2020-10-14

The Pandemic of Human Error



 Good morn or evening Friends

Here's your friendly anouncer

I have serious news to pass on to every-body

What Im about to say

Could mean the worlds disaster

 Could change your joy and 

laughter to tears and pain. 

These are the words of the Stevie Wonder in his song (hear the entire song below) Love`s in need of a love today, which is as true today as in 1976 when It was written and I was 9 years old. 

When I am asked if there has been improvement within Gay Rights during my lifetime I always say yes. Sadly it is not the whole truth. 

We have seen more open gay humans and even celebrities around the world and LGBTQ people accounted for in the countries were homosexuality is not even legal. But how is Scandinavia compared to the US or Brazil when it comes to human rights?

Gay Rights are human rights. According to the UN Human Rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or other status. Human rights include the rights for life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinon and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. 


Everyone is entitled to these rights, 

without discrimination. 


Growing up in the small Swedish suburban west coast town of Kungsbacka was not what I would call a multicultural and including environment. Everyone in my class, school and neighborhood were all different shades of pale. All kinds of what I then called white people were my friends. 

I saw myself as a white young male not fitting into the hetero system that prevailed. Everything changed when I met Pauline in the fifth grade. My new friend loved to be with me and was not put off by the fact that I was bullied by the older boys. A group of 3+5 boys in my own class led by a two year older boy ganged up on me and made me hide during the lunch brake. 

The infant that had been refused to graduate from 6th and had to reprise 5th with my class singled me out.I was also among the smallest kids of my class and since I both played jump rope with the girls and Brännboll, a simplified type of baseball ,with the guys I was the odd man out. I was a tjejtjusare…a girl pleaser…and that was bad apparently. 



Kehinde Wiley is the artist that by portraying the afro american culture in a all new context changes the way we relate to both art and the black and brown men&women found around the world. 

I was moved from my class in the 5th grade to a new class. I was the problem that was for sure. Pauline did not care. She was used to not being accepted she said.  As soon as as Pauline left the room, both my family and my so called friends referred to Pauline as The black girl, Den svarta tjejen. The negro. Negern. Always in a derogative tone.  

 

Kungsbacka city where I lived was ruled by white heterosexuals that seemed to like only their own kind. I was 14 and concluded that most white people were afraid of black people and bög= fag,  which I was called was the worst thing a boy child of 14 could be named whatever the color of his skin. 




Painting by Kehinde Wiley


 

My friend Pauline was adopted by her white parents. She was brown. Not black like everyone said. Were all pale faced people color blind? Pauline knew she was not pale faced like her parents but we both failed to understand why her skin color was such a big deal. Conclusion being : generally black lives did not matter and gay was something not accepted in Kungsbacka 1981. Är svartskallen kvar eller?

 


As a 17 year old on my first intercontinental flight 1984 the Customs regulations form where you needed to fill in your race is where I first understood that a white man is called caucasian after going through the other possible boxes to tick. This was the first time ever I had to specify my race for anyone or anything.


 High School in North Carolina in the US made it possible for me to understand that I wanted to work within the theatre and music business by giving the chance to take drama, singing and acting every day. Being part of the music department at Cary High meant for me making fantastic friends with NON caucasian, which I was told by my Exchange Program family mother was not the way to go, if you wanted to be popular at Cary High. In the same direct way I was also informed how the (heterosexual) correct,  way of carrying a book or two in high school so that no one accused me of being a fag. 

 

  

In the beginning of the 1990s my ex longtime boyfriend and I, for the first time, had dinner with his family in their home in the projects of Nashville, Tennesse, was the first time this white boy was the only Caucasian for as far as I could see. Arriving at my boyfriends all African American family after driving slowly through the neighborhood made it clear I was in minority as a white dude for the first time in my life. Maybe I came to get a glimpse of how it must have felt for Pauline growing up in our all white Swedish suburbia.

 

Travelling together as an openly gay couple was mostly no problem but it stood clear that a caucasian Swede with blue eyes passes all customs without problem whilst a muscular, black male, was stopped, interrogated and nude searched constantly. 

 



Inspiring Kehinde Wiley portrait


Working in the publishing business for many years in the Interior design and Life Style segments as a stylist I produced many covers for Magazines in Scandinavia. One of my Editors at the time called for a meeting, which in the 90s  always meant in person, to explain in complicated devious terms including stats proving that an African American, Asian or African…model on the cover does not sell as many copies

 as one with a white girl. 

