Glass blowing artisans may use modernized tools today, but the essence of working with glass remains an ancient art. The technique can be traced back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). The basic raw materials are sand, sodium carbonate and sodium nitrate which are mixed together then fused in a very hot kiln.
Molten red-hot liquid glass transformed into a lasting artifact is an act that requires a creative mind, dexterous handwork, and stamina. Physically draining, glassblowing is one of the earliest forms of handcrafting.
Throughout history, the basic knowledge and techniques of glass blowing have been highly coveted, and at times, held sacred by only a select few. This information was handed down secretively from glass blower to apprentice for thousands of years.
In the past, glass blowers were literally held hostage for fear of their knowledge being leaked. During the 1st Century A.D., Phoenician glassworkers were forbidden from traveling, although those who escaped spread the art form into present-day Switzerland, France, and Belgium. Similarly, for Venetian glassblowers leaving the island of Murano was a crime, punishable by death.
By the 15th century, Venice was the principle glass producer of Europe with a concentration of 3000 glassblowers in a single location, the island of Murano.
The term Millefiori comes from Italian. It is a combination of the words
Mille (thousand) and Fiori (flowers). The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or rods, known as murrine with multicolored patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. A murine rod is heated in a furnace and pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross section’s design. It is then cut into beads or discs then cooled.
The murrine is then cleaned up and arranged in a desired pattern within a special heat-resistant mold to give the product the necessary shape. The mold containing the murrine pattern is placed into the special furnace. These furnaces are the cornerstone of the glassmaking craft, as the artisans use them to heat up the glass mixture and work it while it’s in a liquid state. Once murrine start bonding with each other inside the furnace, the mold is removed and its contents are pressed upon to create a continuous Millefiori surface with no gaps. The final product is shaped once out of the furnace.
British music legend, David Bowie loved the skylines and subways of New York City. Now Spotify is reflecting that spark through the Broadway-Lafayette Station from April 17 to May 13.
The city that Bowie loved, is showcasing the icon’s influence on music, fashion & art with this original initiative. Inside the station, visitors will encounter wall sized images and artist’s quotes that speaks to his electric relationship with New York.
Spotify takes the art installation outside the confines of museum walls where it may be appreciated unexpectedly by all. Commuters will have the opportunity to ponder on Bowie’s universe. Source : designboom
Some of the most amazing cakes are made at a Moscow based pastry school called Annushka School. Redefining cake-making with their sleek, contemporary, minimalist look, all the cake creations from the instagram account @tortikannushka are mouth-watering. Whether for weddings, birthdays or any celebration you have planned, check out their incredible selection and be inspired.
The escalators of Parisian department store Le Bon Marché appear to have been tied in a knot in this installation by Argentian artist Leandro Erlich. Paris’s most famous luxury department store commissioned the artist. source : DEZEEN
Elle Brazil is paying tribute to art history in five covers for its special December 2017 issue. The Magazine has drawn inspiration from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Munch’s The Scream, Klimt’s The Kiss, Vinci’s Mona Lisa & Hockney’s Joiners to re-enact the 5 well known works using Brazilian celebrities. Source : designtaxi
Orphe is a Smart footwear system that uses motion sensors and LED to enable new forms of expression. These fabulous Orphe sneakers from Japan connect to your smartphone allow you to EXPRESS yourself with style.
SAYPE draws 10,000 square meter man in the mountains of Leysin, Switzerland.
Artist Saype has recently completed this monumental ephemeral land artwork in the mountainous landscape of Leysin. The 10,000 square meter piece depicts a reclined man lying on the side of a huge hill, his arms crossed behind his head, eyes closed as the sun hits his face, and a pipe casually resting in his mouth. source : Designboom
Three kilometres of saffron-coloured pathways temporarily connect the shore of Italy’s Lake Iseo to islands at its centre in this installation by Bulgarian artist Christo. For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 (weather permitting) – Italy’s Lake Iseo is being reimagined. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.
Artist Jennifer Angus is known for creating large-scale artworks that incorporate real insects as the focal point. Angus has devoted much of her time in southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and Malaysia, where she has gathered thousands of insects to display in her art. This piece in particular lived in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. source : Trendland
A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece—along with a companion book of the same name out this month from Rizzoli—explore how both interests which ranged from the Constructivist work he studied during his childhood in Belgium to a later fascination with modernist graphic design together with the events of World War II influenced the evolution of Hergé’s work.
For example, Hergé’s penchant for architecture and design is one of the reasons windows play such a big role in the comics. Besides his pop-artist contemporaries like Warhol and Lichtenstein, Hergé’s “clear line” style was also influenced by eastern art.
