It’s August and people are on holiday all around the world. Unless you’re like me, working in the U.S., and the idea of holiday is a foreign concept and you can only dream of getting away for a month. To be specific, I’ve been dreaming of this holiday apartment in Barcelona which was rebbed by CaSA, an architecture firm run by Matteo Colombo and Andrea Serboli.
The brief was to transform this neglected, very badly distributed apartment into an attractive holiday home. The property is located in an extremely central street, right between Plaza Catalunya y Plaza Universitat, on the sixth floor of an art nouveau building. Nonetheless, this last floor was built in the ’60 and lacked of the charm of the rest of the building. In order to meet the brief, spaces had to be re-thought completely and all existing partition had to be demolished. The budget was tight and clever solutions were required to complete the needs providing an attractive, contemporary holiday atmosphere.
The biggest success of the space to me is the relationship between inside and outside. The terrace originally had been extremely closed off. The architects came and opened it up with a number of interseting window spaces that allow the air to circulate through the space. They’ve also brought the wood elements from the outside into an indoor relaxing area.
Overall the space is neutral until you reach the hallway, which is a wonderfully rich shade of blue. The hallway leads to three bedrooms which are quite similar, the main difference between them are their brightly colored, tiled bathrooms. The contrast between punches of color and neutrailty is quite nice and lends to a tranquil environement.
View more images and behind the scenes information about the project by clicking here.
Do you know where your cosmetics come from, or how they’re made? Like a lot of things in our life there’s an unknowing of how the things we use day-to-day are manufactured. Lauren Davies, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, addresses this issue with her project The Alchemist’s Dressing Table.
Together, the tools form a statement piece; reigniting a dialogue about our relationship with nature and the materials we use. I believe this could be the future of cosmetics for the modern woman who has a desire to be more in control of what she uses on her skin and the impact they have on our environment. The tools I’ve designed will enable women to forge a stronger connection to their personal beauty rituals and a more magical relationship with nature’s intricate mysteries.
She’s taken the arcane and archaic idea of alchemy and presented it in a contemporary fashion. The tools she’s created allow the owner to make a wide variety of beautifying products like creams, balms, perfumes, and essential oils. One of the products I find most inventive is the eyeliner that utilizes burnt almond oil for it’s creation.
The kohl plate is for the preparation of black kohl eyeliner. Carbon collects on the underside of the copper plate from the almond oil burning in the oil burner below for a period of time. This black carbon deposit can then be mixed with almond oil for a smudged finish or aloe vera and witch hazel to allow a brush drawn line and used as eyeliner.
I also like that Lauren’s project tangentially addresses the issue of instant gratification. The idea that you’d need to sit down and prepare your beautification products is interesting to me. We take for granted being able to walk into a store and purchase cosmetics and perfumes immediately.
You can read more about the project by clicking here.
Japanese musician Yosi Harikawa caught my ear recently with his exciting style of making music which utilizes the sounds of non-musical objects. The track above titled “Bubbles” starts off with a bouncing ball, followed by a downpour of falling objects, like ping pong balls and perhaps some screws or bolts. He builds up into this lush, bassy sound which washes over your eardrums.
The track is pulled from his Wandering EP, which you can listen to by clicking here.
Temperatures are rising, ice shelves are melting, and the realization that global warming is a real thing is finally starting to sink in for more and more people. Milton Glaser, the designer of the iconic I ? NY mark, doesn’t agree that earth is warming, he’s saying it’s dying. His message is “It’s Not Warming. It’s Dying.“, which is paired with a circular mark made of a sickly green and black.
I think the mark is strong but simple, the tenants of what Glaser has built his career on. It reminds me of decay, of the slow settling of death, all the things you want people to think of when they mention global warming. It’s aesthetically pleasing in a morbid way, and would probably garner questions if someone saw you wearing their buttons, a mean vehicle for the It’s Not Warming effort. I applaude Mr. Glaser for taking on a serious issue like this, using his talents to try and influence change.
You can purchase a set of buttons and show your support of Mr. Glasers initiative by clicking here.
“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” – Jack Kerouac
Torsten Lindsø Andersen (who’s name is quite amazing) is currently studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design. For a recent school project he created a series of book covers for classic Jack Kerouac novels, each featuring a phantasmal, brightly hued gradient with simple blocks of black sans serif text. The effect is quite lovely, and it certainly creates a contemporary feeling to the covers. Kerouac has over 20 books to his name though, so I’m not certain how this could apply to his whole catalog, but I’m certain someone creative enough could figure it out. I also quite like the simple typographic back covers which contrast the front really nicely.
View more of Torsten’s work by clicking here.
Italian producer C. Crisci, also known as Clap! Clap!, focuses on researching and sampling of tribes, bands and singers originating from the African continent, made a pretty amazing mixtape for Giles Peterson which I can’t stop listening to. His distinguishing technique is to reproduce classic African rhythms in a contemporary way through the use of drum machines and synths. The way he mixes all of this diverse sounds together is pretty exceptional. It has a perfect flow from beginning to end, and it’s quite hard to tell which parts he’s chopped up and altered. Really nice work.
New York filmmaker Trent Jaklitsch has created a remarkable short film that documents the minutia of painting. Rather than focusing on the canvas the film focuses on the act of art making, the mixing of paint and subtle strokes that go into a larger whole.
The artist being filmed is painter Alyssa Monks who creates really wonderful large scale portraits of people. Her work is quite expressive and loose but filled with nuance and detail. It’s so interesting seeing all the details that are featured in the video and how they transform into one large, cohesive paintings.
Unique branding for your business is one of the keys to being successful, though may small businesses overlook this aspect. Maeve Durnan, a private tutor of primary age children, was mindful of this necessary aspect and hired Glasgow design agency Graphical House to help her out, creating a playful brand and identity that’s impossible not to like.
Maeve’s identity and promotional material has been designed to appeal to parents while also possessing an endearing quality that children will relate to. The scholarly owl is constructed around a stylised letter M. Simple low-cost printing techniques helped ease the financial pressure on this start-up enterprise, without compromising in attitude.
I’ve always been a fan of bold yellows (probably because I’m a Leo) especially paired with black. The owl mark is too damn cute and the fact that it’s shaped around an M is a great detail that further personalizes the brand for Maeve. A simple concept executed really flawlessly.