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Artful Seats: Cheryl Ekstrom’s Steely Modern Chairs

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Artful Seats: Cheryl Ekstrom’s Steely Modern Chairs

Metallics may be an industrial design trend, but artist Cheryl Ekstrom has something quite a bit more permanent in mind. With the Los Angeles-based artist’s startlingly realistic sculpture series, Stable Inhabitants of a Changing World, Ekstrom has taken some of the most recognizable and exalted forms in Mid-Century modern furniture—Charles and Ray Eames’ Lounge Chair, — Continue reading

Scribble Wrapping Papers by Denmark’s HAY

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Scribble Wrapping Papers by Denmark’s HAY

Danish brand HAY has launched a suite of wrapping papers that could very well be seen as presents in themselves. The Scribble collection features six different repeat patterns rendered in magic marker, each applied to sheets of paper measuring  27.5 x 39 inches. The artfully executed abstract compositions showcase 6 different monochromes, and, as HAY helpfully makes note, — Continue reading

Modern Quilts by S.D. Evans

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Quilts by S.D. Evans

Despite its storied tradition and folksy down home image, the visual appeal of quilt designs—with their clean edges, elegant geometry, and impeccable symmetry—has never been that far removed from the appeal of line-shape-color modern art movements. Brooklyn designer S.D. Evans is amongst a slew of contemporary artists for whom quilting is the medium of choice for a body — Continue reading

Art & Craft: Plywood Print Stools from Piet Hein Eek & Rijksmuseum

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Art & Craft: Plywood Print Stools from Piet Hein Eek & Rijksmuseum

Art and craft collide, quite literally, in the first non-wallpaper product series from the Dutch design lab NLXL. Designer Piet Hein Eek, whose Scrapwood Wallpaper collection for NLXL marked a watershed moment for the company, has completed a suite of plywood stools imbued with iconic images of art from the permanent collection of Holland’s — Continue reading

Ama Light Installaton by Michael Anastassiades and FLOS

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Ama Light Installaton by Michael Anastassiades and FLOS

A recent collaboration between the London-based Cypriot designer Michael Anastassiades and Italian lighting company FLOS yielded a ravishing light installation at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Ama—a poetically beautiful art piece comprised of opaline spheres, and arranged in a circle uncannily resembling a giant string of pearls—was conceived by the designer as an homage to the Ama women — Continue reading

It’s a Month! Giant 2015 Calendar

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
It’s a Month! Giant 2015 Calendar

While it’s true that, for graphic design buffs, Massimo Vignelli’s Stendig calendar will always remain the original BIG calendar by which all big calendars must be judged, kudos to Brooklyn designer Dave Dawson for giving the outsized calendar a go with his It’s a Month! Giant Calendar—for which he hopes to secure Kickstarter funding. Like — Continue reading

Architecture, Pattern, Color: Rebecca Telford’s Fine Art

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Architecture, Pattern, Color: Rebecca Telford’s Fine Art

British artist Rebecca Telford makes her home in Bristol, but much of her current work is inspired by travels on this side of the Atlantic, namely the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Her paintings and prints—primarily acrylic on aluminum and screen prints pulled from hand cut stencils—focus on the built world, specifically — Continue reading

Screen Gems: Paul Farrell’s Crystal Prints

Categories: Art + Graphics
Screen Gems: Paul Farrell’s Crystal Prints

British graphic designer Paul Farrell has parlayed his fondness for printmaking and his love of nature into a range of greeting cards and home products which feature clean, stylized illustrations informed by the natural world. We especially like his limited edition screen prints—like these gem-inspired images—which showcase his skill at composing handsome geometric compositions from flat planes — Continue reading

A Letterpress Font for 3D Printers

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Letterpress Font for 3D Printers

With 3D printing being all the rage, don’t blame London’s New North Press for wanting a piece of the action. In an attempt to bridge the gap between mankind’s original printing technology—letterpress printing—and its most novel—3D printing—the letterpress print studio has added to its vast library of fonts a font that works — Continue reading

Design Focus: Brody House Matisse Mural

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Design Focus: Brody House Matisse Mural

When you have the power to request, reject, and finally approve a work of art directly from Henri Matisse, it’s safe to say that you have, as the euphemism goes, arrived. Sydney and Frances Brody, California philanthropists and art patrons with finely honed ideas about art, had that enviable brand of influence, and the story about — Continue reading

For First Class Mailings, Return Address Embossers

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
For First Class Mailings, Return Address Embossers

Yes, we’re mostly digital these days, but there’s still the occasional need to send a letter or card made from good old fashioned paper. And as an alternative to boring return address labels or ink stamps, stationery purveyors Wedding Paper Divas offers customized monogram embossers with which to make a more emphatic—and very classy—mark. With a — Continue reading

Installation of Floating Lanterns by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Categories: Art + Graphics
Installation of Floating Lanterns by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

The seaside resort of La Grade Motte, in southern France, was the site of a fleeting installation by architects Marion Mousety and Alexandre Arcens. One of 7 temporary projects that comprised the annual Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture ) this past June, Mousety and Arcens’ composition, named — Continue reading

Makoto Azuma Takes His Art to Outer Space

Categories: Art + Graphics
Makoto Azuma Takes His Art to Outer Space

Taking art to stratospheric heights—quite literally—is Japanese artist Makoto Azuma, whose recent Exobiotanica project involved a visual performance that very nearly defies belief. “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Azuma said, and to prove the point, created two separate botanical compositions—a — Continue reading

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