The world is full of of outdoor ancient art, sites where past civilisations have created magnificent works of art for reasons we can only speculate about. We've put together a wishlist of 10 distinctive art destinations, each of which could be the centrepiece of an art-lover's trip. The Nazca Lines of Peru and the Ajanta Caves in India are our favourites, but all 10 are special in their own right. If you visit even a few of these places, you may well be left pondering why their creators felt the urge to leave their mark this way. If you are, you'll be in good company, joining the many people who have asked the big, timeless question: What is Art Really For?
The “Shoe that Grows” is a brilliantly simple idea of creating durable children’s shoes that expand as their feet grow, ensuring well-fitting shoes throughout childhood. It’s an inspirational story of a man who wanted to make a difference, and is doing so. But another fascinating aspect for us is how much great design thinking there is to learn from this story – not just design of the shoes, but design of the business that goes with it.
Ikebana is arranging flowers following Zen traditions of Japanese Buddhism, and is more about art and even mindfulness than interior décor and accessorizing the home. As so often with Japanese design, there is much more to it than just the initial beauty, and its deceptively simple initial appearance is full of complex subtleties and deeper meaning. Discover this exquisite art form in the Zayah World introduction to Ikebana.
Tibetan Mandala refers to one of the most exquisite, fascinating forms of art you're likely to discover. But as you'll see, very few people will ever have the privilege of seeing one in real life. We were fortunate enough to do so a few years ago, and it's a memory that will never leave us. If you know what Tibetan Mandala is, understanding more is an important part of appreciating it fully. But if you've not heard of it before, you're in for a treat.
It's getting to that time of year when the main topic of conversation in movie circles is which movies and actors will win Oscars this year. We take a slightly oblique look at the Academy Awards, and arm you with some lesser known facts and snippets about them. If you're planning on gate-crashing an after-party, this might be useful for breaking the ice when hanging out with stars :-)
What happens when architects challenge conventional thinking of what a house should be? The results of their creativity can be amazing, at least for bypassers . . . We've found a set of houses that are as far as we can imagine from the stereotype of 4 walls, a pitched roof, front door and rectangular windows. We hope you enjoy looking through these as much as we enjoyed putting the lists together.