Shoebox Living

 
Earlier this year Kids Company and the Bryan Adams Foundation hosted “Shoebox Art” a unique auction of art from leading artists. In support of Kids Company's work with vulnerable children, each participating artist recreated a room from their childhood inside a shoebox.
Find out more about the project here.


Beyond the Mundane

 
Design duo Lernert & Sanders have taken seven of the most mundane of household domestic appliances and comedically refashioned them into divine creations. What looks like an oversized pink Chanel clog, on closer inspection is actually a dishwasher built into the body of the shoe. A dust buster becomes this season’s Alexander McQueen hoof-heels; sewing machines are remodeled into a pair Yves Saint Laurent skyscrapers while two slick black irons are transformed into Stella McCartney stilettos. They wanted to turn stock items into startlingly smart footwear. A humorous take on fashion as an ideal escape from the daily grind.”
Find out more about the project here.

Things to do with Chopsticks

 
I love these relief prints made with chopsticks by Mike Sonnichsen. Most of Mike's work begins with familiar objects that are transformed by photo or print media to reveal unseen and often surprising beauty. Imagine squirtguns, detergent bottles, and chopsticks re-imagined by someone who grew up in the tropics, studied architecture, and loves to collect things that probably should have gone straight to recycling.
Find out more about Mike's work here.

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The Archeology of Trash

 
Artist Mary Bogdan is always on the lookout for a great find. Garbage, remnants of wood and metal, books, boxes, old paintings, all that have been discarded are interesting to her. She brings together different textures, feelings, colors, into one complex world containing and holding the different parts. They all come together in her work and create one vision.
Find out more about Mary's work here.

Junk Drawers

For her latest series titled "junk drawers" photographer Brittny Badger has been collecting the contents of junk drawers from people that she knows, and photographing them in the studio. The goal of this series is to turn chaos into organization.
Find out more about Brittny's work here.

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Styling and Salvage

Rupert Blanchard creates these amazing furniture pieces by using vintage enamelled advertising signs. He only uses signs that have been significantly damaged and are no longer appealing to collectors.Rupert has been designing and constructing new furniture with the aim of lavishing attention on once discarded, broken and over-looked objects. The main rule is to only use ojects that no longer fulfill the purpose for which they were originally created, and to make the unwanted wanted again.

Find out more about Rupert's work here.

Maps

 
Luis Dourado's work is never loyal to any specific technique. Although oscillating in between digital and analogue methods in different series, the works talk with each other and share several references.
In the past year, exploring mainly themes like control, memory and illusion, Luis Dourado has been mainly showing his work in galleries and art spaces in Portugal.
Find out more about Luis' work here.

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Homemade is Best

 
IKEA has just released the coolest styled cookbook titled Hembakat är Bäst, which translates as "Homemade is Best." Photographer Carl Kleiner was asked to shoot the recipes. Unfortunately the book is only available in Swedish IKEAs.
See more images from the book here.

Enfranchising the Bourgeoisie

Irreverent self-confessed “rookie” artist Jason Alper is at it again—only this time, he’s taking on Da Vinci. “Proletarian Drift and the Enfranchisement of the Bourgeoisie in the 21st Century” features eight new oils in which Alper superimposes the Louis Vuitton logo on some of the best-known artworks on the planet.  “It’s quite simple. The art world has forgotten about humor and irony. Shouldn’t all of this be fun? I’m simply trying to make people smile when they see my work,” says Alper.
Find out more about Jason's latest project here.

Infinite Palaces


For his "Infinite Palaces and Buildings" series photographer Fabiano Busdraghi created large format photographs of buildings where windows become an element which is repeated ad infinitum. The windows of a building are photographed almost one by one and then are mounted together on a computer-based repetition, thus creating a gigantic collage. The giant wall of windows which is every photo of the series, becomes a universe to explore, awakening in the spectator a voyeuristic desire of scanning other people's homes and lives.
Find out more about Fabiano's work here.

