Category: Design

George Nelson, Designer of the Architecturally Stunning Nelson Bench

While avoiding a rainstorm, Nelson ducked into the architecture school building to stay dry. While walking through the building he stumbled across an exhibit called “A Cemetery Gateway”. After, unfolded his interest and progression in the field of architecture. During his time as an undergraduate, he was published in press pieces called “Pencil Points” and …

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April 8th Birthday Love: Kisho Kurokawa

Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa (黒川 紀章) was born on April 8th, 1924 in Kanie, Aichi, and was a founding father of the Metabolist movement of architecture. The idea of the 1960’s post-war Metabolist movement was to create megastructures that honored organic and biological growth. One of his most unique designs is the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which houses both …

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Shiny Brite Ornaments: The History of a Holiday Classic

The invention of Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments was a result of World War II. Christmas trees adorned with sparkling glass balls were popular with Americans. Germany and Japan were the major importer of glass ornaments in the 1930’s. American businessman Max Eckart had been importing Christmas tree ornaments into the U.S. from Germany since 1907. …

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Artist Spotlight: Charley Harper

We hope our American friends have a very happy Thanksgiving today! Today’s artist spotlight is on the American Modern artist, Charley Harper. He was born on the family farm in Frenchton, West Virginia, on August 4, 1922. Growing up, he not only had the farm to explore, but also the Appalachian hills, where he spent …

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A History of Midcentury Modern Furniture Design

The period between the end of World War II and the early 1960s brought a period of optimism and prosperity to America. John F. Kennedy becomes president, a man flies into space, and it seemed like a time when anything was possible. Gio Ponti and Carlo di Carli added sensuousness to furniture not seen since …

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi Is Building an Impressive Collection

During recent months, the Louvre Abu Dhabi quietly added some impressive pieces to its collection, including a rare Georges de la Tour painting, Girl Blowing on a Braisier (La Fillette au braisier), and Between Darkness and Light (Entre chien et loup) by Marc Chagall, along with 25 other pieces. Another exciting acquisition is a selection …

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Coastal Rainforest Meets Mid-Century in the Edgemont Greenbelt Home

This single family home was designed with to welcome in the sunlit treetops of the North Vancouver, Canada coast, and made with clean lines and decorative touches in line with the mid-century feel that the owners love. Edgemont Greenbelt’s architecture is by Shelter Design and Blackfish Homes, offering generous views of the coastal rainforest surrounding …

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Artist Spotlight: Chiaki Okada

Today we are celebrating the illustrations of Japanese artist Chiaki Okada. She has illustrated books by different authors around the world, including a book by her husband, Ko Okada, called Rabbit and Freckle (Кролик и Веснушка). Chiaki Okada has a unique talent for capturing the innocent beauty of childhood home life as well as imaginative childhood themes. …

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Artist Spotlight: Dale Chihuly Glass Art

Today we are celebrating one of the world’s most talented blown glass artists, Dale Chihuly, who has a number of amazing exhibits around the United States to be seen.  Many of these photos are from both permanent installations and traveling exhibits, and it’s fascinating to see how some of the same sculptures give different impressions in …

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Vera Lutter: The Museum in her Camera Obscura

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) just posted an interesting piece on the camera obscura photography of New York’s Vera Lutter. A camera obscura is a darkened room where an external image is projected through a tiny hole with a convex lens, and inverted as an internal image in the dark room. Lutter uses …

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