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Visit The Louvre and it’s free!

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For a change the French are imitating arch-rival Britain by introducing a free admission policy to 18 French national museums including The Louvre (above), in a bid to encourage more French people to visit them. (I suppose they are so busy with food and fashion, that they have forgotten all about the museums). Normally the entre fee is about 6-9 Euros. This is an experiment by the French Government that will run until June 30 this year for French nationals as well foreign tourists.

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New Year greetings from Atelier Hapsitus

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Beirut-based internationally-known architect Nadim Karam and his studio have sent this beautiful greeting, which I must share with everyone. When I interviewed Karam who is also an acclaimed artist, earlier this year at International Design Forum, I asked him why a well-known architect and artist like him wouldn’t want to practice in Europe or other more well-established places.  He said he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but Beirut because it’s one of the most creatively provocative cities in the world. I suppose he is right.

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Barcode and graffiti buildings in Russia

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Top and Middle: Graffiti-painted public housing blocks

Bottom: Shtrikh Kod (barcode in Russian) in St. Petersburg

Today we are travelling to Russia. Check out this cool barcode building called Shtrikh Kod in St. Petersburg by Vitruvius and Sons. Built in a large centre next to the Volodarsky Bridge with grey public housing all around, the bright red barcode building really livens up the place.

Also check out the graffiti-clad public housing in Moscow which is anything but drab. Apprently, the Moscow Municipality gets aspiring graffiti artists to practice their art on these otherwise ‘grey’ buildings. It’s fantastic and economical way to dress up the drab.

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Design Events for 2008

Mark your calendars. Here’s a little round-up of most of the important design events/furniture fairs for the year 2008. A couple of dates are yet to be confirmed but there’re tentative dates to help you plan your schedule better. See you there!

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Neo-noir masks by Neck Face

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 Yes I know Halloween has been long over but I have to share these Goth-inspired masks by artist Neck Face (yes that’s his name and he’s quite well-known in the circles). Hmm…I am in a noir mood today 😉

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Art goes snowboarding

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Here’s another one on the subject of art. I love this snowboard and even though I haven’t got a clue how to use a snowboard, they are so cool, that I just want to display them in my little art-corner. Washington D.C. based company Monument has commissioned artists such as Maya Hayuk and Donny Miller (whose work is featured above) to create these snow riders fit for a gallery. The company has previously also teamed up with well-known artists and have a future line up with Ben Frost and Craig Costello. I love these sinister snowboards by Donny Miller. www.monumentsnowboards.com

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Cool snowboards

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I have a thing for graffiti and graffiti-inspired objects. I even collect books on graffiti/street art. Unfortunately my hometown Singapore as well my current home Dubai do not allow such forms of expression, which is good and bad in ways. Personally I feel it lends so much character to any city. Anyway here’re some images of artistic snowboard Gyrator by Seattle-based brand K2 designed by Cory Little. The company has launched these graphic snowboarders that are also hi-tech, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. I always associate graffiti with skate-boarders but looks like snowboarders are equally cool.  www.k2snowboards.com 

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