Architecture

Dolce far niente: The art of living happily from the Italian quiet

As things progressed, people became more and more busy and had less time to enjoy life. The Italians have a very effective life secret that can help all of us solve this problem and live happier lives.

Italy is a country located in the Mediterranean region. The Italian’s view of life is almost different from the West and very close to Eastern values. From that similarity, there are many things that we can learn from this distant country to help improve our quality of life. The most remarkable thing is that they attach great importance to the balance between work and enjoyment to achieve a truly happy life.

“Dolce far niente” Concept of the Italians
“Dolce far niente” is a phrase that Italians use to describe the comfort, happiness that comes from the idle state, tranquility of the soul. This may seem like a luxury to some, but Italians in Florence and Tuscany believe that joy can be found in the very intimate, familiar things you love such as eating delicious, delicious food. Watching an interesting movie, reading a good book. “Dolce far niente” is not only for the rich in terms of time but it is a philosophy deeply ingrained in Italian perception.

In the film Eat Pray Love (2010), the character Elizabeth (played by Julia Roberts) blamed herself for all she did in three weeks in Rome was just eating and learning a few Italian words. Then, her companion said, “You are not someone who knows how to enjoy yourself.” They are describing the concept of “dolce far niente” and it seems that Elizabeth has not really understood the happiness that comes from idle.

The Belmond Hotels Group in Tuscany and Florence launched an experimental campaign around the idea, coinciding with the opening of the Castello di Casole – a place built for resting purposes in the heart of the region. Tuscan countryside. It’s easy to enjoy a happy life when we relax by a pool overlooking the Tuscan hills and this is how the world of the “dolce far niente” concept begins. The tours offered by Belmond also bring guests to meet local artists, pizza chefs, and designers. Each of them has their own idea of ​​how to enjoy the happiness of leisure in work and life.

One evening at Castello di Casole is also attended by a group of local artisans, including designers, basket weavers and furniture makers. Their work is deliberate, stable, and comfortable. The weavers try to preserve the traditional craft, the designers always come up with new ideas to bring unique designs or furniture makers are meticulous and sophisticated in creating. out each line on the object. They seem to have a world of their own and stay away from the “go fast and break the limit” philosophy set by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. In that world, they completely focus on themselves, understand and feel great joy when creating and bringing to life art products rich in aesthetics.

Radicondoli – a hilltop commune in the Sienese countryside is the place that brothers Tommaso and Federico Vatti run the pizza restaurant La Pergola. On a large terrace facing the hills, Chef Tommaso offers four different versions of the pizza, all using local ingredients. The combination of specialty pizzas and red wine creates the perfect space to enjoy the cuisine in a quiet and peaceful position. According to Italian tradition, the meals here last for hours.

The Italians believe that in order to enjoy the “dolce far niente” state, we need to understand its rules. The first rule is that you must be able to enjoy what you do, including the time you spend in it and the things you create. The second is that we should not judge our own work or the work of anyone else. Rule number three is very important: do enough work. People have a habit of overwork and over-planning, but if you work too much, you will destroy any positive emotions. Learn how to rest your brain by thinking nothing.

Art Exhibitions that worthing to enjoy

Furusiyya Exhibition: The Art of Chivalry Between East and West
Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi

But only a mere two years old. But the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is known for its impressive exhibits. This spring, it will show more than 130 historical items. The exhibits are from France, Iraq, Spain and Syria. This exhibition will tell the public the story of medieval knights. Here you can see firsthand the swords of the famous knights. Many of the artworks on display here are borrowed from major museums around the world such as the French National Museum of Medieval Paris and the Cluny Museum. There are also many artifacts owned by the Louvre, Abu Dhabi.

Painting exhibition by artist Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
Met Breuer Museum, New York, USA.

The world of painting is probably not new to the artist Gerhard Richter. His abstract paintings are a mixture of surreal paintings and photography. Richter’s paintings always bring viewers sadness. In 2015, a large painting he painted in 1986 was sold for $ 46.3 million by Sotheby New York. This year you can see more than 100 of his works at the Met Breuer Museum, New York, USA. This is considered the largest exhibition of Richter in the US in the past 20 years.

Marina Abramović: After Life
Royal Academy of Arts, London, England.

This is Abramović’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom. And more noticeably, this is also the solo exhibition of the first female artist held by the Royal Academy of Arts in the museum’s 250-year history. Art enthusiasts often know Abramović for their artistic performances of endurance.

