It's no secret, i'm a huge fan of Hulger - design, concepts, graphics, the people! So excited to share with you their latest launches for Milan Design week ~ since they have so much great info in their latest email, pasting the details below with more images of the two gorgeous new phones they've done for Spazio Rossana Orlandi - the ASTOR & SOPHIA (that's Sohpia up there). These bluetooth headsets are more gorgeous than any other you will find... until their next, and i hear there are some reaaaaaaaally great ones launching soon as well.
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On exciting gallery news ~ two big announcements from Gallery 1988. 1) it is time for gamer inspired art again with "i am 8-bit" - seriously one of the best group shows every year. Opening is on April 17th. 2) they are opening a San Francisco gallery! Grand opening with "The Indie: an art show celebrating alternative press artists" - including some of our long time favorites like Jason Sho Green. Opening is on April 21st.
While i can't personally make the LA opening this year (if someone is going, want to cover it and take some pics for us?) ~ Shade Elaine and i will be at the SF opening for sure, so feel free to let us know if you'll be there!
Büro North, a design studio based in Australia and founded by Soren Luckins in 2004, does it all. While their print work is impressive, what really interested me are their environmental designs and sculptures. Pictured above is the cover and sleeve design for Inside Magazine which illustrates their "belief that creativity is not dictated by your surroundings." So true. How many designers do you know who are working out of their homes or a less than stellar office setting? A lot of amazing work is being created outside of what many of us would consider dream studios which I think is pretty amazing in itself (but I'm still dreaming of that future super studio..!). Check out a larger image from Inside Magazine and more of Büro North's work after the jump!
Here at NOTCOT, a picture is worth more than any words could ever say ~ and following that perfectly, i got a mysterious email from Moriceau Mrzyk with a subject line saying "we love notcot!" and no body, just 4 images... 4 images that i can't stop staring at... breathtakingly playful and black and white, pushing the way you view frames and murals and sculpture, see more below. I can only guess this email is from the dynamic duo Petra Mrzyk & Jean-Francois Moriceau which we posted about previously here... Anyhow, i felt the need to share these while they were still mysterious to me before i wrote back to find out more.
Ahhhh Chipotle, how we love thee. Yes, we have a bit of a Chipotle addiction going over at NOTCOT... we jest that there is crack in the rice (don't worry, to the best of our knowledge there isn't, just some sugar and cilantro) because since the college days in SD we keep coming back for more... even if it is efficiently run by the mcdonalds folks... Not to mention they have just great graphic design, and playful marketing.
I've always been amused by knock offs, especially the ones that change the name of the brand slightly. The founders of The Museum Plagiarius in Germany, however, don't share my view. The museum displays about 300 products along with their rip-off counterparts in the hopes of bringing to the public's attention how harmful this practice is for small designers. From BusinessWeek.com:
For 30 years, the museum's co-founder, Rido Busse, has given the annual Plagiarius award to a handful of unscrupulous product rip-offs. Busse, a design professor, created the award in 1977 when he discovered that a Japanese company had copied a set of scales he had made for the German interior design company Soehnle Waagen. He decided to publicly shame the Japanese outfit by symbolically awarding them a prize--a black garden gnome with a golden nose--which he handed out at the Hanover Fair in the presence of the only journalist who decided to turn up. (Naturally, the counterfeiter didn't show up to accept the award; it's safe to say that was one bizarre ceremony.)
Aktion Plagiarius, the non-profit group that runs the museum, also offers legal advice and workshops to designers to help fight counterfeiters. Definitely check out the slideshow on businessweek.com. The knock off of Alfi called "Albi" cracks me up.
Also from the brilliant folks at Every Space Design ~ and continuing on the CA Boom trend of living art/furniture... here is Arrange ~ a cute little bamboo shelf, with a grid of test tubes for you to arrange flowers, etc in accordingly... as the shelf to put your keys in, i know i'd probably have a pen and pencil taking up a tube or two in no time! Also fun was their booth itself, which went for the ultimate in simplicity using sharpies on butcher paper to label each piece (more images below).
