Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Boo!

Brooker

Claire Leonie Brooker was one of the artists who caught my eye at 100% Design. She is a print & pattern designer, but her digital work is amazingly intricate. From afar her prints look like colorful snowflakes, and her friezes like traditional patterns. Up close, you can see the layers upon layers of design elements and an organic flair. Her work has been translated into wallpaper, friezes, and prints.

From her website:
Claire’s intention in developing these designs is to encourage the viewer’s imagination to take hold and reflect upon the many associations that these images inspire: artistic, architectural, cultural, crafted and illustrative. Their aesthetic is contemporary yet they are at home within both modern and traditional interiors.

You can see more of her work on her site. Click here.






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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Paper Power

I've seen Robert Ryan's work before, but it was brought to my attention again in the October issue of Elle Magazine UK. He creates beautiful, whimsical, and sometime irreverent paper cut illustrations. He has created a number of commissions as well for the likes of Vogue and Paul Smith. AND... he now has a book out, called "This is for You." It's supposed to be a gorgeous coffee table book. Perhaps a nice holiday gift for someone artsy? Click here for the Amazon link.

You can purchase a his artwork for yourself through his Etsy shop
here.
Check out his website here.

And his blog
here.

Here's a peak at Rob's work:




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Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Fun: Swirl me, Twirl me

Gorgeous work from California-based artist, Reed Danziger. These are unbelievably intricate paintings. They are organic, fanciful, lacy, but most of all, beautiful. The more you look at them the more you notice. If you read the articles on her website you'll learn a bit about how she works. Apparently she does a lot of initial reference, but then "closes the books" once she begins a project and works only from memory.

You can see more of her work on her website. Click
here to view.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

100% Design (Part 4)

I love Lizzie Allen. Ok, well, I don't know Lizzie Allen, but I do know her work and it's wonderful! She creates really iconic, hand screen-printed wallpaper. Some are more traditional, but my favorites are the fanciful scenes of city life. She takes the ordinary and makes it into something special indeed.

Below are some snaps of her London collection. But she has launched a New York line, and does commissions as well. Check out her site here.




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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

100% Design (Part 3)

I love wallpaper. I didn't always. I was much more of a contemporary/clean paint/funky colors type of person. But there is such an amazing array of designs out there now, that I think I'm smitten! The displays at 100% Design were amazing. I could have spent hours in each booth, but that would just be weird.

One interesting booth had a new product called Magscapes (by Pepper-Mint). I stopped first because the paper itself was interesting. But while talking to the representative, she told me of it's special property. It's magnetic! It opens up a world of possibility for interesting designs. They can also custom print your own design on the wallpaper. So if you've ever fancied being a pattern designer, now is your chance!


Click here to see more on their website. Below are some fun pix gathered from various sources.


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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lime Interlude



Just a quick break from 100% Design, to announce the launch of a new website for Blue Lime. We've been working on the site for a few months now, and it's nice to see it up and running. I worked on the design, while an interactive company (Shazamm) did the programming (thank goodness!).

The challenge was to create something fresh and fun, with just enough information. I can't show too many pix here because it would spoil the surprises. But take a look for yourself when you have a bit of time.


Click here to enjoy Blue Lime's website.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

100% Design (Part 2)









I'll continue reporting on the materials section of the show for the moment. I was really happy to see so many reused, recycled and sustainable products on the market. The great thing is that they don't always scream "eco." They are smart, and well thought out, and simply beautiful.

I fell in love with the products from a company called 3-Form. According to their website: 3 form is the leading manufacturer of award-winning, eco-friendly materials and architectural hardware solutions for the Architecture + Design industry.

Beyond their more natural looking panels, they have an offering called "hi res," which reproduces graphics on large sheets of EcoResin. You can achieve a stunning and dramatic look, especially if the panel can be back lit. Just gorgeous!
Check out their portfolio here.

Below is an example of "hi res", along with some of my favorites from their Organics line including: bamboo rings, bear grass, birch grove, and ithemba (beads and wire). And a few from their Graphic line! The pictures are great, but I wish you could see them in person when the light filters through. It's unbelievable.







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