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

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.