Category: Design

Architecture

The 7th Room is a 33-foot tall treehouse in the Swedish woods

The 7th Room puts a whole new shine on the concept of tree houses. The structure is one of seven cabins available from northern Sweden’s Treehotel and offers a stunning view of the Aurora Borealis. The 7th Room was designed by architecture firm Snøhetta and features a base with black and white images of pine trees that give the illusion of reflection. The 33-foot tall cabin camouflages itself into the surrounding woods and floor-to-ceiling windows provide gorgeous views at all angles. Check it out below and find the other six cabins, like The Mirror Cube, on their website. ...
Architecture

Monochromatic 2D art created with computational tools and code featured in CCA exhibition

The California College of the Arts' (CCA) new Hubbell Street Galleries has recently hosted an exhibition featuring 22 commissioned works which take a closer look at the wide range of possibilities coming from computational tools without style restraints. Entitled “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation,” it is curated by CCA architecture faculty Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus, AIA, with Clayton Muhleman. The exhibition focuses on the issues of representation, and this is made possible by limiting the works to 2D and monochrome settings. Also, an essential requirement for the artists was to use code either as a generative constraint, as a language, as a cipher, or as a script. “One of the things that I didn’t necessarily plan or expect is how that even with the focused and highly constrained call that we issued to the participants, the show represents a pretty compelling cross-section through contemporary architectural...
Art

Embroidered textile art gives “meticulous” a new meaning

Rachel Wright took fashion and textiles at Birmingham City University and finished both Bachelor and Master's degree there before starting up a business in 1994. Just a mere glimpse at her work says a lot about how passionate she is about embroidery. She takes inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Her favorite subjects are the sea, harbor towns, boats, and lighthouses. The shapes, colors, and details of these are then borrowed and echoed in delicately hand or machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto papers and fabrics. The signature skies in her landscapes are often dramatic and expressive. Embroidery enables her to draw and paint using fabric and stitch as a medium. What makes her embroideries different is their striking colors which she uses to captivate and draw the viewer in. More than anything, her main goal is to delight the eyes of her audience. Aside from her website, you can learn more about Rachel Wright and her art...
Art

This baker makes cakes that you just couldn’t bear to slice

Emma Jayne Morris, 46, is a British cake designer based in Aberdare, South Wales who creates amazing life-like, animal-shaped cakes. Although she has made a lot of other designs, her dog-shaped works became the most popular because of its insanely realistic appearance. Emma runs a cake design business and would usually get unusual requests from clients like cakes in the shape of a bag, shirt, vinyl record player, house, yacht, hotdog sandwich, and shoes, among others. Emma uses vanilla sponge and fondant icing to create these adorable designs. She makes her dog-shaped cake based on photographs of actual dogs. The most challenging part for her is sculpting the sponge to its complicated shape but once she starts decorating and adding details, the process becomes fun for her. Emma started baking 6 years ago and since then, the passion has grown for making even more incredible ones in the future. For more of this artist's works, visit her website and Facebook page. ...
Art

Introducing the intriguingly awesome world of styled photogrammetry

Have you ever heard of styled photogrammetry? If you have, then you're probably a whiz at different software and tools for visual arts. If you haven't, don't worry. Most of the artists who primarily condone this overly advanced way of creating art have turned out to be fans and followers of the technology. In fact, such is the case for Craig Schwartz, who has even created a Facebook group for styled photogrammetrists and fans of the artform. He invites anybody who is interested and has a passion for it to join in and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as past successes and failures. Craig says that it's completely normal to be 'scared' and intimidated by the tech, but reassures everybody who is interested that it's quite easy, in fact. It's all basic clicking of buttons, adding images, and voila - you're done. Check out some screen stills from the actual software below.  ...
Art

Filipino celebrity hand-paints designer bags

Heart Evangelista is a Manila-based Filipino actress. She joined the entertainment industry in 2000 and has made quite a name for herself since then. Aside from being an actress, singer, and VJ, Heart is also a painter. Also known as Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero, it was only in 2014 when Heart launched this facet of herself as an artist through a solo exhibit that was held in Ayala Museum entitled "I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco". It was a huge success that it was followed by 9 other exhibitions and collaborations. Although her earliest works comprise of traditional paintings in a canvas, she became particularly known for her hand-painted designer bags. She first took a risk by painting on her Hermes Birkin bag with an acrylic for leather. It scared her the first time but the finished product was great and she never looked back since then. Aside from handbags, Evangelista has also been painting on clutches, dresses, collars and even children’s...
Architecture

Architect submits designs to convert turn of the century industrial area into eco-village

Vincent Callebaut decided to transform historic Tour & Taxis in Brussels, the complex that was built in 1900 but has now sat for decades and has lost its purpose. Firm Vincent Callebaut Architects have a futuristic but real vision of redesigning this place, imagined with new, ecological standards. Working or living in such a place looks like a paradise. This project proposal is ambitious but would be a great step for the future of architecture and would give courage for further green architecture projects. ...
Architecture

