Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Paul Andreu Architecture


National Grand Theater of China, Beijing

also referred to as "The Egg", it's composed by an opera, a concert hall and 2 theaters joined under a titanium and glass shell that covers the public space. Designed by Paul Andreu. Due to finish by 2008.

Casino of Macau, China

The Oceanus project is much more than a casino, and in fact, the biggest casino in Asia and eventually one of the biggest in the world, it is also a great complex that includes commercial center, luxury shopping malls and villas and a 600 rooms hotel in its front part. Construction started in 2006.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Japanese 3D Graffiti

Paramodel, an artist duo formed by Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano from Eastern Osaka, created these intriguingly beautiful 3D graffiti.

via PingMag

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Designs in Focus

Millicent & Frank

The Australian Millicent & Frank designs have a sweet homy feeling with a professional simplicity.

Millicent & Frank

Millicent & Frank

Millicent & Frank

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Best Architecture of the Year

3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design

This is THE most beautiful piece of architecture I've seen this year: Leonardo Glass Cube designed by 3deluxe, an interdisciplinary team of about 30 individuals from the fields of architecture, interior design, art, graphic design, media design and product design.

Formed in 1992 in Wiesbaden by communication designers Andreas and Stephan Lauhoff as well as interior designer Nikolaus Schweiger and designer Dieter Brell. 3deluxe's work is a perfect manifesto of their philosophy: an aesthetic integration of architecture, interior design, art and environment.

3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design

3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design

3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design

3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design

3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design
3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design
3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design
3deluxe :: Transdisciplinary Design
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I want this calendar...

Dupont - Corian Calendar
Designed by Niels-Kjeldsen Design

DuPont asked 40 international designers to create a genuinely functional object - a table or desktop accessory - that reflects the ingenuity of the designers as well as the design possibilities of Corian to commemorate the big event in Milano - Corian 40 years/40 designers.

Winter Journey

Photo by `gilad

Mid-October finds Beijing chilling. Winter descends without saying hi to autumn. I feel it's time to listen to Franz Schubert's Lied cycle Winterreise (op.89, D.911) on Wilhelm Mueller's poems.

Gute Nacht
by Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827)

Fremd bin ich eingezogen,
Fremd zieh' ich wieder aus.
Der Mai war mir gewogen
Mit manchem Blumenstrauß.
Das Mädchen sprach von Liebe,
Die Mutter gar von Eh', -
Nun ist die Welt so trübe,
Der Weg gehüllt in Schnee.

Ich kann zu meiner Reisen
Nicht wählen mit der Zeit,
Muß selbst den Weg mir weisen
In dieser Dunkelheit.
Es zieht ein Mondenschatten
Als mein Gefährte mit,
Und auf den weißen Matten
Such' ich des Wildes Tritt.

Was soll ich länger weilen,
Daß man mich trieb hinaus?
Laß irre Hunde heulen
Vor ihres Herren Haus;
Die Liebe liebt das Wandern -
Gott hat sie so gemacht -
Von einem zu dem andern.
Fein Liebchen, gute Nacht!

Will dich im Traum nicht stören,
Wär schad' um deine Ruh',
Sollst meinen Tritt nicht hören -
Sacht, sacht die Türe zu!
[Ich schreibe nur im Gehen
An's Tor noch gute Nacht]1,
Damit du mögest sehen,
An dich hab' ich gedacht.

1 Schubert: "Schreib' im Vorübergehen / An's Tor dir: Gute Nacht"

Art songs / Lieder, choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text, listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

* by Reiner Bredemeyer (1929-1995) , "Gute Nacht" , 1984, from Die Winterreise.
* by Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) , "Gute Nacht" , op. 89 no. 1, D. 911 no. 1 (1827), from Winterreise, no. 1.

Good Night
Translator: Arthur Rishi

As a stranger I arrived,
As a stranger again I leave.
May was kind to me
With many bunches of flowers.
The girl spoke of love,
Her mother even of marriage, -
Now the world is bleak,
The path covered by snow.

I cannot choose the time
Of my departure;
I must find my own way
In this darkness.
With a shadow cast by the moonlight
As my traveling companion
I'll search for animal tracks
On the white fields.

Why should I linger, waiting
Until I am driven out?
Let stray dogs howl
Outside their master's house;
Love loves to wander
God has made her so
From one to the other.
Dear love, good night!

I will not disturb you in your dreaming,
It would be a pity to disturb your rest;
You shall not hear my footsteps
Softly, softly shut the door!
On my way out I'll write
"Good Night" on the gate,
So that you may see
That I have thought of you.

Download: Winterreise mp3 Part One, Part Two.
Performed by Gardner Chamber Orchestra

When Anime Meets Fashion

An exhibit of Takashi Murakami's work went on display today at Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art, including his highly coveted (and incessantly duplicated) collaborations with Louis Vuitton.

Visit the museum website for more photos and interviews

via ELLE

Limited-edition Neverfull bag: a Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami collaboration, price upon request, visit for more information
Photo courtesy of Takashi Murakami, Kiki Co., MoCA, and Louis Vuitton

Flower Matango (b), 2001-2006, oil paint, acrylic, fiberglass, and iron, private collection, courtesy of Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami
Photo: ©2001-2006 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

Installation view of Summon Monsters? Open the Door? Heal? Or Die?, Kaikai & Kiki, (2000), Time Bokan—pink, (2001), and Jellyfish Eyes (2001) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2001
Photo: Norihiro Ueno, courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami, and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, ©2001-2006 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

Top: Cosmos, 1998, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, courtesy of Collection of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Bottom: Tan Tan Bo, 2001, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, Collection of John A. Smith and Victoria Huges, courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Photos: ©1998, 2001 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. You can help the Sichuan earthquake victims today by

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Madrid Street Art

SpY is an artist from Madrid. His first actions appeared in the middle eighties. Shortly after, already a national reference as a graffiti artist, he started to work with other forms of artistic communication in the street: large posters, modified billboards, interventions that were experimental in the first nineties.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fendi on The Great Wall of China

A fashion show that takes one year to get permission. (But certainly worth it. )
Fendi, one of the world's most popular luxury brand, took the world's most glamorous stage on Friday with its Autumn/Winter show 2007.

"Monumental", it was called. Both for the fashion business and China. Never would I imagine Chinese authorities, who regard The Great Wall as not only China's greatest cultural heritage, but also a symbol for the entire nation, would approve this show. After all, China is not France. Fashion is not fashionable in China.

Would this breakthrough lead to more business events on the Great Wall? Seemingly so. Maybe until some Chinese "nationalist" jumps out.

via Tendy Magazine feature: 1,500 Mile Runway, Mainichi

A model wearing a dress by fashion label Fendi is assisted off the catwalk at sunset on the Great Wall of China near Beijing October 19, 2007. A total of 88 models displayed designs by designers Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi. (Reuters)

Models display outfits from Fendi's Spring and Summer 2008 collection at the Great Wall of China, which was transformed into a catwalk during a fashion show in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 19, 2007. (AP Photo)


(AP Photo)

Invited guests applaud while Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer for Fendi Spring and Summer 2008 collection, center right, and Silvia Fendi, Fendi creative director, center left, walk on the Great Wall of China, transform to a catwalk stage during the Fendi fashion show in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 19, 2007. (AP Photo)

The Earth is Round

Paris-based photographer, Alexandre Duret-Lutz, has some amazing works of spherical panoramas and escheresque spirals.