A limited edition of three hundred ceramic vases, hand turned by a master artisan with many years of experience: Joan Mañosa. One condition was imposed on Mr. Mañosa when he turned each vase: The process needed to be wrong. Accidents were welcome.
This delightful little device created by Natalia Coll is an electric squeezer made from wood and ceramic. It’s parts are easily replaceable if ever they need repair. It comes in all sorts of cool, simple geometric shapes to suit and mesh well in any environment. My new “Coup de Coeur”!!!!
The idea behind the wedge table designed by German Andreas Kowalewski arose from the interest to create furniture that can be build, stored and delivered in a simple and space saving way and with less hand labour involved. Based on the concept proposed by Enzo Mari, to create “cheap, high quality, long lasting and easy-to-assemble” furniture, which consider the potential of a diffused, localized manufacturing network.
Italian cuisine meets Iranian art in an exclusive illustrated cooking book:Cento Sapori Italiani, Cento Illustrazioni Iraniane (One Hundred Italian Flavours, One Hundred Iranian Illustrations), is a selection of some of the best examples of Italian culinary traditions, drawn by a group of young illustrators from Iran.
German based artist EVOL transforms urban surfaces into miniature lifelike buildings, he is known for creating a city within the city. By drawing tiny balconies and satellite dishes onto the side of an electrical box, he can easily turn it into a realistic tiny skyscraper.
Situated within the North of Madison Square Park district in New York, the NoMad Hotel recently completed under the direction of architect and garden designer, Jacques Garcia, bringing a degree of classic European grandeur to the city, The NoMad Hotel Beaux Arts Building has been fully restored pumping vitality into its 133,000 historic square footage. Boasting 168 rooms, each space is designed to mimic a fusion of a Parisian flat mixed with a contemporary New York hotel
Using a process that could be the new definition of meticulous, Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park creates giant ephemeral portraits by cutting layer after layer of wire mesh. Each piece is several inches thick as each plane that forms the final image is spaced a few finger widths apart, giving the portraits a certain depth and dimensionality that’s hard to convey in a photograph. This video on YouTube shows it pretty well.
Their message is “Stop”. They are many of the most prominent celebrities of the French art and intellectual scene.
Sophie Marceau, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Catherine Deneuve, singers amongst whom Jane Birkin, Youssou N’dour, intellectual Stephane Hessel, director Costa Gavras and so many more celebrities and influential people have started an online campaign called “White Wave”.
The campaign is also endorsed and supported by the International Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights League.
Inspired by the velocity of contemporary furniture industry and how consumers are unable to digest the huge amount of new produced pushed to the market every year, Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira wanted to create an alternative way of experiencing furniture. Their batter is a mix of the traditional Japanese small cakes “baby castellan” and a Portuguese egg based pastry “ovos moles”.
Geoff Tsui, created an angular and twisted bright yellow façade for his new “Konzepp”. Tsui wanted to give people passing by a small taste of what’s inside the store, and this vibrant architectural element is the perfect way to spark curiosity. Not only did Tsui design the space, he is also the co-founder of Konzepp, along with close friend Willie Chan.
Designed by Erminio Walter Deppieri, “Shanghai” is an innovative display structure for a large variety of merchandise needs. Completely self-standing, the display can be installed without any tools and without drilling in floors or walls making it extremely flexible and easy-to-use. A specific set of accessories allows “Shanghai” to be at the same time support for sales, windows and communication.
Belgium-based designer Maarten de Ceulaer presents his ‘mutation series’ at this year’s Milan Design Week 2012. The pieces resemble the organic transformation of cells that have grown out of scale due to a virus or nuclear reaction.
Artist James Grashow’s “Corrugated Fountain” is an enormous cardboard sculpture inspired by Bernini’s famous Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Grashow is acutely aware that nothing, not even an artwork, is eternal. Working with the most ephemeral of materials to create the grandest of artworks, he celebrates the grandeur of human endeavor while reminding us of the humility of our best efforts.
Grashow explains: “Corrugated Fountain seemed to be the perfect vehicle to express my new awareness. Water and cardboard cannot exist together. The idea of a paper fountain is impossible, an oxymoron that speaks to the human dilemma. I wanted to make something heroic in its concept and execution with full awareness of its poetic absurdity. I wanted to try to make something eternal out of cardboard … the Corrugated Fountain was an irresistible project for me.”
“Archéologie du dessert” by French photographer Thierry Urbain.
"These architectures have always appeared to me as hieratic and timeless locations open to fiction and human science in which geography and history might be presented as utopias. Their archetypal forms allow us to rebuild time and space according to our own proper desire and to superpose to the photographic reality the equivalence of an interior landscape."
The Daniel Hotel is smart urban luxury at its finest; the 115 beautifully designed rooms spread of six floors feature a queen size bed for one or two persons. The simplistic and ornamentation free rooms all have exposed concrete ceilings giving off an industrial vibe contrasting with its high-quality materials to complete a picture of modern luxury. Complete with the Daniel bakery in the lobby, offering a relaxed atmosphere where white prevails with a truly unique vintage styled interior.
Designers Michele Corbani and Andrea Spada of ILMIODESIGN gave this urban hotel a mix of English traits and an informal and colorful style. Inspired by the figure of a typical English gentleman, the ceiling upon entry is filled with traditional English hats, its luggage room is decorated with stacks of vintage suitcases. Designer Spada says “The bowler is not a simple hat anymore; it becomes an element that, when repeated thousands of times in an unpredictable way and at different heights, creates a moving and wrapping surface.”
Yanni Florosis an Adelaide, Australia based artist who trained at the National Art School in Sydney where he graduated as a sculpture major. His work moves seamlessly between painting, sculpting and drawing, while his focus remains steady on the pursuits of man and how those pursuits impact our development. These are charcoal illustrations, not photographs.
I love how Anthony Hartley used vibrant colors on the front of the drawers and in the inside for his new design “The Edna” . The pressed colors and unusual shape make me feel like a kid again. Would love to have one in my home!!!!
Austria based artist duo Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss also known as Aterlier Olschinsky created this amazing illustration series. The “Legendary Cities” include megalopolis such as Metropolis, Atlantic, and Gotham, each image is a vivid apocalyptic birds’ eye view while giving extreme detailing to all the architectural structures provoking plenty of imagination.
German designer Marco Merkel created “scolyt”, a series of glass and wood objects. Merkel collected rotten trees, split wood, fallen logs etc. and transformed them into blow molds to create organic glass vessels produced through an uncontrolled process. Merkel has let nature guide his forms, letting go of the production process which often calls for precision and perfection, and instead, embracing defects and disfigurements.