Iconic Contemporary Sculpture Inspires Exquisite Interiors And Architecture

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DXV by American Standard is a landmark product line that represents the company’s storied history spanning 150 years. The collection spans four broad movements: Classic (1880 – 1920), Golden Era (1920 – 1950), Modern (1950 – 1990), and Contemporary (1990 – today).  Each piece in the carefully curated collection harkens back to the era it was inspired by and combines it with modern sensibilities, technology and performance. Although each fixture is inspired by a distinct era, the entire collection has a dialogue and the ability to cross over and create a remix of eras in one space.

The pieces in the Contemporary Movement by DXV capture the ever-evolving spirit of present day design. Each quality crafted fixture, finish, and detail echo the clean lines of contemporary trends in interior design and architecture.  Modern day sculptors like Donald Judd, Tony Cragg and Random International have influenced creatives all around the world with their bold approach to materials, lines and form. Contemporary sculpture lovers can create spaces inspired by their favorites works with pieces from the DXV collection.

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Anyone working in design, web development, or marketing can empathize and relate to the fact that building proper content can be a LOT of work. It is tedious, detail oriented, and sometimes totally painstaking. But, we all know that creating depth and draw to your concept is crucial, and so is nailing the visuals. No matter what it is- a website, business cards, smartphone apps, video game design, a presentation, product labels, a design pitch, anything- you need the right image. You get the visuals right, you nail the concept.

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Sponsored Post: The Mind-bending Photoshop Creations of 500px Prime Photographer Caras Ionut

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Caras Ionut is one of those rare photographer/Photoshopper hybrids whose work stands head and shoulders above even some of the best retouchers. Some of his images tend towards the realistic, others towards the fantastic, but all of them display a skill with both a camera and post-processing techniques that’s truly remarkable.

Ionut says his goal is to create dreamscapes — both the positive and negative kind.

“Most people when considering dreams would think of good positive dreams, and I like to think I captured that in my work,” he writes in his biography on 500px. “I also seem to visit the darker side of what people may see of dreams, not necessarily what one would see as negative, but possibly a dream that one could not quite understand or may feel alone.”

View a selection of our favorite images Ionut has captured, each available to license on 500px’s photo marketplace: 500px Prime” after the jump.

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Sponsored Post: Okinawa- A Journey Of Discovery

Welcome to Okinawa, Asia’s hidden treasure that many don’t know about but should. The name Okinawa means “Rope in the open sea” which is an apt description for this series of 160 islands (49 inhabited and 111 uninhabited) that is quickly becoming known as the ultimate vacation spot for those who don’t want to visit the same old tourist traps that most people frequent.

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Exclusive Craftsy Online Class Offer “Painting An Allegory: Concept To Canvas”

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At Beautiful/Decay we have been partnering with Craftsy, a cutting-edge, multileveled online art class platform and community that brings art classes to your home with versatility and convenient features.  One of the classes at Craftsy that we think is exceptionally strong in content, instructional style and artistic relevance is “Painting An Allegory: Concept To Canvas” taught by artist Martin Wittfooth. For a limited time only, Craftsy is generously offering this class at the deeply discounted price of $19.99 exclusively to Beautiful/Decay readers (offer expires 12/01/14).

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How To Draw With Perspective: A Free E-Guide On Craftsy

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At Beautiful/Decay we have been partnering with Craftsy, an online art class company and community that offers hundreds of different arts and crafts e-guides, online classes and other tools for sparking your inner creativity and honing new skills. This week we have another Craftsy resource to share! How To Draw With Perspective is a free PDF e-guide available exclusively on Craftsy (available on this link) that features 24 pages of tutorials, demonstrations and tips on perspective drawing.

Developed and drawn up by artist Paul Heaston, an accomplished illustrator who also teaches Craftsy classes on sketching, the downloadable and printable e-guide incorporates step-by-step guides on mastering drawing space.  This guide is suitable for the advanced beginner to intermediate drawer, and is a great reference for any artist to have on hand in their studio.

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Enter To Win A Free Craftsy Portrait Painting Class With Micah Ganske

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“Sleeping Dragon” detail, by Micah Ganske, instructor of Narrative Portraiture

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Craftsy is an online art class company and community that offers hundreds of different arts and crafts eguides, online classes and other tools for sparking your inner creativity and honing new skills.  With progressive video components, a personalized accessible platform and incredibly affordable prices and free resources, Craftsy makes art education available to all.  Take advantage of Craftsy’s exclusive offer for Beautiful/Decay readers to enter in a giveaway to win Micah’s class valued at 34.99 by following this link! Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic is an engaging class in both technical and conceptual arenas, and we are proud to say it’s taught by a friend and colleague of Beautiful/Decay: Micah Ganske.

Micah Ganske received his MFA at Yale and has exhibited widely, including in Art Basel Miami.  His gorgeous, thought provoking painted works are featured here, along with images of class demos.  As an accomplished professional artist whose goal is “to make work which inspires and engages the viewer in what I truly believe is important and what drives me,” Ganske passes his insights and technical skill onto his students in an interactive online class that students can take at their own pace, anytime, anywhere.

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RARE Presents: Mark Dean Veca’s Psychedelic Pop Culture Apparel

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For years Mark Dean Veca has been painstakingly painting ornate and intricate patterns on canvases as well as walls across the US. Using a mix of references that run the gamut from 60′s psychedelic art to 90′s graffiti, Veca has managed to create an alternate world where his signature technique takes 2-D graphics and breathes new life into them.

Primarily known as a painter, Veca doesn’t hold himself to only paint and brush. For over a decade he has collaborated with some of the best brands in the world creating iconic apparel and product illustrations for the likes of Nike, Lucasfilms and Burton; so it should come as no surprise that he recently teamed up with curated online marketplace RARE to create a new signature line of apparel featuring the imagery that he has become known for.

Veca’s first collection of apparel with RARE includes bold color ways and patterns covering every square inch of the garments. You can get patriotic with the Godsmith , Flag II, and Merica II tees. If bending your mind is your thing you can toss on Veca’s The Duke shirt which takes inspiration from Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Last but not least lets not forget everyones favorite theme, Money! Ladies can look fresh in the Red Leg$ leggings while the guys can spread the wealth with the Monopoly inspired Penny Bag backpack that has room for all your cash as well as your laptop!

Check out the complete collection on Mark’s RARE shop and learn more about Mark Dean Veca’s artwork and clothing by watching the above video.

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