This intriguing seating system just appeared in the portfolio of London-based furniture designer Fabien Capello. The circular blue bench entitled Cloister is made from about a hundred repeating blue components that fit together to create a semi-private space for reading or meeting. At least that’s what it looks like. If I were to encounter this in a public space I would be inexplicably drawn to it … must… sit … here.
This weekend I was able to stop by the Renegade Craft Fair here in Chicago and ran into a number of artists I’m going to share with you over the course of this week. The first was Chicago-based artist Dolan Geiman who aside from having a number of lovely paintings, silkscreens, and wooden constructions on display, also had a wonderful map of the United States inlaid with all matter of objects including bedposts and saw blades. Geiman said he travels quite a bit around the U.S. and picks up objects wherever he goes and uses them in his work. Although I love the style of these inlaid sculptures, you have to check out his site to see his full range of work.
Monthly Measure is a brilliant new desktop calendar by Sebastian Bergne (previously here and here) made from a metal gear etched with days of the week that rolls along a slotted piece of wood imprinted with numbers of the month. If that’s not enough awesome for you, the numbers are placed a centimeter apart so it also functions as a metric ruler. The calendar is being released this weekend at Maison&Objet and will hopefully be available in his shop soon. (via mocoloco)
That’s right, I said it: these are some sexy pencils. These yellow Eco Highlighters use no ink solvents, no volatile organic compounds and are biodegradable. Available from the fine folks at aptly named Stubby Pencil Studio. More back-to-school goodness over on CMYBacon.
Here’s something unexpected. Just spotted this new sculpture of a bird made from dozens of birdcages by Kum Chi-keung as part of the Sculpture Dimension exhibition at Grotto Hong Kong. Click for a bit more detail.
Birch Bird Cards are flat-packed postcards made of dyed birch that can be sent in the mail and once opened, assembled into one of these doggone adorable birds. Available in four different colors for $16. (via svpply)
A number of new works by Deborah Butterfield who assembles these striking horse sculptures using tree branches made from bronze.
I can’t imagine the process involved in finding the perfect piece of wood for each delicate line. Her upcoming show at Danese in NYC runs September 9 through October 8, 2011. (via ex-chamber)
While in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, artist Michael Beitz (previously) built this 10-foot-long outdoor picnic table that seemingly overflows its space on a gallery terrace and drips down a railing to a level below. The table was built from laminated poplar and marine epoxy and a video about its development and construction can be seen here. Special thanks to the Bemis Center for providing imagery for this post.