May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Award-winning, Mexico City-based industrial designer, Victor M. Aleman, focuses on aligning the bond between complex digital design and skilled Mexican craftsmanship. Indicative of this creative output from his self-founded Victor Aleman/Estudio is Loopita; a continuous seating curve for two, handcrafted from conserved start to surface finish. Master joinery and force of compression bind the sections together, leaving you with a strikingly singular indoor/outdoor seating unit.
May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beautifully realised by Gustavo Penna and Associates, the Japanese Immigration Memorial is a monument which exists in metaphorical celebration of bi-cultural cohesion. Situated in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, it structurally and environmentally honours the relationship between Japan and the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais through its unity of cultural symbolism.
From the architect: “The journey starts from the symbolic Japan of cherry trees to Minas of white ipe trees. In order to honor Japan and Minas, curved walls were also placed, side by side, in an allusion to both flags: the red circle and triangle. This is a fortunate analogy which refers to the synthesis and concision that is common to the peoples of both countries. The symmetrical bridge shape with entwined curves brings, at the same time, cohesion, continuous movement and interdependence.”
The memorial is located in the Prosecutor Francisco Lins do Rêgo Ecological Park, Belo Horizonte.
Photography by Jomar Bragança
April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
South Korean product designer, Giha Woo, is rather adept at re-interpreting the necessitous relationship between objects, and his Hidden Light chair is a fine example of this purist application of the discipline. A simple chair frame that can be manipulated to reveal the hidden overhead light embedded within is a wonderfully structural response to the merging of multiple functionality.
March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Photographer and cephalopod-centric chandelier maker, Adam Wallacavage, has, in part, made a tentative tentacle departure for his current exhibition, now showing at the Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City. Dreamhome Heartaches sees the addition of handcrafted, antler-crowned elk skull chandelier, formed with customary epoxy clay/cast plaster joining the ranks of the octopus optics. His signature glaze of secret components ensure this inanimate animal retains a shiny coat.
The exhibition is showing from March the 19th – April the 6th.
And so it was, as I delved into the Wonderful World of Mr. Wallacavage, that I came across these two tasty treats from his blog, explanatorily subtitled “My photography and random things I like and stuff.”
Garry L. Newkirk – OPIUM DEN San Francisco
This is an excerpt from “The Musee Mecanique presents the Zelinsky Collection” DVD that I made in 2002. It’s available at museemecaniquesf.com and Pier45 or The Cliff House – Mr. Newkirk.
And now this:
I don’t know what this is about anymore. I suppose when I feel this way, it’s best to look at something pointless..yet saturated…funny. This is the photo I thought of when I thought “over saturated.” I shot this in my dining room… – Mr. Wallacavage.
March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Open up a structure to the undulating space of sky, landscape and view, and the building becomes an ever-evolving organism” – Wallace E. Cunningham, architect.
What do you get when you cross a Wrightian-schooled member of the AD 100, a client whose brief is akin to a Warhol-style fluctuating artwork, a plot of land widely considered unsuitable for building, and a $32,000,000 price tag? Answer: the Cunningham-designed home of philosophical merging extraordinaire, The Razor, is on the market.
“Nature is not static, nor should be the efforts of man.” Cunningham has, no doubt, brought forth an appreciable continuum of the Wrightian ‘Organic’ ethic, and a remarkable response to working harmoniously with both the environment and the clients’ own wishes. The resultant reactive structure, deeply embedded within the steep and difficult plot, is in perpetual response to its environment and therefore more living sculpture than inert structure. The clients in question, a couple for whom the La Jolla, California, situation afforded them good opportunity to flow internal to external, requested a residence that would be active and reactive; a building which, rather than dominate or compete with the incredible view, would not only compliment it, but act as a sort of passive viewpoint to the landscape itself.
With the advantageous position, lightness of materials, and an approach to design that is “more intuitive than intellectual,” Cunningham took the clients’ brief and returned a property that is of the sharpest adherence to all necessary components, carrying it to a transcendence of its own materials and into a true work of art.
But if you find yourself salivating at the sight of this highly glorified concrete and glass lookout and with a readily-spendable £32,000,000 (or the seemingly more digestible figure of approximately 20,000,000 if you make your acquisitions in Great British Pounds), then The Razor could be the residence of your reality.
March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
“You’re a sick fuck, Fink.”
Here we have a rather striking imagining of the titular character from my favourite film by the brothers Coen, Barton Fink. Created by Stefan Faehler and showing at the upcoming Spoke Art exhibition, Quentin Vs Coen, at New York’s Bold Hype Gallery from the 7th – 9th of April. Remaining work will be available to purchase online through the Spoke Art shop.
March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
By Jean-Marie Massaud for Glas Italia, the I-Beam collection comprises companion pieces consisting of a low bench, table and chaise longue structured by high-resistance glue and thick, tempered glass. Extending Studio Massaud’s reach into promoting the relationship between design and brand development, I-Beam’s complimentary smoked glass elements prove this material can be as functional as it is visual. Black fabric removable cushions soften the seating formations.