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Our visit to the homage to the post World War Case Study Houses, with two of them being recreated in Second Life by the talented designer Painter Meriman is now on the web!

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Case Study House no 8 - The Eames House - interior

Case Study House no 8 – The Eames House – interior

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

If you wpould like to learn more, you can see a short film made by the Eames family here.

Case Study House No 9 - The Entenza House

Case Study House No 9 – The Entenza House

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The month-long, two-sim Home Show opens today!

The Home Show - a shopping experience on a boardwalk!

The Home Show – a shopping experience on a boardwalk!

Believing that there is a lack of home and garden based events in Second Life, the organisers of The Home Show want to fill that gap. This summer, they are aiming to bring some of the best, well known, and up-and-coming designers together in one event and one location to give customers a great shopping experience.

Map of the Home Show

Map of the Home Show

You can visit the Show here:
Sim 1: Sponsored by Cheeky Pea, Pixel Mode, and Circa
Sim 2: Sponsored by what next, Senzafine, and DIGS

And you can read more on their blog.

home-show-sticker-copyThe Home Show was created by Valena Vacano, owner of Casa de Smurf and manager of Cheeky Pea and The Nest. She has also created Four Walls, a home and garden hunt, as well as Together For Sway.

Look out for the stickers that indicate special releases exclusive to the Home Show.

Someone has been shopping hard at the Home Show!

Someone has been shopping hard at the Home Show!

There are forty-seven participants (by my count).  But why not go over and visit this amazing collection of top Home and Garden designers for yourself?

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A Home in Cloud Party, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Home in Cloud Party

All right – perhaps today’s jigsaw isn’t the most exciting of images – and I could have chosen one with islands floating in the sky. But I liked the colours and simplicity of this – and the way the owner has started to customise it.

This is an example of the free house (and the land it sits on) that you’ll get if you complete the tutorials that teach you the basics of how to use Cloud Party – movement, camera, navigation and simple building (well, more manipulation of objects).  One you know all that, you can move around and customise your home. There’s free furniture to help in your inventory, and more can be bought in the marketplace – I bought a free plant pack and started planting bamboo around my home.

Like Gertrude Stein’s Cleveland, there isn’t a lot of there there yet, but in giving people the chance to nest and put down roots, I think Cloud Party have made a shrewd mood.  Would Second Life have had a higher retention rate if they had made an initial investment in something like the Linden Homes? If, to get your initial free 512 (back in the day), instead of having to compete with land bots and insanely high land prices, they had simply handed people the keys and said, “Here’s your first home”?  And what if they’d done that for all accounts, free and premium?

Cloud Party are already letting people replace the provided homes with ones of their own choice.  Could it be a winner?

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A Home in Cloud Party, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Today the talks in the gorgeous Prim Perfect Pavilion are at 3pm, when Saffia Widdershins will be talking to Honour Macmillan of Honour’s Post Menopausal View of Second Life, and at 5pm, when she will be talking to a trio of mesh-enthusiastic designers about their work (and, I suspect, other things as well!): Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Kriss Lehmann ofBotanical and Loz Hyde of Meshworx.

Meet Honour

Meet Honour

Honour Macmillan is the writer of the very popular blog, Honour’s Post Menopausal View of Second Life, for which she travels the grid finding new and remarkable places – frequently very beautiful.  She is also Deputy Editor of Prim Perfect, and an amazing organiser (and trainer) of volunteers for events that have ranged from Burn 2 to Second Life birthdays – including SL9B.

Meet the Designers

Meet the Designers

Last week we had a fantastic discussion with Max and Loz, and Kriss eventually joined us on stage. It started at 3pm SLT – the host bailed at 7pm, whimpering it was 3am in the UK, and the guests carroed on with the audience until 8pm!

So we’ve invited this energetic, informative, enthusiastic and hugely talented group back for a second session of talking to and with our audience.  And Saffia reserved the right to go to bed at a …erm … reasonable hour – after that, it’s up to you!

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We have a full programme of talks coming up at the Expo – make sure that you don’t miss them! And please note that there have been a couple of recent changes … including one “back by popular demand”.

