Posts Tagged ‘ceiling’

Kurimanzutto in Mexico City

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

This is Kurimanzutto, the Mexico City art gallery of dealers Monica Manzutto and José Kuri. Originally an old lumber yard, the building was converted into a gallery by architect Alberto Kalach. One of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever visited; impossible to tell from these photographs the feel of this place.

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Stalactite ceilings: the 60s, the 12th century

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

While looking for photos of 60s/70s stalactite and fantasy cave ceilings, I unexpectedly discovered that sculptural geometric and prism ceilings first appeared in the 12th century in Persia – probably due to increased skill with locally available gypsum plaster – and spread throughout the Islamic world and then beyond.

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Aalto’s Villa Mairea in Finland

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, built between 1937 and 1939 as a rural retreat, is considered one of the greatest houses of the 20th century. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who curated a major retrospective of Aalto’s work at the Barbican in London in 2007, says photographs give no real sense of Aalto’s buildings.

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