At first glance, trying to filter through all the pre conceived knowledge, it seems like a jail toilet
where the man has to confine his living within one room.!
This illustration is by one of my most favourite artist’s, Federico Babina. Federico Babina does
interesting combinations of illustrations, creatively perceiving the works of famous architects in
different contexts. In this case his collection is known as ARCHLIFE through which Babina links
famous personas in spaces that are authentic to the styles of famous architects. !
This image in particular is known as Hithcock Le Corbusier. The central figure in this picture is
presumed to be Alfred Hitchcock in the process of shaving his scarce beard. The static brick like
side walls and almost dichromatic colour scheme maintains a sense of simplicity and yet
suspense. There is also great use of light and shadows throwing hints at us about the bird that
represents hitchcock and the reflection of him in the mirror, which really looks like the shadow or
silhouette of someone. There is also a boundary blur of what really exists and what has been
silhouetted by the light. The most interesting however is the suicidal rope suspended from the rod
of the shower curtain! More interestingly, this image is a view from the outside of a window and still
so distinct and informative. It’s interesting that Babina tried to portray this closeness and sense of
entrapment through an open window. !
In praise of Light
This image is a detailed photograph of one of my first models in the Interior Design Studio. The
image is extremely powerful and informative of the intentions of the models as it displays a strong
sense of reflection of light. To throw light on this focus, the material is kept constant and the colour
is kept monotone. One can read into this model through the corrugated step formation that tapers
in from the side profile of the model which creates an extremely interesting view. This view limits
the eye to only parts of what is going on inside and no vision of a clear end, hence can be
perceived to be an endless and repetitive space with several steps. !
There is a quality of flaring and tapering creating different spatial experiences. However these
experiences would be very different without shadows that are represented by the grey zones in the