Date Time Interviewee Topic Interviewer
Thursday, December 6th 3pm Heavenly Villa & Honey Lusch Home & Garden Market Village Saffia Widdershins
Friday, December 7th Happy Hunting! taping
Saturday, December 8th 3pm Auryn Beorn Scripting & education in Second Life Cinders Vale
5pm Isla Gealach Cheeky Pea and The Nest Saffia Widdershins
Sunday, December 9th 3pm Cain Maven Meshing about in Second Life Saffia Widdershins
5pm Maxwell Graf, Charlotte Bartlett and Loz Hyde Mesh creations Saffia Widdershins
Monday, December 10th 3pm Judy Chestnut Dwarfin Cinders Vale
Tuesday, December 11th 3pm Froukje Hoorenbeek Dutchie and working with mesh Saffia Widdershins
Wednesday, December 12th 3pm Rosamoo Mendelsohn & Xia Nishi Hunting! Saffia Widdershins
5pm Jessii2009 Warrhol Nexgen Aviation & Tribute Cinders Vale
Thursday, December 13th 4pm Callie Cline Business in Second Life Saffia Widdershins
6pm DeeAnne Dufaux Builder’s Brewery and Park Place Cinders Vale
Friday, December 14th Happy Hunting! 3pm Happy Hunting! show (with an interview from the Expo, and the final episode in this season of The Blackened Mirror)
Saturday, December 15th 3pm Candy Cerveau and Malkavyn Eldritch Strangelings Cinders Vale
5pm Mal Burns & Tara Yeats TV in the Metaverse Saffia Widdershins
Sunday, December 16th 3pm Heavenly Villa & Bill Kaye Centre for Business Development Saffia Widdershins
5pm AGrid Aftermath/Cytherion Revnik Yumis and Games Cinders Vale
Monday, December 17th 3pm Honour Macmillan Blogging Second Life Saffia Widdershins
5pm Maxwell Graf, Kriss Lehrmann and Loz Hyde More about Mesh! Saffia Widdershins
Tuesday, December 18thSaffia 3pm Edward Pearse Christmas Traditions Saffia Widdershins
Wednesday, December 19th 3pm PARTY!!! DJ’d by Victor Mornington

Come along and learn more at 3pm and 5pm SLT! And we don’t think we are too hard to find …

Christmas Expo 2012, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Christmas Expo 2012, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Home and Garden Market Village Winter Fair

Home and Garden Market Village Winter Fair

Today’s jigsaw comes from the Home and Garden Christmas Market, which is celebrating the season with a Winter Fair, which runs from December 1st – 14th.  The whose region has been made over for Christmas, and special events have been planned.

The region is the centre of the Home and Garden Market Winter Fair Hunt – although hunters will also have the chance to travel to other sims as well, as some designers have outlets at the market, but have the gifts hidden in their main stores.  And there is a 10L Mystery Sales Spot which has has been updated with some great Christmas/Winter themed home and garden items.

And from the 8th – 14th December there will be a teaser for a new sales event starting in 2013 – the Fab Four Sales Event, where every two weeks the Home and Garden Market Sim will host an event of new home and garden items sold for 50L for four days only. The Winter Fair teaser will see special seasonal items sold at this special low price.

They will also be hosting live music and a skating rink at the winter Home and Garden Market Sim – so bring your mittens and skates and enjoy the wonderful Winter Fair!

But first … let’s do a jigsaw.

The Home and Garden Market Village Winter Fair

The Home and Garden Market Village Winter Fair

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Asian Inspiration

Asian Inspiration

You may have noticed that – at the end of all of our jigsaw posts – we invite you to add your pictures to our Flickr group, and say that we hope to use some of them here as jigsaws.  There are some very striking photos posted to the group – and today’s is one of those.

It’s by Emerald Beningborough (whose photos you can see here), and it’s a photograph of one of her styling projects for the new Inspirations book – the amazing source book for interior design that’s the brainchild of Pitsch Parx and edited by Persia Bravin.  This is the from the second part of the Second Volume – and the whole is the most amazing and visually ravishing treat. Do go and take a look. And also a discreet tissue top mop up the drool …

Let’s take a deep breath and do a jigsaw!

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Asian Inspiration Book Vol 2 by Emerald Beningborough

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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We have a busy day here at the Prim Perfect Pavilion on Home Expo 13 with two Meet the Designer talks with a variety of people participating!  First, at 2pm, we have Jessii2009 Warrhol and Guarocuya Giano of Nexgen Aviation and the Flying Tigers, who will be talking to Elrik Merlin, and at 6pm we have Sandi Glas of Glas Houses and Heath Pevensey and Rory Larnia of [][]beach street[][] homes and gardens.

