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Friday, 17th October 2014 at 3:46pm
Mathieu Schmitt creates dark, snowy scenes with objects, such as benches, lampposts, and cars, which are intentionally imperfect.
The objects are the result of corrupted 3D model data, giving them misshapen or distorted features.
Schmitt then places the objects into black cubes, which block nearly all natural light, and then illuminates the odd features for a beautiful, yet unsettling, effect.
See more of his work here and tells us what you think of it.
Thursday, 16th October 2014 at 3:15pm
The infographic uses data from Shutterstock’s downloads to analyse which colours have been the most popular this year.
Green has been on the rise, with an 81% increase in downloads, thanks to events like the World Cup, where most photos featured either grass pitches or the Brazilian flag.
The infographic also examines colours by countries and continents, with green and blue dominating North America, red and orange rising in popularity in Africa, and pink making a statement in Russia and China.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite colour of the year.
Tuesday, 14th October 2014 at 11:40am
Emmanuelle Moreaux’s ‘100 Colours’ is an outdoor installation made from 1875 strands of fabric which were individually hand-dyed and layered in lines.
Hanging in blocks of colour, the fabric sways and flutters in the breeze, adding a light texture to the urban Shinjuku Central Park.
See 100 Colours in action here and tell us what you think of it.
Monday, 13th October 2014 at 4:05pm
Shaan Hurley used AutoCAD, ‘the architect’s software of choice’, to create ‘CAD Drinks’, a collection of cocktails broken down into its key components.
The cocktails are drawn to scale, have a colour key at the side, and include extra details and ingredients, such as ice cubes and fruit slices.
See the whole chart here and let us know if it inspires you to get mixing.
Friday, 10th October 2014 at 10:08am
Alex Chinneck’s installation, ‘Take My Lightning but Don’t Steal My Thunder’, is an exact replica of part of the market’s façade, but its upper half has ‘broken away’ from the base.
The installation is made from steel and expanded polystyrene, which took five hundred hours to shape, and uses a counterweight to suspend the top half in mid-air.
Take a closer look at the installation here and tell us what you think.
Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at 4:27pm
The BBC Wales film features Michael Sheen performing Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park’, rendered visually by Aardman Animations.
The actor said: “The animation brings Dylan Thomas’ poem to life in a very imaginative and striking way and I can only hope that audiences everywhere find it as engaging as I did.”
The animation, which tells the story of a hermit in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, is available on iPlayer.
It will also be broadcast on television later this month to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.
Watch the animation here and let us know what you think.
Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 4:50pm
Jeremy and Gabrielle, from Sydney, have a launched a Kickstarter campaign for ‘The Art of Sandwiches’, a series of four posters depicting the same sandwich in different artistic styles.
The vibrant posters use cubism, minimalism, and the abstract and psychedelic movements as inspiration.
See the posters here and let us know what you think of them.
Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 12:19pm
Tonkin Liu worked with Arup to develop ‘Shell Lace Structure’, which takes inspiration from the super-strength and lightness of mollusc shells.
Shell Lace Structure uses optimised curvilinear geometry combined with corrugation for a strong, robust form, whilst ‘strategically placed’ perforations ensure that the structures remain lightweight.
A combination of digital modelling and engineering analysis was used to create the technique, which also allows users to cut shapes from sheets of material.
Find out more about Shell Lace Structure here.
Monday, 6th October 2014 at 3:04pm
The advert, which showcases the company’s new wireless bulb, uses stop motion to depict a family through six different time periods, revealing how technology has changed since the Victorian era.
The family’s lighting remains basic throughout the ages, until they invest in a new Philips bulb that can produce a range of ambient lighting effects.
Watch the fun new advert below and tell us what you think.
Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 1:23pm
‘The Wish List’ was created after Sir Terence Conran asked his friends, including Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster, what they had always wanted in their homes but could never find.
The only rule of their creations was that they had to be made from wood, and the ten results include a practical ladder, a decadent chaise longue, and neat geometric pencil sharpeners.
The designers collaborated with up-and-coming artists to produce The Wish List, which debuted at the London Design Festival and will be on show at the V&A until 24th October.
Find out more about The Wish List here and tell us your favourite creation.
Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 5:16pm
Bernhard Lang’s ‘Aerial Views Adria’ documents hundreds of colourful beach umbrellas along the Adriatic coastline in Italy, capturing lines of patterned circles on a sandy backdrop.
