Surreal Aerial Photos

This striking photo series by Australian photographer Leah Kennedy captures Namibia’s colorful, arid landscapes. Throughout her work, Kennedy strives to remove her subjects from their reality and make them appear as something else entirely. In this case, an aerial viewpoint has allowed her to do so, creating a final series that combines both abstraction and realism.

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‘Matter to Matter’ by Arthur Analts

The Latvian National Museum of Art recently coordinated Latvia’s representation at the second London Design Biennale. They chose designer Arthur Analts of Variant Studio, and his installation titled Matter to Matter to represent their country. Analts’ piece was inspired by his hometown and Latvia’s Capital, Riga, and its surrounding forests. Because of Riga’s proximity to the Baltic Sea, it has an atmosphere of constant humidity, often leading to condensation on plants and objets around the city. To recreate this physical process, Analts uses a green, glass surface and cooling processes, creating a wall of condensation with which visitors can interact. The color, size and surrounding space, is meant to give a sensory experience representative of Latvia’s expansive forests.

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Modular Maze at the V&A Museum

During London Design Festival 2018, Waugh Thistleton Architects showed their interactive installation ‘Multiply’, outside of the V&A museum. The creators encouraged visitors to explore the work and freely climb through staircases, rooms, and bridges and to enjoy various lookout points.

The installation was engineered by ARUP and informed by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), who used sustainable, carbon-negative construction materials. The interaction and choice of materials are meant to get visitors thinking about two modern, global challenges: the need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change.

waugh thistleton stacks carbon-negative, three-storey modular maze at V&A

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WRECK by Bentu Design

Bentu Design recently released a new project titled WRECK, a series of furniture and sculptures that are created using recycled ceramics. For the project, Bentu collected ceramic waste from Chaozhou, China, which supplies 70% of the world’s daily-use ceramic pieces.

Through this series, Bentu hopes to show the changing social and economic environment in Chaozhou, where traditional culture and architecture have disappeared, and old factories have been transformed into recycling plants. The ceramic shards that characterize WRECK were collected from these plants, where only a fraction of porcelain waste can be recycled.

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Shirt sculpture in abandoned building

British sculptor Alex Chinneck creates his work by transforming existing building exteriors with surreal twists. Chinneck’s newest work is a building suited with a larger-than-life zipper that appears to be unzipping the walls to create a collar. The zipper, collar and color of the building give it the appearance of a retro polo shirt. The work is located in Kent, England and is open to the public.

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September 2018: Things We Love…

ADVENTURE

Canoe Bay – The perfect place to unwind and relax during the fall months ahead.

 

ARTS & CULTURE

Martin Puryear (born May 23, 1941) is an American artist known for his devotion to traditional craft. Working in wood and bronze, among other media, his reductive technique and meditative approach challenge the physical and poetic boundaries of his materials. The artist has been selected to represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale[2]. Wikipedia.

 


Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Memorial Edition, 14-Volume Set, 1916. The Memorial Edition in Fourteen Volumes of Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Has been specially prepared by the Roycrofters in their shops, which are in East Aurora, Erie County, New York, for Effie F. Meyer.

STRUCTURE & SPACES

Bobby McAlpine’s new Atlanta Home as seen in Veranda Magazine.

URBAN LIFE

EXPO CHICAGO is coming up from September 27th through the 30th. This modern and contemporary art fair, which takes place at Navy Pier, has established Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. The art fair hosts leading international art galleries in the main exhibition hall as well as panel discussions, performances and installations throughout the city.

 

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Polycarbonate Neverland

Shanghai based designers Wutopia Lab was commissioned to design a play space and restaurant for kids where materials, lighting and whimsical design create a magical ‘Polycarbonate Neverland’. Polycarbonate material is used to add color, texture and lighting elements on both the interior and exterior of the building. On the interior, a variety of materials including hollow PVC balls, glass fiber cloth, plastic balls, artificial stone, stainless steel and mirrors, are used in combination with bold paint colors and lighting elements to create unusual spaces that attempt to distort reality.

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Otherworldly Architectural Photos

Faubourg‘ a photo series by Parisian photographer Francois Prost, captures apartment buildings in suburbs on the outskirts of Paris. The series showcases 20th century high rises surrounded by nothing but sky. By shooting the buildings from nearby apartments on clear days, Prost represents the buildings in a way that makes them seem otherworldly. Prost hopes to show a side of Paris and Parisian architecture that is not often seen. The work is on show at Superette Gallery in Paris through November 16th.

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Expo Chicago

EXPO CHICAGO is coming up from September 27th through the 30th. This modern and contemporary art fair, which takes place at Navy Pier, has established Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. The art fair hosts leading international art galleries in the main exhibition hall as well as panel discussions, performances and installations throughout the city.

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August 2018: Things We Love…

TRAVEL

Perched on an oceanside cliff in Puerto Vallarta, Le Kliff introduces diners to authentic, gourmet culinary traditions of Mexico while adding a touch of modernity.

ART

Les Renforts (1963), by American Painter Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). This sculpture can be seen in at Fonation Maeght in Saint-Paul-De-Vence, France.

FASHION

Dior “L’Air” navy blue square scarf (2018)

DESIGN

Sculptura Bench designed by Russel Woodard for Woodard Furniture Company

Sculptura Bench

 

LITERATURE

The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes

In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources of an infamous 1924 murder for a unique approach that allows readers to look past all of the stories that have been spun in the last 90 years to focus on the heart of the crime.

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