Feng Shui Around Us

The ancient Chinese art and science of ‘Feng Shui’ has mystified other cultures for centuries. What is Feng Shui and just what importance does it play in everyday life?

Answers to these questions as well as other enlightening information can be found in SDC New online Feng Shui course developed in Asia by expert interior designers. Professional Interior designers as well as home decorators and home improvement enthusiasts will now have the opportunity of completing an easy to understand online course on this engaging field.

Apart from Interior design and decorating, Feng Shui principles can also be used in other areas such as architecture, garden design and health care.

We examined some of the most iconic Feng Shui inspired Architectural marvels below:

City Hall, London, UK

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The radical shape minimises the surface area exposed to direct sunlight (approx 25 per cent less than an equivalent rectangular building) and saves energy. From a strictly Form School perspective, the flowing design is ideally placed on the South Bank of the River Thames, although it does resemble a pile of coins falling over. In Feng Shui terms it is the metal element, which is good for a municipal building.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, U.A.E

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This unique luxury hotel completed in 1999 is built on its own island in the shape of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. An interesting example of wind and water! It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world, although almost forty per cent of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Standing on an artificial island, it is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. In Feng Shui terms, this is a wood type building, which means that it receives a lot of support from its water environment.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Begun in 1957 by Architect John Utzon with his competition winning design and eventually completed in August 1973 under the direction of Sir Peter Hall, this building is surely an architectural landmark of the 20th century. In Feng Shui terms, its angular designs mean it is classified as a fire type building; perfect for housing the arts. However, its water environment may lead to disagreements, particularly amongst staff.

Kansai Airport Terminal, Osaka, Japan

Opened in 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka, Kansai is on a man made island. Sinking into the soft soils of Osaka Bay, it sits on hydraulic jacks. The soaring wing-like passenger terminal stretches for over a mile and wide atriums reach over 60 meters to the curved ceiling, where colourful mobiles float on a gentle breeze. This water type building within a water environment is perfect for travel and communication.

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Winner of the “Best New Skyscraper of the Year” for design and functionality in 2002 is based on historic geomantic principles and houses commercial offices, residential apartments and the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. This 99-storey, 992 ft skyscraper is the second tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia and the world’s third tallest building with a hole. This is a metal type building, in a fire and earth type zone.

Check out the SDC Online Feng Shui course: http://www.styledesigncollege.com/course-short-feng-shui.php
Source: http://www.feng-shui-institute.org/

 

Wild Beauties

We were shocked to learn that these images are of real animals! Katerina Plotnikova, katerina-plotnikova-photography-animal-trainera Russian photographer from Moscow has managed to capture these small to very large animals in beautiful harmony with their accompanying human models. All set in the stunning Russian wilderness with its autumn hues and mysterious shadows.

Katerina was able to get this amazing collection of images together by making use of animal trainers who assisted her with each animal. We think the models did a fantastic job, posing so naturally next to and in many cases on top of some really dangerous animals.

To follow Katerina’s work check out her Facebook page

To learn how to take photographs of wild animals click here

 

Magical Burning Man Festival Images

There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. A place where imagination and creative freedom reign supreme. Where you can let your inhibitions go and express yourself in however manner tickles your fancy.

Artists abound at the Burning Man, but one that caught our eye is the oddly colour blind Parisian photographer  Victor Habchy. Using his Sony Alpha camera he has managed to capture the very magical essence of Burning Man. Enjoy…..!

Serene Nightmare

We’re getting close to Halloween and so no better time to celebrate some of our darker inspired artists such as Diana Dihaze a self-taught artist from Odessa, Ukraine.

Diana uses her camera and Photoshop skills to create an eerie yet inspiring collection of surreal photo manipulations. Many of her artworks are inspired by her personal nightmares and phobias.

Painted Reality

Alexa Meade is a talented artist from Los Angeles who has baffled the world with her painted figures which appear to be 2 Dimensional Paintings. She gave up a life in polotics and instead chose to explore her creative side. Her rise in fame has seen her work exhibited in New York, Londin, Switzerland and Germany and some of her images are also being used to illustrate manuscripts by philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou.

Alexa describes her process of painting as follows, “Instead of painting a portrait on canvas, I will paint my portrait directly on top of the subject being referenced. I cover the skin and clothes of my models in a mask of nontoxic acrylic paint that mimics the colors and contours of the underlying surfaces, and then photograph them. This painting technique I innovated optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane.”

I particularly appreciated her philosophy behind her unique style of work, “I paint directly on people because I am interested in exploring the tensions between being and permanence. I like the idea of creating something that will be destroyed immediately upon completion. Once the performance is resolved, the model rips off the acrylic mask and all that endures of my ephemeral painting is a photographic print documenting the time-based event.”

Alexa prefers to paint on perfect strangers as she enjoys discovering things about them as her paintbrush outlines their features and gives colour and detail to the personality she imagines for them.

Check out this TED Talks video of Alexa: