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I Make Stained Glass Inspired By Nature And I Want To Encourage People To Appreciate And Reconnect With The Natural World

My journey with glass began when after being fed up with working at various cafes, I decided it was time for a change, and I applied for a random job at a glass shop. I didn’t know anything about the glass back then, but I got the job, and day by day of working there, I became more and more fascinated with this wonderful medium.

Since then, I realized that I have discovered my real passion and I feel so inspired knowing that it is only the beginning of this exciting creative path. And what makes me feel even more joyous is that I can combine my love for glass with my enormous appreciation for nature, and inspire others to reconnect with the natural world as well as deeply appreciate all that it’s given us and is keeping on giving.

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Green Monstera Leaf

Green Monstera Leaf

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Boat With The Sunset

Boat With The Sunset

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Hummingbird II

Hummingbird II

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Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

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Fiery Monstera Leaf

Fiery Monstera Leaf

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Amber Moth

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Fern Moth

Fern Moth

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Water Element

Water Element

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Rainbow Mountains

Rainbow Mountains

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Marbled Mountains

Marbled Mountains

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Spotty Moth

Spotty Moth

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Sun & Moon Mirrors

Sun & Moon Mirrors

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Pink Knife

Pink Knife

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Fern Pendant

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Stained Glass Hanging

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Dreamy Mushrooms

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Water Element 2

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Glass Artist and Nature Lover based in Bristol, UK.
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I Handmake Costumes From The Lightweight Wearable Porcelain And Stained Glass I Created, Here Are My Best Costume Designs (New Pics)

I am a professional makeup artist and a self-taught stylist. Whenever I am trying to come up with new creatures, costumes, or sagas for a costume/makeup look, it quite often happens that some of the more beautiful materials I would love to work with are simply not usable because of their sheer weight.

I have always desired a lightweight, pliable version of porcelain and stained glass, to bring my creations to the next level, so I took it upon myself to create Porcelain 2.0—my own lightweight wearable porcelain and stained glass.

As I am sometimes inspired by some of the world’s most impossible materials for costumes, I have to spend a lot of time researching and developing ways to recreate these materials. Whenever I have a certain design inside my head, I really don’t like to make concessions, as I am not only trying to create a character but rather a whole story, and it’s all in the details.

Being locked up at home during the beginning phases of COVID-19 gave me a lot of time to experiment with a multitude of techniques and materials, sometimes successful, but quite often, not so successful. But it eventually led to the creation of faux porcelain and faux stained glass. The whole process for a single piece of costume still takes 3 weeks.

I already had an amazing year by achieving the first place during the COVID-19 edition of the World Bodypainting Festival, and with this new technique, I can only hope to see the likes of Rihanna or Lady Gaga wearing one of my costumes when the whole world will become a bit safer again!

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I stared making costume designs out of my own lightweight wearable porcelain and stained glass. Here’s One Last Dance, for a Sacred Heart

Photographer: Au contraire photography

Model: Acid doll

It was a quiet, but surprisingly warm autumn day,
when the sun shone through the tinted glass and
created a spectacle only to be compare to a group of people dancing without a worry in the world.
It created an un unexpected warmth in the otherwise
so cold Mausoleum and no tears would be shed today.
As the sun would paint the graves with colours, so it would paint their keeper.
Bit by bit, pieces of tinted glass would manifest out of thin air,
and gold thorns would grow around them,
connecting to each other, becoming one, becoming her
She was to dance on their graves one last time, before the cold winter nights would fill the atmosphere.
with an air so cold it would take your breath.
She would dance not out of spite, but out of love.
One last dance for the remaining souls not ready to cross over,
One last dance to fill them with warmth of the sun,
One last dance to keep them going
One last dance as they become one.

Stained glass couture

Stained glass headdress

Stained glass corset

This was a bit of Eureka moment when I found out how to make the stained glass round shaped for the cups.

Wraith of the flying Dutchman

Photographer: Sanne van Bergenhenegouwen
Model: Lara Aimée

Completely handmade and hand-painted design. Finished with real porcelain beads.

Beatrice—a classic fairytale story

Model: Zoe Spakman

As Beatrice had been working in the castle since long before the incident, she knew the place like the back of her hand: 12 teapots, 78 bottles of red wine, and 130 teacups, she could go on and on.

But there was one little teacup which was special, her favorite. A teeny weeny chipped teacup, of which you could barely see it had been damaged. Therefore she didn’t think of it as damaged. It had lived and survived, proven to be strong, and was a small keepsake to stay strong during these dark and cold long nights.

