Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Daily Dish

"The Daily Dish" is a photo catalog kaleidoscope of 365 Petri dishes painted by artist Klari Reis. Klari uses reflective epoxy polymer to hand paint microscopic images of natural, organic cellular reactions.

The samples below of Klari's work by no means sum up the extent of what she has to offer, for each dish is uniquely beautiful in and of itself.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Stationery of Horror

How does art spice up corporate life? When artist Jacques Pense, via the Jung von Matt agency, showcases his bloodthirsty award winning Zombie creations in "Stationery of Horror" for Germany's 13th Street 24/7 horror channel.

Client: NBC UNIVERSAL Global Networks Deutschland GmbH
Agency: Jung von Matt AG, Germany
Creative Directors: Jacques Pense, Michael Ohanian
Art Directors: Matthias Kracker, Stefan Rösinger
Copywriters: Lennart Frank
Graphic Artist: Karla Kurz
Account Manager: Kerstin Stutzmann, Ruben Ockenfels
Post Production: Recom
Production: Frank Schweizer
Published: 2008

New York Festivals - Silver
ADC Germany - Bronze
ADC Europe - Finalist
D&AD - In Book


Do you ever wonder what you look like when sleeping? Aussie, Olivia Martin McGuire has a new photographic sleep series that I find fascinating in an art meets life way. The photos picture individuals and couples in that vulnerable state just after falling asleep.

In her article entitled "The Choreography of Sleep" Lucy Davies quotes Olivia as saying, “I was hoping to catch the psychology of the shell – as in the body – once the inhibitions of consciousness were gone.

I like that these photos are of ordinary folks...

Here's an excerpt of Lucy's article...

Lilly Dreams © Olivia Martin Mcguire (click to enlarge)
Lilly Dreams

Rob Dreams © Olivia Martin Mcguire (click to enlarge)
Rob Dreams

Jacqui Dreams © Olivia Martin Mcguire (click to enlarge)
Jacqui Dreams

To take the photographs, she strapped a digital Hasselblad to the ceiling of a photography studio. Each result is so individual, that I assumed she must have posed each one, but she says categorically no. Instead she asked them to spend a few weeks thinking and focusing on the way they slept – did they lie on their side when they fell asleep; was their hair in their eyes when they woke up, and so on.

Helen Dreams © Olivia Martin Mcguire (click to enlarge)
Helen Dreams

Loren Dreams © Olivia Martin Mcguire (click to enlarge)
Loren Dreams

At first, most of them found it difficult to sleep under observation, and so McGuire would begin the session by asking them to recall these shapes – on their stomach or their back; arms outstretched or tucked beneath them until they became comfortable with the process. The particular shapes were important to McGuire: “I was hoping to make it look like a dance across the walls.”

Leika Dreams © Olivia Martin Mcguire (click to enlarge)
Leika Dreams

Jess & Nadav Dream © Olivia Martin Macguire (click to  enlarge)
Jess & Nadav Dream

Printed life-size on thick-textured watercolor paper, they were exhibited recently at the ACP in Sydney, alongside a video installation where the subjects toss, turn and dance their way across the screen.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Creative Shelf Designs

The Bookman—a man-shaped bookshelf made of mahogany—was designed by British artist Kazmierz Szmauz.

Eric Guiomar has designed sculpted cardboard bookshelves that are not only unique and useful, but affordable.

Designer Younes Duret’s inspiration for this PVC foam bookcase was the Zellige—a geometric mosaic commonly used in Moroccan architecture.

Not only aesthetic and practical, this crisscross design breaks the usual configuration of books on horizontal shelves and brings something new to the table.

“Short Circuit Shelf” by
Alexandra DiCairano

David Garcia's Archive series; a bookshelf that reinvents the wheel.

Dedalo Bookcase
is designed by Marconato & Zappa and is manufactured by Porada. The Dedalo bookcase is a modern design that can be used as a room divider or against the wall.

Salomonsen Pulseline shelf is inspired by the human heartbeat. This shelf is made from a 3mm metal sheet and the edge is painted with green fluorescent paint that glows in blacklight.

These Baroque bookshelves caught my attention as a quirky storage solution. You can get these pieces from

Imagined by the designer Oscar Nunez for Mexican
Fusca Design “Comic Shelves” would look even better with a character strategically placed beneath.

Quad bookcase is a multi-sized shelf design which can store CDs, DVDs, folders and books all in one clever product. For even more storage space, separate units can be joined together.

This quasi-hexagonal pattern bookcase (
Opus Shelving by Sean Yoo’s ) is made with “expanded polypropylene”- same material used to manufacture car bumpers and motorcycle helmets. It is 100% recyclable, very light, but very strong, and can be used indoors or outdoors.

“Silk” is a brand new idea designed by
Bloq based on a spiders web in the corner of a room.

Soundwaves find a physical identity in this beautifully crafted Storyline bookshelf designed by Frederik Roije.

Skateboard shelf for the kid in all of us.

Got a spare corner? Check out Allen bookcase

If you have an empty wall and you want an original bookshelf, then you definitely should check out the K-122 Tree by

Kamat & Rozario Architecture in Bangalore, India have created a highly unique set of concrete bookshelves. The idea behind these cool shelves was to create an inexpensive room divider.

Everyone can use a
pink cow.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Re-think Your Sink

Out with the old and in with the new... My passion for stylish, yet efficient ways to jazz up an abode has recently been ignited. I've been amazed by the creativity of home design and renovation. I love how we can add some panache and interest to what's tired, old and boring.

Well, it's not just your Mama's porcelain basin anymore. You can pick from so many materials; stone, glass, wood, copper. We don't have to settle any longer. It's all about a myriad of choices and custom designs that are only limited by your imagination.





















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