Here we see folks pulling off the difficult trick of turning something disgusting into something beautiful, using art. The ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, a public advocacy organization based in the Philippines, has been trying to clean Manila's polluted rivers. In order to draw attention to their horrific state, they've collaborated
The Walker’s Design Department is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Its work has been featured in publications such as I.D. Magazine, eye, Émigré, and Metropolis. Since 1980, this department has maintained the Mildred S. Friedman Design Fellowship program that provides individuals who
Convening more than 200 galleries from 31 countries for its fifth edition, Frieze New York showcases an extraordinary cross-section of work from artists ranging from newly discovered to contemporary masters. This year the fair featured nine site-specific artist sound and installation commissions, including Eduardo Navarro's Instruction from the sky (more
For the past 13 years, artist and filmmaker Eames Demetrios (the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames) has been travelling around the world—but instead of documenting the physical sites he encounters, his work has focused on building a parallel universe and finding imaginative ways of embedding it into our "linear"
As far as we've come with technology, traditional watchmaking remains an unnervingly skilled trade. The upper crust laborers of Parmigiani Fleurier, a three century year old watch company, include a small staff of highly skilled restorers. The three-person restoration team recently added incredibly rare guns and mysterious automatons to their
The knock on today's children is that they no longer play outdoors. Instead they're inside four walls and glued to screens, with programmers doing the imagining for them. Maybe that's why ex-game-designer and multitalented artist Craig Davison's paintings are so striking: They recall a time when children's imaginations were exercised
Like big art? French-Tunisian artist eL Seed's newest "caligraffiti" mural is enormous, both in size and emotional weight. The anamorphic piece, called Perception, spans over 50 buildings in Cairo's Manshiyat Nasr neighborhood and challenges viewers (everywhere) to see the world around them more carefully. so @elseedThe area is known as
Next time you're looking for a thoughtful yet whimsical gift for a designer who has literally everything, remember this. Emily Boutard makes miniature furniture that's nicer than the real stuff most of us own. Scandi, Regency, Victorian, there's something for all types of era-enamored snob. To top it off, she
Susanne Bartsch is the fairy godmother of the weird and beautiful party scene you've seen in movies and always kind of hoped was real. Even if you have no interest in parties, fashion, or history, the trailer for @Bartschland is a fun 3 minutes. At the nexus of style
I picture her hunched over her computer, surrounded by her paintings, as 87 years of images, colors, and impulses run through to the tips of her fingers. Our interview
As a sculptor and designer, Isamu Noguchi was incredibly versatile and well-versed in many materials. Within his considerable body of work, ceramics don't appear frequently, yet they represent surprisingly prolific and adventurous moments in his career. He only worked in the medium during three immersive trips to Japan (he left
In an era where outsider art is both appreciated and bulldozed in the interest of land value, I implore you: please buy Hamtramck Disneyland. This sprawling complex of bizarre yard art was started by Dmytro Szylak in 1992 and added to for more than two decades. It is a one-man
The color Vantablack has recently taken the world by storm after artist Anish Kapoor announced that he has acquired exclusive rights to the use of this color. According to sources and scientists, it is the blackest substance known to man and absorbs as much as 99.6% of light.
Robert Irwin's prolific status hasn't prevented him from remaining somewhat in the shadows—fittingly, this temperament is further visualized in the minimalist art he produces. Originally a painter turned installation artist, his pieces over time moved from small to large, from flat to fully experiential. If you don't already know of
Jaun van Wyk, a young architect based in Cape Town defies his job description as simply an architect by exploring his evolving insight into art, architecture and creativity. According to his website: "Jaun aims not to alter architecture as such, but to reinstate his role as the creative individual by
Quilling is an art form whereby strips of paper are curled, formed and glued. The process lends a three-dimensionality to linework that, when combined with a selection of colors, creates a pleasing graphic effect. Source Source Source Source With a relatively low barrier to entry, quilling work appears for sale
Hermit crabs are the hobo recyclers of the crustacean world. Because they are born with soft, long abdomens, they must wander around and find a discarded seashell to stick it into for protection, then they wear the shell around and essentially live out of it. Japanese artist Aki Inomata started
Gallery owner Patrick Parrish is known as the eye behind the popular blog and Instagram feed, MONDOBLOGO. For the Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide, Patrick picked five sculptural objects that he visualizes being part of a desktop landscape.
