Autone Polish Street ArtAutone is a Polish graffiti artist who paints very detailed murals that, to me, almost have a Northwest American Indian influence to them, but then, maybe that’s just me.

You can see his process in the video below. I like the way he stands back every once in a while to, understandably, look at what he’s done so far. It’s especially cute due to the sped-up quality of the video.

You can see more of Autone’s work here and here.

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Sebastien Wierinck’s Tube Formations

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Not since the Blue Men have I seen such great use of tubes. Sebastien Wierinck (whose Panels02 Chair we posted about previously) is a designer based in Marseille, France. He has designed everything from domestic furniture to commercial, interior design to stage and exhibit design. Above are some of his installations for public spaces, restaurants, galleries and art festivals.

From top to bottom, left to right:
Le Centquatre, Paris (top two photos); INSTANT Exhibit, Brussels (x2); Bed Supperclub, Bangkok; Light detail, Bed Supperclub; Brazil-Brazil Exhibit, Marseille (x2); Gallery Into Art & Furniture, Berlin; Tokyo Eat Restaurant, Paris; Design City, Luxembourg

Apart from being fun and amazing, these constructions are made of polyethylene plastic (plastic bottle waste) so it’s recycling at its finest. The tubes, usually used for water, gas and electrical distribution, are strong, flexible and readily available in multiple colors and sizes. It’s win-win all the way.

You can visit Sebastien Wierinck’s site for more info, and there are more photos on flickr.

WASARA Disposable Tableware

I have had my eye on these plates for a couple of years now. Since first seeing them, I have considered ordering them online every time I’ve had a party, or group get-together, then backed away when realizing that the express shipping necessary due to my last minute ordering (not very good about planning ahead) would be hard to justify. Last week, however, on a lovely stroll to Noho here in NYC, I discovered that they sell them at The Future Perfect. Very exciting news for me. The plates are a little smaller than I imagined (though the measurements are accurate on the site) but just as beautiful.

Designed in Japan by Shinichiro Ogata, WASARA tableware is compostable and made from 100% tree-free renewable materials, so not only will your table look great, but it’s all very green, too.

Available online here.

Diego Grandi: Buon Weekend

Diego Grandi’s Buon Weekend was another installation at Interni’s Mutant Architecture and Design show in Milan last month. The term ‘mutant’ here referring to flexibility, adaptability and mobility. Four large colored sheets wrapped around a tree create the centerpiece of the installation as a tent that welcomes relaxation and lingering. The floral-like plates create an artificial landscape and a new take on the picnic with dishes and silverware becoming part of the informal setting. It’s no suprise that Sambonet and Rosenthal (an Italian/German manufacturer of tabletop accessories) was the sponsor of the installation.

James Clar: Art Futures

I just came across James Clar’s work. After reading this Dubai-based American artist’s bio, it seems that I’m a bit late to the party with exhibits at The New Museum, Chelsea Museum, Chanel Mobile Art Exhibit in Tokyo, and many more under his belt. I found every piece showcased on Traffic’s site  interesting. There’s a lot of play with light and technology, but also very powerful statements with strong anti-war and political criticism undertones, well, maybe not so “under”, maybe more in-your-face, in a good way. This from the site:

While his early work dealt with analyzing how technology and media work, a move to the Middle East in 2007 has seen his focus shift to how technology and media affect. As an American living in Dubai, his art work has progressed towards deeper conceptual themes. These include nationalism, globalism, and popular culture in the age of mass information, and often analyses the discrepancy in information between Western media and Middle Eastern media along with its effects on people.

Briefly, a few captions from some of these works:

Friendly Fire (2nd row, right): A small soldier sits on a rotating platform in a mirror box. His motion is nervous as he constantly spins trying to find a target while only aiming at himself.
The Difference Between Me and You (3rd row, right): Two TV screens face each other, one playing Fox News and the other Al Jazeera. In between them is a diffused piece of acrylic that takes the light from the two screens and mixes them together.
Pop Culture (bottom left): a gun that James Clar, an American, and Rami Farook, an Emirati, took to the desert, fired, and then cast in candy.

There are many more works with interesting captions here. It’s worth a look if you like the small sampling in this post.

James Clar will be exhibiting as a part of Art Futures at the Art HK11 in Hong Kong from May 26-29, 2011.

Creative Clothespin Usage

Creative Clothespin UsageI spotted an interesting lamp prototype made of plastic clothespins a couple of days ago in Williamsburg. Trying to find it online proved to be futile, but instead, I came across some very creative uses both for clothespins and inspired by clothespins. Here are some of the ones that stood out.

