This weekend we took a day off from the studio to find inspiration elsewhere and enjoy what all New York has to offer. The Guggenheim museum was having a free day, so we jumped in line to see the Maurizio Cattelan exhibit. Maurizio is known for his sense of humor in not only his exhibits but in person through various public pranks. He has an interesting and startling way of working with extreme realism in wax figures and full scale taxidermy. The exhibit was amazing because it was a retrospective of all his most famous, memorable, big or small works of art through his life together in one piece. We were amazed by what little discoveries we would find just in the change of perspective. While you spiraled through the space, it was like the exhibit itself was unraveling with continuous details and surprises at every angle. I would love to go back just to catch all the things I didn’t see the first time, but better hurry. The exhibition closes this month – Jan 22nd!
Some day we dream of visiting the caves of giant crystals inside the Naica Mine under Chihuahua, Mexico. Could you imagine shooting here! Unfortunately there is a hot spring located close to the Crystal Caves which mean the temperature is too hot for people to stay much longer then 10 min at a time, snap. In the meantime we love looking at these stoic sweaty minors exploring these massive gypsum beams.
This year for Christmas, my boyfriend and I decided to skip the gifts and traditions and head to Barcelona for a simple and sweet christmas the Catalan way :) We explored the city in the most beautiful weather, and ate tapas after tapas. The highlights of our trip were by far the Gaudi architecture scattered throughout the city. My personal favorite of his is the Casa Batillo. I love how the exterior is molded in a skeletal form and the upside down heart noses for the skull like balconies. After a long day of roaming around, we would stop for a local beer ( Estrella! ) it’s one of the best beers I have ever had. Light and crisp. But be sure to have it with spanish olives!! I wish I could find that combo here in New York… Our favorite areas for vintage clothes shopping, art, and bookstores was for sure El Ravel. It was kinda the more hipster/alt scene. Also, where the MACBA and CCCB are conveniently located. Some of our favorite places for tapas in the city are: Tapas 24 ( get the ruso salad and crochets! ) , Safra 18′ ( get the black squid ink paella ) and make sure to get the Christmas Chicken at Origens! Also, don’t forget to check out the store Vincon for really great home and office design products.
While enjoying the twinkling lights and charming Catalan Christmas, I couldn’t help but to notice all the lovely and varying tiles used throughout the city of Barcelona. I found these tiles mostly used in common or public squares, busy sidewalks, park benches, terrace walls, and decorative details on facades. I loved how different they all or from each other ranging from clean lines and geometric patterns, to broken gradients, and of course the trademark Barcelona flower tile – I found them so sweet . Click on more to see all :)
Last year at this time I was in Ha Long Bay Vietnam, visiting some of the coolest caves I’d ever laid eyes on! Just stumbled across the pic’s and thought I’d share with you :)