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  • 28, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Sam Kalda’s Men and Cats: An Illustrated History

    Profiling history’s famous cat-lovers.

    I’m more of a dog lover when it comes to pets -- my wife and I currently live with a five-year old American Cocker Spaniel -- but I certainly appreciate the numerous feline friends who live in my neighborhood. Some of history’s most famous men, in fact, have b...

  • 27, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Tom Gauld’s Endless Journeys

    The illustrator’s modern day myriorama.

    A term originally invented to mean “myriad pictures,” a myriorama is a set of illustrated cards which 19th century children could arrange and rearrange, forming different pictures and narratives. While I’ve never personally come across an example of this art f...

  • 24, Jul 2015 - Fashion

    Viktor & Rolf

    Art and fashion is always a flirtation.

    It is not often to see a single body of work be covered on both dezeen and style.com. Fashion is somewhat stuck within this parallel channel between the shores of function and expression, and while practical designs are slowly but surely infiltrating gallery s...

  • 24, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Beauty in Blood by Jen Lewis

    Beautiful patterns from menstrual blood.

    Different customs and cultures all seem to have a kind of taboo towards “menstruation”, and not only are we afraid to declare it verbally, we also like to refer to it with nicknames. As menstruation always suggests a feeling of uncleanliness in the bottom of p...

  • 24, Jul 2015 - Columns

    Chaophraya

    A Thai restaurant of three generations.

    I walked into the restaurant. A space converted from an ex-grocery store, its walls were deliberately brushed on with a blatant layer of cement. The attic has been torn down to create a higher ceiling, and a sense of spaciousness is created by balancing it wit...

  • 24, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Inside Alvar Aalto’s Home

    OEN visits the Finnish icon’s Helsinki residence.

    Of all the “mid-century modern” designers held in high esteem today, Alvar Aalto has always been one of my personal favorites. Known for his understated creations, the Finnish design icon and architect had a distinct, all-encompassing style that covered a rang...

  • 24, Jul 2015 - Columns

    Moments

    Desolation | Isolation

    The desolation / isolation has enveloped me softly and let me breathe in the fresh way of seeing after I grounded myself in a different city. All of my self-awareness moments have been settled in between the light and the shade surrounded. Hence, the time I sp...

  • 23, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Ciclotrama by Mello + Landini

    Relationships are all interdependent in the world.

    Pulled and stretched across the walls, the rope becomes swollen after being twisted, and their fine nodules branch off into fibres which entangle with themselves. It has a unique rhythm much like how plant roots have a system of their own. Structured as boldly...

  • 23, Jul 2015 - Lifestyle

    New York Ramen Map by All-You-Can-Eat-Press

    The Big Apple’s best noodle shops.

    Founded by Yuki Matsuo, Jim Datz and Naomi Reis, All-You-Can-Eat-Press is a Brooklyn-based independent publisher celebrating “everyday food for everyday people.” Matsuo -- who was born in Kyushu, Japan -- grew up with ramen as a staple of her diet, so it’s not...

  • 22, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    T.S. Eliot: The Waste Land

    Robert Montgomery’s reading for The Poetry Movement.

    Published in 1922, TS Eliot's masterpiece The Waste Land was required reading in my high school and one of the poems -- William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow” was the other -- that first sparked my love of poetry. But while I haven’t re-read Eliot’s gr...

  • 22, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Obscura Vol 18 / Spring & Summer 2015

    Perfectly Imperfect

    The notion of being perfect or imperfect is an understanding which exists within the formats of beauty in our present world; just like the instance when the cherry blossom booms and the second when it falls.

  • 21, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    The Necessity of Life

    As expressed by the HKDI class of 2015.

    To me, art is the mirror of an artist's desires; the ideas from the culture that have influenced the artist; and the reflection of that culture's history and happenings. Art is an important part of education, but never has it been solely a singular discipline....

  • 21, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    RRREEECCONNSTRUCCTTT by Takashi Homma

    An experimental work of reconstructed photographs.

    A little over a year ago, Japanese photographer Takashi Homma shot the cover of Obscura’s Spring 2014 issue -- a volume that marked a significant change in direction for our magazine. Since then, I’ve been happy to explore more of his work, including personal ...

  • 20, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

    Marie Ulmer the 97-year-old artist

    Recorded by Candace Karch

    I have not been able to spend quality time with either of my grandparents. Both of my grandfathers from my mother and my father's side passed away when I was still a baby, and both of my grandmothers spoke in dialects that I couldn't understand. I used to meet...

  • 20, Jul 2015 - Fashion

    Serafin Andrzejak

    Creating new lines.

    Filled with patches, ruffles, fringes and panels, each of them accommodates his design as a vital component, consuming and constructing the apparel at the same time. Though we have mostly picked out his womenswear from the brand’s AW15 runway show, it is not ...

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23, Jul 2015 - Lifestyle

New York Ramen Map by All-You-Can-Eat-Press

The Big Apple’s best noodle shops.

24, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

Beauty in Blood by Jen Lewis

Beautiful patterns from menstrual blood.

24, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

Inside Alvar Aalto’s Home

OEN visits the Finnish icon’s Helsinki residence.

20, Jul 2015 - Fashion

Margaret Howell for Tate

A capsule collection inspired by Barbara Hepworth.

15, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

Matavenero by Kevin Faingnaert

Documenting an alternative eco-village in Spain.

20, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

Marie Ulmer the 97-year-old artist

Recorded by Candace Karch

17, Jul 2015 - Art & Design

Paper Animals by Hoang Tien Quyet

Showcasing the quality of wet folding techique.

16, Jul 2015 - Lifestyle

Amaoto no Yurai by tha ltd.

The forgotten but worthy languages of nature.

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