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Architect Marcel Breuer

Designer and Architect, Marcel Breuer (1902 - 1981) can be regarded as one of the most influential and important designers of the 20th century. As a young student at the Bauhaus Weimar, Breuer, who was Hungarian by birth, caught the eye with various furniture designs inspired by the Dutch De Stijl group. In 1925, in other words at the tender age of only 23, he “invented” tubular steel furniture, a quite revolutionary development and considered his core contribution to the history of design. Breuer’s tubular steel designs, such as the famous Wassily armchair, the Bauhaus stool or his various cantilever chairs are representative for the design of an entire epoch, and thus comparable only with Wagenfeld’s legendary table luminaire. In the shape of millions of copies they have long since taken a firm place among the great classics of Modernism.
Yet it was not only tubular steel furniture that helped Breuer make an international splash. He was likewise a design history trailblazer with hi…

Marilyn Minter's Artwork

Slick, steamy, soiled, smeared, sexy, raw, juicy, bold, in your face and amazing, such is the work of the tall, pale-complexioned, sharply blue eyed, painter and photographer, Marilyn Minter. Her disarmingly candid manner, a ready laugh and painting style defies easy characterization.  Some consider her work photo-realism; she prefers to call herself a “photo re-placer.” Shooting the staged images for her paintings with analog film, she then subjects them to 80 or more rounds of photo-shop manipulation before transferring the results to aluminum panels and handing them over to her team. Her composites images of female body parts and excess have been embraced and reviled for their sensual magnetism for more than three decades.

Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, t…

The Attic Apartment

After several years of living and working in London, architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova moved back to Sofia, where they found a small but interesting attic apartment in a newly built development.  They both spent the next two years reconstructing the attic apartment, designing furniture, and experimenting with carefully crafted detailed  surprises.