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Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 9:46am
The eighty-second advert, inspired by prohibition-era America, depicts a couple finally getting together after colour explodes into their monochromatic lives.
Using Thirties-style framing shots and incredibly detailed set and costume design, the advert has a distinctive, vintage feel.
Ann Marie O’Riordan, Dulux head of marketing, said that the advert marks the brand “moving towards a more conceptual approach that considers the emotional and transformative power of colour.”
Directed by Christian & Patrick, the advert was created by BBH London and is part of a wider integrated campaign for the company.
Find out more about the advert here or watch it below; tell us what you think of Dulux’s new approach.
Tuesday, 4th March 2014 at 3:51pm
Hans Fex painstakingly breaks down ancient objects into smaller fragments, then places and labels them in resin display cases, so their new owners can enjoy tiny parts of history.
The exhibits include scraps of an Egyptian mummy’s bandage, shards of dinosaur fossil, and lumps of meteorite.
Fex has been collecting the objects for thirty-five years and his (nearly) lifelong project has finally come to fruition, with help from Kickstarter.
Find out more about ‘Mini Museum’ here or by watching the video below. Tell us if you would like your own display of extraordinary artefacts.
Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 10:46am
French-Japanese artist Hugo Yoshikawa inks each letter of ‘City ABC’ and paints them with watercolours, adding vibrancy to the incredibly detailed pictures.
Dozens of buildings and monuments overlap each other on each letter, creating a bold ‘collage’ effect which captures the essence of each city.
The letters include ‘A’ for Amsterdam, ‘L’ for London and ‘P’ for Paris, alongside more unexpected cities, such as ‘J’ for Jerez de la Frontera and ‘U’ for Utrecht.
Currently living in London, Yoshikawa studied at Camberwell College of Arts and displays his work on his website.
Take a look at the whole ‘City ABC’ here and tell us what your favourite letters are.
Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 4:14pm
Some of the handy hints are ingenious, such as using a colander to separate cereal from the dust at the bottom of the packet, while others make you wonder why you haven’t done it before, like using cake tins to hold different condiments at a barbecue.
Other ideas include grating butter if it’s too cold, a new way of eating cupcakes, and a solution for trying to carry too many shopping bags at once.
Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you’ll be trying out, or already have.
Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 1:16pm
Advertising company Barbarian Group commissioned architect Clive Wilkinson to create an office that would ‘encourage collaboration and communication’, giving staff the space to move freely.
However, the desk isn’t straightforward and rectangular – instead, it curves up and around different points of the office, giving it an open and organic feel as it creates cubbyholes and corridors.
Take a closer look at the 'super-desk' in the video below or in Wilkinson’s interview with The New York Times here. Tell us if you would like to work on a desk like this.
Tuesday, 18th February 2014 at 10:44am
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.
The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.
Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.
The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?
Take a look at some of the ideas here.
Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 11:45am
Livia Marin takes pieces of porcelain, such as mugs and plates, and fragments them, using resin and plaster to create ‘puddles’ which pool around the remnants of crockery.
To complete the effect, Marin paints the puddles with the crockery’s pattern, which is the ‘Willow Pattern’ motif first made famous in the 18th Century and associated with traditional English tea.
Through the series, which uses around thirty pieces, Marin intends to explore the relationship between the treatment given to elite items, such as antique crockery, compared to the ‘use and discard’ culture for mass-produced objects.
Take a closer look at Nomad Patterns here and tell us what you think of this ‘melting’ art.
Thursday, 6th February 2014 at 1:39pm
Two artists are giving literature a new lease of life by transforming books into literal representations of their stories.
Jodi Harvey-Brown opens up books and uses their paper to sculpt striking landscapes, such as a beach and ocean for Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ and a piano complete with pianist out of ‘The Lives of the Great Composers’ by Schonberg.
She said of her work: “I have always loved art, and I have always loved to read. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.”
