Peugeot’s New Design Lab Seeks Non-Automotive Design Gigs

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Like Porsche, Mercedes and BMW, Peugeot is now seeking to spread their design expertise into objects that don’t have four wheels. The French carmaker has announced that their newly-formed Peugeot Design Lab, based within their Design Centre in Paris, is open for business and seeking external clients.

In conjunction with the opening, Peugeot has released a non-automotive portfolio of work presumably targeting the industries they’d like to attract.

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At press time their U.S. website carried no mention of the development, so it’s not clear whether they mean to focus purely on clients in Europe/Asia/South America, or whether the American branch is simply running late.

Though based in Paris, PDL will reportedly draw on the design manpower from their branches in Shanghai and Sao Paolo as well.

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Relationship Tables

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More than one ex-girlfriend has made the classic dinnertime gripe that I’m not listening to her. To paraphrase Dana Gould, I maintain that this is due to her choice of subject matter: If she was discussing the role that snipers played in the battle of Stalingrad, I’d be more inclined to tune in than if she’s asking me what I think Stacy’s boss meant by sending that e-mail.

Furniture design can’t address such problems—or can it? I’m reminded of a table I saw by the artist Frank Kunert, a German photographer who creates and shoots miniature interiors that offer wry social commentary:

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Also along those lines is a design we caught a glimpse of at Milan; here are more shots, and an explanation of, designer Marleen Jansen’s Courtesy Table.

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Pin Art by Philip Karlberg

瑞典摄影师 Philip Karlberg 利用1200根小木钉,依照人脸轮廓调整木钉的高低起伏,精心排列出一张张肖像图,最后再利用灯光制造出层次分明的光影效果。这组 Pin Art 系列作品花费了6天时间创作,所表现人物都是时尚界和娱乐圈的大牌,包括时尚设计师 、好莱坞男星Johnny Depp、John Belushi和Steve McQueen、传奇偶像Jackie Onassis、流行音乐天后Lady Gaga,摄影师还为每个人戴了一副时髦的太阳镜,实在是好玩。


Lady Gaga × YSL

Swedish photographer Philip Karlberg utilizes his whimsically artistic flavor of photography through his still-life pin sculptures for Plaza Magazine. Using the art of clever lighting and carefully arranged wooden pins, he was able to sculpt these transparent-like celebrities, each with their own pair of specs. It took him six days to shoot six faces using 1,200 sticks to create these famous sunglasses wearers.


Karl Lagerfeld × Dior Homme


John Belushi × Ray Ban


Jackie Onassis ×


Johnny Depp × Armani


Steve McQueen × McQ

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studio albori: casa solare in vens, italy

oriented to overlook a mountain range and absorb solar rays, this dwelling’s south-facing facade is comprised of an exposed weight-bearing frame made from locally sourced larch timber and glazing.

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Things That Look Like Other Things: Curb Your Lamp

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Seb, a.k.a. Whatshisname, is pleased to present a pair of lamps—the “Good Puppy” table lamp and its big brother “Good Boy“—that are more or less self-explanatory. (Hint: they’re controlled via footswitch… and the designer notes that the “puppy is in its natural pose, looking around with a bit of surprise on her face.”)

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Although “both lamps were supposed to be part of London’s the Art Below exhibition on London Underground stations, they were banned by London Underground due to being offensive.” (Perhaps a particularly snarky autocrat was so turned off by the notion that he saw fit to poo-poo the idea with a pithy “No can do.”)

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Well, at least it’s not things that smell like other things (or things that feel like stepping other things)—and considering that the “Good Puppy” is a table lamp, you’ll have to tap that on/off switch with your hand… plastic bag optional.

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Sergio Guijarro

Sergio Guijarro

Madrid-based product designer Sergio Guijarro has the best list of things he likes on his website (dogs, new pencils, The Smiths – hello!), but he also creates furniture and objects with great concepts behind them.

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La Teoría del Dios del Jazz (Theory of the God of Jazz) (first image also)
Inspired by the word “improvisation” that describes jazz, the three-piece, limited-edition collection is derived from the idea of conceptual crafts (handcrafted pieces with a story behind it). I love the idea behind them but I also love that they are functioning works of art.

Sergio Guijarro

Sergio Guijarro

Sergio Guijarro

Three Gradient Vases
The wooden vases show the gradual change from the bottom with it’s polished finish, to the top with its rough, unfinished raw surface. The gradient is shown through color, layers, and texture. Covered in stainless steel on the inside, each vase is perfect for a single flower.

Sergio Guijarro

Sergio Guijarro

Sergio Guijarro

Baooab
A six-piece child’s toy that combines play with “construction, creativity and interaction.” The options are only limited to the child’s imagination.

Sergio Guijarro

Baooab was made in collaboration with Miriam Tochijara.


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Wayne White

Wayne White
Failed Abstract Paintings Of The Seventies, 2003

When I read the bio of Los Angeles-based artist Wayne White, I discovered that he was a production designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (he won Emmys!) and also voiced several of the characters. It makes me love him even more! Based on his eclectic history and his latest work, he’s got the creative chops to do most anything artistic. His collection of Word paintings consists of thrift store bought traditional landscape lithographs that he paints on with phrases in 3D letters. The sayings are often cheeky or ironic which mix perfectly with the kitschy work they are paired with.

These pieces are part of his exhibit “I Say A Lot Of Things” that runs through May 5th, 2012 at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Beauty Is Embarrassing is an inspiring documentary chronicling the life and work of Wayne White. It was recently completed and there’s a Kickstarter campaign to get the film into more theaters. For more information about how to donate, go here.

Wayne White
Schadenfreude, 2010

Wayne White
So Long Losers! Hey Guys I’m Back!, 2008

Wayne White
All An Act, 2005

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Prolly, 2011

Wayne White
Not All There, 2007

Wayne White
It Never Stops, 2009

Wayne White
Wash Me, 2001

Wayne White
Crapola, 2009

Wayne White
All The Way Over There She’s All “Genius This Genius That” So We Get There And He Brings His Work Out And I Don’t Like It And He’s Pouting, Waiting For Me To Say Something And I Can’t, 2012

Wayne White
Feathered Roach Clip Hangs From The Ignition Key Of A ’73 Chevelle SS And Bounces To The Beat Of Immigrant Song on The 8 Track Player, 2012

Wayne White
They Used To Put Me Down In The Seventies, 2005

All images are copyright of Wayne White. Courtesy of Marty Walker Gallery.


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