Masquerades + Mythology

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    Folklore is Fascinating.Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth,” folklore is a rich source of inspiration for us.

    From the far reaches of the globe we 
    have most recently been fired up by Charles Fréger's incredible Wilder Mann series and the power of his new exhibition Fabula in Milan. See more in Lyon at the Yokainoshima, Spirits of Japan show and sit tight for his new book Cimarron due to hit shelves February 2019.

    Stop by Houston Texas where the Egungun ...
    01.02.19

    The big reveal

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    Leading light designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson were at the forefront of Australian fashion from the late 1980s right up to just a few years ago when they zipped up shop in 2016.  The Designers Guide: Easton Pearson Archive is a fabulous exhibition showcasing their unique style and vision carefully selected from a multitude of garments, accessories and assorted ephemera. Head north to catch it and take in this interview with Lydia on The Design Files. Image by Jono Searle, courtesy of Museum of Brisbane.
    #archivefever . 22.01.19

    Head over heels

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    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.
    06.12.18

    Two-dimensional

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    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.
    22.11.18

    Sticky pink

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    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!
    08.11.18

    A guide to getting lost

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    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

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    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

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    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.
    05.10.18

    We love chips

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    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.
    25.09.18

    Mid-Century magnificent

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    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

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    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.
    21.09.18

    Colour genius

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    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.
    11.09.18