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‘Better ugly than boring’: book celebrates bizarre Belgian houses

Hannes Coudenys’ Ugly Belgian Houses updated with more from the ‘chaos known as Belgium’Ever since he was a child, Hannes Coudenys was annoyed by the “visual chaos” around him. On the road from home to his school in Bruges, he found a mishmash of architectural styles – haciendas, villas, farm-style houses, all mixed up with boxy malls and carpet shops.One day, as an adult, still exasperated, he took a photo of a house that was split into two jarringly different styles: a grey urban semi whose ot...
Tags: Europe, Books, Life and style, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Homes, Belgium, Bruges, Hannes Coudenys


The smart toilet era is here! Are you ready to share your analprint with big tech?

Loo design has barely changed in 150 years – until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste?For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets – and more specifically what we deposit into them. “We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool,” says the Duke University research professor, with all the unselfconsciousness of someone used to talking about bodily functions. “We think there is an incredible untapped opportunity for ...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Science, Design, Technology, Biology, Life and style, Architecture, Art and design, Smart Homes, Duke University, Grego, Sonia Grego, Coprata Grego


Met Gala 2021: stars explore ‘American independence’ theme – in pictures

Co-chair Billie Eilish (the youngest in the event’s history) was one of many stars to channel Grace Kelly at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night. She was joined by a guest list of fashion designers, models, celebrities and – to some controversy – TikTok stars, on the steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme of the Costume Institute fundraiser was ‘American independence’, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Just ask Lil Nas X, who did a Lady Gaga-esque three-loo...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Grace Kelly, Billie Eilish, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art This, Met gala 2021


Contents of Karl Lagerfeld’s eight houses up for grabs at Sotheby’s

Bowls used by world’s most spoilt cat among the more than 1,000 lots that belonged to late fashion designerDishes used to feed one of the world’s most pampered cats and hundreds of pairs of fingerless gloves will be among more than 1,000 lots at eight auctions selling the collection of Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby’s has announced.The auction house announced earlier this year that it would sell the vast and varied number of objects that the late fashion designer accumulated to fill his eight residence...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Cats, France, Germany, Animals, Pets, Life and style, World news, Culture, Art and design, Monaco, Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby, Karl Lagerfeld Sotheby


‘I would never spend that much on a kitchen!’: Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud on money, ambition – and expensive mistakes

For more than 20 years the designer and presenter has shown viewers what it really costs to build a dream home. He talks about the frayed emotions, failure and why the UK needs radical land reformThe first couple of episodes of the current series of Grand Designs have already aired, but – as if it was itself an over-running building project – Kevin McCloud is still filming. When we speak over Zoom, from the small studio he set up “in a cupboard”, he has only just got home from filming; and as so...
Tags: UK, Housing, Environment, Life and style, Society, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Television & radio, Planning policy, Kevin McCloud, Green Building, McCloud


‘That first year was a crazy rollercoaster’: why a new mother turned a crisis into cartoons

When her partner left her with a newborn one dark Finnish winter, Anna Härmälä didn’t crumble. Inspired by Fleabag, she turned her pain into raw, funny cartoons“It’s Finnish winter in complete darkness, and it’s raining ice. And then you can’t sleep, and the baby is screaming, and you’re too tired to get up, but if you don’t get up, there is no one else there.” Anna Härmälä is describing February 2015, when her partner walked out on her and their five-week-old baby. In order to remember, she has...
Tags: Books, Family, Instagram, Life and style, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Childbirth, Comics and graphic novels, Anna Härmälä, Härmälä


L.A. Chef/Author Alice Carbone Tench to Stream Cooking Shows!

 Here’s a great story that hits a number of topics all at one time: cooking,  an LA Chef who becomes an author, plus she is launching a new streaming cooking show in LA!. Los Angeles Chef + Author Alice Carbone Tench Streams Live Weekly Cooking Shows From Italy! by Michelle Perez &  Saeli Eshelman.    […] The post L.A. Chef/Author Alice Carbone Tench to Stream Cooking Shows! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Food, Cooking, Chef, Cook, Featured, Entertainment, California, Women, Lifestyle, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green


The frill of trading lace with Antwerp | Letter

The Belgian city was a centre for the trade in lace, as well as wool, writes Joanna HashagenI was very interested in your editorial on Antwerp ( ). I have had the opportunity to visit that fine city several times over the last 20 years, collaborating with curators there. It is an underrated city today and, as you state, English traders sold wool there in the past; we also bought their lace in the 17th and 18th centuries.This week The Bowes Museum sent a crate of some of the finest 17th- and 18th...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Belgium, Antwerp, County Durham, Antwerp holidays, Bowes Museum, Joanna HashagenI, Antwerp Lace, Joanna HashagenCurator, Bowes Museum Barnard Castle County Durham Continue


Want to Sell Your Car? Use this 2021 Guide on Figuring Out Your Car’s Worth!

