I didn’t think I’d be posting about dolls’ house this week on The Fox Is Black but I really couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share these delightful creations by Polish company Miniio. Inspired by the Bauhaus and Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan; Miniio’s creations feel like a breath of fresh air in a world of flashy, plastic toys and garish pink dolls’ houses.
These designs brush aside the cliched gender stereotypes so often seen in the world of toys and instead focus on producing beautifully crafted models and smartly thought out designs.
The project is the brainchild of two mums from Warsaw who like to take play seriously. They seek inspiration in the best grown-up designs, materials and solutions and then they make it smaller. Everything they do is finished by hand and the results are terrific. If you’re a hip parent I can imagine this is something you’d love to have in your kids playroom!
More information on Miniio and their modernist designer furniture and dolls’ houses can be found on their website.
Dogboy is the name that London-based illustrator Philip Huntington works under. I’ve been loving his illustrations ever since I saw one of them on the cover of a flyer for a late-night opening at London’s V&A (above). While his bio is quick to point out that his work process “does not involve experimentation with mind-altering substances”, it’s clear to see that the language of psychedelia has clearly made a way into the crazy alternative reality he creates.
DogBoy frequently works on personal projects and produces work for independent magazines. If you like what you see here make sure to head over to his site and see some more of his work.
Sometimes it’s nice to encounter work where you don’t know the full story. This is the case with Bidean; a beautiful series of images from Madrid-based photographer Miren Pastor. Pastor’s work explores open fields and deep recesses. Her images are bathed in a beautiful light where nature seems to either be dawning a new or where the sun is slowly taking its final crawl across our planet. Whatever state these images are captured in, it’s hard not to get swept up in their lush beauty.
More images from the series can be found on Pastor’s website with a series of words in Spanish.
Twenties is a great little project by the London-based illustrator Natalie Adkins. Taking a tongue-in-cheek look at life in your twenties, her smart image changing volvelles present one version of how life could be before quickly revealing the more-plausable truth.
In the image above a smooth Lothario asks “Your place or mine?” yet the realistic version is far less sophisticated. A quick turn of the dial presents our lover’s lady friend less than enamored by the suggestion that maybe they might want to take things back to his parents house!
The image above is called “It’s Not That People Won’t Give You The Time of Day, They Won’t Give You The Morning After” and below you can view the volvelles in action.
Natalie’s final image in the seires is called “If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?”. Make sure to see more of her work by visiting her website.
JohnnyExpress is the title of a wonderfully funny animated short by Alfred ImageWorks; an animation and motion graphics company from Korea. Set in the year 2150, it tells the tale of Johnny – a lazy delivery man responsible for dropping off parcels on planets throughout the galaxy. As Johnny awakes from sleep with a new package to deliver, he soon discovers that this simple delivery may be harder than he had hoped. Things quickly go from bad to worse and hilarity ensues.
The animation is brilliant but what really got me is the short’s wit and charm. They say that the secret to good comedy is timing, and if that’s true then JohnnyExpress is most certainly a really great comedy! If you have time, make sure to put five minutes aside today and go check it out. I’m certain that you’ll enjoy it!
New York-based Canadian artist Aurora Robson makes some amazing sculptures and installations. Described as a “subtle yet determined environmental activist”, her work is made from everyday waste such as junk mail and discarded plastic bottles. Her resulting creations look like strange alien-beings or bizarre creatures from the deep. I love them!
Behind her organic forms lies some incredibly intricate work. Often lit by solar-powered LEDs; her sculptures are immense – taking over entire galleries and filling rooms with bizarre forms and shapes. At the core of what she does is a hope to raise awareness about plastic waste.
You can find out more about her practice in the video below or visit her website for more images and examples of her work.
I find these Pen Paintings by Daniel Eatock really interesting. As far as I can tell they were made by balancing a sheet of paper on the nibs of different markers. The resulting work is a pretty psychedelic fusion of kaleidoscopic pattern and trippy blurred colors.
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A friend of mine recently turned me on to Studio Killers; a virtual band comprising of characters Cherry, Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink. Virtual bands can be a lot of fun and Studio Killers is no exception. I’m particularly hooked on their track ‘Eros and Apollo’ which is accompanied by a fun animated video featuring an explosion of pixels, disco-culture and neon.
The track comes from the band’s self-titled debut which was released last year. If it’s a release that passed you by, it might be worth checking it out. For now, you can check out the video below:
The band are currently hoping to put on a number of live shows and have turned to Kickstarter in the hopes of doing so. The whole thing sounds quite cool. If you’d like to see them live, get your hands on a DVD or just kick in a couple of shekels and get some rewards you can check it out here.
More videos, sounds and social stuff can be found on their website here.