Author: Zygmunt Duda

Stolen Art That Has Never Been Recovered

Art theft is as old as art and theft, and it has happened all over the world. In some cases, precious art works have been missing for ages, with no one knowing their current whereabouts. When the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 587 B.C., for example, the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from history. These thefts…



Interesting Facts About Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí was a native of Catalonia in Spain and a proponent of Catalan Modernisme, a style closely linked to Art Nouveau, before he went on to develop his own unique style. His buildings are world-renowned these days, although the best known is probably La Basílica de la Sagrada Família, at which construction is still…



Modulex – LEGO’s Brush With Architecture

When LEGO big-boss Godtfred Kirk Christiansen found himself in the potentially precarious position of having to design an actual full-scale building back in 1960, he decided to supplement his drawings of the planned design by making use of what he knew best. LEGO bricks. And when it all panned out pretty damn well for Christiansen,…



Kitsch Art Is Not Going Anywhere

Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl is one of the most prominent examples of kitsch art, but then again, according to some art lovers, so is the Mona Lisa. Love it or hate it, kitsch is here to stay….



Random Facts about Fashion

Fashion geeks know that we have Coco Chanel to thank for inventing the LBD, or little black dress, and fashion super-geeks will know that Valentino Garavani is the man who popularised red dresses. But whether you fall into either of these factions or not, there are definitely going to be some bits of trivia you’ve…



The Top 5 Architectural Follies In the World

Fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels will know the name of Bloody Stupid Johnson, the architect and inventor who was responsible for ridiculous designs. Some of them satirise the architectural tradition of follies….



Biggest Fashion Disasters In History

There is no question that fashion is a fickle beast. What’s hot today is cold tomorrow, and what is cold today is the next big thing. Keeping up can be a challenge at best, and an impossibility at worst. Who is to say what will work, and what will be a train wreck? For this…



Africa’s 5 Most Amazing Architectural Creations

Many of the world’s best known pieces of architecture can be found in Europe, Asia and America, but there is so much more to the industry. It might come as a surprise that Africa is home to some of the world’s most amazing architectural wonders. The continent is packed with ancient and modern constructions alike,…



Design Failures Around The Globe

Sometimes buildings look great on paper and less so in real life, or the purpose they are built for falls away. Or, their construction is so riddled with issues that they just never reach their conclusion. These are some of the worst design fails that have sprung up from over ambitious architects and governments around…



The Most Spectacular Architectural Designs in Singapore

Singapore is a city that is filled with architectural wonders and spectacular examples of professional design. The metropolis itself is renowned for being one of the most cosmopolitan and functional destinations in the world, and its architecture reflects its peoples’ dedication to order and neatness. Here are Singapore’s top 7 architectural marvels to see on…