I’ve noticed an interesting trend of makers “mending” or completing pieces of wood with another material. I few weeks ago I wrote about Hilla Shamia creating table and benches out of wood and aluminum, and now I’ve run across the work of Marcel Dunger, who combines resin and wood to create brightly colored pieces of jewelry.
Broken maple which was poured into colored bioresin and then processed mechanically by hand. The decorative elements reach their maximum color fastness in sunlight and can be used as rings, pendants, earrings and other accessories.
It’s quite a simple concept, yet the brightly colored resin paired with the maple wood is an attractive combination that easily grabs your attention. This feels like it’s a sort of design intervention, an interesting way to re-use unwanted or damaged materials. It’ll be interesting to see if more projects like these start to pop up more and more.
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.
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.
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.
As technology continues to advance, our knowledge of how things are made slowly decreases. A perfect example is how hats are made. I’ve never known a person who makes hats, and it wasn’t until recently that I saw this great video on Nick Fouqet, who works in Venice, California.
Honestly, after watching this video numerous times I’m still not exactly sure how he does this. What I do know is that he uses 100% beaver fur felt, which is sustainably harvested and comes from Tennessee. And as you can see in the image above, he lights the hat on fire to get rid of stray threads. Seeing that in slow-motion is worth your time alone.
Major props to Dean Bradshaw for making such a beautiful video.
Slowly but surely handmade goods are finding a place on the shelves of conventional retailers. Knowing that someone has put time and effort into the creation of an object provides value, a great example being someone like Ariele Alasko, who is an incredibly talented woodworker making fine wooden objects. The pieces she creates recall a time before mass production where things like spoons and bowls were made by hand because of necessity.
There’s so much charm and wit to her work, for example her hand spoons, or the lovely details in her spalted maple bowls, which have such unique patterns to them. I wish there was a physical shop which carried all of her goods so I could pick them up and feel each one of them. I’m totally that guy who goes through the design shop and has to touch everything.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ariele I’d recommend this interview with Kinfolk where she speaks about how she got her start, the meaningful objects in her life, and staying inspired.