I’m sure most familiar with the song Mad World, as it was the haunting theme for the movie Donnie Darko sung by the amazing Gary Jules and arranged by the awesome Mike Andrews, but did you know there was a video as well? This little gem was directed by Michel Gondry of all people, and features a rooftop perspective of a bunch of kids making shapes on the ground below. As is the usual for Michel, the idea is extremely simple and lo-fi but is totally effective and beautiful when you see it. I think my favorite part is the boat on the water, when you squint your eyes it looks so rad.
For some reason the video plays three times, though I didn’t bother watching them all cuz’ I figure they’re all the same, but I wanted to give a heads up!
I was inspired today to post some architecture, so I was really happy when I came across this amazing little restaurant called Prak. Prak is a unique concept that creates a place to eat that’s both fun for kids and adults, sort of like a well-designed, contemporary, Chuck E. Cheese!
The space was designed by the folks over at Tjep., a Dutch design agency that actually makes a ton of amazing stuff. I feel like they did such an amazing job that it’s hard to know where to start! First thing I noticed is all the great shapes and exposed wood beams. Then probably the color palette which is pretty much natural wood, white, teal blues, pinks, and oranges. I also really love that they mixed giant pieces of colorful acrylic with a more traditional furniture pieces. The only downside I could see to this place is that unfortunately, it’s made for children to run around in!
I also thought it was cute that Praq in Dutch means “mashed food”! Definitely check out the rest of Tjep.’s work, it totally made my day so far.
If you read the blog regularly you know I have an extreme fondness for Evan Hecox’s work, so seeing that he’s released a brand new print is always cause for a post. This newest print is titled Ghosts of Winter, Berlin and features an almost bleak scene, the colors not quite as vibrant as say his last series which was set in Mexico. I’m pretty sure that this is the point though, Berlin is far and away a much different place from Mexico so it shouldn’t have the same tone. I think it’s entirely beautiful and filled with all the classic Hecox elements like power lines, buildings and bicycles.
The print came in editions of 200, came being the operative word, as the print is sadly already sold out. The best idea is to check back in with Arkitip frequently, they’re actually pretty good about doing reprints of his Evan’s work. You can also read Evan’s blog on Arkitip, or subscribe to the RSS feed as well, keep a leg up on the competition!
Update: So I was totally wrong up there, the print comes out on June 21st and there are still editions available. It was late, so sue me! I was also told they don’t do reprints either, so be sure to pre-order this little guy!
When it comes to architecture I prefer clean and minimal. I’m also a fan of smaller spaces, which is probably why I’m so smitten for Japanese architecture like the building above, called House Uc. House Uc was created by Miyahara Architect Office, a company run by Teruo Miyahara.
I pretty much love everything about this house, but what stands out to me most is the stained, polished concrete that surrounds the whole it. It look so natural but clean at the same time. I’m also in love with the shape of it as well, the way they took a large slice of the building away. The front door is also pretty smart as well, leaving a place for people to stand in case it’s raining. The interior is extremely white and minimal which is good, but I’d need to throw in some color here and there.
To see more photos of the house, click here.
Found through today and tomorrow
Usually when I draw things, I tend to draw them quite small and detailed. But when I was in college, taking figure drawing and painting classes, I was forced to draw things pretty damn big, at least compared to what I was used to. But in comparison, it’s nothing when looking at the work of Adam Cvijanovic’s giant murals.
The piece above is called ‘Love Poem’, and portrays Los Angeles ten minutes after the end of gravity. Buildings have been ripped from their foundation, cars are and rubble floating here and there. All of this is portrayed in a three piece mural that stretches over 75 feet long, and is 14 feet high. I can imagine seeing this in person would be such a visual treat. Check out more pictures of the mural above by visiting the Saatchi Gallery.