Contrast in design creates striking moments. A great example of this is when you mix something new with something old. The Louvre Pyramid by I.M. Pei at the Louvre Palace is a perfect example of architectural contrast. Not all projects need to be quite so stark though as evidenced by this lovely pavilion intervention at Berrington Hall.
As described by it’s website, Berrington Hall is a “neo-classical mansion with fine interiors, set in landscape grounds,” a posh canvas for which Studio Morison introduced a giant, pink pineapple that’s origami in form. It’s funny because I feel like the pavilion is so different from the environment around it, but the fact that it’s set in a garden is very appropriate. Pineapple’s are grown in the ground, the pink color harkens back to a victorian color palette, and the origami form is very flower like overall.
It’s definitely a fun intervention that would bring a smile to the face of any person who came across it.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I’m certainly a sucker for beautiful design. Los Angeles based chocolatier Jonathan Graham, founder of designer chocolate brand Compartés, teamed up with Kelly Wearstler for a newly designed shop in Century City. The result is one of the most elegant candy stores I’ve ever seen, made of antique brass and imported Italian marble everywhere.
Beyond the eye-catching patinaed copper exterior, the new Compartes shop (designed by one of Architectural Digest’s top interior designers in the world, Kelly Wearstler) features hand plastered walls in the style of the most beloved Italian architects, custom arched ceilings, custom hand painted tiles, custom light fixtures made from Onyx and plenty of brass.
It also doesn’t hurt that his chocolates are some of the best (I highly recommend the Love Nuts) and that he serves a “frozen hot chocolate,” which is described as a mix of “soft serve ice cream and milkshake and rich european style thick hot chocolate rolled into one.” Sounds amazing.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd #1625
Westfield Century City Mall
Shawna X is a New York based artist and visual designer who’s work is an ecstatic explosion of colors, gradients, nude women, and fantasy landscapes. I am always all about crazy colors and Shawna X gives me all the feelings. Her ability to balance colors and contrast means all of her imagery is super impactful.
I found an interview with Shawna from March 2017, where she speaks about creating art during these tough times, which I found quite relatable. This is why I’ve started writing again, because we all need some good vibes and inspiration from the art around us.
Q: How do you see your role as an artist in these increasingly fucked up times?
A: It’s suffered. Sometimes I feel like it doesn’t matter. When our world is suffering, the last thing anybody cares about is artistry and creativity. However I must remind myself that being an artist is a privilege because my life thus far has given me the space to think, feel and create freely- and that inspiration from art is almost as good as faith, it speaks and helps people who need it.
I’d highly recommend following her on Instagram, and then checking out her shop Bad boy nice girl, which has loads of awesome products to fill your apartment with.
I’m a big fan of Eleni Kalorkoti, an Irish illustrator with a distinctive vibe made up of lots of greyscale with pops of bright color. Proud to say I own a little original piece by her! Anyhow, she recently teamed up The Good Pin Club to release the pin below, a lovely little lady framed by her majestic plume of hair. It’s a sweet little pin on it’s own, but what makes it even better is that all profits go to the London Fire Relief Fund, which helps people affected by the horrific Grenfell Tower fire.
Snag one for yourself by clicking here.
I’ve always had a love for neon signs, how the light creates shapes or words, illuminated beacons in the night. This collection on Flickr has over 115k stunning examples to pour through and be inspired by. (Photo by James Nelms)
Video games can make you feel like you’re visiting far-off lands. As gaming systems get more powerful the worlds presented become more immersive and engaging, like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Watch Dogs, or even Skyrim. Designer Anna Dittmer feels this way as she’s created a physical stamp, like ones you’d get IRL to other country, to document your journeys with Pixel Passports.
The idea is based on Japanese “memorial stamps” that can be collected at historic sites and places of interest which make for wonderfully designed keepsakes. With Pixel Passports you can collect stamps from Mario, Legend of Zelda, Starfox, Dong Kong Country, and many more.
If you aren’t familiar with the work of Antoni Tudisco you should, he’s pretty much a 3D graphics god. It’s probably best to follow him on Instagram because it’s incredible to see his constant and consistent output. Recently he put out this hysterical pair of Nike Air Jordan’s that look like they’re made of salmon. I’m obsessed with these and I would totally rock ’em.
The best comment I saw on these was, “Shoe-shi??” Nailed it.
Inspirational quotes strategically placed in one’s home, or place of work, can be extremely valuable. I have this poster that Erik Marinovich designed for me back in 2012 on the wall across from my bed. Every day when I wake up, I see it and embody the sentiment.
Similarly, this new poster from Jessica Hische titled ‘How To Live Life’, which is a quote taken from a tweet by Helen Rosner, who’s the executive editor at Eater. I love the playful duality of the message. There’s so much bullshit that people get caught up in that doesn’t matter, but at the same time, there’s some really important shit going down that should be treated more seriously. Plus Jess is a master at lettering and this is simply a beautiful piece of work that deserves space on your wall.
You can snag one for yourself for $50.