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Lothar Schmid

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Selection of beautiful photographs from the talented Lothar Schmid. Yay!

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Cabbage Chair

p Nendo designed the cabbage chair for XXIst Century Man exhibition curated by Issey Miyake to commemorate the first anniversary of 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi, Tokyo. Miyake asked us to make furniture out of the pleated paper that is produced in mass amounts during the process of making pleated fabric, and usually abandoned as an unwanted by-product. Our solution to his challenge transformed a roll of pleated paper into a small chair that appears naturally as you peel away its outside layers, one layer at a time. Resins added during the original paper production process adds strength and the ability to remember forms, and the pleats themselves give the chair elasticity and a springy resilience, for an overall effect that looks almost rough, but gives the user a soft, comfortable seating experience. Since the production process is so simple, we thought that eventually, the chair could be shipped as one compact roll for the user to cut open and peel back at home. The chair has no internal structure. It is not finished, and it is assembled without nails or screws. This primitive design responds gently to fabrication and distribution costs and environmental concerns, the kinds of issues that face our 21st century selves. Thus, the cabbage chair fits active, optimistic and forward-moving "21st century people", the kind of people who, to borrow a concept Miyake expressed during a meeting with us, "don't just wear clothes, but shed their skin". p

Don Low

p Don Low is a talented illustrator, concept artist and animator based in Singapore. Check out the rest of his work here. p

Kate MacDowell

p p p p " I’ve lived and worked in many different environments and cultures that have influenced the way I perceive the world, and therefore my pieces. These experiences have ranged from teaching in urban high schools and producing websites in the high-tech corporate environment, to volunteering at a meditation retreat center in rural India a few hours outside of the fever pitch of Bombay. I’ve also collected visual imagery and ideas from my travels through Renaissance Italy, Classical and Minoan Greece, Nepal and Thailand. Upon returning to the United States in 2004, after a year and a half working overseas, I began to study ceramics full-time at the ArtCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina and later at Portland Community College's Cascade campus and the Oregon College of Art and Craft's community education program. I am currently a member of the Oregon Potters Association. I have also studied flame-worked glass at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and participated in an artist residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. " - Kate MacDowell p p p

Gartier Atelier

gartier1 Presenting the amazing work of Gartier Atelier also known as Brano Hlavac. gartier2 gartier3 gartier5

Coeur

coeur1 coeur2 Painter extraordinaire Coeur is based in France. His minimalistic approach to animal portraiture is very soothing. Who knew animals in formal attires are cool. coeur3 coeur4 coeur5

Chon Byung-Hyun

p p ' Chon Byung-Hyun, who is well-known as the exhibition titled "Blossom" for describing white porcelains as round as the full moon and vivid flowers in full bloom, will hold his first private exhibition in Busan. His exhibition this time aims at showing a variety of landscape pictures with soft colors, representing Korean's unique sentiments. He expressed his inspiration about the vitality of nature through wild flowers growing for themselves without anyone's care, mysterious wet lands as the origin of life, and nostalgic paths through a forest. The Field series show narrow paths through a forest covered with coarse grass and wild branches of trees, while the Waves series display nature along with dynamic waves in open seas, producing a new vitality of nature on the canvas with the matiere from paper mulberry and soft colors from Korean paper. ' p

MooNyk

moonyk1 moonyk1 Glad to have been introduced to the work of Vietnamese illustrator MooNyk. Her style is very poetic and surreal. Visit her devianArt gallery for more goodness. moonyk1 moonyk1 moonyk1

Alberto Ojeda Pieras

pieras1 Feast on the graphic design compositional skills of Alberto Ojeda Pieras. pieras2 pieras3

Chapel in Villeaceron

p p ' The idea of situating and relating a series of objects in the landscape- Dwelling, Chapel, Hunting pavilion and Guard's residence- gave the project a dual significance: in addition to the close relationship between landscape, objects and itinerary -between space and objects-, each item had to provide a different response with different emphasis, from the most symbolic to the most silent or private. The unifying thread was to be the concept of the fold: the fold as a hidden generator of different spaces. The Chapel is developed around the study and manipulation of a focally tensed 'box-fold. ' (Read more..) p