Starting at the top left corner, row by row, left to right:
Sandra Backlund creation; Bride Lamp; Claes Oldenburg sculpture in Philadelphia; Clothespin USB stick; Sandra Backlund Clothespin Dress; Peg Light by Steffi Min; Clothespin Trashcan; EZ Chopsticks; Clothespin Lamp; Clothespin Light and shown with paper as shade; Peglight; Clothespin Dress for window display

Lighter Than Air in Boston

Lighter Than Air_SHIFTboston_RachelyRotem_PhuHoangLighter Than Air, by Rachely Rotem Studio and Phu Hoang Office, is the winning entry for SHIFTboston’s Barge 2011 Competition and scheduled to be unveiled on Boston’s waterfront as a “pop-up” public space in September 2012.

Comprised of bright pink camouflage netting, helium balloons, and stationery bikes, the “camovapor” climate system (as the designers like to call it) will float over the barge with the interactive help of visitors who can generate power by pedaling the bikes that will inflate additional weather balloons, transforming water to vapor. As the vapor condenses on the pink nets, the 3D perforations will hold the water which then, combined with the natural harbor breeze, will create a cool area and an “interactive atmospheric phenomenon.”

Looks like a trip to Boston that fall will be in order.

via Architects Newspaper

Puff Buff Lamps

Puff Buff LampsI had to smile when I came across these Puff Buff lamps. So fun, and something I would have loved to have in my room as a teen to go with my yellow shag rug. They remind me of those inflatable chairs which, by the way, I had always envisioned on the aforementioned rug as well.

Made of PVC and inflatable, these lamps come in hanging, floor, table, and column variations. See them all here and some are available here.

Ryoji Ikeda: The Transfinite (follow-up)

Ryoji Ikeda The Transfinite Park Ave ArmoryThe Transfinite Ryoji Ikeda Park Ave Armory(Click on the images to enlarge and check out our toes close up)

We had been eagerly awaiting this exhibit (see previous post) and headed uptown yesterday to check it out. The Transfinite, an interactive installation by Ryoji Ikeda (Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist),  is not only very cool, but surprisingly, an incredibly soothing experience. One would think that the test pattern visuals along with the loud electronic sounds and strobes might have the opposite effect but, at least for us, and seemingly, those around us, it was almost hypnotically relaxing. People were lying on the floor for long stretches completely entranced by the spectacle and immersed in the moment.

It is important to note that the show is made up of three parts: test pattern; data.tron; and data.scan. We almost missed the two data sections which were on the other side of the test pattern wall. Below are some short videos to get a sense of the show, but it definitely is more one of those you-had-to-be-there situations.

Just to clarify, Em and Dan’s chatter in that last clip is not part of Ikeda’s soundtrack… If you have sound issues with the video clips, try watching full-screen.

The Transfinite
is at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC through June 11, 2011. The admission is a bit pricey at $12, but if you stay a while and take it all in, we think (though it would be more palatable at half the price) it’s still worth it.

Junk Mail Art

Next time you’re at the mailbox on the verge of throwing out all that junk mail, think again. Sandhi Schimmel Gold definitely does. Having studied mosaics overseas, Gold applied her knowledge to these works. By joining her disciplines of painting and mosaic with her belief in “utilizing resources that would otherwise go to waste” she has created this series of collages since 2006 which have been exhibited in shows with titles such as “Manipulated Mail” and “Recycled Art”.

Click images for more detailed view. See more at her site.

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Colored Vinyl Comeback

Colored Vinyl RecordsAfter a little googling, I discovered that colored records go back to some of the first records ever issued. In fact, the first wax records were yellow; I remember being fascinated by one that my mother owned when I was a child. Later, some 78s that were printed in multicolor swirls or splashes such as this one from 1923.

In the past ten years or so we’ve witnessed a resurgence of vinyl records, many of these seen as collectibles and possibly a good way for a small band to get visibility. Whatever the reason, I, for one, am enjoying their comeback from a design standpoint. Some of these artistically abstract colored vinyl records, from Brain Stowell’s flickr stream, are quite beautiful. More here.

via Graphic Exchange

Tiritas Malditas (Damned Band-Aids)

Damned Band-aidsDamned BandaidsIf you happen to be in Madrid and waiting for the light to change at a street corner, you might want to look up and check the closest traffic light for a Tirita Maldita (Damned Band-Aid). Popping up periodically around the Spanish capital are these, sometimes humorous/sometimes political, typed messages on band-aids; one could call them “band-aid tweets.” I like the concept, almost like having someone whisper in your ear at the light. And the thought of the artist inserting band-aids in an old typewriter to create these, well, it makes me smile.

I’ve translated them into English (in white type on the photos) for those who don’t speak Spanish. Click on the images to see larger.

More Tiritas Malditas (in Spanish) here.

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