i discovered california based furniture designer & artist Sean Woolsey through FvF who did a great profile of his home yesterday. what really intrigued me was his website that showcases his pieces in such a fun way. it’s so normal to see designer furniture in a cold and static setting, but seeing a kid in spiderman costume pouring cereal milk onto the surface of a beautiful table is so rad. i also really love his artwork, which he creates on cold rolled sheet metal & mixed materials including paints, patinas and water based acids.
Alex Proba is a German designer, now based in New York, who spends 30 minutes of her day after work designing a poster – A Poster A Day. she has made 250 so far. the poster designs are a combination of manipulated found imagery and designs and patterns that Alex created herself. i love these kind of self-initiated projects that push already busy creative people to flex creative muscles that might otherwise be neglected in a working environment.
As a designer it is easy to spent a whole day tweaking just one tiny part of a graphic and it’s also easy to never be pleased with the result. I knew that the only way the project could work would be to give myself a 30 minute time limit. It was challenging for me to do this at first and equally difficult to incorporate into my daily routine. Making a poster is now the last thing I do before I head to bed. It’s like brushing my teeth. *
paris based designer Jacquemus (Simon Porte Jacquemus) first came to my attention last year with this lookbook for his l’Usine collection. since then he kind of dropped off my radar, probably because i look at way too much stuff on the internet everyday and my mind is like… what’s the opposite of a sponge? well, fortunately for me his latest collection is now being stocked by both la Garconne and Maryam Nassir Zadeh – so this french designer is once again on my mind.
La Piscine (“pool” in french) radiates the kind of cool that only french girls drinking Orangina can seem to do. it was inspired by Isabelle Adjani’s pool-themed music video for “Pull Marine”, and the campaign shows a group of bored girls spending all their time in front of an inner-city Parisian public pool (watch the video at the bottom of the post). he describes the Jacquemus woman as someone who is, “ultra simple, raw, very French, smiley, no make-up, she can wear her father’s oversize clothes and also her grandmother’s 60’s dress, flat shoes and of course long socks” *
i was sitting at my computer today, at work, after the usual 40 minute commute – and my back was hurting. my arms were stiff. all this sitting… is not helping my life. and i felt uninspired, and tired. i felt like i was having a bit of a moment at that desk. so i had a cup of tea and just decided to stop being such a Debbie Downer.
that’s when i discovered the work of talented artist Alicia Galer – which was pretty serendipitous actually, considering that i have been looking at so much floral inspiration lately. her drawings & collages of bouquets, gardens, plants, leaves and cacti really just made my day. so thanks, Alicia. you can browse more of her work at her website, blog and online shop.
Alicia Galer is a third year Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern design student currently based in Leeds. Her practice involves drawing in an expressionist manner from different inspiring spaces. With her drawings she extracts the marks and textures she has created to formulate more refined drawings and patterns.
Amanda Jane Jones is a talented graphic designer and all-round nice gal who many of you will probably know from the blogosphere and her work with Kinfolk. she has a great series on her blog called My Better Half which is a fun & lighthearted look at couples and their love stories (with some great little design elements thrown in for good measure). you’ll recognise some familiar online faces and be introduced to some new offline faces… just a little bit of love to kick off the week.
yesterday i had a jaw on the floor moment when i saw the lookbook for the debut collection by Ulyana Sergeenko spotted on Lisa’s blog (do you read Lisa’s blog? you should). you may know Ulyana from street style blogs, as she is often seen at various fashion weeks around the world. i didn’t even realise that she was a designer – but the collection is 100% her. especially when she was spotted in this red dress and wore these shoes, not to mention this little get up.
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all images courtesy of etoday
i bookmarked these portraits by jelmar geertsma before i even had the blog, and by some happy circumstance rediscovered them this week when i was trawling through old favourites on a mission to find something else (don’t you love it when that happens?) things organised neatly and portraiture all in one = yes. jelmar explains,
series of portraits i’m making of my family … the portraits are made up of attributes that each of us have for our hobbies or work. the upper-right corner shows painted portraits as well, which are painted by my father.
designed to be sent to travel agencies to promote the airline’s vacation locations… the modular system was shipped in custom-fitted cardboard that held prints and mounting instructions, marked on the exterior in heavy type with the contained location. the patterns were used in combination to promote particular destinations or simply to provide a more abstract tone of travel – tscherny recruited many different artists to contribute images 14.5 or 18 inches square. in one loose set, tscherny also included a selection of panels that he made himself: produced very quickly, they reveal the extreme dexterity the designer had with different modes of illustration and photography—an aspect of his work that is often overshadowed by the striking layout design.
explore the entire set here.
nice collage design work by mark weaver
i wish all stop signs looked like this