Coral-inspired installation made from 4,600 strips of aluminum

This perforated tubular installation by architect Marc Fornes really lives up the place! Suspended above the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida, the coral-inspired pathways were designed by Fornes and his studio The Very Many. Created by over 4,600 strips of metal, each piece is just a millimeter thick. In tubular form, however, the material drastically improves in strength to the point where it can be walked on. The studio says, "Borrowing and mismatching elements from the world, pushing them out of scale and hybridizing them to the realm of the bizarre, the structure achieves a familiar yet mysterious quality, at once friendly and alien." Check out some footage of the installation below and find more on their website. ...
Art

‘Non-conformist’ artist adorns home, studio and car with fantastical art pieces found from junkyards and antique shops

Clarke Bedford comes from Hyattsville, Maryland. As a professional, he spent his career in the Smithsonian, where he worked as a conservator of art. However, he also enjoys exploring different materials to create his own art. These materials, for most of us, can be defined as "eccentric" - to be put bluntly. He admits that he finds art in thrift shops and junkyards, and uses various pieces to decorate his home, his studio, and even his car (which actually runs on the street). Bedford says, “It’s making a whole thing that has a whole feeling out of individual parts and allowing the individual parts to still show their individuality and their histories and their feel and all that. So you get the overall and then you can start to look through it and see the things. I think that’s a modernist notion.” Peter O’Day, a neighbor of Bedford, says, "People stop all the time and they stop in the middle of the road and take pictures all the time. It’s curious, it's quite curious....
Art

Beasts hide within these wire-infused human busts

Claude-Olivier Guay infused human facial forms with wires to create these wonderful dynamic sculptures. With a pair of pliers, Guay twisted and bent wires and feathers to create the inner mesh of what at first appear to be human faces. A little bit of manipulation and each piece transforms into bird-like creatures. In one of the pieces called "La Tanière," a female bust turns into an angry wolf. Or in another piece a man's head unleashes an army of 40 locusts. Check out some of the sculptures below and find more on his website.    ...
Architecture

The Design Museum saw more than 100,000 visitors since November

The Design Museum has seen more than 100,000 guests pass through its doors since November 24. The museum’s show program for 2017 features exhibitions that examine our maturing populace, the unbuilt engineering of Moscow in the 1930s, and a historic point display exploring the counterculture of California. Moving from the previous banana-ripening distribution center in Shad Thames to Kensington High Street has been a costly one – to the tune of around £83 million. to be precise. In any case, with the monetary support from the Adopt an Object campaign and Time for Design sell off, the historical center was able to afford the expensive move into the oldCommonwealth Institute building close to the entrance to Holland Park. The outside of the Design Museum has been made to look like the original blue exterior of the building, while the inside plan is the main real open work of John Dawson. The floorplan takes into account the roots of the old building, which some might...
Art

Behind the scenes: Stop-motion artist creates important advocacy film in collaboration with Lena Dunham and JJ Abrams

The world is going through a lot of issues right now, and we need - now, more than ever - to have artists and celebrities fighting the good fight. Fortunately, we are in a surplus of these good people. An Emmy-winning stop-motion animator and director, Kirsten Lepore is collaborating with dozens of actors, artists, musicians, producers, directors, and visual artists to create a short film as an advocacy for Planned Parenthood. The film raises awareness about the pro-choice movement for women, which highlights their right to be free to know, own, and control their own body. The film is a collaborative effort between Natalie Berkus, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore, and Alex Ronan. They had a lot of help from certain famous people, including America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Cecile Richards, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, and Sasheer Zamata. The film's...
Art

Graphic artist makes stunning stationery using mainly watercolor

Yvette Lising is a freelance visual artist based in Manila. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts with a major in Advertising. At a young age, drawing and painting portraits became just a few of her favorite past times. Yvette is not the first artist in the family, as her dad is a photographer, among other relatives, who are also in the creative field. While they easily served as her influence growing up, it's interesting to know that she also draws inspiration from video games, movies, and everyday adventures. Today, Yvette is busy juggling between freelance jobs as a graphic artist for local businesses and her recently-launched illustrated stationery business TypeScratch. TypeScratch creates notebooks and planners, wedding essentials, social stationery, and stamps out of handmade painting and patterns. Some of her latest favorite designs to make are cats, botanical, and sushi. She uses mainly gouache and watercolor to draw and paint. Aside from her...
Design

Scientists design food packaging made suitable for the zero gravity environment

Astronauts need to stay healthy - both physically - and mentally, during their mission in space. But what kind of nutrition will satisfy their needs? And, more importantly, how do you store it? Food packaging for suitable for zero gravity environments has gone through some interesting evolutions over the decades. Nowadays, astronauts are able to eat healthily and at the same time not to damage anything in the spaceship. This collection of amazing - and fictional-looking - photographs documented the upside down meal time packing solutions for space. How cool is that? Take a look! ...
Architecture

