Doshi Levien is London based studio, established in 2000 by dreamy design duo of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. Nipa was born in Mumbai and met her Scottish counterpart Jonathan while both were studying in London. The designers blend two different creative approaches, perfectly complimenting one another’s strengths, while sharing the commitment to making beautiful objects developed from rigorously crafted ideas. They have designed everything from shoes to furniture, cookware, interiors and even an ice cream cake. Over the past few years they have worked with the likes of Cappellini, Moroso, Habitat, Tefal and Camper.
Recently, Grand Hornu Images asked Doshi Levien to put together an exhibition for the Europalia 2013 International Arts Festival, which has chosen to celebrate Indian culture and heritage this year. The focus of the exhibition, titled “Living Objects – Made For India,” are the humble objects that are entrenched in the daily life and rituals of this complex, vibrant country. Included are a number of tools and common consumables: kitchen things, toiletries, toolbox necessities, artifacts pertaining to religious rituals and household chores. The styling and arrangement of these quotidian regulars is stunning. The curated collection provides an interesting insight into the routines we often dismiss, but that make up much of our daily experience. The objects on display look so lovely and well-used, you can just feel the collective years of craftsmanship that have gone into these hardy tools.
“Living Objects – Made For India” is up until 16 February. Be sure to see Doshi Levien’s own work on their website. Their designs are a fine-tuned balance of contemporary cool and retro inspiration, bursting with lively energy and tactile warmth.
I’ve always been obsessed with trawling through National Geographics, so it probably won’t surprise you that I’m really into the work above by Catherine Chalmers. These images are both beautiful and extraordinary. Charmers works with creatures that don’t normally get the spotlight on the Discovery channel; no polar bears or lions here, just your average household pests such as ants, rodents and cockroaches!
I highly recommend that you watch the stop-motion clip above called Antworks which documents a tree being stripped bare by ants. The type of plant coupled with the methodical work of the ant colony creates a mesmerising watch. Overall it has an abstracted quality to it, not unlike Jackson Pollock. All of the photography and film was shot on location in Central America, to have a look at her outdoor studio set-up click here. Chalmers is drawn to ants and claims there are many parallels to humans as both “wage war, take slaves, raise and keep other animals for food, and are master chemists capable of making their own antibiotics.”
Catherine Chalmers is one busy individual, having published two books and exhibited internationally. She has also been the Artist in Residence at Imagine Science Films, a really interesting project that focuses on science, film and art. There are loads of cool photos, films and sculpture that you should check out on her website here.
Images: Catherine Chalmer
So, it’s back. Myspace that is. I read a review asking “Did it really ever go?” Aaah, yeah. It did. It died a fair few times but apparently this time it’s different. Myspace now has a brand new logo, look, feel and a hot new stakeholder with a major role in developing the creative direction and strategy for [Myspace] moving forward and also specialising in bringing sexy back (We’re talking about Justin Timberlake here – a little too reminiscent of that movie he was in perhaps…) Funny, because you’ll also see a lot of ol’ JT in the video above.
Question is, do we need another social media sharing site? Maybe I’m social media worn out and yet another profile to maintain is just too much. Regardless, this time to join Myspace you just need to give them your email address at a new landing site to receive an invite to join. It appears the new Myspace has more of a focus on music sharing, watching and commenting, so now you can in one place find out just how nervous your favourite singer/songster is before their shows WHILE watching your favourite video. But, again will Twitter not suffice? I must say, it does have quite a seductive layout and the usability has been highly rated, perhaps it is that Myspace has for a while now been synonymous with being outdated? What do you think?
The Pavilion of Knowledge (Centro de Ciência Viva) is a Science Museum in Lisbon that underwent a Wayfinding and Environmental Design intervention in partnership with P-06 Atelier and Architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça. Interesting because Wayfinding is such an important part of the design of public spaces and excitingly this is the first time I’ve had the chance to write about it here on Frontier.
The intervention started with the environmental design project for the foyer. The intention, due to the versatility on the usage of this space, was to create a texture for a perforated wall with acoustic and lighting purposes. The theme, ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is an analogy to museum intents of sharing information. By creating different pattern densities with bigger or smaller cuts, acoustic percentages and the openings in the window areas of the rear rooms were managed. LED white lighting between the wall and the SKIN was balanced with natural light. The signage is reapeated on the floor and on the walls, in an oversized scale.
The overall design project for the wayfinding system is the continuation of the foyer intervention, so, the type used, OCR-A is the natural choice, because it is a typeface used by computers in the information interchange.The pictograms were designed and customized accordingly to the type used, OCR-A, and are used in oversized dimensions, due to the scale of the building.
The entrance of the building has big window openings, that were covered with colored transparent film, along with suspended acrylic colored panels, creating the effect of a “rainbow” stained glass, being at the same time the support for the signage information.
There’s also a great Q&A here with Creative Director Nuno Gusmao.
Update: A while ago Logan Bradley brought us a story on the Outliers: Road trip through Iceland project.
For those who don’t know, in October of 2011, a small group of filmmakers, photographers and musicians travelled to the remote countryside of Iceland to document their experience with the landscape, traditions and people encountered along the way.
The end result is a series of improvised, collaborative musical vignettes – based on field recordings and visual material collected on location – amidst documentary footage of the journey to a uniquely breathtaking place.
The feature-length film and accompanying soundtrack are slated for release in June 2012, featuring the work of thirteen contemporary classical composers and electronic producers.
Here are the teasers for the film. I like them because A) They’re beautiful, B) they’re black and white and lastly, that soundtrack! One thing they always do right is a beautiful soundtrack set to stunning visual images but enough from me, take a look!