Tag: Wood

Art

Palm-sized religious works from the 1500s carved within boxwood containers

These tiny carved sculptures contained within palm-sized boxes have long puzzled historians and archeologists. The works are believed to have been created in Flander or the Netherlands between 1500 and 1530 and contain carvings of religious iconography. Taking the form of prayer beads, altarpieces, and rosaries, each piece is produced from a single boxwood fragment and held together with pins. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has worked together with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rijksmuseum to find out more about them. It was recently uncovered that one of the pieces, an eleven-bead Chatsworth Rosary (c. 1509-1526), was owned by King Henry VIII and his wife Catherine of Aragon. ...
Art

Veteran sculptor graces the Hessisches Landesmuseum with his ‘Unnatural Selection’ series

In an exhibition entitled Unnatural Selection, 20 of the best sculptures from renowned artist Tony Cragg will be displayed inside the majestic Hessisches Landesmuseum of Darmstadt. Tony Cragg is a British sculptor who comes from Liverpool. Over the years, he has made a big name for himself and his works have been featured in various projects, exhibits, and galleries all around the world. Thanks to the fluidity of his organic sculptures, Dr. Klaus-D. Pohl (curator) has decided to pick his work and showcase them in the grandiose main hall of the museum. Doing this will create a juxtaposition between the venue's religious ambiance and architecture against the more modern and futuristic forms of the artist. His pieces come in wood, glass, marble, and metal - reflecting his impressive mastery of his chosen material and his ability to create stunning impact with his visual work. The show has already begun last December 2 and will continue until March 26, 2017....
Furniture

Designer sculpts trees into chair-like objects without chopping them down

The fascinating thing about nature is that there's no stopping its growth. Gavin Munro is taking advantage of that with his unique furniture. The Derbyshire-based furniture designer fashions trees into chairs through some strategic sculpting. Yes, it's possible and Munro has years of testing in his mother's garden to prove it. Full Grown is the art of sculpting wood, as it grows, into furniture-like shapes without the need for chopping 'em down. The process can take anywhere between four to eight years as Munro describes, "In essence, it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made firmer. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows into one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil, and sunshine as its source materials." Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. There's also...
Art

Solid wood chunks carved into flowing ribbons and twisted screws

Redefining the solid qualities we attribute to wood, Xavier Puente Vilardell creates some striking sculptures. The sculptor carves twisted screws and flowing ribbons out of blocks of pinewood. Some of the seemingly lightweight works are varnished with a deep, glossy coat in the final process while others are left to retain their natural, grainy looks. Vilardell shows that you really can't go wrong with wood even nowadays when there's a big push from artists towards finding new and innovative materials for creative experimentation. Check out some of his sculptures below and find more on his Behance and website. ...
Art

Illustrative acrylic works created on wood cut pieces

Wood and paint seem to blend well together as seen in Meni Chatzipanagiotou's fabulous paintings. The Greek illustrator produces wood cut painted illustrations with acrylic, gouache, and pens as part on an ongoing series. Her work carries a particular aesthetic that can be likened to those elaborate ones found on old archived parchment paper, while also combining a little bit of expressionist style. The paintings span a variety of subjects from fantasy and surrealism to science fiction. Check out some of her paintings below and if you're interested in purchasing a few of her wonderful woodcut pieces, they available in her shop. ...
Art

More heads are certainly better than one in this Japanese artist’s sculptures

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is accustomed to abnormal figurative sculptors, seeing as how wonderful some of his latest creations are. The Japanese sculptor produces sculptures that feature various facial abnormalities and deformities. Some figures feature multiple faces while others seem to defy gravity with jelly-inspired postures. The sculptures vary in scale with some even being life-size and have been carved out of camphor wood, then chiseled into form. Check out some of the sculptures below and find more from Kanemaki on his Behance and Facebook. ...
Art