Paper Clips

 Beginning as a formal exercise in direct observation, Dan Golden's paintings of paperclips have evolved to accommodate not only the lyrical possibilities of a manipulated paper clip but the distinct personality of the person doing the manipulating.
Click here to view Dan's Flickr set.

Collections: Czech Matchbox Labels

Flickr user Kindra Murphy (Kindra is Here!) latest high-resolution scans of vintage Czechoslovakian uncut matchbox labels caught my eye immediately! Prepare to waste a few hours sift­ing through this trea­sure trove of great Czech goodies from her amazing collection.
Click here to view this amazing Flickr set.
 
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Painting with Light

Nadin Maria Rüfenacht is a master of photography, the art of painting with light. She knows how to use materials skilfully to create desired effects. Her imagination is rich enough to transform inspiration from the study of old masters in impressive and unique ways. Objects become protagonists. The space, the lighting, the perspective convey the unique stylistic approach of the photographer.
Find out more about Nadin's work here.

The Circus Museum

Circusmuseum is the ultimate image bank with posters, photos and prints from the collection of Jaap Best, the Netherlands’ largest collection of circus memorabilia. There are nearly 8,000 posters spanning from 1880 to present, and thousands of lithographs and photos of various periods. You can search through these items by every category the circus has to offer: Clowns, Animal, Trainers, Freaks. 
Find out more info about the Circusmuseum here.

The Egg Clown Registry

Photographer Luke Stephenson's The Egg Clown Registry series is a selection of about 300 porcelain eggs from the collection held by the UK-based Clowns International, the oldest clown society in the world. When you are a clown and you join the society you get the chance to have your face registered by getting it painted on an egg, which then acts like a clown copyright. Then the eggs are displayed in the Clowns Museum in Wookey Hole, Somerset, for eternal glory.
Find out more about Luke's work here.

The Waiting Nail

Nienke Sybrandy's works arise from observations of daily life: small events at home, street images, actions and traditions. Her favourite materials, her muse, are objects that are so self-evident that they are overlooked. She lifts them out of the shadows and place them in the light, so that their hidden meaning becomes visible. Each object is a bearer of stories and symbols. A nail on an empty wall becomes a sign of hope and desire. It casts its shadow on the emptiness and patiently awaits the art that will come.
Find out more about Nienke's work here.

Between Dream and Reality

Artist Carl Hammoud has an almost manic obsession with details. While his paintings and subject matter suggest restraint and order they nevertheless depict the exact opposite – chaos. The settings lie somewhere in the borderland between dream and reality. His interior scenes seem to derive from typically public buildings associated with power and authority. But there remains something unreal about these spaces, which often lack human presence and display dramatic illumination.
Find out more about Carl's work here.

Shelf Expression

The acrylic paintings of artist, Stanford Kay, while inspired by books, began as both abstract grid or stripe paintings with a nod toward trompe l'oeil. His meditative, formal investigation of memory, identity and the sanctuary of books beckons the infinite possibilities of "the blank canvas" and how we as viewers interpret the markings of an artist, just as we give meaning to the words in a book.
Find out more about Stanford's work here.

Things: Paper Hats

Designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a series of hats that are made entirely out of traditional Japanese washi-paper. the three pieces entitled 'ivy cap', 'hat', and 'tyrolean hat', are constructed from a new type of paper called 'naoron' developed by washi-paper manufacturer onao which withstands both moisture and weight, resulting in a lightweight material that does not tear easily.
Find out more about Fukasawa's paper hat collection here.

Moguls

Artist Andy Yoder created oversized glass piggybanks depicting Wal-Mart mogul Samuel Walton, optimum consumer Martha Stewart and developer Donald Trump. Placed on simple cylindrical pedestals at respectful distances from one another, they radiate with the glow of votive candles, as though lit from within. The easily identified piggy banks are topped with clearly defined coin slots.
Find out more about Andy's work here.

Reconstructed

Italian artist Fabio Zanino deconstructs road signs and warning signals and reassembles them into abstract artworks. Over the years he has developed a personal sense of aesthetics, which dips its roots into the concept of travel and finds expression through the decontextualization of unique objects randomly found on the road. 
Find out more about Fabio's work here.