I was flicking through an old issue of Wallpaper today when I came across these great looking shelves designed by the Norwegian designer Bjørn Jørund Blikstad. I love the idea of shelving units that make a statement, and that’s exactly what Blikstad’s design does.
Called Imeüble, the completed piece is made up of a series of modular and brightly colored shelves and Blikstad believes that the 3D nature of his design will help people to easily remember exactly where they have put their documents, books and whatever else they need to store. “I’m interested in storage” he tells Wallpaper. “Everyone wants to make beautiful chairs, but there hasn’t been that much innovation in ways of storing things.” He certainly has a point, and I definitely think he’s on the right track with this excellent design.
Although originally created in 2009 as part of his Master’s degree from Oslo’s National Academy of the Arts, Imeüble was officially launched last month through By Corporation at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. More details about the shelves can be found on their website here.
The landmark Pacific Standard Time in Southern California is drawing to an end, an art event/happening/showcase that shared the history of mid-century Los Angeles and Southern California. The series of art shows kicked off in October and pushes on (officially) through Saturday, when it will end. To celebrate its closing and wish it a fond farewell, we have acquired a ton of limited edition matte posters that we want to giveaway!
This answer could be as long or as short as you want it to be: we just want to hear why Southern California art is important to you and what you think its place in the world at large is. Entries are due by April 10. If you want to up your chances of winning a poster, you can also enter a concurrent contest over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
When I first saw these photos, I thought they must be renderings, but they’re not and the space actually exists. The project just looks surreal, too surreal– with more cuts and folds than a Libeskind project. And to make things less clear, the function of the space isn’t obvious (is it an entryway?). So we’re left imagining a client that would call up an architect, in this case One Plus Partnership, and ask for a lobby that looks more like a movie set than the foyer of an office building.
As much as I don’t want to like the space for being completely over the top, I can’t help but want to go there and admire the work of the folks that designed this. It is absolutely a cave: there are wonky walls, tricky floors and stalactites (or maybe those lighting fixtures are supposed to be glow worms). The overall effect is definitely neither warm nor inviting, but cold and compelling in a way that is simultaneously exciting and absurd. So I recognize the skill that went into realizing this space even if the result is a little too much… too much.
Everyone’s new favorite grooming product makers, Malin + Goetz, has skipped coasts and has very recently opened up shop in Los Angeles. The store they opened is very much like their products, impeccably designed, cool, and clean, definitely a very inspiring place to pick up things that keep you looking your best. We got a chance to take a peek at it opening night, which brought out Mr. Malin and Mr. Goetz themselves to kick off the store’s opening and to welcome Angelenos into the store. It also must be noted that the brand scored a great spot in Larchmont Village, a cool, historic, and central neighborhood, making it easy for everyone to visit. They’re right next door to fellow New Yorkers Babycakes‘ second Los Angeles location, which definitely confirms that they are destined to do great business and keep their cool train running quite quickly. Take a peek into the store here.
The Sydney-born and London-based artist Kareena Zerefos creates these stunning images using graphite, markers and ink on paper. Her work often explores the connection between children and animals, and that childhood desire to “run away and join the circus.”
Indeed, Kareena herself notes that her work is inspired by a yearning to escape. Her images are about journeying to a world of make-believe, and for her, this has led to illustrations that are filled with isolation and bittersweet nostalgia. They are beautiful images and the combination of her style and the touching nature of her subject matter form a magical body of work which I’d be quite happy to escape to for any length of time.