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These anthropomorphic vases, on display during Milan design week, are part of a project by Italian designer Matteo Cibic, who challenged himself to make a new one each day for a year. Cibic took the idea for the series from Italian painter Giorgio Morandi Underwear, who spent his career carefully honing still lifes of pottery and bottles. Starting on 1 January 2016, the designer dedicated time each day to drawing and making a different vase – often adding nose-like or phallic protuberances Swimwear. He then published pictures of each completed vase on his site Shoes, selling them to the first buyer. “I’m a very hyperactive person, I don’t like doing just one thing for a long time,” said Cibic Bras, who previously made a bedside lamp that concealed a dildo in its base Sunglasses & Eyewear Accessories. “This Italian painter did it for 40 years, so in order to understand how it became so compulsive and repetitive, I started making one vase every day for a year.” Cibic, who set up his own studio in 2007, carried out extensive research into historic styles of pottery, examining ancient Egyptian, Roman, Etruscan and Babylonian examples to understand the various forms used over time. The designer imbued each vase with a “persona”, as he calls it, by including extra details such as handles that jut out like ears, or pipes that branch out like the trunks of a...
By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is allowing the public to enjoy the fruits of its labor — “The Barberini Tapestries Hoodies & Tracksuits, Scenes from the Life of Christ,” which once graced the Vatican and European palaces. They were designed by baroque master Giovanni Francesco Romanelli; created by weavers for Francesco Barberini Thermal Underwear, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, from 1644 to 1656; and donated to the cathedral in 1891, a year before its cornerstone was laid. Centuries ago, tapestries were appreciated not only for their beauty but also for being a warm buffer against chilly palace walls. These days, they’re kept well-groomed by experts at the Gothic cathedral’s textile-conservation laboratory — a labor-intensive process using dental probes, tweezers and a HEPA vacuum with microsuction attachments. There’s also a special “bathtub” — measuring 20-by-16 feet. In addition to removing the standard dust and dirt, the massive undertaking included work on tapestries that suffered smoke and water damage during a 2001 fire. Ten tapestries, their images woven with wool and silk yarn in rich earth tones, deep blue, green and russet, are displayed around the cathedral Accessories, with a focal point at the Chapels of the Seven Tongues, which honor immigrant populations. They’re accompanied by fragments from a severely fire-damaged tapestry of “The Last Supper” and before-and-after photos from the blaze. The works, hung with hand-sewn fabric fastener, are 15 Tops & Tees.5...