Strolling along Peyzazhnaya alley in Kiev one always notices amazing benches, created by Ukrainian artists. My favorite is the one with a rug and a pillow for it looks cozy even in nasty weather. When I was sitting on it, I recalled a picture from my childhood: grannies take a long plank out from the house, put it with one end on a stub and the other one on the railing of the porch and it becomes a bench.
Doesn’t it look like a designer’s miracle? It turns out that not only “newsmakers of the house” come up with complex constructions in order to nibble sunflower seeds and pick the neighbors to pieces. There are bizarre benches around the globe, on examining them one realizes: this isn’t merely a posterior’s throne in front of your eyes, it is one true art object. Take, for instance, a “pin” from Italian Milan. Moletta bench has already become a signature of RIVA 1920 company. Its authors, Michela and Paolo Baldessari, claim that such a bench is able to ornament an office, an art café and a living room. Designers are thinking about launching a series of benches in the shapes of common objects.
While Italians dry their pants with a help of pins, in Korea they came up with a turning bench that altogether saves your trousers from dampness. After the rain one can manually and with little effort switch wet surface for a dry one – the bench is double-sided. This might be a simple use of leverage and a track-type mechanism, but inventive Koreans are somehow the first to hit upon this idea.
In Barcelona they aren’t afraid of rain for even the very famous “Camp Nou” stadium where world’s most renowned team plays, has no roof. Sun loves the city while tourists and locals, in their turn, like spending warm days there in Park Güell. Here fabulous bench by Gaudi is situated that turns adults into children. Visitors claim that it is all about the magic of surrounding objects: thank to them sensation arises that reality and fiction have blended together.
On the border between the Old world and Asia, in Turkish Istanbul municipal government decided to develop imagination otherwise. Creative book-shaped benches were placed in the city. It must be easy to be carried out to a different world when reading Bradbury or Tolkien on such a bench.
Yet not all extraordinary solutions are relaxation-friendly. “Nike” company created benches that encourage people to move with a clear sign “Run!” and therewith have only a backrest… There are already quite some provoking benches of the kind in American cities.
Meanwhile brave Bangkok citizens have imperturbable rest in all but shark’s jaws. Don’t believe it? Well then, look at this Asian pretty little thing. She doesn’t seem scared at all.
Due to the modest territory of the state in the Netherlands space is as good as gold. Benches in the city of Utrecht are second to none substantiation to the point. Want to have some rest – pull the leverage in the wall of the nearest house and a bench will literarily upspring from the pavement. Had enough of sitting – and an effortless hand move sends the construction back into the ground not to detain neither cars nor pedestrians.
Unfortunately in all countries of the world from time to time groups gather on benches and, after inordinate amount of alcohol consumed, fancy themselves to be rockstars and deprive people of their sleep. The saddest thing is that street guitar players are very enduring so they can bawl and squall till the very morning. If unprintable expressions from balconies and buckets of poured out water don’t help then what will?
An unhackneyed solution to the situation was suggest by Fabian Brunsing. He came up with the bench called “Pay & Site”: if you want to settle – insert coins into a special money drop. When time’s up, a caution signal goes up and, should a posterior remain unseparated from the surface, barbs stick into the rump. By the way, in designer’s native Germany no one dared installing such benches instead they are being ordered from China in full swing.
Bali is one of the most popular places to spend winter. Ocean, volcanoes, amazing nature and exotic fruits... But there is also one more reason that not many people know of, yet it definitely deserves attention: Kamasan, a unique art village where namesake Balinese picture art was conceived – as ancient as the island itself. We are going to tell about it today on the pages of the OUTLOOK.
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
As practice proves, even the most utilitarian items can be made a work of art. Using some imagination and without “killing” creativity, everything becomes extraordinary: bridges, for instance. Logically, principal purpose of such constructions is to connect two banks therefore main thing about them is security. Yet sometimes people follow other criteria.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
Independent artist originally from the Philippines, Patrick Cabral conquers the world with his unusual artwork. His creations are an innovation that combines the age-old traditions of calligraphy and cutting-edge 3D technologies. His art is a way to change the world for the better, both through aesthetics and through the fulfillment of a social mission.
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...
Anime admirers would never pass by contemporary Japanese art. Especially if this trend is directly related to manga comics. Artist Takashi Murakami was the first to think about how to dub an art that catches inspiration in every new anime, but speaks of eternal values, interlacing with the ethnic canvases of Western artists.
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. Outlook, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
The artist from New Zealand Hayley King working under the brand FLOX is well-known all over the world for the fascinating pictures showing the enlightened beauty of wild nature. Her colorful birds, picturesque landscapes, and fairy-tale-like animals remind us about the necessity to get united with the primordial nature. Hayley King creates the type of art giving inspiration and vitality. She is concentrated onto recognition of ancient heritage of the sacral places and making it spread among the wide publics. In the interview the artist told us about her social projects, travels and the modern cultural trends inherent to New Zealand.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Japanese are one of those peoples who zealously respect the ancient traditions. They respect old age, being interested in ancestors and often know the family ancestry by heart. With such a worldview, it is not surprising that a unique technique for the restoration of kintsugi appeared exactly there. Read about it in Outlook.