Showing posts from April, 2013

Le Corbusier Sculptures

Fantastic sculptures from the one and only Charles-Edouard Jeannette, better known as Architect Le Corbusier.  Lightly more creative then his earlier projects, one can see parallels between him and Salvador Dali’s paintings in  Le Corbusier sculptures, even though it’s no secret that they weren’t the biggest fans of each other.

Regularly analyzing whether he liked purely functional and industrial products or if he liked one-of-a-kind handmade items, Le Corbusier reached a middle ground - a home that’s purely functional with industrial products to match its character.  For Le Corbusier, sculptures put his thoughts into perspective and inspired him to see the art side of things.  Le Corbusier found the balance between two elements and succeeded. 

Le Corbusier abandoned the idea of Purism in the 1950′s and began making more robust work, even his architecture turned from being lightweight into more of a heavier feel with splashes of bright colors.  He left concrete unfinished, wooden for…

Palais De La Porte Doree

Ranked among the historical monuments since 1987, the Palais de la Porte Dorée is a unique building in the panorama of Parisian architecture. Its architect Albert Laprade , has created a synthesis of Art Deco, French cassical architecture, Moroccan architecture and elements loosely inspired art colonies. 's bas-reliefs of the facade and frescoes inside the palace, are used to illustrate the colonial discourse carried by the Colonial Exhibition of 1931 . 
The Palace of the Golden Gate is a unique testimony to the art of the 1930's. If the painted decoration is rather academic style and colonial structures decorative (furniture salons, lighting, ironwork work) are at the forefront of research and technical style Art Deco style. 
The Art Deco movement blossomed in 1925 in the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts, which give it its name.While France is a pioneer in the return to pure geometric lines. This style appears as a geometric floral motifs of Art Nouveau of the ear…

Charles Rennie Mackintosh I Willow Tearooms.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) was born in Glasgow,  a Scottish Architect and Designer in the Arts and Crafts movement, Mackintosh was the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom.  Charles Rennie Mackintosh had considerable influence on European design. Mackintosh was not only a talented architect creating the renowned Glasgow School of Art, House of  Art Lover and Queen’s Cross Church, Mackintosh also designed the famous  Willow Tea Rrooms. 
The story of the Willow Tea Rooms and owner Anne Mulhern’s inspiration began a long ago.  Kate Cranston, the famous Glasgow Tea Room Entrepreneur, and one of Mackintosh’s biggest supporters, was born in her father’s hotel in George Square, Glasgow in 1849. The Cranston family were avid supporters of the temperance movement and Kate’s brother Stuart was the first to open the first Tea Room.  Stuart was a tea merchant and his enthusiasm for his product led him to having a kettle on hand in his shop to p…

Coco Chanel's Apartment

Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-world war one era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel's influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent,Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product.
Chanel was known for her lifelong determination, ambition and energy which she applied to her professional and social life. She achieved both success as a business woman and social prominence through the connections she made through her work.