Midnight Cowboy Civilized insobriety featured
Lady Bird Lake Champagne cruise ahoy featured
If Dogs Run Free Fantasy realm featured

Prepare to have a sore neck after leaving this bar… because you’ve spent the night craning it up at the upside-down peaks installed on the ceiling. The space below is as minimalistic as it comes with an asphalt floor and plastered walls, nothing to detract away from the ceiling, an oft under-appreciated space but here, the spectacle. Created under the theme Mensch und Natur, the installation is supposed to be the first in a series, all constructed to spark conversations about art and design. Co-owned by an actress, a restaurateur, a graphic designer and two architects, it’s easy to see why they settled on such creative themes.

While the name itself should strike a chord with Bob Dylan fans, it leaves others confused, and once some of the bar’s potent cocktails have been imbibed, the existential “what ifs” and guessing games begin—just what IDRF wanted. One of the forerunners of modern cocktail culture in Vienna, the bar has an unwavering commitment to booze, providing an impressive list of classic and inventive drinks that get you drunk but in style. Just make sure the ceiling doesn’t distract from watching where you’re walking.

Scheer They do make 'em like they used to featured

Scheer is a rare-breed: A bespoke shoemakers, traditional cobbler and artisanal leatherworkers, all expertly shaped and stitched into one. Upstairs in their lamp-lit atelier, custom-made shoes of phenomenal quality are crafted to order and then placed directly into customers’ hands.

Meanwhile, in the ground floor room — a stunning, high arc-ceilinged, open space with patchily patterned concrete walls, 19th century wall coverings and polished wooden floors — it’s all about goods and accessories: Bags, wallets, keyrings and iPhone covers amongst. And, to keep your goods going for life, Scheer also packs a cobblers-come-leather-hospital, where they can patch up anything from sneakers to suitcases.

Atelier Karasinski Open-source commercial design featured

It’s not often that you get to take a peek inside the artist’s studio. But then, Polish-born conceptual designer Laura Karasinski is a welcoming kind of girl. So welcoming, in fact, that she threw the doors to her atelier—the base of operations for her eponymous design label—wide open. And there’s plenty in there for inquisitive eyes to peruse, no matter if they belong to design buffs or not.

Laura’s been extremely active over the past couple of years — as testified by her logo design, corporate branding and package design for weighty clients such as André Heller, Red Bull and Sony & Warner. Dotting the airy, white-walled and elegantly decorated space, the work on show provides ample inspiration and then some for any aspiring commercial designer.

Galerie Emanuel Layr Young at art

Layr Wuestenhagen originally opened in 2002 as a project space for emerging artists by two gallerists, Emanuel Layr and Thomas Wüstenhagen. After initial success and a hunger for larger projects, the gallery moved to a larger space, which now includes viewing galleries, offices and additional project spaces.

In March 2011 the gallery was reestablished under the directorship of Emanuel Layr, with a focus toward solo exhibitions occasionally punctuated by broadly scoped group shows. Since then the gallery’s eye for emerging talent has helped to support numerous young artists.

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