I’m a sucker for process artwork involving paper, and one of the clear themes of this blog is Somebody Spent Half Their Life Cutting this Out of Paper. The images above are from a student project by Eliana Ferreira who is working on her master’s degree in communication design at ESAD in Portugal. Students were given the brief to create an alternative retail experience as part of a pop-up shop.
The Pop-up experience is an emerging phenomenon in cities around the world. From gallery-like shopping spaces with one-off exhibitions, to restaurants, nightclubs and mobile shopping units; there is an increase in temporary retail and event based manifestations around the world. These spaces tend to pop-up unannounced, often in interesting architectural locations. They offer exclusivity, innovation and an element of surprise that delight consumers.
For her shop Eliana created the Travel Wheel, a sort of Wheel Of Fortune based game where instead of winning cash and trips, she created the encapsulated essence of winning a trip by constructing tiny paper boxes containing scenes from cities around the world. I can’t even begin to imagine how long it took to create these dozens of tiny boxes, but they are incredibly awesome. To see more of the finished project you can check out her page over on Behance that has photos of all 9 completed boxes. Thanks Eliana for sharing your project with Colossal!
Really enjoying these wooden sculptures by Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos who lives and works in Barcelona. He creates a large composite foundation from loose pieces of beechwood or sycamore and then carefully carves the figures, a process that creates interesting fragmentation within the final piece. He also has a fascination with ostriches.
I am totally in awe of the detailed map collage work of Dallas, Texas artist Matthew Cusik.
Defacements are obsessively crafted amalgamations of word and image in the tradition of altered books and concrete poetry. The re-contextualization of image, word, and number creates a new storyline that is often in the spirit of a prankster student who has marked up a textbook with irreverent and provocative commentary.
In an attempt to save money on rent Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing has constructed a mobile egg-shaped home from bamboo, wood and grass seed.
He moved the house steps away from his office where he would stay until midnight before going to sleep inside the “egg”. There’s only one bed, a water tank and a lamp inside the house.
“I feel good living here though it’s simple, and a bit cold sometimes, what important for me, is – it saves me a lot of money!” Dai told a reporter.
Nostalgia has come a long way. The Tape Lamp designed by Denis Krylov and Andrei Hakhovich out of San Francisco is a minimalist cube of plexiglass with laser cut slots containing 100 cassette tapes. The tapes are real and can be wound left or right to customize the look of the lamp. Now for sale via Etsy. (via dornob)
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