While sitting at the kitchen table, contemplating about what to serve for breakfast she suddenly heard a loud shout: “BEATRICEEE!!! WHO IS THIS MAN KNOCKING AT MY DOOR, DISTURBING MY SOLITUDE?”

Baroque porcelain corset

Inspired by some of the 17th/ 18th century most beautiful ornamental paintings.

Baroque inspired gauntlets

Baroque porcelain corset

This was my first faux porcelain corset I made during COVID-19 isolation.

Delft blue corset

Since I’m a Dutchie, I had to make a delft blue inspired corset!

Here some of the best designs I’ve made previously

Photographer: Sanne van Bergenhenegouwen

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Model: Elena Lovebite

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Model: Kari Autumn

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Model: Nympha Ophis

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Model: Sensemielja Sumter

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Model: Xueli

Model: Nereida Deadlysin

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Model: Lara Aimée

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Candy Makeup Artist is a renowned Styling and Makeup artist hailing from the Netherlands. Well known for her bizarre and almost Tim Burton-ish theme styled design, she captivates her audience with over de top headdresses/corsets finished by a unique make-up style inspired by the bizarre. Inspired by folklore and ancient stories she tries to capture the awe of these myths by telling the story of the unknown, where everything is possible. Starting at the age of 16 by posting photo’s online, she now also teaches others, rents and sells her creations and often works on music video’s. Read more »

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Solar Flower Punch Cups

These Solar Luminaries are made from small vintage glass Punch Cups reclaimed from my local Landfill, that I hand paint with the same high temp paint that I have been using on my hand painted projecting Light Bulbs for 20 years. It is a water base color that is permanent and weather resistant once cured. I find these glasses at the recycle center at the dump. Many times I find a whole Punch bowl full of Punch Cups that were left over from an estate sale.

Even tho I sometimes find multiples of the same Punch Cup, I hand paint each one so these Luminaries are one of a kind and will most likely vary somewhat from the photos. The photos show a variety of examples of the effects similar to what you will receive. All are unique and beautiful!

When they light up automatically at night time each one creates a one of a kind stained glass effect by projecting the painted colors and images from the painting along with the textured patterns from the glass onto the surface it illuminates!!!(i.e. patio table, deck railing, etc)

The Solar powered LEDs are sourced from local landfills too, from old yard lights that people threw away when they weren’t lighting up anymore. Most of them would have worked again if the rechargeable battery inside was changed but many people don’t realize they have batteries even tho they are solar powered so the whole path light gets thrown ‘away’ batteries and all. *THESE ARE NOT CHEAP STORE BOUGHT SOLAR LIGHTS THAT I THROW AWAY THE PARTS I DONT WANT LIKE MANY OTHER ‘RECYCLED OR REPURPOSED SOLAR LIGHTS’!!!* I find these solar yard lights at my recycle center at the dump, recycle the batteries, refurbish the solar charging units, often times even rebuilding the circuit boards. I reuse all of the parts from the discarded Solar Lights that I can!

So the only parts of these Luminaries that are not Reclaimed from my local landfills are the Paint and new high quality rechargeable batteries, plus sometimes I relplace the whole circuit board with ones that I put together myself on custom designed PCBs!

Each piece is totally unique and variations from the pics in size, shape, pattern, and brightness should be expected. They like at least 4 hours of bright, direct Sunlight and fully charge in 8 hours.

These average from:

-3 – 4.5 inches in diameter and 3 – 4 inches tall

-1.5 – 4.5 Lumens

-350 – 900 Mah AAA – AA rechargeable batteries

– 6-12 hours per night on an 8 hour charge

Hand-Painted Solar Luminaries from ALL Reclaimed materials are my own ORIGINAL creation. 

*I guarantee my paint will NEVER melt, burn, fade, peel, crack, bubble, smoke, smell, etc… EVER! It will NOT emit any sort of toxic fumes or offgas in any way.*



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30 Weird And Unusual Bathroom Designs

Columns, stained glass and oil paintings probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you’re thinking about bathrooms. Well, believe it or not, not everyone’s bathrooms are as utilitarian as yours.

Members of the Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared Facebook group are sharing their weird and unusual bathroom designs and you’ll be surprised how different they are from your regular shower, sink and toilet combo. And who knows, maybe they’ll make you realize that a chandelier and some carpeting is what your bathroom was missing all these years.

