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January 23 2014

22:00

Cities From The Sky

Voici de nombreuses vues impressionnantes prises depuis le ciel sur des lieux et des pays aux 4 coins du monde. New York, les pyramides d’Egypte et l’Arc de Triomphe à Paris sont assez reconnaissables mais il y a également des vues plus surprenantes comme ce cliché au milieu de l’Océan Indien. A découvrir dans la suite.


New York, Etats-Unis.

Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis.

Shanghai, Chine.

Mexico, Mexique.

Barcelone, Espagne.

Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.

Venise, Italie.

Spoorbuurt, Nord des Pays-Bas.

Turin, Italie.

Maldives.

Moscou, Russie.

San Francisco, États-Unis.

Paris, France.

Seattle, Etats-Unis.

Chicago, États-Unis.

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November 19 2013

09:21

Venetian Blinder

The old real estate adage “God’s not making any more of it” seems particularly true of Venice – in fact it’s a constant battle to preserve what’s already there from being sucked back into the water. No problemo for The Design Agency‘s Anwar Mekhayech though – the serial urban recycler was in his element as he went to work creating hostel chain Generator‘s latest branch in the famous old Italian city. A former grain warehouse on the archipelago’s Giudecca island was selected, across the water from St Mark’s Square, and the building’s feature-packed skeleton of stone columns, timber beams and twin staircase has been fleshed out in impressive style; the city’s Fine Arts Committee was on hand to ensure the work was sympathetically done.

Mekhayech and his team took off (and surprisingly made it back) in a Fiat van to scour the surrounding region’s markets and fairs for suitable additions to the interior. Among their finds now restored and sitting pretty inside Generator Venice are a salvaged rustic pantry table and a show-stopping apothecary shelving and drawer unit. Modern additions to the look such as the flamboyant wallpaper help reinforce the unashamedly ostentatious Venetian vibe. The hostel has 240 beds across 36 rooms – as usual (we’ve recently dropped by on the brand in both Barcelona and Berlin) the higher the better, with the timber filled loft being the pick offering great views across the extraordinary city.

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The post Venetian Blinder appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

November 14 2013

22:09

Fancy cars made with reclaimed wood

Fancy cars made with reclaimed wood

Just because you pay a lot for a car doesn’t mean it actually came from the ‘finest ingredients’ available. Your fancy new car may very well be made of reclaimed materials these days. The most recent installment in this trend showed up in Pininfarina’s 2012 Cambiano. The car’s reclaimed wood interior design made its first appearance at the Geneva auto show in 2012. Wondering what other life the wood interior lead before ending up in the car? Apparently all of it comes from old ‘barber poles’ found in Venice, Italy.

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The post Fancy cars made with reclaimed wood appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

19:30

Explore Venice From Your Couch With Google Street View

Google Street View has gone to Venice, blending past and present into a living document of one of the world's most beautiful and improbable cities.

Google's fleets of ladybug-like Street View cars are a common site in the world's greatest cities, but how do you drive through a city without streets? In Venice, Google has found a way, strapping its 360-degree cameras to helmets, vaporettos, and gondolas to capture the secret paths, hidden crannies, and aqueous passages of one of the world's most beautiful--and least probable--cities.

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November 07 2013

10:31

Best Luxury Hotel Interiors in Venice

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Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world.

This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents), but the romantic charm remains.

Here are some of the most beautiful luxury hotels in lovely Venezia!


Gritti Palace

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Overlooking the Grand Canal, the Hotel Gritti Palace was originally constructed in 1525 to be the home of the Duke of Venice, Andrea Gritti. The hotel has retained the original features of frescoes and stucco. Throughout the public areas of the hotel, the delicate glass chandeliers, gilt ceilings and antique furniture are complimented by luxurious soft furnishings to create an opulent and warm welcome.

 

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October 23 2013

01:40

Best of Instagram – Feeds You Should Follow

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Todays Global Yodel Best of Instagram post features Nick Botelho and shows glimpses of what it is like to live and play in the L.A. beachfront neighborhood of Venice.

Successful/beautiful documentation of man made spaces and the occasional shot showing how humans interacts in those spaces makes his stream of photos worth a look. Check out the full feature at Global Yodel!


    






September 15 2013

23:46

60 singles taken to Venice for adventure speed dating

60 singles taken to Venice for adventure speed dating

Tired of blind dates that bore you out of your mind? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. The travel guys at Expedia and the love doctors of DoingSomething teamed up to create the ultimate speed dating experience.

