Something Good

Category: Design, Industrial design

Something Good is a young brand and, in their own words, “a production and planning platform that brings together different partnerships, creative experiences and new networks”. Currently, Something Good exists primarily as an online store, connecting customers with the artisans behind the objects on offer in the most direct way possible.

The designers and founders of the initiative form an exciting pool of talent. They are: Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno of Zaven, Matteo Zorzenoni and Giorgio Biscaro. Together, they have created a slick collection of objects for the home. From the dining table, to the work desk, there is something to choose from to add some beauty to your environment. We are offered a limited edition of objects, reflecting the group’s commitment to craft and to adhering to the artesian pace of making, rather than mass production. The emphasis here is on quality, sophisticated design and a considered, respectful approach to the manufacturing process.

Though created by a group of different designers, the collection looks cohesive and well planned. Sleek curves, bright ceramics, glass and polished metals dominate, with most objects being vessels of some kind. I am a fan of the Zebra Grey, a letter holder that is functional, and yet, looks stunning emptied of its intended contents. The simple, but infinitely useful Split S and Split M act as receptacle for any odd bits you might have lying around the house, and they look mighty good doing it. Another piece I love is the Tournée Aqua mirror. The smooth, matte ceramic spinning-top shaped shell complements the mirror with a quiet elegance—a beautiful object. You can find more gorgeous things here, and find out more about Something Good’s ethos here.

Anna Tokareva

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Tom Darracott for Loft

Category: Advertising, Film / Multimedia


I love it when I see something that makes me view a familiar object from a new angle. Tom Darracott, master of motion, animation and art direction, in collaboration with equally skilled Carl Burgess of More Soon have come together to produce a wickedly fun Summer 2014 campaign video for clothing brand Loft. Thirty seconds is all it takes for them to captivate and amaze, reinventing the mundane act of folding clothes into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour, immaculate creasing and gravity-defying singlets.

I am sure that the design world will soon tire of the ubiquitous trend that sees anything and everything photographed against flat, brightly coloured backgrounds, but I don’t think I will. I love the ongoing tribute to colour. Tom Darracott takes it further by animating shorts, tank tops and t-shirts first stiffly folding, as if starched, then flowing in undulating patterns, as if lifted by invisible strings. It’s short and sweet and will need a punch of energy to your day!

Tom Darracott is represented by our favourites, creative agency Hugo & Marie. I’ve written about Mario Hugo, one half of the pair, here before. Be sure to check in on their website for updates on projects they, and their talented suite of designers and illustrators have been working on lately. They never disappoint!

Anna Tokareva

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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RAD Lab’s Pocket Park

Category: Design, Fine Art, Industrial design, Landscape design

Renee first wrote about NewSchool of Architecture + Design’s graduates’, RAD Lab, featuring their concept for an urban park in San Diego’s East Village as it reached its funding target on Kickstarter in October last year. The project, named Quartyard, has since been progressing towards fruition. You can check out their Facebook page for updates on the process. In the meantime, while this larger project comes together, RAD Lab has been mighty busy, creating a smaller “pocket park” on an ex-carpark lot in East Village. The space has been kindly loaned by real estate company HP Investors to Downtown San Diego Partnership for one year. They invited RAD Lab to design a space to be used by the local community. In a place where parks are lacking and the number of urban residents is on the up, this is an important development.

RAD Lab went through a simple but effective consultation process with the local community-a board with the question “What do you want here?” installed on the site, inviting a written answer. They consolidated the most common (and realistic) responses to create a flexible-use space with ample seating, a mural by a local street artist Christopher Konecki and a fun giant game of word-search spread over the ground. Recycled pallets have been used for seating and tree planters, and to give support to a vertical herb garden. The re-appropriation of industrial materials, such as pallets, crates and shipping containers has become a bit of a signature move for RAD Lab. It’s a perfect solution to the short-term lease spaces their projects occupy, that is easy to install, remove and reuse again and again. They are doing a great service to their community by taking part in initiatives to revitalise vacant lots in the middle of the city. I look forward to seeing Quartyard completed and enjoyed in the coming months!

Anna Tokareva

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I remember—a galaxy of memories

Category: Interactive

What a brilliant and beautiful idea! I Remember is a website created to engage the public and raise awareness and funds on behalf of the Foundation Recherche Medical in France. A mesmerizing galaxy of glowing orbs spreads before us, with a gentle, tinkling soundtrack contributing to the captivating experience of this magical digital space. Clicking on various parts of the landscape to navigate our way around, a few double-clicks zoom in on a selected area, until individual orbs can be clearly distinguished. Each one represents an image and a memory that somebody, somewhere, has uploaded to the side. I have read through a dozen or so and it is terribly addictive. The memories and photographs that random strangers have decided to share range from the silly, to the mysterious, to the devastating and the sweet. The overall experience is immersive and intimate, but also somewhat overwhelming—there must be thousands upon thousands of memories here!

The online social network represents the effects of Alzheimer’s disease—the content gradually fades away if memories are not constantly fed into the community. This adds an extra gentle push to share your own memory, which you can do very easily by uploading an image from your desk top or directly from Facebook or Instagram. Do have a look at the actual website, the screen grabs can only convey so much.

The project was created by a collaboration between agencies 60fps, Werkstatt and CLMBBDO, with the incredibly complex looking front and back-end development done by talented Edan Kwan.

Anna Tokareva

 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Dark Noir

Category: Animation / 3D / VFX, Film / Multimedia


Film noir lovers, take notice! This animated short film is sure to hit all the right notes, especially if you also happen to be a fan of impeccable CGI action. Dark Noir is a project that fuses comic book artist Raphael Grampá’s story-telling prowess, a ton of amazing talent from Red Knuckles animation studio, with the backing and clever marketing strategy of Absolut vodka. Absolut is well-known for its collaborations with artists and designers, they are always pushing the boundaries of what a liquor brand can be. This time, they invited Raphael Grampá to write and art direct a short film, that was created with the help of over 1000 fans through a Facebook campaign. At several points in the story, input was elicited from the fans, who flooded the page with creative and engaging suggestions. Grampá’s favourites were then incorporated into the film, making this one successful crowd-sourced project. A great example of how crowd-sourcing can be used for sourcing not only money, but creativity, and engaging and expanding an existing audience.

The short film itself is beautifully animated—the detail in the characters’ hair, skin and features is astounding, and the film noir inspired lighting is spot on. The city landscape gives a nod to Blade Runner, with dark, tightly crowded buildings and flickering neon lights. The story is based around Vincent Black, a private investigator who is set the task of recovering an artists’ stolen ideas. What starts as just another job leads to an unexpected discovery. Though short, the film makes for satisfying viewing. I especially like the combination of 3D and 2D animation when it comes to people’s ‘deamons.’ These creatures make an unexpected appearance in 2D, making a clear distinction between the seen and the invisible worlds. Some of them do bear quite a resemblance to the monsters in Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, I wonder if this is an intentional homage.

I think you have had enough convincing, all that’s left for you to do is watch and enjoy Dark Noir! Clocking in at just under four minutes, it is certainly worth your time. And click here for a bit of background to how it was all put together if you’re interested.

Anna Tokareva

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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