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Unconventional Methods Of Making A Painting

Darren John is an award-winning artist from London, UK. He’s best known for his vibrant and playful paintings that celebrate the unchained creative spirit.

His artworks are often very process-driven, using quite unconventional methods, encouraging us all to view our surroundings and worlds a little more playfully.

All those discarded items in the kitchen draw, satsuma netting, the fruit themselves, mixed recycling.. there’s all sorts to enjoy!

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I Found The Most A-Door-Able Homes In London

Hey Pandas, I just went for a walk and found the most a-door-able front-of-house views in London.

I roamed the streets, postcode to postcode, only to discover just how spring makes homes and gardens really come alive.

I took lots of pictures so you can join me along on this urban discovery journey and fall in love with the diverse architecture and colorful flowers.

Do scroll down and have the most captivating house entrances and delightful gardens unfold in front of your eyes.

There is a little something for everyone, I am sure you can find a picture to relate to. Let me know in the comments which photo you enjoy the most!

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UK’s Smallest Castle Is For Sale And It Costs No More Than A Mid-Sized Flat In London

Finally, you might get a step closer to living in a fairytale, because Britain’s smallest castle is up for grabs, and it costs no more than a mid-sized flat in London!

The property in question is Molly’s Lodge, a Grade II listed castle that sits on a 0.61-acre plot of land near the village of Long Compton in Warwickshire. Originally a gatehouse for the Weston Park Estate on the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Molly’s Lodge was built by the famous British architect, Edward Blore, in the 1830s. The very same guy who was in charge of restoring Lambeth Palace and extending Buckingham Palace for Queen Victoria.

Inside, it’s a fully functioning home, with one bedroom, a bathroom, living room, decorative spiral staircase and dining room complete with mullion windows and cast iron Victorian fireplace.

For those seriously interested, it costs £550,000 and you can express your interest before the 19th of April through here. (h/t: cosmopolitan)

Take a look inside:

There’s also Molly’s Mews in the property…

A perfect housing for visitors staying overnight

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7 Photos Showing England Now And 125 Years Ago

You can’t deny that time changes everything – from people to places. Only sometimes the changes are so subtle, you can hardly spot them as they’re happening.

To highlight these changes, British company On Stride has created a series of comparison images between modern day and Victorian time England. Needless to say, not everything stood the test of time but you can still recognize some of the surviving monuments from the good old days.

Check out the side-by-side pictures of London, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities 125 years ago and now in the gallery below!

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Bristol – St. Augustine Parade

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Saint Stephen’s church remains a constant on Bristol’s skyline – in fact, it’s been there since the year 1470! For several centuries the church tower was a landmark that seafarers could use to guide themselves to Bristol Harbour. Today, it’s tucked behind taller developments such as Colston Tower (to the left of the modern image). But the most significant detail to have changed from photo to photo has been there even longer: the River Frome has disappeared from sight since this part of it was covered over in 1938, one of the latest developments in a long history of diverting and culverting the river to boost trade around the harbour.

Liverpool – St. George’s Hall

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The area between Lime Street railway station and St George’s Hall opposite (on the left of the picture) is a rare example of a barely-changed landscape in this part of the city. The area of Lime Street around the corner from the gothic buildings has been radically transformed in the last few years, while if you were to turn 180 degrees and walk into the shopping district, you’d find it barely recognizable compared to a decade ago – before the redevelopment of ‘Liverpool One’. Talking of 180-degree turns, the Neoclassical pomp of St George’s remains exactly where it stood when it opened in 1854 despite a persistent urban myth that it was accidentally built back-to-front.

London – Victoria Embankment

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There’s a surprisingly ancient piece of history in these photos: the obelisk in centre-frame is the 3,500-year old ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ offered by Egypt to Britain as a gift in the 19th century AD. It remains sadly overlooked in 2019 as officials resist pressure to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the gesture. Waterloo Bridge beyond is a far newer landmark but with a more eventful history: the version in the Victorian photo was demolished in the 1930s, and rebuilt by a team of women during the Blitz (it took a while for their story to emerge due to statements like then-Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison’s: “the men that built Waterloo Bridge are fortunate men.”) It was the only Thames River bridge to incur damage from German bombs. More recently, it was the site of the major global warming protests of Extinction Rebellion.

