Peruvian designer Sebastián Burga has created a playful set of toys called Minimals, which are sort of like LEGO-inspired figures. Made up of colorful blocks, you can put these odd characters together in just a few simple steps.
The name derives, at a time, from the word “Minimalism” and the contraction of “Mini-Animals”. Certainly, they’re set out to expose the essence of toyness through eliminating all non-essential forms, features and concepts. Together, they create a pantone of colors, animals, clothes, styles and archetypes, encouraging people to find themselves between them.
I love these cut-out illustrations by the Russian artist duo People Too. Intricate and utterly incredible, their skills with paper craft are just fantastic. Based in Novosibirsk, the duo’s work has a fantastically vibrant energy about it and I love how much personality and liveliness they capture just with simple paper folds.
Turning randomness into something beautiful seems to be the purpose of these Keidos floor tiles. Created by MUT Design, a Spanish design studio and atelier, these Keidos tiles are meant to promote irregularity as the purpose. Happy accidents occur with the placement of the tiles, ultimately (and potentially always) creating a floor design that’s one-of-a-kind. I want a kitchen filled with these!
Sam Kalda is a New York based illustrator who has a real knack for creating extremely expressive illustrations filled with lots of lovely texture. He just recently updated his portfolio with some new work, my favorite of which has to be this creepy/awesome portrait he did of Edward Gorey, which you can see above. The piece is kind of abstract, likw where his legs meet the patterned floor, but also quite realistic, like in the details of his face and arms.