Meanwhile, fellow artist Terry Border has created his ‘Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs’ series, which personifies books by giving them limbs and accessories that reflect their themes, such as a camera for Orwell’s ‘1984’ and a cot for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ by Ira Levin.
He said: “A local used bookstore has a rack of old, mostly classic paperbacks that they sell for $2, and the covers are so great, and the used ones have so much personality, they begged to be made into something.”
Take a closer look at Harvey-Brown’s project here or Border’s work here and tell us what you think about these book sculptures.
Tuesday, 4th February 2014 at 2:47pm
Olaf Breuning uses plastic sleds to pour food colouring onto the fresh tracks left by skiers, which creates vibrant streaks of colour as it slides down the snow.
The art evolves with the landscape as the snow shifts and the weather changes – what could be a flash of red or green one day could be a splodge of footprints the next.
The exhibition is part of ‘ELEVATION 1049’, which involves twenty five artists and their site-specific exhibitions set throughout Gstaad, one of the most popular ski areas in the Alps. ‘ELEVATION 1049’ continues until March 8th.
Take a closer look at Breuning’s work here and tell us what you think of the alpine art.
Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 2:28pm
The report reveals the happiest occupations, how exercise affects our mood and even the most optimistic countries.
According to the infographic, spending twenty minutes outside on a good day can boost positive mood, broaden thinking and improves working memory.
Drawing its content from universities and research studies, Webpage FX wrote: ‘understanding these factors can be helpful in achieving lasting happiness’.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us what you do to boost your mood.
Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 2:20pm
Handimania’s video takes you through each step, from tracing around your hand to adding shadow to the illusion.
You only need a piece of paper, good colouring pens and a little application to make your very own optical illusion – as it's quick and easy to do, making it ideal for children.
Take a look at the step-by-step guide here or the video below, and let us know if you’ll give this fun exercise a go.
Wednesday, 29th January 2014 at 9:55am
Benjamin Shine creates his textured works by ironing and then layering a single piece of the mesh-like fabric, which gives the impression of depth and tone.
The artist said: “The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures."
Shine has incorporated hands and faces into his work, which includes a gallery of celebrity likenesses, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Take a look at Shine’s gallery here and tell us what you think of these extraordinary works of art.
Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 at 9:53am
From a trio of horses splashing through the sea to one equine figure ready to vault a log, the variety of the constructions created by James Doran-Webb is impressive.
One sculpture takes up to 3000 hours over six months to construct, as each piece is handpicked and chosen to fit the realistic shape of muscles and other body parts for the horse.
Due to their weight and their strong structure, the sculptures can hold four or five people on their back – Doran-Webb has even been photographed on his horses.
Doran-Webb has lived in the Philippines for over twenty years, where he collects his material and builds his sculptures. Due to the sheer demand for his work, he now employs a team of artists and driftwood gatherers.
Explaining that “the driftwood is very tactile and demands to be interacted with”, Doran-Webb also creates sculptures of different animals, such as birds and smaller mammals.
You can find out more about the artist and his work in the video below or take a look at the driftwood animals here. Tell us if you would have one of these sculptures in your home or garden.
Tuesday, 21st January 2014 at 10:01am
Yusuke Oono’s books fold out to 360°, so the reader can look at all forty pages at once, literally bringing a new dimension to the stories.
After creating the pages digitally with 3D CAD, Oono uses a laser cutter to render them onto the high-quality coloured paper – this process means that the books are easily customisable, as the designs can be simply altered on a computer.
Oono has made beautiful books for Jungle Book, Snow White and other stories, which can be seen in detail here.
Monday, 20th January 2014 at 2:08pm
Dr Gary Greenberg, originally a filmmaker and photographer, magnifies grains of sand between 100 and 300 times, taking photographs of the results.
The sand comes from across the globe, from Japan to Hawaii, with each sample showing something new, surprising and beautiful.
Tiny fragments of coral, shell, and even precious gems appear on the photos, which are taken on a black background that enhances the unique shape and structure of each grain of sand.
