Based in Tehran, the Sharifi-ha House by architectural firm Nextoffice is a beautiful space-saving home that comes with a set of assembly instructions. In summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open /transparent /perforated volume with wide, large terraces. In contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes down, offering minimal openings and a total absence of those wide summer terraces. The three-storey house is based on a fixed main volume of the structure with movable areas present on each floor that can be rotated by a simple push of a button and lifting a stair to secure the room in place.
CLOUD began as a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. The piece utilizes everyday domestic light bulbs and pull strings, re-imagining their potential to catalyze collaborative moments and create an experiential environment. As part of the process of building the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD, working as a collective to turn the entire sculpture on and off.
The collection, titled “rough sketch products” was created by art student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University. Chairs, sofas and stools, seem like messy doodles and sketches magically popped up off the paper but they are actually formed out of arranged wire.
These are buildings whose reflective surfaces make them appear to blend into the landscape, reflecting and complementing its immediate environment. Such buildings can be found in both urban and rural settings.
Green Orchard in western England by London studio Paul Archer Design features a mirrored facade that slides across to cover the windows
People often say don’t judge a book by its cover, but in sales the first impression created by the packaging of a product, sometimes it’s all it takes for us to want it. A packing design can be bizarre, cool, creative or unusual – overall it should be different.
A canvas shaped chair with a drawing of a chair by YOY Design Studio. The two-dimensional furniture can be used by leaning against a wall. A frame made of wood and aluminum is covered by an elastic fabric printed with texture of a canvas and a drawing of chair. It comes in three variations: a stool, a love seat, and a sofa.
Photos by Yasuko Furukawa
Artist Jayson Fann is a California resident who creates spirit nests for humans and helps to run the amazing Big Sur Spirit Garden along the Pacific Coast. Each nest is an interactive and functional art sculpture made from tree branches that are harvested from local forests and is large enough to accommodate up to eight people.
Italian illustrator Shout aka Alessandro Gottardo has been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek among others.
His clever minimalist illustrations -making use of only a few simple elements like lines and shapes- convey clear messages with the least amount of graphics.
Korean artist Jaehyo Lee uses wood and stainless steel materials to create elegant sculptures – stunning curved semi-geometric works of art.
Architectural designer Victor Enrich created these intriguing works of art through a combination of photography and 3D digital rendering.
“A combination of photography and 3D architectural visualization is used. Once the object is chosen, it is shot from a point easy to recognize by users, not pretending to achieve the greatest picture ever, but instead, a picture that anybody could do. The shot is the basis to produce a replica of the building by using very detailed photogrammetric techniques that end with the creation of a three-dimensional model that fits almost perfectly into the picture.”
Ramon Bruin is a talented freelance artist, who graduated at the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands. He is mostly a self-taught artist. Besides a great passion for airbrush, he also draws and paints. With experience in multiple techniques and materials like acrylic, oil, water paints, charcoal, paint pens, pencils and graphite he makes unique artwork. From modern-expressionism to kick-ass airbrush designs and from photo-realism to 3d optical illusion drawings.
Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, a Mexican multidisciplinary artist, takes old bike parts and turns them into shimmering chandeliers. Her series of Victorian-era chandelier sculptures is called “Connect”. These Subversive objects challenge the aesthetics of wealth by visually contrasting the classic elegance of the candelabrum with the new-found elegance of discarded, mechanical bicycle parts.
The December 2012 issue of Vogue Japan features the brilliant fragrance editorial ‘In The Mood for Fantasy’ starring Enchanted Dolls created by Marina Bychkova alongside the latest designer fragrances, photographed by Lacey.
Random images I have been using as my desktop background for the past year.
A-Z of Unusual Words is an exciting exhibition of 26 graphic works by design and illustration studio The Project Twins. Influenced by vintage poster art and modernism, they use bold graphics to interpret a collection of strange, unusual and lost words.
Gaël Nanan Brienne is a french artist who creates wonderful urban sculptures, a set of lights at the intersection between lighting and art toys inspired by the world of street art.
Wolke7 is a flying house concept, which has been conceived by designer Timon Sager. It’s the perfect combination of travel and feel at home. Like a yacht for the sky. Not just go everywhere everytime, also have all your needs of yours without any compromise.