Handmade Wooden Cars for 100% TobeUs

Selection of Cars from TobeUs

Last year, 100 designers set about creating 100 wooden toy cars for 100% TobeUs, an exhibition that aimed to show the value of a different future. TobeUs is an Italian toy company set-up by the designer Matteo Ragni.

The idea for TobeUs was born when Ragni noticed that his children often got bored or destructive with their toys. He decided to create objects that he believed they could love, cherish and possibly even pass on to their own children. The toy cars that the TobeUs team created are strong, sturdy and beautifully handcrafted. The project was such a success that it soon had other designers wanting to make their own TobeUs cars, and so last year Ragni invited them to do just that.

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Philip Kennedy

June 6, 2013 / By

Beautiful Ceramics by Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson Ceramics - Function

Derek Wilson Ceramics - Function

Belfast-based ceramist Derek Wilson creates beautiful work. His precise, clean forms and simple designs are based on craftsmanship and quality, and his work has an effortless sense of restraint and containment.

Dividing his time between sculptural work and functional objects, it’s clear to see that both disciplines feed off of one another. His functional objects are particularly strong and his designs cover a variety of objects ranging from beautiful, hand-thrown porcelain cups, to elegant teapots and minimalist bowls.

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Philip Kennedy

June 4, 2013 / By

‘Bottled History’ – The Craft of Ships in Bottles

Screengrab from Bottled History

Screengrab from Bottled History

‘Bottled History’ is a short film about Ray Gascoigne, an 85-year-old retired sailor who has been mastering the craft of putting ships in bottles for over 60 years. Created for the Australian magazine Smith Journal, the film was made by the Melbourne-based production studio Commoner Films. It’s really inspiring to see someone continuing to do what they love for such a long period of time.

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Philip Kennedy

June 3, 2013 / By

Ascent – A Smart Concept Light by Daniel Rybakken

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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.

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Philip Kennedy

May 31, 2013 / By

Alexander Wells Illustrates Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy for The Folio Society

Alexander Wells Illustrates Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy for The Folio Society

Alexander Wells Illustrates Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy for The Folio Society

I discovered the work of illustrator Alexander Wells in the most recent issue of Port Magazine. His illustration work really caught my eye and so I checked out his website to see more of his stuff. It was there that I discovered this incredible series of illustrations he recently produced for The Folio Society’s edition of Isaac Asimov’s highly acclaimed Foundation Trilogy. Released late last year, the books look terrific and Wells’ illustrations really make it come to life!

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Philip Kennedy

May 30, 2013 / By

Great Work From Painter Julian Kreimer

Julian Kreimer - Woods

Julian Kreimer - They Have Their Own Precinct

Julian Kreimer is a Brooklyn-based artist and critic who paints both observational and abstract work. His observational paintings are particularly beautiful. Created en plein air, these landscapes are simple observations yet Kreimer’s style seems to imbue them with something greater. His palette is often muted and his brushstrokes almost haphazard, yet with simple strokes and a keen understanding of light and color he creates incredibly beautiful paintings.

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Philip Kennedy

May 29, 2013 / By

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