Metallic Mermaids | SIX & FIVE STUDIO

SOMA+-+Six+&+Five3 Six & Five Studio is based in Buenos Aires,  Argentinia and founded by Andy Reisinger and Ezequiel Pini. For the release of fashion magazine website Catalogue they created some amazing pieces of 3D art.

The artwork has different distinguishing elements such as metallic tape, slabs of marble, pale psychedelic tiles and cork which are all combined to create a beautiful and surreal dimension. Everything is arranged in such an amazing way that it makes every element an evenly important part of the artwork.

You can see how the 3D artwork is used in the online magazine Catalogue under the lookbook called Mermaids. The entire lookbook is built around the concept of mermaids, combining video, 3D artwork, GIF, photography and patterns to create a crazy underwater fashion world.
Every image brings sometimes new to the look book with hues of blue, sheer metallic fabrics, models with fishhook scars, pearls, water bubbles and a very strange singing fish …

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Hues and glows | ELEONORE DELISSE

Day-&-Night-Lights_1 As part of her graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven, Éléonore Delisse looked into our sleeping habits. Our natural body clocks are affected by the presence of light. The lack of light in autumn and winter could disturb our internal clock, triggering a depression that’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. To combat these feelings, Delisse created a lamp that allows you to bring balance in your daily cycle of sleep. A glass rotates around a lamp that projects the colours that are needed at a particular time: a blue hue in the morning and a warm amber glow in the evening.

Delisse is interested in how we are connected to our surroundings. Since what we use, the space we live in and the services we use are of vital importance, this is what her designs focus on. Design should connect and make us aware of our surroundings, and should address our daily human needs.

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Invertuals I RAW COLOR

Arnout This photo series is created by Raw Color for the group Dutch Invertuals. The models are placed behind different kinds of perforated sheet material. The size of the perforations determines the grid through which the models can be seen. Depending on the size of the perforations the detailing of the models is different. The materials used are steel, aluminum, mdf en textile. By overlapping different perforations and patterns moiré effects have been created.

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Starting Points I CORNERS

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As designer Kyuhyung Cho noticed, we tend to structure and order things from one starting point. When writing, for instance, the upper left corner allows us to organise our words and thought, and use the pages efficiently.
Corners also gives you a corner to start from. The powder-coated steel dividers can be moved from side to side, creating a flexible way of arranging objects, based on size and form. The shelves will be available in different sizes and different colours, allowing you to create your own compositions and combinations. You can hang them onto a wall, or put them on a table or even simply on the floor.

Cho – who studies at Stockholms Konstfack – launched his project during the latest Stockholm Furniture Fair at the Greenhouse Section, where young designers and experimental prototypes have their spot. Menu will start with production later this spring.

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The Ferry | CHRIS SCHOONOVER

theferry7 Chris Schoonover started out with photography using the camera on his phone and posting the pictures on Instagram. He spend all his time taking photos and kept feeling the urge to make better images. In August 2013 he got his first ‘real’ camera and ever since he has been working towards a very bold signature style.

Schoonover mainly focuses on portrait photography. In ‘The Ferry’ he portrays a model at different locations on a ferry and the result is amazing. He puts a lot of emphasis on the interaction between subject and environment. Composition and light combined with the detached look of the model creates a strange mood, leaving you wondering what the story behind the photographs is.

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Summer in the city | ADRIAN & GIDI

Adrian-Gidi-Kadewe-12 Adrian & Gidi built an entire city out of paper for the latest magazine of the Berlin store KaDeWe. Lacoste polo shirts and dip-dye Vans sure make well-looking city dwellers.
Adrian & Gidi is the name under which Adrian Woods & Gidi van Maarseveen join forces.  They first met at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and now work from Amsterdam. Since 2012, they specialize in tangible still lifes and product photography. They have a way in creating playful, colourful settings in which they let their products and objects shine.  A wide range of materials and techniques is used, including paper art, styrofoam, plexiglas, miniatures and wood.

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Wednesday Workout | BONSOIR PARIS

From the archives of Bonsoir Paris and I-D, we pulled out this Yoga Tutorial to provide you with some mid-week distraction.
Bonsoir Paris is a top notch creative studio based in – where else – Paris. Their state of mind is to shake usual borders, balancing between logic and absurdity, art and design. They like to play with gravity and combine materials that don’t usually belong together.

