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  1. Loungesohlist

    When a graphic design company embark on interior design, eyebrows are sometimes raised, but only if they try to emulate the stylings of Laura Ashley – which thankfully the ever evolving Hyperkit definitely haven’t done in their newest venture. Taking on the interior of unisex salon The Lounge Soho, the studio have created a new visual identity, designing bespoke flooring, wall cladding, chairs, coat rails, basically everything to create a space that builds upon the established repuatation of the creative-led salon.

  2. Brioni

    Thing has never looked so sharp. This video, commissioned by Wallpaper*, involves short film wunderkinds Lernert & Sander once again delighting us with their seriously unique and brilliantly effective humour, all the while lending a whole new meaning to the term “hand-made.”

  3. Thmain

    To say “Thomas takes photographs of flowers’” is a bit misleading. Although it is correct, Thomas Hauser is by no means creating non-specific mantlepiece fodder for the likes of Clinton Cards, oh no. Cast off your cynical preconceptions of flower photography and take a look at these beautifully eerie blooms, arranged and photographed by Berlin-based, monochrome-loving creative.

  4. List

    The small things from childhood that we forget easily – like your granddad ruffling your hair or your favourite cup to drink out of – are what Japanese studio Nendo want us to cling on to and they’re realising this themselves through collecting the everyday into concrete, easily understood design. This year alone they’ve produced a huge amount of compact projects of joy that are both playful but well-executed.

  5. Swmain

    Although Sebastian usually creates artwork channelling the pleasing destruction of enormous geometric cuboids, he sometimes takes time out to focus on these magnificent felt-tip creations. If you’ve ever made lines as straight as these before – whether it be painting a skirting board or merely constructing an accurate diagram – you’ll understand the feeling of satisfaction that Sebastian must experience on a daily basis and start to envy him as much as I do.

  6. Blood-orange

    Blood Orange (Devonté Hynes) and Haley Wollens met on the internet so it makes sense that the music video for BO’s latest track, Champagne Coast is set in meta-rooms designed and built by the duo. Wollens, the director, plays heavily with the internet-only effect of flattened perspectives, moving textures and girls dancing on their own in each new room with a gif-like jerkiness that syncs to the track perfectly. This formula could very easily have been a pop-up ad-like nightmare, but it just isn’t – the music is easy listening and the video, for all the crudeness of its rendering, is actually brilliantly crafted.

  7. List

    Really into these promo posters by Lithuanian agency New! for the Mint Vinetu bookshop chain. The premise seems deceptively simple – that we read the same books completely differently depending on how old we are – but representing this visually is far from straightforward. In this series of illustrated posters though the different levels of knowledge, understanding and appreciation we bring to bear later in life are represented by bold, striking images of the same title. So we understand that Animal Farm is an allegory about venality and the corrupting influence of power, that The Metamorphosis is about the quotidien frustration of middle age and that Moby Dick might be about something more than a massive whale.

  8. List

    When the contents of a cookbook looks good enough to eat and it really can be eaten, it’s one of life’s (baked until) golden moments. A project for a publishing house saw German design agency Korefe produce this deliciously edible and readable cookbook. Made with 100% fresh pasta it can be opened, filled with ingredients and finally cooked to make the Italian classic, lasagne. Now, I’m not even a fan of this tomato-based pasta dish but even I can’t deny the power of well-designed, informative pasta. Korefe have a portfolio filled to the cheesy pasta crust of fun, inventive food packaging design so be sure to check them out after you’ve indulged in The Real Cookbook.

  9. Abbrazil

    This week myself and Alex head out to São Paulo to run a six day workshop with Mesa & Cadeira. Based around publishing and curation we follow in the footsteps of Andy Cameron and Anthony Burrill who have both been out to Brazil to run workshops with Fran and Barbara (founders of Mesa & Cadeira). We’ll also be in Rio for two days (9/10 May).

  10. Willis_earl_1

    OK,OK, I know I’m a couple of months late on this one, but how on earth could I continue not to post this video from Willis Earl Beal? You can get a good little synopsis of what he’s about from our quick ditty back in January, but above you can see a wonderfully complete piece of music promo, both drawn and narrated by the man himself.

