Archive for May 2013

Absurd Geometry

Penrose Triangle, first designed by Oscar Reutersvärd (1934)

90 ° – the impossible triangle vase, designed by Cuatro Cuatros

It’s nice when an impossible object starts to be not just possible, but also useful. The Cuatro Cuatros’ triangle vase would be such a case, because the paradox is their speciality. The “impossible vase”, like most of Cuatro Cuatros’ projects, deals with optical illusion.

The interposition, orientation and perspective create a contradiction of the space that makes us perceive something that is not. It comes from the Penrose experience. 90 ° is a vase that, based on a drawing, has been converted to a geometrical shape with volume. Depending on the point of view, both ends coincide and make it look like a closed figure.

And we have to admit, that’s a smart design piece.

Cuatro Cuatros is a design studio formed in mid-2010 by four industrial designers from Valencia, Spain: Cristina Ródenas Lechiguero, Adrián Martínez Almonacid, Marina Francés and Isabel Cortina (currently is composed by Adrián and Cristina).
Their designs reshape our everyday objects, without being striking. Imbued with mathematical hints, Cuatro Cuatros love to revisit maths’ basic symbols and concepts, to play with the angles (the 180° project, 90° project, 30° and so on), delivering simple solution suited for contemporary lifestyle.

 

Must-Have!

Balenciaga golden metal headband from S/S 2013 collection/ images via vogue.com

Out of Africa

A New Direction comes from Africa (the set design) landing in Modern Weekly China (the magazine). Photographer: Brett Lloyd, Photography assistance: Peter Fingleton/ Styling: Niklas Bildstein Zaar, styling assistance: Margaux Sirejacob, Agatha Kowalewski, Sarah Schofield/ Model: Sylvester Ulv (FM)/ images via thefashionisto.com.

Doll Matches

Kokeshi Matches by Hiromi Hirasaka

If you’re not familiar with the terminology, kokeshi referes to a genre of  Japanese traditional dolls. The dolls are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and a painted face. These dolls have no arms or legs (similar to the Russian dolls), the cilindrical body is adorned with various decorative motifs and the bottom is marked with the signature of the artist. This way, the main focus turns to the head and the expression of the face.

The Osaka-based artist Hiromi Hirasaka borrows the kokeshi concept to design something mundane and unexpected – matches. From matchsticks to matchbox design, we can notice a great attention for detail and of course, a note of humour.

That’s one of those emotional objects that is impossible to ignore and, to be sincere, you don’t really want to light them up.

images source: thedieline.com

Kaleidoscope Style

I love black & white for men. The graphic details are fresh, powerful, sophisticated – I think it’s a perfect mix for Summer 2013. Above, I’ve made a small selection from Kaleidoscope Style editorial, in Gun L’Homme Magazine.

Photographer: Kay Smith/ Styling: Aurore Donguy/ Hair-style: Michael Marenco/ Makeup: Lila Guéant/ Models: Lucas Valerdi (Nathalie Models), Arthur Defays (MGM)/ images via thefashionisto.com.

 

Summer’s Most Interesting Shoes

Celine, S/S 2013

Celine, S/S 2013

Acne, S/S 2013

Acne, S/S 2013

Maison Martin Margiela, S/S 2013

Christopher Kane, S/S 2013

Comme des Garcons, S/S 2013

Prada, S/S 2013

Prada, S/S 2013

Prada, S/S 2013

Marc Jacobs, S/S 2013

Louise Gray, S/S 2013

Meadham Kirchhoff, S/S 2013

Meadham Kirchhoff, S/S 2013

Marios Schwab, S/S 2013

Alexander Wang, S/S 2013

J.W.Anderson, S/S 2013

Prabal Gurung, S/S 2013

Louis Vuitton, S/S 2013

Rick Owens, S/S 2013

images via vogue.com

The Anatomy Lesson

Tomasz Pietek – Muscle Skin Suit

The Human Body plastinated by Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Laboratory

 

Exposed anatomy remains a hot topic these days. Plastination is a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Gunther von Hagens (1977). The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample. The Human Body Exhibition, featured in various cities around Europe (currently on show in Bucharest, Antipa museum), contains specimens donated in accordance with Chinese law to the Dalian Hoffen Biotechnique Laboratory. DHBL engages in research and innovation of the Plastination technique and produces, preserves and provides specimens to medical schools and the general public for educational purposes.

In the meantime,Tomasz Pietek, a Polish designer, illustrator and animator, creates the muscle skin suit, a challenging outfit designed for bikers everywhere (and not just for them).

Born some time ago (from “our passion for cycling and graphic design”), the prototype designed by Pietek was recently put into production. Now the concept evolves in many variants, from short to full body muscle suits, to arm warmers or leg warmers (check out the muscleskinsuit.com).

 

muscle skin suit pictures via behance.net