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Micro Monumentale | STUDIO COLLECT

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Micro Monumentale, the latest collection of the Antwerp jewellery collective Studio Collect, is inspired by the architectural style of the Classical Antiquity. The characterizing monumentality, geometry and symmetry, as well as the formula of the Golden Ration that architects of that time used to determine the ideal aesthetic proportions, formed the base of the latest Studio Collect jewellery collection.

Studio Collect aims to create versatile and accessible jewellery, with a strong and fresh look.  The combination of materials such as howlite, onyx, malachite and pearls in clean geometrical shapes with rough quartz crystals represent the perfectionism of this monumental architecture and the imperfections of their decay.

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Neoplasticism I KATJA WINDAU

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In 2011, Katja Windau created an installation called The Cell of Piet M. Referring to Piet Mondriaan.  The installation was made out of a large amount of leftover foam. The pieces of foam came from the padding for furniture industry and she was trying to think of new ways to reuse the waste. The Cell of Piet M. consisted of a wall covered in a strict arrangement of pastel foam parts creating a sort of pastel isolation cell.

Afterwards she took detail photos of the installation which she abstracted, mirrored and partially re-colored on the computer, creating a digital collage series called Schauma 2011. Looking at the photos you can clearly see the details and texture of the foam. Imagining touching those soft, squeaky pieces of foam gives me goosebumps!

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Not as you know it | STRUCTURAL SKIN

30. Leather is a beautiful, natural material but it has some disadvantages. Jorge Penadés, a Spanish Interior Architect, initiated this project starting from these downsides, instead of focusing on what and how it is usually put to use.

Leather goes through different kinds of tanning processes, but even so, its qualities depend directly on the part of the animal where it came from. The more the body part moved, the lower it is in quality. So no matter how the leather was treated, there is always a large amount of inferior material, topped with plenty of leftovers, offcuts and other discarded materials.

Penadés looked for a new production method that has the possibility to transform the waste – that was deemed worthless – into a useful, innovative material.  The result is Structural Skin, a project that celebrates the inherent qualities of used skins, giving it a new role. Leather is a strong material, with added visual qualities that he plays off in these designs. He emphasizes the capacities of the material, going beyond the two-dimensional uses we are used to see. Leather is given a new role, one that had not been considered previously.

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Shape Love | OFORM

Oform x Baroness O Marble, stainless steel, acrylate – straight lines, rectangles, circles. Naomi Bijlefeld, the talented lady behind the brand OFORM, clearly has a passion for geometric shapes, materials and colors.
She recently graduated at the Design Academy of Eindhoven and decided to put translate her love for shapes into her own jewelry collection.

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Sailboats and Sunglasses I PETIT BATEAU

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Petit Bateau has just launched its Spring Summer 2015 collection. Summery prints and bright colours are combined with the – what else? – iconic Breton stripe.
The playful set was designed by Jean-Michel Bertin for Streeters, and the pictures are by Charlie Engman.
We can’t wait for summer to come.

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The Lady Vanishes | NOE SENDAS

Noé Sendas x Baroness O. Belgian-born but Berlin-based artist Noé Sendas treats found photographs as sculpture, playing with notions of gravity, weight and balance.

Wallpaper’s creative director Sarah Douglas invited Sendas to conceive the cover story for this month’s Style Special. The Lady Vanishes presents the body as an entity that is simultaneously theoretical and material.

The series is on show at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London until March 31.

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Superstar SS15 I AMANDA JASNOWSKI

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Amanda Jasnowski is photographer based in Brooklyn, NY and also very active on Instagram. As she says herself, she ‘believes in fun, the therapeutic power of art and never taking yourself too seriously’ and this is certainly something you can recognise in her photography, style and aesthetic.

Her body of work is built on colors and subjects that are arranged in beautiful compositions. Last November 2014 she shot a series for Adidas as part of their Adidas Originals Superstar Campaign, showcasing the Adidas Superstar in fun yet intimate photographs.

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Architectonic I PHILLIP FINDER

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Phillip Finder is an American artist whose primary medium is clay. But in addition to the clay work, he often adds other media such as wood, steel and pigmented concrete. His work explores interactions occuring between individual elements and materials in a composition.
This series, Architectonic,  consists of geometric combinations of different raw materials. Because of the serene compositions the attention of the viewer is directed to the elegance of the different structures. For example rough, dark grey concrete is combined with a piece of smooth yet cracked oak wood and separated by a fine brass lining.

