Sex, Drugs and Office Supplies

Victor Koroma's photographic series, ‘Sex, Drugs and Office Supplies’, explores the common perception and function of everyday objects. Of this work he writes, ‘My intention is to transform these objects beyond their banality and daily roles into objects of desire that encourage you to think of them in new ways’.
Find out more about Victor's work here.

A-Morphic





A-Morphic is a series of collages that were originally created to promote a website working as an umbrella for five designers: Hugo Werner, Simon Grendene, Jens Mebes, Jenny Trans and Ralf Leeba. The objects were photographed digitally and the images were later re-assembled transforming the original objects into a very dynamic and cubist-like composition.
More info about the project here.

Lazy Chairs

Miniature collapsing chairs, robots hiding in transparent jewellery boxes, a story telling time-piece, tea cups full of mechanical storms and a machine that goes off with a bang are just some of the incredible exhibits produced through Laikingland’s Creative Collaborations. The "Miniature Lazy Chair" is a 1:6 scale version of their classic exhibition crowd pleaser, the collapsible Lazy Chair. A push of the lever and the Lazy Chair collapses, it slowly (lazily) returns to its standing position under the force of a torsion spring.
Find out more about Laikingland here.

Miniature Gardens

Merging science and the poetic, Nami Yamamoto's work begins with an informal perusal of the environment, collecting odd bits of natural and man made ephemera or noticing some natural phenomenon. Her studio serves as forum and laboratory to investigate these questions and propose answers that take the form of drawings and installations.
Find out more about Nami's work here.


The Paint Tub Series

Los Angeles photographer Grant Mudford has built his career on exposing hidden abstractions and textures locked away in seemingly rigid formal structures. For his upcoming show Grant is revisiting a series of work he started in 1981 and completed in 1982. The Paint Tub series was Grant’s first experiment as an artist with color photography. Still exploring geometry and texture, Grant chose Standard Brand paints mixing buckets as his subjects. Shot straight on, and in color the photos of the paint tubs function as a receptacle for modernist pursuits.
See more of Grant's work here.

Reinventing the Past

Australian artist Linus Dean is inspired by the art and typefaces of the illustrated annuals of the 50’s and 60’s – the golden age of pen and ink. He loves isolating and re-situating these classic drawings and words to create a whole new perspective. 
Find out more about Linus' work here.

Destruct Construct

Heather Rasmussen's project DestructConstruct is based on found photographs of shipping container accidents downloaded from the Internet. Heather abstracts the scenes of the catastrophes, removing the original context and placing the damaged containers, rendered simply out of colored paper, onto a seamless background. This process transforms the containers into pristine patterns of color and shape, thereby confusing scale and altering the perception of the shipping container as an object. The paper is now seen as fragile, crushed or torn due to an unknown circumstance.
Find out more about Heather's work here.

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A Museum of the Everyday

The history of the Guatelli Museum is closely connected with the personal story of its creator, Ettore Guatelli, a primary school teacher born in Parma. In the 1950′s he started collecting and organizing furniture and tools from local artisans turning his home into a museum of artfully arranged rural artifacts.
See more photos of the Museum's interior here.
For more info about the Museum visit the website 

Consume or Conserve


Studio Wieki Somers' work can be described as a subtle interplay of imaginative content and a sophisticated use of materials. Daily objects are turned into an aesthetic (sometimes emotional) experience.
For "Consume or Conserve" they created three still lives made of 3d-printed human ashes, that question the value of life and objects. They used the visual language that can be found in 16th and 17th century still life vanitas paintings, such as fruit, flowers and insects that symbolize the transcience of life.
Find out more about Studio Wieki Somers' projects here.

Pushing the Boundaries

Artist Stefan Strumbel exaggerates objects of popular cult and culture with elements of urban art and pop art. By doing so, he puts these objects into a new, partly provocative context. Significant elements of the cuckoo clock, such as traditionally carved ornaments, are replaced by aggressive motives that stand for violence and death. With his objects, Strumbel creates a world of illusion that reflects society’s real maladies.
Find out more about Stefan's work here.

Interior Decorating

Artist Ellen Nielsen has developed a distinct aesthetic that moves through both her collective and individual work. She celebrates the ornament, the innate, and relishes in labor. Nielsen also strives to create not just art objects but events that are in themselves art.
Find out more about Ellen's work here.












American Idols


Nadin Ospinas' work consists mainly of fake pre-Columbian figures representing not antique deities but modern mass-media characters such as Mickey Mouse, Snoopy and Bart Simpson. Having been tricked into buying some fake pre-Columbian pieces, Nadin Ospina found out about a group of people whose means of living consisted in making fake pre-Columbian figures to sell them as originals mostly to tourists. This event triggered in him a series of reflections about the value of the "original" piece and the idea of the 'untainted primitive Latin American culture.
Find out more about Nadin's work here.


