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The Art of Aubrey Beardsley

September 28, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


To look upon the work of Aubrey Beardsley is to be lost in a dream world of infinitesimal, meticulous, spellbinding detail and tarot card eeriness and splendour. It is a world of two colours and two dimensions: vast inked expanses of black and fine hair lines of black playing against naked, unforgiving white. It is a world of theatre, strange inhabitants costumed in outlandish get-ups where ordinary life has no place.

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Stick 'em Up - The Art of the Poster

September 12, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


 
A solid black frame that feels like an inescapable wall traps the image – a tiny human figure, a naked woman, swimming on the surface of a still, deep, blue washed ocean, vulnerable and small. Beneath her the open maw of a giant shark, grey, angular and propelled upwards. Its teeth sharp, in terrifying rows, some of them pointed outwards. You hear the silence, you feel the terror. On top of the swimming woman, in blood red letters is the title: Jaws.
 
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Lost in the Woods

August 28, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


We’d live in the forest if we could – some of us – those of us fatigued by city stress, we’d live amongst trees under canopies of different shades of green with the light filtering through - what the Japanese so poetically call komorebi. We have to thank them for framing an ethereal phenomenon within a word. And it is just this innate love for nature that explains our affinity for different kinds of woods. The names themselves are therapy enough: teak, mahogany, ebony, walnut, birch, pine, ash, cedar - to name a very few.
 
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Chaos Order. Order Chaos. The Art of Kristen Meyers.

August 21, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Shapeless objects are contained in perfectly shaped frames. It is fascinating to look at. Petals, flat pebbles, leaves, fruit, even broken crackers are meticulously and impeccably assembled so that they fill in the negative spaces that form squares or circles or triangles or whatever the artist wants.
 
Meet Kristen Meyers. An installation artist, graduate of the famed Parsons School of Design, an indefatigable shaper of chaos into order. Which is partly what her work is about. Partly.
 
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Off the Wall

August 20, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


It’s no longer about a neutral backdrop that will quietly play second fiddle to framed art. It’s not about clean and tidy. It’s not about basic. Walls have become an interior fashion statement. With wallcoverings that range from classic to eye-popping fantasies, what you do with them is reflective of your style and the limits of imagination.We’re going to look at some wall-shaking patterns and show you how to use them.

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The Frame For Life

July 18, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


 
"Honestly, nobody wants authenticity".
"Design is a tool to enhance our humanity. It is a frame for life".
These are some of the wonderful quotable quotes from the amazing new Netflix series, Abstract: The Art of Design which dissects the creative imperative of a pantheon of colourful people, from graphic artists to shoe designers, who think about the connection between us, spaces and objects, how one shapes the other, enhances it and has the potential to make our lives the magical experience we'd like it to be. 
 
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A Sort of Green With A Funny Bluish Tinge and a Hint of Purple?

June 15, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


There are no-name colours. Inbetweeners. A bit of this with a touch of that. Colours whose names begin with “A sort of…”. Then there’s sarcoline. Colour of the flesh. Did you know sarcoline high heels elongate your legs – not literally but you do look like you suddenly have model legs. Some colours get defined by their names: Ashes of Roses, a lovely burnt rose, so poetic too. Designers live in colour land, so come, and discover 11 Colours You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, by Amanda Green.
 
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