Manchester – Victoria Street

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The cobblestones of Victoria Street may have long since vanished to make way for the motor car, but the controversial statue of Oliver Cromwell that disappears from one photo to the next could be making a comeback. The statue was a gift to the city from Elizabeth Heywood, wife of 19th-century mayor Abel Heywood, in honour of her late husband Thomas Goadsby, the city’s previous mayor. But it was Cromwell’s political divisiveness as much as the serial mayor-marrying of Elizabeth Heywood that resulted in it being put on the street instead of its original destination inside Manchester Town Hall. Cromwell was relocated to Wythenshawe Hall in the 1980s, but seems set to return to city life when the area around the 15th-century gothic cathedral (right) is redeveloped and rebranded as the ‘Medieval Quarter’ in the near future.

Newcastle – Black Gate and Castle

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The ‘Black Gate’ drawbridge post built in 1250, and Henry II’s 842-year-old castle (built on the site of the fortress that gave Newcastle its name) are listed buildings, so they haven’t changed much between Victorian times and now. The most significant change is the building that’s popped up between them in the photo – and this one’s now listed, too. Built in the classical style as the Northumberland County Hall in 1910 and expanded upwards and outwards in 1933, it is now a hotel. The bridge has become a railway viaduct for the East Coast mainline to Scotland.

Scarborough – the Spa at South Bay

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The city of Scarborough can trace its fortunes to the 17th-century discovery of a mineral spring with purportedly medicinal properties. Word spread and the spa became a fashionable tourist destination, and over the next two centuries a sequence of structures of varying impressiveness (beginning with a simple wooden terrace) overlooked the waters. With the arrival of a rail connection, the spa complex (left) was built, and then restored and expanded after a fire in the 1880s. The key difference between the pictures is the enclosure of the Sun Court in the later image. Although the Grand Hall seats 2,000, the Sun Court is an altogether more wholesome place to catch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, who have performed there since 1912.

Worthing – Marine Parade

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The pier at Worthing was first opened in 1862, with the South Pavilion in the background of the original photo added in 1889. The pavilion survived a gale that washed away much of the pier in 1914, but disappeared behind the bigger and more modern Pier Pavilion built at the shore end in 1926, which dominates today’s photo. In the 1930s, the South Pavilion perished in a fire and passers-by hurried to dismantle the pier to stop the flames spreading to the new pavilion. The South Pavilion was subsequently rebuilt in the Streamline Moderne style – kind of art deco-meets-nautical. It later became a nightclub, before returning to use as a café and entertainment venue, while the pavilion in the modern picture is mostly in use as a theatre.170 shares

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This Photographer Captures The Most Beautiful Front Doors Around London (30 Pics)

Bella Foxwell is a self-proclaimed “door lover” based in London who captures and shares the most beautiful doors around the British capital on her Instagram page titled The Doors of London.

Bella’s job involves building accounts for big consumer brands and she started the Doors of London account as a challenge to see if she could practice what she preaches. “Since I was already obsessed with doors, it felt like a natural fit as my ‘niche,’” said the woman in an earlier interview with Bored Panda. She says that stumbling across a street full of doors that you never knew existed is the best feeling – and looking at the photos, we couldn’t agree more.

See Bella’s photos of the most beautiful doors around London in the gallery below!

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One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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This Photographer Captures The Most Beautiful Front Doors Around London (30 Pics)

Bella Foxwell is a self-proclaimed “door lover” based in London who captures and shares the most beautiful doors around the British capital on her Instagram page titled The Doors of London.

Bella’s job involves building accounts for big consumer brands and she started the Doors of London account as a challenge to see if she could practice what she preaches. “Since I was already obsessed with doors, it felt like a natural fit as my ‘niche,’” said the woman in an earlier interview with Bored Panda. She says that stumbling across a street full of doors that you never knew existed is the best feeling – and looking at the photos, we couldn’t agree more.

See Bella’s photos of the most beautiful doors around London in the gallery below!

More info: Instagram

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Aušrys Uptas 

One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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UK’s Smallest Castle Is For Sale And It Costs No More Than A Mid-Sized Flat In London

Finally, you might get a step closer to living in a fairytale, because Britain’s smallest castle is up for grabs, and it costs no more than a mid-sized flat in London!

