Date Archives August 2010

Wicked Portraits by Mark Summers

Mark Summers is a Canadian illustrator who’s work you’ve probably seen before (well, it looks familiar to me). He works primarily in scratchboard, which is “a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black India ink”. Obviously there’s a little bit more going on in these pieces, a bit of Photoshop coloring perhaps, but man are they astounding. The details, the color, the lighting, the moods… everything is so perfect and beautiful. I love that their features are mutated as well, gives it a really unique character to each of these wicked individuals.


Lateral Architecture

I’m too busy to buy a bookshelf, so all my books live in sad stacks on the floor. But I’m not as busy as Mason White and Lola Shepard who exhibited the clever book storage above way back in 2007 as part of an exhibition “THICK2D”. Together, Mason and Lola founded Lateral Architecture, based in Toronto. “The prototypes,” like the one above, they explain “capitalize on the idea of material thickness through nesting, stacking, stitching, and excavating.” Lola and Mason also make up part of the research collective InfraNet Lab and individually teach. Mason is a senior editor of Archinect, and juror for the first edition of Bracket, a forthcoming collaboration between InfraNet and Archinect in the form of an almanac. When the almanac (complete with “astronomical and meteorological data”?) hits bookstores in October, you’ll have to take it home to your inferior book storage. On the bright side, you have over a month to try and make a bookshelf, yourself.


Moe Furuya’s Hand Fork and Hand Spoon

As soon as I saw Moe Furuya’s Hand Fork and Hand Spoon I giggled to myself because of what a clever and well done idea they are. My guess is that these would be marketed to children, but screw them, my 28 year old self wants these badly. I really like that there was no usability sacrificed in order to make them more hand like. I’m also glad that there are four tines on the fork, having any less is just wrong.

You can see more images and get more information (y’know, if you speak Japanese) by clicking here.

Found through Spoon & Tamago


Pepa Prieto

Spanish artist Pepa Prieto creates artworks that instantly bring a smile to my face. Although the subtext of her works can sometimes reveal a hint of menace and unease, her bright blocks of colour and intricate patterns display an almost child-like imagination – for the world that is visualised in her work is surely not part of our external reality. To this end, kaleidoscopic pyramids send whispered messages to the sky, adventurous archers traverse dreamscapes and strange old mountain-figures fill her compositions. She has designed various pieces for commercial clients and has exhibited her work internationally – no doubt spreading a magical sense of enchantment wherever she goes.


Arcade Fire Tour Posters

I’ve really been enjoying the new Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs, though it took a bit of getting used to. It’s not that it’s bad it’s that it’s so damn catchy, where they’re previous albums were more… artsy, I guess. Anyhow, since I like the posters so much it makes these 2010 tour posters that much more amazing.

The posters were designed in collaboration between Ben LaFond of Burlesque Design and Dan Black of Landland and they couldn’t me any more epic. The poster at top is by far one of the raddest show posters I’ve ever see. All those colors and mayhem and bits, it’s just too cool for words. I guess you wouldn’t really have to worry much about registration with a poster like that, right? The other posters (there are more than you see above) are pretty nice as well, but that top poster? Man it’s amazing. Great work guys.

You can check out the rest of the posters by clicking here.

Thanks Caroline for the tip!


‘Barking’ by Underworld

'Barking' by Underworld

On September 2 Underworld will be releasing a new album called Barking, their eighth studio album. It’s been three years since their last album Oblivion With Bells and from what I’ve heard it’s gonna be pretty rad. They’ve released two tracks so far, Scribble and Always Loved A Film and they definitely sound like traditional Underworld songs, but in my opinion that’s perfect.

I also wanted to point out that the cover to Barking is pretty rad, as you can see above. I’d bet money that Tomato did it as they’ve been working with them since the early 90’s, maybe even earlier. The art is totally abstract and crazy but in my opinion still quite beautiful. They always do great work and this cover (and the related branding) will be no different.

Corey Holms

My homegirl Sarah pointed me toward the work of designer Corey Holms who’s a Southern California designer who’s doing some rad projects. Since it’s Monday I like to stick to music related things so I’ll point to this logo variation he did for Depeche Mode’s album, Sounds of the Universe. Whereas the original version was some kinda rainbow colored pick-up-sticks match Corey’s version is a simple, embroidered version of the logo, though just the inner portion. I guess I think of it as showing restraint, that he didn’t go crazy, just came up with a clever alternative that is just as strong (if not a little bit better).

P.S. Corey has an amazing Flickr full of inspiring images, you should check them out as well.


Sunbeam Rd.

For the last few weeks I’ve been finding some small but rad bands through Bandcamp and Sound Cloud so I’m continuing this trend with the San Francisco based band Sunbeam Rd. The band is made up of Trevor Hacker, Harrison Pollock, Cody Hennesy and Clive Hacker who have a great sound. To make a generic statement they’re a rock band, with songs that kinda’ remind me of French Kicks and Modest Mouse, maybe a bit of that laid back California sound that’s blowing up right now.

As usual I’m horrible at describing music, but I know good stuff when I hear it and this a great little EP. Be sure to listen to the first song Waves, I’m sure you’ll get hooked.

Jardin de la Connaissance

For their contribution to the 11th International Garden Festival in Métis, Quebec, Berlin-based landscape architect Thilo Folkerts and artist Rodney Latourelle have taken 40,000 reclaimed books to create their own Jardin de la Connaissance (Garden of Knowledge). Aiming to utilise non-traditional materials to build their garden, the collaboration were concerned with focusing on “deconstruction and decay as opposed to blossoming and blooming.” By using books to collapse the binary between nature and culture, their installation mends this divide by returning paper to its environmental source. However, their clever take on horticulture also points to a sense of stasis by “planting” a garden that is unlikely to grow and will slowly deteriorate, as the books’ fragile pages face variations in the environment. I particularly love the concept of an exterior library and the choice to appropriate books – and thus words, ideas and knowledge – as the foundation for an alternative form of fleeting and mutable architecture.

The Garden Festival will be held until 3 October 2010.



Mark Magazine #27

Until the end of the month, Mark Magazine is offering a digital edition of their current issue for the excellent price of free. Just subscribe to their newsletter. Not familiar with Mark?  Mark is only one of the sleekest über-contemporary architecture periodicals around. The free edition is 228 pages packed with projects from firms and folks all over the globe.  The two examples above are (upper) the headquarters for a cosmetics company by Müller Architeckten and (lower) a sports facility designed by plan:b with Giancarlo Mazzanti. The issue also features projects by Preston Scott Cohen, Eisenman Architects, Michael Maltzan, Neutelings Riedijk and many others.