Jaime Hayon Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager, he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical imagery so imminent in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy, working closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shop, restaurant and exhibition conception and design to graphics. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, followed by interior design and installation. His singular vision was first fully exposed in Mediterranean Digital Baroque at London’s David Gill Gallery, an exciting mise en sc’ne, largely executed in ceramic, followed by Mon Cirque, which traveled to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.
Juan Francisco Casas paints large size oil canvases and blue Bic biro draws where he reproduces images he takes with his camera, youthful and spontaneous domestic photographs of fleeting moments of nighttime fun. These amazing illustrations are all done using only ballpoint pens.
Ana Ventura graduated in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts â€“ University of Lisbon â€“ in 2000, with 3 years of specialization in Engraving. In 1999 she made a Internship in Engraving, Illustration and Painting, in the context of the Erasmus Programme, in the Ã‰cole SupÃ©rieure d’Art Visuel La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium. Her work has been exhibited in solo and in group shows since 1996. She is represented in private art collections in Portugal and abroad. Ana Ventura is an illustrator for publications and books, especially childrenâ€™s books. She lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Incredible photo-retouching by Paris-based artist Waldo Lee. Very cool.
Loving the work of Cassandra Jean Piedra, an illustrator based in Florida, USA. She already has a collection of webcomics for your viewing and reading pleasure.
Designed by Levitate Architects in London, this library staircase is both practical and beautiful.
Talented Chinese illustrator Kuang Hong blends a healthy dose of science fiction along with a dash of fantasy in his paintings.
Feast your eyes on these photographs by Gabriel Wickbold, a young Brazilian photographer. Stunning! Just wow.
Finnish based design duo Aamu Song and Johan Olin of Company were comissioned to create art work for a residential building in Toukoranta, a new housing area in Helsinki, Finland. Their project kaide-taide (art-handling) bends the railings of the 8 storey building into new shapes, providing places to sit and lean on as well as opening up new views from the stairwell. Railings are painted in a different tone of grey at each floor, creating a gradient; the 1st floor being dark grey to the 8th floor being white. Link here.