A Meander At PMCA
Surprisingly, walking has become a recent “thing” in LA. The city is becoming more accessible to foot pedestrians and it is slowly starting to make its way into art. Pasadena Museum of California Art is one of the first to champion it with a show called Meander by John O’Brien. The artist took a walk around a highway and made an art piece that is a reflection of how the city structures itself. It’s very fascinating and we were super lucky to have a little chat with him about the work.
Drawing Stories With Travis Millard
Artist Travis Millard–who we love–has recently released a little series of videos where he literally draws stories. It’s kind of like Mister Rogers meets Adult Swim and is a hysterical entry into the world of art making films. Any fan of Travis and things that are good should watch these.
Ascent is a fantastic new table light designed by the award winning Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken. Created for Luceplan, the beauty of this design is its simplicity. Ascent allows the user to control the intensity of the light simply by moving it up and down. When the shade is at the bottom the light is off but as it moves upwards its LEDs glow brighter, allowing the light to reach its strongest intensity at the top. It’s a simple idea and it’s executed brilliantly, with Rybakken using an action which feels both natural and intuitive.
So you know how a rainbow is supposed to have every color in it? It doesn’t. And this video from The Royal Institution, in part, addresses why you won’t find purple in rainbows. But what the video is actually about, and what’s awesome, is how we perceive color.
“We disagree with mass production and consumptionism, with the relentless quest for new products that satisfy artificially created needs.” This is the mission statement of the new online retailer This is Paper Shop, founded by the same team who oversee This is Paper magazine. A response to the inherent beauty of beautifully designed everyday objects, the company wanted to push themselves beyond the boundaries of print to make products they couldn’t find in the marketplace. What began as a line of bags and backpacks sparked a design bug that has gone on to expand the company’s collection to include homewares and kitchen accessories built by skilled artisans.