  11. List-john-short

    John Short approaches all manner of photography styles – still life, environment, commercial etc – with a seriously polished consistency. His portfolio is a trip, from landscapes in Greenland to high-end fashion spreads in GQ magazine, all effortlessly stylised, almost graphic in the way he uses light and the frame of an image – much like a designer might use negative space and alignment.

  12. Kapow-list

    There is always a lot of expectation when Visual Editions promise a new release. Expecting the unexpected is somewhat of a by-line to their design-led challenges of a conventional reading experiencel; case in point, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes, an extraordinary die-cut novel that invites you to read between the negative spaces.

  13. Elliot-dear

    Guaranteed, you have not seen a disaster movie like this, let alone a music video. Not only has the director Elliot Dear created a meticulous miniature landscape complete with wrecked cars and burning barns with great sweeping camera work that follows a trail of destruction but he has also employed the supremely engaging element of utter randomness.

  14. Neonlist

    Neon was once very much the preserve of seedy Soho strip joints, the gharish enticements signposting the border where the real world ended and a more promiscuous, salacious underworld began. Now it’s a staple of art, fashion shoots and high end window displays, co-opted post Cool Britannia as the go-to material for a certain kind of ironic metropolitan hipness.

  15. List-sarah-illenberger

    Sarah Illenberger is one of the finest cross-disciplinary maker-doers out there; her own brand of singular image-making embodying all sorts of handiwork from collage to embroidery, meticulously arranged into charming still lifes. This week she is sharing her very bright bookshelf with us and we couldn’t be happier…

  16. Things-list

    Rain, rain go away and come again at sensible intervals so we can get out of this drought. But it’s Saturday now so it’s time to wash away the week with Things Shampoo, a squidge of revitalising goodness that will rid commuter grime and tame your tangled tresses of creativity. This week features several news-printed delights, a beautiful journal full of beautiful people with a sprinkling of Portuguese flavour to top it off. So lean back in that hairdresser’s chair of yours and lather, rinse, repeat (if you really must). And don’t forget to condition afterwards with our brand new podcast, Studio Audience posted earlier this week.

  17. Weekender-list

    There once was a post called Weekender, its line between wisdom and nonsense was slender, yet it wasn’t a freak, foretold the end of the week and it appealed to readers of either gender. That’s a limerick (kind of) because I am feeling particularly playful this fine Friday (frisky if you will). I may have a spritzer or three tonight, so before I go completely off the rails you had better read on…

  18. List

    Recently my dad has got worse at locating where he’s parked his car in various supermarket car parks. Still in sound health, he blames it on the fact everything looks the same but different. While his explanation for his Saturday morning panic may be flawed, more and more we’ve become interested in having familiar elements in unfamiliar settings. Take Lauren Marsolier’s work for instance, her Transition series, completely blurs boundaries by creating artificial worlds through layering images taken at different times.

  19. Tblist

    Shapes eh? Whether it’s salivating at them on a page or throwing them on a dancefloor, it’s safe to say we’re massive fans. For their new collection Geometrical Constructions, Swedish label NAKKNA have gone back to basics and used simple solid shapes as their inspiration. Filmmaker Thomas Brown then created these five short films, and echoed the simple, stripped-back shape-celebration of the garments with real aplomb.

  20. Nylist

    The New Yorker is rightly famous for its witty, clever and often quite powerful front covers, but a book out next week gives a glimpse into those illustrations that didn’t make the cut. Building on the success of the blog of the same name and compiled by the magazine’s art director Francoise Mouly Blown Covers is a great insight into the creative process at one of the world’s most influential publications.

  21. List

    Everyday I get jealous of the people sitting in the First Class section on the train, lounging in their comfortable seats with enough space they can pop their bags next to them, while I stand, irritated and squashed between perspex and a middle-aged woman’s backside. This is only a small gripe about the distribution of wealth, but it’s clear there are still some issues in regards to class distinction however much we want equality. Frustrated by people still clinging to these archaic social structures and biased histories of aristocrats, Kim Alsbrooks decided to stick it to the man on a can through her ongoing White Trash Series, started back in 2004 when living in the southern states of America.