Wood Alchemy

Fabian Seiz is an Austrian artist who uses mainly found object and reclaimed wood for his installations. In his hands the characteristics of the raw materials are constantly changed and turned into complex structures. On first sight it seems that these sculptures are assembled rather roughly, but then nothing in Seiz´s art is what it seems.
Find out more about Fabian's work here.

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Stenciled Cities

EVOL is a Berlin based street artist that transforms electric boxes, small planters and other lackluster urban surfaces, into miniature apartment buildings. EVOL has performed this process within different cities and has even been commissioned to do installations in galleries, where he has created entire city blocks of miniature buildings.
Find out more about Evol's project here.

 

Weave Type

French graphic design duo Thibault Zimmerman and Lucie Thomas, otherwise known as Zim and Zou, created 'Weave Type', an amazing set of letters constructed entirely out of nails and string. Zim and Zou, merge their artistic expertise in digital design, paper sculpture and illustration to bring a  fresh new approach to contemporary design.
Find out more info about the project here.

Back in Time

These amazing clocks were created by recycler extraordinaire Pixelthis using vintage portable record players. Pixelthis uses a variety of recycled materials; computers, cameras, watches, in an attempt to fuse the old with the new. 
For more info visit Pixelthis Etsy shop here.


 

Obsolete Marvels

Tom Rowe resides in London where by day he works as a creative for Antidote and by night draws and fascinates over obsolete mechanical marvels. He is also one fifth of the illustration and design collective Evening Tweed. For questions about prints, projects or for anything else visit his website.

Soft Wood

Soft Wood is a series of chairs designed by Veronika Wildgruber that appear at first to be made in fabric with the soft appearance of pillows, but in reality they are sculpted in solid wood. The chairs trick the mind because the surface and texture connotes the opposite of what we think and know about the characteristics of wood.
Find out more about Veronika's work here.

Landscapes for the People

Landscapes for the People, a series by photographer Mark Lyon, looks at the use of romanticized wallpaper landscape photographs found in everyday environments. These wall sized photographic murals seem to serve a psychological function, given their potentially intimidating or banal locations, like dental rooms and laundromats. These landscape murals allow the viewer an alternate mindset to nerve racking procedures or the mundane activities of everyday life.
See more of Mark's work here.

Fun with Crayons

This gallery of vintage crayons, paints and art supplies is part of an ever-growing collection of boxes and tins collected by the fabulous documentarian photographer Christian Montone. Check out his Flickr sets for fabulous collections galore.
See more photos here.

Time will Tell

Leah Rosenberg’s work consists of thick layers of acrylic folded together into book-like objects. Her paintings are time and process-based works that combine elements of layering, systems of accrual, and color. These layers of paint function as a way to mark the passage of time, but also reveal the paints’ inherent materiality as it begins to take on its own shape. She selects the colors based on personal systems, sometimes based on the text from a book that she's reading or lyrics of a song, or the colors of the clothing worn by people who visit her studio throughout that day. Each work is the result of a ritualized routine that raises a question, which in turn leads to the next work.
See more of Leah's work here.

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Faces

In the early 1970's photographer Francois Robert set out to record and compile a series of photographs  of everyday objects that reveal hidden faces. Today Francois continues his quest for discovery by adding dozens of new faces to this growing portfolio each year. The universality of this idea and our fascination with what makes us human is what fuels Robert's work and encourages us to look at the world in a new way.
See more of Francois' work here

The Story of Things

For their ‘Story of Things’ project Design group Front collected personal stories from various homeowners about objects in their homes. Some of these objects were reproduced in red plastic with the story prined on the surface. The idea was to look at the similarities and differences between items from homes all over the world. What happens with products after they have left the store? Objects tell stories of moments in our lives, people we have met and places we have been to.
Find out more about the project here.

Iconic Objects

Christopher Stott’s work is almost object portraiture, applying traditional still life compositions and lighting but ventures beyond time honored subject matter. Stott takes his cues from various eras of art including the interiors of Vermeer, the still life of Chardin to the realism of Thiebaud. With the addition of retro, vintage and antique objects like rotary telephones, typewriters, electric fans, and alarm clocks, he links the old with the new and applies a subtle narrative to his work, often with a quiet sense of humor.
See more of Christopher's work here.

The Souvenir Shop

Amy Santoferraro is fascinated by collections and collected objects. She rowdily rummages through thrift stores and flea markets tearing through objects whose usefulness has been exhausted and awaits deliverance to a new imagined life. She carefully handpicks objects that are familiar or boast a degree of promise and beauty and she relentlessly tinkers with them until they are tranformed into works of art.
See more of Amy's work here.