Pyrotechnic fanatics and illustration lovers are going to explode over this nugget we found on Colossal: illuminating catalogues of fabulous Japanese fireworks from the beginning of the 20th century. Take us back!

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    Colour agogo

    ...And pattern too! We're itching to spend some time in L'Arlatan, an amazing hotel with roots in the Middle Ages. Recently re-envisioned by artist Jorge Pardo and with some 6,000 square metres of mosaics throughout, this amazing hotel is a unique colour explosion in Arles. It sounds as close to living in an artwork as anything we can dream up. Learn more about it with Wallpaper's fascinating history. Images by Pierre Collet.

    Incredible colour

    Must See
    As self-confessed colour aficionados we are in complete awe of the Alexej von Jawlensky Expressionism and Devotion exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum. Russian born Alexej moved to Munich where he moved to the forefront of the German Expressionist movement with his open-minded approach to colour in rich landscape, still-life and portrait work. Wow, incredible and intense! Image: Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941), Woman’s head, 1911.

    Getting Crafty

    Studio Life
    From learning how to make fruit rockets to designing your own eco-bag, kids spring craft activities and cooking demos required a fresh, fun promotion. Our watermelon popsicle animation did the trick! Applied to in-centre and online advertising the campaign promoted Pacific Square’s school holiday program, encouraging creativity and healthy food choices.

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    Two tracks

    A couple of tracks on high rotation here in the studio are Blame Fire by Petite Noir (love that image) and Wit' da Team by Genesis Owusu. Both tunes have us a sweating new material in '19. Break out!
    #africacalling 13.12.18

    Poster power

    Saul Bass's legacy continues to inspire with a comprehensive archive project focused on his posters. We love the universality of Saul’s work expertly explained by the archivist Matthew McCarthy: “I think the timelessness of the work comes down to an ability to distill a film’s story, message and atmosphere into a single, powerful image.” Approaching half a century on they still pack a punch. Find out and see more at It's Nice That.

    Going under

    A new museum in Helsinki has transformed a former underground bus station into a fascinating underworld showcasing the gamut of art practice. What's more, Amos Rex is an astonishing example of art galleries becoming architecturally more like sculptural installations themselves. Learn more about it at The Guardian. Image: JKMM Amos Rex Mika Huisman.

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    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.

    Float in

    Must See
    Tomás Saraceno's On Air exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris is all about the forces and entities that float in the air. Bringing together both new and old work, this multi-sensory installation provides the perfect environment for poetically pondering human existence. It's on through to 6 January 2019.

    Take two


    Oskar Zieta and Isaac Monté are two designers we have our eyes on. They both took part in The Random Collection in Brussels early in the year, and recently again at Biennale Interieur. Taking texture and technique into new territories Isaac's Crystallized Chair and Oskar's Harmony Emerald-Blue sculpture are tantalising our senses.