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24 Apr 05:52

Art Deco vs. Art Nouveau: What's the Difference?

by Nancy Mitchell
Maria Bakhareva

Такие статьи делают меня грустной пандой

An advertisement for cigarettes by Alphonse Mucha, very much in the Art Nouveau style. From Masterpiece Art via Wikimedia.

It's easy enough to get Art Nouveau and Art Deco confused, probably owing to the fact that they both start with 'art'. But Art Nouveau and Art Deco are actually two very distinct design movements, with very distinct looks, that appeared around the turn of the 20th century. After perusing this brief disambiguation, you may not be an expert on design history — but you can casually drop these two descriptors into conversations, and your friends are sure to be impressed.


05 Feb 08:05

The texture of antique leather

by Martha Muffett
Dear Nigel,

I have been contemplating the simple dish of pasta and wondering why one dish has a certain cachet that makes me want to eat it and the other is shied away from swiftly. I'm not even aware that I'm making these choices on a day to day basis - but I am.

Once upon a time, pasta was a three times a week staple for two young marrieds in their first little two-bedroom terraced house. We were sitting on the floor (as we couldn't afford a sofa) and eating off a wallpapering table. All available cash was going on stripping the doors and damp proofing the walls. And pasta enabled us to eat.

Over the years it morphed into the once or twice a week family dish - usually a Lasagna or bolognaise - until eventually it became once a week, and then PERHAPS once a week. It is not that I particularly want to bring back pasta dominance into our weekly menu, but I wonder how it got to be so unimportant and forgotten.

Nowadays, if its pasta then there has to be a more exciting accompaniment or sauce to go with it: Something that works, something that has a certain wow factor to it. Sometimes, I am disappointed with what I produce, or just not very inspired. But lately I have come to realise that there is a reason for this; something that I have been missing, or hit and missing without realising its relevance - and that is the texture of the pasta itself.

Looking at the packets of pasta on the supermarket shelf, it is easy to miss this small detail. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Why wouldn't you choose that packet of bright yellow linguine rather than the rather old, tired looking one next to it which looks frankly a bit dried out and possibly out-of-date? Surely the former has been made with free-range, organic eggs to achieve that colour, you might reason. Not so. Dried pasta is extruded through a machine using either a bronze or a silicon die. The bronze die extrudes pasta at a slower rate (hence it is more expensive to produce), but it leaves a rougher texture to the pasta - like that of an antique leather sofa - which allows the sauce to cling to it better. The silicon die leaves a smooth surface and a brighter yellow colour. How often have you eaten out and been given a dish of pasta only to find half the sauce remaining at the end of the meal? or perhaps they fudged things by using too thick a sauce?

It's a small thing, perhaps, but I am aware that pasta is making a come back in this house. I don't begrudge paying slightly more for it when the over-all cost of the dish is usually considerably less than some of the other meals I cook. We eat less pasta these days, quantity-wise. No longer is there a huge heap to be ploughed through. Sometimes the pasta is almost the accompaniment to the other ingredients, or at least an equal part.

Tonight, however, I am making 'food for a windy night.' I am making 'Artichoke "tartiflette"' (page 27) - 'Not just a hot meal to fatten and fill, but something that will warm our very souls'. It is inspired by the 'Alpine dish of tartiflette, whose layers of potatoes, onions, smoked bacon and Reblochon cheese help to thaw out skiers and snowboarders alike'. It is pertinent as number two son, Christopher, has just moved to Geneva with his Brazilian girlfriend, Beatriz. Only there a week and he sends me a photo of them skiing in the Alps. Lucky boy. Lovely to see him looking so happy and alive.

Your dish involves those lovely little knobbly vegetables - such a pain to peel - called Jerusalem artichokes. Their taste is so wonderfully earthy and deep that all is soon forgiven. We sit down to a large plate of melting softness. The cold is swiftly driven out. It is good; very good. The interplay between the stronger flavours of the Jerusalem artichokes, the Reblochon cheese and the lardons is well-balanced. The 'pale milky curds (of the Reblochon) melt into  a velvety blanket, and whose flavour softens upon heating.'
We feel complete as we curl up on the sofa.

(Small note: Although you say you have to rechristen this dish 'fartiflette' the next day....hence a windy night in your place....I have to say that it didn't have quite that effect over here! Thank goodness: It's a small house.)

Love Martha x

24 Dec 17:27

Szívből jövő dallamok

by Vero
Maria Bakhareva

бог ты мой, какая у нас тут консерватория восхитительная (восхищаюсь ей снаружи, но интерьеры ващще)

Nézz be!


