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Poland Pavilion – Cut It Out

Ancient artisty of paper cutting has inspired the design world for centuries.  It has evolved from paper to fashion to architecture all around the world. 

(Traditional Chinese Paper Cut Peony Flowers)

Poland Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is one of the many great modern adoption of cut out designs.  The 3,000-square-meter pavilion, mainly made of wood, is patterned like a traditional paper cut-out and illuminated from within.

Here are some other beautiful cut out works:

 3.1 Phillip Lim Lace Shift Dress – $750, Net-a-Porter

Collage Pendant Lamp – $1,312, Hive Modern

Gold Bangle – $40, Shlomit Ofir

Perforated Suede Sandal –  €565, Jimmy Choo

Laser cut rug – $199 – $499,  Brocade Home

Until Dawn Curtain by Tord Boontje – $60, Artecnica

Lace placemat – $10, Urban Barn

The Origami” Residential Tower- Dubai, Kann Finch Group 


Filed under: Architecture, Design, Fashion


Geometry and vibrant colours create powerful visuals.  Matt W. Moore, the artist behind MWM Graphics, a Design and Illustration studio based in Portland, has been creating high energy works across many disciplines from precise and colorful digital vector graphics, to freeform watercolor paintings, massive aerosol murals, skateboards, wallpaper, etc. 

Vectorfunk Abstractions:

K2 Snowboards:

DeckPeck Skateboards:

Nike Dunk Murals. ROJO/NIKE Event. Barcelona, Spain:


If you want to collect one of MWM’s original works, you are in luck!  A series of MWM original vectorfunk digital print on canvases made exclusively for a fashion retailer, Revolve, in 2008 has just come up for sale.  You can purchase one of the original pieces at very reasonable prices of US$327 (original price US$1500).  Or get a print for US$8.  See full collection at Reverse.

(Image credit: MWM Graphics)

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I was at The Keefer recently, a newly opened boutique hotel in Chinatown Vancouver.  It is a 1907 warehouse conversion and offers just four guest suites of 2,400 square feet each fitted with two bedrooms, Bulthaup kitchen, Douglas Coupland artwork, and private lift access. Added to this are an Orient-inspired bar occupying the ground floor, and a spacious residents’ roof terrace featuring a glass-bottomed pool – which doubles as part of the penthouse ceiling.  From $800-$2,950 CAD per night and up to $30,000 per month.

(photo credit: Scout Magazine)

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Inspired by fashion, art and architecture, Floral Art in LA combines lush flowers into an array of captivating statements.  The arrangements are fresh, chic, and modern.

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Seven generations of shoe-making + a talented Dutch architect = United Nude.  The concept of the company is to meld architectural design, function, and innovation with fashion.  Each single pair of shoes is a reinterpretation of an architectural object or represents an exploration of different materials and colours. 

The first shoe created by United Nude was called “Möbius” and it was inspired by the Barcelona chair.  The uniqueness of this special sandal stood in the fact that it was characterized by a single strip that formed the sole, heel, foot-bed and upper of the shoe.

Ray and Charles Eames’ famous aluminum office chairs inspired the “Eamz” series, featuring pumps and sandals, that integrate the chair foot into the heel of the shoe, a feature that seems to suspend it in mid-air.

Since the inception of the company in 2003, United Nude has established itself as an iconic brand at the intersection between design and fashion.

To Buy: United Nude

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Appropriately named – Queen of Love, by SAW Italy, will sure make you feel like royalties even in the outdoors.  They come in a range of bright colors and are made of recyclable linear polyethylene. 

L 102 x D 95 x H 109 cm

(Via Trendir)

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PDA – Public Display of Art

Combined with the spirit of Winter Olympics, Vancouver is also celebrating worlds of art.  Over 30 bold and innovative contemporary sculptures from around the world can be found in parks, beaches, street corners, and sky train stations.  Showcasing art in public spaces inspires people to experience art, themselves and their world in new and creative ways, promotes cultural exchange, and increases appreciation of the important role art plays in society. 

This free citywide outdoor art exhibition is organized by Vancouver Biennale and will be displayed till mid 2011.  Biennale is Italian for “every other year”.  Vancouver is one of many cities that turn into a world stage to showcase contemporary art every two years.    Click here for map of the Biennale installation locations.