The property in question is Molly’s Lodge, a Grade II listed castle that sits on a 0.61-acre plot of land near the village of Long Compton in Warwickshire. Originally a gatehouse for the Weston Park Estate on the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Molly’s Lodge was built by the famous British architect, Edward Blore, in the 1830s. The very same guy who was in charge of restoring Lambeth Palace and extending Buckingham Palace for Queen Victoria.

Inside, it’s a fully functioning home, with one bedroom, a bathroom, living room, decorative spiral staircase and dining room complete with mullion windows and cast iron Victorian fireplace.

For those seriously interested, it costs £550,000 and you can express your interest before the 19th of April through here. (h/t: cosmopolitan)

Take a look inside:

There’s also Molly’s Mews in the property…

A perfect housing for visitors staying overnight

Andrius

In cahoots with the secret orde…
With nobody. In cahoots with nobody.

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World’s First Pool On Top Of A Skyscraper Could Give Amazing 360-Degree Views Of London

A company called Compass Pools have designed a unique swimming pool called Infinity London – a stunning 360-degree open-air pool on top of a 55-story building, over 200 meters above the London skyline.

Compass Pools have designed a unique pool concept called Infinity London

Many people were asking how would people get to the pool and Compass Pools have come up with a unique solution. “Swimmers will access the pool through a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out,” write the company on their project page.

The swimming pool will be packed with all sorts of innovative technology

Another unique feature of the pool is a built-in anemometer – a device used to measure wind speed. Compass Pools say it would be linked with a computer-controlled building management system and would ensure the optimal water temperature and make sure water doesn’t get blown down to the streets below.

“Boasting an innovative twist on renewable energy, the pool’s heating system will use waste energy from the air condition system for the building,” write Compass Pools. “The hot gas that is produced as a by-product of creating cold air in the building will run through a heat exchanger to heat the water for the pool.”

This swimming pool certainly isn’t for those who fear heights!

“Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought,” says Alex Kemsley, swimming pool designer and technical director at Compass Pools. “But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’”

“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water,” says the designer.

Colorful lights will give the pool a unique appearance at night

The pool would also feature a full spectrum of lights, giving the building the appearance of a “sparkling jewel-topped torch” at night.

According to the company, the construction of the pool could kick off as early as 2020

Even though the exact location of the Infinity London is not yet confirmed, the designer is suggesting The Shard. “Swimming in the SkyPool at The Shard, it’s quite a weird feeling to have helicopters flying past at your level, but this pool takes it a step further,” says Alex Kemsley. “Pop your goggles on and with a 360-degree view of London from 220m up, it really will be something else – but it’s definitely not one for the acrophobic!”

This is not the first time companies suggested unique designs for London

Just last year the J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners suggested a uniquely shaped skyscraper to be built in London called “The Tulip“. However, its suggestive shape did not really sit too well with most London residents.

Let’s hope we’ll see more interesting designs in London’s skyline in the future!

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This Photographer Captured Her Relationship With Her Two Dogs In 30 Funny Pictures

Ursula Aitchison is a photographer and owner of two adorable Golden Retrievers – Hugo and Huxley – based in London, UK. She proves that life with two dogs is never boring by documenting their lives in adorable pictures that might encourage you to finally get a dog – or another one.

In an interview with Bored Panda, the photographer, who specializes in shooting owners and their dogs, says she was inspired to start Phodography by her late great uncle painter Craigie Aitchison and his Belington Terriers who were featured in many of his works. Ursula says she got Hugo 6 years ago when she realized he full-time job involved dogs. Huxley, whose full name is Hurricane Huxley, joined the two 7 months ago.

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“[Hugo is] charming, smart and cool. He adores people which is just fine because everyone he meets adores him. He is terrified of balloons but has no problem barking at camels we walk past outside London zoo, ” says Ursula. “He’s a squirrel fanatic but too slow to catch them thankfully. I’ve never seen a dog love food quite so much as he does, he’s eaten crumbs that haven’t eaten dropped from my sandwich. His purpose is to love and be loved by all…and be the goodest of good boys.”

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The photographer says Huxley copies whatever Hugo is doing. “His tongue is always out and he drools so much, it reaches the floor even when there isn’t any food about. He is super needy and he pats you with his paw at least 100 times a day for attention,” Ursula described Huxley. “He’s really clumsy and often walks into stuff or falls over himself. He doesn’t retrieve anything and I think he’s as smart as a bag of rocks.”

