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Sold! 100 Design Relics from Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, FLW and More

<i>UPDATE: The auction has concluded and more than £5.6 million was made. Find out how much the famous, architect-designed relics went for after the</i> …

Frank Lloyd Wright

India's electronic music scene: 10 essential tracks

This may be the biggest year yet for Indian electronic music. Most of the leading international names have toured the country in the last few years, but the scene has recently been dominated by quality, independent releases from local producers looking to carve their own identities into the …

Milan Design Week: Day One

The first day of Milan Design Week, as seen by our editors. [Update: day two, day three, and day four!]<p>We've wrapped up our first day on the ground in Milan for Salone del Mobile, and the city's design week burned bright and hot. (We mean that literally: It's the quite the difference from last …

Design

Japanese Taxi Driver Takes Multiple Exposures While Looking for Passengers

Taxi driver Issui Enomoto captures unique multiple exposure photographs of Yokohama, Japan and its residents as he drives around at night looking for passengers. He always keeps his camera with him in his taxi so that he can shoot various scenes of the town as they strike him. For this series …

Photography

Japan protests China memorial to Korean assassin as ties fray | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties.<p>China’s ties with Japan have long been coloured by what Beijing considers …

30 songs banned by the BBC - Telegraph

George Michael

How the music of 1914 failed to predict the future horror

Despite dark clouds ahead, Europe's mood in 1914 was one of creative possibility, argues Ivan Hewett<p>BBC <b>Radio</b> 3 is getting in early with its salute to the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. For the whole of this week, much of the schedule has been pulled under the umbrella title of …

Remembrance Day

The gig venue guide: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Second in our survey of the UK's gig venues is the legendarily rowdy hall with the famous neon frontage<p><b>Capacity:</b> 2,100<p><b>Who plays there:</b> The famous Barrowlands maybe isn't quite as busy with bookings as it once was, with competition stiff from the similarly-sized, corporate-sponsored ABC and Academy …

Looking back at Yan Nascimbene’s beautiful and deceptively simple illustrations - The Fox Is Black

Looking back over the year one of my favorite discoveries has been the work of French-Italian artist and writer Yan Nascimbene. Sadly I only …

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old …

Antarctica

Terrifying ‘Orchid Mantis’ is Camouflaged to Look Exactly Like a Pink Orchid Flower | Colossal

<p>In an unparalleled feat of natural selection the Orchid Mantis (<i>Hymenopus coronatus</i>) from Southeast Asia has evolved to look almost exactly like an …

Exploring the Aesthetic Ear

BRIGHTON, UK — As an expectant crowd took their seats for a recent performance by Ryoji Ikeda, none could have failed to notice the projection …

I'm the 'vaginal knitting' perfomance artist – and I want to defend my work

As an artist, of course I do seek attention – I want to express and communicate ideas, and refuse to feel compunction for that. Even in the face of criticism, I will make no apologies for my art<p>A couple of years ago, three separate friends told me that they’d dreamt of me the previous night. My …

Ten of the world’s most beautiful railway stations

Trains

Damian Lewis and the case of the missing redheads

Thomas Knights wants you to think about action heroes. About James Bond, or the characters Arnie gets to play. He wants you to think about romantic leads in Hollywood movies, about the guy who gets the girl, about the film star every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with. And then he …

Worst Christmas number ones of all time

The countdown to this year's Christmas number one is upon us, so here's a quick reminder of the worst Christmas number ones of all time<p>The mad dash for Christmas number one rapidly approaches. Who can say what delights await us this year? For now, we'll look back at the ghosts of Christmas</b> …

Costa Coffee

It’s Almost Impossible To Make Bad Music With This App

The Synthetica app lets you make damn good electronica on your phone, thanks to stellar interaction design.<p>I find a lot of “interactive music apps” intimidating, because while they may have clever interfaces, the limiting factor on their output is always my own complete lack of musical intuition. I …

Kim Jong-un's uncle vanishes from documentary footage - in pictures

The uncle of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has been edited from footage of a documentary first aired in October

US veteran detained in North Korea 'apologises' for crimes

North Korea says it has arrested a US citizen<br>for “hostile acts” against the state.<p>It accuses Merrill Newman of being “a criminal” who was involved in the killing of civilians during the Korean War in the early 1950s.<p>A video released by Pyongyang shows the 85-year-old reading out an apparent …

Why are so many mentally ill children being held in prison cells?

Jeremy Hunt is right to advocate the importance of work experience for politicians as well as managers in the NHS; the health secretary really should try a night in the cells. It would utterly convince him of the need to end the practice of using cells to detain mentally ill children and adults who …

Articles about 10 ways use shoji screens on Dwell.com - Dwell

Looking for creative ways to incorporate rugs into outdoor spaces that feel otherwise unfinished? These 10 examples will give you...<p>Last week, we saw 15 modern homes with black exteriors.<p>There’s something about brick that we just can’t enough of. It's earthy and natural, symmetrical and sturdy, …

Prefab Homes

Mapping redheads: which country has the most?

A couple of months ago this map did the rounds. It's quite nice right? It shows that in most of Scotland and Ireland, as well as a random patch in central Russia, 10% of people are of the ginger genre. By contrast, less than 1 in every 100 people in southern Europe have red hair. Best of all, it …

Living in: Great university towns

Usually liberal and forward thinking, these five cities have culturally vibrant, well-educated populations and are often ranked as some of the most sought after places to live.<p>Close to major metropolitan centres but inclusive enough to exert their own sphere of influence, university towns and the …

Real Estate

Tate Britain revamp brings pizazz and mischief to a Victorian classic – review

A rambling pile of high Victoriana, with a cartoonish PoMo extension and other well-meaning insertions, Tate Britain has long suffered from an identity complex, standing as a confused muddle of bits. Successive architects have each brought their add-ons, but few have spared much consideration for …

Verve Records helped spread jazz around the world

Verve Records was formed in 1955 by Norman Granz and their studio albums and live recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday helped bring jazz to a world audience<p>"Jazz stirs the possibilities for creativity in the moment. Jazz is about the human character; …

Associated Press News

"Swing at the End of the World" is Located Off a Giant Cliff

Swing sets are typically used by children on a playground, but this makeshift contraption known as the <i>Swing at the End of the World</i> is only for the bravest adventurers willing to take the risk of falling off the edge of a cliff while swinging high in the air. Located in Baos, Ecuador at La Casa del …

Workouts

Battersea Power Station: Electrifying design

London’s Battersea Power Station has featured in films and on album covers. How did a once controversial building become so beloved? Jonathan Glancey reports.<p>Algie was a 30ft (9m) pink pig who flew from Battersea to Kent where he scared local cows before being caught and returned to London. This …

Skyscrapers

Better Than A Password? To Unlock Your Mac, Just Knock

A new iPhone app called Knock lets you log in to your Mac just by knocking. It’s more fun than useful, but boy, does it have design chops.<p>Knock is a new iOS app that allows you to unlock your Mac by rapping on your iPhone screen twice. But let’s hold off on talking about that for a second. Let’s …

Top 10 arthouse movies

Elitist and pretentious, or an endangered species? Whatever your feelings, there's no doubt that arthouse movies are among the finest ever made. Here the Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best<p>• Top 10 romantic movies • Top 10 action movies • Top 10 comedy movies • Top 10 horror movies • Top …