Sculpture : Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head
Artist : Gao Brothers (China)
Location : Alderbridge Way and Elmbridge Way, Richmond

A super-sized stainless steel sculpture features two iconic figures: a diminutive Miss Mao and monumental Vladimir Lenin, both of whom profoundly influenced world history.


Sculpture : Olas de Viento (Wind Waves)
Artist : Yvonne Domenge (Mexico)
Location : Garry Point Park, Steveston

– Intense red circular form of rhythmic and undulating curves and movement is reflective of the oceans waves within a contained form.


Sculpture : Cabeza Vainilla Cabeza Cordoba Cebeza Chiapas
Artist : Javier Marin (Mexico)
Location : No. 3 Road, Richmond

– In these gigantic heads one can sense strength, decay, dignity and history. The red color of the Mexican clay suggests remnants of some ancient monument to unknown heroes and the struggles of people to become an independent nation.


Sculpture : We, 2008
Artist : Jaume Plensa (Spain)
Location : Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver

– The sculpture celebrates Vancouver’s linguistic and cultural diversity by incorporating multiple alphabets, (Latin, Greek, Russian Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese) in an all embracing womb-like human form.



Sculpture : Meeting
Artist : Wang Shugang (China)
Location : Cardero Park, Vancouver

– First exhibited during the G-8 summit meeting in Germany in 2007 where world leaders held a “meeting”, the placing of the figures in static sitting positions with cupped hands is not without irony nor historical and cultural significance.


Sculpture : A-maze-ing Laughter
Artist : Yue Minjun (China)
Location : Morton Park, Vancouver

– Recognized universally as a sign of happiness, the smile raises questions of intent and interpretation. One of the most influential contemporary artists in China, Yue Minjun represents the new wave of Chinese artistic freedom.


Sculpture : Barbora
Artist : Vladas Vildžiūnas (USA)
Location : Thornton Park, Vancouver

– The original concept for this figurative sculpture was a lady walking in a park in solitude with breezes adding movement to her garments. In 1972, the model this sculpture was based on, acquired the name Barbora, a Lithuanian Queen, who became synonymous with an independent, free and autonomous nation.


Sculpture : Water #7
Artist : Jun Ren (China)
Location : Vanier Park, Vancouver

Sculpture : Water #10
Artist : Jun Ren (China)
Location : Cambie Road and the Fraser River, Richmond

– Artist’s inspiration came from pure forms; liquid water or mercury stopped in motion that revealed its shape as a drop or spill caught in the air. Though weighing seven tons, with no angles, or hard edges, the form flows visually and appears light and fluid.


Sculpture: Skin of Time
Artist : Choi Tae Hoon (Korea)
Location : Harbour Green Park, Vancouver

 The tree represents many things in Korean culture. Aspects of the artist’s life are reflected in the night light via messages and important mementoes embedded into the metal bark of the tree.


Sculpture: Engagement
Artist : Dennis Oppenheim (USA)
Location : Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver

– The diamond ring, reflective of romantic unions and celebrating commitment and tradition, is re-conceptualized here in this monumental sculpture.


Sculpture: Artificial Rock #143 
Artist: Zhan Wang (China)
Location: Vancouver city Center Station, Canada-Line,Vancouver

– This reflective steel rock literally and metaphorically represents the past and the future; tradition and transition of a nation and people into Modernity. Zhan Wang’s Rock #143 represents the new China: the growth and expansion of ideas, aesthetics, economics and internationalism.


Sculpture: The Stop 
Artist: Michael Zheng (USA/China)
Location: Vanier Park and Charleson Park,Vancouver

– This work explores the possibility of subverting the power of signs through placement, dislocation and design.



Sculpture: Echoes
Artist: Michael Goulet (Canada)
Location: Kitsilano Beach Park, Vancouver

 – Public installations of artistic and whimsical chairs with thought provoking, often bi lingual aphorisms have become a signature trademark of this Quebec based artist.



