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Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show, Designing Worlds visited Cain Maven, the designer behind Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes – and enjoyed a good discussion with him too!

DW416 – Cain Maven from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Cain’s Designs range from the vast (in the Quantum Luxury Homes range) to more modest styles in the Maven Homes range. We talked to him about his design concepts, and explored both types of homes. Can also allowed us a glimpse at the very first home he built – we think you’ll enjoy his caustic comments on his efforts back then!

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But his more recent homes range from classical builds to the ultra modern, built with style and class – there is a reason why both brands are so popular!

We also took the time for a longer discussion with Cain on issues such as the new Linden Homes and the sale of Sansar – does Cain see the Sansar project as a waste of time, or as a valuable learning experience (on many levels) for the Lab.

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Maven Hones, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our fascinating show visiting the stunningly beautiful Majesterium estate is now available online!

DW386 – Majesterium Riviera Estate from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

It’s the home of His Majesty Brick Masters, and we visited just over a year ago, but since then His Majesty has totally overhauled this and has had a fantastic new mansion built for him by the renowned Second Life architect Patch Thibaud – and the result is spectacular!

 

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Not only is the building is a fine example of virtual world architecture and design at its best, but the interiors form a beautiful synergy with the architecture, building to a holistic design triumph – which is also a beautiful home.

His Majesty welcomes visitors – you’ll find the gates of his Estate here – and at the pier, the gondola will be waiting to carry you across to the island, if you want to arrive in style (and who doesn’t?)

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Certain areas of the house are private. They are roped off and marked – please respect this.

And there’s something else not to be missed – hiding away in the sky above the house is an amazing funfair with a great many attractions!

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Once or twice a year, at various charity events, we auction Designing Worlds shows to raise money for the charity in question, and this year, His Majesty was one of the winners of the auction at Fantasy Faire – and this is his very special show. Two more will be coming next season.

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA23 - Chasing Morpheus

LEA23 – Chasing Morpheus

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 22nd May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (known as the LEA) is a group of 29 regions, donated by Linden Lab to the residents for the promotion of the arts on the grid, and managed by residents. There are two groups of regions – the Core Regions, which consist of nine regions that are generally occupied for three months at a time (although people can occupy them for shorter periods or apply for extensions), and twenty AIR Regions (or Artist in Resident Regions) which are granted to residents for a six month period.

LEA15 – Gardens By the Bay

Currently, applications are open for Round 13 of the AIR Land Grants (they close on May 3oth). That means that if you would like a full prim region on which you can build an installation, you can find out more and apply here.

So this week, Designing Worlds takes a trip to the LEA to see what sort of installations and events people have used their LEA land grants to create.

LEA21 - Light Thoughts

LEA21 – Light Thoughts

Firstly, we travel to the gateway region of LEA3 before exploring The Anthropic Principle, one of two fantastic installations created by Gem Preiz. Then we see film and photos of a range of other installations before visiting the installation the Poetry of the Planets created by Caledonia Skytower.

It’s a beautiful and fascinating show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

LEA10 - Whitechapel - Victorian London

LEA10 – Whitechapel – Victorian London

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – an important and timely discussion on preserving Second Life – is now on the web!

We’ll talk with guests Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Ran Heinrichs of the University of Washington’s iSchool; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; and Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

Our guests discuss these issues and more, sharing their own experiences and their hopes too.

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fastening show – make sure you take a look!

Designing Worlds is now on a break until the end of April when we’ll be returning with a show all about Fantasy Faire!

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The new episode of the new season of Designing Worlds –as we as we visit the estate of Antiquity, and the beautiful creation there of Buckingham Palace – is now on the web.

 

 

We’re joined by Jacon Cortes de Bexar, Twelfth Night Egerton de Bexar, Tiamat Windstorm, Olavi von Hirvi, and Pamus Bing, co-owners of Antiquity. We begin by exploring Coyningham House and its grounds as we learn something about Antiquity and the role of history in the estate.

 

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

Then we cross a beautiful lake and take a carriage ride to the incomparable Buckingham Palace, which we explore with two of the creators – Jacon Cortes de Bexar and Twelfth Night Egerton de BexarNight.

 

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

And just for force of contrast, we end by exploring a very different side of Antiquity as we visit a pirate den!

 

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 3rd October, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams  –  as we visit the estate of Antiquity, and the beautiful creation there of Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’re joined by Jacon Cortes de Bexar, Twelfth Night Egerton de Bexar, Tiamat Windstorm, Olavi von Hirvi, and Pamus Bing, co-owners of Antiquity. We begin by exploring Coyningham House and its grounds as we learn something about Antiquity and the role of history in the estate.

Then we cross a beautiful lake and take a carriage ride to the incomparable Buckingham Palace, which we explore with two of the creators – Jacon Cortes de Bexar and Twelfth Night Egerton de BexarNight.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And just for force of contrast, we end by exploring a very different side of Antiquity as we visit a pirate den!

So please join us at 2pm for a really visually stunning show.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Buckingham Palace in Antiquity, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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SL13B The Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL13B The Auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds –as we pay the second of two visits to the Second Life 13th Birthday Community Celebrations – and explore the great public areas: the Stages, the Welcome Area and the Auditorium – is now on the web.

We talk to the creators of these unique and stunning areas: Anthony, Designer of the Auditorium, Catboy Qunhua, Designer of the Welcome Area, Mikati Slade, Designer of the Cake Stage, Cube Republic, Designer of the Dazzle Live Stage, Zuza Ritt, Designer of the Linden Tree Stage and Walton F. Wainwright, Designer of The Automaton, Stage Left.

SL13B The Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL13B The Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – as we visit the beautiful island of Rocca Sorrentina, an imagining of a late eighteenth century island in the Bay of Naples – is now on the web.

We are joined by two of the people behind Rocca Sorrentina (or Principal Magistrates as they are called) Aldo Stern and Sere Timeless. They take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the rich culture that flourished in the Kingdom of Naples (much visited on the Grand Tour), and the history that lay behind it, reaching back to the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also learn about the culture and exhibitions staged by Rocca Sorrentina, as Elrik explores a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Tarot … and we learn of upcoming exhibitions too.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 27th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the beautiful island of Rocca Sorrentina, an imagining of a late eighteenth century island in the Bay of Naples.

We are joined by two of the people behind Rocca Sorrentina (or Principal Magistrates as they are called) Aldo Stern and Sere Timeless. They take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the rich culture that flourished in the Kingdom of Naples (much visited on the Grand Tour), and the history that lay behind it, reaching back to the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also learn about the culture and exhibitions staged by Rocca Sorrentina, as Elrik explores a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Tarot … and we learn of upcoming exhibitions too.

So come and join us at 2pm for a fascinating and beautiful show.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the newly redesigned region of Horizon Dreams to explore the beauties of The Looking Glass, created by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azale.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We did have a show long ago at the old Looking Glass, which you can see herethe 2011 show. But recently Marcus and Sharni have done a complete redesign that has been two years in the planning, and several months in the execution and – as we discovered when Marcus showed us around – the end result is gorgeous.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sharni was unable to join us (she’s based in Australia and was soundly asleep when we filmed) but Marcus was able to share with us many of the beauties and the fun things that await visitors to The Looking Glass. It makes for an amazing eye-candy episode as he shows us the Art Gallery, the hidden upper streets, the towers, the bridge, the performance areas, the landscaping … and we certainly didn’t have time to cover everything!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But, for a really stunningly beautiful show, come and join us at 2pm!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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