Older cars are in high demand during this pandemic. Car dealerships are searching for older cars. How do you determine the value of your car?  This guide has lots of tips for you!   A 2021 Guide on Figuring Out Your Car’s Worth  By Cheryl Conner Selling your car can be a tricky process, especially […] The post Want to Sell Your Car? Use this 2021 Guide on Figuring Out Your Car’s Worth! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Featured, Shopping, Women, Lifestyle, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, History, Art and design, Classic Cars, Innovation, Finances, Life Lessons, Tips, Insight


Rhik Samadder tries … mindful painting: ‘It dawns on me that I’m a very talented artist’

Keen to unlock your inner creativity? De-stress and unwind? Or merely improve the quality of the gifts you make for friends? Step right this wayHave you ever forgotten to buy a loved one a birthday present? Here’s a tip. Get a card, then draw a picture inside of you giving them the gift you intend to buy them later. It’s a charming IOU, impossible to resent. I’m not the best at hands or faces, so the result often resembles demons in hell, spearing each other, which isn’t what everyone wants to s...
Tags: Art, Painting, Life and style, Art and design, Hobbies, Tom, Rhik Samadder, MasterPeace Studios


Naturipe Snacks™ + Chobani® Greek Yogurt Collaborate on Berry Parfait Snacks!

Naturipe Snacks™ + Chobani® Greek Yogurt Collaborate on Berry Parfait Snacks!      For over 100 years Naturipe has grown and marketed produce, leading the industry in blueberry production year in and year out. Sourcing from growers across all of North America, Naturipe is committed to providing premium quality, always fresh, and great-tasting berries and […] The post Naturipe Snacks™ + Chobani® Greek Yogurt Collaborate on Berry Parfait Snacks! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Food, Videos, Family, Featured, Women, Lifestyle, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Chobani, Marketing Strategy, Yogurt, Art and design, Viral


Don’t Miss National Lipstick Day on 7/29! Try the Products from Smith + Cult, Vapour!

National Lipstick Day is just a day away– 7/29!! Don’t miss this great opportunity to indulge yourself by purchasing a couple of new lipsticks. Here are two great brands that are offering some great deals!   Here are two great brands that are offering some great deals!   Smith & Cult – on National Lipstick Day […] The post Don’t Miss National Lipstick Day on 7/29! Try the Products from Smith + Cult, Vapour! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Featured, Shopping, Women, Uncategorized, Lifestyle, Summer, Holiday, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Marketing Strategy, Art and design, Viral


‘It can’t be ignored’: Osman Yousefzada on his gigantic artwork

He has dressed Beyoncé and Lady Gaga – and now he’s dressed Birmingham. As his ‘infinity pattern’ is unveiled, the artist talks poverty, class – and why he’s not interested in being a ‘good immigrant’Approaching Birmingham New Street station on the train, you’ll normally spot the scaly curves of Selfridges’ landmark Future Systems-designed building nestling in the cityscape. But right now, rising into the summer sky in its place, is a bright pink and black structure. Startling, cheering and enti...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Beyonce, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Lady Gaga, Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, Osman, Beyoncé Lady Gaga, Osman Yousefzada, Osman Yousefzada He, Yousefzada, Jonathan Watkins Ikon


V&A exhibition will use 250 objects to highlight creativity of African fashion

London museum show to focus on the work of the continent’s designers over the past few decadesAn exhibition about African fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum will attempt to reframe the narrative about the continent, showcasing its independence and creativity following decades of false assumptions.Africa Fashion opens on 11 June 2022 and will feature 250 objects telling the story of the continent through the work of its most prominent and influential designers. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, London, Africa, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, V&a, Victoria, Albert Museum, Africa Fashion


‘I see people ageing - I don’t always see us’: one family, 30 years, 30 photographs

It was a simple idea: one family, photographed at the same time every year. Zed Nelson has traced Sue and Frank’s transition from new parents to grandparents. What’s it like to see your life pass in front of you?In the summer of 1991, photographer Zed Nelson, then 25, invited a couple of new parents he was acquainted with to visit his London studio. Oh, and bring your baby, he said. At the time he had ambitions to be a travelling photojournalist. Within the year, he would fly out on the first of...
Tags: Family, Photography, London, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Parents and parenting, Ageing, Eddie, Nelson, Frank, Zed Nelson, Sue Frank


‘It has the feel of a little local pub!’: Guardian readers on their extraordinary DIY sheds