Paper engineer Matthew Shlian is back with amazing new art and promising solo exhibition

We have previously posted a story about Matthew Shlian's amazing paper art a few years ago. But if you're thinking that's all we'll be seeing from the unique sculptor, you couldn't be more wrong. He is back with new artwork that will amaze any audience. On his website, Shlian says, "Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer, and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.” And we can definitely see what he means through his new pieces. You can catch more of Shlian's breathtaking paper art at his solo exhibition, titled "Telemetry". The exhibit will be an exploration of the relationship of science and art. It will run until March 2nd, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Or you can check out more of his work on his official website, on Instagram, or on Facebook ...
Art

Art Dad debuts in Fashion Week, showcases clothing that embodies responsible yet fun fatherhood

Gone are the days of the traditional dad. The dad who focuses on working during the day, watches the game at night, and gives a stern look to misbehaving kids. Now, we have Art Dad. What is Art Dad? “Art Dad is a reaction to everything being about ‘youth youth youth’. There’s something to be said for being responsible, having health care, taking care of business but still having fun.” This is how co-founder and collaborator Tremaine Emory explains the phenomenon. He says that Art Dad doesn't always have to be a dad. It's about embodying creativity, style, and a good fashion sense while harboring maturity beyond your years. At the OFF-WHITE Paris show, Art Dad opened with an oversized shearling coat, leopard print boiler suit, graphic tees and socks, and a whole lot more. You can learn more about Art Dad by following Emory on Instagram or checking out his ShowStudio profile. ...
Creativity

Fashion designer creates authentic, historically-inspired outfits

Angela Clayton is a self-taught designer/seamstress from Long Island NY. She fell in love with historical fashion and will walk you taught the painstaking process of creating accurate garments from scratch, including the whole "learning from your errors" parts. Finding the right fabric, the design, creating/adapting the pattern, adding details like beading, embroidery, complementary hats or headdresses. Enjoy the detailed creative process or just admire the final results following on her website, Instagram, YouTube,  Wordpress, Tumblr or Pinterest. ...
Creativity

Everything that a nomad in Japan needs is in “Hako”

In Japan, there are many people that often move from place to place for many reasons that are very different from one another. Mexican designer Gerardo Osio wanted to give nomads in Japan a sense of belonging. His design was created with a more traditional manner in mind, dedicated to Zen minimalist culture. In the wooden box,  which Osio cals "Hako", is placed a couple of traditional objects that would make any place feel familiar, warm and cozy. This is an excellent example of a mishmash of modernity and traditionality but made in a beautiful way. ...
Art

Creepy photo montage scenes created with old matte painting techniques

Suzanne Moxhay has been creating some amazing photo montage scenes lately. The surreal, often dreary, scenes combine photos from Moxhay's own archives as well as those transferred over from her professional practice. The artist uses a technique called matte painting, dating back to to the early 20th century, which involves creating backdrops on glass panels which are then integrated into movie sets. Talking about her recent works, Moxhay says, "Architectures are disrupted by anomalous elements – contradictory light sources, faulty perspective, paradoxes of scale." Check out some of her photomontage scenes below and find more on her website. ...
Design

New mobile app Carrot Weather features a quick-witted robot with sassy forecasts

Weather apps, however trivial they may seem, are the most frequently used apps on any smartphone. And CARROT Weather is the cream of the crop. Powered by Dark Sky, a provider of hyperlocal (and hyper accurate) weather forecasts, CARROT Weather is "the weather robot with a personality." And it's freaking amazing! Apart from radar maps and detailed meteorological data, CARROT rewards you with data from secret locations like Mt. Doom, the North Pole, and even the Moon! Perhaps the killer feature here is the collection of sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek remarks that you have to endure whenever you launch the app. The developers have now launched an entire suite of apps utilizing the same witty A.I. in the forms of an alarm clock, a to-do list, and a workout coach. Check it out on iTunes! ...
Animation

Animated short film with quirky characters opens design conference in New York

All design conferences should start with animated short films as good as this one created by Eran Hilleli. The Tel Aviv-based artist and animator was brought on board to create an animated opening for the Style Frames Design Conference last November in New York. The title sequence featured a number of quirky characters setting the tone for the event as well as introducing the lineup of speakers. The music, provided by Disasterpiece really accentuates the indie game art style used throughout the video. Watch the animated sequence below and find more from the artist on his website.  ...
Art

Young artist spent 3 months creating Michael Jackson portrait using just string and nails

