Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

Kurdish felt coat

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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Painted houses

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Modernist Vancouver house of the painter BC Binning, who painted his own interior and exterior murals. Photo by Arne Haraldsson. See here for more information on this heritage-protected house.

In my neighbourhood there’s a heritage program called True Colours wherein you can receive a pat on the back from heritage types and sometimes free paint if you agree to paint your house in the original house colours circa 1901.

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How to use pattern and colour tastefully.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Brick screen wall, New Delhi, by Anagram Architects

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

This brick screening wall by Anagram Architects, New Delhi, is a reminder of how imaginatively brick can be used. I’m not a fan of brick, and that’s an understatement, but context is everything. Brick works in places where the red soil from which the brick is made made is evident, and that’s not Vancouver.

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Elsbeth Kupferoth

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Fantastic 1970s geometric supergraphic textile by German designer Elsbeth Kupferoth, who deserves to be much better known. Interesting short essay on her work and more photos at The Textile Blog. Her unusual colour schemes make these designs much less dated than the more common 70s combinations.

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Siberian interiors

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

After weeks of snow in Vancouver I randomly searched for “Siberian interiors” on Flickr, just to see how snowy regions decorate. Maybe it has nothing to do with counteracting the blank endless wastes of snow, but the standard Siberian decorating philosophy seems to be “There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Pattern.” The exceptions were an amazing white shop interior in Novosibirsk, above, almost Swedish in its simplicity, and a museum version of a traditional Siberian wooden house, at bottom.

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