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Social Pool Takes Up Residence in the Mojave Desert

Categories: Art + Graphics
Social Pool Takes Up Residence in the Mojave Desert

No, it’s not an oasis. That swimming pool in the middle of the desert is quite real—and, not surprisingly, garnering plenty of attention. The concept of Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia, Social Pool is a long-term art installation in the guise of a communal pool, tantalizingly placed amidst the hostile sands — Continue reading

Marimekko Joins Paperless Post

Categories: Art + Graphics
Marimekko Joins Paperless Post

Sending that party invitation just got a whole lot prettier, thanks to Marimekko. The venerable Finnish brand has just announced a partnership with online stationery platform, Paperless Post, becoming the latest—and easily the most iconic—design brand to join the company’s roster of high-profile collaborations. Which means that Marimekko buffs (count — Continue reading

Minimalist World Cup Posters by Andre Chiote

Categories: Art + Graphics
Minimalist World Cup Posters by Andre Chiote

Portuguese architect Andre Chiote had channeled World Cup fever into an ongoing poster series that focuses on the architecture of the 12 stadiums in which World Cup matches are currently being played. Chiote, whose previous self-initiated graphic design projects have featured stylized images of iconic built works from around the — Continue reading

Paris’ Pantheon Gets the Selfie Treatment from Street Photographer JR

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Paris’ Pantheon Gets the Selfie Treatment from Street Photographer JR

In a spirited merging of high and low art only possible in this digital age, French photographer and street artist JR, whose haunting, colossal black-and-white portraits have illuminated the favelas of Rio and the streets of New York City alike, has just completed his most mind-bending project yet: covering the — Continue reading

In London’s Underground, Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth

Categories: Art + Graphics
In London’s Underground, Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth

A collection of 270 compositions is a mammoth creative output, by any measure, but British artist Mark Wallinger has no problem with tall orders. Commissioned last year to create an installation commemorating the London Underground’s 150th anniversary, Wallinger answered with Labyrinth, a series of 270 graphic illustrations, each a stylized — Continue reading

Official FIFA World Cup Posters

Categories: Art + Graphics
Official FIFA World Cup Posters

Subtlety is the last word one would assign to the posters commemorating the World Cup. Neither the official FIFA event poster (above), nor the suite of 12 ‘host city’ posters (representing the 12 different Brazilian cities where World Cup matches will be played over the next month), is given to — Continue reading

“Extreme” Nature Posters By Swedish Studio Form Us With Love

Categories: Art + Graphics
“Extreme” Nature Posters By Swedish Studio Form Us With Love

Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, well known for its product design (we reported on their nifty hexagon-shaped cement boards here), has ventured into the 2-D design arena with a series of limited edition prints made in collaboration with philanthropic Danish print studio Paper Collective. Calling it “a new — Continue reading

Massimo Vignelli Had ‘No Regrets’

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Massimo Vignelli Had ‘No Regrets’

The great graphic designer Massimo Vignelli died this week, leaving an incomparable body of work that included iconic subway signage, a calendar that remains timeless, coffee mugs, department store visual identities, and furniture for Knoll and Heller—an oeuvre that continues to beguile first-year students and the design cognoscenti with equal — Continue reading

Quirk & Rescue’s Wallpaper Optics

Categories: Art + Graphics, ICFF 2014, Modern Decor + Objects
Quirk & Rescue’s Wallpaper Optics

When a dash of retro-centric flair is called for, optically dizzying wallpapers from Quirk & Rescue may offer a solution or two. The London design studio, who we discovered at ICFF this year, specializes in a range of home products which count typography and graphic design among its influences, along — Continue reading

Conran & Partners Introduces Paint by Conran

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Conran & Partners Introduces Paint by Conran

British design retailer Conran, a leading name in the contemporary furnishings milieu, has now entered the interiors paint market. The company’s Paint by Conran line encompasses 96 paint colors, each assigned to one of 5 collections of hues—Cottage Garden, Kitchen Garden, Harvest, Orchard, and Highland—all inspired by elements in the — Continue reading

