MINILIFE lately in Luxembourg

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Originally, I am from Luxembourg. When I was 19 I left the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to go to university in the States, then Austria, ... and except for 2009, I have putting up my tents on 4 continents so far. 

But no matter how far I am from Luxembourg, I still feel very anchored to this tiny place in the heart of Europe. Obviously friends and family are active magnets for this special relationship. Furthermore telling people here about my native environment makes me proud and miss it even more. Growing up in a highly diverse environment - up to 40% foreigners; being trilingual is average and doubling the work population by day - just imagine the amazing outcomes being the offspring of these synergies. And that's stuff that gets me excited, ... and on some days makes me home sick. To think about what I have been missing out on...

That said I am really overwhelmingly happy that you can find MINITECTURE teepees, playmats, bunting and our swings in De Weltbuttik Esch and MINITECTURE has been covered in last week's Lëtzebuerger Land journal!  

Thank you Michèle Sinner for the interview. 

Thank you Michèle Sinner for the interview. 

Swing into Spring with MINITECTURE  

Swing into Spring with MINITECTURE  

 

MINILIFE lately

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MINILIFE lately in Dakar and beyond. 

rounded concrete for generic structures in Dakar - where everything is possible!  

rounded concrete for generic structures in Dakar - where everything is possible!  

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MINITECTURE atelier closed due to sickness calls for a girls-only trip to the Renaissance Monument in Dakar or as Leo calls it the "papa-maman-bébé" monument. Raphaëlle was truly  scared by the giants.  

MINITECTURE atelier closed due to sickness calls for a girls-only trip to the Renaissance Monument in Dakar or as Leo calls it the "papa-maman-bébé" monument. Raphaëlle was truly  scared by the giants.  

I finally got to see the pelican at Yoff beach... 

I finally got to see the pelican at Yoff beach... 

and goats... 

and goats... 

and this cutie! 

and this cutie! 

the family spent a day at Ile Gorée last weekend. gorgeous colors. splendid views. very special place. 

the family spent a day at Ile Gorée last weekend. gorgeous colors. splendid views. very special place. 

#bapribap women ahead

#bapribap women ahead

Leo attended her first capoeira event and performed (solo) in front of a full theater! we were all very proud of her. 

Leo attended her first capoeira event and performed (solo) in front of a full theater! we were all very proud of her. 

Have a wonderful weekend!  

MINIART - Art Show by DWG

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Today I will share some of the inspiration from my new home town. The first thing I usually report of Dakar is its creative environment. From its colorful and unique car rapides  to its street art, where ever you go you are surrounded by art! 

And this weekend was one of Dakar art scene highlights, the Art Show organized by the Dakar Women Group. It was one of the finest selections I have seen so far. Over 500 pieces from more than 50 artists born, raised, working or living in Senegal!  

But see for yourself and tell me that this does not inspire you to create!  

 

Ibrahima Ngingue  

Ibrahima Ngingue  

Ibrahima Ngingue

Ibrahima Ngingue

Amadou Dede Ly

Amadou Dede Ly

Douts N'Doye

Douts N'Doye

Yves Gusella

Yves Gusella

Saadio

Saadio

Tampi Daro

Tampi Daro

Mamadou Sadju

Mamadou Sadju

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Malick Welli

Malick Welli

Sebastian Bouchard

Sebastian Bouchard

Douts N'Doye

Douts N'Doye

Toni Okujeni  

Toni Okujeni  

Plenty of urban and architectural references, as well as an overall focus on play and childhood - i was in heaven! Dakar Biennale is coming up, I can't wait!  

MINIBLOG is BACK!

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HELLO!

MINITECTURE's blog is back! It has been exactly one year since my last post!

Matthieu and I are still in Dakar, the girls are growing so fast, and a lot has changed since... soon it will be ONE year that MINITECTURE is not only a blog but expanded into a creative outlet and shop! Last year, Stina and I, inspired by the color and pattern choices of african waxes, started creating playtents and buntings! Since I could not stop creating and trying out new products for the MINITECTURE collection!

Unfortunately, my friend Stina left to go back to Sweden. Let me tell you it is more fun to be 2, but it won't keep me from stopping what we started.

Also I am back to be an architect in a regular office. So I am an architect in the morning and an minitect in the afternoon ... I am feeling pretty FULLfilled these days.

Enough about me, let me show you some of MINITECTURE's latest creations:

These photographs are taken by the wonderful Malick Welli in Medina, Dakar. Malick is a young and very talented senegalese photographer and an amzing friend

To see the whole photoshoot go here!

MINIVOYAGE - Saint Louis, Senegal - Part2

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I am still day-dreaming of our trip up north last week. It was good to get out. It was good to have a  family outing. We stayed at a lovely guesthouse Niokobokk, 20 minutes south of Saint Louis. Isabelle and Didier's guesthouse lies just in front of the ocean. It is an oasis. There is nothing like being alone on a beach "sauvage". We must return soon!

my girl on a mission. 

my girl on a mission. 

crab hunting.

crab hunting.

see the part1 of our Saint Louis trip here

MINIVOYAGE - Saint Louis, Senegal - Part1

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Since the beginning of the year, we have been traveling outside of Dakar a few times and discovering Senegal. It is beautiful. 

Last weekend, we went up north to Saint Louis and spent a couple of days there with the kids. Dakar is interesting. We've got the ocean. A few highlights to see in Plateau, nice bars and restaurants at the Almadies and in between a lot of convenience. But it is exhausting to go around. I truly miss my roman daily walks.

Saint-Louis was different.  Calmer. Smaller. Colder. I liked it a lot. Let me share some photographs and some film with you from last weekend. 

Fishermen village across from Saint Louis island. 

Fishermen village across from Saint Louis island. 

Colonial architecture in SL

Colonial architecture in SL

Street life in SL

Street life in SL

MINITECH - Inspirograph

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Do you remember Spirograph? Now an online version exists: Inspirograph! I have a flashback to my childhood playing around with this version from Nathan Friend - try it out for yourself here!

We are off to Saint Louis this weekend, to discover a bit of the north of Senegal! I will tell you more next week! Happy Eastern everyone - enjoy your long weekend! 

MINIVERSARY - 3 months

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Raphaëlle is 3 months old today!!

She is so good. Calm and easy. Smiling like a star. Wide awake during the day and sleeping through the night! We love her more each day! 

The hardest part of having a baby in Africa is being so far apart from family and friends. I haven't felt so homesick in a while. For the last few weeks, I have this urge of presenting my newest babe to my dearest. And with no papers for Miss R, I feel stuck on this vast continent and somewhat lonely in lovely Dakar! So I try to stay busy, daydreaming of future projects, getting involved in local activities, taking day trips in the area and checking out Dakar's art scene. Check out MINITECTURE on Instagram to get glimpses of my Dakar highlights!