Sunday, November 15, 2015

Inside the $8.5 million Astolat Doll House. Touring NYC this holiday season

The Astolat Dollhouse Castle, which is said to be the most expensive doll house in the world will be in NYC for the holidays.

From The Gothamist:
One of the more expensive homes in New York City right now can fit inside of a tiny studio apartment. The $8.5 million castle is beautiful, located near Columbus Circle, and the interior design is impeccably detailed... but it's for dolls.
According to  Bloomberg, the 9-foot-tall Astolat Dollhouse Castle was appraised at $2,000 per square inch, and is on view at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center for the holidays. This is the first time it's been on public display since it was built in the 1980s by miniaturist Elaine Diehl.
It features 29 rooms filled with 10,000 miniature pieces, including elaborate furniture, oil paintings, mirrors, fireplaces, gold miniature jewelry, rare-mini books more than 100 years old, fine rugs, fabrics, and pieces made of and silver and gold. It has seven levels, stairways, hallways, a basement, a wine cellar, a kitchen and an armory. There are formal rooms, a library, a music room, a grand ballroom and a bar, and that’s before you get to the Wizard’s tower on the top level.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fish in Boxes (and other containers)


Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Need a new watch?

These fantastic watch sculptures are by Dominic Wilcox. Probably a little bulky under the shirt sleeve cuff, but worth it, I'm sure. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This house is so cool. It's a place where Frankenstein can really enjoy a cup of tea

This is the uber-cool house of horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Source: NYT, 

Guillermo del Toro’sHouse of Horrors

H.P Lovecraft reading one of his own books.

Mr. E.A. Poe

Johnny Eck, a sideshow performer born without his lower body

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fantastic Image

This is one of thousands of photographs from the archive of the New York City Police Department.  that will be put on line.  From the New York Times.