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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

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

Categories: Art + Graphics
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