Randyland

by Dora Dmitriev

Over the holiday break I took a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my friend. The freezing temperatures made exploring Pittsburgh unpleasant, so we tried to stay indoors as much as possible. However, one outdoor attraction made bearing the cold worthwhile. Hug Robot at Randyland entranceWithin an average looking neig... Read More

01/04/18

Hassan II Mosque

by Dora Dmitriev

Before visiting Morocco last month, I had a very hard time deciding which cities to visit in just a week. Everything I read hinted that Casablanca was one of the more disappointing cities to see in Morocco as its name (associated with the award-winning 1942 movie) carried a lot of weight and romanticized the city. Funn... Read More

12/14/17

Jardin Majorelle

by Dora Dmitriev

As you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore... Read More

11/30/17

Modern Memphis Movement

by Dora Dmitriev

In 1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of designers led by Ettore Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list... Read More

11/02/17

Maze Man

by Dora Dmitriev

With crisper, more fall-like weather upon us, one starts to think of all the great fall activities to enjoy. A popular activity that comes to mind are corn mazes. Mazes are an entertaining form of recreation. They ultimately give us the same feeling we had from childhood games-they bring about our curiosity and awa... Read More

10/12/17

Mechelen Patershof Hotel

by Dora Dmitriev

Built by the Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen, Belgium looks like an ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel known ... Read More

08/17/17

The New York Earth Room

by Dora Dmitriev

In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The 22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The New York Earth Room, an interior earth sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth Room sculpture executed by... Read More

07/27/17

Grassmayr Bell Foundry

by Dora Dmitriev

Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B... Read More

06/21/17

Art of the In-Between

by Dora Dmitriev

On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above)    Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ... Read More

05/23/17

A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle

by Dora Dmitriev

In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa... Read More

03/01/17