What would it take to make car travel safe? Rather than waffle over where to put airbags, sculptor Patricia Piccinini redesigned a human who can withstand a standard road collision. Piccinini's project yielded "Graham," an otherwise normal guy grotesquely reconfigured for maximum durability on the road. Conceived with input
No matter your country, background, taste in music, or political persuasion, 2016 continues to deliver disasters small and large. Escapism has its limits (just ask anyone in charge of the PokemonGo servers), but beauty can help keep our heads up. And maybe our legs? This week I found some surprising
Freehanding straight lines is hard, and those of you that are good at it have put in countless hours of practice. For nature, however, straight lines can be easy. The tendency of liquid to obey gravity and provide a flat surface, for instance, allowed us to create levels. Brazilian artist
Even if you find it cacophonous, Chinese Opera can be fun for an unversed, visual-minded Westerner to watch. First time I saw one I couldn't make heads nor tails of the story, but as you watch the performers' motions within their elaborate costumes, you start to grasp which characters represent
Over the last few months we've seen headlines trumpeting breakthroughs in skin-related technologies like 3D printed nose cartilage and lab grown muscles. If those make you feel like you're living on the cusp of a biofuturist hell world, check out the sculptures of Sarah Sitkin, an artist whose work might
Yesterday in Core77's hometown of NYC, Macy's put on their traditional Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. As always it was held after sundown. But having seen this show countless times, it would be nice to see a daylight fireworks show for a change. That requires different sorts of fireworks, of
Over the last few months, Suzuki Kango has been hard at work on a project that would take most of us a lifetime. For his senior thesis at Tohoku University of Art and Design, the 22 year old created "Plock," a fully mechanical wooden clock with a unique twist.
This past Thursday artist Tom Sachs and drummer, DJ, and music producer Questlove met for a discussion on the intersections of art and science, and their mutual love of music from across the globe. On view until August 14 at the Brooklyn Museum, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 transforms
Just when I thought I'd gotten over my Mad Max: Fury Road obsession, the internet had to remind me how cool and badass prosthetics can be. JC Sheitan Tenet is a French tattoo artist who lost the lower portion of his right arm over two decades ago. But this week,
Erik Johansson is a professional photographer and retoucher. He's also got a surrealist streak, and the collision between his passion and his skillset has yielded unbelievable images like these: Not all of his images are Escher-esque. A good chunk of his work eschews rotational symmetry for pure surrealism: Those of
In many ways, artist Jessi Reaves is not your typical furniture maker: "some people are in search of the pastoral or the meditative material experiment," says Reaves, "I think my approach is kind of brutal. I hate sanding. When I get to that stage in making something I always get
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
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