Children’s books inspiring art? “Beyond the Pages” at Gallery 1988 SF that opens tonight is STUNNING ~ this post would be up sooner if i wasn’t so busy deciding and buying a few of the pieces first ~ then looking up book covers and reliving my love of Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and more to help pull some of your nostalgic heart strings too. I’m sure so much of my art tastes were influenced by those book covers of my childhood. And yes, even today, i’m still prone to impulse buying books for great covers (there are some i’ve purchased in other countries and read possibly because the cover made them that much more enticing to me)…
ALSO noteworthy? While they never charge admission ~ “we are asking each gallery visitor to bring one new children’s book, which will be donated to the San Francisco Unified School District. The gallery will also make an additional donation on behalf of the show.” What a nice gesture! So ~ take a look at some of my favorites of the MANY pieces, and some of the sources of their inspiration alongside on the next page!
My morning excitement was ordering one of the limited edition Moebots prints (seen above) - a collab between Moedigliani and Angry Woebots! Drawn in by the combination of the usual awesome angry pandas as they sneak up on that unsuspecting Moedigliani frog…
Anyhow, all this lead me to discover and explore the awesome works of Moedigliani ~ aka Moedigs aka Mr. Digglesworth III aka Maurice Radke - Graphic designer, illustrator, artist, and web designer ~ from Honolulu, currently living in Los Angeles. Check out his blog here. See some more of my favorites of his work on the next page!
PART I: WIN 1 of the 500 limited edition Tom Dixon Comet Lamps for Veuve Clicquot. (side note: i’m already jealous of you, whoever you are that will win.) For a chance to win one, you have until Tues APRIL 28th midnight PST to leave a comment telling us about your first time…. with champagne ~ and we’ll pick one winner randomly (but you have to tell us about your first sip, or first bottle, or… well, you tell me!)
PART II: Veuve Clicquot Out of the Box launch in Milan ~ although i wasn’t able to be there and take pics my way, VC was kind enough to send some pretty fun ones over, that seemed worth sharing! The space looks awesome, and they have some great shots of the designers with their respective launch pieces. Great to get a chance to see what they look like in reality (versus the renders we first saw). So take a peek at those on the next page…
This is Garrett Smith’s brilliantly simple table support for heavy backpacks that doubles as as a massager for back ‘knots’ caused by heavy backpacks! Or… purses? Perfect for all of us ladies with the giant ever growing purses and those silly table hangers barely hold them up sometimes (not that i’d trust my dslr to be suspended in a busy restaurant by one!)… And the massager option is so nice… except for the part where you’d need someone with you to help implement it properly? Anyhow ~ this is one of many fun projects being shown by SAIC in Milan this year!
Get a preview of the many projects and exhibitions here… Garrett Smith’s project is part of the THE EXPANDING CLASSROOM Exhibition - News ways to live and learn - at FuoriSalone - Danese Milano April 22 - 27 at Via Canova 34-20145 Milan, Italy. “Students from SAIC, in collaboration with Danese Milano and American designer Jonathan Olivares, examined contemporary behaviors and contexts of education, study, and learning.” See more images of this project on the next page…
On emails that make me way too excited and even closer to pushing BUY on a flight to milan… Tord Boontje + Bisazza + Veuve Clicquot? If you’re in milan this week, this sounds like one definitely to check out (and please send pics!!!)
So what is it? Digital Memories - “When I look at mosaic patterns, I am immediately reminded of a pixelated image, a digital image. We use digital images from cameras and video to capture moments of life, these become our memories. The collection of mosaic for Bisazza is based on the idea to use images that trigger memories when you look at them. A pattern of sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees can remind you of a nice summer day, a picnic in the park or daydreaming in the back of a car and watching the landscape going by. These patterns become personalized memories for each viewer, we all share these memories. I applied some of these patterns, Summer Trees, Dark Waters and Night Vision, to a coffee table and two sizes commode. The pieces have a large surface area for the mosaic to work optimally and an innovative sliding mechanism that opens the intricate volume inside.”
See a close up and the event flyer on the next page…
Ooooh a behind the scenes look at the work of Florence Deygas for Veuve Clicquot. Deygas is also the creator of the adorable Caprino & Peperone, those two doggies that are the Colette mascots!!! I love the beauty and simplicity of her brushstroke paintings ~ and it’s no surprise that she’s collaborated with Veuve Clicquot so many times. (Here’s a peek at an installation video she did with them in 2007 ~ where her work looks nearly like lipstick on floor to ceiling windows illustrating the skyline below… See the video!) She has also collaborated with brands such as Fendi, Yves Sain Laurent, Nokia, Vogue and Lacoste.
I was initially torn to have so many Veuve Clicquot related postings back to back ~ but realized i feel like i’ve found a kindred spirit in the VC brand ~ and their collaborations and support of incredible artists and designers consistently has proven incredibly inspiring time and time again. As far as brands go, i suppose i’d love to have NOTCOT take a similar route someday, finding new ways to not only help share incredible works we discover, but also help inspire, support, and collaborate with artists and designers we love! But until then… click through to the next page and see more of this latest collaboration between Florence Deygas and Veuve Clicquot, as well as a peek at the artist at work!
