A few summers ago I found myself on a hillside in Portland, Oregon having my star chart mapped. If you’d told me I’d be doing that a few years ago, I would have laughed myself silly. But over the last few years, my willingness to try new things and open my mind a bit more has drastically changed. So when I saw this series of prints inspired by both star charts and stars of the silver screen, I was hooked. Designed by Dorothy, these Hollywood Star Chart litho prints feature constellations named after some of the most culturally significant films of our time. Right now Dorothy is offering two chart styles, Golden Age (based on the night sky over Los Angeles on October 6th, 1927- when ‘The Jazz Singer’ was released) and Modern Day (based on the night sky over New York on June 16th, 1960 – the date of the first showing of Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ at the DeMille Theater in New York). I love seeing Pulp Fiction charted next to Easy Rider and Chinatown. It’s a great spin on a popular theme and a perfect gift for the film-lover in your life. Click here to check out the charts and place an order online. xo, grace
During World War II, this site was used as an airbase for the USAF 381st Bombardment Group and Devon, UK-based Timber Design transformed it into a traditional timber frame farmhouse. The unique home still manages to blend well with the surrounding landscape, like it’s been there for decades.
The design is made up of two linear buildings that are connected by two walkways that all surround an interior courtyard. One of the buildings contains the private spaces for the family, which includes the bedrooms and bathrooms. The other building houses the public spaces with a living room, kitchen and dining room, and utility spaces. A separate office is there for the day to day running of the working farm.
By designing a new house, it allowed the family to use modern materials and efficient and sustainable measures during the building process. Dynamic thermal modeling was used to help predict how the house would perform over time and helped with the design of it. They were able to add roof overhangs, work with glazing orientation, and floor construction to help optimize the thermal comfort and performance of the home as a result. The house is actually carbon positive with these efforts and the addition of solar panels.
The tower allows for 360-degree panoramic views of the farmland that surrounds the residence.
Even though it falls into the way a traditional timber frame house is built, they used a structural system with steel detailing. You can see the steel tension rods throughout the home and even though they’re there for the structure, they also add an industrial element to an otherwise rustically modern design.
Negative Space is an exhibition where designers explore the idea of negative space from new and interesting perspectives. Ten designers from Konstfack, the largest university of arts, crafts, and design in Sweden, took on the challenge and present a series of their own interpretations where they examine the relationship between objects and their surrounding space.
Questions they ask: – What is a negative space? – Can it be framed by something other than matter? – Can a negative space be made tangible?
Berg, by Arash Eskafi, lets you build your own mountain of clothes thereby changing the negative space based on how you layer them.
Berg by Arash Eskafi
Covered, by Amyel Oliveros, is a series of glass and cork objects that create negative space depending on cuts, holes, slits, and indents that are added to them.
Covered by Amyel Oliveros
Spin, a collapsible stool by Daphne Zuilhof, morphs from a simple compact shape into an open and complex stool.
Spin by Daphne Zuilhof
Spin by Daphne Zuilhof
Mitosis are a set of side tables by Gemma Lord that represent the process in which negative space is filled, i.e. mitosis, where living cells divide and split into two new cells.
Mitosis by Gemma Lord
Light Habitat, designed by Maja Frögård and Sofia Josephson, is a tent-like light that essentially frames a new space where layers and air are captured within the transparent construction.
Light Habitat by Maja Frögård and Sofia Josephson
Rise and Shine are a series of lights by Kajsa Jacobson that shows negative space and how it can affect light and the usage of the light based on the function of the lamp. You press the shade down to turn the light off which reduces the negative space.
Rise and Shine by Kajsa Jacobson
Rise and Shine by Kajsa Jacobson
Beams is a family of lights by Sofia Lazzeri where the captured light itself casts a glow and becomes matter, giving the illusion of filling up the volume of glass.
Beams by Sofia Lazzeri
Noir, by Iina Vuorivirta, are a set of polished brass surfaced mirrors that are there to help us pay attention to forgotten spaces or ones taken for granted.
Skin and Bone, by Yu-Ching Chiang, takes a look at the dark, dirty corners we all have in our home. No need to bring the dust pan with you when you sweep – simply leave the triangular-shaped Skin and Bone dust pan in the corner and sweep the dust to where it awaits.
Skin and Bone by Yu-Ching Chiang
You might remember when we covered the Synapse Cabinet by Alexandra Denton a while back and it’s part of this exhibition. The sculptural storage cabinets, inspired by the brain, are meant to hold memories in the suspended cubes.
” I have enjoyed a long, varied career in illustration and graphic design. I have worked in the licensed apparel industry for such companies as Umbro, Disney, Sesame Street, and Winnie the Pooh. My work won a design excellence award from Jim Henson Productions.
I was creator and writer of a line of greeting cards sold across Canada and parts of the US. I have also had my own line of apparel which sold in stores across Canada.
My fine art career has also kept me busy with shows in many galleries throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. It is my desire to bring this wealth of experience to the children’s book arena as both illustrator and writer. I was born with a disability affecting my legs but I am very active enjoying golf, working out and photography. ”
David is a freelance illustrator based in Barcelona, and has been working on a range of projects for magazines, book publishers, ad agencies, online press and collaborations with other artists. These are only a few of his works, and I recommend you to visit his portfolio to check more of it.
Team Galag from Saudi Arabia showed pictures of their custom made Batmobile Tumbler. This cross between a tank and a Lamborghini created based on the movie “Batman: The Dark Knight” and it will be used in this year’s Gumball 3000.