We’ve featured some of Taiwan-based Yu-Hong Kuo’s photographs previously on our Flickr Friday. Looking at his portfolio, we think its’s time to present a larger selection of his works. Yu-Hong Kuo works with shadow, lights, minimalistic compositions and faded colors to create delicate images. We especially enjoy his keen eye for interesting compositions and his blue-shaded imagery. Visit his Flickr for more.
All images © Yu-Hong Kuo
San Francisco-based artist Peter Combe creates three-dimensional artworks out of confetti, that he stamps out of paint swatches and other everyday materials.
The artist states: “I am consumed by the subtle magic that occurs when playing with light, color and movement in my art making. These artworks transform and change subtly as the viewer shifts from his/her vantage point. There is a magic that occurs, a trick of the eye where color seems to occupy space – a void – at once ethereal, yet seen from another angle the whole appears as if a ghostly image, veiled in gossamer. It is these characteristics that propel me to experiment with the interplay of color, light and movement.” You can also follow the artist on Instagram.
All images © Peter Combe | Via: Yatzer
A recent collaboration between the London-based Cypriot designer Michael Anastassiades and Italian lighting company FLOS yielded a ravishing light installation at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Ama—an art piece comprised of opaline spheres, and arranged in a circle uncannily resembling a giant string of pearls—was conceived as an homage to the Ama women of Japan, who, in a tradition dating back to 2,000 years, plumbed the ocean’s depths in search of watery treasures, including pearls. Contained within Ama’s twenty eight mouth blown opaline spheres, each connected by 24 carat gold-plated brass discs, resided LED light elements, which, when illuminated, imbued the perfectly composed arrangement with breathtaking poetic grace. Ama was on view during last month’s London Design Festival. Via Studio Michael Anastassiades
Galleries come in all sizes, even in a really, really tiny scale. Swedish graphic designer and illustrator Henrik Franklin has created an installation that’s something you’d be more likely to see in a dollhouse than anywhere else. But, instead of a bedroom, it’s located at the Odenplan underground station at Gallery 1:10 in Stockholm, Sweden. The group exhibition is titled If You Tolerate This – an exhibition about resistance. Franklin’s piece features a library of colorful books, all small enough that you can hold between two fingers.
In a show centered around worries of the future and the holding on to hope, Franklin’s tiny books represent how important literature is in our development. It teaches us the lessons of the past so we won’t be doomed to repeat them; prose also encourages and inspires us to dream and to think differently.
If You Tolerate This – an exhibition about resistance is on view until December 6.
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You know that Blu Dot is having their big sale, right? You can get 20% off all designs until November 9, so it’s worth checking out if you’re in need of a few furniture pieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg (and looks good too). A few quick links to some favorites below.
Copper Real Good Chair, $299.00 $239.20 Bank Mink Velvet 96″ Sofa, $2,499.00 $1,999.20 Stash Desk, $399.00 $319.20 Nook Queen Bed, $1,499.00 $1,199.20 Scamp Large Table, $349.00 $279.20 Hot Mesh Chair, $129.00 $103.20 Strut S-Large Table, $1,399.00 $1,119.20
Sale lasts until November 9, 2014.
The project, designed by architects Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez, members of MAIO design team, involves the conversion of a space that formerly housed a washing place into an open studio for professionals from different fields of architecture and design.
The existing 40-meter long building was a continuous space, with variable sections and extremely poor lighting. Hence, the proposal focuses on the opening of a patio, literally conceived as an outer room, to improve the interior lighting. This outer room divides the 40 meters of the initial space into two areas. The front area is open to the street and left empty to accommodate activities related to the public, such as meetings, events, exhibitions while the rear side houses a long table and is intended as the main workspace.
All images © Jose Hevia
As we’re all well aware, there are many excellent cutting boards for us to choose from, and now we can add one more to the ever growing pile. Danish designer Tobias Tøstesen has created the Tilt Cutting Board for Menu, and it has an angled side to let it lean steadily against a wall for storage. Its asymmetry adds further to its aesthetic; rounded and straight lines set it apart from the usual (now boring?) rectangle. Oil-treated solid oak, with a choice of 3 useful sizes.
Tom Fruin made his solo debut at Mike Weiss Gallery with quilts made of drug baggies. 11 years later, his sculptures maintain reference to that mosaic, but have taken on a different form as colourful plexiglass architecture. The baggies for his earlier artworks were found on the street and sewn into a pastiche. It actually seems like quite a natural progression for Fruin to go from baggies to plexiglass that imitates stained glass. The baggies already had the feeling of stained glass windows, and the choice to use plexiglass instead of glass allows the work to maintain that plastic durability or roughness that regular glass would not.
Fruin’s most recent sculpture is installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The structure has lights installed on the inside, so that at night it is lit up. Whether lit from the sun during the day or at night by the artificial lighting, the colourful shadows cast by the installation are totally enjoyable. It’s interesting that stained glass and drug baggies should come together so coherently in Fruin’s work. From his rather turbulent beginning as a divisive artist, Fruin is cooling it down with this work. Still, as stained glass belongs to a religious symbolism, the invocation of the baggie configuration remains a mildly daring one.
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