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La Muralla Roja

La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a post modernist housing project located in the area of Calpe in the Alicante region in Spain.  Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, the building appears as if it is emerging from the rocky cliffs it sits on.

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The structure is heavily influenced by the North African tradition of the casbah, a fort with high walls and few windows. The striking colours that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The 50 apartments of the project a are linked by a series of uniform stairs, landings and bridges, giving the impression of interlocking cubes. The variations of spaces connect create a labyrinthine complex of shifting and ambiguous scale, designed to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross.

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Muralla Roja | Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

All images courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

The Mirrorcube

The Mirrorcube, designed by Tham & Videgard Architects is a room in the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden. Located 60 kilometres south of the Arctic circle.  This genuine hide-out is made of light-weight aluminum which is hung around the base of a single tree. Measuring 4x4x4 metres, the cube clad in mirrored glass.  The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

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Sculpting Scent – ZUZA MENGHAM x LABORATORY PERFUMES

London based artist Zuza Mengham teamed up with British fragrance makers Laboratory Perfumes, created a series of unique scent-inspired sculptures. Transforming intangible aromas into solid objects, Mengham used coloured resin sculptures to represent five signature scents through form and colour.

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AMBER: Mengham envisions grassy, woody notes with green and red

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GORSE: Zesty Gorse is translated with pale yellows and pinks

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SAMPHIRE: Layers of indigo evoke oceanic Samphire

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TONKA: Slate powder creates a mottled base to represent the Tonka bean

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ATLAS: The brand new fragrance uses amber and ochre hues

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Images source: http://www.zuzamengham.com/#/lab-perfumes/

 

http://www.zuzamengham.com/#/lab-perfumes/

THE SOUND OF POWER

Petro Wodkins‘s “Sound of Power” series is a unique tribute to the porcelain figurines and the busts our grandparents loved to collect.

The Sound of Power is a contemporary reincarnation of these classical objects combining striking visual and audio qualities. SOP is a completely new genre of both busts and speakers. The series features powerful people who, in their own way, played the world like instruments and made countries and continents alike march to the beat of their metaphorical drums. In the Wodkin’s own words, the concept of the project is to :”Play the people who play the world“.

A commemoration of parody?  You decide.

VLADIMIR PUTIN aka ST. VLADIMIR – “Vladimir Putin has never sounded this good”

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

Owners are welcome to personalize with add-ons

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

 

 

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

KIM JONG-UN aka KIM SUNSHINE – “Making Kim sing like a bird”

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

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Photo © Petro Wodkins.

Photo © Petro Wodkins.

Ben Storms – In Hale

In Hale” by Belgian designer Ben Storms is more than just a regular coffee table. This amazing piece is made from an impressive block of marble that weighs over 200kg and is carried by an “inflated” metal cushion.

Images courtesy @benstorms. Visit http://www.benstorms.be/ to see other Ben Storms’s work.

Put some “teeth” into it…

Fantich & Young, London based artist duo Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, created a series of conceptual sculptures – “Apex Predator“,  set to address parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world. The original Apex Predator—described as predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of the food chain.

APEX PREDATOR |OXFORDS | SCULPTURE | 2010 

Barker Oxford shoes inlaid with 1050 false teeth

 

APEX PREDATOR | WILD WEST | SCULPTURE | 2014

 

Wild West Boots, dentures, spurs

 

 

APEX PREDATOR | MARY JANE | SCULPTURE | 2014

Junior girls shoes, dentures.

 

 

 

 APEX PREDATOR | EMPIRE | SCULPTURE | 2014

Jimmi Choo Empire Shoes, 500 teeth dentures.

 

APEX PREDATOR | ALPHA TOTE | 2014

teeth, hair, bones

Check out other works by Fantich & Young on http://fantichandyoung.co.uk/ 

Image © fantich&young

Smooth Operator

Magic happens when tradition meets Avant-Garde. Love the “Smooth Operator” collection by New York designer Justin von der Fehr.

TOGGLE PILL CASE

JOINT/ROLLED CIGARETTE CASE GOLD

JOINT/ROLLED CIGARETTE CASE GOLD

HERRINGBONE HAND ETCHED CARABINER

HERRINGBONE HAND ETCHED LIGHTER CASE

Glass Labyrinth by Robert Morris

A pyramid shaped, glass walled labyrinth created by Robert Morris has been installed in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The work is commissioned by the museum to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the sculpture park.

Here is the museum description of the work by the Kansas City native artist: “In form and material this labyrinth is a departure from the more familiar circular and rectangular labyrinths of old. Triangulated and constructed of glass plate walls capped with bronze, it speaks to the present in the language of modern architecture and design–streamlined, dynamic, transparent, and elegant.

R.I.P. Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta, one of  the world-renowned fashion designer, also known as the Sultan of Suave has sadly passed away on Monday. Born in Dominican Republic, de la Renta studied painting in Spain and later joined Balenciaga and Lanvin in Paris. He went solo and launched in his own label in 1965. His elegant and feminine designs gained him a loyal and dedicated fan base, which through the years included everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Audrey Hepburn and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as influential figures such as Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

Here is a look back at the legendary designer’s incredible life and his most iconic designs.

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.” – Oscar de la Renta

1956

For Balenciaga

Jackie Kenneday in Oscar de la Renta

With his first wife, Françoise de Langlade

1967

1969

Penelope Tree, 1970

Jean Shrimpton for Oscar de la Renta 1970

Jerry Hall in Oscar de la Renta, 1980

1982

with Audrey Hepburn, 1989

Linda Evangelista 1991

1991

Oscar De La Renta for Balmain 1994

Oscar de la Renta for Balmain couture, 1995

1995

1999

Spring 2001

2005

Fall 2006

2006

Agyness Deyn in Oscan de la Renta 2007

2008

Doutzen Kroes in Oscar de la Renta by Patrick Demarchelier for the Vogue Dec 2009.

2010

Fall 2010

Kate Moss in Oscar de la Renta by Mario Testino for Vogue Aug 2011.

2012

SS 2012

Couture 2013

Catherine McNeil in Oscar de la Renta by Mario Testino for Vogue Sept 2013.

2014

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta for Met Gala 2014

Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

At his final catwalk show s/s 2015 Oscar de la Renta collection