Scandinavian Interior Design

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The term ‘Scandinavian design’ comes from an old design show of the same name that travelled the US and Canada from 1954 to 1957. Scandinavian design consists of the idea that beautiful and functional interior design objects should be affordable for everyone which is the main theme in the development of modernism and functionalism. This idea that products should embody beauty and still remain functional is at the heart of Scandinavian interior design. Continue Reading

Jonas Dahlberg’s Winning Memorial for Utoya Island, Norway

On the 27th of februaty 2014 the director of KORO/Public Art Norway Svein Bjørkås announced Jonas Dahlberg the winner in the closed competition for the 22 July Memorial at Sørbråten and in Oslo, Norway.

The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation. It slices from the top of the headland at the Sørbråten site, to below the water line and extends to each side. This void in the landscape makes it impossible to reach the end of the headland. Continue Reading

LAN Architecture to Renovate Paris’ Grand Palais

French practice LAN Architecture has been chosen to restore and restructure the Grand Palais in Paris, France.

The building, a true symbol for the city and its citizens, will undergo a €130 million transformation, strengthening the palace’s historical identity while providing a venue capable of hosting a diverse and eclectic range of events and audiences. Continue Reading

Robot Butlers and Super-Villain’s Lairs – Top Tips for Getting Your Dream Home

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The dream home – you’ve all got one in mind. Whether you want a robot butler, a ceiling that opens like a super-villain’s lair or a swimming pool bigger than the ocean, some of your interior design fantasies will simply never happen.

But the dream home isn’t just about grandiose fantastical plans. There’s that keyword “home”, and it means so much more than “house”. As that old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is”. They mean a metaphorical heart, obviously. Not a real human heart. That would be terrifying.

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‘War Drags You Out’

Saint Hoax is a pseudonymous Middle Eastern artist. Infatuated by the element of Pop, Hoax works with both tangible and digital mediums to recreate a world based on visual lies. Combining pop art with tyrants and world leaders became Saint Hoax’s signature.”

In a political critique with a cutting comical tone, the artist has created a series of short animated GIFs, which transform international political leaders into elaborately dressed-up drag queens. From Russia’s Vladamir Putin to America’s former president George Bush, the government chiefs are reworked into female forms, wearing ornate jewels and extravagant hairdos. Continue Reading