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Better than plastic | FLORA

S1_014_03_03 Your house plants will perish no more! Flora, an online shop from Barcelona, has made it its mission to bring the outdoor inside, by providing you with some of the prettiest plants, without any risk of killing them. The series of colourful posters will add a natural touch to any room, without taking up too much space or dropping leaves.

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Country customs | BRUNCH CITY

barcelona_blog Some pa amb tomaquet in Barcelona and a little bit of yoghurt in Athens. Each country has its own breakfast and eating habits, and that’s what photographer Andrea G.Portolés and illustrator Bea Crespo explore in their series of photographs.
Brunch City combines food and travel: the actual dishes serve as a pedestal or background for well-known architectural sights and famous landmarks.  The colourful images and delicate drawings are the perfect way to have you dreaming of your next holiday destination. Who knew a Big Ben cupcake topper or a sugar-dusted Atomium would look so tasty.

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Design Auction | ÖRNSBERGSAUKTIONEN

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The Örnsbergsauktionen – the fourth edition is happening right now – has proven to be a successful, inspirational take on design. This Stockholm-based auction house for design and craft has turned from a slightly experimental platform into a real deal as a new way of engaging with buying and selling design.  Its appeal lies in the fact that it connects experimental design with an audience that is fully aware of its value: it knows what design is, how it works and knows that supporting independent designers is of primordial importance.

This year, the inclusion criteria were even more limited then before: participants should be self-producing designers that produce on small scale, but  with a focus on contemporary design. All selected designers have unique practices, use their own invented methods or work as a collective.

In a world where design is usually turned into a mass-produced, big money economy, The Örnsberg Auction focusses on the community around self-producing designers and makers. It combines a diverse range of objects, while gathering in audience or community around this working method. As journalist Julie Cirelli puts it: “The auction presents not only an ideological but an economic paradigm shift, wherein costs, prices and commissions are transparent. Knowing who is paid, why and how much should not be subversive, but it is, and Örnsberg’s is a standard to which the rest of the industry should be held.”

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Back to basics | VIPP SHELTER

Vipp701_Detail_Ladder02_Low Vipp – known for their sturdy, steel bathroom and kitchen accessories – has recently upped their range, expanding it with a very interesting concept: the Vipp Shelter.

This cabin, made entirely from steel as well, goes back to the original sense of a cabin. It provides for basic living, giving you a roof over your head when you need one. The compact 55 square meter shelter is not a house or a mobile home, but it is a hybrid, functioning as a spacious, livable object.
Since its designer Morten Bo Jensen is not an architect, this getaway is conceived more as an object or a product. Unlike architecture, it was not designed for a specific piece of land. The buyer is absolutely free to choose where to put it. Jensen compares it to an airplane or boat: “Large volume objects like a plane or a ferry are a clear reference in the design, like these products the shelter is a voluminous, transportable, complex design construction.”

As a (furniture) design company, Vipp‘s aesthetic approach is visible throughout the whole shelter. It was a priority to match all products in the minimal interior, creating a recognizable, well-balanced look. Steel – the company’s preferred material – is a recurring element in the exterior and interior, and the kitchen and accessories are off course also all signed Vipp. Window frames let in nature, making sure the environment is an integral part of your stay in the Vipp Shelter.

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Homemade Shade | GOLDSON

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Arnaud Eubelen is a young Belgian designer based in Liège. He studied industrial design at ESA Saint-Luc in Liège and at ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels.
In 2014, Arnaud launched Goldson, a new brand of handcrafted sunglasses. Setting up a collection of six different models coming in various shapes and shades, Goldson reinvents the traditional wooden glasses.
The idea was to use simple and natural materials such as wood, brass and glass in order to simplify the fabrication and assemblage of the object and therefore to allow a homemade production.
Several tools have been designed to achieve this project: the laser-cut frames and branches are bent using wooden templates; the frames are then chamfered and dyed by hand. The whole piece is finally assembled following a new system, without using any screws or glue.
This process enables Arnaud to cut the number of operations usually encountered with conventional building methods, to increase the strength, flexibility and lightness of his glasses and to reduce the cost of this must-have accessory.
And the great thing is: Goldson will come in a new range of exotic wood this next coming month!

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