Take a look at Greenberg’s gallery here and let us know what you think of the remarkable pictures.
Friday, 17th January 2014 at 10:11am
Maser’s ‘No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha’ is part of the ‘Draw Out – Urban Exhibitionists’ project, which identifies derelict sites in Limerick and matches them to street artists who can turn them into creative installations.
The artist said: ‘My work often boldly juxtaposes old and new, past and present in the architectural elements, the visual grammar and choice of pallet. I hope to create work that surprises people.’
‘No. 27’ uses bright colours and bold stripes to create patterns on the petrol station, rendering it completely unrecognisable. Maser’s inspiration, Ed Ruscha, is an American pop artist and photographer known for his use of strong contrasts and gas stations in his pictures.
Take a look at more 'No. 27' pictures here and tell us if you think there should be more art installations on our streets.
Thursday, 16th January 2014 at 1:35pm
The list ranks countries by their success in internationally juried design competitions and has been accumulating them in the current list since 2010.
It breaks down into ‘design business insights’ (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities), which reveal how countries perform in different areas of design, such as architecture, art and technology.
Arranged by the A’ Design Award & Competition, the list ranks sixty-nine countries, including this year’s newcomers Iceland and Puerto Rico. The United States tops the table with 112 awards between its designers, followed closely by Turkey (89) and Hong Kong (81). The United Kingdom is in a respectable fifth place with 55 awards.
You can see the whole table here – do you think this is a good way to represent design achievements?
Thursday, 16th January 2014 at 11:06am
The Espresso Veloce range has been inspired by the high performance engines used in the last two decades, such as the V8, the V10 and V12 designs. Price is available on application but it is believed that the ‘lower spec’ V8 and V10 coffee makers are less expensive than the V12 and that prices are around £8-9000.
The coffee makers use the same materials as the original engines, including aviation-grade titanium, aluminium and stainless steel, which undergo processes such as chemical anodising, polishing with zirconium and even heating the tips of the tubes to mirror the real engines.
Available to order as the ‘Serie Titanio’ (titanium) or ‘Serie Carbonio Nero’ (black carbon), the coffee makers are hand assembled from over ninety components and can be tailor made.
Take a closer look at the coffee maker here – would you have one of these on your kitchen counter?
Wednesday, 15th January 2014 at 2:44pm
Traditional cardboard boxes tend to be environmentally unfriendly, difficult to pack and hard to open, so delivery is not as smooth as it could be.
Henry Wang and Chris Curro have created the ‘Rapid Packing Container’.
The Rapid Packing Container starts flat, allowing the packer to easily slot it together in a size that suits them. It also needs no tape, as it has a built-in adhesive strip, thus saving time and effort. The recipient just has to press the tab at the top, which completely unfolds the box back into its original state – so there is no need to rip open the box or try to lift the item out carefully.
The box is also better for the environment than conventional cardboard boxes, as it uses 15-20% less cardboard and is also reversible, so the box can be used ‘fresh’ again. With a maximum load strength of 120kg, the box is also remarkably sturdy.
Wang and Curro study at Manhattan’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering (Cooper Union), where they won the university’s first Invention Factory prize for the design last year.
Take a look at their video below and tell us if you would give this box a go.
Tuesday, 14th January 2014 at 3:35pm
Described by the duo as a bracelet, the ‘Durr’ has a bright 4cm-wide disc where a conventional watch face should be. Available in five disc colours (including the vibrant ‘Banana Yellow’), its strap is made of vegetanned leather, which also acts as the back-cover of the Durr. The bracelet vibrates every five minutes, reminding the wearer of how much time has passed.
Vedeler and Tveterås, from Oslo studio Skrekkøgle, say they wanted to play with our perception of time, pointing out that we often experience time faster or slower than it actually passes. They have initially released an alpha run of fifty Durr bracelets (ten in each colour), as they put them together by hand, but they seem to have taken the design world by storm.
Take a closer look at the bracelets here – would you wear one?