Dynamics in Impermanence by Nicole Larkin

In its twentieth year, Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney made a roaring debut.  One submission with particular verve is Nicole Larkin‘s “Dynamics in Impermanence” at Bondi Beach.  The structure is made from birch plywood, stainless steel, and concrete and is then lit at night.



Its location on a rocky outcrop allows the piece to interact with sea and sky and constantly changes depending on the time of day, weather, and climate conditions.  It’s viewers are encouraged to be part of the space as the colors and direction of the piece morph.



The curves capture the rhythm of the ocean or can feel like the sun’s rays glimmering over the horizon at sunrise. We are reminded of how ephemeral nature is and find her sculpture to be both a representation and an anchor to counter it.   A combination that we appreciate in these fleeting times that require moments for mediation.


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TALISE by fferone

As a Chicago design firm, we cannot resist sharing the refined work of Felicia Ferrone a fellow Chicagoan.  Ferrone seeks to elevate everyday design to new aesthetic heights and this water jug soars. The jug fits any standard sized water filter and can also be used for other beverages.Talise water jug

The piece is made of Boroscilicate glass by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic. Her work is featured in the Art Institute of Chicago and she is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in Industrial Design at University of Illinois Chicago.  Needless to say our city is fortunate to have her talents in it.Talise Water Filter

Staying hydrated has never been so stylish nor the mundane of the refrigerator so elevated. You can purchase them through the Felicia Ferrone Shop, gifts need not go to others.

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Icefjord Center

As we prepare for the cold weather in Chicago, it is always nice to see beautiful architecture for frozen landscapes. As is the case with Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter’s concept for the Icefjord Center in Greenland. The concept includes a winding building that works with the landscape without intruding on the views. The roof acts as pathway and observatory, allowing guests new access to the gorgeous areas surrounding.




Inside, there are educational areas to help teach current and future generations the importance of the environment.  The structure will bridge over the landscape, seemingly floating above the surface.




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Sailing Yacht Concept by Adam Vorhees

In collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, Adam Vorhees has created an absolutely stunning Sailing Yacht concept for his client. The timeless design incorporates two glass deckhouses that seem to rise up through the boat’s teak deck. Vorhees designed the yacht with the knowledge of his client’s “interest for an extremely comfortable and extraordinarily fast yacht that respects the heritage and timelessness of the gilded age yet refuses to be tied to tradition”. The result is a fascinating and beautiful concept that we can’t wait to see built.




Dykstra Naval Architects used weight-saving construction and materials in the design. Along with an efficient hull-shape and a performance-optimized sailplace, the yacht should definitely meet the clients speed requirements.



As far as design goes, the 360º view from the main deckhouse and the sleek lines and glass exterior more than meet the client’s refusal for tradition. This is more than a yacht, it is a gorgeous design feat.


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Colored Pencil Vases

Created by artist Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamated is a small edition of vases created from colored pencils. The works are reminiscent of early American woodworking but have a distinct patterning all their own.


DragonfruitTuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated 
DragonfruitTuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated 
DragonfruitTuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated 
DragonfruitTuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated 


The pencils are hand combined and glued, making use of their hexagonal structure. The blocks are then machined on a lathe, producing the wonderfully perfect designs above.

In our own vintage shop, you can find Wooden Urn Lamp Bases made in a similar fashion. We hope you enjoyed this post, and as always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Closing Soon: Waterfall at Versailles

Closing on the 30th of October, Olafur Eliasson‘s Waterfall at the Palace of Versailles is a work that challenges our perception of grandeur. The piece has been installed since June 7th and has stunned thousands of visitors thus far. From certain perspectives, the piece is a surreal “floating” waterfall amid a flat lake.

“The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship of their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected, to drift through the gardens, and to feel the landscape take shape through their movement. “– Olafur Eliasson

versailles1Olafur Eliasson Waterfall 2016
versailles3Olafur Eliasson Waterfall 2016
versailles4Olafur Eliasson Waterfall 2016


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Opening Next Week: Moholy-Nagy at the AIC


After spending over three months at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the exhibition Moholy-Nagi: Future Present will be coming to Chicago next week. The much anticipated show covers a breadth of work by renowned international artist László Moholy-Nagy.

“Painting, photography, film, sculpture, advertising, product design, theater sets—László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1894–1946) did it all. Future Present, the first comprehensive retrospective of Moholy-Nagy’s work in the United States in nearly 50 years, brings together 315 works to survey the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time. Moholy, as he was known, came to prominence as a professor at the Bauhaus art school in Germany (1923–28) and in 1937 founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, a school that continues today as the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. He remains the most internationally recognized visual artist ever to have resided in Chicago.” via The Art Institute of Chicago

moholy4László Moholy-Nagy. Photograph (Self-Portrait with Hand), 1925/29
moholy3László Moholy-Nagy. A 19, 1927
moholy2László Moholy-Nagy. Behind the Back of the Gods, 1928


Opening on October 2nd, the exhibition will be up until the 3rd of January. We hope to see you there!

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Pierre Lassonde Pavillion


The Pierre Lassonde Pavillion at The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is an award-winning, widely acclaimed architectural feat. Created by OMA in partnership with Provencher Roy, the building manages to both inspire and welcome visitors.


pavill1via Provencher Roy
pavill2via Provencher Roy
pierre2via OMA
pierre1via OMA



Inside the column-less building, a gorgeous spiral staircase connects the three levels. Another staircase seems to pop-out of the building between the second and third levels, providing beautiful views of the park below. The architecture is simply stunning, with dauntingly cantilevered roofs and outdoor gardens at each level. It is certainly a wonderful addition to the MNBAQ and we would be excited to see it in person!


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Good Design by Ludwig Rensch

It is rare that we find something as mundane as a printer exciting, but designer Ludwig Rensch has peaked out interest. The concept is new and fresh and we want one in our office! We highly suggest you watch the video of the product HERE. Without further ado, here is Paper: a printer you actually want.


printer1via Ludwig Rensch
printer2via Ludwig Rensch


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Seashore Chapel

Vector Architects have created an ethereal chapel on the beach of the Beidaihe New District in China. The structure is built right along the water line, raised enough to let the tide flow under. The chapel is minimal and smart, structurally vented to keep it dry and simple enough to keep it safe.


chapel1via DesignBoom
chapel2via DesignBoom
chapel3via DesignBoom


The minimal building is deceptively complex. Click HERE to see the process on Vector Architects webpage. And, as always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.