Dethier Architectures has translated the 1970s loft into a futuristic one, with shiny aluminum finishes along with aerodynamic forms for the furnishings. The open plan is divided by a metal-clad series of small rooms, which sits at an oblique to provide two sightlines into a nearby terrace and the neighboring street. Vivid accents of color, such as the red dining table chairs as well as the orange and lime illumination from the bathroom, sparkle in the space as LED lights do on a circuit board.
A bold addition has been added to the landscape on the South bank of the Thames. The Shed is a temporary structure designed by Haworth Tompkins architects in front of the National Theatre. Architects Haworth Tompkins and theatre consultants Charcoalblue conceived the project and The Shed was designed and built in a little over a year.
This was a collaborative process that has been described as more like putting together a theatre show than a traditional construction project, which included the architects, the National Theatre and the theatre-makers who will be working in The Shed.
Lisa Rienermann (scroll right) became famous for her award-winning alphabet formed from letters spotted in the space between buildings. However French artistThomas Lamadieu instead used the constraints as inspiration for his imaginative illustration series Sky Art, where the artist drew within the narrow confines of rooftops and tiny slices of sky to create some pretty wild imagery. It would be fun to see different artists interpretations of the exact same spot.
Originally hailing from Seaford, New York, Joe Figcreates incredibly detailed miniatures of artists and their studios, as well as the “table” sculptures showcasing the respective artists’ art space based of actual photos taken by Fig himself or of older photos accounts for artists who have passed. Check out more of Fig’s work on his website!
Architect and photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects has brought great serenity and excitement into our lives the ‘Copenhagen Townhouse II’. Located in central Copenhagen, Denmark, close to the three lakes that separate the city center from the outer boroughs, this interior scheme is made to admire the primary importance that has been given to harmony & simplicity throughout the interior.
In 2001 artist Peter Gibson began a guerrilla street art campaign to encourage the city of Montreal to build more bike lanes. What began as a project borne of activism eventually became an art project that continues to this day. Assuming the name Roadsworth stating, “where Wordsworth is a poet of words, Roadsworth is a poet of roads,” the artist has cleverly modified roads, sidewalks, parking lots and any other publicly visible asphalt surface he can transform with paint. If you want to learn more, the artist recently took a moment to share some thoughts with My Modern Met and you can see much more of his work on his website.
Nudie Jeans introduces a new limited edition rug made from their old and worn out denim. The jeans were first cut down to serrated strips and sewn together and rolled up on spools. The strips were then woven together by hand on a manual shuttle loom and the weft was made from the same indigo dyed thread they use in their jeans.
Without a doubt, one of the talking points of the upcoming Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan will be Maison Baccarat’s new lighting series. The legendary House which commissioned some of the most prominent names from the contemporary design world to revisit existing historical pieces or develop new ones, has resulted in some truly spectacular creations.
Based out of Los Angeles, California, Justin Bower is an artist who creates large-scale oil paintings that look as if they were digital pieces. Bower pushes his portraits into abstraction as he explores “modern man’s immersive connectivity to technology and obsession with altering their physical image” by utilizing digitized, dissected, and fragmented effects in his work.
The state of commercialism and stagnancy of location in America has become so common that it is almost a blind item to us—but Marc Trujillo peels back the crust of the droll and the unseen with his new painted series of landscapes, all of them “non-destinations” that could easily exist everywhere and nowhere. Within each painting is a complex, realistic beauty—but there is also a sense of overall disconnection, a stock and complacent dread of the norm.
When it comes to timeless elegance, exquisite design and strong Italian heritage, one name springs to mind: legendary Italian jeweller and luxury powerhouse BVLGARI. Having long established a name as the go-to house for superbly fine creations, the brand has successfully managed to convey the quintessence of its refined heritage to the luxury hospitality sector. BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts is a collection of highly exclusive properties located right in the heart of the most prestigious areas in some of the major cosmopolitan destinations around the world. After their lavish hotels in MILAN andBALI and two splendid restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka, the latest addition to their growing chain is the BVLGARI Hotels & Residences in LONDON.
Zhang Haiying is a remarkable painter originally hailing from Shouguang, Shandong Province, China who creates oil on canvas paintings based of raids conducted on brothels all over China. Haiying’s technique of softly and loosely rendering his female subjects is well juxtaposed against the heavy imagery of the thematic focus in his work.
Italian sculptor Aaron Demetz (previously) will have several new figurative sculptures on view at Gazelli Art House in London starting March 28, 2013 as part of the show The Tainted with Korean sculptor Shan Hur. The new works continue to explore Demetz exploration of the human figure and show his incredible skill in carving wood.
