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Icon: Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier

“Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives’ purpose”.

Le Corbusier’s ‘chapel of our lady of the height‘ is a pilgrimage chapel, though on most days more frequented by architectural pilgrims than the intended variety. Perched on a commanding hill above the village of Ronchamp, it is the latest of a long history of chapels on the site. Its predecessor was destroyed in fighting in the Second World War, though much of its stone is used in the walls of Le Corbusier’s building.

The thick, curved walls – especially the buttress-shaped south wall – and the vast shell of the concrete roof give the building a massive, sculptural form. Small, brightly painted and apparently irregular windows punched in these thick walls give a dim but exciting light within the cool building, enhanced by further indirect light coming down the three light towers.

Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair interpreted by Paul Smith

Displayed at Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen, and subsequently sold at auction, proceeds to the Danish AIDS Foundation.

Series 7 chair, by Arne Jacobsen, for Fritz Hansen

New York City Waterfalls, Public Art Project by Olafur Eliasson

We’ve written before about Olafur Eliasson, the New York Times writes about a new project called “The New York City Waterfalls” a public art project of four man-made waterfalls rising from New York Harbor, some as high as the Statue of Liberty. Organized by the nonprofit Public Art Fund and the City of New York.

The New York City Waterfalls, by Olafur Eliasson

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Vanishing America, Architecture of Decay by Michael Eastman

Vanishing America, Cuba, Everyday Monuments by, Michael Eastman

60 Julius Shulman Prints for Sale – Case Study House #22

Shulman Portfolio #01 – Case Study House #22
Pierre Koenig, Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, California

Limited edition of 60 Silver Gelatin prints (Ilford MGD 44 M’ “Pearl”), numbered, titled and individually signed by Julius Shulman, mounted under plexiglass in black frames, 60 x 75,5 cm (23.6 x 29.7 in), released in 1999.

American photographer Julius Shulman’s images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman’s photography.

Shulman Portfolio #01 – Case Study House #22
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Man With X-Ray Eyes, Photography by Nick Veasey

You may have seen this photography in the Adobe CS2 Suite Packaging, and campaigns like Adidas, ESPN Magazine, Jimmy Choo Shoes and Levi’s.

X-Ray Photography by Nick Veasey

Noguchi Prototype Prismatic Table sells for $290,500

An Important and Rare Prototype Prismatic Table for the Alcoa Forecast Program
The Aluminum Corporation of America (Alcoa) program emphasized the artistic and functional possibilities of aluminum. Select commissioned designs were featured in full-page advertisements shot by noted photographers in widely-read weekly magazines. It is for this program that Isamu Noguchi developed the iconic design of the Prismatic table.

Isamu Noguchi, who was the third artist featured in the Forecast program in early 1957, developed an abstract three-dimensional form. Noguchi’s Prismatic tables were conceived in multiple to form a “kaleidoscope” with variant colors with the intention of adaptability. The advertisement photographed by Irving Penn used the table as a casual, yet romantic platform for dinner at home.

Prototype Prismatic Table, Sold at Auction for $290,500, by Isamu Noguchi, at Sotheby’s

Exhibition: Eric Stephany Explores Mirco & Macro

French artist Eric Stephany lives and works in Paris where is currently an artist in residence at the point ephémère artist center. his works focuses on sculpture and installation that explores symbolism through materials. he will be exhibiting this month at glassbox ‘Sans les Murs’ in Paris. 

Exhibition, by Eric Stephany
via: Designboom

CaixaForum Opens in Madrid

Madrid’s latest art museum, the CaixaForum, has opened in the heart of the city’s cultural district near the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the museum is housed in a converted 1899 power station. The building — one of the city’s few remaining examples of historically significant industrial architecture — was acquired by the foundation in 2001.

CaixaForum, by Herzog & de Meuron

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