Not much to say here... but i'm not sure why the systematic destruction of chocolate bunnies to eerie music in their pastel worlds in three scenes is so satisfying this morning. Watch Sander Plug's Chocolade Haas - Commissioned by Cut-n-Paste for Grote Kunst voor Kleine Mensen (Big Art for Small People) In collaboration with: Lernert Engelberts.
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"Big Dipper is a machine that mechanically creates twenty-four candle wax chandeliers by dipping. The principle is inspired on the technique of candle making, where straight strings of wick are dipped a number of times to become candles. Suspended from the ceiling, the machine itself looks like a chandelier with two ring tiers that are counter balanced to move up and down using a pulley system. On each of the two big rings, twelve smaller rings are suspended. They are the frameworks for strings of wick, hanging down in loops. Whenever one of the big rings moves down, the wick hanging from one of the smaller rings is dipped in a drum of melted wax standing below. A layer of wax attaches to the wick and slowly grows a chandelier with eight arms and eight candles. After moving up and down, the machine revolves 30 degrees and repeats the process. In twelve full cycles, twenty-four chandeliers are finished and ready to be unclipped. New ones will now be stringed up again. Each individual chandelier burns four hours before it’s gone. The remains can be thrown back into the drums where they melt down to become the material for a new cycle of chandeliers." this is the Big Dipper by Sarah Van Gameren, and its such a fun idea, i especially like the life cycle of the wax looping around from vat to chandelier to its deconstructed shape back to the vat... and around we go again.
Wow. Apparently David Barsalou has spent the last 25 years of his life going through every illustration in over 30,000 comic books.... in order to find the original sources of Roy Lichtenstein's pieces! Here are some of my favorites ~ more can be seen on David Barsalou's Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein page as well as his flickr. Noticed this over at Life Lounge.
Mmmmm crazy gamer art that inspired the actual games. Into The Pixel "is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment." This year it showed at E3 in santa monica, then the Toronto Film Festival, and its currently showing at E for All in LA. I went through the last few years, and even out of those these three still amuse/inspire me the most. Then again... i do have a thing for the crazy artsy games (i.e. Rabbids! Dewey! Viva Piñata! Katamari! etc...). What's really interesting about these piece are that they are often pre-video game (or during) development, and are made my the art directors and designers working on the games. For example this Rabbids one is by Florent Sacre, the Art Director for Rayman Raving Rabbids. Dewey one is by Shigechy. And the Viva Piñata piece is by Ryan Stevenson - "a veteran of Rare projects like It's Mister Pants! and Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, [he] made his name as the concept artist behind the vibrant and unmistakable Viva Piñata."
On a sidenote: while researching i discovered the IGN Raving Rabbids blog from before the game came out, with some incredible behinds the scenes imagery and hilarious shots of the game makers and their rabbids... so some peeks at that below as well as full sized images of the crops above.
Joshua Targownik has left me speechless. This guy emails in saying "I am a professional photographer who shoots products for Reform School. I recently shot the exterior and interior for Los Angeles Magazine. Take a look and see if you'd like to use a better image for your post." (referring to NOTCOT.org #6732)... and at first i'm thinking, wow, no one's ever really written in to suggest a better picture before, and first thing in my mind is "uh oh, i wonder if the picture up is REALLY bad!" OR... "maybe this guys images are better,... or he just wants us to look at his portfolio?" YES i'm a bit jaded these days, people send some weird stuff to try and get written about ~ some are quite shameless. BUT. Joshua Targownik's images are GORGEOUS. Reform School looks like this picture perfect dollhouse filled with goodness. And instead of trying to justify why i'm posting them, even though Reform School is already linked on .org... well look how pretty he made it? I couldn't help myself? The images are so inspiring. So, i'm thinking... next time we need to shoot things in LA, we may have to call up Joshua and beg him to help us look pretty.
Also the Reform School's redesign is really beautiful in that playful collagey way that we love so much ~ so thrown a screenshot of that below as well. And it figures that it was designed by ALSO ~ who also did Design*Sponge's new site and all the Busy Beaver stuff i love.
