Hi and welcome to the creative mind of Brooklyn-based interior design firm, Ishka Designs.
This blog allows you to peek behind the scenes of our design process; see the images, products, and events that inspire and motivate us. We are happily biased towards interior design topics with a sustainable undertone. With our international backgrounds, we definitely embrace a global perspective and influence. We hope you are inspired and sometimes provoked by our postings and we look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

One love, idi


World Cup Focus: Argentina is Fire + Ice

image source: www.totalbola.com

In our opinion, Argentina really doesn't need to cry for anybody.  When it comes to football and design, they have extraordinary talent; they are like fire + ice, or at least fire + water in the case of this blog. On our mission to select 3 countries that represent both phenomenal football talent and breathtaking design, we were elated to find the work of Argentinian architect, Andres Remy. Throughout his body of work, his use of water, glass, and form to move light through space is simply "efficiently beautiful".  Take a look at the waterfall house (brilliant) and the black house (inspired by the waterfall house) for what we can only describe as hot to death!

P.S. - some of you may recall our search for the dream bathroom with the super shower, well we think the waterfall house comes dangerously close.  Do you think the neighbours would care if we showered outside everyday if we lived here? We personally think they'd want to join us!

all remy image sources: www.archdaily.com

Speaking of hot to death, have you been paying attention to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? Well we have (a little too much some might add). But its all good fun and only happens every four years, so we figure we are allowed. For those of you who have been engrossed in the games, are you as excited as we are to see how much more fire the Argentinians are bringing to the game? I mean Messi...do we really need to say more?

image sources: www.girlslovesoccertoo.wordpress.com | www.sporting-heroes.net | www.dailymail.co.uk

This has been the World Cup of upsets, which truly makes for a great competition.  Despite these continued upsets, we strongly believe that Argentina's chances for reaching the finals look very good!  Fire!!!!!  What say you?



World Cup Focus: Brazil

Photo source: www.seekingalpha.com
I must visit Sao Paolo again, if just to go shopping/socializing at Clube Chocolate, designed by Brazillian architect Isey Weinfeld.  This 3-storey shopping mall-restaurant-bar oasis is just drool worthy. From the brilliance of the understated yet sumptuous fa├žade to the splendid palms sunk into sand, its just beautiful.
image source: http://www.arqbrasil.com.br/_arq/isay_weinfeld/isay_weinfeld_club.htm

I feel like my design style is heading in this direction, matching the generous use of wood, earth (in the case of Clube Chocolate, sand), and plantings in a zen like atmosphere. His designs have these ideas permeating throughout and it just feels like how I want every Ishka Design'ed space to be. A more carefully planned return to Brazil will include Sao Paolo again, Bahia, and of course any football game, preferrably national :)  So unto the world cup...

Photo sources: www.bbc.co.uk & www.zicosoccercamp.com

As far back as I can recall, football has been very important in my life and my country. My earliest recollection of the game begins with the all time great, Pele, "O Rei". While I am not old enough to have witnessed his World Cup feats live, its a name I've known practically all my life.  My family were football junkies and Brazillian fans, and so I too, from a very tender age, became fascinated with the game and that South American country. The admiration spread to Zico, then Romario and Bebeto, and at the turn of the century, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo. While I am not sure if the team will actually win the Cup this year given the threat of Germany and Argentina, its hard for me to not start off this blog series with any other country other than Brazil!

I was fortunate enough to actually visit Brazil a few years back. I was struck by the vastness of the rural landscape, the massive boulders on the breathtaking beaches, the brutalism and constructivism of the urban landscape in Sao Paolo, and the beautiful graffiti contrasted against the overwhelming poverty in Rio.
I see how Mr. Weinfeld can't help but incorporate these palm trees (they are everywhere)...

and the sand...

and those rocks! (ignoring the Argentines and Brazillians for a minute)

Apart from the cute capoeira artist, my fondest Brazillian memory was skydiving over Rio.  Fear aside, it is one of the most peaceful things I've ever done in my life.  There were a few disappointments however, including not witnessing any football game up close and personal, not buying enough swimwear, and not experiencing more design in person.  All real tragedies, which definitely warrant a return.

We even ventured over the water...AWESOME!!!!

Up next, Germany.

anishka for idi  


Gol!!!!! Found Just in Time for World Cup

Art & Design. My two favourite subjects. Now add a third: World Cup Football, and we have something of a great post. Check out these images by Jens Heilman found in the New York Times recently. Without the balls, we wouldn't have the game:
See rest of images here and here.

And if the gorgeous flashback on the ball evolution wasn't enough, check out these amazingly inspired sculptures by artist Diem Chau found on notcot.org

If you were born outside of the US, then chances are you are a football fanatic! And while my "stay" in the US has diminished my fervor ever so slightly, I still can't help but get excited about the FIFA World Cup 2010 being played in South Africa this year.  I would love to be there right now staying at the gorgeous Molori Safari Lodge.  And yes, I would commute back and forth across the safari just to rest my head here every night:
Don't you wish you were in South Africa now too?