The work of New York-based artist Yuken Teruya frequently comments on political or environmental issues – in this work he has cut intricate trees from the waste products of consumerism, namely high end designer shopping bags. It was similar to some work we mentioned on a previous Friday Favourites by Anastassia Elias. Found via Colossal.
I loved this project by Milwaukee artist Molly Evans, who decided to cheer up a grumpy neighbour by embroidering Lionel Richie song lyrics onto discarded, unloved furniture. This was the start of her Lionel Stitchie project, where she got up at 5am to decorate the abandoned, formerly loved items, injecting them with a whole new life. Found via Beautiful Decay.
Kinematics is a process which uses 3D printing to turn an object into a dynamic structure, producing modular, foldable materials out of individual components that connect together. Check out the video here to get the idea. Kinematics has has been used in clothing and jewellery design, some of which is on sale in the Nervous shop. If you’ve got access to a 3D printer, you can even design your own by using the free App. Kinematics was created in collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced and Technology Projects – read more about the project here. Thanks to Jade L for finding this.
Thanks to Marguerite for finding this project by Sebastian Errazuriz, who has designed 12 different shoes to represent 12 of his different lovers. They’re rather lovely as works of art in themselves, but they take on a lot more meaning when you read the stories behind them. More details on Design Boom and also spotted on My Modern Met.
If you’re going to make a zoetrope, let’s face it, you might as well make it edible. This animated zoetrope cake – or Caketrope – is by artist/film maker/photographer Alexandre Dubosc, and was inspired by the films of Tim Burton. It’s possibly a bit more appropriate for a Halloween Friday Favourites, but for me, this just sums up that all-too familiar queasy feeling of overindulgence at Christmas. Found via Colossal.
Next week – a Friday Favourites Christmas Special! :-D
In: Art, Digital, Fashion, Film & Animation, Food and Drink, Ooh that's nice, Product design, Structural design · Tags: 3D printing, Embroidery, Footwear design, Industrial design, Kinematics, Paper cut, Street art, Tim Burton, Yarn bombing, Zoetrope
…a Mo-ssive ‘stache of cash, that’s what. It was a long hard month. Shaving, grimacing, trimming, ridicule, adjustment, further ridicule, further trimming and even further ridicule. But finally the commitment, camaraderie and good will were rewarded with a great result both facially and financially.
Movember – we nailed it. Congratulations to the Design Bridge Amsterdam Tashtastic team for making this year the success it was. The grand total I hear you wonder? A whhhopping €860 was raised in the name of men’s health. The Movember brand being as powerful as it is, I’d be surprised if this came as news to anyone but fostering hair on ones top lip raises a lot of money and perhaps more importantly awareness of testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental illness. These are issues that simply weren’t addressed enough before Movember was around.
Maximum exposure in mind, the DB Amsterdam moustaches multiplied and such were the results of this year’s team, a photoshoot was organised to capture the face slugs at their ‘mo’st magnificent. Hold your heads high Movember members of Amsterdam and be proud of your hairy 2013 achievements!
Pictures by our very own Richard Rigby.
With it being the season of giving and all, we thought we’d share our delicious DB Christmas pudding recipe for you to try this season. Stir-up Sunday was traditionally the day to make your Christmas pudding, but you can make it anytime before Christmas – so get your biggest bowl and joyous aprons at the ready. The longer you leave your pudding to mature, the better it will taste – so we suggest getting all the family involved in this festive tradition as soon as you can…
DB Christmas Pudding
Serves: 8 (or 6 depending on who you have over for Christmas lunch)
125g Soft dried apricots
100g Soft pitted prunes
400g Vine fruit mix (currants, sultanas, raisins)
3 tbsp Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky
Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
2 tsp mixed spice
50g Chopped almonds
200g Tate & Lyle Mississippi inspired dark brown sugar
100g softened butter
2 large Free Range eggs, beaten
75g fresh white breadcrumbs
75g plain flour
1 sixpence or coin (optional)
How you do it…
- Chop up the prunes and apricots into little bits – trying not to eat any of them yourself. Add these into a bowl with the vine fruit mix and stir away. At this point we would suggest pouring yourself a small Johnnie Walker whisky to ensure quality control (if over 18, of course). Add 3tbsp whisky into the bowl along with the orange juice and zest – mix and cover. Leave overnight until the liquid is absorbed – giving it a good old stir now and again. In the morning add the remaining ingredients and beat well.
