Is it not incredible what you can do with a drill and some plastic? This is the teaser for the next two posts… I was over at Mette Saabye’s Jewelry Gallery/Store and she has an amazing collection in. This watering can really is such a great piece of art!
[*PHOTO HEAVY - full gallery of pics after the jump] The Flow Market exhibition on at the Danish Design Center is a provotcative shop/space that really drives its point home and looks beautiful doing it. Visually i was stunned and as you’ll see below, could barely help taking many many pictures of each and every container, slowly reading each one… [for those who are wondering, yes they are all empty, yes it is kind of like a well labeled, nicely sorted recyclers dream]. It was great to find a completely immersive physical environment focused on opening your mind to the values, comsumerism, dreams we lack, misplaced, overlooked, gave in to, etc. Basically it makes you wish we could simply walk ito a store and buy them… but life’s never that easy is it?
“FLOW is a mindset, an innovation tool and a commercial brand. A mindset focused on sustainable growth. An innovation tool which through the 3 sub-categories “individual, collective and environmental flow” concretizes the parameters for sustainable growth. And finally a brand that through these 3 parameters transforms and concretizes the mindset into commercial products and services.”
Razors + Skulls + vectory flowers + birds are so in its out? But i still like them, so will continue showing you great implementations of them, like this Copenhagen design week Illum store window. More pics below, they were great window displays. bigger pics below.
Wandered across the portfolio page of Loic Sattler - Lysergid, [link warning - turn down volume] and can’t stop looking at this image - its so beautifully balanced and playfully trippy… click the image above to see the full piece.
Ok - posted about the works of Paul Ahern a few days ago… and while it was some great work, the story is what sometimes brings it to that next level, and reading about his life and checking out this video, “Watch This House” by The Natural History 2003, that kick started the whole Cardboardistry era will just make you want one more… or inspire you to go out and make something!
I was curious about his technique, and here’s what Paul has to share “I do a drawing or select a photo, project it onto a huge (usually about 5’x3’) piece of cardboard and slice along all the areas that need to contrast. I’m essentially creating a black and white image, so I pull away the surface paper (which takes forever, and comes off in a zillion little shreds) where I want the black to be, and leave behind the white. Then I go in and delicately scrape away the residual paper fibers until I have achieved the desired level of contrast. Each one takes about 7-10 hrs to complete.” - More to share on new pieces/styles/below.
I get images stuck in my head the way people get songs stuck in their head, and this piece by Four Field Design Office is stuck. I can’t explain the appeal that brushed steel has for me… but something about these crazy brushed steel looking puddles that you can sit on is somewhat fascinating… a bit sci-fi - a little like giant mercury puddles - yet it reminds me of a kitchen (you know - stainless steel kitchens, those crazy german smell removing steel soaps? etc etc)… just a fun pic. Also quickie pic from Interni [i need a new scanner, i know. sorry]
Things are not as they seem. Honestly this one took me a few minutes of staring before i really got it too… Brooklyn boy Paul Ahern sent me over to check out his Cardboardistry. It seems that he carves away at cardboard with an x-acto knife, and the result is this inverted stencil look - as if you were making lithographs with acid? Cutting away to expose the corrugations to form images… Its a brilliant concept that you could almost compare to that old school copper scraping technique - only making a more interesting use of everyday materials. You really must see the larger images of them to get a real look at how sweet this work is!
Kids, take note! One of the most gorgeous web comics ever, still uses a nib pen dipped in INK. Yes! INK POTS!~ I was just introduced to the world of Copper, the adventures of a boy and his dog - and their silly little bickerings and happily ever afters. But this tutorial/walk through of Kazu Kibuishi… from pencil sketches, to inking, to scanning, to coloring with wacom and photoshop. Also this is five star inspiration - if flipping through this doesn’t make you reach for pen and paper… well, you can only guess.
I too am only focusing on making it to the next mushroom right now.
Samsung’s quarterly [?] DigitAll digital magazine is all about design this Spring 2006. A lot of products you’ve probably heard about [charger pot, wooden necklace usb key, etc], but also some interesting articles to take a quick glance at. And i added it over the links page, which is slowly growing to be a resource of great design sites to check in on now and again.
Gallery NOTCOT is proud to present our second showing - featuring the works of Michael Salter and his incredibly playful vector creatures, spaces, and basically the coolest things i’ve ever laid eyes on made of styrofoam. So click around the tags on the sides here, and take a look at the AMAZING styrofoam robot guys below!
In the artist’s own words “[my work] is an attempt to slow down the torrid flow of informationi and infinitely rethink meaning, narrative, perception and thought. There is an alternate, underlying dimension of obvoiusness that is rich with abstraction… ” [see why i like this his work? and way of thinking?]
As far as bizarre emails go, this one took the cake. Check out this insane documentary by actor/director John Malkovich. “[he] summons a tv producer to Milan to document and participate in his unconventional fashion show. Rather then using regular models, Mr. Malkovich plans to have 20 Judo fighters beat each other up while wearing his designs. They will do this on a stage, in front of a live audience, with Mr. Malkovich directing all the action. He will also direct the 3 camera’s of the Fashion Television crew as they film the event. The Hollywood star has 3 days to pull this unusual spectacle together. The tv crew follows Mr. Malkovich as he oversees fittings, tries to choreograph a group of Italian fighters, and drives to the factory where his clothesare manufactured.” Hilarious. Bizarre. and $1.99 for the iPod Version. Flipping Uncle Kimono. And you can also check out the fashion line to go with it.
Oooooh another incredible ad via KellerAdv by Kaspen Praga. Click the image for the full ad… its for Anagram Bookstore - “words create worlds”.
HAPPY EARTHDAY weekend! RUGenius sent me over to the Nasa Earth Observatory page where you can see all type of earth imagery and a lot of gorgeous data animations you can customize.
Also check out the Map Mogul for more views of the Earth from various time periods - certainly gives you some perspective… “Map Mogul Ltd supplies high quality original antiquarian maps, atlases and prints from the 15th to 19th century. Maps by the most influential cartographers, over all periods, are represented in our catalogue. Our maps reflect the discovery of the world and the changes in the cartographic record over half a millennium.”