German furniture design company Radius Design create both indoor and outdoor furniture that is functional, original and attractive. This lends their designs to be seen as works of art within the home-setting rather than ordinary pieces of furniture. Most notable in their collection is their eco-friendly ethanol burning fireplaces that require no wood, burn an even flame with no smoke, and best of all require no clean-up. Simply turn on the flame and enjoy the beautifully crafted ambiance. Santa’s got it easy in a house with a Radius fireplace!
Monthly Archives: October 2011
With breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area overflowing with greenery, mountains, a small lake and boundless trees, this award-winning Juvet Landscape Hotel, designed by Norwegian architects Jensen & Skodvin, is made up of seven separate units all stationed in such a way that no room looks at one another. Taking full advantage of the varied topography, every room gets a view of the landscape that changes dramatically depending on the season. I would love to visit here in the fall. I imagine that it would look stunning, (even more so) with the wind blowing and all the leaves boasting bright bold beautiful colors.
Philadelphia-based artist, Matthew Cox elegantly fuses beauty and spooky together with his embroidered X-Rays. By weaving vibrant embroidery thread through a black and white plastic X-Ray scan, a realistic display of the human body (both inside and out) is eerily presented.
“By introducing a tedious and labour-intensive process into a medium that is quite often quick and instant, the embroidered x-ray prints represent a format of film that explores new ways of technique and representation.”
*all photos courtesy of Matthew Cox
We use them to hang clothes, David Mach on the other hand uses them to create these striking life sized sculptures. Designed from intertwined coat hangers, the bending creates visual tension and makes for a somewhat dramatically eerie twist. A gorilla, standing powerfully in the midst of beating his chest, was designed for viewers at the entrance of the V&A exhibition “Making of Power” and made for a breathtaking welcome into the small gallery space.
“A coat hanger is not something you would give a second thought to, but then we take them and reinvent those thing. We use them as contours to describe the shape of something. When we see those thousands of hooks that appear in such a construction, we provide our sculpture with an aura — a double image, something that is difficult to read and to see. The hooks also provide a kind of movement. The sculpture might look as if it has a vibration or, at any rate, it animates the sculpture, hence the title Silver Streak.” – David Mach
If you’re familiar with the fashion design duo Viktor and Rolf, you know that their fashion lines are always filled with crazy couture silhouettes dripping with creativity and style. From their Spring 2009 to 2011 collections, every piece is sculpted to a T. The high fashion line features ready-to-wear clothing that showcases like works of fine art. The collection heads off with leather and lace and then segues into chiffon and silk, resulting in an Avant-Garde styled fashion line.
Written by: Georgette Mosley
“Take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.” How can you not love the works of artist and photographer Taylor Jones? His blog dedicated to reinventing old photos in modern settings has a way of bringing the past back to life. His photography work, in which he holds up old photos in the exact same location in which they were taken in years ago, is slightly reminiscent of that of artist Ben Heine and Irina Werning. At first, Jones worked solely from his own collection, but know he receives submissions from all over the world.
Check out his blog to see more of the Dear Photograph collection
If only standing up on the swing was the most rebellious thing you did…”
I was astounded, but I hadn’t had time to consider what I was seeing.”
Seasons come and go, even the walnut tree is a ghost. Yet the old farmhouse endures, and we are glad to be its stewards.”
T. and E.
Her view won’t be the same without the trees.”
You kids are my rock.”
Our family farm has raised the roof many times with heartwarming memories…now there is a whole new generation waiting to explore and call it their own.”
I wouldn’t be who I am today if i didn’t have the sounds of music in my life.”
At the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram. I’m still proud of my father.”
Eva Willemier Westra
I found you in the attic when we moved in. I wonder if you lived happily ever after here…”
These were your first big steps of many that will be made in your lifetime.” Love,
Fit for Easter Sunday, The Kentucky Derby or even Her Royal Highness, this inventive hat collection is sure to wow any crowd. Influenced by her eclectic background, New York based designer Satya Twena definitely has an eye for funky crowns. Each hat is handmade using vintage fabric blocks and free-hand forming techniques to create wearable art. Crafted for daring women who aren’t afraid to stand out in a crowd, Satya’s collection is timeless, eye-popping and elegant.
Talk about setting a mood, when it comes to lighting LASVIT has mastered the craft, creating installations so beautiful that it will literally make your mouth drop. Located in the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Hotel that opened on late March 2011, the world’s largest hotel with 312 rooms, the interior creates a presence just as grand as it’s tall exterior. The lighting is exquisitely detailed and majestically stunning. It effortlessly sets the scene for a high style luxurious design. Somehow I can’t imagine the space being nearly as beautiful without them.
With smooth white interiors resembling ski slopes, this Iran based ski resort embraces its natural surroundings. Barin Ski Resort, a project designed by RYRA Studios pulls inspiration from igloos and the flowing lines of the surrounding mountains. The contemporary white design interiors and furniture with pops of color here and there help to meld nature with man-made work.
Although this doesn’t give me the warm and cozy feel I would want if I were on a ski trip, I do love the consistency and creativity of the design! Via Cuded.
Having started off as an accessory designer, Julia Kaldy has now turned her creative talent into designing and beautifully constructing an array of stylishly simplistic, yet somewhat futuristic, collection of shoes. The shoes, all 100% handmade, are artistically inspiring, breaking the mold from the typical design. Being a native of Budepest, Hungary, the young designer graduated from the Hungarian Design University where her thesis project Unibody, a collection of shoes designed to “emphasize how the silhouette of the legs changes while wearing shoes of different heights” won the Chancellor’s Distinguished Design Award.
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