  22. Mmlist

    Wowserino! That’s the only apt exclamation for the work of Chicago based graphic designer and illustrator Mike McQuade whose portfolio is a treasure trove of excellent ideas artfully executed. His online profile tells us that he believes, “hard work, persistence, insane optimism and mistakes lead to better work” and it’s a clearly a strategy that is reaping the rewards.

  23. Sdlist

    If there’s a good example of the phrase thankless task, it’s trying to corral all the members of It’s Nice That and our sister studio INT Works into some kind of coherent whole. And yet that’s exactly what photographer Suki Dhanda was up against when she came into create the portrait for Eye’s feature on us. Thankfully she has as much patience as she does talent and the end result was a cracker. But it’s no surprise that Suki smashed it out the park because she’s amazing, with a particularly powerful portfolio of portraits ranging from a soul-searching Jude Law to a tie-wielding Nick Clegg. Anyone tempted to underplay the sheer skill that makes a great portraitist from the rest need only immerse themselves in her site.

  24. Ikcameralist

    With everyone apparently now a photographer thanks to the ubiquity of camera phones and inexpensive digital snappers, the design story has so far been one of ever increasing sleek and cool aesthetics. Maybe though what was needed was for someone to create a camera whose look echoed the simple functionality which remains all important in the mass market. Well step forward Ikea who are set to launch the KNÄPPA which they have developed with Stockholm’s Teenage Engineering – it’s a cardboard digital camera which can store 40 pictures and plugs directly into a computer. Hip? No. Revolutionary? Potentially.

  25. Frlist

    Any magazine that undergoes a redesign will attract some attention, and if that magazine is one of the leading contemporary arts publications in the UK then the scrutiny will be all the more intense. This week the new frieze dropped through our letterbox and we were able to see how its first redesign since 2007 had played out. With the New York Frieze art fair taking place next week, it’s the perfect time for the magazine to reposition itself in line with its new global reputation and art director Sonya Dyakova knew how important it was to evolve along with the rest of the organisation. We spoke to her to get the inside track on the how and why Frieze settled on its new look…

  26. Smd

    Like Simian Mobile Disco? Like really cool animated cubes? What do you mean no? Are you kidding? Oh you are. Great. Well watch this – Hans Lo of Iso studio has just released this for the SMD single Put Your Hands Together and, as you can see, it’s beyond ace. Now stop winding me up you cheeky chappie.

  27. Daniel-shea-list

    The Appalachia is coal country and photographer and artist, Daniel Shea has surveyed its extraction – a rather god-like mining process called mountaintop removal – through its ecological, industrial, and human implications.

  28. Adam-dix-list

    Adam Dix’s work is the answer to the questions: “What if the technology of today was available 100, 200, 300 years ago? Would the deeply religious convert and worship at the bottom of pylons, would they hold up high the tablets of Apple, pray for screen savers and hope to reboot?”

  29. Lisst

    Because of my fear of heights and vertical inclines, I’ve never been adventurous enough to try indoor climbing – I do accept though it looks safer than doing it outside, mainly because there’s roof. Whether this is true or not, it seems clear that we get a kick out of having outdoor representations in a constructed space rather than the real thing and vice versa like indoor skiing, alfresco eating and other conflicting indoor/outdoor activities.

  30. Studioaudience_list

    So as you know we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to indulge our passion for all things arts and design and we’ve hit upon a brand new one thanks to the wonders of podcasting (new for us, we realise it’s been around for a bit!). So here it is on that there itunes – download now!

  31. Mroiz

    Trippy, oddball Mr Oizo has given us a mid-week treat with an array of goodies on his new website that was launched last night. We’re given a teaser for his new EP Stade 3 (above) that features our fave puppet, Flat Eric and actor William Fichtner playing a riveting game of chess. But that’s not even the best part as today he’s even letting us download the whole EP for free – is he crazy or what?! Probably, but it definitely got people’s attention as the site crashed last night from everyone’s excitement. Fear not though as it’s up and running again and definitely worth checking out the other gems on the homepage, like an old school MPC where you can pretend you’re a funky electro musician. Or maybe just make some lame Eastenders credit drum beats.

