Back in December Bureau of Hardy Seiler collaborated with Created by Monkeys’ Simon Kondermann to relaunch the design of the Freies Theater Hannover. The resulting work is a fantastic burst of bright colors and terrific energy. It feels fresh, lively and makes me excited about what events might be taking place at the theatre.
Everyone can picture a classic No. 2. Usually yellow, metal end capped with soft, pink rubber. It is a versatile symbol of creativity, art, potential, academics, anxiety and seemingly endless rounds of bubbling in tiny circles for answers A, B, C or D. The pencil is incredibly recognizable but I can barely drum up the name of a brand, let alone imagine the packaging from which the pencil came in — fresh and waiting to be sharpened.
Dan Christofferson is an illustrator, painter, and designer from Salt Lake City who also goes by the name Beeteeth (which I think is pretty rad). He creates these really detailed illustrations and designs drawing on “cryptic symbols from early Utah and Mormon history to illustrate stories of exile, industry, and the parched, sunburnt west.” Badass.
His wallpaper is this beautiful bunch of bones and flowers intermingled with the phrase, “All of my bones are broken.” The combination is both morose yet beautiful, and in practical terms works great as a wallpaper (I’m currently using it). Thanks Dan!
Yuma Kano is a young Japanese designer based in Tokyo. In Spring 2012 he set up his own design office called studio yumakano and since then he’s been creating projects that cover everything from interiors, architectural art, installations and product designs.
One of my favourite pieces of his are these terrific display boxes for shoes. Designed for surveyors, plasters, mechanics and other craftsmen, the boxes hold a pair of heavy duty shoes. They also function as a toolbox, letting people carry around other items from the workshop to site.
Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a Taiwanese illustrator who’s blowing my mind with her work. She creates these lovely portraits of women often times surrounded or being enveloped by flowers and plant life. Her style has this really ethereal quality to it, with each one being quite low contrast with a muted color palette.