Erick Swenson (born Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 1972) is an American artist and sculptor living and working in Dallas, Texas. He earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art, Painting and Drawing, from the School of Visual Arts, University of North Texas, in 1999. Swenson is represented by the James Cohan Gallery in New York. He has shown internationally at galleries and museums such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Villa Stuck in Munich, and was included in the 2004 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Located in Los Angeles, the Cherokee lofts by Pugh + Scarpa architects is a mixed-use or market-rate multifamily building in Southern California. The five storey building consists of 12 lofts located on floors 2 through 4. The first floor is a 2800 square feet retail space. There is also one underground level of parking and a rooftop deck/green roof.
” My working process is reminiscent of my experiences growing up in several different countries, of being disconnected from the place I was born. Then, I began searching for a new community where I truly belong. I find discarded objects from peoples’ houses and give them a second life, a new home. For my sculptures I use plastic utensils, toys and metal pieces among other things. I only select objects that have been used and discarded. The human history behind these objects gives them life in my eyes. My goal is for each object to transcend its origins by being integrated into an animal form that seems alive. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist. ” – Sayaka Kajita Ganz
Last year, Sebastian Brajkovic’s Lathe VIII was bought by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum for the recent exhibition Telling Tales – Fear and Fantasy in Contemporary Design, and for their permanent collection. This year, another international museum will have one of his chairs in their permanent collection. New York’s Museum of Arts and Design recently purchased Lathe V. The chair is made of bronze and embroidered upholstery. Brajkovic’s first series of Lathe Chairs were his graduation project from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006. (via Daily Icon)
Put some shades on for some neon galore courtesy of Surrounded, a vector illustrator. Check out his Deviantart gallery for more.
‘ Ten years after making his knitted lamp Dutch designer Bertjan Pot has created ‘Cluster lights’. The light shades are made by sucking a circular knitted textile around resin a cluster of balloons. The semi translucent light serves as a reflector for LED lights off the golden lining. ‘ (via Designboom)