"Megmondom a titkát édesem a dalnak:
Önmagát hallgatja, aki dalra hallgat.
Mindenik embernek a lelkében dal van
és a saját lelkét hallja minden dalban.
És akinek szép a lelkében az ének,
az hallja a mások énekét is szépnek."

Babits Mihály: A vihar (Részlet)




Kívánom, hogy mindenkinek legyen olyan ez az ünnep, amilyennek igazán szeretné! :)

07 Aug 18:35

Lena Dunham's Newsletter, Lenny, Debuts This Fall — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
Maria Bakhareva

боюсь представить содержание с таким мотто

Lena Dunham and Girls producer Jenni Konner announced today that they are starting a newsletter. Lenny, where there's no such thing as too much information, is slated to hit email inboxes in Fall 2o15.


29 Apr 11:42

TypeBlocks Build An Early Love For Design

by Rachel Faucett
Maria Bakhareva

поиграйте шрифтами


Introduce your little ones to the world of typography with ABC stacking blocks.

Read more here - TypeBlocks Build An Early Love For Design

25 Apr 04:58

Hong Kong is Posting the Faces Of Litterers, Identified by DNA — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
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Every day in Hong Kong, more than 16,000 tons of trash is left in streets and public spaces. A new campaign hopes to shame people into cleaning up after themselves by posting their faces alongside their litter. DNA technology firm Parabon Nanolabs is collecting street trash and creating pretty accurate composite images of offenders using genetic material left on the litter. Find a trashcan, people.


27 Feb 05:39

Bet You Didn't Know: You Can Wash these 25 Things in the Dishwasher

by Jennifer Hunter
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Get ready! You're about to have 25 clean things with just the push of a dishwasher button. You know you're dying to see what you've been hand-washing when you didn't have to. Read on for the full list.


22 Feb 14:20

YouTube Releases App for Kids — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
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YouTube Kids is a new app designed to make the search for online video more child- and parent-friendly. The simple-to-use interface rids the screen of distracting elements such as viewer comments while offering unique features such as a parent-controller timer that shuts down the app after a set amount of time.


10 Feb 17:08

Check Out Marina Abramovic's Dinnerware Collection — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
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Marina Abramovic is the latest artist with a line of dinnerware. In a press release about the collaboration with Bernardaud, the famed performance artist explains, "To me, the act of eating implies pure simplicity, so I used decorations that are minimal and personal."


01 Nov 07:11

Корпорация Estée Lauder приобрела бренд Rodin olio lusso

by Intern Elena
Maria Bakhareva

наконец-то я нашла себе ролевую модель "какой я хочу быть, когда вырасту". вот такой!

Сегодня в Нью-Йорке подписано соглашение, согласно которому еще одна марка присоединяется к корпорации Estée Lauder. Чем она интересна?

Не прошло и месяца с момента, как корпорация объявила о покупке Le Labo, на этот раз предметом сделки стала RODIN olio lusso — марка с семилетней историей, которая основана нью-йоркским стилистом Линдой Родин.

Мало известный российскому покупателю бренд специализируется на маслах премиум класса. Самый известный продукт – The Luxury Face Oil – микс из одиннадцати эфирных масел цветов и растений. Вообще, в багаже марки не так уж много продуктов, но как говорит Линда, в ее философии с самого начала была установка — красота в простоте.


Крем для рук и тела, масло для тела, масло для лица, для волос, парфюм и бальзам для губ. В природе встречается свеча и тревел-наборы.

Карьера Линды Родин – путь от модели до fashion-стилиста. Начав эксперименты с косметикой, она смешивала эфирные масла у себя дома и приносила их на съемки и бэкстейджи показов, где работала.

Неудивительно, что в 2007 году она добавила графу «предприниматель» в свое резюме. Кстати, ее потрясающая внешность заслуживает отдельного внимания.

Линде больше шестидесяти пяти лет, но на фото

Линде больше шестидесяти пяти, но словосочетание «икона стиля» по-прежнему к ней применимо


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Фабрицио Фреда, президент и исполнительный директор корпорации Estée Lauder, называет RODIN olio lusso выдающимся «бренд-инсайдером» индустрии: «Мы возлагаем большие надежды на его потенциал в сфере ухода за кожей». До сегодняшнего дня марка был представлена в нишевых бутиках-трендсеттерах, а также в Barneys, Colette и Liberty.

По словам Линды, Estée Lauder – идеальный дом для RODIN olio lusso. Верим и надеемся, что средства Rodin скоро доберутся до России.