Possibly my favorite piece i stumbled upon at CA Boom ~ Every Space Design's solution to keep pigeons off window sills, etc... and no its NOT EDIBLE... it just *looks* like frosting. Another picture close up below of #21... and its only 10$ for each piece!
CA Boom 4 started today ~ and i must admit, a bit small, and quite an odd assortment of goods... standouts were the new section dedicated to toddler/baby goods and some incredible living art (i feel a new obsession with aerial plants coming on).
Fell in love with the work of Venice based Carolyn Mendoza ~ particularly her mixed patina techniques/metalwork/aerial plant pieces... absolutely stunning, mesmerizing, and easy to take care of! (they just need to be misted regularly)... see some pics of her booth below, as well as a unique corner sink unit she created in collaboration with Advanced Concrete Enhancement. Thing to watch out for? She tipped us off that she's working on a large movable wall (yes, picture a large scale of one of these incredible living artworks in your loft or patio!)... should be ready in a month or so, can't wait to see them!
Bigfoot - Survival in the Modern World Show is currently running at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City ~ and apparently he's transformed the space into a forest, faux trees and all according to the great pics over at Vinyl Pulse. Also fascinating was the interface over at the Corey Helford Gallery that lets you browse all pieces on display.
But most intriguing of all to me tonight, are these pieces in which the bigfoots emerge from the natural woodgrain of their medium. I'm a huge fan of the traditional styled Bigfoot pieces, but loving these. More of these woodgrain based pieces below.
Sandra Fettingis has an interesting body of work centered around a combination of film, acrylic, sculpture. "I print archival, digital images on clear film and mount them on acrylic sheets. I then layer the acrylic/images to create three dimensional wall sculptures. The end result can best be summed up as multi-layered 2-d prints that combine to form a 3-d object." A few of my other favorites below ~
Remember when beck's latest album had the DIY sticker album art? Well he had some great stickers from my favorite artist, Genevieve Gaukler, and now from the folks at Jeremeyville have a limited edition Sketchel, featuring art from Beck and Gaukler. "After many emails and calls between Sydney, Paris and LA, Beck, Genevieve and the Sketchel crew arrived at this limited edition shoulder bag which is available at the online store. Genevieve created a design specifically for this project, incorporating her iconic black figures into a Beck landscape on a heavy canvas that is housed within the bag front flap."
It's not what you have, its how you use it. This Wall Invaders set by french design team Radi Designers, is perfect example of how else you can use a a dart gun, rubber stamps, and an ink pad... well, combined with a wall. Not much to say here really, but visually and conceptually this one made me giggle a little... also reminded me of the opening scene from A Scanner Darkly... imagine if he had been shooting the bugs he *saw* with this gun...
The work of Darren Waterson is the most inspiring thing i've rediscovered today, first introduced to me as a certain someone had me trying to hunt down the artist of the Silversun Pickup's latest album cover (and believe it or not, googling was unsuccessful, but wiki-ing and emailing their PR worked nicely). And i know i don't usually post are quite this largely, but this particular piece mesmerizes me to no end (and a few other of his recent pieces i love are featured below as well). This is "His Universe", 2005, 60'x60' ~ can you believe that is oil on wood? organic, fluid, abstract, detailed, flowing, deep, i dont know how to describe his work really... somewhere between what a friend mentioned as reminiscent of old scifi covers... and also brings to mind the work of inka essenhigh... either way, there is something inspiring and meditative to these pieces. And he's a local! BA from Otis ~ studied at Kunst ~ and resides in SF currently!
Endorphins are the feel good hormones... you know you love em... they give you that happy high. And who would have thought that you could sculpt them out of resin for a similar effect? Well the pictures made me smile enough... but i just received the sweetest package from Dave Pressler today with a set of 4 Endorphins from his latest show at Munky King ~ and as much as i love collectible toys, i HAD to open one... its living just below my monitor next to my mimobot... and in reality ~ that grin is even more contagious than you can imagine, when you can actually hold them in your hands. Big thanks to Dave, these endorphins gave me just the energy boost i needed today!