- At this point make sure your lucky sixpence or coin has been given a proper scrub – we would suggest using an old toothbrush (or a new one, depending on the owner). Make a wish and drop it in the mixture.
- Grease your pudding basin and line the base with baking paper and spoon the mixture in. Cover with a pleated piece of buttered foil (the fold allows for expansion), with the buttered side towards the pudding. This may sound tricky but do persevere with the arts and crafts bit – fold the foil over the edge of the basin and tie with kitchen string so no steam can escape. Make a string handle to lift the hot basin out of the pan more easily – think of it like a little bag.
- Place the basin in a steamer pan, over a saucepan filled with cold water. Alternatively, place an upturned heatproof saucer in the bottom of a deep saucepan and stand the basin on top. Pour cold water into the saucepan so it comes halfway up the basin.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 hours for a light pudding or 8 hours for a darker one – yes that is hours, so make sure you pick a day when you don’t have much on. Check the water level regularly and top up with hot water as necessary to prevent the pan from boiling dry.
- Allow the pudding to cool, then pop the foil in the bin it or recycle where possible, and replace with a new piece. Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months – and that’s it.
- To reheat on Christmas Day, steam or simmer in water for 1½ hours until piping hot, then turn out onto a plate. For a show stopping finish pour over a little warm whisky and set alight – do try this at home. Finally serve with brandy butter and cream, mmmm delicious.
In: Food and Drink, Ooh that's nice · Tags: Christmas, Recipe
Matthias Borowski’s sweet furniture
This selection of oversized sweets are furniture designs by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Matthias Borowski, a.k.a. one half of the Kollectiv Plus Zwei studio. To build these giant confections he experimented with a range of plastics and resins to achieve the right textures and colours, and chose plastics to tap into the idea of sweets often being made from artificial ingredients. Found via Dezeen.
2D or not 2D
Thanks to Jade Lee for sharing this collaboration between photographer Alexander Khokhlov, make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan, and retoucher Veronica Ershova. Inspired by two dimensional posters, the aim of the project was to turn a 3D surface – the models’ faces – into 2D images inspired by different artists’ work and design styles. Found on Behance.
Famous Art Museums in Gingerbread
A far cry from the traditional versions we see at Christmas, these creations by food stylist Caitlin Levin and photographer Henry Hargreaves take gingerbread houses to a whole new level. These edible versions of famous art museums are part of Art Basel Miami, an exhibition which takes place this week in Miami Beach, Florida. It must have been painstaking to put these together. In a way I wanted to see the colour photography versions so you could almost smell the gingery biscuit goodness, but I guess they look more realistic in black and white. Found via Core77.
Tatsputin’s coloured-in kids’ drawings
A user just known as ‘Tatsputin’ has shared some of his kids’ drawings on Reddit, but with a twist. They draw the simple line version, he takes them away while he works away from home, colours them in and brings them back injected with a new life. It reminded us of the various artists who have made 3D versions of their kids’ drawings, such as Child’s Own. Thanks to Jade L for finding this one.
Richard Silver’s panoramic photographs
Richard Silver‘s impressive vertical panoramic shots of churches in New York was mentioned on Friday Favourites last year, and he has now expanded his project to include cathedrals around the world. They show a fantastic perspective of the range of colours, architecture and grandeur of these kinds of buildings. Here are a couple of examples, but there are more on this interview on My Modern Met, which explains how he works.
In: Architecture, Art, Food and Drink, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, Product design, Structural design · Tags: Furniture, Gingerbread, Illustration, Makeup, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Every year we hold a Charity Christmas Breakfast, where pretty much the entire London studio heads over the road to the Crypt at St James Church Clerkenwell. We get together a team of volunteers and rustle up a range of breakfast delights (mostly in bap form) thanks to generous donations from local businesses in the area. This year’s event was a HUGE success, raising a stonking £651 for Crisis UK, the national charity for single homeless people.