 

7 years ago I lived outside the University city of Lund,Sweden in a former farm house. Our closest neighbor was a pig farmer. At least I thought so. He came to our home as a contractor when we were looking for a builder and said he could do the job. Skip ahead three weeks. After concluding that me and my partner at the time were two men living together the pig farmer turned builder ran his pic up at full speed at me walking my three Border Collies along our mutual country road shouting Dö djävla bög, Die fucking fag. He did stop before he ran me over and then disappeared in a cloud. His words rang in my ears for a very long time. I reported it to the police after not being able to sleep after the incident. Although I learned later that the Pig Farmer had several criminal charges the Pig farmer was never charged with anything although he committed a homophobic death threat. The case was closed before any investigation was done.  The Police in Sweden as anywhere can not keep homophobic individuals breaking human rights constantly inside their own system. How can they inforce the law?

 

During the pandemic I have had more time to reflect then ever before in my life. In my opinion the most life threatening virus 2020 is not upkeeping human rights.In Sweden or anywhere in our socially unjust world. 

 

Living in Brasil which if you read international media would be very dangerous at the moment I conclude that this South American country by general media almost considered "third world" respected my rights as a gay man to travel intercontinentally to be with my husband in the midst of a pandemic. I was nervous to say the least as to how I would be greeted when getting off the plane in Brasil. Did I have the right documents for this planetary panic situation brought on by the pandemic? Apparently I did and now we live in Penedo, Brasil. 

 

In my opinion the most life threatening pandemic is the spread of Human Error instead of Human rights. 


The children are our future.

The lyrics of Children will listen by Stephen Sondheim:


Careful the things you say 

Children will listen. 

Careful the things you do

Children will see and learn

Children may not obey, but children will listen

Children will look to you for which way to turn

To learn what to be

Careful before you say : Listen to me

Children will listen



Please stay in touch my friends 

& listen to Stevie telling it like it is







Jimmy 









 


P.S


As we open the door to our wedding suite we are greeted with a bottle of bubbly and a card. How nice! I open the card that says Congratulations Mr and Mrs Schönning. Marcello right away said he did not care. Everyone makes misstakes. And that is true naturally. Its just that if the hotel had routines that included checking the names of the wedding guests or even better just :  Congratulations! 

The generous gesture of giving should not be overshadowed

by what can be perceived of as homophobia. 


D.S






 


2020-10-12

The week in Brazil 🐢 Life in Penedo

                   
Creative mess at the veranda at Casa da Ilha












The week in Penedo was busy at the building project Maple Bear Bilingual school where both my husband and I have been working the last week. 







Marcello as the head architect has been involved with this project for over 1,5 half year. I just started as a Visual Content Creator mainly for Instagram account of Maple Bear Penedo, where so far 3 of my video content has been posted. 


I have delivered over 100 images so far so I think we will se more there in short. 







Marcello sitting on the roof of the finished school building looking over the mountains that surround Penedo.

 1 of August was the start of the construction and right now the interiors are coming into place at this Canadian bilingual school that will have a garden, a minifarm and a pond right outside as well.


This week the landscaping will be in focus and 2021 in Feb the school will open and the first semester will begin. 





Rain water reuse containers in place at
the construction of  Mable Bear Penedo.







Finding my favorite type of
potted plants
I used to have indoors in Sweden,
 wild in the garden and trying
to replant indoors. 





Bismarckia is a true favorite
among palm trees.
Ran across this beauty
on my way to work 





Getting to know our Redfoted Tortoise
or in Portuguese, 
Jabuti we call E.T
that now is staying with us.  

We had such a wonderful time on the beach
 at Costa Verde,
 the green coast that is a
2,5 drive from Penedo.
The the beach we had to our selves 
for our B day the 3d of October.

Yes. Marcello and I have the same B day!












At Angra dos Reis located on 
Costa Verde you 
take a boat out to Ilha Grande 
where I in a couple of weeks will 
go and see about a hotel renovation
 that is my next interior project. 


Have a good start of the week 

Stay in touch

Jimmy 


2020-10-08

Bronte Beach villa by Boffi in Sydney








In my search for inspiration for the tropical beach house and garden I found this home the sea totally done over by Boffi DePadova.  

We are on the coast, between Tamarama and Bronte, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The villa is located by the beach and is clad by copper sheets, which I adore, that show their true beauty in how they create their artistic green patina over time. 


The tactile materiality drew inspiration from the surrounding coastal walks and was a specific request from the client, who refurbished the building, managed by the tea of Boffi|DePadova Studio Sydney, and the landscape designer William Dangar of Dangar Barin Smith Studio















Hospitality and conviviality which is the quality of being friendly and making people feel happy and welcome, are at the centre of this three-levels century-old villa, redesigned with the idea of removing visual and physical barriers, connecting the inner and outer spaces with a focus on the K14 kitchen, designed by Norbert Wangen 





The Donsella chairs design Michele De Lucchi around the dining table, the Uragano chairs design Vico Magistretti, made of rattan and wood, the Yak armchairs design Lucidi Pevere with the leather back in front of the fireplace, the timeless Louisiana, Vico Magistretti design, in the bedroom, the classic Pouf Capitonné in the study...all tables sofas, lamps feel as though they are in the right place and have been for a long time. 


