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The Master of Light: James Turrell’s iconic body of work

It’s not unlikely you’ve heard the name James Turrell before, even if only in passing. This iconic artist’s body of work spans approximately 50 years, inviting spectators to view light in a different way, and explore its relationship with their own perceptions. The son of an aeronautical engineer, James Turrell obtained his pilot’s license at just 16 years old, and ever since then has had a fascination with light. Having further trained in perceptual psychology, Turrell has continued to push…

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Paying homage to Denmark’s natural beauty

Located in the south of Jutland, Denmark, Wadden Sea Centre is quietly unassuming, even at first glancing lying in balance between being seen and letting its surroundings take centre stage. Initiated in 2017, the Wadden Sea Centre was given a modern, rather sculptural update by Copenhagen-based architecture firm Dorte Mandrup. The Wadden Sea Centre was designed to be a throughway to UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadden Sea, its mudflats seeing 15 million birds yearly stopping each year along their migratory…

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Modern living in Antwerp

How an empty penthouse apartment became a Minimalist haven… Presented with a completely blank canvas, an entrepreneur couple’s penthouse in the Westkaai Towers in Antwerp became a bright, modern haven. Situated at the top of the David Chipperfield-designed building on the waterfront neighbourhood of Eilandje, the owners were looking for something different from the original plans drawn up by the developer. And so, the 220 square metre penthouse became the ultimate clean slate with which Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft could truly…

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ICONIC NIEMEYER MODERNISM: Where thoughtful construction meets playful design

Built in 1951 and situated just outside of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa das Canoas is considered to be one of the most significant and quintessential examples of modernist Brazilian architecture. Casa das Canoas embodies Oscar Niemeyer’s Brazilian Modernist roots with exemplary tropical charm, touching upon the topography and abundant nature embracing the family home, all while keeping in mind the archetypal modernist elements of the movement of which he was an iconic contributor. The…

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Daring Design: Iconic architecture around the world

Which architect surprises with the most spectacular design? Which creative thinks oustide the box, resulting in an iconic piece of architecture? These triumphs of contemporary architecture are daring. They surprise and inspire.   Zaha Hadid Architects, 2012 Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku Azerbaijan   In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, Zaha Hadid Architects was selected to build the cultural centre, Heydar Aliyev Centre. The building is a break from the rigid and monumental Soviet architecture. Instead it aspires to the…

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A house of glass in the woods

In Morumbi, a suburb of São Paulo, you will find a glass house that speaks to the imagination. This ‘Casa de Vidro’ or Glass House was designed by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992). With this palace on pillars, Lina Bo Bardi had a glass tree house in mind. She wanted to design a house that offered shelter from the elements whilst also being aesthetically pleasing. Together with her husband Pietro Maria Bardi she lived here until the end…

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Zen spirit: wandering off to dreamy places

We stay at home, but wander off to better places like for example to the lovely interior of CasaCook in Chania. The sleek design with an ethnic and earthly influences make this place a source of inspiration. The CasaCook resort is a beautiful interpretation of ‘laid-back luxury’. Raw concrete, warm yet muted hues and strong textures are the protagonists of this play. A brutalist aesthetic that offers a welcome home to the savvy traveller.   Zen spirit at home The…

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HOTSPOT: London’s Prettiest Pink Pizzeria

Say hello to millennial pink walls, Italian styled plant-based pizza’s and an incredible interior design. Subtle nods to the past embrace the history of the neighbourhood in such a minimalist yet perfect way. No doubt about it, London’s Humble Pizza is totally Instagram ready and here to stay.     Meet this new kid on the block: Humble Pizza on London’s King’s Road. A neighbourhood associated with 1960s style and with fashion icons such as Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood. London designers Child Studio respected…

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MUST (MUST!) GO: PARADISO ART HOTEL IN IBIZA

“Party in the city where the heat is on. All night, on the beach till the break of dawn. Welcome to Miami! Bienvenidos a Miami!” Or was it Ibiza? No, your night of partying on the Spanish island didn’t get out of hand, you didn’t have too many drinks, blacked out and accidentally woke up across The Atlantic. Do not worry: you’re still in Ibiza. Decovry presents: the mind-blowing Paradiso Hotel with awesome Miami retro vibes.…

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