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