Heart Throb opening was last night at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. And it was packed... with scenesters, hipsters, art lovers, and some of the most breathtaking works i've seen in a while. (note: i might be biased, having loved the work of miss van for some time now... also junko mizuno.) It was incredible how highly priced all pieces were, but even more impressive was how quickly they were selling out. For all of my pictures during the show, view them in the gallery. .. also view the scans of the Miss Van limited edition postcards there.
Went by the Miss Van/Junko Mizuno opening last night... and was floored. But before i show you all the gallery pics, here are scans of the limited edition Princesas postcard set (500 copies)... the paintings were drop dead gorgeous... literally could have spent all night standing and staring at them. Incredible thing is really how far she's come from the street art in the 90's, to practically instantly sold out $30,000 paintings.
Shade Elaine and i spent all day on Radar... and then in our brownie induced delirium to follow, we discovered Le blog de nesk... and couldn't stop giggling and loving the images... You can even get their shirts over at Le Neskerie.
So here we have a girl feeding spiders to her venus fly trap (much like the adorable little one Shade Elaine just bought a bell jar for)... a monster i wish i had, which seems to dump on people... and a strap on unicorn that can't not make you smile... more of our favs below.
MoMA has a new exhibition on ~ Comic Abstraction ~ and the speech bubbles have been mesmerizing me all morning. There is something fascinating about speech bubbles... to doodle them is so natural... and thought bubbles as well. These mylar speech bubbles are the work of Philippe Parreno back in 1997... great quote from him "A good image is always a social moment." The other is a close up from a series of works by Rivane Neuenschwander - blocking out all images and text and only leaving the structure of the comic... read more behind all these pieces and see more from other favorites like Murakami, Essenhigh, Herrerra, and more.
This post goes out to RUGenius as an early bday card of sorts (she's turning the big 22 on thurs!) ~ and as the design loving, saver of animals, nearly phd having, fencer in my life... this fashion photo set by Rasmus Mogensen was too breathtaking not to feature. And there's something about swords ~ and fencing masks... dangerously playful perhaps?
Only thing better than classic surrealist/pop art... and legos... are surrealist/pop art made of legos, in an exhibition, with drunken lego wander around the gallery. Although not new, Art Craziest Nation ran at the Walker Art Gallery in 2005-2006 - by The Little Artists (John Cake and Darren Neave)... and i just found it on my latest lego addiction, Brothers Brick. Above are some of my favorites ~ Dali's Lobster Phone ~ and Warhol's Money. Few other fun ones below...
Ever have a day where "more just isn't enough"? Havidol is apparently the solution. This latest project by Justine Cooper reminds me of projects during undergrad ~ the full fledged mock site ~ this one complete with print ads, tv adverts, even the pill design, and jackets, shirts, etc.
Havidol is the first and only treatment for dysphoric social attention consumption deficit anxiety disorder (DSACDAD). What a mouthful. But i love these projects that really make you laugh first, then stop and think about the absurdity and even the similarity to reality today... scariest part, you know you wouldn't look twice if you saw that ad in a magazine today... it is just as ridiculous as many of the legit pharma campaigns now.
What happens when two playful pups meet a gator? Apparently this brilliant collaborative collection from Lacoste featuring Cap & Pep of Colette fame. My favorite aspects are really the gorgeous packaging as well as the playful nature of the characters interactions on the products... see more imagery below. Via TrendsNow.
The aluminum monkeys of Markolijn Mandersloot decorate the Bredeschool Malburcht in Graslaan, Arnhem (2006). Breathtakingly taunting and playful, i wish i had these at my school as a kid! Although i would have probably spent most of the time doodling the monkeys outside my windows. Love her work, more images from this piece below.