It’s hard to explain why, but there’s something so addicting about the perfect shapes of the spiral stairs that it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Interestingly, spiral staircases were introduced relatively late into the architecture due to their complex helical structure. Although first examples date back to 5th century BC, it wasn’t until the Trajan’s Column, erected in Rome in 113 AD, that this space-saving element won itself a place in Roman architecture. Because of their elegant round shape, spiral staircases give a more romantic touch to the building than the regular stairs would. The photogenic side of the spiral stairs has been widely exploited by photographers and movie-makers alike. The stair shots have developed many symbolic meanings that help to strengthen the message of the movie when used appropriately. The symbolism didn’t go unnoticed even by Dr. Sigmund Freud, who, unsurprisingly, considered walking up and down the stairs as a representation of the sexual act. As the architectural styles get more diverse, so do the examples of spiral stairs. Read the rest of this entry →
Originally from France, graphic designer Jean Julien lives in London. Julien designed “Le Nid”, a bar in the shape of a bird, which stretches 40 meters and sits on the top floor at the Tour de Bretagne in Nantes, France. It’s clear that lots of thought went into this detailed project. The bird’s eyes blink, and chairs are shaped as eggs. Read the rest of this entry →
During the early 19th century, Louis-Philippe Messelier left France for China and settled in Shanghai. He was a photojournalist for the French Journal of Shanghai — when he wasn’t engaged with his business in the wool trade. There, he witnessed eccentric street performances, film studios at work, the untouched countryside, and the local aristocracy. During the 1920s and 1930s, China saw a rapid modernization influenced by the west. Messelier managed to capture a rare view of the country and its unique traditions juxtaposed with modern life. Read the rest of this entry →
Gris1 – talented French artist and graffiti writer has prepared a solo exhibition by presenting her installation, canvases, drawings and photographs.
On September 20th, french artist GrisOne from the crew DMV launched his first solo exhibition at Backside Gallery in Marseille. in addition to displaying new works on canvas, the artist created a replica of his studio in the gallery, a miniature train yard, and covered the gallery in hundreds of Post-It notes with doodles and drawings. Scroll down to check out photos from the opening. Read the rest of this entry →
Bubble Rooms – ideas, used by two hotels in France. Small bubbles are designed by designer Pierre-Stephane Dumas, they allow you to stay in the room, but at the same time as though and in the open air. Read the rest of this entry →
Jean Paul Gaultier is the new Creative Director Diet Coke. Since his arrival to this post, design of the drink in its original stained “marine” striped, and advertising firm has acquired and elegant French humor. Read the rest of this entry →
If you are looking for some creative throw pillows to help liven up your space, look no further than Livingstones. These modular, practical pillows are perfect for any atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry →
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