One of her most noticeable items was the 730 hours she looked into the eyes of Mordern Art museum visitors. Not only known as a performing artist, Abramović’s 50 years of artistic activity are marked by countless photographs, films and works of art. All of these items will be on display in her exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK.

Seto Celadon art masterpiece

Kumiko Murai and father, Norio. Norio’s phone # 0561-48-1688. Wife Tsumako. Kumiko’s phone #: 090-3588-7072; 0568-95-5288; Chuodai 5-2-21; Kasugai-shi, Aichi-ken.

Seto Celadon art porcelain (瀬戸青瓷) has become world famous since the Meiji period when the Japanese spent more than 7% of this product exported to the US market. Beyond Sato Ruri (瀬戸瑠 璃) or Sometsuke (染付) porcelain, featuring the blue and white glaze of noble royal blue, Seto Celadon is as vivid as a picture of flowers and birds. 3D rendering on a jade-green glaze background.
Seto is known as the only center of pottery in medieval enamelling and became famous in Japan since the 13th century. Owari (or Seto) first appeared in connection with ceramics in the Nihon epic. 9th century Kōki (日本 後 紀) In the beginning, Seto pottery art was born to meet the needs of tea parties from Zen masters such as Myōan Eisai (明菴榮西, 1141-1215) when studying abroad in China. , brought the tea varieties to grow and stimulate the development of pure Japanese tea (茶道).
During the Kamakura period (92, 1192-1333), Seto pottery almost mimicked the art of Celadon blue celadon pottery (青瓷) and the dark brown ceramic Tenmoku (天 目) in the Southern Song Dynasty (南宋, 1127-1279). . During the Muromachi period (室町, 1337-1573), Seto yeast was further refined, developed in various styles and modeled for tea ceremony utensils. Since the Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong (李参平, died 1655) was abducted and brought back to Kyushu (九州), the discovery of kaolin white clay in Hizen Province helped him become the first Japanese porcelain profession to produce. made in 1616.
The Japanese began producing Sometsuke porcelain, imitating Western designs and serving for export from the 17th century. The Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867) imposed a nationwide policy (鎖 国) in 1633, resulting in discontinued porcelain exports to 1757 and then to an end. History records the 14th shogun Tokugawa Iemochi (徳川家茂, 1858-1866) in an effort to give Queen Victoria a tin of Seto porcelain food in 1866 until handing over power to Emperor Meiji in 1867.
The porcelain arrived in the Seto region quite late in the early 19th century, consisting of mainly Sometsuke, Ruri and Celadon porcelain called Shinsei-yaki (真成焼, new and molded porcelain) to distinguish it from Hongyo-yaki, (本行焼, traditional ceramics). Ruri specializes in religious goods and offers Western-style tableware, dishes and vases. Sometsuke and Celadon are manufactured as moist tea utensils, deer wine, vases, bonsai pots (盆栽) with oriental characteristics, captivating collectors’ passion for hunting as it continually wins awards. Grand prize at the Paris exhibition for a short time from 1900 to 1901.

2019 Best-Designed Sports Stadiums (part 2)

5. Streetmekka Viborg Build, Denmark, built by EFFEKT

EFFEKT built a skating park and youth center in an abandoned windmill plant in the Danish city of Viborg.

This sports facility is wrapped in a matte polycarbonate leather. Along with a giant skating bowl, it has a basketball court, a DJ area and a production workshop.

6. United States Bank Stadium, United States, designed by HKS Stadium Association and Vikings

Designed by HKS and a group of architects including Studio Hive, Studio Five and Lawal Scott Erickson Architects, the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings American football team.

The stadium has a protruding corner and a roof made out of plastic film, which gained worldwide attention in 2018 as the venue for the Super Bowl.

7. Cheomdan badminton court, South Korea, by Architect JHW IROJE

Seoul’s JHW IROJE studio has built a riverside Cheomdan badminton court in the Korean city of Gwangju. This badminton center is made from colored concrete to match the surrounding natural space, with a series of skylights made of steel that provide light to the large hall.

8. Bamboo sports hall, Thailand, built by Chiangmai Life Architects

This carbon-less sports hall in Chiangmai won the Civil and Cultural Building of the Year award at the Dezeen opening ceremony.