Timeless. 


As a interior designer that love to do the outdoor rooms it is different doing a private house in a Scandinavian climate or in a tropical climate. In Sweden snow falls in the winter, normally...and you need to store furniture. In Brazil where I now live my private clients want to use their garden, pool and sport areas year round. Naturally there are other aspects like the rains of March which in Brazil means flooding of a kind that you have to secure or store out door furniture. 
















In searching for clever design for a new client in a for me 
new climate I hope I share new ideas and solutions that inspire you. 



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Stay in touch 


Jimmy 



   






2020-09-25

Fall colors in my spring living room




Just posted to Instagram and this time it just vanished. I have not been able to post text for weeks now and have been told Instagram is protecting their comunity. From me? 

So I just continue to show you the fall feeling type of autumn colors. The rain of red flowers is called Ruselia and is a new acquaintance for me. The frail yellow an orchid I do not know the name of. 




Rusélia


End of Septemper means autumn in Sweden. Here in Penedo spring has just started. 



Orchid in a Gin bottle. Recommend the Gin as well actually. 

Yes..! New small new upcycle [just painted] coffee table



She always shows up in front of my camera.

Wishing you a good spring or fall weekend. 

Jimmy

2020-07-07

Concrete solutions






 Sandals and cement would normally NOT sum up my July, but now in Brasil in the midst of a pandemic that luckily for me and my loved ones did not give any sickness but brought more time for reflection than I have ever experienced. What came out of this time of rethinking [which not is over] my way of living is that I adore concrete & circular solutions, existing in a material or physical form; not abstract. That is why I’m cementing in sandals this July. Instead of waiting for things to be done or our world to heal from the viral attack at us humans. All stats say that our flora & fauna has had time to recover during Covid-19 from the constant abuse our society is subjecting our planet to. If we all start with ourselves, we all can make a huge difference. It starts with me and you. Together we have the power to change our habits like eating more local ecological food and not supporting what we know is part of a system that strangles our planet. We can choose the most circular way of building and use local ecological solutions. If we all everyday do our best for the planet [us] we can make a change. Do you believe in change?

2020-05-22

Jordan Schönning Penedo



Jordan Schönning Studio, Penedo



Our Jordan Schönning Penedo Studio
 is now open. 





Irai & Jatai bees have moved in with us and first they were placed near each other. 

Later we change the beehives to be a bit more separated from each other as well as the entrance of the two bee families set in different directions.  




Former fur coat as pillow ? 
What are your thoughts on 
up cycling 
a old fur coat to a pillow? 




First you see the Amor Agarradinho climber that has been in full bloom since I arrived here in Penedo the 20th of April. Garage before we really moved in. Found green seat and back cushions. 



May 2019


Living room in the 
Virkkilä house in Penedo 
the way we lived here visit.
 Just over a year ago in May 2019. 


May 2020

May 2020 we placed the 
upholstered green 
50´s sofa against the wall 
and set out more of the work of 
Ville Virkkilä 
in which former home we 
now are living in. 




May 2019 Virkkilä




May 2020 Virkkilä

The flowers I find right outside the door is Alpinia 
you see in front that 
is a true favorite and 
that lasts forever in a vase here. 

The wall wood sculptures are 
all by Ville Virkkilä. 







Entering a world of Heliconias






The flowers coming direct from 
the trunk of a 
Flor de macaco tree. 




Jaca fruit.





It´t the season for 

Pinhão

 that,
 I have come to love. 



Bastão-do-imperador







Banana flower 



I saw the Lina Bo Bardi
exhibit last year at MASP 
and was even more convinced in her as one 
of the design genius of our time. 




Lina Bo Bardi introduced her 
world to us in creating MASP. 

Everything from the the way art is 
presented to to how you view 
creations in a museum is altered by MASP 



Study of Bromelia´s 
in the living room.


Dream Project


Let's just stay 
in touch here. 

All my best



Jimmy 




2020-05-15

The Place, Penedo








To enter you need to cross the bridge.







There are three buildings. 
The smallest is 2x2m room. The largest has 4 bedrooms, 
two bathrooms and two kitchens. 










I love this butch type of outdoor cement kitchen.
This will be our salon. You enter from the garden direct into this large room where you will find a open plan kitchen and living room and a staircase leading up to the higher level of the house.  






                    





A view from the garden 
in front of the house. 







Apart from the beautiful stoned wall.

This is about the same 
type of roofed room like our 
coming salon living room/kitchen before we find the right 
windows and glass doors
 to frame it with...




Reminding you of where you are. 
From the sealevel in the city of Rio De Janeiro the green mountains  start from the sand on the beach and reach around 1000 meters above sea level when they reach Penedo, which is where we are at. 





I have fallen for this property
Yes. 

Let's see if it is going 
to work out between us. 



Stay in touch 
and have a good weekend!



Jimmy