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24 Feb


Flockhart Fabrics

February 24, 2014 | By |

858044_407262996030013_2086797454_o-1Flockhart Fabrics is an extraordinary collection of fabric designs from the 1940s and 50s being revived by Lucy Mackenzie, granddaughter of the original artists painter Eileen Guthrie and her sculptor husband George Kennethson. They hand-printed their designs from lino blocks and silk screens which still exist today, along with many other beautiful original pieces of fabric. While the designs were originally sold by Eileen at Primavera on Sloane Street, over the years the fabrics and blocks were carefully stored away and so it is that this beautiful archive of prints has remained largely unseen until now. We love it! No, we are in love with it!


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22 Feb


Abandoned Italian Ruins

February 22, 2014 | By |

abandoned-ruins-italy-photography-critical-mass-3UK-based photographer, who goes by the nickname CriticalMass, shares his passion for exploring abandoned places through his haunting photography of Italian ruins. With these melancholy shots, the photographer takes us on a tour through abandoned orphanages, hospitals, villas, mortuaries and industrial complexes in Italy. The location of the places are intentionally left unpublished, as the artist claims he wants to prevent these places from possible damage.

Despite his wonderful talent and strong passion for photography, CriticalMass is extremely modest and doesn’t like calling himself a photographer. He works as a postman during the day, and photography is his one great hobby. The artist is mostly interested in so-called “urban exploration,” especially in abandoned places that nature has begun to reclaim. He has spent 5 years travelling around Europe and documenting abandoned places with his emotionally gripping touch. He says: “It’s about seeing the unseen, going where the ‘No Trespassing’ signs says you can’t, to see what lies behind closed doors.


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22 Feb


Oldest clutch in the world

February 22, 2014 | By |

article-2563664-1BAAC95200000578-281_638x451Believed to be the oldest bag in the world, this 700 year old clutch, will be displayed for the first time at the Courtauld Gallery in London. The bag was crafted around 1300 and originates from the city of Mosul, Northern Iraq. It was long thought to be a saddle bag or wallet. It is inlaid with beautiful scenes of courtly life in gold and silver, a masterpiece of luxury metalwork. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

19 Feb


Curiosities Collection

February 19, 2014 | By |

W’re in love wit the 1st Dibs Curiosities Collection! Have a look … 864899_l






11 Feb


The Monuments Men

February 11, 2014 | By |

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Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.


In theatres in The Netherlands from February 13th, 2014.

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05 Feb


Silk Road @ The Hermitage

February 5, 2014 | By |


From 1 March 2014 onwards, the Hermitage Amsterdam will offer you a glimpse of the legendary Silk Road: 250 exceptionally beautiful objects, such as murals, Buddhas, precious silks, silver, glass, gold, and terracotta, excavated by Russian expeditions in the 19th and 20th centuries. Like the caravans that crossed this inhospitable region ages ago, passing through kingdoms, monasteries, and oases, you will travel the trade routes from west to east or east to west, and discover spectacular ancient treasures along the way.

The Road
Until the 15th century the Silk Road was the world’s largest trade network and a source of unprecedented cultural interchange. It ran from China to the Mediterranean. It was not a single path but a network of trade routes spanning a distance of 7,000 kilometres. 

The Silk
The largest-scale interchange was the trade in goods. Caravans with as many as a thousand camels, horses, oxen, and donkeys traversed the region from east to west, from north to south, and back again. Silk was one of the first trade items, and for a while it was even a means of payment. But many other products travelled the Silk Road: lacquer, ceramics, porcelain, glass and textiles. Fur came from Siberia in the north, while topaz, emeralds, perfumes, henna, and exotic animals were brought from India in the south.


28 Jan


Happy Poetry Weekend!

January 28, 2014 | By |


The first weekend of February is poetry weekend! Cultura24 offers a long weekend full of poetry and beautiful books, including the BBC series The Beauty of Books and the documentary about the Russian poet Boris Ryzhy, who committed suicide at the age of 26.

In his short life Ryzhy left a huge amount of poetry. He grew up during the Perestroika in an intellectual and artistic environment. But Boris chose the street and became a boxing champion. The poetry of Ryzhy is the poetry of the street. Director Aliona van der Horst made ​​an impressive documentary about the world in which Boris Ryzhy lived.

Read more about the program at Cultura24 or stream the documentary at Holland Doc

08 Jan


Yves Saint Laurent Biopic

January 8, 2014 | By |

Yves-Saint-Laurent-film-1In theaters January 8 2014, the Yves Saint Laurent film directed by Jalil Lespert recounts the turbulent life of one of the most famous French couturiers, whose work was heavily influenced by his personal life. The movie shows 1957 as Yves Saint Laurent, played to perfection by Pierre Niney, is named head of design at Dior. Documenting the designer’s inspirations, his relationship with Pierre Bergé – his partner in both life and business – and the Ballet Russes runway show in 1976. The film retraces the history of one of the most successful couturiers from the first sketches to the final fittings on the models, played amongst others by Charlotte Le Bon.

02 Jan


100-Year Old Negatives Stuck in Ice

January 2, 2014 | By |

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Antarctica explorers have discovered photo negatives that are nearly 100 years of age, located inside a box. There were 22 unexposed and unprocessed negatives which had been taken by the group’s photographer. They were found in an old check-up hut preserved in a block of ice.

Back in 1915, an ill-fated voyage which was called the Ross Sea Party started out on the New Zealand side of Antarctica to try and launch supply depots for travelers coming to Antarctica. But their ship ended up coming loose from the moorings it was attached to. This left the six men stranded and struggling just to survive. They would end up living over three years on the continent before they were ultimately rescued. Now, almost a century later, the discovery of the undeveloped photographs shows that the individuals might have left behind more than anyone knew.

The amazing discovery was found by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. They were in the process of working to refurbish one of the expedition’s old living huts. There really is a rareness of any kind of pictures or descriptions of any kind from that one certain expedition. That is why these pictures are such a great find.

See more pictures at the the website of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

Source: The Guardian

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