From an allotment shelter built out of old doors to a storage shack turned into a chapel, here are some of the best of our readers’ creationsThis is my pandemic project: a garden pub shed, called the Doghouse. It is custom-built from timber with a Firestone rubber roof. Lockdown finally gave me the time to build it and I tried to reuse or recycle materials where I could. The doors and windows were from a friend’s old conservatory. The timber herringbone and boards, plus the back bar shelving, ar...
Tags: Diy, Ebay, Life and style, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Hobbies, Firestone, Gardens, Ipswich Continue, Gavin Thomasson


‘I’d like to think my daughter is proud’: the life of single parents – in pictures

When photographer Polly Braden became a single mother, she set out to capture the unique joys and frustrations faced by other lone parents in the UKOn 14 February 2012, Fran took her two children, both aged under five, and left her partner of 10 years. Their relationship had broken down. “He went to work. By the time he came back, we’d gone. We took no clothes, nothing. We just walked. I went into a photo booth and took a photograph of the three of us: I call it my liberation photo. I never look...
Tags: Family, Photography, Children, Life and style, Society, Poverty, Culture, Art and design, Parents and parenting, Polly Braden


‘An architectural fashion show’: Greenwich peninsula’s Design District

From a rooftop basketball court to a caterpillar-shaped food hall, the souk-like London development is architecture at its trendiest. Can its eye-popping buildings lure young creatives – and bring the buzz?A mirror-polished silver box stands proudly on a corner of the Greenwich Peninsula, reflecting a curious new world of architectural experiments. To one side wriggles a transparent caterpillar of a building, with clear plastic stretched around a bright yellow frame, forming a space-age chrysali...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Real Estate, Design, London, Life and style, Communities, Society, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Technology sector, Planning policy, Technology startups, Craft, Regeneration


‘It’s cooler to hang Lennon’s guitar than a Picasso’: pop culture wins out at auctions

Sales of items from celebrities such as Janet Jackson and K-poppers BTS are trending – and reframing what goes under the hammerIs celebrity merchandise the new Monet? Auction houses are in flux, with more and more pop culture items being sold under the hammer for six and seven-figure sums.Last month, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills hosted a three-day auction of Janet Jackson’s personal belongings, including some of her most iconic stage outfits. Buyers included Kim Kardashian, who snagged Jac...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Film, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Beverly Hills, Jackson, Nirvana


Why are our cities built for 6ft-tall men? The female architects who fought back

Fed up living in a world designed by and for men, 80s design activists Matrix declared war on every urban obstacle in their way. And their impact is still being felt todayWhen Le Corbusier developed his proportional system Le Modulor in the 1940s, the great architect had in mind a handsome British policeman. His system would go on to shape the entire postwar world, dictating everything from the height of a door handle to the scale of a staircase, all governed by the need to make everything as co...
Tags: Design, Environment, Women, Life and style, Culture, Architecture, Feminism, Art and design, Paris, Planning policy, Exhibitions, Barbican, Le Corbusier, Corbusier, Le Modulor


Sole traders: how sneakers became as collectable as art

Sale of Kanye West’s 2008 Grammys pair for $1.8m heralded era of investment grade trainersTo most people they just look like a pair of trainers or sneakers, but for Gerome Sapp the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes represent a watershed moment in design and modern commerce. “If you’re a sneakerhead, you know that sneaker,” says Sapp.The art market is paying attention, too. The shoes, co-designed by Kanye West and worn by him to the Grammys in 2008, became the most expensive ever sold when Sapp’s compa...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Life and style, UK News, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Women's Shoes, Grammys, Sapp, Sotheby, Nike Air Yeezy, Men's Shoes, Rares


Dogs and humans live among the gravestones in Pasay cemetery, Philippines – a photo essay

In a project for the Lady Freethinker NGO, photographer Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski has teamed up with Ashley Fruno, founder of Pasay Pups, to document the impact of poverty and the Covid-19 pandemic on people and pets living in public cemeteries in Pasay, the PhilippinesIn the photograph, a skeletal white dog stands on top of a tomb, his spiky vertebrae sharply visible through his ghostly fur. His jutting ribs and pelvic bones match the monotone of grey cemetery aisles and a prominent white cross in...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Art and design, Social exclusion, Aaron, Bertie, Pasay, Gekoski, Coronavirus


Would you pay £99,000 for this self-lacing Nike? Sneakers Unboxed review

Design Museum, LondonFrom battered Vans to box-fresh Adidas, how did sneakers become an $80bn-a-year global industry? This fun show has all the answers – including how to get really fat laces‘It was all about being the freshest,” says Koe Rodriguez, toothbrush in hand. “That’s how you pulled honeys, how you got respect from the hard rocks. That’s how you laid your game down. It was all about being fresh.” The hip-hop historian’s not talking about his teeth, though, but his sneakers.Rodriguez app...
Tags: Fashion, Nike, Sport, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Rodriguez, Koe Rodriguez


