We have recently fallen in love with the Rekjavik Corner Store.
Where else can you buy a ring that grows moss, a terrifying yule cat game and a speech tie? The corner store deals in fantastic and quirky design objects. Even better is the fact that the store is a small company with the aim to support the design industry. Their carefully selected variety of products are from emerging designers and artists and the store is committed to a high-quality local production (so your inner eco-warrior can feel good). They also work in close collaboration with the designers (so your inner hard-done-by designer can feel good as well).
Also - the store deals in small quantities of the product, thus ensuring that you will be the only one wearing a moss ring to the work summer party this year...
aMAZEme: A Labyrinth Made from 250,000 Books from Christopher Jobson on Vimeo.
aMAZEme is the breathtaking new installation at the Royal Festival Hall. From the 31st of July until the 25th of August a huge labyrinth of 250,000 books will wow festival goers as part of the Festival of the world. The amazing maze has been created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, in collaboration with production company Hungry Man. The piece is inspired by the writer JL Borges and interestingly the maze forms the shape of Borges’ unique fingerprint.
So what are the vital statistics? Well... The maze covers over 500 square metres, with sections standing up to 2.5 metres high.
Certainly big enough to get lost in!
For more info on the project go to the Southbank Centre website here.
Yokohama born artist Sayaka Ganz has lived in Japan, Hong Kong and Brazil, and currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ganz work owes a huge amount to her belief in Japanese Shinto as a child (the belief that all objects and organisms have spirits) and was even taught that objects discarded before the end of their usefulness “weep at night inside the trash bin”.
These beliefs manifested themselves further in Ganz artwork as discarded and reclaimed objects are revived into fabulous, striking pieces of sculpture inspired by fantastical creatures and nature itself.This makes us want to start raiding the bin to see what we can create! Wonderful stuff.
For more on Ganz work check out her website here.
We love Chicago born photographer and designer Paul Octavius's project 'Lean with it'. Octavius depicts leaning trees and shrubs and juxtaposes that with his friends leaning in parallel to the trees angle. The result is an interesting mix of line and form portraits that play cleverly with space. It also has the interesting effect where the viewer leans their head in interest. Come on. You know you did.
All photos from Paul Octavius here.
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