Heinrich Vogeler

Heinrich Vogeler, was a German painter, printmaker, illustrator, architect and designer active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His teyle ranged from Art Nouveau illustrations to realist etchings and impressionist influenced paintings.  
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Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - A Missed Opportunity

Reviewed by Judd Hollander No one involved in the theatre sets out to present a bad play; producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom notwithstanding. However sometimes one gets so enamored of what they're trying to say, the message of the show can become lost. Case in point, Taylor Mac’s glorious misfire that is Gary : A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, now running at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. In ancient Rome , the years of war and bloodshed may finally be over, but the aftereffects...
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Hippo Sofa

Animal inspired sofa designed to look like realistic life-sized hippopotamus. Hippopotamus sofa handcrafted out of steel frame covered in leather-like polyurethane that feels like hairless hippo skin. Priced at only $95,000. Also check out: Octopus Chai
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Arthur Jafa, Lithuanian Pavilion Take Home Golden Lions This Year in Venice

Arthur Jafa at the Venice Biennale, via Art Observed The awards for the 58th Venice Biennale have been announced, with the Lithuanian Pavilion’s operatic beach installation taking home the Golden Lion for best exhibition, Arthur Jafa winning the Golden Lion for best artist in the main exhibition, and Jimmie Durham winning the Lifetime Achievement award.  A full list of awards is […]
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AO On-Site – Venice: “Liberty,” Martin Puryear at the US Pavilion Through November 24th, 2019

Martin Puryear, Liberty (Installation View), via Art Observed Walking up the pathway to artist Martin Puryear’s installation at the US Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, one is greeted with a dazzling, and perhaps equally foreboding work. The piece, Swallowed Sun (Monstrance and Volute), stages an immense grate before the doors of the pavilion, a beautiful, […]
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Tony Costa wins $100,000 Archibald Prize 2019

For those interested in portraiture it's interesting to compare the 51 portraits selected for the Archibald Prize - a portrait prize worth AUS$100,000 - with those selected for the BP Portrait Award... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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“Straight Out Of Inception”: Enthralling Optical Illusion Bookstore Will Draw You Into A World Of Fantasy

Straight out of Inception or the grand staircase from ‘Hogwarts Castle’ in the Harry Potter series is a whimsical, mind-tripping bookstore in China. Zhongshuge Bookstore in Chongqing city has an interior that’s the stuff of fantasy tales. Designed by architecture firm X+Living, the location—dubbed one of the most beautiful bookstores in China—is a mirrored maze that might make any visitor feel... Source
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The Best Creations Of 2019 Texas SandFest And Facepalming Lincoln Is The Winner

1st Place – Liberty Crumbling, Damon Langlois Kästle Each year Texas SandFest gathers massive crowds to the beach in Port Aransas. The biggest event of the year invites thousands of people to gaze at extraordinary sand art situated along the coast. This year, 20 sculptors from around the world decided to show off their incredible skills for the competition. The event was filled with creative sand... Source
Tags: Usa, Texas, Design, Festival, Lincoln, Sand, Sculptures

Weird Grave Stones Of The Russian Bandit Cemetery

This cemetery in Yekaterinburg is a final resting place for many local stars and war heroes. But one section of the cemetery surrounded by pine trees is special. It is full of huge granite grave-stones with giant realistic portraits of people – many of them wear leather jackets or expensive suits, have thick gold chains and tattoos, hold cigarettes or keys from a Mercedes… All of them belong to... Source
Tags: Design, Weird, Russia, Gravestones, Graveyard, Bandits, Cemetary

Nordgreen’s minimalist Scandinavian watches get a fitting upgrade

You can only go so far with designing a good product. The product also needs to echo the values of a brand. People who buy products don’t buy them only because of their aesthetics or functionality. A major underlying motive is emotional connect… and that happens with a product, but more strongly with a brand. It’s probably why iPhone users are still iPhone users, or people who drive Teslas aren’t probably going to buy a Hummer any time soon. A brand’s core values, paired with good design, can ...
Tags: Deals, Design, Watch, Watches, Popular, Product Design, Chronograph, Random, Jakob Wagner, Nordgreen

How to spot a writer

The New Yorker's Mia Mercado asks: What Is Writing and Does This Count as It? • Writing is when you sit—fingertips hovering over your keyboard, cursor blinking on a fresh blank document—and open Twitter for the twenty-eighth time. • You can tell that someone is a writer because she’ll have a pencil behind her ear, a Moleskine notebook in her hand, a pen behind her other ear, coffee on her breath and shirt, eyes that beg for your approval, and a Sharpie she’s somehow hidden in her hair. I have on...
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"No place tries like California, a mind-set as much as a place. California always leans toward reinvention. It is closer to the future than anywhere else."

