Friday Favourites

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.

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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.

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Whisky Brogues

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.

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Posted on Dec 19th 2014 by · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Friday Favourites

Thawing Flowers

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.

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Meowing Marshmallows

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Happy Friday everybody!

Posted on Dec 5th 2014 by · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sinterklaas at Design Bridge: a celebration of type and tradition

1 DB_red blue fop_blogThis 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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Individually printed sheets of paper use festive red and blue with gold to wrap each chocolate letter. Our poem sits inside, ready to unfold.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We hope that who ever has received one enjoys the devouring as much as we have the creating. Happy Sinterklaas everyone!

 

Friday Favourites

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.

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“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

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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.

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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.

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Posted on Nov 28th 2014 by · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Skating into the Christmas spirit

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.

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Friday Favourites

Leaf Beasts

All the leaves are brown and the sky is definitely 50 shades of grey at the moment but that hasn’t stopped artist Baku Maeda bringing some sunshine to our day with his Leaf Beasts. Primarily made from magnolia leaves, these little creature creations definitely warm the cockles –  a new leaf of live for these fallen fruits some might say.

Thanks Spoon & Tamago for sharing these.
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Something fishy

I stumbled upon these fantastically fishy tea bags this week and I think they’re just great. Developed by the Taiwanese brand Charm Villa they add a little fun into teatime – just add water, let the tea diffuse once the bag has swam a couple of laps, and enjoy.

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 Skyway Highway 

This week the National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS) released this time lapse video showing a typical day for UK airspace. Using actual flight records from over 6,000 flights, the hypnotically intricate and complex patterns are as impressive as they are beautiful – take a look below.

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Abram Games exhibition – Studio visit and catch up with curator Elizabeth Selby

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Abram Games was one of the most influential figures in 20th Graphic Design. In the centenary year of his birth, The Jewish Museum in London have opened the major exhibition ‘Designing the 10th Century’, exploring Games’ career and artistic process, all the way from his earliest artistic experiments through to his most celebrated commissions. Considered the foremost graphic designer of postwar Britain, Abram was awarded numerous prestigious public commissions over his 60 year career, including being appointed Official War Poster Artist during World War II and designing the first animated BBC ident. It’s an impressive career that’s all the more inspiring when seen together with personal artifacts from his family’s archive. I had the pleasure of catching up with the curator, Elizabeth Selby, to have a little chat about the show:

In one word can you sum up how you are feeling about the show?

Thrilled!

How long was the show in the making?

It all started in 2013, and my involvement has been from January. When Jewish Museum integrated with the Military museum a conversation with Games’ children sewed the seed to curate an exhibition of his life works.

What was the big idea behind the show?

This year in the Centenary of his birth so it seems like a great time to do this. His Jewish background was very important to him so it seems like the perfect place to host this exhibition. As we had access to so many family photographs and stories, our idea was to keep this as very personal show.

How would you introduce the show to someone who knows nothing about Abram Games?

Even though you may not have heard of him, but you would definitely recognise his work. Historical changes are clearly represented through his work – it’s a great account of the 21st Century. For someone who doesn’t know much about design, you wouldn’t be put off. It’s so visually stimulating and more often than not the visitors leave with a huge smile upon their face.

How much involvement did his children have in the show?

A huge involvement, mainly his daughter Naomi. Her flat served as the main source of his work as most of his posters were stored there. Reading what she had written about her father also gave a huge insight into the man and helped us bring his works to life.

What have you learnt about the man, Abram Games during this process?

I have learnt a lot. That he was a true visionary, a purest in his approach and an independent thinker – no-one was doing what he was doing at the time.

What stands out to you as his major design achievement?

His war time work had a huge impact. He found the information diagram posters so visually unstimulating and he wanted to produce posters that affected the soldiers; it was a defining period for him – it transformed him.

How much did his Jewish heritage contribute to his work?

It is a huge part of the work he did. He contributed to Jewish causes throughout his life. The footage of Nazi atrocities in the Belsen Concentration Camp had a profound impact on him. He was a committed Jew who gave so much back to his community in North London: schools, synagogues.

If you could own one of his original poster, which one would it be?

One of my hobbies is knitting so perhaps the wartime poster “Please knit now”.

We had a brilliantly inspiring afternoon on a recent studio visit – followed by a few cheeky Camden pints. If you haven’t been down to see it, you simply must before it ends on 4th January 2015. Expect original posters, bold paintings, sketches and a captivating insight into a very talented man.

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A tribute to ‘The Master of Neon’

In wake of the sad news this week of Chris Bracey’s passing, we asked our own Rhian Brain to tell us a little about the time she had the pleasure of meeting the man they called The Master of Neon.

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Last year I was lucky enough to spend some time at God’s Own Junkyard with ‘the master of neon’, Chris Bracey.

It’s an afternoon I will never forget. He was a remarkable man who created some truly fantastic works of art – I use the word ‘was’ because sadly Chris lost his battle with prostate cancer last week, aged 59.

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They say you should never meet your heroes, but in this case I’m glad I ignored that advice. In the short amount of time I spent with him, he struck me as a genuine, humble and extremely witty man.

It goes without saying that he died at a relatively young age. There is no doubt in my mind that he had plenty more to give the world and it’s a tragedy we will no longer see the wonderful ideas that poured out of his mind. Thankfully his legacy will live on, passing the neon kingdom to his three sons. 

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You can visit Gods Own Junkyard which houses the biggest collection of neon outside of the US in the heart of Walthamstow. Inside, there is The Rolling Scones café, where you can enjoy a beer or cuppa and sit amongst the warm glow. I would definitely recommend a visit, it will brighten up your day. 

Chris inspired me with his body of work, but more than that, he inspired me as a person.  He will be missed and I hope wherever he is, it’s now glowing neon.

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You can read the article Rhian wrote back in 2013 by clicking here.

Posted on Nov 13th 2014 by · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Friday Favourites

3D Touchable Memories

Here is something to make you smile. Wouldn’t it be great to re-imagine a memory at the touch of your finger tips? It would be cool, right? Well, the creative agency LOLA thought that too and created the social experiment ‘Touchable Memories’ for the printing company Pirate3D, to promote their new product the Buccaneer printer. The Singapore based printing company took memorable photographs from five visually impaired persons and turned those photographs into 3D objects so the images could be experienced through the power of touch. The pioneering technology not only enables the blind to re-engage with a tangible memory but it also raises awareness of what technology can do to improve lives. It definitely gets the thumbs up from us. Watch the short film and hear their stories, courtesy of Marco Aslan.

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Pampshades

And just like that, winter has truly arrived. It’s time put the soup on the hob to warm the cockles – and no bowl of  soup is complete without a nice crusty bit of bread is it? And for Japanese artist and former baker Yukiko Morita no sideboard or poorly lit corner is complete without a bit of bread either. In fact, she loves bread so much that she decided to make a series of bread lamps – naturally. These quirky little carb burners are all made from real bread, with the additional ingredient of ‘LED, battery & more’ according to her website. Named Pampshades after the french word ‘Pan’ + ‘Lampshade’, Yukiko wanted to create something for like minded bread lovers – I think they are brilliant.

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 Colourful Portraits by Mahesh Balasubramanian

Although outside it maybe a little dull and rainy in London, that doesn’t mean we can’t add a little colour into our Friday and brighten up our day. Thank you Richard Rigby, who sent in Mahesh Balasubramanian’s brilliant photos this week. These vibrant portraits were taken on digital in India – do take a peek.

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