These Eames Hacks cracked me up as soon as i saw the images over at Core77. This project is by Department of Industrial Design at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia's students: Jared Delorenzo, Tim Peet, Alexandra Temple Powell, Tom Reynolds, Alie Thomer, and Andrew McCandlish. "These two pieces, the Eames toilet chair and the Eames child seat, are about breaking the status surrounding high design objects. Through physically invasive alterations, these once iconic, elite, forms are liberated from their old, restrained image. The project is not a critique of the Eames, but rather a fulfillment of their original ideals."
How appropriate for this Eames 100th Anniversary. Also loving the way they cut the high chair leg holes... and that toilet is hilarious. More below!
Rodrigo Bruna just sent in some images from Reconstruccioniepce which is showing at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Curated by Angélica Peréz Germain - October 5 – December 3, 2007. If he sounds familiar, you are probably remembering our previous coverage of his incredible Toast "painting". Believe it or not, this too is made from toast! Here is his description of the piece:
"The first photography of a landscape was taken by Niepcé in 1826. The particularity and beauty of this image triggered my attention to work with it. In the middle of 2006 I initiated my research and creation project titled Reconstruccioniepce. Through spatial and objetual projects I developed a reflection of this image and the fragility of the reconstruction processes. The material chosen for these works was bread, and the action was toasting. It is not longer the sun which fixes the images, but the vehement fire that fixes the vestiges of a landscape on white slices of bread. This statement defines my system of work and the material and technical displacement I made of the photographic process. Reconstruccioniepce V arises from the destruction realized of a previous version of this work at the Museo de Artes Visuales of Santiago.
The remains of bread that were left from this action are selected and organized in a ornamental border that crosses two walls of the room, proposing a new version of this enigmatic landscape."
"Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth is the first work to intervene directly in the fabric of the Turbine Hall. Rather than fill this iconic space with a conventional sculpture or installation, Salcedo has created a subterranean chasm that stretches the length of the Turbine Hall. The concrete walls of the crevice are ruptured by a steel mesh fence, creating a tension between these elements that resist yet depend on one another." Love the images of this latest exhibit at the Tate Modern. Found this over at DesignBoom.
NOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
There's not a lot of info on Bleijh's website, but from what I can gather, Basten Leijh is a Dutch product designer whose primary goal is to create user-driven products (some of which appear to be in concept phases at the moment). I love the simplicity of the work - clean lines and forms, with function given primary consideration (though the products don't look so bad, either). I covet the Fruitbowl - my beef with so many similar products is that they take up so much space on my counter top when not in use. It would be great to compress the bowl when I'm done with it.
I just spotted this incredibly cool shipping container/Illy cafe titled the "Push Button House" on The Cool Hunter ~ and it brought back a flood of memories, of all the other fascinating uses of shipping containers that have come up on NOTCOT in the past (full pictorial reminiscing below of more than 10 breathtaking reincarnations) from instant server black boxes to bars to art galleries and more. But check out how this Illy one opens! And how much they pack in there? Shade Elaine and i are thinking this might be the way to have the perfect mobile studio, and we can drop down in random backyards of friends all over the world? Hehe. Ok anyhow, i digress.
"Holiday shoppers milling about the Time Warner Center in New York will have a fabulous chance to experience one of these soon. Between November 28 and December 29, 2007, they can rest, relax and sip a perfect cup of illy espresso in one of Kalkin’s creations, the temporary Push Button House cafe that the Trieste, Italy-based illycaffè will install there. The European premier of this concept by Alan Kalkin and illy took place at the 52nd Venice Biennale where illy continues to partner with the Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia by providing the visitors each year a space to relax and enjoy their complimentary espresso." Adam Kalkin has an impressive portfolio of living/lounging spaces created from shipping containers as well ~ more images of those as well as an animation of the Push Button House opening below!
DesignBoom has a great post this morning on Concrete Blond at Designersblock ~ Instead of wallpapering a concrete wall, they apply the wallpaper patterns through texturing the concrete... and the result is a mesmerizingly beautiful unexpected result. More images below both from Design Boom and Concrete Blond.
