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Lamps Made from Sawmill Waste and Tree Branches Embedded with Resin and LEDs

August 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

For his Brecce collection, Italian designer Marco Stefanelli devised an ingenious way of removing fragments from sawmill scraps, tree branches, and cement fragments, and replacing them with perfectly sculpted resin embedded with LEDs. The resulting lamps retain the organic nature of their original form yet cast a beautifully subdued light. You can see much more on Stefanelli’s blog. (via the awesomer)

 

 



Art Design

Tropical Lego Birds

August 2, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Ornithological LEGO master Tom Poulsom has followed up his wonderful British bird series with a new set of tropical birds featuring macaws, hummingbirds, finches and more. Poulsom says he’s well on his way in gaining enough support on the LEGO CUUSOO site to turn some of these birds into commercially produced models but needs a few more votes. I think I would honestly buy the entire set, so help me help Tom help me and give him a vote and imagine me giving you a giant eHigh-five.

 

 



Design

The 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick

July 28, 2012

Christopher Jobson

The official website for for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies has a great behind-the-scenes gallery of the impressive multi-torch cauldron that was lit yesterday during the opening ceremonies. The cauldron was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and consists of 204 copper petals representing the competing nations at this years games. You can read a bit more about it over on Dezeen.

 

 



Design

Face Reality As It Is: Anamorphic Typography by Thomas Quinn

July 23, 2012

Christopher Jobson

When viewed head on, what at first looks like typography on top of a simple photograph reveals itself to be well-executed anamorphic typography by Chicago designer Thomas Quinn. The illusion is created using a standard light projector that projects the intended design on an uneven surface which is then carefully painted. From every other angle the work looks skewed and almost illegible, but when you stand at just the right spot everything seems to pop into place. You can see many variations of anamorphism right here on Colossal, and don’t forget the absolute master of the art form, Felice Varini. (via this isn’t happiness)

 

 



Design

Crochet Playgrounds by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

July 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

In the mid 1990s Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam was showing a large scale crochet artwork at an art gallery when two rambunctious children approached her and asked if the sculpture, resembling a colorful hammock, could be climbed on. She nervously agreed and watched cautiously as her suspended artwork twisted and stretched as the kids climbed on top of it. Suddenly an idea was born. Almost three years later MacAdam would open her first large-scale crochet playground in conjunction with engineers TIS & Partners and landscape architects Takano Landscape Planning. She has since created several additional playscapes around Japan, photos of which were recently made available for the first time online only a few weeks ago.

 

 



Art Design

Jason Freeny's Giant Dissected Lego Men

June 20, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’ve been itching for months to post the work of Manhattan-based designer and artist Jason Freeny who creates delightfully morbid dissections of toys and other pop culture characters. His most recent creation is this triptych of three 18″ tall lego men who have been surgically “cut” to reveal their mysterious, Lego anatomy. Freeny acquires actual 18″ novelty toys sold by Lego and then creates the organs and bones using sculpted foam. You can see dozens of photos from the creation of these pieces on Facebook, and check out an interview with him over on Street Anatomy. (via the fox is black)