A&B Award Objects by Fraser Reid and Nick Ross

I love this quirky set of “Award Objects” created by Fraser Reid and Nick Ross, I found these last night and I thought they were quite unusual but simplistic and minimal at the same time. Actually I’ve never been a massive fan of metal, particularly shiny metals that stick out and bring too much attention to a designed piece. I like subtle details and I think when something really pops out at you it’s not …

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Ceramics and Sculpture by Ian McDonald

It’s not the first time I’ve come across Ian McDonald’s works, he’s always getting involved in interesting exhibitions, one last year titled “One Eight Hundred” was so close to our own name that it’s been stuck in my head for a long time now. So today when I revisited his website it was a nice surprise to see some new photography of an exhibition that took place last year and also to hear he’s selling a few bits in the South Willard store …

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Modified Benches by Jeppe Hein

Art and design cross swords in this entertaining project by Danish artist Jepp Hein which appeals to the playful nature of the city dweller through the considered eye of the confessed surrealist. If you’ve not come across her work before Jepp is widely known for her tongue in cheek installations in the public domain, with this project reaching as far as Auckland, Australia I do believe. Browsing over her portfolio it seems that this body of work …

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Ceramics by Karin Michelsen

It’s pretty inevitable now that our internet digging will often land us in one of the Scandinavian countries given the considered eye for craft and design in this part of the world, similar to that of Japan. So it doesn’t really surprise me that we return here today through the work of Danish ceramist Karin Michelsen and her delicate porcelain vessels which are made by hand before being wood-fired. Last year she became a member of …

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Short Film on John Pomp Studios

I don’t think I could ever grow tired of seeing glass being blown as it’s such an enchanting process seeing the material transform from one state to another. I just wish there were more short films of this quality around, I get really excited when I stumble across short docs like we have here today as I know how few and far between they can be. I can’t complain though as this piece on John Pomp’s Studio in Philadelphia is a real treat to …

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Ceramics by Job Heykamp

I was really taken aback this morning by the work of Dutch ceramist Job Heykamp and his beautiful rustic style that makes his creations look fresh from a archaeological find. He’s obviously influenced massively by the ceramic work of ages gone by and this shows through the worked surface and colouration of his pieces which are unlike anything I’ve come across before. These designs have character in abundance and have been …

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Manos, Pottery Studio by Oscar Liedgren

This post is a case of one project leading to another as we return to talented Swedish filmmaker Oscar Liegren and his latest short film which features Potter Karin Eriksson in her studio. Many of you enjoyed Oscar’s previous piece we shared on Kiki, the Japanese design store in Stockholm, so I decided to keep a close eye on the filmmaker which luckily paid dividends today. It’s been a little while since we’ve featured a pottery based film …

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Collection of works from María Aparicio Puentes

Time for a little visual arts now as we visit the work of Chilean creative Maria Aparico Puentes and her mixed media imagery. By combining film photography with textiles Maria curates a playful yet eye pleasing series that emphasises the geometry found in these wonderfully taken black and white stills. I was amazed to learn that she actually hand stitches these alternations to the …

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Collection of Works from Sculptor Hirotoshi Ito

The combination of a sublime skill set and a playful imagination is one that has won so many of us previously by the likes of Dali, Warhol and in more recent times Damien Hirst. The art of surrealism reminds us all that the impossible is plausible which is why this playful set of sculptures from Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito brought such a smile to my face earlier when I discovered his work. Just by taking such a core material as stone and …

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Yasuaki Onishi by Mark & Angela Walley

As many of you may already know I’m quite a big fan of the filming style of Mark and Angela Walley, I’m just glad they’re equally adept at sourcing out some really innovative artists like Yasuaki Onishi who features in this film of theirs that I’m sharing today. I’ve not come across Yasuaki before but I was taken aback by his installation in Houston’s Rice Gallery which explores the idea of gravity in a visual form, I just wish this was being shown in …

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Peter Shire: Cups 1974 – 2012 by Eric Minh Swenson

The good folks at South Willard put me onto this fantastic video based on Los Angeles based artist Peter Shire. Funnily enough last week I was actually browsing Peter’s website and it struck me how playful and comedic his work is, it’s great to know that he doesn’t take life too seriously and that he’s always experimenting. We’ve probably said this many times before about the companies …

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Set of Imagery from Renilde Depeuter

I felt I was well overdue a return to a set of photography so I’ve pieced together this selection from Renilde Depeuter who many of you may remember for her stunning mobiles we covered on the blog back in February. Initially I was just browsing around enjoying Renilde’s photostream over on Flickr and it took me a few minutes to twig that I’d seen her work previously. Today I thought we should focus more on her interior design skill …

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