ZEK is a “a collective of eight humans with strange skills, producing random and conceptual visual interventions” out of Ljubljana, Slovenia. One of their members, Miha Arnak, shot over his newly launched portfolio which included this interior design work that ZEK did for 3fs. I really enjoy the correlation of computer keys and rooms, but the Pong whiteboard is definitely my favorite. See many more shots of the interior here. (thnx, miha!)
Creative duo Lars Marcus Vedeler and Theo Tveterås of Oslo, Norway have come together to form the experimental design team Skrekkøgle that I was originally tempted to call an art collective, however via their website they suggest otherwise.
We don’t think of ourselves as artists, as we come from a product/interaction design background. What we see ourselves as is a studio that does what it very well pleases, experimenting with products and electronics and the like, not necessarily being tied to a client.
Sounds like every designers dream to me. A number of their projects have bounced around the blogs lately, my favorite being this hilarious three-dimensional sculpture of the win screen for Windows Solitaire. Also check out their exceedingly clever big money project that makes nearby objects look tiny by placing them next to an enormous replica of the 50 Euro cent piece and photographing them using using tilt-shift photography. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Reading their blog they seem to fancy Colossal—what’s up guys? (via quipsologies)
Art director Murilo Melo created this killer poster series for Companhia Athletica Gyms in Brazil by dismantling sloth-inducing televisions, video games, and computers and using their thousands of parts to create exercising humans, urging you to “switch your routine for ours”. The project took four months to execute and is well documented on this pretty awesome website where you can see production shots, download high-res images (recommended for detailed viewing), and watch a video. From concept to execution this is one of the more clever print advertising campaigns I’ve seen in a while.
These lovely pixel animal prints by Victoria B.C.-based artist Laura Bifano seem to be selling almost as quickly as she adds them to her shop. She’s releasing a painting a day for 10 days and you can keep up with them on her Tumblr. Who doesn’t want a pixelated Honey Badger? (via drawn)
Artist Alex Andreyev works and lives in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His incredibly surreal paintings of floating people and objects are digitally painted using Photoshop and Corel. The first thing I thought when discovering this series was that this man needs to animate a movie, and sure enough on his website he mentions that he’s currently working on an animation project called Kin-Dza-Dza. Yes!
For the past several years Chicagoans have been following the debacle of the Chicago Spire, a 150-floor spiraling skyscraper designed by Santiago Calatrava that would have towered above every other building in the Western Hemisphere. Though due to mismanaged finances, an awful housing market, and the overall impact of the 2008 financial crisis the spire was never meant to be and all we got was a glorious 76-foot-deep hole (previously).
Recognizing this global trend of failed/experimental/never-to-be-built architecture, the Netherlands Institute of Architecture has teamed up with the Dutch postal service (TNT Post) to honor these architects and their unrealized designs in an incredible sheet of stamps. But these aren’t your normal postage stamps. Each is printed with a unique QR-code that when placed in front of a webcam erect 3D buildings in the palm of your hand. Via Aaron Betsky:
The postage-stamp-size exhibit consists of five buildings. As a bonus, if you hold up a whole sheet to the camera, you see an image of the NAI itself. Moreover, the stamps are paired with an Augmented Reality App called UAR (Urban Augmented Reality) that lets you place this and other unbuilt structures in meatspace by holding your iPhone up to the site.
I’m not a huge fan of QR codes and in fact I don’t think I’ve ever used one, however this strikes me as a pretty amazing idea. Head on over to the project site here but you’ll need some postage stamps in-hand to make everything work. Any Dutch Colossal readers wanna help a blogger out? (via notcot)