June 9th, 2014

Adaptive traits, coupled with time-standing traditions, are what make a family…well—wholesome. 

Not everyone admired Honey Maid’s “This Is Wholesome” campaign, which featured happy families enjoying the brand’s traditional graham products. Comments like “horrible” and “disgusting” surfaced via social media as audiences responded to scenes, which included a gay couple affectionately raising their baby. Standing firm in its message, Honey Maid quickly adapted to criticism by launching a warm-hearted response. Instead of shrinking in PR defeat, Honey Maid succeeded in showing that all a family needs to truly be wholesome is “Love.”

(Source: inc.com)

June 2nd, 2014

Art and music are constantly colliding. Tomorrow, join Reed Space and Staple as they present their first #AudioVision event. A gallery exhibit of artist Naturel’s work will be available for viewing while Illmind  provides the soundtrack. Stop by for limited edition tees, prints, and Heineken. RSVP: naturel@stapledesign.com. 

March 27th, 2014

A New York-based stylist, Caitlin Levin, and a New Zealand- based artist, Henry Hargreaves, teamed up to create beautiful maps using real food as their medium. Levin and Hargreaves selected the staple food(s) of 4 continents (Africa, North America, South America, and Australia), 6 countries (China, France, India, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand), and 1 sovereign state (UK). For instance, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, and corn for North America.
 
Both artists were inspired merely by their passion for traveling.
 
You’ll notice that each map is made up of just one type of food with some variations within that food. The artists used patterns to separate the different cities, countries, and states within each map.  

Graphic designer, Sarit Melmed, created custom vintage-style typography that adorns each map.

(Source: mymodernmet.com)

January 28th, 2014

Portland native and artist, Peter Gronquist, has been gaining recognition for putting a contemporary spin on traditionally old-fashioned artwork, such as taxidermy. Gronquist conceptualized and executed the “Branded Taxidermy” installation, which remixes majestic deer antlers. By replacing them with abstract sculptures, Gronquist has created an eye-catching body of work. This collection incorporates elements of couture designs, nature, gold, humor, and even popular fashion brands. 

See more of Gronquist’s work here

January 8th, 2014

Dakis Joannou recently reached out to Jeff Koons and world-renowned Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.  Guilty is definitely an eye catcher of the sea measuring out at 115 feet long and includes four guest bedrooms, a master bedroom and private terrace.  The exterior of Guilty enables a modern 3D visual with an array of contrasting geometric shapes and colors. The juxtaposition of the interior design makes Koons’ piece of art more captivating.  Set with pearly white walls and high windows the interior appears massive.  In addition, to offset the white walls Joannou and Koon filled the yacht with vibrant neon fixtures and stairs make Guilty more appealing to the eye. It’s amazing how a piece of art inspired by British naval camouflage can set the bar and challenge other artists to be more innovative in these modern times.

November 5th, 2013

In celebration of Damien Hirst’s ‘Relics’ exhibit at the Al Riwaq Exhibition Space in Qatar, the artist teamed up with Miuccia Prada to create a pop-up juice bar.

Housed in a Bedouin tent, the ‘Prada Oasis and Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy Juice Bar’ was designed to replicate Hirst’s 1990s ‘Pharmacy Restaurant’ exhibit and a nearby Prada boutique once housed in a traditional sheep hair tent.  For the project, Prada created 20 limited edition ‘Entomology’ Plexiglas bags, which encase bejeweled beetles.

The proceeds from the sale of the bespoke bags benefited the Sheikha’s Reach Out To Asia non-profit organization that aims to improve youth access to education in Asia and the Middle East. 

(Source: wallpaper.com)

October 15th, 2013

British graffiti artist Banksy is halfway through his New York street residency, unveiling a new installation each day and documenting the piece on his website.  Some of his recent installations include: stenciling work of a beaver in East New York, a moving installation in the Meatpacking District titled Sirens of the Lambs, and a mural in the Lower East Side.  

This past Saturday, original artwork by Banksy was sold in Central Park for only $60 to unsuspecting passersby making just $420 between 3 customers.  Banksy’s work typically goes for upwards of $30,000.  All of the artist’s New York residency work can be seen here.  

October 9th, 2013

Currently on view at the Kyoto Art Center, Yasuaki Onishi’s “Vertical Emptiness” breaks away from the artist’s usual use of black hot glue.  The installation features upside down tree branches draped with hot glue and crystallized urea compound resulting in a scene reminiscent of a fresh snowfall.  You can find more of Onishi’s work here.  

(Source: thisiscolossal.com)

September 24th, 2013

With most art presented with a strict HANDS OFF disclaimer, it’s hard to imagine an art exhibit you can get so close to you can actually taste it.

That’s exactly what Dutch artist, Marije Vogelzang, has done with her Teardrop installation at the DordtYart Centre for Contemporary Art.  The exhibit was designed with two people in mind, and simulates the feeling of being fed by a loved one as a child.  Teardrop features ropes connected to a flavor-filled glass pipette with phrases such as “a fly just flew into my mouth” and “I’m so tired of myself” attached.  When a participant pulls one of the ropes it releases a drop of flavor into the mouth of the participant below giving a new meaning to playing with your food.  

(Source: Vice Magazine)

September 16th, 2013

Having already supplied Los Angeles with bamboo gardens after the Rodney King riots in South Central Los Angeles, the fires in Malibu and in Northridge after its earthquake, artist Stephen Glassman is now embarking on a new project called Urban Air in an effort to change billboards into hanging bamboo gardens.

The installments will be Wi-Fi hotspots and will contain sensors that collect and transmit local climate data such as temperature and air quality. The project has already succeeded in raising the public’s interest with cities from around the world wanting to get in on the action. Summit Media has also agreed to donate some of its billboards to the cause. 

(Source: design.spotcoolstuff.com)

August 20th, 2013

You’ve never seen sneakers like this before.

In his latest project, Sydney-based artist, Filfury, disassembles classic sneakers and reconstructs them into skulls and bugs. This project features the classic Air Jordan and a repurposed Nike silhouette. 

Check out more of Filfury’s work here

(Source: freshnessmag.com)

August 12th, 2013

The upcoming book, NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, is a labor of love from New Yorker, Nathan Pyle. In March, Pyle uploaded numerous GIFs to Reddit that expressed the things every New Yorker should know, garnering over 48,000 upvotes and 200,000 clicks. Two weeks later, he landed the book deal. The book is a continuation of the Reddit post, that will feature 144 tips and tricks for navigating the Big Apple.

The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

(Source: Wired)

August 9th, 2013

Though Halloween is a couple months away, Torafu Architects’ haunted play house exhibit, “Ghosts, Underpants and Stars,” is the perfect teaser. It is currently installed at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. This isn’t your typical exhibition, where you’re forced to speak softly, keep your hands to yourself, and tread lightly. At this haunted house you’re encouraged to break all the rules- run, shout, and touch. The exhibit runs until September 8, 2013.

August 2nd, 2013

Here is a little cleaning inspiration in the form of still life photography commissioned by Danish studio Put Put for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.  Kondo Marie, Japanese cleaning expert, advises to “take any object that one has in his hand, and pay attention to the reactions of the body and the soul. What makes you happy, you keep. What brings no fulfillment, you throw away.”

Anyone else feel like cleaning now?  

(Source: trendland.com)

August 1st, 2013

As much as we want to see superheroes save the world, we are fascinated by their beginnings. Graphic designer Khoa Ho pays homage to the humble origins of Batman, Superman, Flash, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Wolverine. The series of posters are a testament to those who come from a modest background and end up choosing a life of honor and good will. 

(Source: Mashable)

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