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Manifesto & Behind the Scenes

[Photo by Edison Illanes.]


my name is Klara Kvicerova and I come from Czech republic. Right now I live in Stockholm and I study on-line course of Interior Design in London at KLC School of Design in Chelsea Harbour.

I love to do research on design and during my studies I do that a lot and it will make me happy if the results may be useful for you as well.

After taking my time to reshape my focus on the theme of this blog I decided for this manifesto:

To write true stories about architects, designers and artistic start-ups that I get my inspiration from. I plan to write articles about useful solutions and about products that simply brighten up my days.

I enjoy putting together information about lifestyle that grows from within us rather than the one that is shaped by the outside. I believe that nature is our precious source of energy, inspiration and relaxation and that is the reason why I want to write about natural products, materials and the way we can live more symbiotically with our natural resources.

I believe that being busy is an antonym to being creative and I will implement my minimalistic approach to writing –  focusing on one and the most important thing at the time.

Share your opinions! What do you want to read about?
How to implement fitness area into your apartment? What is the optimal wattage for reading? What is the optimal height of your kitchen countertops for your own height? What invented Mr. Thomas Campbell, that can be full of bacteria but still helps to make us clean? Whatever it is you are interested to read about, which is related to my manifesto, please, leave me your tips in comments.

If you would like to write a guest article to Labyrinthofdesign or to network in another way,  you are welcome to leave your contact in comments and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible (if you do not wish to have your comment published, just add a note about it so I can act accordingly, respecting your privacy).

This version is in beta. I am going through the old posts, editing, updating and deleting what does not go along the manifesto and soon there will be new posts added.

Wishing you to have a thought-provoking stay here.





Rahel Belatchew Lerdell

Rahel is a founder of Belatchew Arkitekter, architecture studio based in Stockholm, Sweden previously called RB Arkitektur. Belatchew Arkitekter´s are focused on incomporating sustainability into architecture and they have done a great job so far. Winning various architecture competitions and beside that also being included in the 101 most exciting new architects by magazine WALLPAPER.

At the moment, 2014, we in Stockholm hear a lot about their proposal of BUZZ BUILDING. This being a part of their larger project called InsectCity. The problem studio focuses on in this project is finding sustainable alternative to ever-increasing population of the planet and for locals it is enlarging population of Stockholm. By 2018 there is a prediction of number of Stockholm inhabitants being slightly under one million and the area required for meeting the meet-consumption requirements is getting into half million square kilometers. These requirements could be satisfied by creating 9 buildings where insect for consumption could be farmed.

These buildings are called BUZZ BUILDINGs and beside the insect farming area they would include restaurant and insect shop. Round as these buildings are, they fit perfectly to roundabouts – which are very much in popularity in Stockholm for their higher safety and trafic fluency than light crossroads. Here is how a BUZZ BUILDING could look like.


To have a better picture how it looks in the city plan:


To imagine how it would feel to be inside the building:


This is a look to cut-through plan:


Leaving aside probable issue about people´s refusal to insects diet, it looks like a brightly smart idea. Now I leave you to wonder if you could imagine yourself eating insects, and if your curiosity is not fed properly yet, you can have a look at another project of this studio: STRAWSCRAPER – A building covered with straws generating energy out of wind. Here it is:

Vi i Vasastan (local newspaper), no.24 , page 4 (in Swedish)

FRANK O. GEHRY – New building in Sydney, Australia

University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) is another outstanding project in Gehry´s creative career. The building will have 11 floors and its look is going to be dominated by “folded” look from one side and glass panels on the other one. The building process will begin in 2012 and should be completed in 2014.


I had a fantastic opportunity to watch The Garbage Warrior movie about work of architect Michael Reynolds and his fight with laws and other made-by-human-civilization obstacles to introduce and promote his idea of sustainable living, made-from-garbage houses and technique of producing them. I´m a huge fan of his projects and I found it extremely inspiring to watch the developement of his ideas and his not-giving-up attitude.

Just imagine having a beautiful house made within two weeks and no need to pay utility bills any more. I really appreciate Michael´s amazing commitment to current architecture.