The evolution of Hergé’s work – from simple comic strips to sophisticated graphics – was influenced by a fascination with fine art and design.
Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf transformed broken picture frames filled with fabric into haute-couture gowns during their latest catwalk show, by taking them off a wall and draping them over models. via dezeen
Based in Toronto, studio Cube Works makes portraits, wall frescos and sculptures of Rubik’s Cube. They’re inspired by pop-art, video games such as Mario Kart but also popular icons such as Steve Jobs, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe. source : FUBIZ
She weaves together vibrantly coloured materials to create participatory art projects. Designed to evoke emotional responses — and as a means for exploring her own — her works test the boundaries of social engagement; they emerge from an ongoing process of self-analysis and reflect an intimate consideration of her physical body, thoughts and emotions. Working with an assortment of materials — wool, twine, paper, plastic flowers, books, notes, letters, dolls and personal effects that are meaningful to the artist and her collaborators — Tango’s works are a visual riot of colour and woven textures.
She wraps, she knots, stuffs bundles and cascades textiles. She asks people to donate secondhand materials that are precious to them and have a personal history. She is interested in the emotions that secondhand fabrics evoke.
Opening of Wanderland, the Hermès exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London that travels to Paris and Turin later this year.
Wanderland, with its title reminiscent of that other almost untranslatable German term, ‘wanderlust’, is a feat of trompe l’oeil spread over 11 rooms. Conceived by curator Bruno Gaudichon and set designer Hubert Le Gall, the exhibition combines pieces from the Hermès archives with odd items from Emile Hermès’ personal collection, most of which relate to horses or walking.
Hermès Wanderland, Saatchi Gallery’s latest exhibition, realistically recreates the hunting ground of the nineteenth-century flâneur, complete with covered arcades and shopfronts
The duality of the word consumption — defined as both an indulgence of food and a surplus of spending — is a starting point for chloe wise‘s artistic interests. The Canadian-born, New York-based creative toys with themes of luxury and consumerism by recreating some of the fashion industry’s most emblematic merchandise with food.
Cast in urethane and intricately painted with a hyper-realism that constitutes a trompe l’oeil effect, Wise recontextualizes the pricey products as art objects instead of purchasable goods, where food and fashion are rid of their value and become solely symbolic of the frivolity of excess. source : designboom
Based in São Paulo, artist Ana Strumpf is the author of the series “Re.Cover” in which she customizes in her way magazine covers such as W, Interview, Dazed & Confused, Esquire, Vogue and also I-D. With Sharpie and DecoColor pens, she draws on models’ bodies, well-known faces of actors, musicians and sportive or politic icons. source : FUBIZ
Sipho Mabona has taken a folding technique that was used in ancient civilizations to a new level. When he was 5 he started to make paper plans and ran out of design ideas when he was 15, which pushed him to draw from other inspirations. His work was the first from a foreigner that was on the cover of the Japan Origami Academic Society Magazine that. The “White Elephant” is currently on display at KKLB in Switzerland.
The Switzerland based origami artist has created a full sized elephant using a continuous sheet of paper. source : arch20.com
The ‘Chesterfield Car’ is a sculpture by Netherlands-based artist Oaf Mooij. The automobile’s exterior is completely transformed into, well, a Chesterfield sofa. A standard 10 (great britain 1954-60) is used as a base for the work whose characteristic roundness influenced the project. The shape is further exaggerated by the addition of a thick layer of foam and artificial leather. source : designboom
The town of Hasami in Nagasaki prefecture of southwestern Japan is known for its porcelain production from historical times. Paying homage to this significance, Kei Harada has created an exhibition that displays 1,200 rice bowls. source : designboom
Swedish artist, Vincent Skoglund has been working on a series called Waste Management for some time now. This project is his way to connect with the reality of global warming and bring awareness to this massive issue.
He transforms collections of trash into beautiful abstract materialism, that really does provoke thoughtful consideration of the waste we produce. source : Trendland
Chinatown is a Chinese translation of the trademarks in a graphical way.
It’s a carefully arranged series of artworks showcasing 20 well-known western brand logos
with maintained visual and narrative continuity.
‘Chinatown’ pushes viewers to ask themselves what it means to see,
hear, and become fully aware. ‘Chinatown’ also demonstrates our strangeness
to 1.35 billion people in the world, when you can’t read Chinese. via http://mehmetgozetlik.com/#
Local photographer justin bettman and brooklyn-based prop stylist gozde eker, use randomly found items to stage to create residential landscapes “set in the street”. The props and furnished remain untouched allowing passersby to create their own reality within the crafted setting and upload their visual responses to instagram using the hashtag #setinthestreet. source : designboom