Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Connie Imboden

Connie Imboden has devoted her work to exploring the layers and details of the human figure, with astonishing results lending an insight into the human condition and frailty dashed with parallel worlds of ugliness and beauty.

Found at Acidolatte

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Daniel Palacios

Waves from Daniel Palacios on Vimeo.

Palacios' 'Waves' is simply a length of string attached to two motors but it is mesmerising. It responds to movement around it, creating stunning optical illusions.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Super Sabbatical

This entirely justifies my year out of university... right?

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Billy Joel vs King Danger

So you've probably seen the John Lewis advert with the new cover of Billy Joel's 'She's Always a Woman" by Fyfe Dangerfield. The advert itself doesn't fail to disappoint, but how about the cover? I am already entwined in interest over the legacy that Mr. Dangerfield seems to be creating for himself in the music industry, but he seems to have excelled himself with this cover, proving once and for all his natural ability to make something beautiful for ears everywhere, even if it isn't his original song.

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Billy's, and 1977's 'The Stranger' album is a force to be reckoned with. But there seems to be a few amazing covers of his best known kicking around the music scene at the moment.

King Charles' cover here is amazing, and trust me, it is just as impressive live. The updated lyrics are on par with Mr. Joel's.

The revival of such great songs is more than exciting and I can only hope it continues... avid music talent, play on.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Bea Szenfeld

Bea Szenfeld
is a Polish designer with an approach to design that taps into tribal mythology. To create many of her costumes from this 'Sur la Plage' collection inspired by sealife, fish and oceanic myths, she expertly layers paper, but with an effect that disguises any simplicity.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Annie McKnight

McKnight is another taxidermy artist and designer that I have instantly taken a liking to.

Not only are her finished products beautifully pieced together with precise skill but her recording of the whole process in it's entirety I find eerily fascinating and almost naively scientific.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Social Lubricant

These kaleidoscopic photographs of surreal shapes and colours are actually droplets of our favorite nightcaps, in order; rose wine, white russian, sake, pina colada, daiquiri, champagne, whiskey, tequila and scotch.
BevShots photograph at 1000x magnified strength, where the crystallised carbohydrates have become sugars and glucose, the colours being produced as the polarised light passes through. It is refreshing to see something positive written about alcohol; the liquid that now isn't just a social lubricant, but also a visual stimulant, for once.
The term 'pick your poison' has never seemed so tempting... so don't mind if I do.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Sigur Rós - Glósóli from Arni & Kinski on Vimeo.

I associate a lot of last years memories with this song. It is only now that I have seen the video for it and once again, the music has given me goosebumps. Takk... is an amazing album, and although it was given high critical acclaim at the time, Sigur Ros don't receive the appreciation that they deserve to this day.
If you haven't already, please allow yourself to fall in love with them.
And their video's for that matter.

They repeatedly manage to capture childlike spirit and optimism, and I defy you to say this doesn't strike a chord with your heart and toy with your emotions.

Here is another, just because I couldn't resist.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Kate MccGwire

MccGwire's somewhat serpentine sculptures made from layered feathers seem innocent enough, but I cant help but feel a bit uncomfortable and disturbing after looking for too long. Having said this I love them to pieces, anyone who knows me will know that I could never resist a feather, in any shape or form.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Mystery Jets

A graceful comeback onto the music scene. Bravo.

Friday, 4 June 2010


Ohhhhh, I love these illustrations from Berlin based Mischief Champion. Sometimes, you just need a good old oddly obscure joke to bring your working week to a close.

Thursday, 3 June 2010


"A leaf of light, thin as a page of a book, to enlighten rooms and tents, maps and books. Wireless, rechargeable, autonomous.
With adjustable brightness, private or shared light, for those who read and travel everywhere."

A perfect design from Valentina Trimani, the solution to all of my bedtime reading problems.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The Fun Theory

A new Volkswagen initiative has created a site called The Fun Theory. The site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.

The Piano staircase is a perfect example of how simple, fun design can improve people's lives, just by simply raising a smile. Genius.