Posts Tagged ‘museum’

Endangered 5000 year old ancient practice of making silk from mollusc slime

Friday, January 15th, 2016

“Haste doesn’t live here,” says one sign on the door. Another inside says “Nothing in this room is for sale.” An Italian woman named Chiara Vigo is the last living master of the ancient textile tradition of spinning “baysuss” or silk produced from the fibres exuded by a giant mediterranean mollusc. The craft is referenced in the holy books of more than one religion and is said to go back 5000 years.

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Mick Jagger in Peru

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I was talking to the very knowledgeable owner of a shop of antique weaving in Cuzco, Peru, and after a while he mentioned that Mick Jagger had been in the shop two years before. When I asked if Jagger was in Peru to do a gig, he said no, he had come to see Machu Picchu.

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Architecture in the movies, Part 4 – Aeon Flux

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Berlin’s modernist and contemporary architecture stands in for Aeon Flux‘s fictional city of Bregna in the year 2415 with surprisingly little alteration. When will modernist and contemporary architecture not seem so futuristic?

Obviously modern architecture is still space-age in the popular unconscious, and not only space-age but on some level its aesthetics and utopian aspirations are clearly under suspicion.

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Everyone loves the lamps in the Palais de Tokyo cafe

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Various incarnations of the cafe in the Palais de Tokyo art museum in Paris, and its simple but excellent lamp array. A selection of Flickr photos by pavilion tone, Purple Cloud, roryrory, photocapy, and jennylampstand. Michael Lin’s flower floor was recently removed.

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Depth in surfaces – Wang Shu’s Ningbo Museum

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Museum designed and built as if by archeological time. The Ningbo Historic Museum was designed by Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio. Photos by Iwan Baan, via archdaily. I think of this as “archeotecture.”

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