Check out people’s craziest bathroom designs in the gallery below!

#1 Our Bedroom Has A Master Bath Attached, That’s Hidden Behind A “Painting” Door. Makes For A Good Panic Room As Literally No Visitor Has Figured It Out Without A Prompt

Image source: Cassandra Bader Dupre

#2 When We Moved House And Walked Into This Bathroom Our Mouths Dropped. We Had Never Seen A Roman Bath In A Rental Before

Image source: Cameron Olson

#3 Chicago Bungalow Circa 1930. Beautiful Pink Crackle Subway Tile. I Would Never Change It!

Image source: Jennifer Yager

#4 My Moms 1929 Original Bathroom In Her House. The Shower Was Redone But They Saved Most Of The Tile To Redo It. The Floor Of Course Is Not Original In The Shower

Image source: Ayla Fisher

#5 Here Are The Untouched Seventies Bathrooms In My New House

Image source: Sarah Balentine

#6 My New Home, I Bought This Because Of This Bathroom!

Image source: Laurie Steele-Slaughter

#7 Mine Is My Favorite Room In The House. 1910 Victorian

Image source: Lora Davis Winkle

#8 I’ve Been Seeing Endless Photos Of Bathrooms And I Was Like Wait My Bathroom Is Cool Too

Image source: Kimberly Caruana

#9 Thrifted Bathroom

Image source: Katie Fletcher

“The bath was a swap for a table and chairs. The rack inside the bath I found in a friends back yard. The fireplace on the left was salvaged, the plants were all gifts. The white glass panel with a mirror came out of a skip, the horn was in the attic, the boat was a gift from a friend who had been left it by an uncle and they didn’t have a home for. The sink was a skip find, the rugs from charity shops and finally Gingerbollox the cat who was on Gumtree.”

#10 Sunken Tub With Original Vomiting Swan Hardware And Zen, Rock-Garden Alcove

Image source: Maggie Bee Crowley

#11 My Great Grandparent’s Upstairs Bathroom. This Was My Favorite Room! I Always Said That I Would Keep It The Same If I Ever Were Able To Own It. I’m Sure It’s Not Everyone’s Taste

Image source: Carissa Reilly-Weedon

#12 It All Started With The Antique Galvanized Wash Tub Found In A Junk Store That I Turned Into A Sink Set In My Old Dining Room Buffet Now Repurposed As A Vanity

Image source: Regina Raichart

#13 The Window Is Covered Over With A Rainbow Reflecting Window Cling

Image source: Olivia Dupont

#14 The Real Estate Lady Said “I Would Keep The Subway Tiles, But You Can Easily Paint Over That Crazy Blue!” What?!? I Love The Bright Yellow With This Blue!

Image source: Trina Matteau Holub

#15 My Grandparents Half-Bath. Which Eventually Functioned As A Painting Studio For My Grandma. I Think She Was Obsessed With Owls

Image source: Abigail Andresen

#16 This Is My Lavender Bathroom. The Waif By Keane Is One Of My Favorite Thrifting Finds. One Of My Sons Says She Stares Right Through His Soul. I Had No Idea Where I Was Going To Put Her Until We Redid This Bathroom

Image source: Amy Grimley

#17 Are We Sharing Unbelievably Ugly Bathrooms? I Got Y’all Beat. Satan’s Bathroom. Even The Ceiling Is Black!

Image source: Toriander Colbrunn

#18 This Is My Bathroom In My Apartment, The Mirror Bathroom! Even The Countertops Are Mirror!

Image source: Krissy Renèe

#19 Meet The Psychedelic Orange Bathroom. Corner Toilet, Stuccoed Walls, Wondrous Wallpaper, Orange Formica Vanity

Image source: Fredrika Loew

#20 My Bathroom. People Either Love It Or Really Hate It

Image source: Chalise Walker

#21 My Parents Pepto Bismol Bathroom

Image source: Megg Lamm

#22 I Also Didn’t Care For It When I Bought This Place 30 Years Ago, But I Ended Up Decorating Around It

Image source: Willow Carver

#23 Here Are The Untouched Seventies Bathrooms In My New House

Image source: Sarah Balentine

#24 Our House Built In 1939 Came With This Crazy Under The Stairs Bathroom We Call The “Mole Hole”. There Are Three Steps Down Into This Powder Room. It’s Kind Of Fun Directing Our Guests To It After They’ve Had A Bit To Drink

