Brighton-based designer Kyle Bean has been busier than us and he updated his portfolio to prove it with a slew of really fun work including these meticulously constructed matchstick insects (photos by Owen Silverwood). I also really enjoyed the window displays he did for Selfridges. Previously. (via notcot)
Little Sapling Toys out of Idaho make some really great objects for kids.
Here at Little Sapling Toys, we are committed to quality toys and a healthy earth. We plant a tree for every toy sold, use FSC Certified hardwoods, recycled content packaging and participate in our local green power program.
Made of New York is a simple, modern furniture collection constructed from industrial-era materials salvaged from demolished buildings. The furniture is the brainchild of former creative director of Ikea Sweden, John-Michael Ekeblad, furniture designer Jonathan Locke and timber-sourcing expert Brian Kane.
The process begins with sourcing the wood, much of which comes from torn down 19th-century buildings. In determining the use for each part the team aims to have “minimal treatment of the wood in favor of sustaining its naturally worn out beauty and charm.” The resulting pieces are each completed within five to ten days, using water-based stains and sealers and wood plugs whenever necessary.
If you’re in Chicago, artist Ben Butler will have work at Zg Gallery as part of a show that opens this Friday, January 7th. I find his sculpture to be almost hypnotic, as if the pieces themselves are the visualization of rhythm or sound. Very cool stuff. (via the post family)
Phenomenal work from Minnesota artist Chris Larson (click Chris Larson on that page) whose body of work is spread so thinly online it took almost 45 minutes to piece together what I have here. Above we have Shotgun House, sub-zero stills from a short film entitled Deep North, and a wooden replica of the Dukes of Hazzard ’69 Charger crash landing on a replica of unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s Montana refuge (not to mention the space ship he constructed also crashing into said refuge). Rochester Art Center has some nice words:
Chris Larson’s work examines the relationship between humans and machines – sometimes expressed through a moment of impact, sometimes through great toil and effort. His previous sculptures are large wooden constructions of collided objects: in one example, a spaceship nearly flattens a wooden barn; in another, the car from The Dukes of Hazzard TV show, recreated in wood, is smashed into the roof of a replica of Ted Kaczynski’s cabin. These works are filled with metaphors of heroic and anti-heroic acts and of the collision of good and evil in human nature.
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