Lang said of his work: “The message might be to show the impact of human beings on the natural environment.
On the other side, the birds-eye view reveals that we are just small creatures, not as important as we think we are.”
Take a look at more images from Aerial Views Adria here.
Tuesday, 30th September 2014 at 4:25pm
‘YourFry’ celebrates the release of Stephen Fry’s new book ‘More Fool Me’ and invites creatives to design their own interpretations of the work.
The campaign has released assets, including text, imagery, and audio, to designers, who can upload their own concepts for ‘More Fool Me’ to WeTransfer.
WeTransfer said: “We always look for new ways to provide more depth and inspire our users through collaborations with creative industries. YourFry is a uniquely rich, cohesive experience and we’re anticipating this collaboration [will] inspire people around the world.”
Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’ll be entering the competition.
Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 3:49pm
The office, which belongs to design studio Heldergroen, uses theatre machinery to make the desks, complete with computers and paperwork, ‘disappear’.
At 6pm, a member of staff simply has to turn a key, which lifts the tables and clears the space.
Sander Veenendaal, the company’s creative director, says: “We are able to pull the tables up into the ceiling and make the whole room into a dance floor, yoga studio, trend session, networking reception, or anything else you can think of - the floor is literally yours.”
Read more about the office here and tell us what you think.
Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 12:06pm
Ingrid Sundberg has created charts incorporating different shades of a colour, such as blue, and labelling the shades with a descriptive word, such as ‘ocean’, ‘spruce’, and ‘arctic’.
The colourful compilations reveal the breadth of the English language and the sheer range of hues on the colour spectrum.
Take a look at the Colour Thesaurus here.
Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 11:16am
tincan, designed by AL_A, celebrates the tin and even uses them as a window display.
The restaurant, which will operate for six months, is inspired by a fishing tackle shop in Lisbon and will sell an especially curated selection sourced by the design company.
AL_A director Max Arrocet says: “We wanted to elevate the tin to an object of desire. Sometimes [in Lisbon] we’d buy the tins just for the packaging, not what’s inside.
"None of these products are available in the supermarket, they’re all limited-editions, but we’re put them all together in one area.”
Find out more about the restaurant here and tell us if you’ll be dropping by.
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 at 4:46pm
Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton has created collections of Post-It Note style bookmarks, which can mark useful pages in books or magazines.
When the whole packet is used in a book, it creates a fun landscape, such as a London or Tokyo cityscape (the latter complete with a mini Godzilla), a desert scene with sand dunes and cacti, or an ocean with icebergs and shark fins.
The ‘sticky page markers’ project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and you can take a look at the ranges here - tell us your favourite.
Thursday, 18th September 2014 at 4:43pm
Mirror anamorphosis is an artistic technique that uses distorted mirrors placed on an abstract image, transforming the details into a recognisable picture.
The examples, by a range of artists, include a rocky seascape transformed into author Jules Verne and a circular pattern reflected as an eye.
Take a look at the collection here and tell us which is your favourite.
Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at 3:53pm
Thomas Herbrich took 100,000 photographs in his pursuit to catch the familiar shapes that cigarette smoke can swirl and twist into, such as flowers or human figures.
His series ‘Smoke’ is a selection of just twenty of these pictures, which he created with a flash duration of just 1/10000 sec in order to capture the fleeting shapes.
Take a look at the collection here and tell us what you can see in the smoke.
Friday, 12th September 2014 at 4:36pm
‘BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free’ sees original idents by Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner, and James Richards aired in between programmes.
Each artist takes inspiration from a different aspect of television, with Prouvost, Buerkner, and Smith deconstructing the traditional BBC Four ident, and Richards using ‘nostalgic and grainy’ filmic techniques.
The four idents will continue to be used after the ‘When Art Broke Free’ season and you can take a look at them here - tell us which one is your favourite.
Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 3:56pm
ArcKit consists of nearly 400 pieces (with 25 unique components) which click together and can be built on the kit’s grid.
The angular pieces let users build intricate designs with the simple elements, which include ‘arckitexture’ adhesive sheets, on which digital elements (such as wall and flooring patterns) can be printed before being fixed to the design.
The set uses a scale of 1:48 for easy conversion to imperial measurements and is complemented by ArcKit Digital, which can recreate physical projects in Trimble software.
Find out more about ArcKit here or see it in action below - tell us what you think of the kit.