From the idea that some of us have everything, Pim de Graaff from The Netherlands created Nothing. His Nothing is a piece of wood with a black finish that reminds people to enjoy everything they already have. Absurdly poetic.
Owning a real Calder Mobile or Stabile has been one of my life dreams ever since I can remember. Nothing makes me stop and wonder like his kinetic sculptures made with delicately balanced or suspended components. A girl can dream…
Hélène Le Drogou was concerned with the plastic waste that contaminates the Colombian Amazon and decided to do something about it. She collaborated with Industrial Designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and talented textile artisans from Cauca and started making these stunning PET Lamps. I love people that don’t complain but instead go ahead and make things better.
The Bulan (“moon” in Indonesian) was designed by San Francisco artist Elle Luna. It accurately represents 2014’s moon phases and is made in Bali by friends and master Batik artisans employing centuries-old hand painting and hand dyeing techniques. Produced in a limited Edition of 100.
What Wood You Say makes for a fab hand made gift. Here’s how it works: You pick the words and a color set and he gets to work: Matthew Hoffmann hand draws, paints, cuts, finishes, assembles, and frames your hand made holiday gift.
What Wood You Say are made from solid mahogany, and framed in a ready made white 10″ x 10″ shadow box, without glass. Each piece is completely unique. Allow 2 weeks, plus shipping time.
Last week I had the honor to meet the fine gentlemen behind Laser Cat: Kevin O’Callaghan and Hungry Castle. Their excitement over Laser Cat, a collaboration between them and ADC was refreshingly adorable. The project aims to get us creative types to submit personal art to Laser Cat so that he can show it to the world. We all got into this game because we loved art but many creatives have lost touch with their art because of the nature of the business. Laser Cat is hungry to change that.
Make Laser Cat happy by sending in Drawings, Ceramics, Sculptures, Paintings, Photography, Cat Photography or Film. The more art he’s fed the stronger he grows. 100 submitted artworks gives him the power to project on walls, 1000 means he can cover buildings and if he’s fed 1 Million artworks then Laser Cat will be able to project art onto the moon. (!!!)
You have until November 30 to feed Laser Cat. The launch of the biggest art show ever will take place on Miami Beach at the Bass Museum next April 7-9 as part of the ADC Annual Awards + Festival of Art and Craft in Advertising and Design.
Yes, this all is a bit strange. But that’s ok.
I am so honored to be featured on Warby Parker’s fabulous blog. A big thank you to Liz Furze.
Five years ago, while visiting from Paris, he fell in love with the run-down building, convinced the owner to let him restore it into its original beauty. Lucien saw the potential and single handedly scraped off layers of paint, emptied out 5 floors filled with industrial components and a basement filled with junk. And by doing so he has turned what used to be a sleepy Cobble Hill street into a happening, cultural highlight in Brooklyn.
The value he is providing by running The Invisible Dog is tremendous. It’s a no-brainer for me, to back his Kickstarter and help fund The Invisible Dog’s fifth season. Can’t wait what they’ll come up with this year. Lucien, you ARE the king of Bergen street!
Join me and back Lucien’s Kickstarter!
Love one of his Kickstarter rewards giving you naming rights to his epic elevator. Trust me, that elevator is something special.
Earlier tonight, I had the pleasure to enjoy an early screening of Cutie and The Boxer, a raw and moving documentary on DUMBO based artist couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Congratulations to Zachary Heinzerling for so candidly capturing the struggles and joys of this couple. Cutie and a Boxer is a true reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit.
Big thanks to Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective for the screening!
Artist Tatsuo Horiuchi uses Excel spreadsheets to draw elaborate Japanese motifs. Excel Spreadsheet Art!
This colorful mt-masking tape installation by Koji Iyama looks absolutely delightful.
I was moved to tears last night while watching this moment between the artist Marina Abramovic and her former love Ulay. Apparently they started an intense love story in the 70s and when they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
During her 2010 MoMA retrospective Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened. Really moving.
(via Zen Garage)
Hotello is a portable space, containing all the necessary elements for a minimal room: a desk, a lamp, a stool, a shelf, a locker. Hotello consists of a metal structure that supports double curtains (translucent and sound absorbant) as well as all the furniture needed to work and rest. Designed by Roberto De Luca and Antonio Scarponi.