Let it go!
This week Fubiz have put together a very cool selection of stunning images – some might even say, they’re as cool as ice. These photographs of frozen lakes and ponds from across the globe don’t need much explaining, just take a look for yourself. They’re pretty amazing.
Moving on from the frozen lakes, we move onto Mr. Cool himself. David Bowie turned 68 last week, and in celebration of this and his changing faces, Helen Green created this wonderful Gif featuring 29 of her own illustrations. From 1964’s Davie Jones to an image of him taken by Jimmy King last year, the rather hypnotic animation is aptly named Time May Change Me – and it certainly did.
The daily routines of famous people
Thank you Robin White for sharing these great infographics from the people at Podia showing the daily structures of some of our most loved creative minds. Some interesting stuff here – American writer Mary Flannery O’Connor sure liked a leisurely afternoon, didn’t she. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Ever fancied trying a Tiffany yoghurt, Nike Orange or iMilk? No? Okay, well don’t worry as you don’t have to, but you can take a look at what their packaging may look like. Israel-based designer Peddy Mergui has reimagined some of our best loved fashion brands in the supermarket shopping aisles, putting Ferrari next to the tinned tomatoes, Bulgari in the fridge and Louis Vuitton hanging with the cured meats – and the results are rather charming. Thanks Co.Design for sharing these – take a peek below.
Always on our mind
As we’re on the theme of reimaging butter, I thought I must share this brilliant drawing posted by ABC News of a certain birthday boy who was a big fan of deep frying things in butter. Created by age progression artist Jovey Hayes, it shows what Elvis Presley might look like if he were still alive today, as today my friends, he would have been 80 years old. Happy Birthday Elvis!
Chameleon Tea Cup
It’s pretty nippy outside, so to avoid the New Year sniffles make sure you drink lots of warming tea – and what better way to do this is there than with a proper matching cup and saucer. So you can imagine my delight when I came across the Cup & Saucer, by Japan’s D-Bro design studio, which means your cup will always match your saucer whatever the pattern due to a palladium surface that mirrors the design of the saucers they sit on. Watch the video below – genius.
In: Art, Graphic design, News & Features
After the fun we had with the original Trip Trap beer back in September, we thought there could be no better way of finishing the year than with a cold glass of warming craft beer.
Through many extended ‘tasting sessions’ we finally decided on a heady blend of seasonal flavours: ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and burned orange zest. Brewhemoth worked their magic and the result is a rich and delicious one-off batch that smells and tastes as good as it looks.
A stubby bottle thats easy going and has the distinctive swing-top opening so that noone has to get out of their armchair to open it (it’s that time of year). The label even forms it’s own trip trap beer mat, with a special Christmas message from the Trip trap team.
So raise a glass to a fantastic 2014, and look forward to 2015. Proost!
In: Design Bridge Amsterdam, Food and Drink, Graphic design, Naming & Copywriting, News & Features, What are we up to? · Tags: beer, Christmas, Craft, Limited Edition, Packaging design, TripTrap
Ho-Ho-Daddy-o! It’s that time of year again, and with another award winning year coming to an end, what better way to let our hair down than with a 50’s style prom night?
Lowering the tone at the historical Vondelpark Pavilion, the whole agency broke out the grease and sequins and tucked into hotdogs, burgers and a killer punch.
Despite being carefully organised by our very own Pink Ladies (with a couple of token jocks to do all the heavy lifting) it quickly degenerated into a bacchanal of dancing and tomfoolery – a chilling insight into what the future could hold if this new-fangled rock and roll nonsense is allowed to continue unchecked.
There were the embarrassing yearbook photos and the awards for teachers pet, biggest smart-arse and the most likely to get arrested, and of course we crowned the king and queen of the class of 2014.
In: DB Events, Design Bridge Amsterdam, Film & Animation, Uncategorized, What are we up to? · Tags: Christmasparty, Vondelparkcs
The Nuna popsicle
Thank you to Ivan Cervantes who sent in these amazing architectural icy treats this week. These tasty food designs are from architects Manu Kumar and Stefan Gendl, from the design agency Neubau Berlin. They teamed up with master chef Heiko Antoniewicz and the Nuna Popsicle was born. Check out the fruity science behind it here.
A painted paintbrush
I stumbled across these fantastic paint brushes on Colossal this week, from the San Franciscan artist Rebecca Szeto. Her series, called Paintbrush Portraits, mainly features woman from the Renaissance period and the final pieces are so beautiful. Rebecca reforms the bulky tools, transforming them into the artwork in such delicate way – I think they are great.
It’s the season for merriment and the odd tipple, so I was delighted when I found these limited edition Oliver Sweeney Red Label Jonnie Walker Brogues. Perfect for a touch of style and whiskey – get them on your Christmas list boys.
With the winter frost now frequenting our misty mornings it’s definitely the season to share these amazing photographs, featured by Spoon and Tamago, from Osaka based photographer Kenji Shibata. The series, called ‘Locked in the ether‘, captures flowers in full bloom thawing from large ice cubes – and the images are just beautiful. The exhibition is currently on display at the Tachibana Gallery in Osaka – so if you happen to be in Japan next week, go and take a look. Or just follow the link to the website as it may be a little far.
After all that ice I thought we could do with something a little warming, so I give you the cat marshmallow. They are as ridiculous as they are amazing – and I love them. The Yawahada Marshmallow Shop came up with these great treats – the puuurrrfect addition to any hot chocolate some might say. You can get them online here… do it.
