Dos å Dos, a book not a dance

Exploring art and history one can find wonderful objects.  The dos-à-dos or back to back binding of a book was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.  These books are very rare to find today.     Not only would it be somewhat practical, in that there would be one less ‘cover’ to create in the […]

Shaker purity

Shaker furniture is unsurpassed in its purity and craftsmanship. An exhibition of the Protestant sect’s work is on display now through Fall 2017 at the Art Institute in Chicago titled “Shakers and Movers: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas and Jan Pavlovic.” The Shakers followed a humble lifestyle, practicing Christ-like purity; their beliefs are echoed in their […]

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Simple Forms, Complex Spaces

Architecture’s interpretations are as varied as the individuals who practice it.  The world’s second oldest profession is kept alive by a constant stream of new designers offering fresh insights into the realm of space.  Two such architects are the duo of Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen of Chile.  In their writings they speak of […]

Cast Landscape at Tippet Rise Art Center

Opening June 17th in Montana, Tippet Rise Art Center will be a place where landscape, art, architecture, and music live simultaneously to create a unique experience for visitors. Located just north of Yellowstone National Park, Tippet Rise has enlisted artists to transform the land in a way that positively interacts with the landscape. Ensemble Studio […]

Process Refinement: From Dirt to Sphere

Hikaro Dorodango is the ancient Japanese art of turning dirt into spheres. Artist Bruce Gardner has mastered this craft. Gardner describes his spheres as “nearly the perfect expression of process refinement”. Each Dorodango feels personified, their perfection through labor and extreme fragility through material allowing them to feel intimate.   “A traditional pastime among the […]

To Sharpen a Pencil

Professors at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy conceived a clever project for 20 of their design students.  The project, called La Matita Rossa, challenged them to rethink the user’s experience when sharpening a pencil. The students came up with many thoughtful new approaches. A notched handheld with blade. A tool kit for fine […]

Pencil Shaded Shapes as Wallpaper

The creative team at Front Designs approached this collection by first cutting shapes out of paper.  After putting together several variations they made pencil drawings of the layouts. Using these for the final collection allows the patterns to be subtle yet have a three dimensional quality that adds interest to wall. They partnered with Eco […]

Portraits in Threads

Cayce Zavaglia has taken her skills as a painter and applied it to portraiture through embroidery.  She has been producing her photo-realistic portraits for several years. She has been showing the back or ‘verso’ of her works after she discovered that the resulting patterns yielded a captivating result worth sharing several years ago . Taking […]

25 Lamp by Kovac

Named for the 25 pieces of wood that create it, this lamp begins as a flat pack item but unfolds to beautiful silhouette. Available in Oak, Ash, or Birchwood and handmade in Sweden with sustainable materials by the Kovac Family. Not only is it an attractive lamp, the proceeds go to support the Kovac Family’s […]

The Pencil Redefined

When asked to look at the standard pencil and conceive a new sense and purpose for it, the 3rd year industrial design students at HIT, Holon Institute of Technology, rose to the challenge.  18 designs were created for the project, below are a selection.  We cannot help but be intrigued by the possibilities and use […]