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Some orb-web spiders decorate their webs with a conspicuous silk structure called a stabilimentum (plural: stabilimenta). The function of this structure is a subject of debate. Does it keep birds from flying into webs? Does it attract prey by reflecting ultraviolet light? Does it tell males that a female is ready to mate? Stabilimentum of Octonoba tanakai by Akio Tanikawa via Wikimedia Commons (cc-by-sa)

Chapel of The Holy Grail Etching

"Chapel of the Holy Grail" etching on paper. Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin. Unframed, image size x Age L x

Analogy est une série d’expérimentations de design réalisée par Niccolò Casasdans dans le cadre de son doctorat à la Bartlett School of Architecture, sous la direction de Marjan Colletti et Marcos Cruz. Son propos était d’utiliser la géométrie fractale comme moyen de codifier et de simuler la décadence. La décadence est un processus de désintégration d’un tout, lorsque le particulier acquiert une autonomie au détriment du tout et finit par enrayer les fonctions du tout.

I remember the decorations on the Carson Pirie Scott building on State Street in Chicago by Louis Sullivan before CPS folded. So surprisingly ornate.

Ethereal Papier-Mâché Lamp Sculptures of Dancers and FairiesThe...

Frédéric Guibrunet and Sophie Mouton-Perrat’s Mademoiselle lamps are elegant staples in their all-white papier-mâché lighting collection. From: Meet More Than 60 Up-and-Coming Artisans | Architectural Digest

Giant silk moth (by Colin Hutton Photography)