

jewelry

paintings

doors

dining cabinet

This project is in homage to all outsiders, gardeners, and folk artists the world over.

Anado’s studio in La Cieneguita and the house and grounds of Casa Las Ranas are available for tour groups or private individual visits upon appointment.

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LOVE HOTELS

Checking in is anonymous. A wall of video monitors shows which rooms are available and their prices. Patrons use the touch screen to make their pick. Once selected, the room's picture goes dark to show it's in use. A clerk behind an opaque service window takes the cash and hands the couple a key.

To quote a famous philosopher of our generation, “I got to kn kn kn know what’s your fan-ta-sy”

I’m speaking of course, on behalf of Japanese Love Hotels. While you may imagine “Love Hotel Hill” to be an outrageous feature of quirky Tokyo, it is actually located in Osaka.

Chose your fantasy: Hello Kitty? Anime? S&M? Gas chamber? Schoolgirl? Children’s carnival? Subway? These privacy-pads are decorated with theme park interiors and equipped with game consoles, karaoke boxes and lusty machines. These establishments provide kinky fun for all types, from fetishists and sadomasochists to the ordinary couple seeking sexual adventure.

The Love Hotels of Japan have pretty much got all your desires covered.

Covered with photographs of tied-up Japanese women from the '80s, Imagine cuffing your date to the giant black X

Perfect for grown-up boys who never got that Neil Armstrong-themed bedroom as a kid.

slutty anime.

Christmas all year... Kinky?

Lock your partner in the torture cell and command him to pee.

If their date is late or a favorite room is still occupied, patrons can wait in these igloo-shaped internet booths.

Carousel room with toddler's faces plastered to the wall. Hello, pedophilia- here anything goes!

A train to love-land

kitsch-tastic

hello kitty weeeee

the spider room: swing from side to side of the room on chains and live out your spidey fantasy

Notice how the clock is set to 3:40 p.m., right around the time when most students have left the building and you have your detention student all to yourself.

this one scares me.

yes, broccoli? i'd like a reservation for two.

love hotel hill, osaka

Traditionally {and still in rural areas}, the whole extended family lived together: Husband, wife, grandmother, grandfather, children were all under one roof. The only way married couples were able to get some privacy would be to check into one of these love hotels.

I’m sure as the years have gone on, these hump-houses have become more exotic and strange in decor {and provide a safe opportunity for illicit affairs and one-time flings}.

Something Old, Something New

I found so much beautiful inspiration in the homes above, I had to share them with all of you.

I tend to feel a stronger connection to decor featured in vintage photographs. Of course, flooding light is a sure “in” with me…

Though I am generally taken by the old, I can’t quite reject the new.

Platform beds have surprisingly appealed to me for a while now. Previously, Princess and the Pea-stacked beds were a rule of thumb in my boudoir bible. However, over time, something about dreaming on a low-to-the-ground piece of wood has become rather appealing to me {and not because it reminds me of Kate Winslet floating around on the wooden board in Titanic}. Less surely seems to be more in my eyes nowadays!

Anyway, I’ve decided that my next bedroom is going to be based on this image from the film I Love You, Alice B Toklas!:

It’s sort of 60’s flower child meets Indian elegance.

Man, I wish I could’ve been a part of Venice Beach at its prime.

APAK: (dream)home tour

Aaron and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland are a husband and wife collaborative art group known as APAK.

They live in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.

They are known in particular for creating rich and colorful gouache/acrylic paintings on wood featuring the utopian lives and adventures of curious little beings living in lush fantastic environments surrounded by friendly little animals, the landscapes are familiar yet surreal, hinting at a fantastic narrative while suggesting truths about the real world at the same time.

And here is some of their inspiring art!

Tucker Robbins

Although squarely rooted in tradition, the form and style of furniture pieces designed by Tucker Robbins have an originality and an apparent uniqueness to the Western eye precisely because the traditions from which he draws his inspiration literally span continents and centuries.

Ironically, as a former monk, he lived with almost no furniture for 10 years. An inveterate world traveler, Robbins now splits his time between designer showrooms, his New York City studio, and the various remote jungle communities where he buys his wood and often employs local craftsmen to help create his pieces. Mixing ancient tribal motifs with modern styles, he calls his mode of furniture design “modern primitivism.”

Found Beauty

Robbins makes two or three trips to different tropical jungles every year, spending several months at a time. He has trekked to Guatemala, Africa, Timor, Borneo, the Philippines, and elsewhere to acquire the raw materials of his craft. It is illegal to harvest many of the species of rare, exotic hardwoods Robbins uses in his designs. So instead, he “recycles,” buying up timber — some of it over 100 years old — that has already been logged and hewn and, in many cases, put to some previous use by the peoples from whom he buys it.

Thus, boards from old houses become bedframes. Baskets made of vines are re-purposed into lamps. The roots of dead trees are carved into coffee tables, where the design itself is suggested by the wood’s sinuous shape. As a craftsman, Robbins possesses skills that place him in the top echelon of designers; but his ingenuity in giving new life to old wood is unmatched.

Putting the Art Back into Artifice

Because it has been worked by hand rather than by machine, much of the wood Robbins uses has a texture all its own. Moreover, oils from human hands have conditioned the grain over the years, giving it a rich, natural patina that would be difficult if not impossible to simulate using modern finishing techniques.

But what truly makes his work stand out is the absence of the artificial symmetry — and depressing sameness — that is the hallmark of factory-made objects. His furniture pieces are beautiful precisely because they lack “perfection” in the Western sense of the word. Instead, they possess balance, wholeness, harmony, even a history. Each piece may have a utilitarian function, but it also has a story to tell and draws the eye as a work of art.

Yet his furniture is furniture that is used, and it can be seen not only in high-end showrooms but also in people’s homes and places of business. Interior designers, decorators, and clients worldwide have responded enthusiastically to Robbins’ vision, discovering in his pieces a naturalness and one-of-a-kind individuality that is many steps removed from the sleek, anonymous, mass-produced quality of so much modern design.

In the end, the result of his non-Western approach to furniture-making is a product that is at once comfortingly familiar and excitingly new.

Chairs


Coffee Tables


Dining Tables

Stools



Beds


Storage

Lighting

Accents

Kwaheri!

room to breathe

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small space, big taste

If you live in a large metropolitan area such as New York City {or, in this case, Paris} you know what it’s like to CRAM! Apartments and flats in these aforementioned cities are not what suburbanites are familiar with- Take for instance, Elodie via http://www.leblogdelamechante.fr/ . She’s a designer/interior architect as well as a photographer, and she resides in a 26m² flat, which is roughly 279 square feet. It’s always riveting for me to see how one personalizes their living space, so here are a few captures from miss Elodie’s lovely landing.

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cuisine

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“Walking into someone else’s house for the first time is like entering another country.” – Angela Chase, My So-Called Life