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XYZ AXIS

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Matt W. Moore has a fantastic show on display at Cincinnati’s YES Gallery. Entitled XYZ Axis, the installation includes 15 original canvases that were all created on the spot without preparation. Matt arrived with no art, no supplies nor a plan. He just went to work. The end result was a colorful array of his vector style imagery. Using spray paint as his medium he describes, “This was an honest attempt to achieve the same depth and abstract geometry of my digital work.” We think he nailed it. In addition, Matt also painted a massive mural in downtown Cincinnati. We have a few photos of the show posted below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, events

ACTA MIMIC HOTEL

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The folks at Equip architects give an old space new life with their latest project for ACTA MIMIC HOTEL. Located in Barcelona’s El Ravel neighborhood, the hotel draws on the city’s energy and projects it back to visitors and passerbys. Using a transclucent screen, the hotel’s entire facade changes. Bright colors and vibrant characters adorn the walls and bring an electric atmosphere to the streets of El Ravel. We have a few images of the project posted below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: hotels, art & design, innovations

ROOM WITH A VIEW

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This is incredible. Thanks to Designboom we recently discovered the ingenious works of Tatzu Nishi – a japanese artist insisting that if you can’t have a room with a view why not build it. By taking an unconventional approach to place and space Nishi constructs works that literally wrap historic pieces of art with well-fashioned interiors reminiscent of high-end hotel rooms. It could be a statue, a cross on top of a cathedral or even a clock tower. Instead of searching for the view, he brings the view to you. Ever since the 90s Nishi has created these installations, and thanks to Designboom we get a closer look at a few of his projects. You can view them here. Click Read More for a few select photos and more information.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: architecture, hotels, art & design

KARIM RASHID'S DNA

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We love Karim Rashid’s interpretation of city street lights. As one of our generation’s most prolific designers, he continues to add futuristic stylings and bright colored elements to the ecology of everyday life. Pictured above is a project he did for the italian company SLIDE. Entitled DNA – the folks at SLIDE describe it as “…a weave of lights, colors and suggestions, all illuminated with LED technology – a revisiting of traditional luminous decorations.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, art & design, innovations

KEHINDE WILEY

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Kehinde Wiley is a master of color and culture. Known for his portraitures of young black and brown males, his unique expression makes his work memorable. It resonates. Sure there’s the obvious attributes that scream for attention. It could be the bright and beautifully placed colors, or the contemporary youth posing in ways influenced by the old renaissance – either way it’ll grab your attention. But in our opinion, the most compelling aspect of his work is the way his subjects look back at you. There’s something about their gaze that paints the intangible. It’s emotional, thought-provoking and perhaps the most subtle beauty of his work. If you find yourself in New York anytime soon, we highly recommend checking out his latest exhibition entitled The World Stage Series at the Roberts & Tilton Gallery. We have a few photos from the exhibit posted below.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, people, events

HIROSHI x STARBUCKS

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Hiroshi Fujiwara adds his distinctive cool to Starbucks by renovating one of their most popular cafes in Harajuku, Tokyo. His talent for minimal design ushers in a modern aesthetic by tastefully combining industrial elements with more natural ones. The timing is perfect too. Just a few weeks ago, Starbucks dropped the name from its acclaimed logo and opted for a minimal icon-only reincarnation. Below we have a few photos from the interior of the Harajuku Cafe. Next time you’re in Tokyo check it out. Click Read More for additional information to view the photos.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: food, art & design, people

HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS

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Heaven or Las Vegas is a fantastic exhibit on display at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City. Ivan Navarro, a chilean artist residing in Brooklyn, created a collection of neon sculptures based on the architectural foot print of 12 famous buildings worldwide. Highrise fans will love this, for instance you’ll find New York’s iconic Flatiron building and Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Tower beautifully displayed in the show. Don’t miss it. Heaven or Las Vegas is open until April 2nd. Click Read More for additional photos and information.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: architecture, art & design, events

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