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Inspire Me Monday: Snowchitecture!

With last week’s “snowpocalypse” finally behind us, it’s easier to look at the winter freeze in a creative new light. There’s no place on Earth that celebrates the creative potential of ice and snow like Lapland, Finland, home to the ICEHOTEL and world-famous Snow Show.

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Zaha Hadid and Cai Guo-Quiang‘s ice sculpture for The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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‘Oblong Voidspace’ by Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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‘Oblong Voidspace’ by Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

 

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Ice Time Tunnel – Tatsuo Miyajima & Tadao Ando. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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Icehotel 25 by Anja Kilian, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, and Wolfgang-A. Lüchow. Image © Icehotel.

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Icehotel 25 by Anja Kilian, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, and Wolfgang-A. Lüchow. Image © Icehotel.

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Obscure Horizons by Lawrence Weiner & Enrique Norten. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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Fluid Fossils by Morphosis + Do-Ho Suh. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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Sculpture by Anamorphosis architects. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

In With the New! Check out our Latest Shapes in Ceramics

Case Study Ceramic® XL Cylinder

If you’ve ever seen a large Case Study Ceramic® Cylinder in person, you know it’s big. The new XL Cylinder is downright enormous. With enough volume to house almost any indoor-sized tree or shrub, this new piece makes a big statement.

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The Case Study Ceramic® Apex

The Apex shape is unusual enough to catch the eye, yet simple enough to meld into different design styles. Similar to the Case Study Ceramic® Wok, its funnel-like shape is a bit deeper with a smaller overall size. Available with both metal and walnut stands.

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A Closer Look at the World’s Fairs of the Mid-20th Century, USA Edition

When it comes to a bit of international flash and flaunt, a World’s Fair is the place to do it. Since the 1700s, governments, corporations, and citizens have crossed borders and boundaries to represent their ideals and interests in international expositions, or “World’s Fairs”. Some of our favorite world’s fairs of times past, of course, took place during the mid-20th century. Here’s a look at some of the USA pavilions for several mid-century international exhibitions.

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USA Pavilion at Exposición Internacional París 1937, designed by Paul Lester Wiener, Charles H. Higgins and Julian Clarence Levi.

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USA Pavilion at Exposición Internacional París 1937, designed by Paul Lester Wiener, Charles H. Higgins and Julian Clarence Levi.

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The USA pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, designed by Edward Durell Stone.

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The USA pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, designed by Edward Durell Stone.

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USA Science Pavilion for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, designed by Minoru Yamasaki.

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USA Science Pavilion for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, designed by Minoru Yamasaki.

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The New York State Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, designed by Phillip Johnson.

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The Unisphere, designed for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, designed by Gilmore D. Clarke.

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The USA Pavilion for Expo 1967 in Montreal, designed by Buckminster Fuller.

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The USA Pavilion for Expo 1967 in Montreal, designed by Buckminster Fuller.

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USA Pavilion for the HemisFair ’68 in San Antonio, designed by Marmon Mok.

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USA Pavilion for the HemisFair ’68 in San Antonio, designed by Marmon Mok.