Discarded chunks of wood become colorful and dynamic assemblages

These hanging sculptures are so well-composed that one will never guess they were made out of discarded pieces of wood. New Zealand-based artist Louise McRae uses hand-split pieces of discarded wood in small fragments to create beautiful, contemporary assemblages. From afar they capture the appearance of what you'd typically see in aerial photographs of cities and foliage. Each sculpture is visually-enhanced with acrylic paints, foil, and even charred with fire in some cases. Check out some of McRae's works below and find more at Seed Gallery and Gallery 33. ...
Art

Tatiana Blass’ wooden furniture melts into the floor before your very eyes

Sculptures that appear to melt before your very eyes are a great way to grab an art lover's attention. In 2006, Tatiana Blass introduced an installation called "Tails," part of which she presented several wooden furniture-like chairs and other sculptural objects that appeared to melt. The Brazilian artist, represented by Galeria Millan in Sao Paulo, used precisely-cut lacquered wood or fiberglass for the works to give the appearance of bright woodgrain-patterned liquid. Check out some of her furniture below and find more on her website. ...
Architecture

Massive zeppelin-like structure “lands” atop Prague art museum

Zeppelins are arguably very cool in general, in-flight or not.  Fortunately for zeppelin lovers, the Dox Center for Contemporary Art in Prague has just added another zeppelin to the world - and perhaps best of all, you can actually go inside it! Measuring in at about 138-feet, the tube-like structure sits atop the Center and is meant to serve as a public space for readings, performances, and debates. The space can seat up to 120 people comfortably and was designed as part of a collaborative effort between the center’s founder, Leos Valka, and architect Martin Rajnis. "Our aim for the world of contemporary art is to spread and get partially interconnected with the world of literature," Valka told AP, adding that "it’s a world of pure imagination, a children’s world." Check out some images below and find process photos on Pinterest, Google Photos, and on Facebook. ...
Art

Intricate insect-like kinetic sculptures with hidden electronics

Indonesian artist Dedy Shofianto has designed a series of sophisticated kinetic sculptures in the form of insect-like creatures. Each component has been handcrafted out of wood and powered by electronics hidden from sight. Shofianto created the pieces when he was only 24 years old, and his craftsmanship is displayed through the intricacy of each piece. Watch the video below to see some of his sculptures in action, and head on over to Redbase Contemporary Art for more. ...
Art

New ethereal universe jewelry by Secret Wood

We're back with some new jewelry by Secret Wood (previously on Design Faves) with mythical worlds encapsulated within them. According to Secret Wood, “Every ring is handmade, and one of a kind. It’s impossible to make exactly the same piece.” And that's exactly right. Each ring contains a unique, ethereal universe frozen within the resin geometric dome. Some involve buildings set under a purple sky background while others feature flowers and entire gardens that can live forever on your finger. Check out the new pieces below and head on over to their online store to pick one up, and be sure to follow them on Instagram, and Facebook for more! ...
Art

Red yarn and boats a sight to behold in Chiharu Shiota’s installation

Yarn and boats have never before worked so well together. Chiharu Shiota's new installation is one for your eyes to behold. The installation was created for Blain|Southern in Berlin and features a twisted network of red yarn emanating from series of boats. The installation, called "Uncertain Journey," aims to remind the viewer of red neural veins that reach out in every direction. Uncertain Journey is the spiritual successor to Shiota's 2015 piece, "The Key in the Hand" for the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Check out some images from her latest installation below and head on over to her website for more. ...
Sculpture

Intricate relief sculptures featuring layers of mahogany by Gabriel Schama

These laser-cut sculptures seem to be getting more and more intricate with each iteration by Gabriel Schama. The Oakland-based artist creates relief sculptures with layered pieces of laser-cut mahogany plywood. His most incredible pieces, perhaps, are ones that draw from the symmetry and balance found in mandalas housed within silhouettes of people’s faces, creating unique portraits. Some pieces even draw from religious symbolism, iconography, and patterns prevalent in nature. Check out some of his latest work below, and head on over to his website for more! ...
Sculpture

