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I discovered the architectural paintings of Netherlands-based artist Cécile van Hanja on Saatchi Online and was instantly drawn to the way she recreates each facade, focusing on color and abstraction. Her paintings evoke a sense of calm, a feeling of being alone and at peace. I like how she avoids detail and instead concentrates on the relationship between shape and space.

Pavilion, 2009

Pavilion, 2009

Swimming Pool, 2012 - architectural milestone designed by Mies van der Rohe

Swimming Pool, 2012 – architectural milestone designed by Mies van der Rohe

German Pavilion, 2010 - The German pavilion in Barcelona, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929

German Pavilion, 2010 – The German pavilion in Barcelona, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929

Untitled, 2009

Untitled, 2009

Glass House, 2010 - Farnsworth House designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951

Glass House, 2010 – Farnsworth House designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951

Artificial Landscape, 2005

Artificial Landscape, 2005

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.