29 Sep 16:57

Sheena's Converted Warehouse Apartment in DUMBO — House Tour

by Nasozi Kakembo
Maria Bakhareva

вид из окна!!!

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Name: Sheena Murphy
Location: DUMBO; Brooklyn, New York
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Rented

The home of interior designer Sheena Murphy boasts one of the most iconic views known the world over. Nestled practically underneath the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), it is the first thing you see when you walk into Sheena’s home. Almost. Such a view can present itself as both an opportunity and a challenge. While it could be easy to lionize this focal point, Sheena designed the home in such a way that it did not dominate or overshadow the decorative elements of the home itself.


02 Aug 12:59

Tory Burch for FitBit — Tech Test Lab Review

by Elizabeth Giorgi
Maria Bakhareva

кулончик норм

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Product: Tory Burch for FitBit
Price: $38.00 - $195
Rating: Strong Recommend*

FitBit users are a passionate bunch. And rightly so. The app and corresponding wristband have achieved quite a bit of notoriety for creating one of the most all-encompassing body, health and fitness trackers on the market. The minimal band of the FitBit was always missing something for me, though. Enter Tory Burch.


22 Jul 04:29

Girl with a Pearl Earring Will No Longer Travel — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
Maria Bakhareva

затаскали девушку, проклятый голливуд

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Vermeer's masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring has returned to the Hague, where it will remain indefinitely. Recently back from a tour of Japan, the US, and Italy, the Dutch painting joins a list of other works too fragile and precious to travel.


15 Jun 13:57

Spot a Mason Jar? Play Pinterest Wedding Bingo — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
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It's wedding season, and DIY brides are more common than ever. Trends have been creeping into nuptials, and now you can determine just how twee your friends are with Pinterest Wedding Bingo. Mason jars, striped straws, succulents, homemade jam favors, and photobooths are just some of the point-earning squares.


12 May 12:35

How to Deal With Guests Who Won't Put Down Their Phones — The Kitchn

by Jennifer Hunter
22 Sep 06:55

What a Pig

What a Pig

Submitted by: Unknown

19 May 09:43

You're Fabulous to Me

You're Fabulous to Me

Lol by: Unknown (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tagged: Sad , fabulous , funny , rainbow
16 May 18:24

Piglet Loves Strawberries!

Maria Bakhareva

это я ем клубнику

08 May 04:01

Roasted Mustard Mackerel with Fennel

Mackerel with Mustard and Fennel

Longtime readers may remember the post I wrote about sustainable seafood a few years ago. The issue is still very much at the forefront of my mind, I carry around the pocket seafood guide issued in French by the WWF (check this list for your local equivalent), and I generally eat little fish -- meaning both "not a lot of it" and "not very big ones".

I'm not perfect, and although my conscience tells me I should give it up, we still go out for sushi (we like Enishi in the 18th) once in a blue moon -- versus every week or two, as we used to in our oblivious days.

But when I buy fresh fish at the greenmarket, maybe once a month on average, it is usually one of two green-checkmark choices in the WWF guide*: either sardines, provided the poissonnier has filleted them, opening them up flat like tiny prayer books with tails, or mackerel.

The mackerel I buy whole, and take up the fish guy's offer to gut it for me. ("Gratté vidé ?" is the standard question you'll be asked in a similar situation; "Oui, s'il vous plaît !" you'll respond.). He also gives the option of keeping the heads on or having them cut off, Louis XVI-style, but to me a whole fish is a whole fish, and I've never been squeamish about my dinner looking me in the eye.

My go-to cooking method for mackerel is to roast it in the oven, which is the simplest and most foolproof way to cook whole fish.

Sometimes I'll merely place the fish in a dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a glug of white wine, but my preference for mackerel goes to rubbing it with strong mustard, which heightens its flavor, and roasting it on a bed of vegetables.

The trick is to pick vegetables that will be ready in about the same time as the mackerel, and an excellent choice for that is fennel, sliced into shavings with a mandoline: as it cooks in the fish juices, it becomes tender and moist but still retains a little bit of snap. Fennel is a winning pairing for any fish, but its subtle aniseed notes work particularly well to round out the mackerel's assertive flavor.

What's your favorite way to prepare and cook mackerel?

* Provided they come from the northeast Atlantic; sardines from the Mediterranean are in the "not recommended" category. There is, however, new concern about the stocks of mackerel due to a dispute over fishing quotas between the EU and Iceland. Conservationists are now leaning toward an "eat occasionally" recommendation.

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06 May 17:14

Gatsby Girls

by Rebecca Rego Barry
Maria Bakhareva

гэтсби герлс!