In a span of three months, Zenyk Palagniuk was able to create an amazing portrait of Michael Jackson.The artist, who is just 21 years old, made the pop icon's image using nothing but string and nails.The portrait started out as a mere formation of nails, but when the artist started manipulating and placing the string, an artistic masterpiece was formed. Palagniuk used a total of 15,000 nails for this project.This isn't his first work, he has done portraits using the same materials in the past years as well. Zenyk Palagniuk says that most people have the preconception that art should be made from drawings or paintings, or garden sculptures. He believes in going beyond the confines of traditional medium and using whatever is available to create something beautiful. And his work is indeed beautiful. Check out some photos of his Michael Jackson portrait below and be awed by his sheer skill and talent. ...
Architecture

‘The Art of the Brick’ is on a global tour, rated by CNN as one of the world’s ‘Must-See Exhibitions’

THE ART OF THE BRICK is redefining what it means to create art using Lego bricks. Artist Nathan Sawaya is making sure that the audiences are given an art experience unlike any other. Sawaya has won a lot of awards in the past, and this time, he is offering several exhibitions - each unique and made from nothing bu Legos. There are usually new sculptures that are crafted for the sole purpose of the exhibition. Each exhibition in the tour is different from the next. It doesn't matter which show you see - because every one of them features thousands of colorful Lego bricks, transformed into inspiring, breathtaking, and inconceivably surreal creations. Sawaya is one of the few, if not the only, people who can make a common child's toy into an art form of its own: a meaningful piece of work that exhibits perfect space - the ideal embodiment of contemporary art. For more information about Nathan Sawaya, please visit NathanSawaya.com.  ...
Art

Celebrate 150 years of Canadian hooked rugs from the Textile Museum

Entitled "HOME ECONOMICS: 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs", an event will look into the origins, creation, and social impact of hooked rugs. This form of folk art is unique to the Canadian culture. It has been a part of Canadian lifestyle for a century and a half. For many locals, it served as an opportunity to express their artistic side while supporting reusing and recycling of materials. It also became a means of livelihood for some. For these reasons, it holds a big importance in the identity of Canada as a community and an international region. The event will focus on iconic stories, images, and communities involved in the tradition of hooked rugs, featuring the works of various artists. The Textile Museum of Canada's archives, together with public and private collections, will provide the artwork. It will be curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy; and will be organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada....
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5 digital artists are reinventing what it means to paint, draw, and create art

Take a look at these five digital artists, who are constantly challenging the norms by coming up with new ways to draw, paint, and create - from using algorithms to drawing on the latest devices in the market. See the photos below, following the chronological order of the list of artists. 1. Petra Cortright From LA, she is a wizard of post-internet art. She loves creating chaotic and sensual jpegs, vibrant GIFs, viral YouTube videos, and mesmerizing webpages. 2. Harm van den Dorpel This artist seems to be working with A.I., looking at how he is able to produce intricate and multiple layers of digital paintings. And this easily could be the case, since he designed the software he's using himself. 3. Michael Manning Micheal's art exists in two different worlds: the physical and the digital realms. He is able to create both forms of art simultaneously, making him as impressive as can be. 4. Louisa Gagliardi Her work relies heavily on Photoshop. Hailing from Zurich, this artist...
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Fête du Graphisme 2017 showcases the rich, diverse, and dynamic culture of graphic design

With three successful Fête du graphisme events behind us, a new festival is coming in hot this year. It will be a free festival event for everyone. Co-produced by D’Days and Artevia, the celebration will put graphic designers and their work on the spotlight. They will showcase how dynamic, multi-faceted, rich, and diverse this form of art is. To many people, graphic design is simply the fine print and colors on books, posters, and advertisements. But beyond these, graphic design has become part of all of our lives. You can see it on the Internet, on magazines, academic books, marketing and advertising, signages, packaging of virtually all products and services, and even in industries like textile and fashion. Without a doubt, graphic designers play a huge, vital role in how society and culture is shaped every day. It has crept not just into public spaces, but across private and intimate requirements as well. The Graphic Design Festival will run until February...
Art

More artwork for canceled Star Wars ‘Darth Maul’ game emerges, courtesy of artist

Way back in 2014, rumors were flying in the online world that a new Star Wars game was in the works. It was said to be developed by Red Fly Studio (which is now known as Gaming Corp Austin). There was even some footage of the game's early prototype gameplay, as well as concept art and designs. The vision for the game was to have a much darker and gorier third-person game compared to its predecessor, the Force Unleashed game series. However, the game was canceled and never got to hit the consoles because of financial and legal issues. Recently, however, new never-before-seen artwork for the game has emerged online, which gives a glimpse of what the canceled game might have looked like. The art comes from the lead artist himself, Thomas Szakolczay. See some of the artwork below. You can see more of the unearthed art on Art Station, where the artist also has an account. To see more of Thomas Szakolczay, check out his Instagram, DeviantArt, Behance, or Facebook. Or you can go...
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