Wearable Art: Air Tattoos

Just love the idea of these 3D, paper-like, geometric sculptures that you wear around your neck to create the illusion of a sort of tattoo floating in the air. The designers, who have started up a Kickstarter page in hopes of getting the funds to take this project off the ground, say their idea for this first came about when thinking about how clothes sometimes cover up beautiful tattoo art:

“On a sunny Sunday we were shopping and chatting about fashion, we suddenly came up with an idea that it would be great to decorate body with artistic drawings but not tattoo. When you wear clothes, tattoo will be hidden. We wanted to design something that can decorate the surface of both body and clothes. Then we began to create countless drawings and pick the best, convert them into wearable pieces.”

What do you think about this idea? Would you wear one of these air tattoos?

Images: Kickstarter page 

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The Running Company: Further, 2

The Running Company: Further, 2

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy, Sydney, Australia
Executive Creative Director: Brett Howlett
Creative Director: Michael Raso
Art Director: Luke Chard
Copywriter: Mietta McFarlane
Illustrator: Simon Gleeson

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Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

The founders of the London- and Verona-based design collective Something, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, have created Club, a freestanding full-length mirror / wardrobe combination. Made for the German manufacturer Schönbuch, the piece appears to be a mirror at first glance. Peep behind it and you’ll discover that the attached stand also doubles as a hidden place to hang your clothes or coat, as well as your hat.

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

The piece can easily be moved from room to room and would be perfect to perch right by the front door for last minute outfit inspections.

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

The mirror frame is solid oak or walnut and the back of the mirror is veneered.

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

Club by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Schönbuch

Photos by Schönbuch GmbH and J. Morandell.


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Student Work – Ron Keren

Designed by Ron Keren | Country: Israel

“A concept store specialising in the selling of sea food and guiding the customer through the step by step process; choosing a product from the broad range of exotic raw materials, appropriate handling and storage, through to ideal preparation techniques.

The packaging of the products has been custom designed to ensure that quality and freshness are maintained. Each package is accompanied with a general culinary explanation specific to the product it contains. Visual language techniques were employed throughout the project in the format of sea-food icons. The clean and clear lines provide the customer with an easy and informative pathway to connect with the culinary world under the sea.”

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Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques-Elie Ribeyron

Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques Elie Ribeyron

Cheese Knives is a minimalist utensil set designed by France-based designer Jacques-Elie Ribeyron for Hublot Genève. She has won numerous awards, and even has commissioned work with Wallpaper Magazine. There is no doubt that cheese has its foothold in French culture and cuisine. Ribeyron wanted to design a knife that could easily cut through the massive cheese rounds.

Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques Elie Ribeyron

As a result, Cheese Knives – which is comprised of a large, circular cutter and a two-pronged fork – was conceived. The fork is mainly an addition to hold the cheese steady as well as remove the piece from a cheese round and onto a plate. The whole set is nicely packaged within a cow skin sleeve that has nothing more but a single pocket. Ribeyron wanted to respect Hublot’s strict design ethics, an closely adhered to the watchmaker’s aesthetic and quality.

The blade is constructed of black PVD stainless steel, and the handles are anodized aluminum. I love the care and detail that goes into something as simple as cutting cheese (*snickers*). For a design like this, I would definitely go out of my way to get this specific knife and fork to cut a piece of cheese round. Judging from the materials and aesthetics alone, I can assume that the quality on this set is top-notch.

Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques Elie Ribeyron

Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques Elie Ribeyron

Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques Elie Ribeyron

Skim Milk: Cheese Knives by Jacques Elie Ribeyron


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chez sucre chez

After my obsession with crewelwork the other week, I’ve been spending more time trolling Etsy looking for modern embroidery and needlepoint. I’m always a fan of Chez Sucre Chez cross-stitch work, so I was happy to see some new designs as well as some adorable reusable produce bags. They’re meant to replace the green/clear plastic bags you use at the store to gather fruits and veggies and definitely look a lot nicer. In addition to the bags, I love the cloud cross-stitch collection and the kits that create lace-inspired cross-stitch pieces. Those would be so sweet in a grouping on a wall. Click here to check out the full series and shop online. My plan is to save up and have some custom floral pieces (like the one at the top) made in honor of various state flowers. I’d love to do a small collection to honor the places that mean something to me. xo, grace



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Hop on the Designbuss with Erik Olovsson

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We’ve seen some pretty spectacular thesis projects by up and coming designers over the years, but never before have any of those projects involved a 6+ month-long road trip through small towns all across Sweden. Erik Olovsson, who recently completed his Master’s Degree in Graphic Design – Storytelling at Konstfack, noted how easy it is “to be sitting in the office and surf design blogs instead of finding inspiration from reality… It’s rare that a designer gets a deeper insight into the client’s business.” With that in mind he bought an old motorhome, cleaned it up, gave it a bright new graphic paint job and hit the road seeking face-to-face interactions with small business across the country.

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The crux of his mission is his strict no-fee policy. Instead of money, he takes payment for his design work in trade, with a preference for goods or services that will help him on his way. “Perhaps something to eat? Gasoline? New tires? A new hairdo? A hot shower?” he suggests. So far he’s traded a t-shirt design for a massage and web advice for cinnamon rolls. Overall he’s found that when no money changes hands the client/designer relationship is much more collaborative and equanimous.

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He recently held a concert on the roof of his van, did the brand identity for a Swedish-owned mango factory in Burkina Faso and completed a poster for a letter writing group (check his blog for images of the group’s founders’ Wes Anderson-esque vintage letter writing suitcase). It’s too bad that his thesis didn’t include plans for a Designjet, as we’d gladly cook him a hot meal in exchange for some modern Scandinavian design. Currently, he’s in Östersund, and you follow his journey on Instagram at #eriksdesignbuss or on his blog, where he posts images of his travels as well as his work in process.

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Engineering Temporality by Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen


Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen has covered pieces of furniture in a fine web of steel rings before destroying them with fire to make functioning objects that resemble fuzzy fading memories of the originals (+movie). (more…)

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London 2012 Olympics: Winning moments

They can come from any time during competition or the second a medal is won. Here’s an updated look at Olympians in winning moments as the Games head to their conclusion this Sunday in London. — Lloyd Young (47 photos total)

Andrea Baldini celebrates his team’s victory at the end of his men’s foil team gold medal fencing match against Japan’s Yuki Ota at the ExCel venue at the on Aug. 5 at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)



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