‘And a miserable day to you too’: Darcel at Colette

The awesomely disappointing Darcel is going to be having a show at Colette in France and I’m sad I can’t see it. The show opens on May 5th and will feature paintings, prints, scultpure and animation, so it should be a really fun show. Check out the the little video above he put together which gives you a little sneak peek of the show. How long do you think it’ll be before Darcel has his own book? My money is on Gestalten or Nieves putting it out, I know I’d buy it.


Bobby Solomon

April 21, 2010 / By

Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt

To be honest, I don’t need much coaxing to eat sweets, and when confronted with a bar of chocolate that literally invites me to take a bite, I feel it would be terribly impolite to not have a small nibble. Not that you need much convincing to eat one of the delicacies from Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt.

Claiming that their products are “a celebration of the candy bar as a perfect pop object”, their chocolates are engraved with tongue-in-cheek statements such as “Eat Me” and “Sweet Thing.” As if that’s not enough, they transform the humble chocolate bar into an edible canvas with fields of colour that are reminiscent of Mark Rothko’s abstract paintings. Mary & Matt use quality ingredients to make chocolate bars that are miniature artworks, for both the eyes and the taste buds.

The featured chocolate bars are the Milk Bar (milk chocolate), the Chocolate Pie Chart (dark, milk and white chocolate), and the Neapolitan Bar (dark and white chocolate and natural strawberry ingredients). I discovered Mary & Matt’s chocolate bars through Third Drawer Down, but they also sell their products directly through their site.

April 21, 2010 / By


My lasting impressions of macramé are the 1970s-era wall hangings in rather unfortunate shades of brown, yellow and orange that were lurking around the kitchens of family members during my childhood in the 1980s. Taking a refreshingly alternative approach, Sarah Parkes, the artist and jewellery designer behind Smalltown, transforms the aesthetics of the dowdy craft to make stunning and contemporary art pieces.

Using traditional macramé skills, combined with wrapping techniques, Parkes creates installations for boutiques, lampshades, hanging potholders and her own line of jewellery. The one element that I particularly admire is the manner in which her webs of rope are simultaneously delicate and robust. Knotted and woven into snowflakes, egg shapes and abstract lattices, her pieces are exquisitely tangled and ornate in construction. Put simply, Parkes’ work is a perfect example of a vintage trend refashioned for modern tastes and sensibilities.

April 21, 2010 / By

Contemplating the Void

You may have seen images from Contemplating the Void already. The exhibit features the work of 200 architects, artists and other creative types, who all focused their attention to the central atrium space of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. My favorite entry, above, is by Neil Denari.

But what you may not know is that the Guggenheim is now having a contest open to anyone willing to agree to rather lengthy terms of use. There are more than enough details on Guggenheim’s Flickr page. The Guggenheim will pick five winners, who among other things, will win pretty impressive bragging rights. “Oh yeah, the Guggenheim picked me.” I’m looking forward to more submissions being posted to the photo pool, and if this even sounds vaguely interesting to you, you should do something and enter the contest.

It would be refreshing if other prominent museums would have competitions like this fairly regularly.

Alex Dent

April 21, 2010 / By

Possible Inspiration for the Apple iPhone 4G

Upon seeing the photos of the new iPhone 4G (or whatever you wanna’ call it) I was immediately curious why the shape had suddenly changed so drastically. But knowing Jonathan Ive and how his brain works, you start to realize that Dieter Rams’ design ideas are some of the most basic building blocks of all modern day Apple products. So I did a little digging and came across the two images above from a Dieter Rams Flickr pool and I have to say that the resemblance is definitely there. Having one material wrap around another like that is a nice touch and I think that it’s a nice iteration to liven up the current slab that is the iPhone.

My only real beef with this design are the two, independent volume buttons. I really like the feeling of the current volume rocker and how it’s one piece of metal. I’d guess that it’s a little less intuitive to tell which button is which by simply touching. Clearly I haven’t found one of these lying around in a bar or anything, that’s just my feeling. Otherwise I’m pretty excited to see if this shape is the real shape or if they’re still in the design process, though I think either way people are gonna be excited.


Bobby Solomon

April 20, 2010 / By