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Good Vibrations: An Intricately Carved Cabinet Looks Like a Digital Glitch [Updated: It’s a 3D Rendering of an Upcoming Piece]

March 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Don’t adjust your web browser, this isn’t a corrupted photograph of a fine piece of Italian furniture (although it may unfortunately be a digital rending, read below). In actuality this cabinet was created by architect Ferruccio Laviani to look just as you see it, like a wavy digital glitch. Titled the Good Vibrations Storage Unit the piece will first appear at Italy’s annual interior show Fratelli Boffi. I’d love to see it from a few different angles, but incredible nonetheless. (via mocoloco)

Update: There has been a healthy amount of skepticism whether or not this is the real deal or a 3D rendering. Having not stood in front of the piece myself I guess we can only defer to the design firm and hope more images of the piece are released soon. One person wrote in to point out that there may be evidence in the photo itself of a repeating pattern which would be the telltale mark of a digitally rendered image. More if I find out.

Update: According to Studio Laviani the image is a rendering, however a final piece of furniture is supposed to be on display in April, so stay tuned.

 

 

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Art Design

It’s Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper

March 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Bergère / 2012 / Various papers / 26 x 26 x 36 in.

A dusty old chair, a wrinkled pair of jean shorts, or the classic shape of a wooden Eames chair, common items you might encounter every day without giving them a second thought. But try to sit on that worn Corbusier bench or wear that pressed white shirt and you might be shocked as they tear or disintegrate before your very eyes because, amazingly, they are made almost completely with paper by Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Tomczyk. Via his artist statement:

My art centers on objects to stimulate visceral connections. These compositions represent biographies of people, experiences and interpretations of intangible ideas. Although my work can be categorized as realism, my intention is to distill the emotion of an object, then through expression, reconstruct it into my view of its essential self – free of function. […] As an artist working primarily with paper, my art requires me to be part craftsman and part engineer. I learned a lot about how to construct things by working at my father’s side, in his workshop. I’m compelled to produce work that is visually poetic by using a medium that defies perceived limitations.

Tomczyk tells me that he doesn’t do much sketching before he embarks on each artwork, but spends his time formulating ideas in his head and developing a list of needed materials and measurements. The objects are carefully crafted by hand, all of the colors you see are hand-painted and he never relies on any sort of digital printing. Translation: these take a lot of time. The jean shorts alone with functional pockets and realistic textures took over 100 hours.

If you want to see more, Tomczyk has a solo show opening May 4th, 2013 at Gallery 825 in LA and you can also see many more of his paper works on his website. If you enjoy this kind of realism, also check out Randall Rosenthall’s wood carvings.

 

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Shirt & Tie / 2010 / Mulberry and various other papers / 23 x 30 x 4 in.

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Wallet / 2011 / Paper, nylon thread / 4 x 3 x 0.5 in.

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Paper Museum Bench / 2013

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Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

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Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

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Paper Eames Chair LCW / 2012 / Various papers, hand painted / 22 x 23 x 28 in.

 

 



Design

The Port Vieux Pavilion: A Mirrored Canopy Constructed on a French Wharf

March 5, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Recently unveiled in Marseille, France this giant mirrored canopy called the Port Vieux Pavilion was designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners. The pavilion measures nearly 150 feet (46 meters) long and is made of highly polished stainless steel meant to reflect people and the surrounding environment of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor. The project is somewhat analogous to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate here in Chicago and based on these photos I have no doubt the canopy will be a huge draw for tourists and locals alike. (via designboom)

 

 



Art Design

Seb Lester Demonstrates Medieval Blackletter Calligraphy

February 26, 2013

Christopher Jobson

In this brief video graphic designer and illustrator Seb Lester demonstrates a form of Medieval blackletter typography that was used commonly in Europe from 1150 to around the 17th century. From a person whose handwriting is almost completely illegible, almost every stroke of his pen looks like a complete miracle. (via vimeo)

 

 



Design

DIY Foldable Paper Animal Lights by MostLikely

February 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The folks over at the Vienna-based mostlikelyShop have a great collection of DIY foldable paper lampshade kits. Each lampshade template arrives rolled in a tube and includes info on how to fold, glue and assemble the light, however you’ll have to supply your own stand/bulb socket/glue. Once you’ve assembled a few lamps maybe it’s time to tackle the epic $20k Basilisk paper sculpture? Check ’em out.

 

 



Design

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

February 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, the teams went through dozens of Brazilian homes doing dramatic makeovers of interior and exterior spaces. On their 48th home Rosenbaum designed a pretty amazing vertical garden that was suspended in a narrow walkway just outside the house. Response to the garden was so huge the firm released design schematics (in Portuguese) detailing how to build one. Thanks to the team at Rosenbaum for sharing these photos with Colossal.

 

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