Month: October 2015

Art and Design Link Love

Art + Design Link Love

Today everything is not what it seems. From Harding Meyer’s double vision portraits to a book that is really furniture, I’ve uncovered some mind-bending art and design for those who like things on the original side. From top left to right: Canadian artist Harding Meyer specialises in the human face and creates powerful, multi-layered portraits (of ‘made-up’ models) in oil on canvas. You will be mesmerised. Plus he has a cute dog! See more of his work on Tumblr. With these sculptures you get two for the price of one. The ‘real’ sculpture is revealed when seen through a curved cylindrical tube. Interesting. See more at Hello U. When is a book not a book? When it is furniture. The ‘Bookniture’ is a book that unfolds into a piece of multi-functional furniture: a stool, table, footrest, nightstand … Ingenious for those whose homes are space-poor and for those who like to carry their own chair/table around with them. It first launched on Kickstarter. You’ll never look a peanut or a carrot in the same way again. These biodegradable …

DIY Collage

Hanging Upside Down DIY

  There’s nothing wrong with hanging upside down. In fact, yogis say it’s good for you! Today’s DIY inspiration is all about making things that hang for your home … From top left to right: So simple and yet so effective: feathers + wire shade = minimalist quirky light. See more at Knoette Huset. Channel your inner 70s child and make this funky giant macrame rope light. Thanks to Vintage Revivals for showing us how. A wire rubbish bin, some lighting fixtures and wire cutters and you’ll be away with this one! Found at Muy Ingenioso. Who’d have thought nail polish had so many uses? Yes, these planters were painted using a dip-dye method with nail polish. A great way to use up old nail polish you want to replace. Find out how at Oh Joy. If you drink enough of these you’ll no doubt be joining the lights you’ve just made and swinging from the rafters. This yummy cocktail features passionfruit and bourbon courtesy SF Girl by Bay who takes the most gorgeous pictures to drool over. She calls it …

Innovative ideas

Innovative Ideas | Link Love

From toilet paper rolls to Indian taxis, today we’ve got four very different but innovative creations. From top left to right: 1. French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet takes the oh so humble toilet roll and transforms it into sculpted paper art. Just look at the facial expressions, sealed with shellac. He also makes amazing lights and other art from paper. First seen at This is Colossal. 2. Who said taxis had to be boring? From a country renowned for not being boring, designers in Mumbai, India have created Taxi Fabric to not only tell stories of their city and country but zshush up the interiors of taxis for the enjoyment of their drivers and customers. The picture here shows fabric by Samya Arif. ‘Monad’ celebrates the independence days of both India and Pakistan. Launching on Kickstarter, Taxi Fabric succeeded in achieving more than their desired financial goal to fund the decor of five taxis. It has now created 13 ‘stories’ and has become a talking point in Mumbai. Read more about this fantastic idea at Taxi Fabric. 3. Children are an under-utilised …

Raw Collection designed by The Fortynine Studio for Jardan

Interview: The Fortynine Studio | Object Designers

While in English we say ‘two minds are better than one’, in Japan they believe three heads are better than one. This Japanese Buddhist proverb could not be more apt than for Sydney-based Fortynine Studio created by three designers not long after graduating from Sydney’s College of Fine Arts (COFA). Coming from different backgrounds and knowledge bases but with an inherent commonality in their love of design, Ben Elbourne, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts decided to join forces to share their skills, resources and a working space. And in doing so they have been able to take on a wide variety of work, all based around the creative design of objects using local materials, from ceramic homewares to commissioned sculptures and themed exhibitions. They also offer workshops (teaching others the art of ceramics) and even kiln hire for those who need their work ‘fired up’. Here, Ben lets us into the world of the Fortynine Studio … Tell us about yourselves and your different background and how you’ve ended up where you are today? The Fortynine is an object design studio with …