Highly acclaimed, multi award-winning French photographer and visual artist Jean-François Rauzier has quite a long tradition as a distinctive visual storyteller and a prolific purveyor of re-imagined photographic hyper realities and utopian worlds.
In 2002, he invented the concept of the HYPERPHOTO, an elaborate virtual image consisting of several hundreds of shots taken with a telephoto lens and then digitally stitched together with the aid of technology.
The outcome is images of monumental scale and depth, assembled with such virtuosity that they trick and deceive the eye, simulating the illusion of reality.
Enjoy the street photography of Swedish photographer Nils-Erik Larson, who shoots primarily in black and white and has a wonderful knack for being in the right place at the right time. See much more of his work over on DeviantART.
Israeli artist Ronit Bigal photographs the body completely exposed. The camera explores the body, capturing different parts, discovering a world of hidden landscapes, textures, and unspoken eroticism. For the artist, this was a journey of unforeseen surprise. Therefore she wraps parts of her photos with floral ornamentation and others with cited calligraphy taken from Biblical texts.
South Korean Sculptor Do Ho Suh‘s installation of 98 men is currently standing tall at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The 23 foot sculpture entitled ”Karma” is made out of stainless steel and was also recently installed in Sydney.
Who doesn’t love a good rocking chair? Designed by PurposeInc, which specializes in furniture and housewares from its base in Salt Lake City, Rokur is modest in its look but fails not in reminding us of the simple pleasures in life.
Vasilis Papatsarouchas is possibly one of Alice’s most ardent enthusiasts, having repeatedly experimented with the famous Lewis Carroll text over the years. With his latest illustration project, he invites us along as he delves once again into Alice’s magical land, where a world full of mystery, whimsy, symbolism and absurdity unfolds right before our eyes.
Pericles Kondylatos likes to defy gravity. In fact, he likes to defy anyone who has ever told him he couldn’t turn doll heads, chandelier fragments, religious icons and other voluminous vintage finds into wearable art. Delivering a lesson in decadent styling, Kondylatos assembled a dream-team of Greek fashion designers, paired them with a Polish-born photographer sporting a complicated past and a Greek-tinged surname and produced a breathtaking series of images that could be perceived as his own version of crisis management: If you still don’t know how to deal with the Greek credit crunch, the best way to do it is head on; preferably dripping in jewels!
Located on the Black Sea coast,Apartment “H” by Re-Act Now, in Constanta, Romania, seeks to capture the seacoast feel with an open plan, predominantly white palette, and light flowing through ceiling to floor glass partitions laminated with 3M Radiant Color Film that continuously varies and shifts the hues with movement through the space.
Old world luxury and elegance are given a modern twist by Studio Alexander Fehre in the historicWeltspiegel movie theatre in Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany. With a history spanning over one-hundred years, the building is one of the oldest cinema buildings in Germany and has finely carved its mark in many childhood memories.The architecture of the building originally dates back to the Jugendstil movement which draws a lot of elements from traditional German printmaking; the style uses precise and hard edges, an element that was rather different from the naturalistic style of the time. However, the new architecture calls for an exciting contemporary universal interior design with references to early film history thus creating an exciting merge of history and the modern age.
By looking at these first two pictures you may think these are two different spaces but in fact they are part of the same apartment. By mixing a 17th century distinguished apartment and a 19th century industrial art loft, this 4,951 sq. ft. home is just plain killer. The ceilings, floors and moldings in the older portion are amazing. I love modern art juxtaposed with classic architecture. Speaking of art, this place is full of some really neat pieces.
One swallow may not make a summer, but how about twelve? After their stunning Merry-go-round Clock that we featured back in 2010, Haoshi Design Studio’s latest creation The Swallow Clock takes decorative timepieces to new flying heights.
The partners behind this incredible project include managers, art collectors, lawyers and architects such as Vudafieri Saverino, who conceived the interior. This range of ideas and creativity has given Pisacco a mix of sleek style and a bold creativity through creating a space that loosens the boundary between dining and service areas most notably in the open bar area. Pisacco is spread across two floors: the upper floor at street level, opening onto Via Solferino 48 (20122 Milan), which encompasses the bar and cafe, and a lower level, housing the restaurant, flooded with natural light through large glass windows which open onto a small garden that was originally a stretch of the Conca delle Gabelle. Throughout the space, architects Tiziano Vudafieri & Claudio Saverino have honored the original structure. The exposed brickwork on the bold arched ceiling has been tastefully enhanced with a lightly coloured paint inviting light into the space, thus retaining the building’s original features and ensuring that the bistro retains its authentic core.
The Rain Room is a new installation by Random International at the Barbican in London – a giant field of indoor rain that uses sensors to respond to visitors presence. If you’ve ever felt the urge to stand in the middle of a thunderstorm, completely dry, and with the superhuman ability to control the rain – this is it!
