I keep coming across impressive motion graphic work from various studios in Argentina. Buenos Aires-based animation and design studio LUMBRE recently did this spot for Pause Fest, a celebration of digital creativity held in Melbourne, Australia. Given the loose theme of “Future”, LUMBRE created an imaginative rendition of what the future of food might look like. That is, if the future was inhabited by models eating some striped pills and going on a flavor trip full of culinary eye candy and eating each other’s whipped cream hairdos. The beginning of the spot also features an impressively detailed architectural imagining of industrialized food production before the flavor tripping begins. Check out some behind-the-scenes shots and more of LUMBRE’s work here.
Leading up to our week of food themed posts, I started to think about who could create a really beautiful food based wallpaper. I wasn’t quite sure who to reach out to, until I started looking through the photos of Michael Graydon that I needed to ask my good friend Michele Miller. Michele is an Art Center grad who studied fine art and illustration and has an incredible talent for drawing, which in my opinion she doesn’t do enough of. She also has an intense love for oysters, just like myself, and in fact we make good oyster eating buddies because we like the opposite types of oysters: I prefer the creamy ones, she likes the briny, salty ones.
As for her wallpaper I think it’s stunning, it’s everything that’s perfect and beautiful about an oyster. Her wallpaper also made me remember how very… carnal oysters are. If Georgia O’Keefe would have made art around foods instead of flowers I think she absolutely would have chosen the oyster. I’m sure that not everyone appreciates oysters the way that Michele and I do, so this wallpaper is dedicated to those like us. Whether you like oysters naked, with lemon or with a bit of mignonette, this wallpaper is for you.
Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.
I’m a sucker for food packaging. Whether it’s a foreign foods market or the specialty section of the grocery store, I’m attracted to products with panache. Italian artist Anna Rodighiero is equally as afflicted it seems, though she takes her affinity a step further on Packaging Addicted, a blog devoted to illustrating package design. Asking readers to submit photos of their favorite foods or interesting packaging they’ve encountered on trips, Rodighiero then draws her own whimsical version of the products.
She’s tackled everything from Chinese cookies and Nutella to Thai curry paste and English jelly candies. Her addiction encompasses her professional work, too. Aside from creating a version of her resume as a pizza recipe, Rodigheiro has interpreted the work of Julia Child as well as given pickles a whole new identity.
Illustrator Clay Hickson seems to have a thing for both still lifes and food, especially in combination. Hickson gives the still life a turn for the surreal and a heavy dose of geometry and patterning that takes a cue from 1980s design/architecture collective the Memphis Group, but with a contemporary graphic spin that is reminiscent of the hand-drawn psychedelic desert vibes of Steven Harrington‘s work. Sunday Thoughts is a series of illustrations updated weekly alongside Hickson’s prolific body of work, which you can find here.
Some food spaces aren’t about food preparation or presentation, they’re actually inspired by food. When I was a third year architecture student, a professor kept comparing a studiomate’s project to Swiss cheese. So after several iterations the professor still wasn’t happy with, my studiomate built a model out of a block of cheese she purchased from an absurd grocery store named Jungle Jim’s. We all laughed about her semi-sanitary model, but there was something compelling about the porosity of cheese in the first place. There are large buildings like the Rolex Learning Center that look almost as if the architects set out to build a giant slice of cheese, even if most architects cringe at the suggestion that Sanaa would ever do such at a thing.
But some other folks have done such a thing, and done it quite well. The architect here is Kotaro Horiuchi who has offices in both France and Japan. The space here inspired by cheese is – get this – a Parisian cheese boutique Salon du Fromage. The sculpted interior looks exceedingly clean and the porous lighting fixtures cast irregular shadows across the sufaces of boutique, adding to their apparent depth. Like the lighting fixtures, the furniture is custom. I don’t know enough about cheesemongering to know if this place of business makes business sense, but it’s a stunning place to show off cheese, so let’s hope they make some cheddar.