Posted on November 23 2020
At Kuriosis we think it is time to wrap up a bit and we would like to share with all of you a selection of the prints which have been throughout the year our -and your- best sellers.
We all have our favourite designs. There are so many, and even we tend to forget at times some of the ones we have. We started this journey with a collection of 500, and so far we have more than 1200 motifs to offer. We will share with you the top 10 best sellers.
Number 10: Tricolore Balloon
This print is originally from 1874, and it is one of our beloved ones. The French 'Le Tricolore' Balloon shows a variety of colours that you can appreciate significantly in the giant balloon itself. What calls our attention is first the red, blue and white vertical lines in the inferior zone of the gores and the contrast with the superior area of the balloon, which is this pale orange colour. Both of them plus the middle part with a mix of red, blue and green make the envelope of the balloon.
The background is in flat colour and makes this perfect contrast between the envelope and the scene itself. In the basket, there are three people, presumably Charles-Jules Duruof, his wife and another man. We say 'presumably' because he was the man in charge of building these balloons and use them to transport the post during the times of the Siege of Paris during the Prussian attack in the French capital.
Number 9: Mushroom Forest
Ernst Haeckel has given us a couple of great designs, and this Moss or Mushroom Forest is the proof of that. From the collection, Kunstforme den Natur (Art Forms of Nature), Haeckel presents a subtle and exquisite mix of nature and art. This publication was the first which connected at such a high level the areas of science and arts.
This Mushroom Forest is the representation of it, and this design shows the botanical world at its fullest. Even though most of Haeckel's ideas in have been proven wrong these days, he is still one of the first people to dig deeper in the botanical area and was followed by other, such a Karl Blossfeldt, whose collection you can check here.
Number 8: Red Cranes Kimono
This design was one of our best sellers this year, but at the same time, it was one that started later than others. Nevertheless, it had an extraordinary welcoming by all of you. The Red Cranes Kimono has this elegant design with unique colours and contrasts that can be appreciated.
One of the most exciting aspects of this print is how the three main colours and their respective tones do the game in the image and help you to see the journey of the crane and their lights and shadows, which also show other cranes. Without a doubt, this beautiful print is one by itself. It is one of the designs that you ignore specifics, but the whole pattern takes the prize and creates a significant impact on the viewer at first sight. Now we know why you have chosen it so many times :).
Number 7: Fleurs, Vintage Flowers Chart
This print is a very consistent one in our catalogue, and no wonder is in this list. This design comes from Le Petit Larousse Illustré, commonly known as Le Petit Larousse, a French encyclopedia published by Larousse.
This illustration was made initially by Adolphe Philippe Millot, a lithograph, painter and entomologist who made different illustrations for the French dictionary and that you can also check in our botanical collection.
Number 6: Légumes et Plantes Potagères
Légumes et Plantes Potagères is another Larousse best seller in this list. Millot, who was also the author of the design, was a passionate illustrator of the natural section of the French dictionary. This print presents most of the different types of legumes and vegetable plants that we know, and people love to have it in the kitchens, and also teachers use it for educational purposes.
The print is divided into legumes (top part of the image) and all of the vegetable plants (bottom part of the design). Below the vegetable plants, you will find the respective names of all the legumes and vegetables.
Number 5: The Future Belong to The Curious
This Tesla image is a reference to all the contributions that Nikola Tesla gave to this world. He was a pioneer in the field of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. It sounds long, but essentially what he did were contributions in the electrical and magnetic field.
Tesla worked -among other things- in the development of high-voltage, high-frequency experiments. He is responsible (although some people disagree) for radio communication, experiments in the field of electromagnetic waves which led X-rays and many others.
Tesla worked in so many projects, some of them successful and some others not that much, but he is one of the most influential scientists until today. Here, we leave a quotation from him which you can judge by yourselves.
"Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine." Nikola Tesla
Number 4: The Swimmer
Even though the naturopath Friedrich Eduard Bilz was not the designer of this beautiful poster, the history of The Swimmer is inspired in what this German naturopath made at the end of the XIX century.
Bilz published the book Das Neue Naturheilverfahren or The New Natural Healing. This work made him very well known in general but most notably in the areas of health and healing.
This print pays tribute to the enormous swimming bath that Bilz built to help people through alternative medicine. This swimming bath received the name of Bilzbad. Apart from this print, there is more design in the same line where this Bilz is.
Number 3: Bauhaus Weimar Exhibition
What can we say about this design? The Bauhaus Weimar Exhibition print resembles the period of the Bauhaus movement and its influence in architecture, design, art and more. One of the ideas of its founder, Walter Gropius, was to bring all the arts in one and make it one of the most influential currents in modern times.
Irrefutable, we can tell that he was not wrong and the Bauhaus movement was of the biggest in its field and one of the 'must' to study when people learn about architecture and design.
This artwork by Rudolph Bashant was to promote the first public presentation of the Bauhaus in Weimar.
Number 2: Birds of Paradise
These hummingbirds are by far one of the favourites by all of you. This print, mostly seen in A3 and A2 formats cotton canvas and also paper are a non-stop in our routine. And well, who wouldn't like this beautiful print? This design belongs to the 'Kunstformen der Natur' Haeckel Collection, as well as the Mushroom Forest, and it shows 12 hummingbirds.
This design shows a variety of hummingbirds like Anna, Allan and Rufous. We can also appreciate a couple of birds from South America, such as the Colourful Puffleg.
Number 1: 7 Birds Japanese by Korin
Without doubt, and the most demanded print by our beloved costumers is this print by Korin. He was a famous artist during the XVII century in Japan, and he was well known for his folding screens. A design that he divided into several panels which made one big piece of art.
His style comes from the Rinpa school, and even though this current of art came from before, Korin added his unique style by combining different tones of colours to elements which -in theory- don't have those colours, mostly nature and animals. He did this to create new expressions of colour but also to see things with other eyes.
Korin also added pearl and gold to his printings. That was what ended up giving the movement a distinctive seal. During this time, the movement had its best performance, and it is known today as one of the most significant schools of art of Japanese painting.
We hope you enjoyed this reading and if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate in contacting us here. We will be delighted to help you.
Here you can also explore the rest of the prints which are trending now. There are many others and even though not all of them could make it to the list, there are beautiful prints for you to choose from a catalogue of more than 1200 motifs.