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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

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! 

MINIART - Amazone Warrior Women in Senegal

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According to historical accounts of the First Franco-Dahomean War, in the 1890s it was the highly trained military women who were chopping off the heads of the French. Sometimes while they slept.

French Street Artist YZ Yseult has begun her own campaign to pay tribute to the fierce female fighters of the 19th Century West African country of Dahomey, who are more commonly referred to as Amazons. A startling narrative of female power not often heard today for some, but as YZ is researching her own history as a descendent from slaves, her portraits reflect a personal impetus to tell these stories with a new force. She has named this series of strong warriors on the street "Amazone"...

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I haven't found their locations here in Senegal, but if anybody has an idea or hint where I can find them and see them in person, it would be much appreciated!

I think the street art is intriguing and the documented photographs brilliant! I will let you know if I do discover one of them one day! 

see more here!

MINIDAKAR - 2014 Good City Index

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After dreaming last week of living in and experiencing Japan (here and here), I found out over the weekend that Dakar made it on the GOOD City Index. I was surprised and proud to see that Dakar - my new hometown made it to the TOP 10!!

Don't be fooled, GOOD magazine shares creative solutions for living well and doing good. So the GOOD CITY INDEX is nothing else than ...

... a celebration of the 50 cities around the world that best capture the elusive quality of possibility. Wade through this year’s index and you will notice trends, quirks, contradictions, and surprises. But more than anything else, you will notice inspiration. Some will come from spectacular gestures, like the iconic Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, and some from more humble moments, like the streetlight project being rolled out in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. But each will share an underlying ethos of citizens creatively engaging with their surroundings with the expectation that, with a little work, things can get better.

For Dakar, I hope to be done soon with settling in and discover more of what the city has to offer. I definitely keep you up to date here on MINITECTURE with my findings! 

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As for the list goes : The Raw Material Company has been absolutely on my list to visit since I have landed, and I cannot wait to hop on to a car rapide (see picture above) with WI-FI connection!! (to my Dakar readers - has anybody spotted one of those yet!) For today, I will leave you with a Journal Rappé session - enjoy! 

MINIDAKAR - first impressions

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After one week in Dakar, I thought I would share a quick first impression from here. 

It is very hot in Dakar. They say we have around 29°C, but with the humidity it feels more like 42°. So last week we have been very busy cooling down in swimming pools and installing AC's. 

And in-between we were looking for preschools for Léonore, visiting houses to live in and collecting advices from dear fellow expats and friends over drinks and food!




MINITHOUGHT - I am back and still here!

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I have been avoiding this post for quite some time and I think I am finally ready to write it.

For the last 3 months, we are waiting to leave Rome and move to Dakar, Senegal. My husband is switching work station and we plan to move out to Africa for the next few years. After Laos and Rome, we were wishing for an african experience and we got it... or will get it.

For now we are stuck in Rome... well there are worse places to be "stuck" in! To be honest Matthieu and I have been on a roman vacation for the last few months. Léonore has been spoiled with family play time every day - and our daily strolls or bike rides usually start or end with a gelato! 

Additionally,  I have been working on some very exciting projects - for and with highly creative people and I cannot wait to share them with you here on MINITECTURE. Please stay tuned for more! 

For the weekend, I will leave you with this MINITECTURE-toy - perfect for little world travellers and big architecture lovers : the Mitoi series

  Mitoi travels to NYC, London, Paris and Asia to bring us   Miworld  ! Children can let their imagination run wild touring the world.   Miworld   comprises the Eiffel Tower, the Big Ben, the Empire State Building and an Asian pagoda. 

Mitoi travels to NYC, London, Paris and Asia to bring us Miworld! Children can let their imagination run wild touring the world. Miworld comprises the Eiffel Tower, the Big Ben, the Empire State Building and an Asian pagoda. 

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"I would like children to learn the relation between colors and form and to learn something about their urban landscape and the buildings closest to them”, said Marc Castelló, founder and designer of Mitoi.

Mitoi has launched two collections of colourful building blocks: Miworld and Miciti. 

  Miciti   collection is composed by iconic buildings from Barcelona. You’ll find the Sagrada Família, the W Hotel, the Agbar Tower, the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts Tower.

Miciti collection is composed by iconic buildings from Barcelona. You’ll find the Sagrada Família, the W Hotel, the Agbar Tower, the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts Tower.

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(all images from here)