The theory behind the project is all about the way relationships seem to build more naturally around a shared experience. 60 singles from across Europe and the UK were brought together on a special trip to Venice, Italy. The couples were relieved of the awkward dating pressure as they took on exhilaratingly fresh adventures around the romantic city.

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July 11 2013

12:49

Pierre Cardin cancels Venice skyscraper

Pierre Cardin's Palais Lumière axed

News: public and government opposition has forced fashion tycoon Pierre Cardin to cancel plans for his futuristic Venice skyscraper. (more...)

June 17 2013

17:30

Ai Weiwei Creates A Cloudburst Of Wooden Stools

Bang is the most clamorous of Ai Weiwei’s three installations at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

It seems like Ai Weiwei is everywhere. Recently, the artist dropped his first single (and video) from his upcoming heavy metal album, opened the second leg of his traveling retrospective show, According to What?, and made headlines for his frank words on the U.S. government’s surveillance op, Prism. He also unveiled three new works at the Venice Biennale, including S.A.C.R.E.D., six large dioramas depicting his 81-day detention in 2011, and Straight, a massive work composed of 150 tons of steel rebar.


Ai Weiwei is one Fast Company's Most Creative People of 2013. See the full list here.

Bang is the third and most jarring of the installations. A cloudburst of colliding wooden stools, the work fills up one gallery of the German national pavilion. Where S.A.C.R.E.D. is overly didactic and Straight reassuringly abstract, Bang is loud fireworks art.

Along with three other international artists, Ai was invited to participate in this year’s German pavilion, which took an alternative approach to the Biennale’s traditional “national pavilions” program. Rather than explore contemporary themes of German art, the pavilion’s curator Susanne Gaensheimer opted for a more global outlook.

Ai’s manic three-dimensional collage, like many of his more recent installations, makes use of a repeated object and transforms it into a modular building unit. Earlier this year, he exhibited Forever, a giant sculpture consisting of 760 interconnected bicycles. With Bang, Ai uses 886 three-legged wooden stools--silent, unremarkable, yet once ubiquitous avatars of domestic Chinese life--to erect spindly towers.

"The single stool as part of an encompassing sculptural structure may be read as a metaphor for the individual and its relation to an overarching and excessive system in a postmodern world developing at lightning speed," Gaensheimer explains in the preface to the pavilion’s catalog.

The artspeak aside, Bang falls neatly within Ai’s cannon. Its strategy--the artist worked with artisans to produce each of the stools--is familiar, and its symbolism and themes--the worth of recovering or preserving China’s traditions in the face of the country’s changing identity--not yet tired.

(h/t Ignant)

    


June 12 2013

08:00

Bridging the Centuries

Venice is city built on water, riddled with canals and held together by a network of bridges that span the narrow waterways. A former powerhouse of European trade, wealthy and opulent and boasting all the architectural beauty those mercantile riches brought with it, in modernity it is also crumbing, succumbing at an imperceptible rate to the wearing persistence of the water which once made it great. So tell us something we don’t know, you cry. Read on.

The Aman Canal Grande Venice, formerly the Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in the glory days of the 16th century but substantially renovated in the 1800s by Michelangelo Guggenheim. The hotel retains a great deal of this neo-renaissance and rococo character. The interior, although gilt-edged and ornate, is a faded but especially pretty backdrop, a sort of stage set in contrast to the sharp character of the contemporary design which has been added. Happily, both old and new get along famously – none of the periods tries to outdo the other, with the more recent additions delivered in a wisely neutral palette allowing the older décor to maintain its effect. Examples of the early retained features are a fireplace by 16th Century architect Jacopo Sansovino, and a ceiling from the 18th Century by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. This is a hotel packed with the luxurious style that made Venice a jewel of the Mediterranean.

Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Aman Canal Grande, Venice

Photography courtesy Amanresorts

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June 07 2013

17:45

Ai Weiwei Brings 150 Tons Of Rebar To Venice

The artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has erected a 150-ton landscape of steel at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake profoundly affected the sensibility of the artist Ai Weiwei. The tragedy, in which nearly 5,200 schoolchildren perished, emboldened Ai to not just speak up but to yell out at the human injustices that have accompanied China’s economic boom. The artist and dissident has produced several artworks that both explicitly and subversively articulate the state’s culpability in the widespread carnage wrought by the earthquake.

