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Vertical forest complex in China’s Hubei province
“This unique residential complex includes two buildings designed as vertical forests. The firm Stefano Boeri Architetti China, has completed construction of its first vertical forest complex, in Huanggang, Hubei province, China. The complex covers an area of 4.54 hectares and includes five towers, two of which were designed as a vertical forest. The towers combine open and closed balconies planted with 404 trees, 4,620 shrubs, and 2,408 square metres of perennial grass, flowers, and climbing plants. Sustainability and the need to reduce global warming have become part of the vernacular of this architecture” Seen in Springwise.com. Website: stefanoboeriarchitetti.net
9 May 2022 by Gillian Corba...

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The furniture designer who says comfort isn’t king
Gaetano PESCE is a furniture artist who is found somewhere beyond modernism. Pesce’s trademark is as a Trickster – with a smirk about to burst. In the 1970s, when the world was all matte black and chrome, as standardised as Le Corbusier and his ilk wished it, Italian-born Pesce began making furniture and objects of a delirious gloopiness – all polychromatic ooze and inherently inimitable. His practise has been global, his innovations consistently ground breaking. Boundaries between art, design and industry are irrelevant to him, as- art is most certainly not something created and put on a pedestal. http://www.gaetanopesce.com/
2 May 2022 by Gillian Corba...

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ICHIO USUI - Japanese Artist transforming food into characters
A silent Voice “Don’t treat food poorly” or “leaving food uneaten is wasteful”. These words were spoken to the artist as a child. Japan like other countries has dreadful food waste issues. The artist lent an ear to hear the voices of the lives of foods that were sacrificed because they were uneaten or past a use by date – or because they were not the right colour or shape This project places a toy eye on this waste to transform them into characters- in an effort to visualise the lives that vanish in the process of discarded food. https://ichio-usui.com
26 April 2022 by Gillian Corba...

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Every Design Tells A Story - Atelier Stefani, Meticulously Handcrafted Leather Shoes
The Process from idea to bespoke fashion shoe. 1. Design: Every Design Tells A Story: From an idea inspired by the customers. 2. The Perfect Fit: The making process begins with ensuring the perfect fit. 3. Pattern Making: The most difficult step. 4. Clipping: All parts of the shoes are precisely hand cut. 5. Skiving: The process of thinning the leather for a seamless transition of overlapping parts. 6. Folding: The skived pieces are then folded. 7. Sewing: Meticulous precision required- no Leather mistakes possible. 8. Made To Last: Finally moulded onto a last. https://atelierstefani.com/
19 April 2022 by Gillian Corba...

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A sign of the changing times in art
When I visited the British Museum in London I saw this sign near the entrance. It explained NFT's (non-fungible tokens) as&nb
18 April 2022 by IdeaSpies

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Humour as an Effective Weapon
Lithuania has imposed an inexpensive sanction on Russia by deploying the very effective, but not-so-deadly weapon of humour. The street in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, where the Russian embassy is located, was renamed "Street of Ukrainian Heroes" and thus pay tribute to Ukraine with every letter and card. 
13 April 2022 by IdeaSpies