Image source: Beatrice Kerr

#25 My Grandparents Built This House In 1985 And I Bought It 2 Years Ago. This Is My Favorite Room! (All Except For The Pink Carpet)

Image source: Sarah Monte

#26 This Is Our Guest Bathroom In Our Mid-Century Ranch

Image source: Melissa Coward

#27 The Bathroom In Our Rental Property. It Had A Maroon Toilet Too But It Was Broken And Had To Be Replaced With A Boring White One

Image source: Bianca Sasha Moore

#28 Metallic Zebra Print Wallpaper And Cow Print Plush Curtains Ps: This Is In A Basement And Those Are Fake Windows

Image source: Kell Nelson

#29 You’ve Seen The Lavender Bathroom. You’ve Seen The Lime Green Bathroom. I Humbly Add My Jarringly Bright Sunshine Yellow Round Kiddie Pool Sized Bathtub!

Image source: Leslie Fahey

#30 This Is My Parents. Instead Of Changing It When They Bought The Place, They Just Embraced It

Image source: Sarah Carter-Leiterman

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32 Creative Projects People Finished While Stuck In Quarantine

Being stuck in quarantine can get boring really fast, especially if you just eat, sleep and watch Netflix all the time. But it’s only boring if you make it boring and some people actually saw it as a great opportunity to take up new projects and hobbies.

People are sharing the most creative projects they’ve completed while self-isolating and they might inspire you to get busy. From making picnic tables for squirrels and tanks for cats to crafting full-sized dining tables, check out people’s coolest quarantine projects in the gallery below!


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Trying to keep my kids busy! Painters tape + washable markers. Looks like stained glass!


Image source: Fernando Tepetate

Day 14 of quarantine, I made his table to the squirrel in the garden and I even put a bench in case you have an appointment


Image source: PheonixSsmus

Took me all afternoon but I regret nothing


Image source: AprilShowers53

Just finished this miniature over the past four days of lockdown… Found out our state will be shut down till the end of April… I’m gonna have a whole apartment block by the time this is over


Image source: Kracked_Monkey

Spent the first week of quarantine building this greenhouse, all the beds are 30cm deep.


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Rusty gets an upgrade


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My daughter made this out of hot glue and painted it, then lied in wait as I found it. So proud!


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When you can’t find toilet paper needlefelt some.


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Stuck in quarantine? Build a live edge table build, start to finish


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“My mom and dad put in a lot of work to make sure it seemed as real as possible. My mom even made my dad memorize lines!”


Image source: JonnyWill25


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Image source: Possible-Bullfrog, Josh is Joshin

Guy constructed a fort for his stressed doctor wife to relax in after work during the pandemic


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Finally finished my quarantine craft!


I Finished Painting Coraline For My Halloween Display. She’s 6ft By 4ft


Image source: Blanco Vista Elementary PE

I’m not an art teacher, but this is pretty awesome. Design your own design with tape, have kids use colored chalk, when finished peel the tape, and you have a masterpiece!


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The Social Distancing Serving Spoon is complete! Price is $1,200 for single purchaser and $2,400 for married couples, plus an additional $500 for each child.


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Quarantine so I made a ship’s wheel out of oak.


Image source: Bree_banana


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I had a lot of time on my hands as a result of the quarantine, so I decided to build a bar in my garage


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First week of lockdown and I’m climbing the walls


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Image source: MagsSanders

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17 Artists Suggested Their Own Ideas For The Notre Dame Cathedral Reconstruction

Back on April 15, Paris suffered a disaster that touched the hearts of many Parisians and other people worldwide – the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, a 15-hour-long inferno that destroyed a big part of the cathedral’s roof along with its iconic spire. However, most of the building survived the fire and people from all over the world have donated money to help rebuild it. And while many believe that the cathedral should be rebuilt to its original state, some artists are offering their own unique ideas for the reconstruction.

A few days after the fire, France decided to host a design competition for the cathedral’s spire replacement. Edouard Philippe, the prime minister of France, said that they were looking for a fresh look “adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era”. Many artists responded to this competition and you can see some of the most interesting projects in the gallery below!



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Image source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

In his project called ‘Palingenesis’, architect Vincent Callebaut tried to combine science, art, and spirituality into one beautiful glass creation. The architect imagined a garden under the glass exterior that would serve as both aesthetic and nourishing purposes. “Transparency, sharing and openness to our society’s development: such are the ideas conveyed by this new, diaphanous forest of Notre-Dame, outlining the new face of the Church in the 21st century. A dynamic, agile and contemporary Church,” says the architect.