"Nothing feels permanent, even without earthquakes and fires. So it is with the Warriors. It is so California to come up with something cool and coveted, and at its peak try to lift it to something bigger and better, risking all that made it cool in the first place. It is why In-N-Out Burger expanded to Texas, why Levi’s made Dockers, why skateboarding is joining the Olympics. Will Apple, with origins in a suburban garage, ever be as loved as it was before it grew big enough to build a $5 billio...
Tags: Art, Law, California, San Francisco, Basketball, Shakespeare, Coolness

Spectacular Winners Of The Society Of German Nature Photographers’ Nature Photographer Of The Year 2019

During their annual general meeting last weekend, the Society of German Nature Photographers (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen – GDT) selected the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. The overall winner is Klaus Tamm from Wuppertal, Germany with the photo of a yellow-collared mouse. Winner, mammals and overall winner: Klaus Tamm, “Nuisance” (mouse and mosquito). (Photo by Klaus... Source
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Venice Biennale’s Top Prize Goes to Lithuania

“Sun & Sea (Marina),” which features opera singers on an artificial beach, was the second successive performance piece to win the Golden Lion for best national participation.
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“This Is What I See When I Create Art”: Beautiful Paintings Of Natural Russian Landscapes By Stepan Nesterchuk

We rarely have a chance to see what an artist saw when he was creating his masterpiece. But the Russian painter Stepan Nesterchuk from Dmitrov decided to provide us with such an opportunity. And, you know, it’s really cool to immerse yourself into the atmosphere of art creation. More: Source
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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Designing an Italian icon, a mirrored hot air ballon, 3D-printed organs and plenty more inspiration and oddities The Impending Death of the Password Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for the majority of their logins …
Tags: Psychology, Coffee, Art, Music, Science, Design, Technology, Internet, Cars, Tech, Computers, Architecture, 3d Printing, Italy, Public Art, Linkaboutit

Street Artist Pays Homage To Pop Icons With Giant Murals

The work of a Manchester-based street artist AKSE is unbelievably photorealistic. He has been spraypainting the walls since 1992. Movie actors, sportsmen, TV series characters and singers are honored with murals scattered throughout the city. He also travels across the UK to share his art. More: AKSE, Instagram, Facebook h/t: boredpanda View this post on Instagram Work in progress today at... Source
Tags: UK, Design, Inspirations, Streetart, Giant, Murals, AKSE

Prague’s Narrowest Street is So Narrow it Has Traffic Lights For Pedestrians

In the heart of Prague’s oldest neighborhood, the historic Mala Strana or “Little Quarter”, there is a street so narrow that it’s impossible for two people to get past each other no matter how hard they try. h/t: amusingplanet The street named Vinarna Certovka is actually a 50-centimeter wide passage (70 centimeter according to some sources) that runs for a length of about 10 meters between... Source
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Moped Delivery Drivers Of Hanoi

From footballs to live fish, delivery mopeds piled high with unwieldy, unlikely goods are one of the Vietnamese capital’s most distinctive sights. As the city plans to ban motorbikes altogether, photographer Jon Enoch captured the drivers at work. Flowers. “When I first travelled around south-east Asia 15 years ago, the motorbikes and mopeds just astounded me”, photographer Jon Enoch says. (Photo... Source
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The Strikingly Unique And Colorful Art Of Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi

Designer and artist Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi is known internationally for his vividly colored illustrations which seem to resonate with multiple strands of Japanese and global youth culture. Traditional Japanese aesthetics and science fiction, sacred Buddhist iconography and profane symbols, street culture and high culture, the soft, organic and kawaii body intersected and interfaced with the... Source
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This Bolivian Student Built The Wall-E Robot Using Materials He Obtained From A Local Rubbish Dump

David Mercado/Reuters Bolivian student Esteban Quispe holds a replica of the Wall-E character in Patacamaya, south of La Paz. Quispe built the Wall-E robot using materials he obtained from a rubbish dump in the town located in the Andean highland region. He hopes to mechanize agriculture in Patacamaya by making use of robots that operate on solar energy, Quispe told Reuters. David Mercado/ Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Robot, Student, Trash, Bolivia, Dump, Wall-e

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