Several of these works were displayed at the Hirshhorn’s Ai Weiwei retrospective last year, According to What? One, a serpentine path of school backpacks mounted to the second floor ceiling, was weightless. A second, Straight, was all weight and compression. The latter showcased a low-lying 38-ton pile of steel rebar salvaged from the earthquake site. The rebar, which Ai collected on a site visit shortly after the earthquake, was twisted seemingly beyond repair; the artist and his team spent the better part of two years straightening out each of the bars.

Now, for the 2013 Venice Art Biennale, Ai has produced three large-scale installations, one of which is a second, expanded iteration of Straight. (The others include a towering collage of intersecting wooden stools and S.A.C.R.E.D., a collection of scale dioramas that recreate Ai’s 81-day imprisonment in 2011.) Much larger than its Hirshhorn counterpart, the Venice Straight stacks 150 tons of rebar that have been seemingly made new and even usable.

The work is laid out along the floor of one room of the Zitelle Project Space, an old convent-turned-gallery that dots a tiny island stranded in the Venetian lagoon. It forms a rolling landscape that, like many of the artist’s previous installations--such as the gigantic bed of ceramic sunflower seeds he sowed at the Tate Modern in 2010--requires the observer to crouch down to fully inspect the piece.

At the Hirshhorn, visitors described the piece as resembling an earthquake fault, which is certainly true. But unlike S.A.C.R.E.D., there’s far greater room for interpretation here. For one thing, the gallery containing the installation was once used to house orphaned working girls who sewed linens. On a different level, Straight is a complete abstraction that would be at home at any contemporary gallery, without the backstory. For Venice curator Maurizio Bortolotti, the intention behind the works is clear: “He is making something right that was wrong.”

(h/t Designboom)

    

June 03 2013

11:06

Flying High

A Good Day for Cyclists,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Having been commissioned by an august institution to promote British culture to the wider world, an artist may be forgiven for playing it safe with their choice of subject matter. No such timidity from Jeremy Deller and his series of installations, English Magic, created for the British Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia.

One can infer from Deller’s work that all is not rosy in England’s garden – but then show us a garden in which it is. However, in true British style, we are finding a way to overcome our modern adversaries and adversities. Particular criticism seems to be aimed at capitalism; two 4x4s, that symbol of excess, come a cropper – first carried off in the talons of a hawk in a huge wall mural, the other flattened by a car crusher into a bench from which you can watch the genius artist’s English Magic film, celebrating more positive aspects of the country. The tax haven of Jersey also meets fiery misfortune in Deller’s mind, and Roman Ambramovich’s extravagant yacht – viewed as something of a carbuncle when it moored at the festival two years ago – is headed for a watery grave at the hands of the resurrected William Morris.

The British Council, best known overseas for teaching Johnny Foreigner to speak the Queen’s English proper, have been taking our talents to the arts festival since 1938. At the end of the Venice run, English Magic will be returning home to London to be exhibited at the William Morris Gallery, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Turner Contemporary, Margate. Wales and Scotland haven’t been forgotten either; the regions are displaying their work via other organisations.

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Jeremy Deller, English Magic,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

St Helier on Fire 2017,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

We Sit Starving Amidst our Gold,
Installation View,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Ooh-oo-hoo ah-ha ha yeah,
installation view,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

English Magic,
Installation View,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Tea Room,
British Pavilion, 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Jeremy Deller, English Magic,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Moss Side, Down Ampney, Beckenham,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

You Have The Watches We Have The Time,
Installation View,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Bazra in my sights, By Andy,
HMP Everthorpe 2013,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte

Jeremy Deller, English Magic. British Pavilion 2013, Venice

Bevan Tried to Save the Nation,
British Pavilion 2013
Courtesy British Council.
Photograph Cristiano Corte
Jeremy Deller’s British Council commission is at
La Biennale di Venezia until 24th November
and will tour national UK venues in 2014.
www.britishcouncil.org/visualarts.

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August 29 2012

18:00

A Wilting Dreamscape That You Can Walk Inside

Most sensible people know that there are big changes going on in our world--changes in the climate, in the economy, in society at large and how it’s structured--but it can be hard to really internalize those changes when you’re just reading about them in a newspaper. Sometimes, things need to be experienced--to be felt--to be understood. Which means that sometimes, you just have to let people walk into a big melty room and let them figure out what it means for themselves.

