Sunday, June 6, 2010
"In the daytime you felt that you had got high up,
near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings
were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold."
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
Her story is in my mind forever interwoven with the movie...
There are movies I watch every year, like visiting old friends... Out of Africa is such a movie. Karen Blixen wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen and so essentially captured the spirit and times of colonial Africa wrapped in a timeless love story. Her story.
Blixen 1922 in Nairobi.
I’m sure I’m in good company when I say that I love that movie beyond reason. It’s three hours of yearning and passion and hardship and loss. My kind of film.
Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and are wonderful together...
The incredible designs - fashion and interiors have influenced me since I saw the movie the first time, many years ago. Since then I love the classic British colonial look. I really adore most of her dresses in this movie, especially the delicate dressing gowns and lace shawl things she wears while storytelling. The veils, gloves, khaki riding pants and dark leather boots.
And then there are of course the exteriors...and interiors! Not from the movie, but inspired by it and African colonial design. Images from here.
Seen at vignettedesign.blogspot.com
Seen at designspongeonline.com.
Around the world bed from here.
The following images are designs by the South African designer John Jacob. They are perfect modern interpretations of colonial design.
And while wandering through many sites probing Out of Africa interiors I stumbled upon this amazing place in ...Africa, the Royal Malewane & Africa House. A hotel which made my heart skip a beat...
All interiors by Liz Biden.
It's hot and I dream of Africa!
All pictures as indicated.