Rovina Cai Wonderfully Illustrates Fantastic Creatures and Worlds

Rovina Cai

I’m completely smitten with the work of New York based illustrator Rovina Cai. Her sketches and paintings are alluring, with lots of detailed line work and regularly utilizing a muted palette which gives each work a mysterious tone. You might even describe her images as macabre. I found an informative interview with Rovina on the SVA – MFA Illustration blog which goes into some depth about her process and inspirations. For those of you who are curious of how she makes such impressive work you should definitely take some time to read it.

Rovina Cai

Rovina Cai

Rovina Cai

Rovina Cai

Rovina Cai

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2014 / By

Taylor McFerrin’s Sultry “Place In My Heart”, featuring RYAT

Taylor McFerrin's Sultry "Place In My Heart", featuring Ryat

You know where I find the best new music these days? The radio. If you live in Los Angeles radio station KCRW is a staple while you’re driving in your car. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Recently I was introduced to Taylor McFerrin‘s song “Place In My Heart” which features some incredible vocals by RYAT, a Los Angeles based singer and producer. This is one of those tracks that I’ve had on repeat for the past week. The beat is persistent, RYAT’s vocals are sultry and layered, and the track is a beautiful build-up that pays off with the breathy lyrics, “A place in my heart…”

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2014 / By

Absolutely Stunning Poster for ‘The Last of Us’, Designed by Olly Moss & Jay Shaw

Designer/artist/illustrator/nerd Olly Moss is an unstoppable creative force. Earlier this morning he shared an image he created for the video game The Last of Us, an incredible collage of a woman’s profile, flowers, and what I think are barnacles. The only way to get your hands on one of these is to visit the Mondo booth at SDCC. Good luck snagging one.

Editor’s Note: This was designed in partnership with Jay Shaw. My bad!

Stunning 'The Last Of Us' Poster Designed by Olly Moss

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2014 / By

Martín Azúa’s Shoemaker Chair Takes Its Inspiration From Footwear

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

We oftentimes find the best inspiration in the oddest places. A song inspired by the name of a woman, a building that takes it shape from a sea creature. Martín Azúa found the inspiration for his Shoemaker Chair in footwear.

Objects are usually true to some schemes and they find their identity in some pre-established premises. This chair claims its personality as a shoe and requires the care of a shoe. Often objects, as people, have problems to be what they really are.

This chair is all about subtle beauty. The laces on the back of the chair that joins the leather with the wood is charming and effective. You can also tie down each arm to provide a more structured arm rest. I also love that the leather is paired with glossy copper legs that provide for a perfect accent color. I can imagine that this chair would age beautifully over time.

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

You can view more of Martín’s projects by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

July 25, 2014 / By

Designer Stephen Kelleher Meditates on Self-Realization and Self-Preservation

Mind Yourself by Stephen Kelleher

Stephen Kelleher is an Irish-born designer based in Brooklyn. For more than ten years he’s been honing his craft; building a portfolio that is packed full of exciting projects and great ideas. Chiefly working in illustration and motion, he has collaborated with clients such as Coca-Cola, Cartoon Network, Google and The New York Times. For me, he demonstrates a real gift for simplicity and I love his approach to both color and shape.

Mind Yourself by Stephen Kelleher

Recently he worked on a wonderful self-directed project called ‘Mind Yourself’. Made from wood and painted with acrylics, the series consists of three separate pieces. Stephen describes them as “meditations on self-realization and self-preservation”; each one acting as a reminder to take a moment to remember to take care of yourself. The work demonstrates a wonderful talent for simplicity and I love to see a designer step away from their computer and actually make something with their hands. The results are terrific.

Mind Yourself by Stephen Kelleher

More work from Stephen Kelleher can be viewed on his website.

Philip Kennedy

July 25, 2014 / By

The Art of The Perfect Boiled Egg

There’s nothing simpler than boiling an egg, but perfecting it is a whole other story. Bon Appetit put together a handy guide to boiling an egg to the correct consistency, for say, a salad nicoise or a hearty shoyu ramen. It goes to show that attention to detail is important in not only design, but everything we do.

How To Boil An Egg - Photo by Danny Kim

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

Mary Wong, A Well-Designed Noodle Bar In Eastern Russia

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

When you think of the locations of fancy ramen bars, Eastern Russia may not be the first place you think of. That’s the location of Mary Wong, a noodle bar located in Rostov-on-Don that was designed by the team at Fork, a studio based in Moscow. They did an incredible job with the branding and the build out, opting to do stay away from the tropes of “Asian” design and instead focus on the materials to evoke a certain feeling.

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

I feel like the vibe of the space is contemporary with a touch of cyberpunk, thanks to all the concrete and neon. It doesn’t lean too far into the sci-fi aesthetic though thanks to the copious amounts of wood in the floors, stools, and main table. Overall it’s a really fun space that would be welcomed in any city.

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

Delaney Allen Photographs Nature in Odd and Abstract Ways

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen has a special eye for photography. In particular, it’s his ability to photograph nature that really stands out to me. Instead of photographing, I dunno, leaves or a random sunset, he captures unnatural looking natural phenomenons. The image above is a great example, seeing clouds that have been transformed by a ring of light and colors.

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

What else makes his work special is the sheer breadth of his work. I culled together all of these images and there are about 50 more on his website of equal merit. He’s always finding beautiful scenes and photographing them, wherever he goes.

Take a look at more his work by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

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