Design

Art Nouveau

René Lalique, The Master Jeweler of Art Nouveau

René Lalique (1860-1945) was a French jeweler and one of Art Nouveau’s most renowned craftsmen. Trained in Paris and London, Lalique was unusual...

Europeana 2 December 2022

Design

The Art of Jewels: Spinel, The Ruby Impersonator

The spinel, also known as the balas ruby, was first derived from the historic region of Badakshan in Central Asia. These beautiful gemstones usually...

Maya M. Tola 2 December 2022

Design

All That Glitters: Prized Royal Jewelry in Auction

In the past years, there have been a couple of absolutely enthralling and profoundly desirable items that made great waves on the antique jewelry...

Maya M. Tola 25 November 2022

Nafiseh and Bahareh, Bronze pendant. Women Artists

Hoping Against Hope: Interview with Nafiseh and Bahareh, Iranian Multidisciplinary Artists

Nafiseh and Bahareh are two female multidisciplinary artists. This story began with the discovery that, as artists in Iran, they were unable to sell...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 24 November 2022

Architecture

Zaha Hadid in 10 Designs

Zaha Hadid was undoubtedly one of the most important architects in the last hundred years. She forged her individual style and blazed a trail for...

Joanna Kaszubowska 17 November 2022

Traditional Tile Designs of the World Design

Travel Around the World Through Tile Designs

Traditional Tile Designs of the World, the result of a UK design wholesaler’s marketing efforts, presents a colorful display of tile designs...

Alexandra Kiely 9 November 2022

Design

The Prismatic Glass Tiles of Frank Lloyd Wright

Early in his career, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright – the famous pioneer of the Prairie School style at the turn of the 20th century –...

Anthony de Feo 9 November 2022

Design

The Artistic Totality of Portuguese Azulejos

Azulejos are a major part of Portuguese history and cultural heritage. These hand-crafted tiles have created such a dynamic presence over the...

Marga Patterson 9 November 2022

Baroque

Delftware 101 – The Brilliant Face of the Dutch Golden Age

When we think of the Netherlands, a few characteristic things come to mind: tulips, windmills, orange, cheese and painted clogs to name but a few.

Giordana Goretti 9 November 2022

Design

The Fascinating Ceramic Tile Art of the Anatolian Seljuks

The ceramic tile art of the Anatolian Seljuks dazzled with its mystical turquoise hues, fantastical creatures, and figural depictions. So, who were...

Marga Patterson 9 November 2022

egidio constantini Design

The Angels’ Forge: Marrying Glass with Modern Art

This is a story of an Italian man, Egidio Costantini, who was a radiotelegraph operator, a bank cashier, and a manual laborer extracting oils from...

Magda Michalska 20 October 2022

Plate with Arabic Inscription, ca 975-1000, painted and glazed earthenware, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Plate with Arabic Inscription

Plate with Arabic Inscription is a masterpiece of 10th-century Islamic art. It combines minimalism, abstraction, and morality into a beautiful and...

James W Singer 20 October 2022