Inspiration Rx #5

This weeks inspiration highlight is an interview featuring Gary Taxali and his new solo show which is set to premier at Jonathan LeVine Gallery Saturday 22 February. Taxali talks shop, show,and provide a glimpse of his up coming show titled Unforget Me which he is doing totally solo and you can read about his process here at http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/interview-gary-taxali.php

This next inspiration is for the interior stylist whom likes colour, a glimpse into the home of Simone Haag. Although there was little written about the event, I believe that the photos go a long way into the various colour combinations and pairings that can be achieved. See these pics for yourself at http://design-milk.com/stylist-simone-haags-home/

Check out this once garage now converted into a illuminated cabin by the folks at Greypants agency. http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/02/21/illuminated-waterfront-cabin/

Here is a thought invoking article of a piece that will have you all gripped into its text. http://www.swiss-miss.com/2014/02/time-enjoyed-wasting-2.html

Here for the final post which ends this session on a strong note is the latest innovation in automobiles being rolled in the near future. How about a cell phone charger built into the seat restraint system. Well, from the news room of Yanko Design is the full article you can see it for yourself. http://www.yankodesign.com/2014/02/19/charger-on-the-seat/

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Museum Book Critique & Recap

The objective of this assignment is to expose us to the concept of creating a Museum Book for an actual exhibit. The first part of the assignment was to create three “mood boards” for the three different examples that we had chosen to do as museum books, each one broken down into four different categories. The concept which I will explore is Japanese Shogun Armor and the many components and functions which they serve. As explained by the instructor, they are the tools or guides to help remind us of the initial thought process and the direction which the project was originally going, and for whatever reason we get stuck, we can always refer back to them. The first part of the critique was to pick the best and or favorite design which we were to expand upon even further and place that on the top, followed by the other two on the bottom. From there we discussed the strengths and or weaknesses of the design, suggesting possible alternatives to solving the problems in order to make a more dynamic representation. Some of the other students have moved further in the process having fully resolved all issues and are turning to the next phase which is to pick out one of the four sections and to write about that particular section and to also keep in mind that we are to make three different of the same spread with subtle differences in type with no more than 300 words, layout, and the placement of the images being used. Something else to consider is the page number which places this either in the middle of the book or the end, chapter title, and other typographical devices which can be used to keep the audience enthralled into the topic.

Inspiration Rx: Post #4

You know, there is something to be said about simplicity within design, and this is no different. Hot off the internet press comes The Wallmonds Hanger, a sculptural yet functional wall mounted hanger which deviates form the stereo typical types floating around these days. Composed mostly of plywood and beech wood, it is elegance within a frame.. Not only can you hang your clothing from it but you can also slide newspapers or documents inside it as well. http://www.yankodesign.com/2014/02/12/functional-wall-art/

From time-to-time, there is that one occasion to choose a gift to get someone whom has everything. Well, here is an alternative to that, give them a little Nothing. Pim de Graaff created Nothing with the intension that one should not focus on what they do not have, rather they should turn their thoughts toward enjoying what they already own. Here is what Nothing looks like! http://www.swiss-miss.com/2014/02/you-need-nothing.html

Trompe l’oeil, which means to fool the eye, and a recent example of this thought can be seen in the Metropolitan Republic Reception Desk that looks at first glance appears to be a letterform M which is actually a desk. Jesse James was asked by a South African advertising firm to imagine what their reception area would look like. This was his answer to them. http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/02/12/metropolitan-republic-reception-desk/

Talk about alchemy, a Cyclone Lounger by Uhuru, a Brooklyn based  deign firm, reuses or repurposes materials to create their line of furniture.  Taking elements from the Coney Island boardwalk that had be demolished, the inspiration for this design came from The Cyclone rollercoaster and transformed their materials into beautiful lounge furniture. Check it out for yourself. http://design-milk.com/cyclone-lounger-uhuru-design/

I am constantly amazed by discoveries such as this one. Initially found during the creation of this man-made-lake, The Lion City is currently submerged under water and has become a tourist attraction. What surprises me is the level of articulation that had been achieved on a two dimensional plane. http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/02/11/lost-city-found-underwater-in-china/

Dive into the unknown and embrace it!

Inspiration Rx: Post #3

In this posting from Cool Hunting, first up is an interesting example of different approaches in creating visually stunning art, whether in textiles such as rugs, or expanding on already popular tradition like tea to investigate various themes like the three legged table, and lastly, mosaics arranges in slightly different patterns or forms. See more at  http://www.coolhunting.com/design/maison-objet-2014-turkish-designers.php

Something, a design firm founded by two designers Daniel Debiasi and Frederico Sandri were inspired by elements taken from a chemistry lab and turned what could be perceived as ordinary into something extraordinary. These designers developed Labo, a lamp comprised of borosilicate glass, a material used primarily for beakers and other testing equipment. to find out more, click on the link below to read the full article. http://design-milk.com/lamps-inspired-instruments-chemistry-lab/

Spotted on Fubiz, here is a unique video called “Walking City” which is a dedication to the 1960’s  architectural group Archigram. See it here. http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/02/07/walking-city-by-universal-everything/

How can anyone not be inspired by Calder. Swiss Miss posted these images of Calder’s Mobiles and Stabiles which belong to a admirer of Calder. I simply cannot get enough of his work. See it for yourself. http://www.swiss-miss.com/2014/01/one-day.html

As I am about to bring this posting to a close, I would like to finish with a new take on the exercise ball called The Chiro Coach that was created by designer  Entwurfreich. Designed behind the premise of physical therapy, this ball works with mobile through Bluetooth to offer an individualized customer workout. http://www.yankodesign.com/2014/02/07/the-chiro-coach/

Until the next post!

Inspiration Rx: Post #2

This weeks first source of inspiration comes by way via Fubiz in which they highlight an art that is generated using make-up. What is really amazing here is that the minimal use of material and the effect that is achieved is quite interesting . http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/02/07/chinese-scenes-from-make-up/

Up next is a favorite subject of exotic concept cars, up for show is the AKA24 concept goes beyond your typical driving experience utilizing mag-lev system thast switches from the normal horizontal position to a vertical position. Check it out at http://www.yankodesign.com/2014/01/24/drive-or-dont/

From the Swiss is a video titled “The GAP by Ira Glass” which highlights the creative process. See it here at The Gap: A new typographic interpretation of Ira Glass’s iconic quote about the creative process created by Daniel Sax

Up next is a light table like no other produced shown on Design Milk by Italian Nautinox thast combines Teak wood and stainless steel titanium tube base. Sleek and functional with a modern sensibility. See it here http://design-milk.com/outdoor-side-table-lighting-built/