Image source: studio NAB

Studio NAB propose a greenhouse on top of the cathedral and even beehives inside the spire.


Image source: studiotjoa

“Our Proposal for the new roof and spire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris: A Phoenix rises from the ashes. The spire, clad in sand cast copper panels, emerges from the blackened stainless steel roof supported by flame charred glulam trusses in remembrance of what was and what can become.”


Image source: summumarchi

“A proposal by summumarchi gives access to Notre Dame’s attic to make it a commemorative park, with purple colors in memory of the fire, while taking advantage of this enormous generosity of donations to make it a sanctuary for animals and insects even more threatened in cities. May this reconstruction serve the environment, and demonstrate to the rest of the world the knowledge of our French companions of how to deal with magnificent, technical, timeless architecture at the highest level possible. A symbol for future generations.”


Image source: honored_art

“Upward motion, an idea of mine for Notre Dame’s spire”


Image source: Norman Foster

Architect Norman Foster says his spire design resembles a “super-slender needle touching heaven’s clouds” and supposedly would give the structure more light.


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“This subject is very sensitive for reasons that are easily understood. The wood that the construction was made out of as well as its assemblages and age make it a remarkable and honorable creation. It is hard to imagine that there would be another option than rebuilding the identical roof structure and the roof by using all the documents we have. Just like the castle of Guédelon, that is being rebuilt using the knowledge of our ancestors, Notre-Dame de Paris could also become a huge open-air educational project. In a few decades, this tragic episode would fade and as a result we would have a brand new roof of the Cathedral. But if we think about it, would we really be satisfied with this result? What other pleasure would we find besides that of comforting us in the certainty that everything is eternal?”


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“Our proposal for the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral is to use one element that it has the best, the stained glass.

Make all the cover in stained glass, including the tower, with transparency to the inner side, through the opening of the vaults, leaving only the structures flying buttresses.

In Gothic there is the connection of the earth to the sky, and inside the Cathedral, the natural illumination multiplies in colors through the filter of the cover in stained glass.

At night the inner illumination turns into a grandiose retro backlit coverage.”


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“Some say that we should rebuild the spire as it was originally. Others say that we should design a new one. So, let’s build a new one as it was… 8 days ago”


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“NOUVELLE DAME – Proposal for a new cover of Notre Dame, París”


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“Today the French architecture board website reads, ’Heritage, ancient or contemporary, is a revealing and structuring element of our culture, and we must inculcate ourselves to keep alive these markers but also built today the markers of our time’.Ultimately, I trust in France’s cultural core and its decision makers to have the audacity to move forward while retaining The Lady’s timeless image. I can only hope the project will be humble but innovative, delicate, beautiful and engaged,created by highly skilled people around a common table.”



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“A single element used, stained glass. No new architectural features, no intervention elements (redesign), no ego, no artistic aspirations.

The material specified for this, stained glass, is made of a high-tech glass produced by a renowned and traditional French factory. The glasses have sun protection, without changing the desired aesthetic.

The windows offer greater thermal comfort inside the Cathedral, greater natural light, reduces external noise.”


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“It’s a tragedy. Nothing would ever return over 850 years of beauty, but it’s time to [rebirth] Notre-Dame. In Gothic times builders [tried] to reach the sky, Le Duc [tried] it also in 19th century and have come closer. Now it’s possible to make it happen. Lightweight crown that connects heaven with earth.”


Image source: kissthearchitect

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Designers Bring The Interior Of Famous Paintings To Life

Paintings of historical interiors are always fascinating as they are a glimpse of the stylistic conventions from past eras. They give us an insight into a past life, decorating trends of the time, people’s lifestyles and, of course, the state of mind of the artist who created them. They give us a wonderful opportunity to discover the past!

With this in mind, we wouldn’t lie saying that such paintings as Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Bedroom’, Grant Wood’s ‘The Sun Shine on the Corner’, Wassily Kandinsky’s ‘Interior (My Dining Room)’ and many more, are historical records. UK-based creative agency NeoMam decided to revive these famous paintings and for their client Home Advisor create paintery interiors as if they were real-life rooms of the modern world.

