I always get an urge for new stationary at this time of year. Perhaps it’s to do with the back-to-school energy that’s in the air. Maybe it’s to do with Winter’s fast approach. Or perhaps it’s just to do with how brilliant stationary is and I really shouldn’t have to make excuses for why I get an urge to covet pretty things!
So if you’re like me I’m sure you’ll love Blocks by Kukka. Designed by the Israeli/British designer Rona Meyuchas K., the product consists of a set of wooden blocks that can hold everything from pens to post-it notes.
Composed of four basic shapes, the set modulates to create a range of products, with sets being able to assemble together in a range of combinations. Inspired by the wooden blocks that the designer’s children played with; each one is made from natural beech wood that will darken naturally over time. It’s a beautiful collection and it’s bound to be a wonderful companion to your office or studio desk.
Blocks is available to purchase here.
All the President’s Children is the name of a new series of paintings by the Canadian artist Jaclyn Conley. Beautifully loose with vivid colors, Conley’s work is just a joy to see. For Conley, her starting point is always photography and she is constantly in search of suitable images to use as starting points for her work. Through her collecting and archiving of old images she then begins to find links and connections between certain images. Through these associations, a starting point for a new body of work slowly starts to emerges.
This current series is based on images sourced from the Presidential Library Archives. Here, Conley has focused on the faces of children in crowds. She crops these from photographs of large crowds at political gatherings. The results are great. Her paintings are pared down and refined, almost to a point of abstraction. It’s a wonderful series and I highly recommend you check it out in full on her website.
If you visit any professional photographer’s website you’re bound to find that their work is typically – and understandably – divided into some rather traditional categories. Most of them will have a section dedicated to ‘portraits’ for example. Others may photograph ‘Architecture’, ‘Landscapes’ or ‘Models’. If you’ve seen as many sites as I have then you’ll no doubt know how frequently these categories crop up. That’s why I was excited to see that the photographer Pickled Thoughts had one category I haven’t seen appear too often. That category is: ‘Dance’.
While my attendance at contemporary dance shows often falls under the remit of ‘boyfriend duty’, I still can occasionally be wowed by a performance. Dance is an art-form which holds such grace, beauty and elegance, but it’s also incredibly physically demanding. It’s one of the wonderful dichotomies you witness during any performance and I feel that these photographs do a great job of demonstrating the flexibility of the dancers while never distracting from the beauty of their movements.
The lighting, composition and energy in this work is great and I highly recommend you check out the full series here.
We’re big fans of the Brooklyn-based artist Scott Albrecht so we were very excited to discover that he has been busy recently working on a brand new body of work. Incorporating woodwork, hand-drawn type and and geometric collage, Scott has continued to produce interesting and engaging art which always feels fresh and unique.
This latest series was made for an upcoming solo exhibition that will open in Philadelphia’s Art in the Age this Friday (October 3rd). Titled The Distance Between Two Points, the show explores themes of time, perception and inter-connectivity. Scott says that his goal was to create work with layers of meaning. His approach was holistic, with each piece functioning individually yet collectively they convey a larger message.
I love Scott’s approach to the way he uses different mediums. He’s never afraid to try new things yet this never detracts from his distinctive style. I particularly like his latest series called Situations (some images featured above). Here he paints mostly in black and white (with small accents of teal and coral appearing in other images) and a motif of an eye runs through the entire set of images. This symbolizes observation and personal experience. I love the graphic sensibility of this work and together they form a wonderfully striking series.
The Distance Between Two Points opens at Philadelphia’s Art in the Age on October 3rd and runs until the 31st.
Located in the quite hamlet of Remsenburg near New York’s Westhampton, Barn House is a beautiful home renovated from a faux barn that was originally built in the 1980s. Today it stands as the weekend home of Le Pain Quotidien CEO Vincent Herbert and his family.
Designed by Herbert’s close friend – the interior architect Francis D’Haene of D’Apostrophe Design – the project seems to have been a real passion project for the client and designer, with D’Haene mixing old and new to excellent effect.
I love the rustic charm on the outside of the home. D’Haene seems to have really wanted to maintain this and even added wood salvaged from a 200-year-old Canadian barn to add to the personality of the outside. Inside is a different story all-together. Almost nothing from the original interior was. Low-ceilings and dated surfaces were quickly scrapped and replaced with an interior which pares everything back to the bare essentials. It makes for a great interior and I would certainly love to spend a couple of long-weekends in this wonderfully minimalist retreat.
Brooklyn based artist Ethan Cook is a painter that doesn’t paint… or at least, he doesn’t paint in any traditional way. Instead, his work is deeply concerned in exploring the elemental aspects of painting. At the heart of what he does lies a desire to investigate and deconstruct the physical elements that make up paintings themselves.
Cook is an artist who is interested in materials. His visual outcomes are derived from the materials he uses and for Cook, that means that painting is as much about canvas as it is about paint. It is through this belief that he produces his own material; creating his own canvas through a rather labor-intensive process with a loom.
In the work shown here we can see examples of the artist mixing canvas with canvas. It emphasizes the fundamental elements of the art and also brings a beautiful mix of textures and tones.
While his work may be constructed through a rigid set of rules and restrictions, there’s also a beautiful understated minimalism in his compositions that can’t be ignored. While his work may explore rather interesting questions about the very nature of the image the formal qualities of his work are just as engaging. I love the confidence and the restraint in this work.
See more from Cook here.
Toshitaka Aoyagi is an artist from Tokyo, Japan. Recently he has been experimenting with color; creating an elegantly simply series called – wait for it – ‘Color’.
Specifically the work is an exploration into color bleeding, with the artist creating a number of pale white shelves that include a tiny hint of a fluorescent color. The end result is a beautifully minimal exploration into the power of color. I love it.
More projects from Toshitaka Aoyagi can be viewed on Behance.
Fou de Feu is a ceramic studio by Belgian designer Veerle Van Overloop. Her latest collection is called Rhythm and it’s clear to see why. Simple stripped-down ceramics is the order of the day as she mixes white porcelain with other materials such as wood, leather and marble. In doing this she has created an inspiring tableware range where the simplicity of her work and her combination of materials come together to form an effortlessly beautiful collection.
“Different sizes of plates, cups & spoons, tablemats and cutting boards give every table its own rhythm” says van Overloop. If she’s right, then her newest collection will no doubt offer everyone the opportunity to build their own harmonic arrangements at the dining-room table.
Found via the excellent This is Paper. You can see more from Fou de Feu here.