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“Huxley adores Hugo and has since day one, Hugo tolerates him in return,” says Ursula. “Hugo hated carrots until Huxley arrived and he now eats them to make sure Huxley doesn’t. Huxley will always push in if anyone gives Hugo a cuddle, he is very jealous. They cuddle on my bed so they are best friends, right!”

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Ursula had some advice for people who want to take better pictures of their pets. She says you should teach them that the camera means a treat so they associate it with tasty food. “Find what your dog is comfortable with and make that his/her thing! Not all dogs are fine with balancing an egg on their head,” added the photographer.

Check out Ursula’s funny photos with her two dogs in the gallery below!

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One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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MoreySmith Tailors a Sartorially-Minded Headquarters for British Menswear Brand Dunhill

PROJECT NAME Dunhill
LOCATION London
FIRM MoreySmith
SQ. FT. 21,100 SQF

For Dunhill, a British menswear and leather goods brand synonymous with the term English gentleman, MoreySmith has tailored a bespoke headquarters rife with sartorial details. The heritage brand founded in 1893 occupies the erstwhile St. Petersburg Hotel in Mayfair, London, a storied 1908 red-brick building that once served as a wartime officers’ hospital. Previously, Dunhill’s 170 staffers were spread across multiple levels of a building in neighboring Marylebone—and separated even further from their showroom, located 10 minutes away. Consolidating the business under a single roof therefore topped CEO Andrew Maag’s priorities. 

MoreySmith’s headquarters for Dunhill, a luxury British menswear company, occupies a 1908 heritage building in London’s Mayfair, not far from the brand’s flagship store. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.

The new 21,100-square-foot premises locates reception, showrooms, meeting and break-out rooms, a boardroom, and an outdoor terrace on the fourth floor, with the level below accommodating open-plan plug-and-play work areas, plus the creative studio where the designers hash out their plans for the upcoming season.

Local firm MoreySmith—which has transformed workplaces for such brands as Moët Hennessy, Sony, and ASOS—won Maag over with its proposed inventive structural tweaks. To wit: a statement staircase in black steel linking the two levels, a lightwell to increase access to natural light, and a bold extension that would create a new rooftop terrace, and, overlooking it, a spacious, light-filled boardroom.

Flooring is smoked oak in a bespoke chevron pattern by White & White. Door pulls feature custom folded-brass ironmongery. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.

 

Flexibility reigns throughout the design, with rotating racks on which to hang garments and mirrored partitions in the showrooms used to divide or visually extend the space. Hand-blown fluted pendants light meeting rooms. Low-slung blackened ash and leather lounge chairs form vignettes in reception. Maag and principal architect Linda Morey-Burrows visited showrooms together to select every furnishing. (“We fed off his passion and energy,” she dishes of her design-savvy client.)

A powder-coated steel staircase links the previously unconnected floors. Its stitched leather handrail refers back to the brand’s leather goods. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.

 

Morey-Burrows took inspiration from the quality and masculinity of the brand, incorporating elements from its collections, such as saddlery stitching and brass hardware, in the design. Horsehair panels (used to structure the shoulders in Dunhill jackets) upholster a wall in reception while stitched leather wraps the reception desk and staircase handrail. Herringbone—that menswear classic—further threads Dunhill’s DNA throughout. Flooring is smoked oak in a chevron pattern; the same graphic details glass walls.

A roof terrace extension gives staffers access to outside space and the adjacent boardroom, with a custom PearsonLloyd Peggy conference table by SCP, is flooded with daylight. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.

The palette was conceived with longevity in mind, Morey-Burrows continues. “We adopted high quality, durable materials that will remain pristine long into occupation.” (Or patinate with charm, as in the leather handrails and brass door pulls.) Either way, Dunhill’s headquarters is now an apt expression of the brand, from its aura of sober refinement to its commitment to British craftsmanship.

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Space Copenhagen‘s Rén stained ash and leather lounge chairs for Stellar Works huddle around a McCollin Bryan Lens resin-top coffee table in a break-out area. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.
Walkways open up the space between the creative studio and other areas of the business, providing more natural light. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.
A lightwell in the same metal and finish as the staircase funnels more sunshine inside. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.
The 21,100-square-foot headquarters consolidates all 170 staffers and all aspects of the company—showrooms, creative, and head office—under one roof, with room for 40 percent employee growth. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant.
A frosted chevron pattern derived from menswear details glass. Photography courtesy of Philip Durrant. 

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