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Designers Show How Much Interior Design Has Changed Over The Past 600 Years (12 Pics)

If you ever visited your grandparents’ or your great grandparents’ homes, you probably noticed how differently their rooms are decorated when compared to your own place. But have you though how the same rooms might have looked four, five or even six hundred years ago?

The designers at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services, have created a unique project that shows how much the interior design trends changed over the past 600 years. From the wooden panels in Renaissance apartments to the funky and abstract furniture in postmodern style homes, check out the interior design trends throughout the years in the gallery below!

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Renaissance (1400 – 1600)

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“Art and culture were reborn as the French Renaissance spread across Europe. Architects found a renewed enthusiasm for ornate decoration and fine detail, inspired by a new sense of humanism and freedom. Arabesque and Asian influences revitalized the decorative arts, and careful attention to symmetry and geometry brought a new sense of harmony to European interiors.

We designed the cabinet in our Renaissance living room image in the shape of a small palazzo (palace) which was common at the time. Its columns and balconies echo the shape of the building, evoking harmony. The Turkish rug is inspired by one seen in a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, a German painter who lived in Renaissance-era London. Rugs like this were first woven in western Turkey in the 14th century and became very popular in Renaissance Europe.”

Baroque (1590 – 1725)

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“Turkish rugs fell out of fashion during the Baroque period, as more opulent and elaborate architecture required fixtures and fittings to match. The Catholic Church was the first to develop this new sense of affluence as an attempt to impress the uneducated masses with their wealth and power. Hence the frames of the Louis XIV-style suite seem to be dripping with gold.

Beneath the gilded finish, the frame of the furniture was often made from tropical wood. Other exotic materials such as ivory were popular, and surfaces such as floors and table-tops were usually marble. Our color scheme here is dramatic and sensual. The play of light around a baroque living room would have been exaggerated to create a sense of movement and enormity.”

Rococo (1700)

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“Towards the end of the Baroque period, a subset of the style briefly stole the limelight. Rococo style (from the French word rocaille, meaning shell ornamentation) was famous for just three decades during the reign of Louis XV. It is lighter, more whimsical, and freer than Baroque. For some, it better suited the intimacy of the family home than the grand church style that came before it.

The shell and floral motifs in our Rococo living room are typical of the style’s more playful influence on home décor. The cabriole legs and scroll feet of the furniture delicately balance high-spirits and elegance. Social gatherings in the home were becoming more common in the early 18th century. The Rococo style allowed homeowners to demonstrate their wealth and taste without appearing showy or stuffy.”

Neoclassical (1780 – 1880)

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“The late Georgian era ushered in a new age of architecture that responded to the Baroque and Rococo periods. The rediscovery of Pompeii contributed to new understandings of Roman and Greek architecture. This inspired a movement towards more ‘tasteful,’ refined, and timeless design principles, free from the pomp and novelty of the Baroque trend.

Notice the straight lines and logical, almost mathematical layout of our Neoclassical living room. These design principles were spread throughout Europe by artists studying at the French Academy in Rome. Note the column-like shape of the fireplace, lamps, and paneling. Colors were mild and undramatic. A plain palate emphasized the stoic, superior sense of form that the Neoclassical embodied.”

Arts and Crafts (1860 – 1910)

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“The Arts and Crafts movement began in England as a reaction against the mechanization of creativity and the economic injustices of the industrial age. It was not so much a style as an approach, putting the responsibility for design and craft back in the hands of skilled workers. However, Arts and Crafts interiors shared an aesthetic of simplicity, quality of material, and a connection to nature.

The ideas and look of the Arts and Crafts movement spread to American living rooms via the influence of touring architect-designers, journals, and society lectures. Gustav Stickley was America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer. You can see his influence in the chunky, function-led woodwork of the furniture in the image, which makes a feature of exposed joinery. This emphasis on wood, brass, and the artisan’s touch gives Arts and Crafts interiors a dark, earthy, and textured palette.”

Art Nouveau (1890 – 1920)

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“Art Nouveau was a ‘new art’ for a new century. Interior designers paired handcraft with new industrial techniques, which often made for an expensive process. Furniture and fittings were extravagant and modern, exhibiting the influence of Japanese art, which European artists were seeing for the first time near the end of the 19th century.

The vases and lamps in our Art Nouveau living room are inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the celebrated artist and first Design Director at Tiffany’s. His glass-blown forms were a tribute to the natural world, and their lush, iridescent and swirling colors are typical of Art Nouveau.”

