Track findings on anything interesting from Art and Design (architecture, fashion, fine-art, interior decoration, product design, and almost any form of aesthetics).

Sunday, December 12, 2010



Jeep is an automobile marque of Chrysler. It is the oldest off-road vehicle (also sport utility vehicle – SUV) brand. It inspired a number of other military Light Utility Vehicles, such as the Land Rover which is the second oldest 4-wheel-drive brand.

The original Jeep vehicle that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created in other nations.

Design of Jeep is the culmination of over 68 years of experience, real-world testing and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes. It is this relentless pursuit of quality, durability and rugged capability that has made Jeep so well respected and in demand of as a highly-functional vehicle.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Interior (Office/Studio)

Composite Art & Design

This office/studio is conceptualised with functionality in mind. However, there are dashes of surprises here and there with kitschy and playful nick-nacks. Main furnishings are in basic colours of Black and White with accentuation of bold colours and added interests from littles things such as figurines, artwork, coffee-table books, mememtos etc.

Tel/Fax: +65 67471943
520 Sims Ave #02-04 Singapore 387 580

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Architecture (India)

Lotus Temple

The Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahá'í House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Paper Sculpture

Jen Stark

Jen Stark is a contemporary artist whose famous work are impressively paper sculpted. She also works with drawing and animation. Her work draws inspiration from microscopic patterns in nature, wormholes, and sliced anatomy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Movies (French)

4 beautifully filmed cinematic stories, all quinessentially French!

A moving story about love, life and the beauty of unexpected friendships.
Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, who meets with society’s expectations of what a concierge should be; reliable though totally uncultured. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers, with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives.

This dark, slightly absurdist comedy is narrated by Nicolas, an eight-year-old boy supremely happy with his loving, doting parents and a colorful group of friends. It seems that life couldn't possibly improve - until Nicolas eavesdrops on his folks and surmises that his mother is pregnant. Horrified, he envisions a scenario where a new baby brother arrives and crowds him out of the house, leaving his parents with no time to care for him. Nicolas and his friends then cook up a series of wild schemes to dispose of the baby.

It is the second in a series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, after The Flight of the Red Balloon. In the film, two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

It concerns Antoine, who must leave Lyon to help his mother who keeps the grocery in a village in southern France. His father, stricken with a heart attack, can no longer drive the truck that supplies the isolated hamlets. Antoine discovers the charm of these people, "bons vivants" (good living) ways and gradually comes to love his eccentric customers and finds the country of his childhood.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fine Art (Sculpture)

Ron Muek

Ron Mueck is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in Great Britain. Mueck's early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children's television. He moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures which looked perfect from all angles.

Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical “presence” of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture. In the early 1990s, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick.

 Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff’s nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

Mueck's sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fashion (Pleated Pants)

Lacoste S/S 2011

Check out these cool pleated pants! Loosely cut and stylishly tapered with narrow hems. They really give a dandy and preppy feel as inspired from the 50s vintage pants.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Design with Cardboard

House-ware & Furniture

Forming products and furniture in cardboard?
These life-size heavy-duty ‘paper sculpture’ could be far more functional and durable than you think ... …

Beside being a venerable workhorse of set designers in the theatre and movie business, cardboard furniture has also graced some of the world's nicest homes. Famous architect Frank O. Gehry is possibly the first to have introduced it to the design world – with his 1972 cardboard furniture collection "Easy Edges".

Nowadays, cardboard designed products and furniture are getting popular and in increasing demand!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Jewellery Design

Philip Crangi

Acclaimed jewelry designer Philip Crangi has always drawn his inspiration from history; Greco-Roman artifacts, Baroque ironwork, and Japanese armor are but a few of the references found in his work. “I would describe my aesthetic as one of contrast in material, color and mood,” says Crangi, who was trained at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design as a goldsmith.

After graduating from RISD, Philip and his sister and business partner Courtney Crangi began creating unique objects and jewelry from their New York City studio. Using materials not often associated with traditional fine jewelry design, they created their signature collection, Philip Crangi, combining age-old techniques with a unique palette of gold, wrought iron and steel. Through this process, Philip Crangi crafts impeccably detailed heirloom pieces, which reflect the very personal style of the wearer, while at the same time creating classics for a new era.

Today, Philip Crangi is one of the most noted jewelry designers in the industry; in June, 2008 he was awarded the very prestigious CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design and in 2007 he was named first runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Lucien Kroll

He (born Brussels, March 13, 1927) is a Belgian architect well-known for projects involving participation by the future users of the buildings. In the 1960s, Kroll worked with the Rwandan government to build housing using traditional materials and techniques. In the 1970s he became renowned for the socio-cultural infrastructures he created for the Medical Faculty of the Louvain University in Brussels. His vast repertoire also includes private homes, schools, universities, churches, monasteries and underground stations in Belgium and France.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Product Design

Polar Bear Rug
by Form Us With Love

Wallpaper* magazine has brought together and briefed some of the world’s leading designers, craftsmen and manufacturers to produce unique furniture, fittings, foodstuffs, fashion and more. The 2010 August Handmade issue is dedicated to this astonishing collection of one-off designs and delicacies, chronicling their production and presentation at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Form Us With Love collaborated with woven vinyl flooring company Bolon to design and produce this polar bear rug.

A traditional bear rug, with a not-so-traditional method of design and material of production. Using Photosynth, a software that enables a picture to be converted into 3D, and then reversing the process through Pepakura Designer (a software used by paper-modelling craftsmen to create fold-and-tab geometric cuts-outs for paper crafts), Form Us With Love turned a model of a polar bear into a design for a rug. The rug was then machine cut out of white Bolon vinyl flooring. More complex, perhaps, than shooting and skinning, but better for the bears.

  Form Us with Love is a design house based in Stockholm. It was formed in 2005 and it aims to challenge conventional through its design initiatives in developing everyday objects, furniture and lightings.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fine Art

Jonathan Yeo - The Portrait Artist

Jonathan Yeo is a British artist who rose to prominence in the 1990s as a contemporary portraitist.
He is best known internationally for his portrayal of George W Bush. After a commission to paint the US president was reportedly awarded and then withdrawn, Yeo took it upon himself to create an image of the President anyway, making a collaged portrait from pornographic magazines. The work has led to Yeo exhibiting more collages – mainly portraits and nudes – made the same way. Some of the famous personalities done include Paris Hilton, Hugh Hefner and Lucian Freud.

Charles Saumarez-Smith, former Director of the National Gallery and Royal Academy, said of the porn-collage of Lucian Freud, "Yeo is the young rising star of portraiture and Freud is the acknowledged master. It’s a homage that has its tradition in the past. Painters would quite often do portraits of other artists they admired. Admittedly this one of Freud is rather different as Yeo has used this other dimension – people’s private parts."

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Persona (Fashion)

Milan Vukmirovic

He is a man with many hats!
The French designer has about a dozen other entries to add to his job description.

First and foremost, Vukmirovic is the creative force behind the Italian luxury house Trussardi. He is also a renowned fashion photographer, who has shot campaigns for top brands like Armani, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, and Trussardi itself.

He’s made use of his photo skills for his other career, as the editor of the quarterly magazine he launched in 2005, L’Officiel Hommes.

And, in case anyone missed the man who once helped establish the Parisian store Colette as the premiere place to be caught shopping, Vukmirovic opened his own store, The Webster, (along with co-owners Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Frederic Dechnik) in Miami earlier this year.