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's first eight short stories, originally published in The Saturday Evening Post, are out in a new edition (print or digital), complete with the original illustrations, cover art, reproductions of the Post pages, and an introduction by the Post's historian, Jeff Nilsson. 

On sale May 7, Gatsby Girls is a collection of Fitzgerald's 'flapper stories,' e.g., "Myrna Meets His Family," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," and "Popular Girl I." All were published between 1920 and 1922, before his Great Gatsby appeared in 1925.  

"By the time he published The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald was already one of the best known authors in America thanks to The Saturday Evening Post," said  Nilsson. "Through a span of 17 years the magazine published 68 of his short stories, and with 2.5 million subscribers, the Post brought Fitzgerald into the living rooms of Americans who might never have encountered his novels."  

The new edition of Fitzgerald's early stories is a collaboration between The Saturday Evening Post, SD Entertainment, and BroadLit. With the much-anticipated film of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, about to smash the box office, what better time to turn your gimlet eye on the stories and the art that not only preceded it but offers literary and cultural context for the novel that is considered Fitzgerald's most famous. 

28 Apr 16:56

Have Popup, Will Travel

by Barbara Basbanes Richter
Rome : A 3-D Keepsake Cityscape, by Kristyna Litten, Paper Engineering by Gus Clarke ; Candlewick Press,  $8.99, 15 pages, all ages.

ROME: A 3D KEEPSAKE CITYSCAPE. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Kristyna Litten. Text copyright © 2012 by Walker Books Ltd. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

The Keepsake Cityscape series began in 2011 with a miniature foldout guidebook to New York City. The series has since expanded to include popular destinations such as Paris, London, and Washington, D.C. Each volume is presented in a lovely little slipcase.

The most recent publication shares the pleasures of strolling through Rome, from visiting the Villa Borghese to exploring the inner workings of the Colliseum. Author-illustrator Kristyna Litten skillfully renders twelve of the Eternal City's attractions with lively and bright mixed media illustrations. 

Although these books are marketed to children, I've been collecting them from the start. They are a unique travel companion, and are small enough to tuck away in a luggage side pocket.  Most volumes have been written and illustrated by different authors, which makes these more interesting than the average mass-produced tourist novelty.  And for less than ten dollars, each of these pleated jewels can share their global tales on the same stretch of shelf.   

28 Apr 16:40


by chupakka
Maria Bakhareva

хочу такой ковер

26 Apr 05:48

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20 Apr 18:45

A Baby Elephant and His Mom

Maria Bakhareva

это мы с лизочком гуляем за ручку

A Baby Elephant and His Mom

Squee! Spotter: Unknown (via Reddit)

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17 Apr 17:18

A Vampire-Killing Kit Goes to Auction

by Rebecca Rego Barry

Paging Sarah Michelle Gellar, a.k.a. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (who also happens to be a book collector), ... a real set of vampire-killing tools is coming to auction

Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 8.21.59 PM.pngWhat's inside is enough to scare the bejesus out of anyone. The wooden box contains three crucifixes, a bible, a mirror, a wooden mallet, a pistol, two wooden stakes, a powder-horn, three silver bullets, pliers, vials (for holy water), and a dagger decorated with ivory.  

Some believe that kits like these were sold to European travelers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to protect themselves from the undead, while others view them as souvenirs that cashed in on the popularity of Bram Stoker's Dracula, first published in 1897.   

Similar sets have occasionally turned up at auction. At Sotheby's last year, a smaller kit sold for $13,750. This one is conservatively estimated to sell for €8,000-12,000 ($10,477-15,716) when it goes under the hammer at Christie's Paris next week.

12 Apr 16:26

Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich

by thekineticyouth

Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich

09 Apr 17:32

Волшебный мир книг

Maria Bakhareva

это я ггг

Моя дочка часто болела, и у нее было мало друзей. Я не могла смотреть, как она грустит, поэтому я взмолилась Пресвятой Деве. Моя девочка стала больше читать, и теперь она счастлива в мире книг и фантазий. Благодарю Пресвятую.
06 Apr 16:09

Making a Book in 1836

by Julie L. Mellby
panorama of professions3.jpg panorama of professions1.jpg panorama of professions9.jpg panorama of professions7.jpg panorama of professions6.jpg panorama of professions5.jpg panorama of professions4.jpg panorama of professions2.jpg panorama of professions8.jpg panorama of professions10.jpg Edward Hazen, The Panorama of Professions and Trades, or, Every Man’s Book (Philadelphia: Uriah Hunt, 1836). “The designs were made by Messrs. Morton, Hoyle, Burton, and Gimber, of New York; and nearly the whole of the engraving was executed by Mr. A.J. Mason … “—Cf. Preface. Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books. Hamilton 1866
06 Apr 05:37