It’s all about the bass
With all the Christmas parties in full swing and the new year fast approaching, it’s time to reflect on all those dance floor fillers from the year. And that’s just what DJ Earworm has done. He’s sliced together the ultimate 2014 pop mash up ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ and it’s brilliant – turn the volume up whoop
He built his city on rocks and rolls… of paper
If you’re organised, you may have all your presents wrapped and stashed under the Christmas tree, but if you’re like me you may be far off from the wrapping paper stage and in need of a little paper inspiration. Well, look no further as Charles Young can provide you with just that. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Charles’ project to grow a paper city called Paperholm; for months he patiently crafted a sculpture a day to build up this charming little town. Thanks Fubiz for sharing this as they are just lovely.
The Grass is Greener – Per Kristian Nygård’s instillation
This one doesn’t need much explanation. Norwegian artist Per Kristian Nygård got a case of the green fingers for their latest instillation in Oslo’s galley, No Place. ‘Not Red but Green’ sees rolling hills of real grass within the gallery space and the final result is great. Imagine trying to mow that lawn. Take a look below.
Face Off – Kalle Mattson
Thanks Samantha Wilkes for sharing this post – it’s a funny one. Artist Kalle Mattson has mashed up the faces of different celebrities to make some rather spectacular hybrid bootleg mug shots. Bruce LEE.T has to be my favourite and more can be seen here.
Happy Friday everybody!
In: 3D & Product Design, Art, Exhibitions
This year, for Design Bridge Amsterdam, has been the year of chocolate. Working across a range of international chocolate brands we have learnt about the sourcing, farming and craft that takes place at every stage, to create flavours for every type of creation. To mark all that we have achieved this year and just in time for a seasonal tradition we decided to created our very own ‘chocolade letter’.
Celebrated by Dutch young and old, Sinterklaas is observed by the exchange of gifts & chocolate letters, humorous poetry and, the inevitable, little surprise, so our letter should embody all of that. We believe that chocolate should be an experience not just a treat & on this basis we set about making the most visually delicious letter form possible.
Breaking from the traditional use of Egyptian typeface for Sinterklaas letters, we decided to draft our own letter form – one which reflects the generousity of the season and the nature of chocolate itself.
Our very own wordsmith sees his poem revealed in a calligrapher’s pen strokes. Each swash, stroke & serif cut to match the sensorial experience of the ﬁnest Belgian chocolate.
Individually printed sheets of paper use festive red and blue with gold to wrap each chocolate letter. Our poem sits inside, ready to unfold.
There’s a satisfaction in creating a cast and the moulds that will bring our very own letter form to life in three dimensions. There’s also a sense of pride in seeing them filled with deliciousness by a chocolatier who regaled us with stories while he worked.
Family owned and run, Huize Geers is renouned in the world of chocolate. Generous with his time and passionate about this trade we got to hear all about this Dutch tradition from a chocolatiers point of view.
Carefully wrapping, labelling and stickering each chocolate letter by hand in our workshop. There’s something lovely about seeing lots and lots of one thing… and maybe there’ll be some left overs.
We hope that who ever has received one enjoys the devouring as much as we have the creating. Happy Sinterklaas everyone!
In: 3D & Product Design, Design Bridge Amsterdam, Food and Drink
Light is Time
Well we have lots to be thankful for this week with it being Thanksgiving and discount mayhem in the shops, but one thing that caught my eye this week was the elegantly timeless instillation that is currently on display at SPIRAL Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. First unveiled in Milan at Design Week in April 2014, with creative direction from watch company Citizen, Light is Time by Tsuyoshi Tane of DGT Architects sees 80,000 watch plates suspended in mid air so that the observer can wander through the glistening watch components as if drifting through a starry night’s sky – the results are spectacular. Thanks Twisted Sifter for sharing this gem and Takuji Shimmura for the snaps. Take a peek.
“Time is light. If there were no light, then there would be no time. In the 20th century, mankind digitized time, measured it and continued to economize our time, until eventually we forgot about its relationship with the essence of light. Without light we never would have had the wonders of the universe, the richness of our planet or the joy and pleasure of our lives. “LIGHT is TIME” — the manifestation of light’s return to time — is our great challenge of the 21st-century.”
– Tsuyoshi Tane
Japan on the Move
While we’re in Japan and talking about time, we shall move onto a very special mention. Our very own Richard Rigby from our Amsterdam office is a dab hand at the old camera and we thought it would be great to share some of his photography with you. He recently produced a series of images in Japan using long exposure, and results are fab – these definitely put my holiday snaps to shame. More where that came from please Richard – take a look at his other work here.
Comfort Food by Jessica Dance and David Sykes
Now I couldn’t do a Thanksgiving Friday Favourites without a nod to the Turkey dinner, so when I stumbled upon the nifty knits of London-based Art Director and Model Maker Jessica Dance, photographed by David Sykes, I had to add them to the menu for this weeks FF. The series, aptly named Comfort Food, is brilliant fun and also a testament to her skill and patience as she told It’s Nice That that for the fry up she knitted each bean individually – now that’s dedication. Check out some of her other creations here.
Flutz, death spiral, crossover, axel jump, choctaw turn. We’re not talking F1. We’re talking ice.
At DB we tend to jump (or skate in this case) at the very first possible opportunity there is to get into the Christmas spirit, so it’s no surprise that some of the studio were found on the rink at Somerset House last Friday – yes we know there is still a week to go until advent but that means nothing here.
It was a magical evening followed by a few cheeky chocolate and chili expresso martinis at the fabulous Fortnum’s Lodge – a highly recommended festive tipple.
No designers were hurt in the making of these photos.