Bibliothèque François Mitterrand is such a beautiful building. It even has its own forest surrounded by the library towers.
There is a huge jackpot of £117,000,000.00 in Euro Millions lottery today. It is too much money for one person, but I would not mind waking up to a phone call from National Lottery tomorrow. The music clip above is the legendary theme tune of the Finnish national lottery, called Lotto.
One very worrying thing draw my attention in Gillian Tett's article about globalization of manufacturing of goods in FT's Weekend Magazine. Skim through this paragraph:
"Take a look, for example, at a fascinating paper recently produced by the Asian Development Bank, which looks at where an iPhone is made. In this case, the company - Apple - is American; however, components for iPhone are variously assembled in China, Korea, Taipei, Germany and the US, involving almost a dozen companies which are hard to pigeonhole with any ethnic label."
Did you notice anything strange? I agree, the supply chain has become complicated. But far more worrying is the writer's attitude. She is listing countries and counts Taipei as a country. Maybe it is a mistake, but I think that is a strong and worrying pattern that is very common in the western way of thinking. Asia is being thought as a one big area and many people do not even know the countries in Asia not to mention the different cultures. It is just cheap labour or two weeks in Thailand for many. It is terrifying how little people know about the future's financial drivers - even at FT.
I used to think the same way. My two years in Hong Kong and Singapore opened my eyes to a new world I had totally neglected earlier.
Good bread is hard to find in the UK. That is why I always bring excessive amounts of rye bread with me every time I go to Finland. Anyway, I saw good looking bread in London yesterday. The beautiful loafs above were on a display window of a small corner shop off Pall Mall. Unfortunately the shop was closed, so I have no idea are they just lovely on surface or is there more to it.
Pictures from boknas.fi
This week I read some interesting news. Finnish design furniture retailer Boknäs is starting the reproduction of Eliel Saarinen's Blue Chairs in collaboration with furniture maker Adelta. The art deco style Blue Chair was originally designed in 1929. I love the shape of the chair, not to mention the patterns! I would love to get a pair of Blue Chairs for my hopefully-new-home-to-be.
My friends know my love of patterns. One of them gave me a small book about patterns in renaissance paintings, called From Painting to Pattern which is a collaboration of the National Gallery and Moleskine. The book reveals interesting details in paintings that most people might not notice. The rich patterns in the paintings come to live when they are printed as bigger surfaces in the book and one can really see how detailed subjects the artists have been painting.