‘We go after them like pitbulls’ – the art detective who hunts stolen Picassos and lost Matisses

Christopher Marinello has spent three decades finding missing masterpieces, recovering half a billion dollars’ worth of art. He talks about threats from mobsters, tricky negotiations – and bungling thievesOne summer morning in 2008, Christopher Marinello was waiting on 72nd Street in Manhattan, New York. The traffic was busy, but after a few minutes he saw what he was waiting for: a gold Mercedes with blacked-out windows drew near. As it pulled up to the kerb, a man in the passenger seat held a ...
Tags: Art, Crime, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Exhibitions, US crime, The art market, Art Theft, Collecting, Van Gogh, Manhattan New York, Marinello, Paul Delvaux


Solange Knowles with her hair clips in: Carlota Guerrero’s best photograph

‘This was used as the cover of A Seat at the Table. We left her clips in to show vulnerability – but she still wanted to have a strong gaze, to look people in the eye’Gallery: the style-setting photography of Carlota GuerreroIn 2016, Solange Knowles’s manager contacted me on Instagram, asking if I wanted to art direct her new album, A Seat at the Table. I was working in Barcelona at the time, and had no idea I had that type of reach. It was my first big international commission. Related: The ...
Tags: Photography, Music, Instagram, Women, Barcelona, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Solange Knowles, Carlota Guerrero


SAG Awards ‘ Red Carpet Fashion: Phil Dunster’s Dapper Look Includes a Chopard Timepiece!

On Sunday, April 4, 2021 actor Phil Dunster, nominated alongside his Ted Lasso castmates for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, posed for the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards virtual red carpet wearing a timepiece by Chopard.     Notes from Phil Dunster from Instagram: Huge shout out to the entire squadron of people […] The post SAG Awards ‘ Red Carpet Fashion: Phil Dunster’s Dapper Look Includes a Chopard Timepiece! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Videos, Featured, Television, Celebrity, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Events, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Marketing Strategy, Art and design, Viral, Innovation, Tips


Toy stories: 100 years of American toy adverts – in pictures

From electric train sets to Arnold Schwarzenegger action heroes, a new book from brings together American toy adverts of the 20th century. “Whenever you ask someone, ‘What was your favourite toy?’, there’s an immediate response – everybody had one,” says co-author Jim Heimann. Print adverts for toys are rare now, but these images preserve a snapshot of the society that produced them. At the start of the book, which is chronological, boys are advertised guns and adventures, while girls are sold...
Tags: Books, Toys, Americas, Advertising, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Graphic Design, Jim Heimann, Heimann


Lizzo Shakes Things Up with a Great Vintage DayDreamer Tee .. and Does It on Instagram!

Lizzo just posted on her Instagram wearing DAYDREAMER!      The three-time Grammy winner shared a video dancing to Cardi B while wearing an exclusive tee from  DayDreamer’s upcoming Extended Sizing, or ES, collection that launched 2 days ago- March 23, 2021. The ES line will offer 12 classic DAYDREAMER styles available in sizes 1X-3X and retailing from […] The post Lizzo Shakes Things Up with a Great Vintage DayDreamer Tee .. and Does It on Instagram! first appeared on LA-Story.com. ...
Tags: Photos, Videos, Music, Featured, Instagram, Celebrity, Shopping, Entertainment, California, Women, Lifestyle, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green


Is the devil really Prada? An uneasy history of fashion as cinema's punchbag

Slaxx, a new indie horror-satire about a pair of murderous jeans, is the latest film to turn fashion into a baddie. The Guardian’s film critic thinks it is time to change the storyWhich professions get a bad press in the movies? TV executives tend to be portrayhed as manipulative and sociopathic. Journalists can be boozy and lazy (although sometimes they’re dishy investigative idealists, like Woodward and Bernstein). Nightclub owners are awful. Dentists are creepy. Hotel receptionists are sinist...
Tags: Fashion, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, Culture, Art and design, Fashion industry, Prada, Woodward, Phantom Thread, Elza Kephart, Slaxx, Bernstein Nightclub


'To convey black beauty is an act of justice': Tasweer photo festival – in pictures

Image-makers of African heritage from the worlds of fashion, design and photography – including Tyler Mitchell, Namsa Leuba and Nadine Ijewere – are celebrated in a new show for Qatar’s festival of visual culture Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, Design, Qatar, Life and style, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Festivals, Nadine Ijewere, Art and design books, Tyler Mitchell Namsa Leuba



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