The Cloisters New York

Manhattan’s hidden sanctuary

The Cloisters museum and gardens is like a medieval puzzle. Elements from medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Trie-sur-Baïse, Froville, and elements once thought to have come from Bonnefont-en-Comminges—and from other sites in Europe have been brought together and incorporated into the fabric of the building to create one spectacular piece of architecture. Continue reading

I love New York

If I were a bird…

I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.

― Harun Yahya

When reading this quote I thought to myself how lucky I have been to travel the world yet understand the comfort of finding a place called home. After recently moving to New York I find myself with less inclination to get on a plane and travel as everyday here seems to offer something new and exciting for all of my senses. Knowing myself well I realise that this feeling won’t last long but for the time I love being that flightless bird.

ABT American Ballet Theatre 75th Anniversary

ABT American Ballet Theatre celebrates 75th Anniversary

Last night I attended the American Ballet Theatre, who opened their season at the Lincoln Centre. Celebrating their 75th anniversary dancers and choreographers from around the world came together to show the incredible range that ballet theatre had to offer. There was romance, drama, comedy and horror from Michel Fokine, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor and Jerome Robbins. Continue reading

‘By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes’… A wickedly good pop-up book!

The future of storytelling could be very different if this beautiful pop-up book created by Davy and Kristin McGuire is anything to go by. Theatre Book – Macbeth is fabulous new take on the traditional pop-up book that brings ‘the Scottish play’ to life with miniature projection mapping.

This prototype features six pop-up pages designed like sets on a stage, with actors projected onto the paper scenery. Could this be the new way to bring a book to life?

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Heavenly design interaction

The iPad changed the way we interact with a product and today it is all about interaction. This interaction should and can be found in the most unsuspecting places. Continue reading

rio-steps

Stairs to make you stare

When visiting the Lapa steps in Rio de Janerio I was struck by how Jorge Selaron, a Chilean artist, had managed to transform a piece of everyday life into an elaborate piece of art. This brightly coloured stairway brings life to this mundane, urban area and have become a must see sight for many a tourist.

Though this may well be the most famous of intriguing stairways it does not stand alone. So here are my top 5 picks of stairs to rival Selaron’s staircase… Continue reading

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The original Mad Men returns to New York

An exhibition to celebrate acclaimed illustrator McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner’s work has opened at the Museum of the City of New York. His iconic style helped to define American advertising from the late 1940s right through to the early 1960s, capturing the culture of the time in his hand painted illustrations for campaigns and magazines. Continue reading