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Our special edition of Designing Worlds for Thanksgiving is now available on the web!

Thanksgiving (and the US Thanksgiving happens this Thursday) is a time for giving thanks – and so this year for our annual Thanksgiving show, we decided to give thanks for the amazing design work that is being carried out in mesh.

To do this, we asked the team behind the group Mesh Creative to host our Thanksgiving Dinner, in a house specially created, landscaped and furnished for this very special occasion!

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

We were joined by Loz Hyde of Meshworx, Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Designs, Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Lilith Heart of Heart Botanicals and Pamela Galli of La Galleria, while Samantha Ohrberg acted as cat herder!  Other designers whose work appears on the show include Froukje Hoorenbeeke of Dutchie, Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft, Domineax Prospero of The Domineaux Effect and Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea, among others. And the walls are decorated with some beautiful Second Life Art.

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Designers who donated items to the Home & Garden Showcase
Cain Maven, Quantum Luxury Homes
Loz Hyde, MESHWORX
Froukje Hoorenbeek, Dutchie
Maxwell Graf, Rustica
Isla Gealach, Cheeky Pea
Pamela Galli, La Galleria
Domineaux Prospero, The Domineaux Effect

The Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving Dinner

Other Designers featured in the house
Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative
Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft
Eku Zhong of Culprit
Kalia Firelyte of Dysfunctional Designs
Kaz Nayar of Pilot
Kendra Zaurak of Fanatik
Nico Griffith of Tartessos Arts
Pandora Popstar of LISP
Shai Delacroix of Shai
Van Auster of POST
Winter Thorn of What Next
Yelo Uriza of ARIA

In the kitchen of the Thanksgiving House

In the kitchen of the Thanksgiving House

Artwork by
Anrod Meads “Ragging Inferno”
PJ Trenton “Winds Wellaway”
Nino Vichan “Pending” and “Right Hand Harmonics
Carlotta Ceawlin “After the Storm and Together
Rhea Choral ” Perched”
Fuschia Nightfire “Dancing crow “, “Lightning strikes Thrice” and “Thunder”

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Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday25th February, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the beautiful estate of the Coeurs, sometimes called the Duchy, a series of fourteen French baroque regions, each named after a specific region in France.

This is, however, not the highly formalised world of the Court, nor the seething poverty that led to the French Revolution, but a gentle and gracious style of rural living, with the bourgeoisie and the haut bourgeoisie living in beautiful surroundings with beautiful small towns and elegant homes, graced by the occasional chateau.

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined on the show by two of the owners of the estate, His Grace the Duke and one of the two Duchesses of the Coeurs – but we have permission to introduce them by their less formal names, as Bedrich Panacek and SkyeRyder Varriale!

In their company, we explore museums, canals, courtyards and carriage rides – because the Duchy has one of the most elegant systems of transportation anywhere in Second Life, as residents can order carriages to come to their door and take them anywhere in the estate.  Or – like Elrik – some might prefer to travel by boat and see the amazing locks, based of locks designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fun and fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Exploring the Coeurs - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Exploring the Coeurs – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th January, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore a really fascinating region – a thoughtful and incredibly detailed recreation of 1920s Berlin.

This is a fascinating slice of history. Weimar Germany was a place of immense social deprivations, and great wealth, a time of fiery politics, riots, rebellions and the growth of political parties that would dominate the coming decades.  But it was also a time of enormous artistic creativity in art, architecture and the comparatively new medium of film. It was also a time of tremendous decadence – a time when all sorts of previously hidden or repressed behaviours were permitted, sometimes encouraged … and often viewed on the stages and in the cabarets.

1920s Berlin - the Alexanderplatz

1920s Berlin – the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

All of this vibrant life takes place in a beautiful European city – a city also teeming with slums and a vibrant working class culture.

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era.

It’s a show you really won’t want to miss! So do come and join us at 2pm – and see how the Designing Worlds studio has acquired a Bierkeller!

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

1920s Bierkeller in the Designing Worlds Studio

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th November, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams where we’ll be exploring the island of Temasek with its owner, Veritas Raymaker.