A big thank you to local businesses The Clerkenwell Kitchen, The Studio Cafe, The Grubberie, Scotties Cafe, The Three Kings pub, Pret a Manger and Sainsbury’s on Farringdon Road for donating food and supplies to help us raise such a fantastic amount.
In: Events, Food and Drink, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: Charity Breakfast, Christmas, Crisis, Fundraising
Thanks to Robin for finding this infinite staircase sculpture by David McCracken, entitled Diminish and Ascend. “I thought this was a really effective execution of something seemingly impossible. I only wonder if it’s as convincing in reality as it is in the photos…” It is part of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi, Australia, which we’ve mentioned in a previous Friday Favourites. Found via Colossal.
Thanks also to Robin for finding these: “Inspiring illustration from Javier Perez who’s been uploading these clever compositions on his Instagram account. There’s a seamless fusion between the lines and the objects that you simply don’t expect. Childlike imagination like this should be encouraged in all of us.” Found via Bored Panda.
Another Instagram-inspired piece of work by art director Thomas Jullien, who has taken 852 pictures from 852 Instagram users and woven them into a short film. Aiming to ‘create structure out of chaos’, Jullien takes those everyday Instagram shots of sunsets, shoes, fireworks and landmarks and uses the combination of angles and filters to build a story. Thanks to Tasha S for finding these on Design Taxi.
Thanks to Jade S for sharing this: “We’re quite liking this Pharrell Williams music video in the DB Comms team. It has 24 hours of footage of people singing and dancing along to the catchy tune ‘Happy’ but if you click on the P button to left hand side (go back in time on the 24 hour clock) or right hand side (go forward on the 24 hour clock) it seamlessly links to Pharrell sing and dancing to the song. Very clever how it all syncs together even when you spin around the clock. The ‘Share the moment’ via twitter and Facebook perfectly embraces the the feel good mood of the tune. Made me very happy this Friday. Even the transitions between the different people dancing are seamless – love it.” Try it for yourself at 24 Hours of Happy.
Thanks to Dan B for sharing Ogilvy’s interactive billboards that have been on display at Piccadilly Circus and Chiswick. They are fitted with surveillance technology that display the information of flights overhead, which is synced up to a video of a child pointing to the plane flying past. Found via Colossal.
Thanks to Frankie for finding this thought provoking video, which uses jellybeans to illustrate how much time we have in our lives and how we use it. The message I got from this was: do fewer chores, worry less, play more. Found via Elite Daily.
In: Art, Digital, Film & Animation, Illustration, Ooh that's nice, Structural design · Tags: Friday Favourites, Illustration, Instagram, Interactive, Music, Music video, Sculpture
A Tate & Lyle limited edition design is a special type of brief that everyone wants to get their hands on in the studio. After the success of our Lyle’s Trick or Treacle pack for Halloween, we jumped at the chance of working on a Christmas edition of Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
Projects such as these – a limited edition for an classic British brand – are pretty enviable in the London studio, so we decided to open it up to all teams, and in a similar approach to the Halloween tin, it was run as a competition to get the creative juices flowing.
The best thing about being briefed on a Christmas product is that the work usually takes place during the heat of the summer, when it can be difficult to even remember what Christmas is. So to get everyone in the mood, we invited Santa Claus to visit the office (he had a bit of free time back in June) and the team dressed as elves and reindeer to relay the brief to the teams, who were gathered in the cafe area in 20 degree heat.
Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Black Treacle packs are so iconic, it’s an interesting opportunity to work within certain brand equity restrictions, and to be creative with what you can change. Sketches and ideas were submitted for the teams, which were worked up to present to clients. Various similar themes came up from roaring fireplaces to snow scenes, Christmas stockings, Santa coming down the chimney and a huge steaming Christmas pudding.
