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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

19th century picturesque railway bridge in Tczew, Poland | IN MY LENS


How many pictures of one bridge can you take?

It probably depends on the bridge because of the one in Tczew`s - hundreds! I went there to take pictures for the wall gallery of the interior I am now designing (on the blog soon) whose owners live in Tczew, where the bridge is.
The bridge was built in 1857 as the longest bridge in Europe and the first iron bridge over the Vistula River. Today the bridge is badly damaged (it was deliberately blown up by the Polish Army in the first days of World War II to block movement of the German army) and is waiting for renovation.


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


Most kolejowy w Tczewie.


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland


19th century railway bridge in Tczew, Poland



Monday, June 22, 2015

Amazing Polish posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish poster school continued today. | THE WEEKLY WANT


One day (after I move to my new apartment), I know that for sure, I'm gonna hang on my wall at least one poster by Ryszard Kaja, Polish painter, graphic designer and set designer, born in 1961 in Poznan. The artist  is the son of Zbigniew Kaja, one of the founders of the famous Polish school of poster. I love his series describing Poland and Polish cities and the fact that the series is not closed - the artist is still creating next posters. 

What delights me is the way the posters picture the very core of each of the places. The images in the posters are actually those I have somewhere in my mind when I think of all those places. It's the real Poland pictured and the very best of it at the same time. Enjoy! 


Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Sopot - the town I live in. This poster's gonna hang on my wall!


Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Koniaków - a mountain village famous of handmade laces

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
birches growing in water is a typical landscape of Biebrza river

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
POLSKA - Poland. 1st of November is the day when all the cementeries are full of hundreds of thousands candles lit to commemorate the dead (look at the images here)

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Bolesławiec is a town famous for its ceramic with the characteristic pattern 

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Łódź, a Polish city

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Gdańsk, a Polish city

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.


Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Zakopane, a mountain town famous for its ski jump

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Vistula, the biggest Polish river

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.

Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.


Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.


Posters by Ryszard Kaja. Polish Poster School.
Ryszard Kaja. Source: bobrzanie.pl


źródło zdjęć: www.poster.pl


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Yaroslav (Jaroslaw), another beautiful town in Poland | IN MY LENS


I just stopped for coffee in Jaroslaw, on my way from Zamosc to Zakopane. I knew it has a unique market with very characteristic townhouses about which I learned in the History of Polish architecture lessons (one of the toughest subjects at my university - we had to learn to draw and describe hundreds of Polish monuments! :)).  As a result, I can now share with you what I remember. The city seems a little sleepy, as if time had stopped here (I was very surprised to learn that 40 000 people live here!), However, the size of the town hall and the market show that it was once (XV - XVII c.) an important city. As in many cities in Polish Podkarpacie region there was a mix of Polish, Jewish and Ruthenian cultures.

Tourists have not discovered the city yet, so the market serves for a parking lot. Let's hope for Jaroslaw to be discovered soon (because it deserves it!), so that the city center can be full of restaurants and cafes :)


Jarosław, Poland. A charming town and its architecture.
The Market and the Town Hall

Jarosław, Poland. A charming town and its architecture.
the Town Hall

Jarosław, Poland. A charming town and its architecture.
characteristic townhouses of Jaroslaw

Jarosław, Poland. A charming town and its architecture.
characteristic townhouses of Jaroslaw


Jarosław, Poland. A charming town and its architecture.
characteristic townhouses of Jaroslaw


Jarosław, Poland. A charming town and its architecture.
characteristic townhouses of Jaroslaw



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Iris Apfel's crazy apartment | HOW ARTISTS LIVE


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel


All the apartments that I showed you in series How Artists live have temper and character, but it is quite unique even among them. This is definitely not the interior, which I'd describe as my dream home. But I would love to be a guest there as it is very cozy and delightful. I like the many layers of fabric, so rare in contemporary surroundings.

The owner of the apartment in New York is Iris Apfel - those of you who are interested in fashion know her for sure. She was the first woman in New York ... to wear boots. However, she not only is a fashion icon, but also an interior designer - she designed interiors of the White House for 9 US presidents - Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened an exhibition dedicated entirely to Iris.

Have you noticed that none of the homes of artists (apart from over-styled apartment of Karim Rashid) is in one style, they're all eclectic (a mix of different styles)? That's how I see a well-designed interior - interior which reflects personality cannot be in a completely closed style, we are more complicated than that. We have many life experiences, things inherited from parents and grandparents, brought from travels, and they all make up our lives and should influence our interiors. Do you agree?


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel in her apartment, in the living room. On the wall bleached-oak boiserie - 18th-century French, the screen is also French.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel
I love the contrast between the wood color and the turquoise walls


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

The library. Above a Louis XVI daybed covered in fabric Apfel reproduced from a 17th-century French document there's a Dutch painting displayed.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

In the entry, an 18th-century English gilt chinoiserie mirror and an Italian console.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

An Italian tole chandelier above a Maison Jansen table draped in a woven paisley throw.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

The first painting Apfel ever bought—a portrait of the Infanta Margarita she picked up 60 years ago at an antiques shop in Florence.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

Bakelite jewelry in the paws of a hand-carved French mountain dog.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

The entry contains an 18th-century French screen (left), an early-18th-century painted Genoese corner cabinet, and Louis XVI–style chairs upholstered in an Old World Weavers cut velvet. The needlepoint carpet is English.


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel


“I was one of the first New York women to wear boots,” says Apfel, who designed the gilt-leather-and-fabric pair on the floor at right. Racks of her vintage pieces fill a spare room; she is especially fond of the metallic-check coat by Galanos


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel

A hallway is lined with dog paintings and 19th-century English bookcases brimming with volumes on fashion, decorative arts, and Chinese costumes and textiles.


And some details:

eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel


eclectic colorful apartment in New York City, Iris Apfel



sources:
http://www.michaelpenneystyle.com/2011/05/19/iris-apfel/
architectural digest
http://sweetelle.com/blog/fashion-icon-iris-apfel/