Head over heels

    We love colour and we're infatuated with Saturated: the allure and science of colour at Cooper Hewitt in New York. Considering the perception of colour through the eyes of artists, designers, scientists and sages, this exhibition looks at how designers apply colour theory using 190 objects spanning antiquity to now to do it. We highly recommmend the accompanying blog series for added insight. Images: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution courtesy Cooper Hewitt.


    It's all about abstraction with BBC Two's new animated idents. From the elegant to the fun we're looking forward to future iterations. But for now the paper stop-motion has our undivided attention. Get in the picture on Creative Review.

    Sticky pink

    Amsterdam has found a novel way to recycle discarded chewing gum: trainers! With some 1.5 million kilos of gooey-gum sticking up pavements every year, this initiative takes rethinking things to the street and cleans it up too. Hubba bubba! And if you're lost, you've got a handy map on your sole!

    A guide to getting lost

    If you need help finding your way then a flip through the pages of Pentagram's The Maze: A Labyrinthine Compendium could provide some useful tips. It explores both real and fictional examples of mystifying mazes through illuminating illustrations and telling tales with a good dose of humour.
    #publish . 25.10.18

    Screen reading

    We're all set for more screen time thanks to New York Public Library's innovative Insta Novels. Designed to encourage a new generation to read, this clever and well designed initiative uses Insta Stories to tell actual stories. We're loving Alice in Wonderland, and recommend jumping down the rabbit hole to dezeen for the low down on this cool project.
    #publish . 18.10.18

    Beer with a Painter

    It's a simple premise, sit down with an artist and talk about their work over a beer. Hyperallergic's insightful interview series gets to the crux of their inspiration resulting in a greater understanding of the artist's rationale for the viewer. Image: After Shen Shicong 4, 2017, flashe on canvas by Emily Cheng.

    We love chips

    Naturally, we're talking terazzo here. And it's not just us digging Marmoreal's big chips, Design Miami's Rodman Primack's bathrooms are covered floor to ceiling according to Sight Unseen's insightful interview with him concerning his collecting capers. Check out Terrazzo Time post for inspiration. Image by Sean Santiago.

    Mid-Century magnificent

    What's not to love about expanded versions of Thames & Hudson's nifty concertina books 'Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design'? A collaboration with Here Design featuring more insights and information than the original publications in 2016, means we can't wait to sit down — in an Eames chair, naturally — to adore everything within. Full details on It's Nice That.
    #publish . 24.09.18

    Hot on the Wheels

    Hot on the heels of the National Gallery of Australia's acquisition of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room for their permanent collection comes word of MoMA's release of Yayoi-dotted skateboards. Those decks will be the envy of boarders everywhere! Images: MoMA/Yayoi Kusama and Yayoi Kusama.

    Colour genius

    We pretty well love everything Patricia Urquiola puts her hands to, and these exceptional rugs from the Rotazioni collection are no exception. Playing with repetition to emphasise three dimensionality coupled with her trademark colour genius makes us think that these carpets are almost too good for the floor. Head to dezeen for more.

    Composites Attract

    Kevin Solis, who we discovered on Sight Unseen's ceramic curatorial collection roundup, takes an experimental approach to traditional ceramic processes. We think the results speak for themselves with his exciting and vibrant range of composites. Check out our across the globe terrazzo post.

    Ahead of the Curve

    With surfing an Olympic sport from 2020, Bloom is championing gold and cadmium yellow as the ultimate in water warrior style. We’re on board. Full report on Trend Tablet.