We also got the chance to have a play with the name of the product within the arch on the pack – so for Halloween we had ‘Trick or Treacle’ and for the Jubilee syrup tin it was ‘Happy and Glorious’. This time we had suggestions such as ‘We All Love Figgy Pudding’, ‘Let It Snow’ and ‘Naughty and Nice’. The final choice was ‘Bake, Eat and Be Merry’, a play on the saying ‘eat, drink and be merry’ and to focus on the uses of golden syrup in Christmas baking.
And so the final pack was revealed. Featuring a holly topped pudding and a shiny silver sixpence, the final design was crafted in a way only an iconic brand should be, with carefully designed details such as crackers and puddings worked into the filigree, a gift wrapped QR code and seasonal copy and recipes on back of pack.
Our new tin was revealed in a stunning Christmas window display at Selfridges in London, where Bompas and Parr and The Biscuiteers joined forces to create a gingerbread city. They used our tin design to build boats, planes, trains and sleighs, which featured alongside a flowing river of Golden Syrup.
In: Food and Drink, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: Christmas, Competitions, Limited Edition, Lyle's Golden Syrup, Packaging design, Tate & Lyle
Dan P found these wonderful things: “Welcome back Fabian, it’s nice to see you again. The Swiss paint-botherer has been splashing about some more since we last saw him in August. This time layers of paint are carefully pooled, topped with a layer of solid white or black – then disrupted spectacularly with a bloody great ball bearing (I imagine).
This genius video idea for Bob Dylan’s classic track, Like a Rolling Stone was created by artist Vania Heymann, and has been released at the same time of the launch of Bob Dylan’s new Complete Album Collection. It’s really just best to watch (on a good internet connection), so have a go and spot what’s going on for yourself. I didn’t get it straight away, but once I did I found myself compelled to channel surf, trying to work out how they’ve done it and (almost always) made it look so convincing. Simple idea, hugely complex production and deliciously simple execution. Unfortunately we can’t embed it here, so here are a few stills for now and you can see the full experience here. Found via KOTTKE.ORG and all over the web.
At first glance this work by Terrance Hannum looks like dark minimalist oil paintings, the brush strokes catching the light with a deep sheen that obviously comes from layers and layers of resin and pigment.
But from the right angle you can see it’s magnetic tape that’s been spooled and tightly wound, the contrasting matt and gloss surfaces looking ever so slightly like the surface of a vinyl record.
Then the colourful strip at the end of the tape slices through the dark like a light sabre. It’s what Tron would have been like if they’d made it on a Commodore. Magnetic. Found via Beautiful Decay.
Still on the cassette theme, a more literal interpretation of cassette art. Nothing clever about this, no double takes, just a lot of charm and some ambitious typography in Steve Vistaunet’s collection of mixtapes. I’m a sucker for hand-drawn and his early desktop-publishing examples just don’t have the soul of the crudely felt-tipped offerings – there’s something about the limited space that seems to encourage exuberance and larger than life design. Found via Boing Boing, via Steve Vistaunet’s Pinterest.”
I loved the glass-like, often other-worldly quality of these macro shots of snowflakes, by Alexey Klijatov. He shoots them with a Canon A650 on the balcony of his house, as they’ve landed against glass or on dark fabrics – check out more details of his camera set up on his website. Found via Fubiz.
Thanks to Jade L for finding this rather charming ad which features stop motion animation of tissue animals. It was created for a Japanese brand of tissue paper, Nepia, and the making of video shows how much effort and attention to detail that went into the film, it’s pretty impressive. Found via Sploid.
Quite a few people sent through the latest Volvo Trucks ad for Friday Favourites, which if you haven’t seen it, features a brilliant (albeit eye-watering) stunt from Jean-Claude van Damme. Yes, he actually did this, in real life. Captured in one take. It’s an interesting move for the Muscles from Brussels after appearing in the Coors Light ads, but this one adopts a similar sense of humour in spite of the seriousness of the stunt. Volvo Trucks’ previous campaigns have all been around the safety and precision of their engineering. The ad featuring the tight rope walker is much more terrifying to watch, maybe they felt it was stretching the safety message a bit far and this new one should have a more light hearted approach. He’s so majestic.