What to do with all of those retro toys laying around? Well Ken Keirns seems to have found the perfect use for these Fisher Price Toy TV's (a little ebay research shows that these are from the 60's and tended to play a few songs when buttons were pushed ~ and bids are all under $10 ~ often even under $5!). After the jump are a few of Ken's pieces which showed at the Hot Babes In Toyland Show 2007, Chicago, IL. Above are two that will be part of Subtext's "The Witching Hour" show which is opening on October 5th.
Respect Old School. It's not just a cane. It's a cane with a stamp at the base... so you can leave a trail... or stamp the world with intent... Talk about an interesting twist on subversive street art, or turning the tables on those disrespectful young whippersnappers with the graffiti and what nots. This project by the italian Glue Glue Design: "We are living in a “contemporary” society that paradoxically lives more and more on revival. We think that, thanks to the connection with the concept of respect the old men can ransom his social condition from without purpose and obsolete to “cool” and “in”: how? Using a “young” and “contemporary” language, and shifting to the present the field of action of an old man, whose thoughts are mostly memories that come from the past and are not able to mark the contemporary culture anymore." I can't stop staring, and have the sudden urge to start sporting a cane... imagine all the various stamps you could swap on? Only thing missing in this design? It should be self inking, and there should be a button on the handle of the cane to put the cap on, or perhaps the stamp sucks up into the cane so it doesn't make contact with the ground as you walk, and when you push the button it stamps it - i mean seriously, you expect the old guy to bend over and take the cap off? It's asking to be lost. And its SO much harder to be discreet in your street art being seen doing that. Found this over at Young Designer. This was part of the OPOS.it project.
I think this Moosejaw flag is just about full... So here's a pile of pins that i wanted to share with you that have ended up in my room since NOTCOT started, and not knowing what to do with them, they kept ending up on this flag... sharing some of the randomness in my everyday that inspires me... here is everything from yahoo devil pins, flickr pins, obama pins, design public, icff, copenhagen design days, lil' gamers, my absolute favorite pagne "i need more money or cheaper taste" button, NOTCOT buttons!, good magazine, nasa planes, lower haighter smoking pigeon, doe-sf, diesel style lab metroscope, moleskinerie, sid-lee, digital freedom, ihatetimesheets.com, heifer international, curry house, gigantic brand, cardboard robot, oddica, people like us, happy lucky me, hot wheels, diesel sweeties... and i'm sure there are even more if you look closely at the bigger image below. And of course you can still buy NOTCOT Buttons! (but i might need to reorder soon! and, well, if i do sell out, we'd have to design some new ones to add for tastespotting and notcouture of course! no pressure to help buy them up or anything.)
I came across Annie Vought's Papercuts series on Stumble Upon and can hardly believe that her work is real. She painstakingly cuts the script text out of letters and notes. The result is an incredible tapestry of letters, lines, and shadows created by pinning the work up for display. Obsessive, tedious, and gorgeous.
I just got im'd this article from the China Digital Times about Yang Liu's "Ost trifft West" ~ East versus West. It is an incredible infographic exhibition simply depicting some humorous differences between the cultures. Above (l-r) are queuing, a weekend street scene (personal space!), in a restaurant, and self. This exhibition was live in German Ministry of foreign affairs May - June 07, images of the actual exhibition are below from Yang Liu's site. If you check out the pictures carefully, you can see some pieces that seem to depict coke vs tea, waking over a spot versus around it, seeing with your eye versus a camera... and from her site, it sounds like there will be a book coming!
Here's the latest post from our fav contributor, Anna Corpron of Sub Studio. A HUGE congrats to her and Sean who just got married (hence the quietness from them the last few weeks) and ran off to honeymoon in Vancouver, Whistler, and Victoria. Lucky!