Sculpture: 217.5 Arc x 13′
Artist: Bernar Venet (France)
Location: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver

– Venet illustrates the beauty, balance and plasticity of raw steel in his artistically mathematical manipulations of this industrial material. Nature, the universe, and life are all interconnected and explainable mathematically according to Venet .


Sculpture: Pillows
Artist: Liu Jianhua (China)
Location: Harbour Green Park, Vancouver

– Through multiples of weighted fibreglass pillows, a mundane everyday domestic object, (not historically Chinese), juxtaposed in an outdoor space, the artist creates a contradiction and a curiosity inviting the viewer to contemplate functionality and engagement.

Sculpture: History of Loss
Artist: Sudarshan Shetty (India)
Location: King Edward Station, Vancouver

–  Although inspired by VW Beetle childhood toy cars, the reference here is multitudinous; iconic combustion engine vehicles entombed and dated as artifacts, reflecting the consciousness and worldliness of young Contemporary Indian artists.


Sculpture: Arriving Home
Artist: Dennis Oppenheim (USA)
Location: YVR – International Arrivals Terminal, Richmond

  – Departure and arrival, as well as the freedom and the exhilaration of travel and mobility are crystallized in the rhythmic movement in this circular sculpture created by one of the most influential, innovative and respected artists working today.


Sculpture:  Joe Sola is Making Art
Artist: Joe Sola (USA)
Location: Yaletown Station, Canada-Line, Vancouver

– This work is both tongue-in-cheek, part wry humour and part serious social commentary. The work places the artist in a box which chronicles his time making art drawing attention to the celebrity status, and forced self-promotion inherent in the contemporary art scene.


Sculpture:  Minotaur and Hare
Artist: Sophie Ryder (England)
Location: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver

– According to ancient folklore the Minotaur and the Hare are incompatible opposites. In Greek mythology the Minotaur, often portrayed as part man and part bull, is a figure of courage and terror, while the Hare symbolizes fertility, agility, and bravery. Here they co-exist in harmony and admiration, or do they?


Sculpture:  Walking Figures
Artist: Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland)
Location: English Bay Beach Park, Vancouver

– The sombre tone and sheer weight of the figures references time, loss and mindless response of the crowd.


Sculpture:  The King and Queen
Artist: Sorel Etrog (Canada)
Location: Harbour Green, Vancouver

 – In this work the artist makes manifest the complex relationship between man and machinery and the conflict between individual agency in craft and industrialized mass manufacturing in the modern world.


Sculpture:  Jasper
Artist: John Clement (USA)
Location: Robson Street & Jervis, Vancouver

Clement’s trademark steel spirals, turns and loops challenge the inherent properties of the rigid tubular steel.

(Via Vancouver Biennale; Photo Credits: Dan Fairchild)

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Vancouver, the host city of Winter Olympics 2010, is my new home town.  As I was driving home yesterday, I saw people on the streets taking pictures of this beautiful city.  It inspired me to show you some amazing photos of the city found on flickr – a picture is worth a thousand words.

Vancouver Skyline


Canada Place

Stanley Park Seawall


Vancouver Yacht Club

Vancouver Art Gallery (Taiwanese artist Micheal Lin painted this massive mural of peonies)

Science World

Convention Centre

(Photos from flickr)

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Graham Gilmore (1963) from small town Winlaw, British Columbia, Canada is known for his loosely executed text based imagery that reflects his idiosyncratic observations on society and the people in his own life.  He finds inspiration from vintage ledger paper and architectural maps and then adds his signature word play to create work that is both intellectually tantalizing and visually inspired.  The chunky letters often cast dark shadows and create both a spatial and a psychological landscape.  Price range from $12,000 for work on paper to $50,000 for large canvases.

Strike Out on Your Own (2009)

With Your Best Interest at Heart as Always (2009)


Turns You On (2005)

(Via Artnet)

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I had a great time in Barbados.  It is just a beautiful island – crystal blue water, white sand beach, friendly people, and delicious grilled fish.

While I was there, my girlfriends and I went to Prince Harry’s charity polo match – Sentabale Polo Cup raising money for children of Lesotho.  This was my first polo match – it was exciting, as was the people watching.

(Picture – Prince Harry in the lead)

Here are my amateur shots of a few stylish women at the match:

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