Friday, 17 May 2019

Concrete Animals

These adorable concrete animals by 'Korridor Design', a Danish Design brand, made me stop in my 'concrete casting research mode' steps. 
With minimalist solid forms, accentuated by softer wood tones, these little figures would make for a heart warming addition to any design lover's collection! See more here.

Images: Copyright   Korridor Design

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

 Printmakers I

One of Japan's foremost contemporary printmaking artists, Fumio Fujita's art is a beautiful blend depicting landscape, particularly trees and abstract patterns. Patterns are inherent to the natural world and Nature then is perhaps the unifying thread in all of Fumio's varied work.

Fumio Fujita belongs to the ‘sōsaku-hanga’ school of printmaking : an art movement in early 20th cen Japan “that stressed the artist as the sole creator motivated by a desire for self-expression, and advocated principles of art that is ‘self-drawn’, ‘self-carved’ and ‘self-printed’ “ wikipedia

An absorbing blend of color and form characterise Fumio's printmaking - I was enchanted when I discovered his work.  See more here.

Images: Copyright Fumio Fujita

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Spaces in Clay

Ceramicist Mudita Bhandari's work transports one into an alternate spatial reality, 
one comprising imagined spaces. 

'City of Dreams'

'Under the same sky'

"My work is an expression of how I perceive my existence in context to the ever changing world around. I am interested in exploring the interrelation between man and space where sometimes man associates with the limitless space within him and sometimes responds to the urban multilayered physical one around. The two forming parallel worls, coexisting and shifting in time..." Mudita Bhandari

'Connecting Doors'

'Living Walls'

Mudita's work is rooted in architecture. See more here.

Images: Copyright Mudita Bhandari

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Art + Paper

Artist Nibha Sikander uses paper to creat 3D insects, butterflies and birds. At a glance, it's hard to set her creations apart from the real. 

One could be led to assuming that these minute details are possibly painted in. 
Look closely and you'll discover that each pattern has been painstakingly crafted in paper!

A deep love for nature fuels Nibha's creativity. See more of her work here.

Images: Copyright Nibha Sikander

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Friday, 3 March 2017

A Vision in Wood
Architect John Lautner’s (1911-94) architecture stems from it’s context. Revered as one of the pioneers of the Modernist movement in America, Lautner apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright and went on to design many remarkable, inspiring structures. 
The ‘Walstrom House’, built into a hillside in 1969, in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles is one of my favourites. Designed for an employee’s mother, the residence is a wooded vision bathed in natural light, surrounded with greenery.

Lautner’s architecture doesn’t prescribe to a particular style. Each of his projects has a unique identity. ‘Organic’ is the word I would use to describe the feel in his designs : springing out of the site, celebrating and embracing the setting’s features is the unique thread running through all of Lautner’s work. 

More on John Lautner  

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Wear  a  bit  of  Nature

Hina Nitesh

'Some see a weed some see a wish'…

How many times have you paused and admired the blooming flowers and how many times have you wished you could preserve them forever? There is so much beauty in nature around us - even the weed is a piece of art - it's all about how you look at it. Ask Kay Bells of Ruby Robin who makes wearable terrariums. 

Ensconced in tiny glass containers of different shapes are scenes from nature that bring back memories of time spent outdoors. These beautiful pieces of jewelry contain dried flowers, moss, crystals etc that makes nature live with you forever.

This surely is one piece of jewelry that is more precious than all the diamonds in the world. 

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cast in Imagination

"And who says that ceramics are really made of clay and that earth is the only material used? If well made, is is made of the same material as imagination..." La Bottega Delle Stelle

Bottega Delle Stelle is a Ferrara, Italy based contemporary ceramics studio. Riccardo Biavati, ceramicist and creative director fires fairy tales in the kiln - birds that are purveyors of ancient secrets, fascinating sloping roofed houses with curious faces peeping out, each with a story to tell. These also happen to double up as lanterns and incense burners!

View their spell binding selection here.

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