I love these dhurries made by the Swedish studio Oyyo. Handwoven by a community of craftspeople near India’s Jodhpur, the dhurries are made from 100% organic cotton and are the perfect balance of old tradition and contemporary style. Oyyo is a Swedish duo made up of Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén. Founded in Stockholm in Autumn of 2011 the studio work in nomadic ways, aiming to explore the convergence of cultures, design and fine craftsmanship.
At the end of last year the guys at Herman Miller put together a wonderful series of videos called Why Design. Each one features a designer from the company’s creative network and they all give a fantastic insight into the minds of some very talented people. My favorite of the eight is with Irving Harper who talks about how he likes to make paper sculptures. Harper finds that paper is a really versatile medium and he says that it’s really easy to work with. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” he says. He makes it sound like it’s pretty easy but once you see what he creates you’ll quickly realize that it takes far more then simple cutting, scoring bending and gluing to make work this good.
If You’re Feeling Sinister will always be one of my favorite albums. Released in 1996, it wasn’t until college that I was finally introduced to it. Although unknown to me at the time, my introduction to the band couldn’t have been more aptly clichéd; a mixtape from a girl far hipper then me, the backdrop of an art-school, a heavy helping of introspection and countless trips on city buses. In truth, there was no way that this album wasn’t going to play an important role in my developmental years.
I got an email the other days from Nicolás Gomez telling me of a new project he’s started at LOLA Madrid called Bicycled. The aim of the project is to create new bicycles from old car scraps. I thought it was a really neat and novel idea so I thought I’d share it with you.
Nicolás tells me that the idea for the project came about from their experiences of being an advertising agency. He says that creating products that connect with people is what they do on a daily bases and for them, Bicycled is simply the perfect example of that. They are concerned about where the world is going now and the project is built from the belief that it’s always better to do then to say.
At Bicycled, bikes are handmade; created by bicycle shop owners. Chains are made from old transmission belts, indicator lights become reflective lights and car upholstery becomes seats and handlebars. Each bicycle is made out of real car parts so it means that no two bikes will ever be the same. Hopefully all this is just the beginning of the project and we’ll get to see more and more parts of old cars being used to become new and inventive bicycles.
As a cycle enthusiast I think it’s great to see a project as inventive as this. It’s terrific to see old cars becoming more a efficient, ecological and healthier means of transportation. You can check out the Bicycled website here and maybe even think about ordering yourself a new bike!
Silence Television is the work of Peruvian illustrator and designer Gianmarco Magnani. Gianmarco creates these really fantastic prints that combine great illustrations with beautiful typography and design. Often featuring girls, motorcycles and guitars his work feels very rock n’ roll. Indeed Gianmarco is so inspired by rock n’ roll that he seems to have created his own fictitious rock band called Sixty Watts where he’s designed album artwork, tshirts, a website and merchandise for them. Go check it out, it’s really fantastic!
“Windows of New York” is a beautiful project by José Guizar, a young Mexican graphic designer based in New York. Since moving to the Big Apple José has developed an obsession with the windows of the city and every week he illustrates one and posts it to his site. José describes the project as the “product of countless steps of journey through the city streets”, and each window that he illustrates is one that caught his eye. For José the project is “part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up”. Continue reading this post…
You can always count on Beck to deliver an interesting project. Whether he’s releasing customizable album art, working with puppets or putting out an album solely as sheet music, Beck is the type of musician who always surprises and nearly always delivers. In his most recent endeavor he’s covered Bowie’s 1977 classic “Sound and Vision” and he’s done it in the most epically impressive way possible. Teaming up with over 160 musicians, his performance is a full 360-degrees of sound and… well, vision.
Put together in collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Company (in an attempt to sell more cars), the performance is directed by Chris Milk and is part of the company’s “Hello, Again” campaign. If you forget about the corporate tie-ins, this is a really excellent project. The video was recorded with a crazy looking Binaural Head which captures the sound in full 360-degrees. This means you get to hear the performance right from the center of the circular stage. This is definitely a video to watch full-screen and with your headphones on.
Lasting almost 10 minutes in length, the performance sees Beck making the most of having such an eclectic mix of musicians at his disposal. The massive collection of performers includes an orchestra, a collegiate drum-line, a row of electric guitarists, a musical saw, a modular synthesizer, a Thermin, a harpist, a yodeler, two choirs, a group of percussionists from around the world… and even the Dap-Kings are there. The whole thing is conducted by Beck’s father, David Campbell.
More details of the project can be found on Lincoln’s “Hello, Again” website which also promises to have a full 360 performance in the coming days. Go check it out!
Update: The full interactive, 360º version just went online. See it here!
I stumbled across Carlo Vega’s work on Vimeo the other night and was properly impressed. The New York based artist seems to work predominately as a painter but when he mixes his personal work with his commercial work as a motion-graphics artist things get really interesting.
Originally from Lima in Peru, Vega grew up during a time of political turmoil and domestic terrorism. For the artist this time played an important role in his cognitive foundations. During his early years he learned about geometry and the perfection of logic from his mathematician grandfather, and from his Catholic surroundings he absorbed the importance of iconography and spiritual mystery.
Watching his video “Gray Keys” with this knowledge makes everything fit into place. It’s a beautiful little video which finds beauty and mystery through geometry and iconography. The music is of course by the wonderful Chilly Gonzales. Check out more of Carlo’s work here.