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Review of the Year 2013

Review of the Year: Maisie Skidmore's wildcard choices of 2013. Splendid

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I had no idea I’d written quite so many posts over the last seven months, so trying to choose five of my favourite was something like placing a small child in the toy section at the Argos warehouse and telling them they would only have five things, and they couldn’t even have a look through the catalogue before choosing. Still, you asked for it, so here they are, in all of their flowery, miniature pastel-coloured glory.

Javier Mayoral (November 28)

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    Javier Mayoral

2013 has been the year of internet memes, and in a sea of cats, Victorian ladies in black and white with speech bubbles voicing variations on “you’re a knob” and GIFs of Beyoncé dancing on every other Tumblr, I took refuge in these painted beauties by Javier Mayoral. A chef by profession, Javier paints an average of five of these a day, in his spare time, just because he likes to. They’re hilarious, offbeat and completely absurd, and I think they’re bloody brilliant.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/javier-mayoral

Rosa Rendl: Photography (October 4)

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    Rosa Rendl: Untitled, Paris

A project about domestic interiors isn’t often the sort of thing I’d expect to be bouncing up and down on my chair about in excitement, but when they’re captured by Rosa Rendl’s lens and dreamily abstracted to the point where they’re almost unrecognisable, I’m happy to let that rule slide, and bounce to my heart’s content. These shots are all romantic pastel shades, unexpected angles and anonymous objects, and they’re the product of a uniquely abstract perspective. Lovely jubbly.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/rosa-rendl

Anna Kövecses: Ábécés Könyv

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    Anna Kövecses: Ábécés Könyv

Anna Kövecses’ book was one of my favourite projects this year for a number of reasons. Not only was her holiday project sweetly sentimental, as she created this gorgeous book to teach a four year-old family member the Hungarian alphabet, but it was also beautifully designed and illustrated, and I managed to namecheck Munching Mike, Talking Tess and Letterland in the article I wrote about it. If you’ve not yet seen the spreads from Ábécés Könyv then now’s the time; they’re a real treat.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/anna-kovcses

Alber Napoleon Wildner: Miniature Photography (September 24)

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    Alber Napoleon WIldner: Number 24 and 25, West 62nd St.

Frankly, I don’t know what’s not to love about Alber Napoleon Wildner; his name sounds like it’s been nabbed straight from a cartoon about a childsize superhero, he creates unbelievable diorama models at a scale of 1:100 and the scenes, from outside nightclubs, suburban streets and Hollywood film scripts, are as weird as they are fantastic.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/alber-napoleon-wildner

Janusz Stanny (August 12)

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    Janusz Stanny: Book Covers

Polish designer Janusz Stanny is something like the uncredited grandfather of children’s book design; hints of his charming work seem to crop up all over the place in contemporary illustration, and as he’s taught unnameable students at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts it’s not difficult to understand why. I thought his birthday was all the reason we needed to get his work up on the site and marvel at his characters. Don’t they look nice? They do. I was right all along.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/janusz-stanny-1

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Assistant Editor Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast. She also oversees our London listings guide This At There.

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