Antoine+Manuel + Cartier = Cartieroscope

Category: collaboration, Film / Multimedia, Installation, motion graphics

Antoine+Manuel’s story is a bit of a modern day fairytale—Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz met at art school in Paris in 1984, fell in love and started working together as graphic designers in 1993. They have since designed posters, invitations for Christian Lacroix, publications, interiors and furniture. Playing to one-another’s strengths and interests, Manuel generally handles the digital side of the design, while Antoine focuses on painting, colour and material experimentation. The resulting range of work is eclectic, combining layers upon layers of imagery, colours, textures, collage, hand-drawn elements and bold graphic shapes. Looking at their work overall, what you are sure to find is a beautiful sense of freedom and pure enjoyment of the process of making.

Most recently, Antoine+Manuel were involved in a monumental exhibition showcasing the 164 year history of Cartier’s jeweled objects. The exhibition, held at the Grand Palais in Paris, included approximately 600 pieces of jewelry. The task of complementing such a luxurious display, set in an iconic building, would be no mean feat! The duo developed the Cartieroscope—a 12 x 135 m, 24 minute long video projection specifically tailored for the Salon d’Honneur in the Grand Palais. The digital animation combines fragmented imagery of Cartier’s jewels, found photographs, collage and painting experiments to create vivid shifting kaleidoscopic patterns. In an interview, Manuel explains that they wanted to create a moving painting of sorts, something upon which the viewers could rest their eyes after looking at the intensely shiny objects on display. The Cartieroscope allows visitors to look at something on a larger scale which, while being captivating in its own right, directly references the subject of the exhibition, keeping it fresh in their mind.

While the physical exhibition has finished, you can view 45 second clips of the videos on the designers’ website. There are eight differently themed pieces being gradually uploaded to the site. Also, look out for their next foray into digital animation to be exhibited at the Chapelle des Calvairiennes in May this year.

Anna Tokareva

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Restorative interior design: Zaha Hadid

Category: Architecture, collaboration, Interior Design

Hospitals….a word usually uttered with forboding; upon hearing the word one immediately thinks of stark corridors, flickering fluorescent lights and utilitarian rooms. This drab imagery couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to the new Ronald McDonald House set to open in Summer of this year in Hamburg, Germany.

For those of you not in the know Ronald McDonald housing is a worldwide initiative which allows families to stay with their sick children, enabling the family unit to stick together during difficult times. The Hamburg build, which is part of the Altona Children’s Hospital, looks incredible. Eleven international architectural firms were invited to design different interiors; this concept is a goodie, as it immediately eliminates the ‘sameness’ that is synonymous with hospitals.

Zaha Hadid Architects (top four images) designed a marine inspired interior, which is broken into two shells. Wood panelling encircles the bottom half of the space with white on the top. The patterning inlaid into the wall evokes wet sand and the light wood used reminds me of driftwood at the beach. A combination of straight and undulating lines loosens up the small 25 meter space and emphasizes the alcoves and storage space. I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m thinking of caravans and camping when I look at this room. Manuelle Gautrand’s design in the bottom image also takes my fancy, kids would love all the interchangeable platforms and the elevated bed action.

This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at Zaha Hadid’s work, check out our last feature here. Zaha Hadid Architects work in a variety of sectors, and have offices in 44 countries. What sets these guys apart is that they commit to small projects, as well as big ones, an ethos I find admirable.

Renee Barker

Images: Designboom

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Castello Cavalcanti

Category: Advertising, collaboration, Fashion Design, Film / Multimedia


Wes Anderson’s new short film Castello Cavalcanti sponsored by Italian fashion label Prada doesn’t disappoint. Much like last year’s collaboration with Director Roman Polanski (see the article and film here), Castello Cavalcanti reflects the director’s signature style without compromise, incorporating the Prada label into the mix seamlessly. The film is part of the Prada Classics project, in which the brand pushes and redefines boundaries between ‘art, architecture and film.’

Jason Schwartzman is the star of the show, playing a 1955 American race car driver who happens to crash his vehicle in his ancestral village. Schwartzman carries off his role with the dry nonchalance that we know and love from other Wes Anderson films. I laughed out loud a few times, especially at over the top Americano lines such as “give me a shot of the local hooch.”

I’ve been hooked into the set designs of Anderson films ever since I watched The Royal Tenenbaums with my old flatmate (an extreme Wes Anderson worshipper). For me the stand out feature of all his films are the intricately designed backdrops and the addictive sense of theatrics that the actors portray. Yellow and red checkered walls match the Prada racing suit, which then go on to complement the greens of the background picture and Schwartzman’s hooch – perfection. I’m also loving that tinny music that’s played throughout.

Anyway – it’s about 7 minutes long, so watch it now.

Renee Barker

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Shooting the Stars @ SFUAD

Category: collaboration, Creative Writing, Film / Multimedia, Performing Arts

We here at Frontier are avid supporters of initiatives that give students life changing opportunities. No wonder we got really excited to hear about film students getting the chance to work with solid Hollywood actors on short films at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD).

Shoot the Stars! is an amazing initiative founded by SFUAD Film School Chairman Chris Eyre. Talented young writers, directors and producers compete to be picked in a rigorous selection process which, if successful, enables them to work with established actors and renowned industry experts.

This is a golden opportunity for the lucky selected few to say the least! I think it’s great to see professional actors working with students, giving them a window into the industry that they’re striving to be part of.

The students have just wrapped two short films with actors Jordana Spiro (The Mob Doctor, Trespass, Dexter) and Richmond Arquette (Se7en, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

Read about how it all went on our favourite student blog, The Jackalope! Nice work SFUAD, we’re very impressed with this project.

Frontier
Action photo by Luke Montavon

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Supermama + Kihara Inc

Category: Design, Industrial design

I’ve grown up surrounded by delftware, the blue and white pottery that hails from Delft (surprise, surprise) in the Netherlands. I’m rather partial to it, and it is for this reason that these two collections of cups and plates by collaborating companies Supermama and Kihara Inc caught my eye.

One could be forgiven for thinking that these objects are from the past, yet they have been created in the now, with the ‘past’ as inspiration. The top collection of cups has recently been released by Singaporean retail gallery Supermama’s in-house label Democratic Society. Kihara Inc is a Japanese ceramic company, with 400 years of ceramic-making under their belts – they were behind the production of the cup collection (top images) titled From Another Time. Five contemporary Singaporean designers were asked to cultivate illustrations that ‘responded to a specific period in Singapore’s history, to re-visit or re-imagine the people, places, events or objects that define that period.’ The enchanting result is a mish-mash of souvenir inspired artefacts that have a modern, and often quirky twist. From Another Time has just been showcased at Tokyo Design Week, and is retailing here.

This isn’t the first time Supermama has teamed up with Kihara Inc; I had to include the above plate collection as I think the originality of the designs are superb. Titled Singapore Icons by Democratic Society, this collection explores the concept of finding new icons to represent Singapore. For me the standout design is in the bottom image on the right; at first glance it looks like simple geometric patterning, but in fact it’s a reference to the HDB flats that eighty per cent of the population live in. The design was abstracted from photographic imagery of corridors, kitchen windows and night time illuminations.

That’s enough about it, the pieces speak for themselves. Check out the Democratic Society + Supermamma site for more info. I’m impressed.

Renee Barker

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