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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, at the tender age of only 23, he “invented” tubular steel furniture, a revolutionary development, to be 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 trail-blazer with his aluminum a…

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…

Architect Dimitar Karanikolov Loft 9B

After several years living and working in London architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova moved back to Sofia, where they found a small attic apartment in a newly built development. After spending two years reconstructing the loft, the finished result was modernism's combination of utility, form, and function, blended with a harmony of various styles and new sensibilities from an era since gone. 
At the center of the space is the bathroom, set atop the building's elevator shaft and clad with concrete panels, while the building's proximity to its neighbors forced the pair to create their own privacy by lining the terrace with cantilevered aluminum planters. The bedroom's wardrobe meant to look like a suitcase, hiding the guest bedroom and bathroom, complete with a tub that's sinks into the floor. The ventilation ducts are clad in black metal, complementing the magnetic Edison lamps and the lofts custom designed furniture.