The Rain Room is open until 3 March 2013. The Curve, Barbican Centre Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Leandro Klapputh is a painter and tattoo artist originally from Argentina. Klapputh creates portrait and figurative oil on canvas paintings that I couldn’t resist sharing with all you beautiful people.
London-based artist Carne Griffiths has a new body of work currently touring as part of a group show in Hong Kong called Trailblazers curated by Coates & Scarry. The multi-layered portraits include Griffiths’ trademark floral and geometric flourishes made from coffee, tea, ink, brandy, and vodka. To accompany the exhibition the artist also produced a new set of limited-edition postcards available through Etsy
Designing ZONA was a team effort between interior stylist Heni Kiss and POS1T1ON, with the substantial involvement of the clients. The result of this collaboration, is a restaurant that’s a real gem shining bright in its beautiful home city of Budapest, Hungary.
These cement figures dangling from umbrellas within a narrow space inside the EBC office center in Prague are part of a installation titled Slight Uncertainty by Czech artist Michal Trpák. Check out much more of his sculptural work on his website.
This modern renovation by Selldorf Architects has an updated presence wile keeping some traditional elements. The addition included an art studio that envelops the master suite. The outdoor areas look amazing, with the house nicely nestled among some beautiful old growth landscaping. The interiors are a fantastic mix of modern furniture, art and some more traditional furnishings.
New Zealand-based illustrator Henrietta Harris says her style “can only be achieved by having occasionally dipped one’s paintbrush accidentally in one’s coffee.” A great description for these dreamy portraits that seem to convey the precise moment when one becomes lost in thought or memory, an ethereal wind of distortion whirling temporarily through the subjects’ mind.
Jonathan Latiano has created a thoughtful sculpture called Points of Contention to encourage us to think twice about the future affects of our world’s use of plastics, styrofoam, and other man made mutant products. The ripple affect in the floor suggests a movement whereas the negative reactions to these inorganic elements becomes our world’s future norm. He challenges his audience, “As the plastics, resins and polymers that we stockpile on a daily basis increase exponentially, how are we changing the long-term geological landscapes of the world around us?”
The latest project by K-Studio in Athens is a new foodie destination in the form of a Lebanese market come restaurant called Souk. It has been inspired by the characteristic features of Beirut - a multi-faceted city of historical and contemporary culture, religion, architecture and design.
Ernest Zacharevic, Malaysia-based artist traveled to Brussels and Panang to create new work, and also completed a series of ads for Toyota about parking lot safety. He also appears prominently in a new book about street art in his native Georgetown.
Media architect Claudio Benghi and light artist Gloria Ronchi joined together in 2006 to formAether & Hemera, an interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks “to research the aesthetic challenges of light and its power to trigger emotions and response, creating a sense of identity or setting a mood.” Their latest installation in London’s Canary Wharf is this beautiful fleet of 300 illuminated boats called Voyage.
Some of the scenarios that Franck Allais creates with his photography. The self-taught French photographer who is currently based in London manipulates the magnitude of objects to create playful scenes that could only be seen in dreams.
Bringing the outside in takes on a completely different meaning with Casa Maracanã by TERRA E TUMA. This modern bunker style home definitely has a industrial feel but the wood furnishings provide a nice balance with the cinder block walls.
The creation of 'We' Hostel in São Paulo, Brazil, was the realisation of a dream for architect Felipe Hess. The opportunity to create a design hostel was one that Hess simply couldn’t refuse, ‘One of my best friends, Guilherme Perez, who I have known for over 15 years, called me one day and said that he wanted to start something new. He wanted to create a new hostel in São Paulo; the first design hostel in the city.’ The result of this ambition, joint vision and friendship is now a special building that stands as testament to a lot of work and even more talent.
Presented last week at Design Miami, Front Design’s new Surface Tension Lamp designed for Booo is awesome. Essentially it’s a light that constantly blows bubbles.
The bubbles catch and reflect the light, just like a regular lightbulb, except each of these is temporary with flecks of color. Made with an LED light source that will last for 50,000 hours, by the time the bulb burns out, the light will have blown about 3 million bubbles.
Adonna Khare was this year’s recipient of the Art Prize 2012 for her amazingly detailed large-scale pencil on paper works. All of Khare’s work evolve naturally without much pre-planning, essentially building her pieces as she continues to work.
Architect Todd Saunders designed the Squish Studio on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada.
The Squish Studio is located just outside the small town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island. First settled in the mid-18th century, Tilting is known for its strong Irish culture and its recent designation by Parks Canada as a National Cultural Landscape District of Canada.