Cube Works

Cube Works PortraitsCube Works Studio is a Toronto-based collaboration of graphic artists who aim to repurpose common objects into complex pieces of functional art…and, obviously, they are a group of master Rubik’s Cubers to boot! Their large-scale works include images of celebrity icons as well as recreations of Pop Art pieces and classic works. Though they are most known for their Rubik’s Cube tableaux (which are created by twisting the cube to the desired configuration, not by taking them apart, in case you wondered,) Cube Works also features art created with dice (see two at bottom left) and spools of thread (see two at bottom right.)

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NYC Art Installation Lobbies

NYC Lobbies with Art InstallationsOne of the nice aspects of NYC is that there are always new, or not-so-new, things to discover. Among them, are the various art installations in many an office building lobby. Some are permanent, some rotate. Some are by famous artists and others, less famous. All, when in the neighborhood, are worth popping in to see. Here is a sampling:

From top to bottom, row by row:
James Turrell; 3-dimensional Light sculpture; CIT Group Building, 42nd and 5th Avenue; KPF Architects.

Video Walls at IAC Building. World’s largest hi-resolution video wall, 120 ft by 11ft high. Alternating usage; West Chelsea; Gehry Partners Architect

Jenny Holzer; A continuous stream of prose and poetry about the history of New York City scrolls across glowing, 65-ft-wide, 14-ft-high wall; 7 World Trade Center; 250 Greenwich St; SOM Architects

Interactive Wall at Sloan-Kettering; the large lobby wall has a perforated appearance that transitions from regular on the front plane to apparently random on the back plane. The openings are determined by an array of eye-level viewpoints that cluster in programmatic hot spots throughout the lobby; 1275 York Ave.: LTL Architects

Rotating Art Installations in the Lever House lobby. A few examples shown (l to r): most recently Rachel Feinstein. Also Barbara Kruger, Tara Donovan. You can see other past exhibits here. SOM Architects.

Moveable Type by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen, is a digital installation that reflects the movement of news in the New York Times building lobby. It pulls sentences and phrases from the newspaper’s databases, projects them onto a grid of small screens, and orchestrates the material into a series of changing sequences. Renzo Piano Architect.

Photo credits: MSK Wall – Halkin Photography; Moveable Type – Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Twin One Cutlery Set

Twin One Cutlery and Chop Sticks SetAlso designed by the brothers at the UK-based designwright (see Pie Timer below) is the Twin One cutlery/chopsticks set for Lékué (see our post on their cool steam roaster.) It has the interlocking effect of the Join Cutlery (have I cross-posted enough?) but these have the added function of chopsticks with an impromptu spring hinge created once the knife and fork, on the opposite end, are connected..

Metaphorical Horizons: LEGO Installation

Metaphorical Horizons_LEGO InstallationThis immense structure entitled “Metaphorical Horizons” was created by industrial designer Lene Rønsholt Wille, in Amsterdam, over a 6-week period, using 270,000 white LEGO bricks. Wille says that the sculptural object “functions partly as a bench, a desk, a wall and as an entire space”

The project was sponsored by LEGO. More detailed construction photos here.

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Alexandre Arrechea

Alexandre Arrechea_Orange Tree
Orange Tree is a 20 foot steel sculpture created by Cuban born artist Alexandre Arrechea, with multi-limbed basketball hoop “branches” surrounded by scattered basketballs to mimic fallen fruit. Orange Tree shifts familiar structures to engage viewers’ perceptions of form and function, while raising questions about the role of street sports in urban culture.”

Orange Tree is on exhibit at the Bronx Museum through June 6, one of several reasons I’m thinking of checking out the museum soon.

You can see more of Arrechea’s very interesting and varied work at his site.

Mauricio Miranda: Plusvalía

Mauricio Miranda_PlusvaliaLast month at VoltaNY, one of the most unique (and possibly disturbing) exhibits was that of Costa Rican artist Mauricio Miranda. The exhibit, Plusvalía (which means “added value”) consisted of: a video showing the artist’s back being tattooed with a grid of ten boxes; a photo of the final tattooed back; and ten, empty plexiglass boxes. In the part-performance-part-conceptual piece, Miranda sells fragments of his skin (10 pieces total) to collectors who wish to acquire them. As a buyer, one receives an empty box along with a contract between the artist and buyer, which stipulates that the fragments will not be released to the purchaser until the time of Miranda’s death. This being a statement about the art market over the past years and the lack of resources for emerging artists.

Miranda, writing about the artwork, includes the following: “The piece arises from an insistence on being able to generate resources to produce my work. I see my work as a gesture of participation in an informal economy. In this piece I sell fragments of myself as an action of speculation about the acquisition of works of art…. The container will ultimately house the fragment of my body. The project becomes a process of waiting for what I may be worth.”

Represented by: Galería Bickar. Top and bottom photos: Allan Sprecher

Notebook Furniture

Notebook FurnitureThe Notebook Furniture System is a modular system of aggregable desks and cabinets for home or office. The holes evoke the image of a notebook, and are used to combine the individual elements via red rope. The system consists of various sized desks, as well as a bench for sitting or supporting cabinets. The holes can also support many specifically designed accessories such as lamps, partitions and screens, and all elements are freely combinable. Designed by Con3 Studio in Italy.

Slap Watches

Slap WatchIt may have become apparent by now that the three of us have a weakness for watches…or maybe time pieces in general. It’s not that we own that many of them, but we just tend to notice and appreciate them possibly more than most. Recently, Daniela spotted one of these Slap watches on someone’s wrist and was immediately smitten.

The Slap watch is a silicone watch that implements the mechanism of the spring coil bracelet popular in the 90s. It comes in nine, mostly bright, colors with interchangeable faces, creating 81 possible color combinations. Plus, at under $20, it seems very reasonably priced.

You can learn more about them and visit their online shop, here.

Jess Collett: Fabulous Hats

Jess Collett HatsAs a nod to today’s Royal Wedding, here are some fabulous hats by Jess Collett, the London milliner who was initially to design the mother-of-the-bride’s hat, until, apparently, there was a change of dress plans last week, when the hat was no longer necessary. Nevertheless, these wooden hats by Collett, likely to be a departure from the unveiled royal-ish design, are really spectacular. Sculptural works of art!

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365 Knitting Clock: The Nature of Time

365 Knitting Clock_Siren Elise WilhelmsenThe 365 Knitting Clock was designed by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, a Norwegian designer based in Germany. She just graduated with a degree in Industrial Design in 2010 and has already won several awards for her creative work. Her aim is to “make design with personality and humour…” as well as offer a new kind of interaction between man and his surroundings.

“The 365 Knitting Clock was made to measure and register time in a three-dimensional form to visualize the otherwise invisible time factor that connects us all. Instead of showing time in numbers…the knitting clock aims the philosophical point of the ongoing process of time….Every passing half hour is marked by the knitting of a mesh, a full day is registered as one round around the clock and a year results in a 2-meter long scarf…The year that has past is this year’s scarf. And the coming year is the thread still unknitted.”

Wilhelmsen‘s humor is evident in the labeling of the yarn: “More Time”.

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FKDL Street ArtTwo summers ago, on a trip to Barcelona and Paris, we noticed several of these collages around the streets of both cities. Being a lover of collage, these FKDL (aka Franck Duval, a Parisian street artist) postings immediately appealed to me. Following up now on his work, I notice that he’s been adding more color to his paper cut-outs (à la Matisse) and QR codes as well. His work also reminds me a bit of Al Hansen’s Hershey collages.

You can see more FKDL images here and his blog here.