Samsung has their new LED TVs out ~ you’ve probably seen the ads just starting here at NOTCOT, and i have a new surprise to show you related to that soon (more to come when i can share!)… but all you need to know for now is that Linhchi and i have been closely getting to know the hummingbird in their ads the last week, and i kind of love it, even as much as it spreads quickly from tv ads to our online ads to magazine spreads and more… I just spotted the advert at FEED and they highlighted that the CG was produced by NY based 1st Ave Machine who has done some very awesome work worth checking out. So, happy saturday, and enjoy this gorgeous CG spot ~ its like a crazy iridescent hummingbird with insect like wings and a mesmerizingly drippy gooey quetzal like tail?
Veuve Clicquot is presenting Out of the Box at the Milano Salone del Mobile 2009 ~ and NOTCOT has a first peek at the goodies being shown! Their new DesignBox is an eco-friendly gift box ~ which they’ve put into the hands of Tom Dixon, Front Design, and 5.5 Designers to see what it inspired in them. These three collaborations come together at the SuperStudio Piu exhibition along with the Domus Academy (my alma mater!) Master in Design projects on Via Tortona, 27 from April 22nd through 27th.
Above you can see renderings of Couch by Front Design, Lamp by Tom Dixon, and Cellar by 5.5 Designers. And on exciting news if you’re in milan… only 500 of Tom Dixon’s lamp have been produced and on day of the event 490 lamps (which are limited edition) will be made available to guests in Milan on a first-come first served basis!!! But for now, check out larger images and more info on the next page!
Will you be in Milan? Have some great photography skills and an obsession for design? I won’t be making it out this year, but some eyes and ears over there to help cover some events might be fun…
i love that hexagon logo shaped hole on the side of the box that says PUSH.
I really wanted to name this post “Look, mom! NO GLUE! or INK!” ~ but that seemed too silly ~ but this is definitely a packaging post ~ and much like that super fun Jurlique box a while ago ~ it’s all nicely cut efficiently folded box design! NO GLUE! and in this case, also, no ink ~ but just cardboard and foil application! On both the main box and the minis! As for the packaging designs with no glue and no ink ~ it’s the brain child of Marc Atlan, art director extraordinaire with a flair for fragrance packaging (he did Comme des Garcons, Helmut Lang, and Yves Saint Laurent).
So, what is it? Well freshly dropped off are these new Baxter of California Bravado Eau de Colognes ~ Bravado 2 and Bravado 3. The original Bravado was launched back in the early 1970’s, but its been retired for over 7 years! So here are its latest reincarnations… But really, you have to check out the packaging on the next page!
It’s somehow becoming paper art week here at NOTCOT ~ after the many incredible artists showing at Papershapers, i just keep finding MORE! Late night obsessing over the 3D works of young British artist & maker: Lizzie Thomas!
Her 3D micro-paper-sculptures unfold like pocket sized mythical worlds and forests tucked away in little hinged wooden boxes. One can only imagine the beautiful shadows they would cast on a wall if a candle was carefully lit beside them (perhaps this is where the paper aspect may not work as well?). You must check out more of the pieces on the next page, as well as an adorable portrait of the artist herself!
Origamu ~ origami Mu Pan style (cut, fold, then paint!) ~ was another extraordinary stand out at the Scion Space’s Giant Robot curated Papershapers show. This multitalented Brookyn based artist took the theme of historical and mythological characters from his paintings and had them take over the Scion Space ~ the looks of awe on the people crowded around them was equally fascinating to watch… And i just found his flickr of personal pics from the set up and of some of the characters in his yard! See more closeups on the next page!
Hunter Stabler, your work literally made my jaw drop, and my xacto knife hand tingle a little… i think some of the most amazing art blows your mind in person even when you’ve seen a dozen images of the piece… and every time you walk by it grabs you all over again with new details. At the Scion Space last night ~ the Giant Robot curated Papershapers show was nothing short of epic, and every artist there could have easily been the only artist showing and it would have been incredible ~ in combination it was inspiration overload.
But back to Hunter Stabler. OMG. The intricacy of his multilayered cutouts ~ the shadows they created ever so slightly lifted in their framing ~ the remnants and slightest imperfections of cutting and pen and pencil marks remaining were leaving the viewers in constant debate about whether he used laser cutters or xacto knifes (for the record, he’s a hand cutter)… and i must admit that seeing the pieces that weren’t cut out next to those that were, made me feel like they were unfinished! So take a look at some of his pieces from the show, and the DETAIL, it’s pretty amazing… pics on the next page!
It’s been a strange and sleepless night ~ nurturing my budding jetlag, readers happen to catch me on facebook messaging, letting me know that Mark Hoppus reads NOTCOT… which led to the discovery of his octopus toy in the making ~ some twittering ~ much giddiness… and a sleepless morning of octopus obsessions and noticing how many octopi have appeared on NOTCOT.org and NotCouture! So, you know the drill ~ click those many octopi images to find out more!
Sometimes i get distracted by the randomest details ~ my friend, freshly back from Photoshop World, was telling me to check out Gridiron’s Flow ~ and there’s even a free iPod Touch to every 50th download of their trial… but as i was checking it out, i got terribly distracted by how awesome the backgrounds and the flash animation on their homepage were… cute tagline “Chaos, meet Order”… so before i even downloaded the trial, and fully explored the program itself (which is in fact quite intriguing) ~ i was deep digging in their CSS to find all their various background files ~ which are SO cool! So take a peek at those on the next page, as well as some screenshots of their site (in case we ever look back years from now and their site is different?).
Perhaps a NOTCOT first ~ scanning my junk mail? But flipping through this Trader Joe’s mailer was hilarious, you could just imagine how much fun the lucky designers were having as they put this together! The octopus on the cover is just priceless, and hilarity continues within as well! Take a peek at some of my favorite pages… on the next page!