Last week’s wallpaper took a trip into the ocean, so this week we’re doing the exact opposite, taking a voyage to the arid outback of the desert. Our wallpaper is compliments of Baltimore based illustrator Janna Morton who has a truly unique style. All of her work is extremely iconic and really bold, as you can see above. Her wallpaper is a mix of all sorts of beautiful desert plants as well as lots of random critters scurrying about all over the place. If the desert isn’t quite your style, you may want to download Mary-Kate McDevitt’s iceberg wallpaper!
‘The Ventriloquist’ is a fantastic short film written and directed by Benjamin Leavitt and staring Kevin Spacey. The film came about as part of a wonderful competition set-up by Trigger Street Productions (‘The Social Network’ and ‘21’) and sponsored by Jameson Whiskey. Designed to uncover up-and-coming film talent, the competition asked people in South Africa, Russia and the USA to submit a 7 page script and the winning three entries got to make their short – each one staring Kevin Spacey.
It’s a wonderful idea and the shorts really don’t disappoint. Leavitt’s film is particularly great. It tells the story of an introverted ventriloquist (Spacey) who tries to match wits with his outspoken marionette. What works so well in Leavitt’s film is how it deals with the difficulties of communication. In a world of e-mail, texts, tweets and every-other form of modern communication it’s not too hard to form a connection with Spacey’s character and to empathize with the difficulties he has simply talking to people face-to-face. In this sense, we could all be viewed as being like ventriloquists from time-to-time. Make sure to put some time aside and watch this film.
You can also view the other two great shorts on Jameson Whiskey’s YouTube page. They come well recommended!
If marble is cut into thin enough slices, it becomes a beautiful kind of translucent window pane. There are plenty of structures that use marble this way– examples range from Byzantine architecture in Ravenna, Italy all the way to modern architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. And what looks like marble in the images above, is actually screen printed glass that folds as it sprawls sprawls across the facade of the Origami Office Building. The project was designed by Manuelle Gautrand and is located near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The pleats of pretend marble that animate the facade of this project are not created equal. The folds toward the middle of the building are deeper, allowing the pleats to flatten out toward the edges of the facade where the buildings meets its neighbors. It’s a subtle move to create urban continuity in the midst of a facade that seems to be breaking away from its neighbors through the use of glazing technology… even if that technology looks like something as old as marble.
The approved concept of the logo and identity was built on the saying “like mother, like daughter”, or alternatively “where theres an apple on theground, there must be an apple tree around”. Many generations of womenhave been brought up on this concept. The apple symbolizes the touching motherand daughter relationship, continuity and adherence to tradition. It alsocreates a variety of associations such as beauty, temptation, seduction, etc. Anna& Marinas target audience is represented by women of different styles andways of life, nature and origin like the different varieties of apples, yetrelated through the main female values: motherhood, recognition, passion, love, wealth. This concept was embodied not only in the icon design, but also in theelements of the branded pattern and heraldry.
The level of depth that went into this branding project is so above and beyond. Province did an amazing job of thinking out all the minute details – from buttons to tissue paper – and it’s all perfect. It’s definitely feels like it can compete with major high-end brands but still has an approachability to it that doesn’t make it feel out of reach for a consumer. This is how you make a brand feel cohesive.
Gaia Bordicchia is a children’s book illustrator based in Italy. Her images are sweet and charming and I particularly love the subtle textures that run through her work.
This year has been a particularly great year for Gaia with the release of two picture books. The first is ‘La Piccola Fiammiferaia’, an Italian adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Match Girl; the second is ‘Tartarin de Tarascon’, an adaptation of Tartarin of Tarascon. Both books look really beautiful (some images from them are pictured above) and I’m sure they’re a joy to read. You can see more examples of Gaia’s work online here.
Plywood wedges dominate the exterior walls of the Endesa Pavilion, a demonstration of environmental and fabrication technology built by the Institue for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia as part of the Smart City Expo. The most glaring design feature of the pavilion, these wedges overshadow the windows of the pavilion and adjust to track the angle of the sun on the southern face of the project. The pavilion is only a temporary resident of Barcelona, and will live along the Olympic Port for a year.
Starting September 6 Stephen Powers will have a brand new show at the Joshua Liner Gallery, featuring a gallery of enamel on aluminum works which look really amazing. In conjunction, i-D magazine interviewed Stephen about the show, his thoughts on street art today, and the slow rise of the sign painter.
In your ESPO days you targeted shops that appeared to be out of business and grates that were already heavily vandalised and described it as a public service, do you feel your work still acts in this way?
I like going where the blight is, wherever it is. That’s been a constant since 1984. I like making a place better with my markings. Sometimes all you need to improve a situation is a can of flat black spray paint.
Described as 4 days of sound, art and inspiration, the Ghostly International: Of Art and Artifice event sounds incredible. Starting Thursday, September 13 and running until Sunday, September 16, Of Art and Artifice is a showcase of the music and art that makes Ghostly such a stand-out record label. The line-up of guests includes performances by Com Truise, Lusine, and Michna as well as talks from artists Michael Cina, Andy Gilmore, Will Calcutt, Matthew Shlian, Timothy Saccenti, and Sougwen Chung. The whole thing is going to be a blast and I’m extremely bummed out that I won’t be able to make this. If you happen to be in New York September 13 – 16 then you should grab yourself a ticket.