In: Advertising, Art, Brand communications, Film & Animation, Fonts · Tags: Animation, Automotive, Friday Favourites, Music, Music video, Paint, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Stop motion
For our seventh event in the ‘At the Bar’ series, our Amsterdam studio invited photographer Marcel Christ to come and tell us more about himself, his work and his approach. We recently collaborated with Marcel on the Johnnie Walker global limited edition gift packaging; the result was a set of stunning images, which combine texture, colour and form to evoke a bold flavour explosion. The limited edition gift sets have also recently won a bronze award at this year’s Pentawards.
So for the talk, before we got started, Guillaume mixed up some delicious ‘Johnnie Ginger’ whisky cocktails (with a little expert lime squeezing from myself) and we all sat back to hear a fascinating talk from Marcel.
Marcel start by telling us about how he started to photograph in his own particular way – after a number of years working as a photographer, he discovered that he only had a couple of projects out of around fifty that actually made it into his portfolio. He recognised that the work he was producing wasn’t really what he wanted to be doing, so he bravely decided to cut ties and start again fresh, experimenting with self initiated pieces such as the spilling coffee cup.
Marcel is a great advocate of exploring creativity through personal work and letting that exploration naturally feed into commercial work. He explained that sometimes something that happens (whether on purpose or by accident) on a commercial shoot inspires him to take it further in personal work.
The majority of Marcel’s work is influenced by moments in time that the naked eye can’t quite capture, in his own words it’s about ‘making the unseen visible’. He manages to find beauty in destruction by capturing these invisible moments, and bring them into a studio environment. In the studio he can push this happy accident in his favour by controlling variables and introducing his own technology. There’s something special in the way that with Marcel’s work, you are seeing a moment in time that won’t ever happen again.
The high speed photography Marcel uses captures a 10,000th of a second and he tries to achieve as much on camera as possible. He does this by keeping the technology and special effects as an aid to setting up the shot rather than to artificially generate it afterwards. From using liquid nitrogen and whirlpools to shooting perfume bottles with an air rifle, there’s always an element of excitement, theatre and storytelling behind each shot that intrigues and makes you want to see behind the scenes.
Marcel is always learning and building on his techniques and it’s this inventiveness that keeps his work fresh and interesting. It’s his keenness for spotting detail, patterns, shapes and form in a 10,000th of a second that really captures the imagination and inspires people to look closer at things.
In: Art, At the Bar, Events, Food and Drink, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: At the Bar, Design Bridge Amsterdam, Design Bridge Nederland, Design Bridge Netherlands, Johnnie Walker, Marcel Christ, Packaging, Packaging design, Photography, Whisky
Thanks to Viv for finding this bonkers headgear which doubles up as a cushion. The Ostrich Pillow is the perfect answer to those sleepy times at your desk, or on a plane. Created by Studio Banana Things and launched via Kickstarter, they describe the product as “Neither a pillow, nor cushion, bed or garment, but a bit of each all at the same time. It’s soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates both your head and hands, perfect for a power nap.” Genius.
Thanks to Chris for finding these intriguing shots by Daniel Kukla. He placed mirrors on easels within a natural landscape and photographed them, using the reflections to create the illusion of a painting. He lived in a cabin in the Joshua Tree National Park to do the project, and spent lots of time in the areas where the low Sonoran desert met the high Mojave desert. Two quite different ecosystems meet at this point, so the series of photographs, entitled Edge Effect, were to capture these dramatic contrasts in the surrounding environment. Found via Colossal.
Okay, so we all know there’s been a HUGE buzz around this over the past week, but we had to include ‘making of’ video for John Lewis’ Christmas ad as a fave for this week. So much animation work is taken for granted as being CGI-led, so it’s great to learn about the detailed design process that went on behind the scenes of this ad. It was made using an innovative mix of 2D stop motion drawings filmed within a hand built 3D set. Check out the video below and read more about the project on Creative Review.
Here’s the ad (in case you haven’t seen it yet):