Temasek is inspired by the island of Singapore, and Veritas has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world.  Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Temasek, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Alchemy Immortalis: Cottage and Ruins on Inis Caiseal - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Alchemy Immortalis: Cottage and Ruins on Inis Caiseal - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 12th March at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be broadcasting a stunningly beautiful show, exploring the lovely Alchemy Immortalis region.

Based on rural Ireland (with a lovely French twist in one particularly delicious area!), the sims feature the green and open landscapes, the stone walls and the awesome seascapes that are a feature of Ireland.  There are trails for walking or horse riding – and there’s also a series of wonderful roadster tours that one can take – as Elrik does – while Saffia explores a fascinating community project that Alchemy and Immortalis Cyannis, owners and designers of the region, are developing for their residents.

Treats await in Sirenes et Moineaux Patisserie on Alchemy Immortalis

Treats await in Sirenes et Moineaux Patisserie on Alchemy Immortalis

And Saffia also visits that … mmmm … patisserie!

We talk to Alchemy Cyannis about the beautiful regions she and Immortalis have created, their inspirations and their plans as we explore this unique and lovely region.

And then, of course, there are those sheep …

Alchemy Immortalis: What are the sheep watching? Find out on the show! - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Alchemy Immortalis: What are the sheep watching? Find out on the show! - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

This is a gorgeous show – and our tribute to St Patrick’s Day too!  And for people who attend the show in person at the studio, there will be a very special gift from Alchemy Immortalis which you really won’t want to miss! So do come and join us there at 2pm!

Alchemy Immortalis: Sunset - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Alchemy Immortalis: Sunset - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Join us in our Northpoint studio at 2pm SLT today, Monday 7th February as we re-visit the Linden Home programme, nearly one year after its inception in February 2010. And this time we’ll be looking at it from the perspective of designers who are creating for Linden Homes – and also looking at some of the ways residents have chosen to furnish their Homes, too.  One thing we can promise you – none of the homes we visit with have what Saffia laments as bad Linden Home style: a sofa, a flat screen TV, a cuddle rug, a sex bed and a potted plant!

Samantha's Linden Home, designed for Prim Perfect magazine
Samantha’s Linden Home, designed for Prim Perfect magazine

Our first visit takes us to a very special Linden Home indeed.  You may recall that at the end of last year, Samantha Hellmann won the Second Spaces Home Hotshot contest. Part of her prize was the chance to create a Linden Home design for Prim Perfect magazine – and she will be appearing on the show to tell us all about the Home she has created – and the contest, too!  And Elle Kirshner of Second Spaces will also be on the show to tell us about the contest – and the Linden Home that SHE designed!

Mountainview Meadowbrook Linden Home, designed by Froukje Hoorenbeek

Mountainview Meadowbrook Linden Home, designed by Froukje Hoorenbeek

Then we’ll be visiting two designer Linden Homes.  Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie maintains hers as a showhome, and we’ll be paying a visit to that. Then we’ll be visiting a home furnished by Dellybean North of True North Designs, and talking to the resident owner about that.

There will also be images from homes designed by Elle Kirshner, by Colleen Desmoulins of  The Loft, by Ponsonby Low of P Low Low P Studio (who has done some astonishing things with the Wizard’s Retreat), and from Jolie Serendipity and Xyrah Xue, both of who show what residents can make of a Linden Home – in very different ways!

Finally, we’ll be talking to Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Destiny Luxury Homes who will be talking to us about his ideas for some of the ways in which the Linden Home Initiative can be moved forward.

Plumtree Meadowbrook Linden Home, designed by Dellybean North

Plumtree Meadowbrook Linden Home, designed by Dellybean North

The Designing Worlds show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm at the very latest to make sure of getting a seat. And this is a show that you really will want to come to in person, because there will be beautiful gifts from some of the designers appearing on today’s show – including a beautiful home!  And there will be a chance to talk to the people you will be seeing on the show when we all come back to the studio.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site.

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In this episode we visited the fantastic home created by pitsch Parz of UrbanizeD, using a house designed by Danny Bourne of reBourne Prefabs, set in the beautiful SkyBeam Estates region.

It’s a fabulous home, and for the next month, you will be able to visit it – as well as seeing pitsch and Danny talking on the show about the work that went into its creation.  And – if you do visit – make sure you collect the little gifts that pitsch has left there – and that you try out his wonderful animations!