Built by Chiangmai Life Architects, an expert on bamboo construction, the school’s gymnasium will be used to play basketball, volleyball, badminton and futsal.

9. Golf Exécutif Montréal, Canada, by Architecture49

This minimalist club is located at a golf course in Montréal, it is covered by a large wooden roof to support players in bad weather. The roof of the building is built in a curved shape that is twice the size of the house with a harmonious proportion. In addition, it also has a lounge with bar, professional shop, administrative office and reception hall.

10. Atlantic Pavilion, Portugal, built by Valdemar Coutinho Arquitectos

Pedro Barbosa’s Bruralist gymnasium, called the Atlantic Pavilion, is designed to be used by both the school’s students and the Viana do Castelo community. This sports hall is 650 square meters, a concrete entrance with an angled surface to bring daylight into the secondary lobby.

The relationship between Chanel fashion and the art of ballet

Since fashion and dance are combined in harmony, ballet has become an integral part of the Chanel family.

Talking about the relationship between Chanel fashion and the art of ballet, we will go back in time to 1913. At that time, Gabrielle Chanel and her boyfriend, Boy Capel happened to see the show The Rite of Spring directed by Nijinsky. This is also the work with a special mark in her life.

When she met Misia – who later became close friends for 30 years, Gabrielle Chanel gradually entered the colorful art world. She met many famous artists, including Sergei Diaghilev, founder of Ballets Russes and revolutionized the art of dance. Different from the outdated conventions of classical dance, the brilliant aesthetics of the Ballets Russes, where music, dance and the art of great fusion, turn ballet into a complete art.

Gabrielle Chanel first met Sergei Diaghilev for lunch in Venice. At that time, Sergei wanted to recreate the play The Rite of Spring and was calling for financial support. Gabrielle Chanel decided to help him on one condition: no one knew about her involvement. As a result, the ballet was performed in Paris on December 15, 1920. Later, Diaghilev’s secretary, Vladimir Kochno, revealed the incident.

In 1924, Gabrielle Chanel designed dance costumes for the classic ballet Le Train bleu, produced by Ballets Russes. After the final training session, she realized “the freedom of the body is the best beauty” and began to adjust the designs to suit each dancer. So for Chanel, ballet is a unique experience that allows her to harmonize artistic values ​​into each design.

Later, this inspiration was followed by Karl Lagerfeld in the Spring-Summer 1998 Collection. Continuing the patronage of the founder, House of CHANEL has been the official partner of the Nijinsky Awards Ceremony in Monaco since 2000 and Since 2018, Chanel has been sponsoring gala outfits for the opening of the dance season at Opéra de Paris. This year, Virginie Viard is the Art Director responsible for designing costumes for the Variatuons ballet choreography choreographed by a friend of Garielle Chanel, Serge Lifar.

2019 Best-Designed Sports Stadiums (part 1)

Thanks to the World Cup, the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl, 2018 is the year of crowning sports architecture. Architectural works on stadiums and sports centers are always designs of community value and great influence on the country.

Dezeen’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Tom Ravenscroft (the world’s most popular and influential design and architecture magazine in the world, and also won many awards for journalism and publishing) has released a list of the 10 best stadiums and sports centers of the year.

1. Luzhniki Stadium, Russia, upgraded by Speech

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia is the venue for both the opening and final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is also the focus of this year’s biggest sporting event. Built in 1958, this historic stadium has been overhauled by Speech studio in Moscow before the tournament to meet FIFA standards and increase audience capacity from 78,000 to 81,000.

2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, United States, designed by HOK

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was designed by HOK for the American football industry. It replaced Georgia Dome to become the home of the NFL Atlanta Atlantacons team. This stadium has a capacity of 71,000 people. The retractable roof forms eight large petals and can open/close like the camera aperture

3. Dolní Břežany Gymnasium, Czech Republic, built by Sporadical

Built with an elementary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, south of Prague, the Dolní Břežany gymnasium is covered with reflective aluminum panels to help conceal its size. This gym is used by both schools and towns for sporting activities, and serves as a cultural venue.

4. Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Stadium, South Korea, built by DaeLim Construction

The sports center of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Games are temporary stadiums that have held both the opening and closing ceremonies of the sports. This pentagonal stadium holds 35,000 seats, was built by DaeLim Construction. After the tournament, the stands are being removed leaving a sustainable structure, they will be built into a museum to celebrate the Winter Olympics.