Category Archives: design

stationary inspired by the architecture of zaha hadid: Chris Labrooy

These are some interesting pieces inspired by Zaha Hadid’s architecture. Designed by Chris Labrooy

“With this piece I focused on capturing zaha’s formal language rather than reference specific buildings because i am very interested in her drawings and paintings from the eighties.”

interesting how you can take architecture -> product design -> architecture






Hidden in Plain View


Done by USC’s architecture instructors: Alvin Huang of Synthesis

When fantasizing about the ultimate home office, the owner of this project imagined something sleek and sculptural that would conceal all the cords and contraptions that clutter most desks. To bring this vision to life, architect Alvin Huang and his team at Synthesis Design and Architecture hung sheets of CNC-milled birch—fabricated by local firm Cutting Edge—from the wall to form a continuous three-dimensional form. Look closely and you’ll glimpse the five hidden cabinets concealed within its sinewy surface that obscure files, books, a phone, and a paper shredder. In keeping with the theme of optical illusion, Synthesis inset a series of horizontal wooden spacers to form, from a distance, an abstraction of a world map—a way to hold the boards in place and nod to the resident’s love of world travel.





The Resonant Chamber: a ceiling that dynamically adapts to the sound of performances in concert halls.

Resonant Chamber is an interior envelope system that deploys the principles of rigid origami to transform the acoustic environment through dynamic spatial, material and electro-acoustic technologies. Our aim is to develop a soundsphere able to adjust its properties in response to changing sonic conditions, altering the sound of a space during performance and creating an instrument at the scale of architecture, flexible enough that it might be capable of being played. The project is developed through three streams of iterative research and development in both computational testing and full-scale prototype installation: Dynamic Surface Geometries; Performative Material Systems; and Variable Actuation and Response. Resonant Chamber is funded through the 2011 Research through Making Grant, U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, 2011 Small Projects Grant, U-M Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Creation Grant.
SO innovative! SO interesting





Biomorphic Abstractions

Designed by San Francisco-based artist Mary Burton Durell, this body of work uses only tracing paper and wheat paste as material.  At first glance these pieces appear to be built onto a rigid wire frame, however, the process is much more organic and the structure is created from hand building.  Individual cells or cones that comprise most of the pieces are first formed over molds of various shapes and sizes and then joined together using wheat paste cell by cell.  Additional layers of paper and paste are then added for strength and reinforcement which creates the net-like structure around the individual cells.

The translucent quality of the tracing paper allows light to play a significant and dynamic role in the work.  In combination with the physical structure of the work, this translucent quality creates an interior, as well as exterior, perspective. In certain light, however, the translucency of the paper appears to have the visual characteristics of more solid materials, such as oyster shell or marble.

Due partially to the inherent physical aspects of these materials, this body of work has evolved, both in process and form, along decidedly organic lines.  These shapes have often been described as biomorphic abstractions or shapes resembling cellular membranes, ethereal bodies and the skeletal structures of underwater organisms.




Si Chan: Hug Me

I stumbled across this awesome collection! yes, at first it may seem kind of strange to incorporate hands into a collection, but thinking about hands and hugging reflects qualities of warmth, touch, sensuality, comfort, generosity, closeness, etc. This designer did just that- influenced by this photo of her and her brother- a moment in time- a moment where she was happy and loved-is well reflected in her face as well in her mens collection. Hands may be a literal aspect in this collection, but it symbolizes the human to human interaction. A connection as well as a disconnection if you will. Moreover, the collection to me seems extremely jovial, bright, plushy, and childish in colors- a gesture of a welcoming hug. check it out.

see you soon,





Happy olympics

Hi all! just wanted to say happy olympics! check out these graphics showing the Olympic Evolution.

This graph charts the participation of nations in the Summer Olympics since the beginning of the modern games in 1896. In the beginning, a mere 14 nations competed in the games. In 2008, the Olympics has grown to become a world culture phenomenon that now includes athletes competing under more than 200 different flags. designed by Alicia Korn

Katharina-Domokosch A celebration of Artlessness

“I am inspired by the way we cherish fashion, and that despite its fast pace we strive for the achievement of timelessness, longevity and an ultimate moment and the truth. Celebrating identity and esteem and the beauty that lies within us all and outlasting heterogeneity is key to my practice as a designer. I have examined the cultural traditions of an almost forgotten world in the alpine uplands and researched alpine herdsmen whose handcrafted dress has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. They embody their heritage, beliefs and culture. Patina and traces of time enhance the emotional value of the garments and objects and create a respectful bond between the maker, wearer and the product – unlike in the handling of contemporary fashion. Inspired by the opulence and symbolism of these historical costumes, my collection is a celebration of their essence, searching for raw minimalism in their voluminous and excessively decorated shapes.”

Designer Printing: Louie Vuitton Osaka Invitations

The agency of Ogilvy & Mather – Paris, was asked by Louie Vuitton to design and produce the invitation card for the opening of the LV flagship store in Osaka, Japan .The starting idea was a paper object designed; its shape, expression of perpetual precision and pureness of the origami world, They wanted to meet with our intimate passion for special printing techniques. Its amazing something so simple, so temporary, needs so be so necessarily and unnecessarily extravagant and detailed- a statement if you will, of how unnecessarily and necessarily extravagant LV is.

Client: Louis Vuitton
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather – Paris
Creative Director: Christian Reuilly
Art Director: Soumaya El Bahri
Technical director/Print Manager: Leila ElBlida
Art Buyer: Laurence Nahmias
Project Manager: Federico Padovani
PaperObject Designed by: Federico Galvani
Instruction Sheet Illustration by: Andrea Manzati
Editing Making Of: Donna Summer Samantha Di Prospero
Nice Hands: Chiara Menna
Print Management: Riccardo Zambelli and Barbara Boni
The Crazy Craftsmanship Experience in Printing Process by:
– STUDIO FASOLI for managing all production steps
– GRAPHICART (Michele Adami) for Offset Printing
– TIPOGRAFIA ECONOMICA (Ricky e Mattia Pattaro) for dry debossing
– EUROIMMAGINE (Giulio Zangrandi, Francesca e Federico) for silk printing
– LA CARTOTECNICA (Fabrizio Sona) for die cutting

Trim size: cm 19,5 x 19,5
Open size: cm 27,5 x 27,5
Printed on Fedrigoni Arcoprint Milk gr 85
1. Offset Print (Cool Grey 1U)
2. Transparent Foil
3. Silver Mat Foil
4. Pearl Foil
5. Rainbow Foil
6. Relief
7. Silkscreen Print
8. Die Cut

fashion designers

As disciples of design, we often forget the people that are behind all the beautiful fashion that we see on the catwalk. We are often too obsessed with their work to even take a second look at who these people are.  This post remembers the designers that are behind these amazing designs and urges you to remember designs don’t come out of thin air. There is no majestic being behind these designs and the beautiful models that we associate with the designs are certainly not the brains behind them. Check out these designers and remember that Design is a product of meticulous work, creativity, and inspiration that is channeled through these amazing people.

see you soon


Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler)

Rei Kawabuko (Comme de garcons)

Vivienne Westwood

Issey Miyake

Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni)

Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel)

Lee McQueen (Alexander McQueen)

Tom Ford

Jason Wu

 Hussein Chalayan

David Neville and Marcus Wainwright (Rag & Bone)

Stefano Pilati (YSL)

Silvia Venturini (Fendi)

John Galliano (former Dior)

art in landscape

There is truly an artful soul out there. Check out these natural artscapes

East Iceland

Rice fields of Yunnan, China