An article on the Yin Yu Tang House at the Essex Peabody Museum brought back memories of an early fall escape a few years ago – definitely worth a trip! The stone and wood house has been rebuilt far from its origins and is the exact house one might come across on travels to a remote village in the Anhui Province in China.
The other article brought memories of Helsinki – and the wonderful Arabia building north of the city – a treasure-trove of beautiful design and a little dose of Alvar Aalto at (slightly) reduced prices. Most definitely worth a trip on the tram to the outskirts of the city. Also worthy of heading a bit outside of the city center – you can hop on and off the tram here on the way to Arabia – is the Hakaniemi Street Market and Market Hall. The hall has food stores, amazing seafood, specialty and handcrafts shops, cafeterias, and is a great place to buy an inexpensive traditional Finnish lunch. Yum! But the real reason I have stopped there in the past is the Marimekko booth – a must-stop if you love this design company.
Worlds apart – they both provide inspiration for the delights of beautiful and simple designs in everyday living.