The Lonely Books That No One Borrows

by Jillian Steinhauer
Meriç Algün Ringborg, "The Library of Unborrowed Books" (2013) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Meriç Algün Ringborg, “The Library of Unborrowed Books” (2013), installation view at Art in General (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

What is the fate of a library book that never gets checked out? Does it stay in the library anyway, holding fast in its place, waiting for someone to borrow it? Or does it eventually get cast off, donated to a thrift or used bookstore or incorporated into the collection of a place like Brooklyn’s Reanimation Library? And what does it say about the book itself, that no one has ever wanted to borrow and read it? Is it a failure of its form?

Contract between Meriç Algün Ringborg and the Center for Fiction (click to enlarge)

Contract between Meriç Algün Ringborg and the Center for Fiction (click to enlarge)

These are some of the questions I mulled over yesterday, when I visited artist Meriç Algün Ringborg’s Library of Unborrowed Books at Art in General. Ringborg first created a version of the project last year in Stockholm, where she lives, using volumes from the Stockholm Public Library. Here in New York, she’s used hundreds of books from the Center for Fiction, all of them never before checked out, their borrowing cards ruled but blank, white and still brand new (if they even have borrowing cards; some haven’t made it that far in the process). The books are arranged on five rows of blue metal shelving, as in the stacks of a library, with certain titles highlighted with their covers out, like you’d find in a bookstore.

It’s tempting to write off the books as rejects, snickering at their titles and scoffing at how many of them sound like horribly cliché mysteries and thrillers. (I asked if Ringborg specifically sought out out these types of books and was told no; they’re apparently just the ones that no one borrows.) Consider this list of titles I jotted down: A Puritan Witch, The South Florida Book of the Dead, Out of the Frying Pan, Kockroach, Look Out for Hydrophobia, The Station Wagon Murder, Fictional Rambles in and about Boston, How to Get Rid of a Woman, and Pagan Babies.


There was also a book called The Reading of Books (oh, the irony!), a 652-page hardcover called Cosette, billed as the sequel to Les Misérables, and, unrelatedly, two different books called Judas Horse and The Judas Goat.

A title called "The Reading of Books"

Despite the absurdity, I couldn’t help but be curious about some of these titles, wondering what we’re missing, whether there’s a hidden masterpiece among them. I cracked open some covers and read a few first pages; many of them didn’t seem bad, although with fiction, a handful of early paragraphs often won’t tell you much. Unless, that is, it’s painfully clear that they’re terrible — or at least dated, as in the case of They Have Bodies, a 1929 “realistic novel in eleven chapters and three acts” by Barney Allen. Midway down the soft, faded page, I read:

A plump wife. A gold-blonde wife … A sweet-smelling wife. With coils of gold-blonde hair. And rather large features. Not the kind that get battered and bruised with age like those defaced 25-cent pieces that come into your hand once in a while. A clean-featured wife.


Lonely Kafka (click to enlarge)

Lonely Kafka (click to enlarge)

Then again, there were some books that seemed worth checking out: Men on Men: Best New Gay Fiction 7 (clever title! I’d give it a shot), a volume that won the Iowa Short Fiction Award in 1989 … oh, and Charles Dickens. Yes, there was a lonely volume of David Copperfield that had never found its way into anyway home or lap, as well as a copy of The Trial, by Kafka (alongside a mystery titled Never Nosh a Matzo Ball), D.H. Lawrence’s Apocalypse, Tales of H.P. Lovecraft, a 1967 essay collection on Vladimir Nabokov (a piece of nonfiction that wormed its way into the collection), and books by Paul Auster, Ellery Queen, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Despite the impulse, it seems you can’t judge a book by its unborrowed-ness. I found it tempting to conjecture that the Center for Fiction owns two other copies of David Copperfield, which would explain why this one never made it past the front door, but the reality is likely another story. Maybe not very many people read that novel anymore, or the ones who do would prefer to own it, or they borrow it from friends. Maybe they read it on their e-readers, and libraries are slipping into extinction … or maybe there’s simply no accounting for taste. Still, I did leave a little comforted knowing that at least if no one’s borrowing David Copperfield, they’re also not checking out Pagan Babies.


The Library of Unborrowed Books is on view at Art in General (79 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan), through March 23.

04 Apr 09:16


by chupakka
Maria Bakhareva