Hadzi-Vasileva researches the location of her installations before she begins sourcing materials, often the unsuitable for consumption parts of fish and leftovers. While smelly, they are beautifully delicate and energetic.
Patricia Urquiola made this chair using alcantara, a unique non-woven material developed by a Japanese research. While I am not a huge fan of the scarlet designs, I love the organic ruffling alond the edges. Read more here: http://www.spotd.it/2009/05/volant.html
" Based on the idea of lines, Seb Preschoux has created this incredible string art. What began as paintings and then drawings soon turned into amazing art installations. Preschoux wanted to make something in a natural environment so he chose forests in Paris as his setting. Easy to reach and a perfect place with lots of space, Preschoux liked "the contrast between nature and the geometrical shapes produced by the installations and their light and colors."
"Based in London, Random International studio creates all kinds of installations that explore behavior and interaction, often using light and movement as the foundation for their artworks. The Rain Room, an exhibition supported by the Arts Council England and made possible by the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, is located at the Curve in the Barbican Centre in London
"Aidia Studio, an architecture and design firm founded by Rolando Rodriguez-Leal and Natalia Wrzask, installation Milkywave. The piece consists of 1,664 ceramic yogurt bottles that have been repurposed as a multi-story hanging light fixture...illuminated from within..the unified entity, the installation as a whole, that significantly brightens a room...The project's intention is to present a beautiful, functional, and efficient piece of work that draws attention to the power of reuse."
Joie de Vivre is a Hotel company that started in San Francisco in 1987. They design eclectic boutique hotels fitting the local flavor of each unique location. To be a product sourcer or linen designer for this company would definitely be a bit of a dream job, experiencing new sights to recreate the experience of being an insider for the travelers.
"Kaikkonen reveals her personal connection to each of these clothing-based art projects that are, in their simplest forms, artistic coping exercises. Initially, the apparel artist worked with men's jackets, shirts, and ties, finding inspiration from memories of her late father...Holding on to clothing is a way of holding on to memories of people. In a way, hanging the articles of clothing high above is freeing."
While seemingly most of hotel linens are simple or even plain, the subtle details along with the luxurious nature of the materials and weave structure make these items something to be desired long after one's stay has ended.
"Beijing sculptor Zhan Wang just finished up a very impressive installation for the UCAA exhibition hall. Titled My Personal Universe, the piece plunges the viewer in the middle of a giant explosion! It's meant to represent the Big Bang theory, that the universe started from a single point and has been expanding ever since. It shows us that chaos can be, at times, beautiful."