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Friday, August 29, 2014

BEST OF THE WEB by Little Miss Architect #AUGUST



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So, it's time for the Best of the Web again! The past month was completely crazy for me, as a cute baby-boy appeared in my life the 4th of September and is consuming all my time :-) I managed however to prepare this new set of great articles for you - enjoy!

#1.  It this art or fake? Check your knowledge :-) I got 100%! yay!!!
(in this Best of the Web there was a similar quiz)

#2. Hipster guinea pig - Booboo - is the cutest animal ever! :-)

#3. A great Instagram profile - Fashion Grandpas. Not only the young can be fashionable and attractive.

#4.  Chairs can be fabulous, right? For all the fans - 100 most famous chairs on Vitra Museum webpage

#5.  Designer hammock bathtub. If it's half as comfortable as my hammock from Peru (I spent 24 hours sleeping, reading, talking, lying on it) it must be great.

 #6. One of the regions' of Poland - Malopolskie Voivoidship's - latest marketing idea is a set of products typical for the region,  wrapped in modern, designer paper and boxes.

#7.  Old barns converted into living spaces. I could look at these pictures over and over again! 

#8. How much a sheet of paper can say? These amazing minimal movie posters designed by Atipo show that it can say a lot! 

#9. Wallpapers and parrots look great together on colorful photos by Claire Rose. 




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Interiors of a Neo-baroque palace | IN MY LENS


Neo-Baroque palace in Pszczyna, southern Poland, is a very interesting building. Encircled with a beautiful park is a perfect idea for a weekend trip - and, when the last year I was living in the south of Poland - I decided to visit it.
The palace's architecture was finally defined between 1870-1876 (though its beginnings reach XV century) ans is clearly inspired by French Baroque just take a look at Place des Vosges in Paris. 19th century neo-styles are not what I like the most - because isn't Baroque more interesting than Neo-Baroque, and Classicism than Neo-Classicism? Anyway, it turned out that the interiors of the palace are very interesting. They were even awarded for super-accurate restauration of the interiors.

In an earlier post I showed you the bathrooms of the palace


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland

The interior court of the palace

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland

Stunning wooden pavement made of cut logs


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland

The palaces corridors are full of hunting tropheas


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
The main staircase

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
Beautiful Neo-Baroque chanelier

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
...every detail is important


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
"The Mirror Room"

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
"The Mirror Room"


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland



Residential rooms

In the contrary to the representative parts of the palace in the residential rooms the baroque's influence isn't that strong anymore. Pastel colors make us see more of romantic style, the furniture is in different neo-styles typical of 19th cenury.

Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
Dining room


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
Florar wallpaper - typical of 19th century Victorian England


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
Empress'es bedroom. I love the simple yet elegant screen.


Neo-baroque interiors, Pszczyna, Poland
Stunning colors and amazing fabric



Friday, August 22, 2014

St Dominic's Fair in Gdańsk | IN MY LENS


This year, like every year, I spent one summer day at St Dominic's Fair in Gdańsk, the city where I currently live. The fair, one of the biggest trade and cultural open-air events in Europe, has been organized in Gdańsk every year since 1260. I spent most of the time browsing through antique stands - I love old china and old furniture.

Like every year I ate typical Polish rural snack - crunchy bread with lard and pickled cucumber ("chleb ze smalcem"), I also visited Anna Halarewicz's stand - I already have one of her amazing illustrations at home and plan to have more!


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

Gdańsk's "Eye" on the Granary Island

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014
Over the rooftops. In the background you can see the cranes of Gdańsk Shipyard


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

At the end of the street there's fabulous baroque Royal Chapel and gothic St Mary's Basilica - the biggest brick church in the world

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014



...and my favorites of the fair:

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014


china

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

classic Bavaria china


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

...and the rose pattern I know from my parents' home


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

Quite an interesting shape of the chair

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014
Blue chairs, typical of the sixties


An alternative for plastic kitschy plays for children - ancient metal cars and doll baby carriage

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

On the northern part of the Granary Island we can still see the ruins remained after the II World War. Did you know that, sadly, whole Gdańsk was destroyed in 90% during the II WW? So most of what we have now is recreated.


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

Medieval crane - symbol of Gdańsk. It worked without cease since 1444 until the end of the war - 1945!

St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

"Sołdek" - ship-museum, the first one to be built in Gdańsk after the war, in 1945


St Dominic's Fair, Gdańsk, 2014

One of my favorite water spouts on Mariacka street. On this street they all have shapes of fantastic monsters.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How artists live: Psychedelic interior of Karim Rashid's New York apartment



Karim Rahid, mieszkanie artysty, Nowy Jork, neonowe kolory we wnętrzu
Karim Rashid
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I love tomen peep artists', designers' painters', architects' apartntyments. Their interiors tend to be nonchalant, eclectic, and show that the owners has a natural ability to play with textures and colors. You can often feel their strong personality just looking at the pictures. With this post I am starting a series showing you apartments of some eccentrics. As the first one I chose New York City apartment of Karim Rashid.

Karim Rashid is an American interior designer of Egyptian decent. Nobody can deny - he has his own style! The energetic mix of neon colors and shapes in his apartment can make you dizzy. Looking at this interior you can try to guess what's he like - probably self-concious, maybe even egocentric - the interior is full of furniture designed by him. A few would be able to live in this interior but it surely is fascinating to see! For me it's too kitschy though, and looks more like some sort of a statement than a place somebody could actually live. 


Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior


Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior

Karim Rahid, artists apartment, new york, neon colors interior


So, what do you think about this mad design? :-)



pictures: inthralld.com


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Porca miseria!" - breathtaking china chandelier by Ingo Maurer | THE WEEKLY WANT



This 19th century Neo-Renaissance interior of Waddeson Manor in England with Ingo Maurer chandelier is simply breathtaking. Ingo Maurer designed the chandelier in 1994. It is made of broken china pieces. Initially it had been called "Zabriskie Point" (after a slow-motion movie scene), but then renamed when some Italians who saw the lamp muttered "Porca Miseria!" in amazement.

For those of you who'd like to have the chandelier I have some pretty bad news -  the Maurer studios only make 10 of theseper year and they cost upwards of £30,000 each. But it's not just an ordinary chandelier - it's already art.



Ingo Maurer, designer lamp, chandelier

Ingo Maurer, designer lamp, chandelier


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dido Belle's movie set design and stunning interiors of English country residences | MOVIE SET DESIGN



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture

Belle

 
Director: Amma Asante
Production designer: Simon Bowles
Release date: 2014, may
DHD release:  Available on Digital HD August 12th

About the movie



Belle is a very interesting costume drama with ravishing production design. It's based on the history of a mixed-race woman named Belle, the illegitimate daughter of British Navy admiral Sir John Lindsay and a female Caribbean slave, who lived with the aristocracy as an equal in 18th century England.


Movie's inspiration and the story behind the 18th century painting


It was the 18th century painting that moved the imagination of the movie's director, Amma Asante, and lead her to create the whole movie. This intriguing 1779 portrait, attributed to Johann Zoffany, shows two young women, apparently close friends, dressed in the finest of clothes. And what's astonishing in the painting is that one of the women, looking equal to her friend, is mixed-race, something very atypical of that time.

It wasn’t until the 1990s when the mystery of the portrait was unveiled. The painting shows Lady Elizabeth Murray with Dido Elizabeth Belle, daughter of Sir John Lindsay and a slave woman, brought up in the aristocratic surroundings of Kenwood House, by his uncle Lord Mansfield.



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


"Taking the story from that one painting and expanding it into what you see onscreen has been such an exciting project," the production designer Simon Bowles says.



Filming locations and set design

What struck me in the movie were the fabulous interiors of the British aristocracy mansions. Though Belle and her family originally lived in Kenwood Mansion, North London, England, I found out that the movie wasn't filmed there. It was being renovated," explains Simon Bowles, "and the whole place had been stripped out." That's why the filming took place in several other English mansions -Osterley Park House, ‪Syon House, ‬West Wycombe House.

The art director says: As four houses were used in part to create our Kenwood House I wanted any details that did not match to be unified such as covering brickwork in the reveals to keep them all white to match the exterior. Two of the four houses were built by the same architect [Robert Adam, (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792)] who built Kenwood House so elements such as door furniture and fireplaces already matched.

I carried on a detective's work to find the exact rooms I spotted in the movie - just look at the effects below :-)


Osterley House

A Neo-Classical mansion designed by Robert Adam, the Kenwood House's architect, created in the late 18th.



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture

 
Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the lower photo: ©NTPL/Dennis Gilbert


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
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Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the lower photo by Mark Sisley

Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the lower photo: source


West Wycombe House

West Wycombe Park is an early 18th century Palladian villa in Buckinghamshire. Not only was Belle filmed here, but this house is also the filming location for the series Downton Abbey.


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture



Syon House

Syon House, just outside of London, was built on the site of a 15th century abbey and then remodeled several times, for the last time in the mid-18th century. Its interior was designed by Robert Adam, the Kenwood House's architect.


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the lower picture via Syonpark



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the lower picture: source


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the lower picture via Syonpark

The Long Gallery, Syon House. On the left wall of the lower picture we can see a false bookcase which is in fact a door leading to the south lawn. The length of the gallery is 136ft (41.4m).



Oxford, Oxforshire


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture
the Queen's College picture: source


Color palettes


They are so inspirational!
   
The movie's colors are mostly soft pastels. A very tight pallet of bright pinks, greens, blues and golds was used. They are clearly inspired by the painting's colors - just look at the painting below compared with one of Belle's screens. 


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture

  
Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture



Stunning interior design details and 18th century furniture

Amma Asante, the director, on the movie's set design: We went for classic all the way. The name of the game for everybody involved in this film was beauty, beauty, beauty.

Though the existing interiors were used for the sets, they were changed for the movie. Curtains were made, padded fabric walls were added, chandeliers were hung, carpets and statues added/polished, floor laid. The rooms were often fully furnished.

In the second half of the 18th century in France Louis XV was reigning and so-called Louis XV (rococo) style was dominating Europe (and its influences are still very strong, especially in "glamour style" interiors). Take a closer look at the fantastic embroidered fabrics and period furniture.


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture



Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture

Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture


Chinoiseries

Chinese artistic influences were very strong in the 17th and 18th century. It was the trade expansion with East Asia in that led to Chinoiserie's immense popularity. Below in Belle we can see a Chinese-inspired lacquer secretary and gold walls with wooden panels and delicate sketches.


Belle movie set design, belle production design, filming interiors, locations, belle movie furniture





See the movie's trailer here






 

If you liked this post - read my other posts on movie set designs







sources

periodpiecesandportraiture.blogspot.com - a great blog on British country 
houseinteriors and a lot of pictures from movies and series filmed there
stills from the movie: new wave entertainment courtesy, official trailers' screens
bbc
visitscotland.com
nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com
www.imdb.com (filming locations)
www.syonpark.co.uk
www.thebrimstonebutterfly.blogspot.com
Simon Bowles
wikipedia commons (Kenwood House, Osterley House pictures)
www.1stibs.com
www.1stdibs.com
Smithsonian Libriaries
www.thedayafteryesterday.co.uk
www.cinemareview.com
georgenantiques.com