In our homes and offices, there are at least two things we look at that are on vertical surfaces: Art and feedback displays. We hang paintings and photographs for pleasure and ambience, while we rely on thermostats, clocks and microwave oven readouts to provide some useful piece of data that
Man, Rock, Drill is a direct way to title a show of handmade marble pieces, but in the case of furniture designer Max Lamb's current show at Johnson Trading Gallery, its forthrightness is entirely appropriate. A collection created exclusively with Vermont marble, the idea behind the show was both spontaneous
Recently amid cartoonish background noise and joyful participants playing musical fruit (more on this later), I had a fascinating conversation about the future of art and technology with some facilitators of the new Design Interactions Studio taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In our brief
As the Creative Design Manager at Jaguar Advanced Design, Cesar Pieri spends a lot of time thinking about cars. So when he decided to take up painting as a creative outlet, he found inspiration from his day job. Using Jaguar hoods (bonnets) as canvases, Pieri has created a collection of
You've probably heard that earlier this summer L.A. dumped 96 million "shade balls" into their reservoirs. The thinking was that the black, 4-inch HDPE spheres will reduce evaporation. Here's a quick vid showing part of the mesmerizing dumping, which reminds us of Jelle Bakker's epic Marble Machine: Authorities are not
The UK's Green Street Media agency practices spraypaint-free, "eco-friendly" sidewalk advertising, using a powerwasher and a stencil to blast messages into dirty pavement. We showed you some of their stuff here. This powerwashing "reverse graffiti" method was pioneered by British artist Paul "Moose" Curtis, and it begs the question: Is
Of all the ridiculous arguments you'll overhear on the NYC subway, most are not worth your time to listen in on; it's obvious that St. Mark's Place is not within "the Lower East Side" and everyone knows that Kanye West does not have a degree in architecture. But this one
If you've taken a science or workshop class any time between now and 1935, you're probably plenty familiar with safety posters. We wanted to update our favorite vintage morbidity warnings with a contemporary creative bent, so we asked 10 Portland artists and designers to reinterpret their favorite safety poster ideas
Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mom is an artist. In an age where our mobile devices allow us to constantly document our lives and celebrities now design full clothing lines, ideas regarding field specialization and the boundaries of creative territory is quickly fading. We're living in an
Last year street artist Katsu caused a stir with his Drone Paintings. Last week he caused a stir by turning the technology against advertising with a public act of vandalism. The technology in question is the ability to spraypaint via drone, which produced (in my opinion) some pretty cool paintings
Rows of brightly colored PLA and rapid-prototyped pieces filled New York's Javits Center the other week for the annual 3D Print Design Show. The expo, which has been traveling internationally since 2012, invites manufacturers and makers alike to share their latest creations. It was there that the work of the
G-Force and Robotech were revolutionary in the animation world, and mind-blowing to those of us raised in the '70s and '80s. Well before CG, the "camera" in those shows could do things we'd never seen before: A long shot of battling spaceships would suddenly zoom in on one craft, bringing
It was two years ago that we first showed you Tom Sachs' "Love Letter to Plywood" video, and we didn't realize he'd since updated it. The video is part of his "Energies & Skills" series on studio practices, which are "required viewing for Tom Sachs' studio:" They comprise guides to
For butterfingered woodworkers, dropping a project on the shop floor can be bad. But just imagine if your materials of choice were crystal and glass.Since 2004, California-based artist Jack Storms has been producing these rare "optic sculptures." Created by precision-machining lead crystal and dichroic glass, a single piece can take...
Earlier we showed you a movie Hayao Miyazaki never made, and here we can show you a piece of one that he did. The last piece, in fact, of the last movie he'll ever make, by most accounts; though the globally-beloved animation master has announced—and rescinded—his retirement before, this time...
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