Hector Serrano is an innovative, Spanish product designer who puts a new spin on familiar objects, materials and forms. His work is playful - take the Fan Txt (image after the jump), a reinterpretation of the traditional Spanish fan - often used as a flirtation device - now updated with text messaging capabilities. Like the guy in the corner? Fan yourself and a pre-programmed message will flash for his benefit. The Superpatata (above) looks like a balloon (or water bottle) but functions as a light and also as a pillow/bed warmer.
On gorgeous submissions that brighten up my inbox ~ from musician Orouni. This is his latest concert flyer for a show in Paris in October~ its a watercolor painting by Steven Harrington called the Basefield Contribution. View the full flyer below!
Rich Tuzon at Gallery 1988 - it's something i've shown you before (here and also his zorro sketches)... and i know how bad it is to compare artists, for each is incredible for various reasons... but his work grabs me (and doesn't let go) in a similar way to Audrey Kawasaki's (who i've written about enough times, that you must know her work by now)... something about the gorgeously mesmerizing acrylic woodiness...
Anyhow, Rich Tuzon's pieces at the Guy's Guy show at Gallery 1988 LA are an incredible mix of Greek Mythology, Japanese and Wild West motifs, and his beautiful use of wood. And seeing as i am personally often won over by any of those... in combination i'm speechless. Go see the images below... Hercules as a Sumo Wrestler... Achilles as a cowboy (with Chiron as a big cowboy Centaur)... Pandora in traditional Japanese wear... Odysseus' journey home, with an adorable pup (and LOVE the waves on this piece)... Medusa's incredible tattoos... poor poor tiny Icarus... i blame oO for reminding me of this great show and the octopus tree by Roland Tamayo he shows off on his blog is adorably cool as well.
You'd buy it. (You = all designers reading). I mean how could you not? I just kind of caught myself laughing out loud a little to this one... and also realizing that i WOULD actually be able to beat my gamer friends at Photoshop Hero (versus playing backup/bass on coop Guitar Hero), and if not, i should be ashamed to own Photoshop. Ah, Penny-Arcade.
Steven Nicholson is a 2yr student at Plymouth university in the United Kingdom studying Graphic communications with typography. And apparently he is a genius with a hole punch? Check out this self portrait using 10 different sized single hole punches on a a1 piece of paper that he just sent over. Can you imagine the patience? It reminds me a lot of the Rasterbator... only if you laser cut the holes instead of printing them? More images below!
Oh Murakami, how you never cease to amaze me. The latest news on Murakami, Louis Vuitton, MOCA, and pop up stores.... apparently along with the new Murakami exhibit running at MOCA (10.29.07 - 02.11.08 at the Geffen Contemporary), with a LV pop up "boutique offering limited-edition handbags and small leather goods featuring Murakami designs. The estimated prices of the bags, ranging from $875 to $920, represent about a $300 markup over the $575 to $665 that consumers would pay for the same line without the Murakami designs at the Vuitton store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills."
Most interesting thing to note? As Murakami continues to blend high/low art - and commercialism of every scale... The store seems in and of itself to be a part of the art... "Unlike the traditional gift shop or museum store outside the exhibition area, or a shop set up for a traveling exhibition such as the 2005 King Tut show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Vuitton shop will be situated approximately in the middle of MOCA's Geffen Contemporary space. It will be among about 20 rooms featuring paintings, sculpture and animation." Read more about it at the LATimes.
i-delicious is the portfolio of illustrator Lesia Chernish, and it's just that delectably delicious that it feels like a perfect blend of NOTCOT and TasteSpotting's passions. I must admit i've tried hunting for more information on her, but she only seems to exist on her site: i-delicious! A few more of her pieces that i love below.
Congrats to Catalina Estrada ~ (we featured her gorgeous illustration mets fashion here earlier). Apparently Paul Smith shed his signature stripes and collaborated with her on this collection for Japan. More images below.
LaLaLand presents Hot Lunch! A series of metal lunch boxes - complete with matching thermoses! And you can't imagine how much i wish i was a kid and needed one of these suddenly. My four favorites are from Shag, Bigfoot1, Amanda Visell, and Kristi Gushiken's Can Cam! More views of these below. View the full collection at LaLaLand.