Meet the Designers: Flying Tigers and Nexgen Aviation

Meet the Designers: Flying Tigers and Nexgen Aviation

The Flying Tigers are one of the most intrepid – and largest – flying groups in Second Life.  Their amazing planes and re-creations of combat in aircraft from the Second World War are matched only by the astonishing story of the original Flying Tigers in real life. Nexgen Aviation create many of those planes, and it’s certain to lead to a fascinating discussion!  You can also see more about the Flying Tigers on a recent Designing Worlds show.

Meet the Designers: Glas Houses and [][]beach street[][] homes and gardens

Meet the Designers: Glas Houses and [][]beach street[][] homes and gardens

Sandi Glas, of Glas Houses, creates affordable low prim, stylishly crafted, prefab homes and custom builds, which range from cozy beach cottages to open-plan styles inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright – she won the former Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum’s building competition on several occasions! She’ll be talking about her own work, and also the future of building in Second Life. And we’ll also be joined by Heath Pevensey and Rory Larnia of [][]beach street[][] homes and gardens, two child avatars who arun two of the best known business in the family roleplay arena – Larnia Kidsand, of course, [][]beach street[][] homes and gardens. They’ll be talking about their store and about their work as designers.

We have a very full programme of Designers appearing at our Pavilion over the ten days of the Expo, every day at 2pm and 4pm (with a couple of talks at 12 noon and 4.30 pm. You’ll be able to see the full schedule, and details of the other events we are planning (including the peace lantern release and the Blue Willow mini-hunt), on this blog shortly.

Lantern Release on the Prim Perfect stage

Lantern Release on the Prim Perfect stage

And don’t forget our daily release of Chinese Peace Lanterns every day at 4pm on the Prim Perfect stage area on Home Expo 13. Everyone is welcome to join us and release lanterns for friends and comrades – both those we cherish with us, and those who we have lost. Come along, set your viewer to sunset (as in the jigsaw) or midnight, and release you own lanterns! You can read more about it here.

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Home and Garden Expo Guide cover

Home and Garden Expo Guide cover

Here it finally is – the Home and Garden Expo Guide 2012, available to you all, after a few glitches!

You’ll find maps for all the regions, as well as details of music events, classes with Builder’s Brewery, Meet the Designer talks at the Prim Perfect Pavilion (although check the blog too – some of the timings have changed.  Plus there are details of sponsors and, of course, all the stores participating!

There are even some pictures to keep you turning the pages.

Vendors for the Guide should be appearing around the site later today – there are already two at the Prim Perfect Pavilion.  Copies have also been sent to all Prim Perfect, Designing Worlds and Primgraph subscribers – you should be getting yours shortly!

It’s also available from the Second Life Marketplace or, if you prefer, you can read it on the web.

But however you read the Guide, use the landmarks embedded in the web AND inworld versions to come to the Expo and explore all the amazing things there are to see here!

 

 

 

 

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Nepenthe House

Nepenthe House

Today’s jigsaw is Nepenthe House, created by Troy Vogel. You can read about this stunning house – and about Troy Vogel – in the new issue of Prim Perfect magazine.

Read more about the new issue here – and find out about the celebrations for Prim Perfect’s Fifth Birthday! You can join the hunt, follow the quest, come and dance at our party on May 5th … or just hang out by the nearest pool with a cool drink and a copy of the magazine!

Nepenthe House, created by Troy Vogel and photographed by Tricia Aferdita

Nepenthe House, created by Troy Vogel and photographed by Tricia Aferdita

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Home and Garden Market Hunt II

Home and Garden Market Hunt II

The Home and Garden Market Hunt 2 kicks off at 12 noon SLT today (17 March) and will run for two weeks.

It’s a 10L sale showcasing some cracking home and garden stores, some brand new and some well established.  The Hunt spans 40 approved stores. There’s a group inworld for hunters and the Home and Garden Market blog will be updated with pics of all items and the hint list in time for the big launch later today> Inworld, you can also join the Hunters Group.

The starting location is the store Marmalade Jam.

The Home and Garden Market supports new and smaller home and garden content creators, providing an affordable location for them to sell from, with a real community spirit and advertising. In addition to the stores in the form of houses that are arranged off wandering lanes around the village, there are market stalls arranged along the winding lanes.

Home and Garden Market Village

Home and Garden Market Village

The designers here produced the wonderful Christmas Linden Homes for our December 2011 issue- you can read more about their designs and the designers from Pages 105 – 121 of that issue.

The Market is the brainchild of Heavenly Villa and Katy Glendevon, owners of L’aize Days and Marmalade Jam furnishing stores.

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