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Architecture, art and design


Architecture, art and design

The decorative arts are arts or crafts whose object is the design and manufacture of objects that are both beautiful and functional.

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Burj Al Arab – One and Only 7 Star Hotel in Dubai,

Started by bridget orman. Last reply by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland Jul 4, 2022. 2 Replies

Driftwood Sculptures that look like Spirits of Nature

Started by Luna Arjuna. Last reply by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA Jul 4, 2022. 2 Replies

Don't laugh...

Started by Eva Libre. Last reply by Rosmarie Heusser Feb 1. 8 Replies

Emilie Flöge and Wiener Werkstätte jewelry

Started by Nada Jung. Last reply by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland Feb 9, 2021. 1 Reply

Alicja Kwade: In Abwesenheit (In Absence)

Started by Eva Libre. Last reply by Eva Libre Oct 29, 2020. 1 Reply

100 years of Bauhaus

Started by Eva Libre Apr 13, 2019. 0 Replies

Wine Pot, ca. 18th century, China

Started by Luna Arjuna. Last reply by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA Jul 4, 2022. 2 Replies

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Comment by Luna Arjuna yesterday

Great! Let's hope Castellfollit isn't destroyed by tourism.

Comment by Rosmarie Heusser on Friday

Dar al-Hajar, also known as the Imam's Rock Palace, is a remarkable architectural marvel in the Wadi Dhahr Valley in Yemen. 🇾🇪

Built in the 1930s by Imam Yahya, a key figure in Yemen's history, the palace served as his summer residence. The structure is a striking example of Yemeni design, which blends perfectly with the rock formation on it, creating the illusion that it is an extension of the natural landscape.
The palace is famous for its unique architecture, which is characterized by tall and narrow buildings with intricate lattice and beautifully crafted windows. Inside, the palace boasts multiple floors connected by winding stairs, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. The interiors are adorned with traditional Yemeni decorations, showcasing the region's rich cultural heritage.
Today, Dar al-Hajar is a museum that allows visitors to explore its historic rooms and terraces. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Yemen, it attracts visitors from all over the world who come to marvel at its design and learn about its history. The palace is located about 15 kilometers from Sana, the capital of Yemen. Sanaa is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a history dating back over 2500 years. The city’s ancient architecture, including its famous multi-storey tower houses, provides a stunning backdrop for the Magnet Rock Palace.
Dar al-Hajar's location in the lush Wadi Dhahr valley adds to its appeal, offering a green contrast to the arid landscapes typically associated with Yemen. This oasis-like setting enhances the beauty of the palace, making it look even more enchanting for visitors.
Comment by Rosmarie Heusser on Friday

Castellfollit de la Roca is a picturesque village in Catalonia, Spain, perched dramatically atop a 50-meter-high basalt cliff formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.

With origins dating back to the 10th century, this medieval village played a crucial role in regional conflicts due to its defensible position.
The charming streets and traditional stone houses, along with the 13th-century Church of Sant Salvador, reflect its rich history.
Castellfollit de la Roca attracts visitors from around the world with its stunning views and unique geological formation...
Comment by Eva Libre on Thursday

Magnifique this design..

Comment by Rosmarie Heusser on Thursday

A woman from the Musgum tribe, Cameroon.

The musgum, an ethnic group in far north province in cameroon, created their homes from compressed sun-dried mud. the tall conical dwellings, in the shape of a shell (artillery), featured geometric raised patterns.
A characteristic settlement form is the compound, a cluster of units linked by walls. The domed huts of the musgum people are built in shaped mud, a variant of cob. cob building is the most widely used technique in the world, since no tools are needed – hands, earth and water are enough.
Comment by Luna Arjuna on June 24, 2024 at 3:21pm

André Fernand Thesmar
'Enameled Bowl', (1892)
Musee D'Orsay, Paris

Comment by Nada Jung on June 22, 2024 at 11:01pm

A medieval pathway in Calvi dell'Umbria, Italy.

Comment by Nada Jung on June 12, 2024 at 3:52pm

The Seated Woman of Çatalhöyük (also Çatal Höyük) is a baked-clay, nude female form seated between feline-headed arm-rests. It is generally thought to depict a corpulent and fertile Mother goddess in the process of giving birth while seated on her throne, which has two hand rests in the form of feline (lioness, leopard, or panther) heads in a Mistress of Animals motif. The statuette, one of several iconographically similar ones found at the site, is similar to other corpulent prehistoric goddess figures, of which the most famous is the Venus of Willendorf.

It is a neolithic sculpture shaped by an unknown artist, and was completed in approximately 6000 BC. It was unearthed by archaeologist James Mellaart in 1961 at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. When it was found, its head and hand rest of the right side were missing. The current head and the hand rest are modern replacements. The sculpture is at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, Turkey. Mellaart claimed that the figure represented a fertility goddess worshipped by the people of Çatalhöyük.

Comment by Nada Jung on June 10, 2024 at 2:07pm

"House of the Golden Bracelet"
Roman fresco (detail) from Pompeii, 1st century AD
Archaeological Museum of Naples

Comment by Nada Jung on June 10, 2024 at 2:05pm

Figurine of a Bird Goddess from the Predynastic Period in ancient Egypt, ca 3500-3400 BC. Clay, red pigment, 29.2 cm in height. Excavated at El Ma'mariya, Egypt.

Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund


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