That’s one way to understand Le Cercle Fermé, an installation by artists Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil that served as Luxembourg’s entry in last year’s Venice Biennale. The artists took a sort of blandly familiar space--wood floors, white walls with some nice molding--and turned it into a drooping, dripping dreamscape, equal parts Dali and Escher. It’s like what happens when you move a watercolor too quickly after it’s finished--but rendered in real life. A good dose of mirrors makes the whole experience all the more dizzying.

The official explanation for the installation talks a lot about spaces--how spaces are "in crisis," how the march of civilization is constantly redefining the spaces we’re familiar with, like our homes and offices, and how these issues of space are central to Le Cercle Fermé. Despite grappling with these issues, however, the artists realize that a big melty room won’t necessarily mean the same thing to every person who walks inside it.

"Le cercle fermé has been structured and thought through by us in many respects, but we wish to keep it open and loose in order to let people in," the artists told Co.Design. "It’s for people to make their own story out of it and to discover it and deepen it. It’s important for us that in an intellectual way it relates to many things and it is great that people can just physically and intuitively enjoy it!"

It’s a refreshingly straightforward take on the complicated world of art appreciation: There are ideas there, but you can enjoy it however you want.

The piece was conceived a year before the Biennale, and each room in the installation was created in the artists’ Luxembourg studio ahead of time. In all, it took six months to construct and an additional six weeks to install. And for those who dared to touch the piece, there was a surprise. Many of the structural elements were hard, as one would expect, but others, like the chairs and the drawers, were soft to the touch.

I’m sure a handful of visitors, as the piece’s brochure suggests, were prompted to think of the limits and boundaries of our familiar spaces, how they are bound by custom, and what spaces might exist beyond them. Personally, it makes me want to eat some ice cream.

[Hat tip: Ignant.de]

December 05 2011

19:14
Hiding music all around the world
Bored of the too-easy point/click way we find new music, I decided to make my own songs harder and more interesting to get hold of. I spent a year hiding CDs with my music on in cities around the world (with a little help from friends). I filmed the whole thing, including the responses I [...]

November 10 2011

17:02

“David Chipperfield to curate 2012 Venice Biennale”- The Guardian


Dezeen Wire:
David Chipperfield is to curate the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, becoming the first British architect to take on the role - The Guardian

The official announcement has been delayed because of Chipperfield’s reservations over working with Giulio Malgara, who was expected to become the director of the biennale and is a friend of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Following Berlusconi’s decision to stand down it is expected that current director Paolo Baratta will retain the role as biennale director.

See more stories about David Chipperfield on Dezeen.


September 27 2011

17:17

David Scott

Scatti di David Scott, uno dei fotografi più rappresentativi per la comunità di Venice Beach tra gli anni ’70 e ’80. Altre gallery qui e qui.
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June 23 2011

06:38

Vienna Way Residence


The Vienna Way Residence was designed by Marmol Radziner and built on a plot of land in Venice, California. The house is comprised of two main volumes and bridged by a third which contains a lowered kitchen area. In one of the main volumes is the formal living and dining areas. In the other are more casual spaces as well as private spaces that include bedrooms on both floors.

Looking at the kitchen you can see such a powerful use of dark woods lining the cabinet panelling, on the countertops and also above on the ceiling. As I looked further into these photos I wasn’t able to spot a refrigerator. My guess would be that it is half sized and build into the space of a cabinet; an interesting approach.

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March 17 2011

10:38

Worldwide Photography #10: Venice


Worldwide Photography is a series of posts where every week we're going to show a city or location around the globe bringing the coolest photography samples of it. The photographs authors are all credited right above their pictures. Today feature: Venice

For the next week we're going to feature Las Vegas, USA, so if you want to send your submissions for the next Worldwide Photography, please tweet the tag #wwphoto and the link of the photo(s) on twitter. I'll be wainting for your submissions :)

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About the author

Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 20 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interesting stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs opportunities send to marcostorres90@gmail.com, also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/marcos333 to get in touch with cool design news.

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August 30 2010

13:04

Fondaco dei Tedeschi restoration by OMA

Fondaco dei Tedeschi restoration by OMA

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010: Dutch firm OMA have unveiled their design for the renovation of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice. (more…)

June 08 2010

12:17

Dark Dark Dark

I have to say I have always been a sucker for a band with an accordion, so when I meet the Minneapolis based Dark Dark Dark in Venice this summer and they not only had an accordion but an upright bass and a cello, I fell in love with their sound. This music is magnanimous, touching and intuitively narrative. It is some sort of mix between Eastern European folk music, jazz and a soulful piano singer, but it doesn’t get lost to any one category that could be used to describe it.

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