Date Archives August 2012

Origami Building by Manuelle Gautrand

Origami Building by Manuelle Gautrand

Origami Building by Manuelle Gautrand

Origami Building by Manuelle Gautrand

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.

Origami Building by Manuelle Gautrand

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.

Province Design Studio creates a luxurious brand for new Russian clothier Anna & Marie

Anna & Maria branding by Province Design Studio

Anna & Maria branding by Province Design Studio

Anna & Maria branding by Province Design Studio

Anna & Maria branding by Province Design Studio

The folks at Province Design Studio recently undertook the job of creating the branding for a new Russian premium and luxury clothing brand called Anna & Maria.

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.

Anna & Maria branding by Province Design Studio

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.

Charming picture-book illustrations by Gaia Bordicchia

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.

Following the sun: The Endesa Pavilion designed by IAAC

 Endesa Pavilion designed by IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalona

 Endesa Pavilion designed by IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalona

 Endesa Pavilion designed by IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalona

 Endesa Pavilion designed by IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalona

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.

i-D interviews Stephen Powers in anticipation of his upcoming show

Stephen Powers

Stephen Powers

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.

Ghostly International: Of Art and Artifice

Ghostly International: Of Art and Artifice

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.

Josh Terr takes us inside Corbusier’s La Tourette

Inside Corbusier's La Tourette

Inside Corbusier's La Tourette

Inside Corbusier's La Tourette

“What’s so great about this building” my dad asks as he shivers outside the Kimbell Art Museum. “It’s amazing.” I respond, sweating from running laps around the building and taking pictures of every nook and cranny I can find – the details I imagine Louis Kahn spent hours resolving. This is why my family doesn’t like for me to bring a camera on family trips. We’re outside the closed museum in late December and I’m pleading to stay “just five more minuets” after having already spent over an hour taking pictures. Sometimes I wish my family would “get it” and share my enthusiasm for a nice handrail. Still, there are times when it’s hard for me to appreciate a project and I switch places with my dad: “What is so great about this?” I wonder.

Inside Corbusier's La Tourette

That’s why I’m glad I came across these photos taken by Josh Terr of Le Corbusier’s La Tourette along with the story of his experience staying at the monastery for three days. I’ve known why I am supposed to find this building significant for years, but it’s only after seeing these photos that I can see the relation to actually experiencing the building. There are surprising details and vivid details in his account about showering in the building or standing in his room and touching both walls with his hands, but mostly the photographs are stunning. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t consider himself much of an architecture photographer and posts the pictures to his site directly from his camera without editing.

Denise Nestor illustrates the circle of life

Delicate drawings of nature by Denise Nestor

Delicate drawings of nature by Denise Nestor

Denise Nestor is a Dublin based artist who’s recent illustrations are staggeringly beautiful. Drawn from a top down perspective, these nature pieces feature woodland creatures sleeping, or perhaps deceased, laying on piles of flowers, leaves and other forest floor detritus. Each scene is depicted with such an exquisite peacefulness, they make you want to soak in the details of each piece. I can only hope that she continues to expand upon this series.

Re-Covered Books: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

Re-Covered Books: 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury

Re-Covered Books: 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury

Published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s seminal novel Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel where owning books is illegal and houses containing them are burned by firemen. Ray Bradbury has said that ” the novel is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids, partial information devoid of context.” Kind of sounds like our modern day world, taking in factoids (tweets), though I believe if anything we read more.

Sadly, Bradbury passed away a few months ago, so I thought doing a Re-Covered contest in his honor would be nice. You mission is to redesign the classic cover to Fahrenheit 451, bringing to life a contemporary vision of the book and it’s ideas. I suggest paying close to attention to not only your imagery, but to your typography as well. Every bit counts!

The winner will get $100 to Amazon as well as some posters and goodies that I’ve been holding on to.

RULES

• Save your images as JPGs at 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode – this is super important! There are no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Submitting a front and back cover will certainly help your chances, but is not required.

• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Fahrenheit-451.jpg”

• Send all entries to contest@thefoxisblack.com with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Fahrenheit 451“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due Saturday, September 22, 2012 by Midnight PST.

If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate as well. Good luck and have fun!

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‘Home Sweet Home’, a new poster from Always With Honor

'Home Sweet Home', a new poster from Always With Honor

'Home Sweet Home', a new poster from Always With Honor

'Home Sweet Home', a new poster from Always With Honor

My friends at Always With Honor released a new poster last week called Home Sweet Home which I’m totally in love with. It features small vignettes of odd houses they’d love to live in, everything from a lighthouse to a teepee. But I have to say that my favorite is definitely the moon base, which you can see on the bottom left. You can get one for yourself for only $25 by clicking here.