Gravity-defying piano sculpture will boggle your mind

A staggering amount of work goes into crafting a piano. And for Maskull Lasserre, cutting one in half is art. The Canadian artist is renowned for his ability to carve anatomical details into just about anything. For his latest series of sculptures called, “Improbable Worlds”, Lasserre split a piano in half with all but a single, wishbone-like wooden piece left intact. This creates a tension-filled scene for the audience who are also left wondering how this was made possible in the first place considering the fragility of the wishbone at the dead center of the sculpture. Check out the halved piano below, and head on over to his portfolio for more! ...
Design

The fluid curves of a sculptor’s lighting designs

Lighting designer John Procario has created a series of works that use sculptural forms to build unique and elegant lighting solutions. The continuous loop structure is made from timber that has been steam-bent into a free-form shape. Resembling a Möbius strip, the sweeping curves appear different from every viewpoint. Nested within the bent wood is a strip if LED lights that illuminate. The artist’s most recent pieces are made using white oak and ash wood. The designer said that his interest in wooden sculptural forms began as a metaphor for the body. Noting that “wood will bend comfortably to a point, then break; just like bone or muscle,” Procario says that the concept is based on “trying to allow beauty to be the product of strain.” ...
Interior Design

Sculptural staircase uses spiraling forms to make a grand entrance

Inside the Atrium office tower in Tel Aviv, Israel, a sculptural staircase bends and swoops, creating a fluidity within the open-air office building. Created by Tomer Gelfand, the poplar wood forms nest around the staircase and around the second floor viewing balcony. The wood was cut using a CNC machine to create the modular curved forms which were then assembled onsite. Before installation, Gelfand used simulation software to create a digital model showing how the form would appear within the entrance hall that was designed by Israeli architect, Oded Halafusing. The Atrium project was the largest that Gelfand has created to date. ...
Digital

Hyperrealistic polygonal wooden toys rendered in 3D

Freelance illustrator and 3D artist Mat Szulik has been hard at work blurring the line between the digital and physical worlds with fantastic 3D wood toys comprised entirely of polygonal shapes. The series, called, “PolyWood v1.0”, is made up of eight digital models of animals, including a wolf, a fox, a bear, and even a woolly mammoth. The toys are mapped with a wood texture and then given astonishingly realistic renders. Check them out below, and follow Szulik on Behance for lots more! ...
Sculpture

This massive Death Star replica is made entirely out of bamboo

The Death Star is one of the most popular spherical objects in pop culture. That, and the fact that he’s a Star Wars super fan are two reasons Frank Howarth made a Death Star out of wood. The Portland-based designer and woodworker has a degree in Architecture which he earned from Harvard. And with all his skill and talent, he fabricated a massive replica of the Death Star from Star Wars out of bamboo. His YouTube channel is now even more popular after he shared some behind-the-scenes footage showing himself in action in a wonderfully-edited time-lapse. Watch it below, and head on over to Frank’s website for more. ...
Creativity

Unique wedding cake toppers

Every bride and groom want their wedding to be perfect, unique and memorable, down to the last detail. Genefy Playground can help you with one of those little details that you get to keep  once the day has passed. Handmade with wood, clay and love custom wedding  cake toppers. Customized to match your wedding theme, comic, manga, movie, video game or fandom inspiration. Hats, headdresses, helmets, hairdos, swords, armors, kids, pets, robots, and a very long etc., include anything and everything that you could think of to fly your geek flag on top of your cake. See more of their lovely work on Facebook and Pinterest. ...
Furniture

A bathtub that was inspired by a boat

A woven basket-like bathtub may seem like an ineffective solution for a product that is supposed to hold water. Yet designer Tal Engel looked to the traditional basket boats of Vietnam for his inspiration. He says, “The great amounts of honesty and poetry existing in these floating baskets have inspired me to design a new bathtub concept.” He imagined the bathtub to be an inside-out version of a boat — instead of a boat keeping the water out in order to remain afloat, a bathtub contains the water inside its form. Engel created this bathtub design using pressed wooden veneer that has been coated in order to make it water resistant. It was then woven into a boat-like form and suspended within a steel frame. ...
Sculpture

