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While there is often a deeper meaning behind art created with words, text can often be mesmerizing purely for its repetition. I confess to loving the use of words for the hypnotic rhythm that they create. The effect can be like a blanket or textile of letters that slowly envelope as you gaze. Here are a few pieces that I find particularly appealing.

Sean Landers, Thought Bubble (1994) & Navel Gaze (1995)

Via imageobjecttext

Various pieces by Annie Vought

Via Annie Vought

North Adams (2007) installation from Jenny Holzer’s Projection Series

Via Jenny Holzer

Posted by on July 26th, 2012 at 3:52 AM | Comments (0)

Last month Architecture for Humanity hosted an auction on ebay called “I love Architecture” featuring sketches and artwork from some very fancy names in the architecture world. A few of my favorites are shown below. You can also click here to see the entire collection. All sales benefitted Architecture for Humanity.

Ball Nogues Studio

Matter Practice

Emily Abruzzo + Gerald Bodziak


Posted by on July 11th, 2012 at 5:46 AM | Comments (0)

One of my favorite ways to design a space is to subtly blur and define it through layers of screening. Here are some recent ideas I’ve discovered for a current project that play with soft and hard materials and varying levels of transparency. They all provide the feeling of privacy or separation while maintaining a visual connection to the overall space…they’re also fun and playful and invite people to take a closer look!

Installations using felt panel material from FilzFelt:

Above 4 Images via FilzFelt

Endless possibilities with the Bouroullec Brother’s Algue screen system:

Via Lotzdesign

Via Oelna

Posted by on June 27th, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Comments (0)

Building off our post from last Friday, today we highlight the color orange again in homage to summer…which, as I gaze out the window at a blue-skied and sunny morning, seems to be off to a great start.

Heath Ceramics latest seasonal collection is inspired by the warmth of summer, featuring soft hues of orange in an array of elegant and minimal shapes. Each piece is beautiful on its own or as a set to adorn the table of your next outdoor dinner party. Collection is available through October.

All images via Heath Ceramics

Posted by on June 13th, 2012 at 4:10 PM | Comments (0)

I was struck by the rich texture and layering of these structures made completely and purely of stacked books, inside and out. There are many installations out there but here are a few of my favorites.

Book Cell by Matej Kren, Via Flavorwire

Installation by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Via Found Shit

Home by Miler Lagos, Via Flavorwire


Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

In a recent search for unusual fabrics with type/font, I was wowed more by the classics I found at Maharam than many of the contemporary designs out there:

Alphabet by Alexander Girard, 1952

Names by Alexander Girard, 1957

Letters by Gunnar Aagaard, 1955

But here are 2 current fabrics that did catch my eye – both bold and graphic yet minimal and well balanced:

Nature Will Prevail fabric from Thea & Sami (left); Yuwa Kei fabric from True Up (right)

Posted by on April 25th, 2012 at 4:35 PM | Comments (0)

At first glance it’s hard to believe this dynamic installation is made up of something so ordinary as tennis balls. But the work by Ana Soler is even cooler because it is. She hung more than 2,000 tennis balls from near invisible string to create this floating, ethereal and always moving piece called Cause & Effect.

tennis balls

Images via Flavorwire


Posted by on March 14th, 2012 at 3:47 PM | Comments (0)

Came across these pretty hanging planters the other day while searching for new ways to bring greenery inside. (Gone are the days of macrame & spider plants!)

Faceted planter available at Pigeon Toe Ceramics


Posted by on March 9th, 2012 at 6:14 AM | Comments (0)

Natural and man-made objects seem to swarm and hover effortlessly in Thomas Jackson’s photographic series, Emergent Behavior. His images capture a freeze frame of explosive moments in out of place environments, each one becoming an eerily beautiful installation.

All images via Flavorwire

Posted by on February 24th, 2012 at 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

Snow Pallet: An installation in Sapporo Art Park in Japan by Toshihiko Shibuya, relies on the neutral landscape created by snow, something we don’t get to experiment with much in the Bay Area. The art piece scatters mushroom-like disks, painted bright colors on the underside, through the snow. The color then reflects onto the snow below creating beautiful pools of soft neon light.

You could apply this simple process of adding color to neutral spaces and objects in many ways to garner a huge effect. We plan to experiment!

Images from Designboom

Posted by on January 25th, 2012 at 5:07 PM | Comments (0)