Several months back I came across the paintings of Seattle based Tyson Anthony Roberts, a guy creating work that reminded me of the background elements in Super Mario Bros. Though his paintings are simple they’re filled with so many beautiful colors and perfectly oriented shapes. So when Tyson hit me up about having a wallpaper on the site, I couldn’t say no! The image above is one of my favorites of his work, and it looks super rad on your desktop, iPad or iPhone. A big thanks to Tyson for contributing, be sure to check back next Wednesday for another new wallpaper.
The folks at Snøhetta are always up to something interesting, whether it’s a gigantic opera house or simply a place to watch the reindeer pass by. Located in the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park in Norway, this small pavilion beautifully frames the idyllic mountain view. I think the best part has to be the materials themselves, these giant wooden beams that have been sculpted to look like natural rock formations. The formations curve around to the inside of the structure and act as tiered seating, a perfect place to take in the view. What’s also kind of interesting though is that if you look at the structure from the other side it’s a super minimal glass box, which is also beautiful, but it feels like the exact opposite of the front of the pavilion.
North Carolina native Geoffrey Johnson has been working as a painter since 1995 after he completed a degree in Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There’s something very impressive about his work and his images carry a sense of reflection and solemnness.
Most of what he paints is done with an amazing monochromatic palette and I’m instantly drawn to his use of sepia tones (not to mention the striking pale blue of the top image). His silhouetted figures are shrouded in an air of mystery and the way he manages to paint large groups within the landscape of the city while still presenting a sense of melancholy only enforces the sense of mystery throughout his work. These paintings are both alluring and haunting and I’ve a great fondness for them. Johnson doesn’t have his own site but more work can seen online here.
Brooklyn based artist Shane McAdams is taking the ordinary and doing extraordinary things, namely, ball point pens. If you told me that Shane created the images above using just ball point pens I’d tell you that you were crazy. There’s so much depth in the color and shape, it nearly looks like something you’d have to make in Photoshop. I’d be really curious to hear how he makes these pieces, I don’t have the slightest idea. What I do know is that these are beautiful and I want them on my walls.
Would you have guessed that this installation Inverscape was completed by an architecture studio? It was. Studio Integrate describes itself “an international architectural studio, located in London.” (I’m not sure where the other nation is.) The principle designers of Integrate all graduated from the Architectural Association in London and utilize computational processes in ways I don’t entirely understand. You may not have guessed than an architecture firm created this puckered ceilingscape of sheer fabric, but the installation relies on the frenemy of architecture: gravity. Red components throughout the network are either anchored to the ceiling or unanchored; the unanchored red bits pull the fabric down and away from the parts bolted to the ceiling, controlling the dimensions of the project. Proof that this is the work of an architecture firm is in the description: “The top layer acts as the boundary frame and the bottom layer is hanging, generating the form via applying the self-weight into the fabric. Applying a second layer of differentiated patterns on both fabric and frames enhances the quality of light modulation, creating a dynamic interior condition.” Who, but an architect, could have written that?
Maybe the name Inverscape comes from inverting the relationship of the architects to gravity. In most structural systems, gravity wants to make things flat, but in this project, gravity wants to give more dimension to a translucent terrain above our heads.