In addition, you’ll be able to read more about the house, pitsch and the beautiful Skybeam Estates in the new issue of Prim Perfect – which will be out very shortly!

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Join us in our Northpoint studio at 2pm SLT today, Monday 31st January as we explore a stunning beautiful house, which will be featured in February’s Prim Perfect magazine as our Home of the Month.

Prim Perfect House in SkyBeam Harbour Cove

Prim Perfect House in SkyBeam Harbour Cove

We will be meeting pitsch Parx of UrbanizeD, whose design concept this beautiful home was, and he will be giving us a guided tour of the house. We will also be meeting Danny Bourne, the creator of the building, and Charlene Trudeau, owner and manager of SkyBeam Estates.

The house has already been attracting attention in the blogsphere and you can read more about it here on Chic at Phil’s Place, but today viewers will have a chance to see it in detail … and to explore it for themselves after the show!

Prim Perfect House in SkyBeam Harbour Cove

Prim Perfect House in SkyBeam Harbour Cove

The Designing Worlds show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm at the very latest to make sure of getting a seat. And this is a show that you really will want to come to in person, because there will be a beautiful gift from pitsch Parx – not to mention a chance to talk to pitsch and Danny after the show about their work!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site.

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Join us in our Northpoint studio at 2pm SLT today, Monday 24th January for the start of our new season as we explore the most amazing avatars we think you’ll see in Second Life as we pay a visit to the famous Grendel’s Children store, and the Avaria region.

Inside Grendel's Children store

Inside Grendel's Children store

We’ll be talking to Flea Bussy and Toady Nakamura, two of the key people behind Grendel’s Children, and seeing some of the brilliant avatars that they have created.  Hopefully we’ll be able to share with you something of the range and depth of avatar creation that they offer … and discovering how (and why) they do this at such astonishingly low prices too.

But there’s more to Grendel’s Children than the avatars, and we’ll also be looking at thefour sims that make up Avaria, where the people behind Grendel’s Children have created a rich and complex landscape where you can not only try out your avatars, but where you can also join a variety of interactive games, including surfing in space – which Elrik gets a chance to try.  And, of course, Saffia takes the opportunity to explore the underwater world with some spectacular companions!

Surfing Space with Grendel's Children!

Surfing Space with Grendel's Children!

If you’d like a sneak preview of Grendel’s Children,  don’t miss a lovely machinima created by Pyewacket Bellmann – The Wizard and the Ozimal, which features a number of these glorious avatars.

The Designing Worlds show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm at the very latest to make sure of getting a seat. And this is a show that you really will want to come to in person, because there will be some amazing free gifts on offer from Grendel’s Children! As usual, after the show, there’ll be a chance for the audience to talk to Flea and Toady (as well as Elrik and Saffia) about what we’ve seen.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site.

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At the Lunatorium: Photograph by PJ Trenton

At the Lunatorium: Photograph by PJ Trenton

Join us in our Northpoint studio at 2pm SLT today, Monday 1st November as we visit the Lunatorium – the environment created by Bavid Dailey and Lunata Lupino.

Lunata creates plants – but plants that are unique to Second Life in that they are all delicately hand textured.  Each plant is a work of art, looking like a painting by Marianne North or Margaret Mee.  The delicacy of the work is utterly superb – and we’ll be looking at this in the show.

Flowers created by Lunata Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

Flowers created by Lunata Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

We’ll also be taking a look at the underwater regions she has created, working with scripter Bavid Dailey, and meeting some of the beautiful sea creatures that haunt this area.

Bavid has also created an extremely useful tool for shopping – the Personal Assistant – which would help customers quickly locate what they were looking for in larger stores.  It comes with all sorts of surprising and very useful extras – and we’ll be exploring this on the show!

All in all, this is a beautiful and very interesting show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

 

Underwater Coral created by Lunta Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

Underwater Coral created by Lunta Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

There will be a special gift for those who attend the show in the studio from Bavid and Lunata – and also a chance to see a display of their work in the Exhibition Hall – and a chance to buy some of the beautiful plants featured on the show.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm at the very latest to make sure of getting a seat.

Or tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site

At the Lunatorium - photographed by PJ Trenton

At the Lunatorium - photographed by PJ Trenton

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