Glitchy figurative sculptures made from wood by Paul Kaptein

Paul Kaptein uses large blocks of laminated wood to carve human figures that appear skewed and glitchy. According to Kaptein, the hand-carved busts and figures are an exploration of the expansion and contraction, or “interconnection and incompleteness” of working with wood. Check out some of his new sculptures below, and head on over to his online gallery for more. ...
Painting

Artist paints wooden blocks into gemstone-like sculptures

Using large pieces of reclaimed wood, artist Victoria Wagner creates bright and colorful geometric forms that resemble gemstones. The “Woodrocks”, use oil paint gradients to depict natural tones that we normally see in sunsets, water etc. Citing the fascinating natures of wood and stone, Wagner says, “There is something confusing to the senses in combinations that vacillate between interval and tone, allowing for optical engagement and a perceptual unpredictability.” Check out the Woodrocks below, and follow Wagner on Instagram for more! ...
Design

Impressive 480-piece steam locomotive model by Ukrainian Gears

There’s something about building mechanical models from the ground up and seeing them work. UGEARS allows you to do just that! As a product of Kiev-based Ukrainian Gears, UGEARS are comprised of 11 mechanical models that can be set in motion with rubber band engines, cranks, or just plain gravity. The pieces have been laser-cut, and fit together easily like pieces of a puzzle. Of the 11 unique models, perhaps the best one is the steam locomotive shown below. Measuring in at 12” long, the elaborate kinetic sculpture consists of over 480 pieces and even runs on a track. Check out the UGEAR locomotive below and if you're interested, back it on Kickstarter because this is sure to be a hit! ...
Sculpture

Quirky duck models made from scrapped wood and old school techniques

In the woodworking business you get a ton of scrap leftover. Furniture designer Daniel Moyer is making the most it. The Brooklyn-based woodworker even has a brand for items made from scrapped leftover wood called fdup.toys. Following up after his first series depicting superheroes, Moyer’s latest project is about a funny looking duck sidekick. On the side, the project is a crash course in the basics of woodworking involving jigs and old school workflows. Moyer describes the series as “a small scale production employing oldschool workflow and jig techniques, and a nice way to salvage and purpose the trimmings that would normally end up in the woodshop dumpster.” Check out his wood sculptures below, and head on over to his online shop for more. ...
Art

Laser-cut sculptures feature mythical creatures and illustrative scenes

Martin Tomsky is an artist enamored by his parents’ past as Czech publishers. This bled into his recent foray into laser-cut illustrations. Tomsky produces laser-cut artwork nothing short of detail. The drawings are comprised of multiple layers of plywood, each one in different tones. This means allows Tomsky to create scenes with dense forestry, skeletons, and mythical creatures. Now based in London, Tomsky has grown to specialize in the kind of art that fuses craft, sculpture and illustration. Check out some of his laser-cut work below, and learn more on Etsy and follow him on Facebook here ...
Art

50,000 donated keys suspended above old wooden boats at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Artist Chiharu Shiota revealed an amusing installation under the title, "The Key in the Hand," at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The installation is essentially a web of scattered old wooden boats, each hosting a network of 50,000 donated keys suspended by red strings. Check out the fantastic video featurette of the Key in the Hand below, filmed by Sergey Khodakovskiy. ...
Art

Metamorphosis of tree branches into vintage picture frames by Darryl Cox

Fusing nature with household objects can yield beautiful results. Oregon-based artist Darryl Cox gathered broken tree branches found in the forests of central Oregon and then composites them along the sides of vintage picture frames. The sculptures are as ornate as they are philosophical in meaning. The branches are reminiscent of the materials used to create the frames. The clean lines and ornate molding took many hours of woodworking, sculpting, and painting. Check out some of the frames below, and find more of Cox’s work on his website, Facebook, and in his online shop. ...
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