Ed Ruscha’s Highline Act

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Ed Ruscha’s Highline Act

Ed Ruscha may be known as a quintessential California artist, but the Nebraska-born painter’s first public commission currently resides in New York City. Ruscha is the latest in a range of artists called upon to grace the Highline, Manhattan’s once-defunct elevated rail line, now a breezy, award-winning pedestrian park. Flanked — Continue reading

Lucas Allen’s Interior World

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Lucas Allen’s Interior World

Even the most artfully composed interior spaces can easily come undone by poor photography. Luckily, for the owners of this exquisitely styled home, photographer Lucas Allen was on hand. Allen, Australian-born and New York-based, has a client list that includes retailers, shelter magazines and hotels—and it’s easy to see why. — Continue reading

The Glass House, Veiled in Fog by Fujiko Nakaya

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
The Glass House, Veiled in Fog by Fujiko Nakaya

The Japanese conceptual artist Fujiko Nakaya has created a site-specific project in which Philip Johnson’s legendary Glass House plays a central role. Beginning tomorrow, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil will add a dose of atmospheric drama to the intrinsically dramatic icon—built in 1949, overlooking a valley in New Canaan, Connecticut—by wrapping it — Continue reading

Sara Landeta’s Pharmaceutical Box Illustrations

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Sara Landeta’s Pharmaceutical Box Illustrations

If to be an artist means to find beauty in unexpected—and ugly—places, Madrid-based Sara Landeta may be an artist in the truest sense. Landeta, a prolific young illustrator with gallery representation, has embarked on an intriguing project in which the insides of pharmaceutical boxes, of all things, serve as canvases — Continue reading

New at 2Modern: Flavor Paper’s Fruit Cocktail Collection

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
New at 2Modern: Flavor Paper’s Fruit Cocktail Collection

When a more complete sensory experience is called for, consider B-A-N-A-N-A-S! and Cherry Forever, intoxicating wallpaper by Brooklyn’s Flavor Paper, strategically designed to entice with both sight and smell. Created in collaboration with Manhattan beauty stylist and designer Michael Angelo, Flavor Paper’s Fruit Cocktail Collection is a dazzling range of — Continue reading

Tokyo Elevations Print from Studio Esinam

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Tokyo Elevations Print from Studio Esinam

Sweden’s’ Studio Esinam, founded by art director Josefine Lilljegren and architect Sebastian Gokah, have added a new print to their limited edition Elevations series—a suite of prints that capture the essence of major international cities through the lens of spare, black-and-white architectural drawings. Tokyo joins Paris on the current list — Continue reading

Dynamic Duo: Bisazza & Emilo Pucci Team Up

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Dynamic Duo: Bisazza & Emilo Pucci Team Up

Bisazza, the Italian manufacturer of luxury glass tiles, and Pucci, the luxury Italian fashion brand known for it’s swirling, exuberant textile prints, teamed up at this month’s Milan Furniture Fair to create an installation that was, fittingly, a pure expression of technical virtuosity and visual splendor. Bisazza’s reputation for composing — Continue reading

A Joyful Home for the Littlest Patients

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
A Joyful Home for the Littlest Patients

Anyone confused by the term ‘environmental graphics’ need only pay a visit to England’s Royal London Hospital’s Children’s Trauma Center where the creative team at Studio Myerscough has created a graphically joyful environment as a welcome counterpoint to the dreary business of pain and sickness. The British designer Morag Myerscough’s — Continue reading

Graphic Lights: LZF Launches Stereovision

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Graphic Lights: LZF Launches Stereovision

“Wood is in our DNA,” says Spanish lighting company LZF. So, too, it seems, is artful communication. Known for their technologically innovative and visually expressive use of wood, LZF has just launched the second of two impressive communication campaigns which leverage original music, video, and print graphics to support their — Continue reading

Bedazzled: Calico Wallpaper

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Bedazzled: Calico Wallpaper

Calico may evoke images of homespun goodness and demure florals, but Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope, the founders of the bespoke wallpaper company Calico Wallpaper have something considerably more glamorous in mind. Their Brooklyn-based design studio (named, with no trace of irony, for the couple’s enviably photogenic calico cat) has — Continue reading