Art Deco (1920s to 1960s)

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“If Bauhaus and Modernism were the utilization of 20th-century advances, Art Deco was a glamorous celebration. Interior designers were inspired by the geometry and motion of the machine age, materials, and symbols of ancient cultures, and rebirth in nature. And they weren’t afraid to use them all together.

Designers created a feeling of opulence by using a wide range of materials, including lacquered wood, stained glass, stainless steel, aluminum, jewels, and leather. Bold colors and striking contrasts conjured power and confidence.

Strong, straight lines echo through the fireplace and mirror trim to the skyscrapers in the woodcuts on the wall. Note also how these lines boldly counterpoint the shell-shaped sofa, flowing chairs, and spiky ornaments and houseplant.”

Modernism (1880 – 1940)

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“Like the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism is less of a style than a philosophy. “A house is a machine for living in,” said Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier, the pioneer of Modernism. The Modernist living room utilized the latest materials and technologies. It was designed to be comfortable, functional, and affordable. Beauty was a bonus, although elegant design solutions were highly valued.

These ‘limits’ proved inspiring to the first generation of professional ‘interior designers.’ The table you see above is inspired by a famous design by Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi. It consists only of a plate of glass, two identical wooden supports, and a pivot rod to hold them together. The original Anglepoise lamp was invented by an engineer who was inspired by his work on vehicle suspension – demonstrating the close connection between Modernist interiors and the 20th-century industry.”

Bauhaus (1919 – 1934)

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“The Bauhaus (rhymes with ‘cow-house’) was a hugely influential German school of art and architecture. It existed for just 14 years until the Nazi government closed it down in 1933. Bauhaus design was a radical subset of Modernism, with greater emphasis on the human spirit and the craftsperson. As with Modernism, form followed function. Bauhaus interiors were true to their materials, meaning that they didn’t hide the underlying structure of a furniture piece to make it pretty.

Our Bauhaus rug is inspired by the work of Anni Albers, a graduate and teacher of the Bauhaus school. Albers experimented with shape and color to produce textiles that were equally art and craft. The lamp is modeled after the MT8 or ‘Bauhaus Lamp.’ Its circular, cylindrical, and spherical parts create geometric unity and can be built with minimal time and materials. This type of opaque lampshade had only previously been seen in industrial settings.”

Mid-Century Modern (1930 – today)

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“The Mid-Century Modern movement emerged as a softer, suburban take on Modernism, integrating natural elements. Interior designers introduced rustic elements and freer use of color inspired by Scandinavian and Brazilian furniture trends. Materials such as rattan, bamboo, and wicker felt both natural and modern when brought into the living room in the form of chairs, mirrors, and trim.

Statement lighting remains a simple way to add pizzazz to a well-used family living room. The lampshade and standing lamp in our picture both borrow formal elements from Modernism and Bauhaus but have the playful look of repurposed outdoor tools. The bright mustard of the armchair and vases exemplify the common Mid-Century Modern technique of pairing muted neutrals with a saturated signature color.”

Postmodern (1978 – today)

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“Postmodern design can trace its artistic influences from epoch-defining surrealist, Marcel Duchamp, to Pop Art’s crown jester, Andy Warhol, to the ambiguous Bad Taste of Jeff Koons. It all came together in the 1980s when designers threw off the shackles of Modernism and approached interiors with a sense of humor and the brash confidence we associate with the decade.

In a Postmodern living room, every piece is a talking piece – because each one has a double-meaning or visual joke to unpack. The arches in our image question classical ideals of form, both flattening and unflattening a traditionally austere shape with an optical illusion conjured by their irreverent color palette. The rug’s meaning is simpler. It adds a rock n’ roll feel with its vinyl record shape – a Warhol-like ironic celebration of late 20th-century materialism.”

Contemporary (1980s – today)

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“A cluttered age calls for a pared-back living room. Today’s contemporary style borrows the clean lines of Modernism and the airy, outdoors feel of the Mid-Century Modern home. Interior designers in the late 2010s love to give a nod to Bauhaus by peeling away surfaces to show the materials at work. However, today’s cutting-edge building materials and textiles can sit happily alongside repurposed industrial features from past eras.

The smooth, bare floor and uncluttered walls of our contemporary living room create a typical sense of space and light. Abstract art on the walls prevents the area from feeling empty and draws out the subtle style of the otherwise minimalist surroundings. Observe, too, the use of line to draw your eye around, such as the horizontal central light, which is both extraordinary and very simple – and seems to widen and heighten the room.”

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