Set Design Archive

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    It’s been a while since we last checked in with Romain Lenancker, aka Lenancker Romain, an art director and set designer with an almost unparalleled eye for composition. With a client list to kill for, Romain, who splits his time between Stockholm and Paris, has recently updated his website and although it’s high end stuff, his portfolio is living proof that it is possible to marry the needs of demanding commissions with arresting, thoughtful imagery. He’s particularly adept at using a limited colour palette to maximum effect, letting his superlative attention to detail capture and hold the viewers’ attention.

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    Wies Preijide made her rather explosive debut in The Hague’s 2011 degree show, when she separated areas of the exhibition using dividing walls of meticulously woven thread. Hung against walls or used as a divider in a space, the lines of thread become almost beams of light in the room, casting colourful shadows and playing tricks on the eyes of viewers. “The textile walls make the existing space divisible, but also create optical transparency and spaciousness by the experience in perspective.” Wies says, “Through a combination of lines, color, views and passageways the spectator the idea of a transparent walking home.”

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    We’re well aware that after the festive break it is imperative to come back in style with something very special to whet your creative whistles for the year ahead, and my word have we got just the thing. Photographer Dan Tobin Smith and designer Rachel Thomas are opening a new show in London later this month which features beautiful, otherworldly photographs of polystyrene stage sets. From magical floating cities (photographed on an eight metre square lake of milk) to classical ruins there’s a delicate filmic quality and all sense of scale is subverted.

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    Last Thursday and Friday the rooms of Mercer Street Studios in Covent Garden were transformed into the giant, branded Talking Shop as part of BeViacom’s first ever pop-up event. The media giant invited speakers from all walks of the industry to contribute to discussions on the biggest issues facing marketers today. As the owner of three of the most colourful media channels currently operating – MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central – the Talking Shop space was suitably swathed from top to bottom in bright colours and immersive environments designed and decorated by the likes of Alex Noble and James Joyce.

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    Sometimes you want a photograph to leap up and slap you in the face with its brilliance (not always though, obviously), taking your eyes on a journey they can scarcely believe. Andy Rudak’s Cardboard Cities does just that, tricking you into believing that you’re just looking at a moody moonlit cityscape. But the truth is there’s more to it than that – every single scene has been laboriously constructed from cardboard by master set-builder Luke Aan de Wiel before being carefully shot for maximum impact. We’re blown away by the results and reckon you might be too. Powerful stuff!

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    Us humans are a perplexing bunch. Tell us that we can’t have something and my word that is the ONLY thing in the world we can think about. Iconic Italian fashion brand Missoni seem to appreciate this and so have collaborated with Converse to bring back some of their deadstock fabrics which are no longer available.

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    Growing up with an older sister, scrunchies were an ever-present if slightly mystifying presence in the house. They would turn up everywhere, in different colours and patterns, and were oddly satisfying to try and bend out of shape. The otherworldly oddness has been compounded by this brilliant, absurd project from photographer Catherine Losing and set designer Kate Fotis which sees them arrange said-hair ties around various foodstuffs – spaghetti, broccoli and a pineapple for example. Simple, stupid, splendid stuff.

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    Hold the phone, Sarah Parker has just updated her website with some stunning projects that have made us go all giddy. What’s that? You don’t have a phone. Well hold your email, Sarah Parker’s just…What now? It’s not impossible. Change the settings. Oh whatever, anyway Sarah Parker’s new work is properly ace.

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    All last week #savethesecret was trending on Twitter, a hashtag-plea for anyone involved in or lucky enough to have witnessed the dress rehearsals for Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony to maintain the mystery.

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    Personal projects are often a great way for creatives to showcase their skills emancipated from the commercial restrictions which can sometimes hold them back in their day-to-day work. And designer/engineer/woodworker/metalworker Benedict Radcliffe has proved once and for all that if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.

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    More astonishing work here from the one and only Maisie Broadhead, the go-to set designer and photographer for historical photographic parodies. In this collaborative video with filmmaker Jack Cole, we see a sparse room gradually transformed into a very convincing Hall & Adamson photograph. Watch as the model, chomping sleepily on a banana, is dressed by Broadhead in period clothing, lit in an almost Vermeer-like way, and then placed behind a false wall and frame to actually become a photograph. The time-lapse video will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery alongside the original historic photograph it represents.

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    Gemma Tickle (let’s get this over with, it’s the best name ever) is a set designer, but it was only when I saw an eyeball floating on a pyramid of flour that I realised Gemma is a little different to the set designers we’ve seen before. Working from London, Gemma’s eye for strategically arranging glossy and bizarre items has been picked up and used by clients such as British Airways and VIEWPOINT magazine. This is hardly the most exciting bit though, Gemma’s rare expertise at being able to beautifully prop a Flump marshmallow against a surface has attracted some of the world’s most prolific still-life photographers to work with her, including Carl Kleiner, Kate Jackling and Jenny Van Sommers.

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    There’s a famous clip of Norwegian TV presenter Bjorge Lillelien chastising the English after his country saw off England in a football world Cup qualifier. “Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Sir Winston Churchill! Sir Anthony Eden! Clement Attlee! Henry Cooper! Lady Diana! Maggie Thatcher – can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher? Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!” Its curious mix of political grandees, a princess and a boxer combine to see it regularly voted the best bit of commentary of all time and ever since I have had a grudging admiration for Norway and Norwegians.

  14. Silolist

    When people ask us what we look for in prospective employees one of the things we always say is a cultural knowledge as broad as it is deep and an insatiable hunger to sniff out the best creativity around. It takes us to some pretty leftfield corners of the web, such as the website of New Zealand theatre Silo.

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    Particularly talented set deisgner and creative director Petra Storrs has been lavishly decorating the creative world for many years now. So with a portfolio bursting at the seams with marvellous costumes, well-sourced props and fantastical sets, we have asked Petra to share with us the secrets of her craft…

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    Lesser creatives than Karim Charlebois-Zariffa might rest on having the best name in the business and churn out pedestrian work in place of anything interesting safe in the knowledge all those syllables are going to raise an admiring eyebrow. But KC-Z continues to work across a range of disciplines with real flair and imagination as his latest site update proves. There’s a Mexican pimped BMX ad for a Russian telecoms company installed upside down and flipped in photography for maximum effect (quite the response to a brief to do anything that includes the firm’s trademark two blue dots). There’s a car-parts typeface for AOL and a remote-controlled book/car made in conjunction with Sagmeister for BMW.

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