Posts Tagged ‘belgium’

Spomenik: The End of History, by Jan Kempenaers

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Photo essay of post-war Yugoslavian monuments and architecture by Belgian artist Jan Kempenaers, from the Crown Gallery site. “Spomenik” means monument, and all of these structures were meant to commemorate WWII losses and point to progress and a generally utopian future. Thanks to the turmoil of subsequent wars in the former Yugoslavia, these brutalist monuments have fallen into disrepair.

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Ghent loft

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Via OWI – Office for Word and Image. Photo: Vercruysse Frederik

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Converted churches, Part 2: Belgium, England, Australia

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Here are three converted churches which seem much more successful than most of the examples in the last post. Above is a 19th century chapel in the Flemish village of Bazel which has been converted into 2 loft-type houses. Thanks to the amazing Office for Word and Image OWI for permission to reprint this photo here – Verne is the photographer. 

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Billykirk shoulder bag

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Why can’t more civilian bags be like this – free of bling, glitz, chacha, weird anatomical looking folds, pointless, slouchy, ruched wrinkledness, and dopey hardware? I don’t understand the bags being churned out by the big couture houses at the moment. So many of the bags I like are either military or close to military, probably because they’re beautiful by virtue of their pure functionality, simplicity and their complete lack of pointless, purely decorative features and general fussiness.

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Furniture for tiny spaces by lamaisondemarina.

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Ingenious furniture by Belgian designer Marina Bautier, who runs design studio lamaisondemarina


The “Bureau” desk has a magnetic steel top that can be raised to reveal a laptop surface plus bulletin board, and the nesting chair and stool are classic.

The “Fold” chair is solid oak, wool, foam and steel, and collapses thinly for storage. 

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