  32. Benjamin-hubert

    Surely no play has lodged itself in our collective cultural consciousness more than Romeo and Juliet and it latest incarnation is in chair form. To celebrate its centenary, Poltrona Frau challenged 12 designers to come up with chair that Janus-like would reflect its illustrious heritage and presage its future. It should also be a chair that people want to spend time in and made using traditional techniques. The winner was announced at Milan last week, with London’s Benjamin Hubert studio taking the honours for its Juliet chair, inspired by the sleeve of the same name ( i.e. a sleeve that tightly fits the arm and has a large deconstructed ‘puff’ on the shoulder lads).

  33. Gfsmith-list

    If you weren’t already aware, It’s Nice That has this week curated a selection of carefully-picked speakers as part of GF Smith’s paper-infused event Beauty in the Making. More a celebration than an exhibition, more a workshop than a gallery, it is a fine example of a lovely group of people who know an awful lot about one subject, passing it on to those who never knew there was so much to learn. 

  34. List

    The beauty of patterns is that they can be made from just about anything. But while it’s okay to arrange your Skittles in colour sequence when you’ve got some time alone, sometimes it’s good to get a bit more technical about the process – much like Austrian based studio Atelier Olschinsky, who’ve always had a love for detailed patterns and shapes.

  35. Fictionlist

    Whenever a company releases a promo video, there’s a very fine balance between doing something creative and interesting and actually showing off the product. To coincide with the launch of their beautiful new Fiction catalogue designed by Florian Böhm, Vitra today released this film which is a sumptuously shot meditation on life, acquisition culture and identity, but crucially it also serves as a showcase of Vitra’s trademark style and quality. We like.

  36. Mrlist

    I love this project so much it makes me a bit dizzy. Right, I’m sitting down now. New York-based developer Matt Richardson has created a camera which provides a text description of the scene focussed on rather than capturing it visually. Like a lot of amazing stuff it actually works by technology rather than magic, in this particular case sending off the image to a person in the Amazon Mechanical Turk service who then provides a couple of sentences about what the image depicts; this is then printed out via the original camera.

  37. Yumiko-utsu-list

    With her starting blocks firmly placed in surreality, Japanese photographer Yumiko Utsu presents vaguely repulsive but highly astute visual dichotomies that look a bit kitsch and smell like the sea. Food is a highly metaphorical thing, and by using it so gratuitously and in such an aesthetic way, Yumiko creates mini fantasies about how we interact with it that just seems to work. Squid heads? Why not. Now you can see them exhibited at Paris’ Galerie LWS with Mayumi Hosokura in Natures until May 19

  38. Vid1

    Sometimes it’s very easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and when that happens a bit of perspective is needed – and all the better if that perspective looks as good as this. This video by Globaïa for the environmental Anthropocene project shows every road, flight path and shipping route in the world and as you might expect it’s utterly awesome. Not only is it a gobsmacking bit of infographics, it’s also a reminder of the physical ways in which us humans negotiate the time and space that separate us via the arteries that make the world manageable.

  39. George-grosz-list

    George Grosz was a German illustrator whose apolitical status before World War I was quickly reversed in light of the atrocites and social upheaval the next two decades would deliver. He was a satirist and a critic and his radical style coupled with ruthless attacks on society linked him closely to the Berlin Dada movement before he emigrated to New York. His style, almost futurist, was drawn with an acerbity and structural complexity that would mark him out as an accomplished draftsman and influencer of a great many illustrators and comics artists right up until today.

  40. Steven-brahms

    Few of us will ever brandish a gun, but most have mimicked holding one. From the casual one-fingered pow! to the two-handed “I mean business” shooter– we’ve all had a go. Actions like this have been endlessly fed to us via television, film or conflicts in the real world but this constant stream of reinterpretation is what photographer Steven Brahms (who guest posted on the site last year) sees as a problem. He feels all of our actions are now performances so warped and misinformed that none of us in contemporary society really understands what’s happening anymore.