Design

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 Tola 23 November 2021

craft, three generation of the Wayuu people Review

Book Review: Shedding The Shackles

A review of Shedding The Shackles: Women’s Empowerment Through Craft by Lynne Stein, Herbert Press, Ireland, 2021. An exploration of crafting...

Candy Bedworth 11 November 2021

Design

Natural Shine – Nature Inspired Jewelry from Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a fantastic collection of jewelry. This time we will take a look at pieces inspired by natural forms.

Joanna Kaszubowska 10 November 2021

Design

Architecture or Jewelry? Josef Hoffmann’s Modern Brooches

Josef Hoffman was the leading architect of the Secession and pupil of Otto Wagner, close friend and collaborator of Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser,...

Magda Michalska 10 November 2021

Design

See Alexander Calder’s Unique Jewellery

Alexander Calder is one of my favorite sculptors, his mobiles are so light and simple and yet stunning with serene beauty. However, today I...

Magda Michalska 10 November 2021

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 10 November 2021

Renaissance

Spot a Rug: Ottoman Carpets in Renaissance Paintings

Art history has always been inseparable from international trade exchanges and the mingling of nations and cultures. Manuscripts, works of art,...

Magda Michalska 20 October 2021

Museum Stories

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary at North Carolina Museum of Art

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha was one of the most celebrated artists in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. As an influential force behind the Art...

Nicole Ganbold 20 September 2021

Long Read

Tōkyō Thrift – Japonisme and the Japanese Bauhaus

The historical narrative of Modernism is overwhelmingly western. However, the history of the movement is, in reality, one of constant diffusion...

Geoffrey Bunting 29 August 2021

Theater & Cinema

Saul Bass: Revolutionizing Cinema Through Graphic Design

Saul Bass (1920—1996) was an American graphic designer and filmmaker who introduced title sequences, reinvented movie posters, and crafted several...

Ruxi Rusu 1 July 2021

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 10 June 2021

Design

Discussing Design with the Arts and Crafts Movement’s Heir Dan Maier

Did you know that the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society which was founded in 1887 by William Morris and Walter Crane is still thriving today?...

Guest Profile 6 May 2021