Our VP and Creative Director, David Winton, showed us this panel installation and we’re still trying to wrap our brains around it. MATSYS Design created this piece in a series of explorations of flexible formwork (elastic fabric) and fiber-reinforced concrete. The shapes were digitally simulated using fancy-schmancy software to explore modularity and repetition. The installation can be found at the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France.

People around the world are repurposing used shipping containers into amazing, modern, modular housing. Here are some we’ve seen around the ‘net (and click the images to be taken to more photos of each of the homes):

Sustainable meets stylish. I like.

~ Sabrina

For the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris during December 2015, Belgian artist Naziha Mestaoui has conceptualized an art installation that merges the organic world with the technological one. The well-known structures of the City of Lights will serve as a backdrop for virtual forests, “grown” by the viewers of the installation. The interactive installation allows spectators to create a digital tree, controlled by their heartbeat, which is monitored by the spectator’s smartphone. To merge the virtual world with reality, a living version of each digital tree will be planted in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe to help with reforestation efforts.

 

It seems that everyone today is a street photographer, posting endless images of people with stylish outfits or amusing urban scenes on blogs for the world to see. But over a half-century ago, a private, unassuming woman who worked as a nanny turned walks with her charges into urban photo expeditions. Vivian Maier (seen in her vintage “selfie,” above) took thousands and thousands of photographs, quietly absorbing life in the cities (New York and Chicago) where she lived, seemingly with no intention of ever sharing her work with the world.  In 2007, a writer bought a box of her negatives at an auction, and 60 years after her photos were taken, her name started being spoken with awe throughout the art world, and she is now known as one of the most prolific and talented street photographers of the last 50 years.  A documentary was released about this fascinating and private woman:

Have you seen it? Share your thoughts with us!

OK Go is a band that has redefined the music video, using their latest singles to create fast-paced visual art installations that are intricate and so fun to watch. Their latest,  “The Writing’s on the Wall,” plays with perspective and uses many mediums, from mirrors to paint to sculpture to facial hair (wait for it…it’s in there)–all shot in a single take!

Helen

 

“Pleiades” by Enra. A fascinating combination of dance, art and light.

 

- Helen

If you’ve read my posts on this blog, you know I love the intersection of a historical media and a modern idea.  These plates by graphic designer Don Moyer take porcelain plates decorated in a Delft blue and white (which I especially love, as it calls to my Dutch heritage) and combine them with cheeky scenes of disaster. Traditional patterns and motifs clash with flying monkeys, sea monsters, and UFOs.

When you first look at the plates, they look like a staid antique- but on closer inspection, there’s something more. Brilliant.  -Shelly

Chocolate maker Unelefante makes some pretty beautiful chocolate bars including one that looks like melted crayons and another inspired by the drippy paint splashes of Jackson Pollock. “

Chocolate and art. Two of our favorite things combined- they are almost (ALMOST) too beautiful to eat! – Shelly and Mallorie

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“In 1692 a Dutch artist cataloged 800 pages of written and painted details on colors, mixing, and the use of color in painting.  The result is not only beautiful in its aesthetic, but also in concept- that is some serious study and dedication. A bit ironically though, I think the script might be my favorite part.” — Shelly

So what do you think, did Pantone come up with their concept from our dear friend A. Boogert?

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“Very interesting hotel project out of Hong Kong. Anything that reminds me of childhood, here Jenga and Tetris, brings a smile to my face. My only question: where is the elevator!?” — Jon

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