Maya Hayuk is an artist with talent in a ridiculous number of design areas from painting to photography to absolut vodka ads. I particularly love her murals/installations as they are bold pops of colour on otherwise mundane or uninspiring urban landscapes. Just imagine how dull that barn would be without Maya’s colourful addition! Her newest piece was created in Brazil and is a mural woven in fabric. Can’t wait to see this unique idea develop…
Did your breakfast this morning look anything like this? I hope so! With the goal of “showcasing food in a beautiful and unusual way”, studio Bruton Stroube created this stunning video. I love the dreamy atmosphere but I think what captivates me most is the graceful movement of the food and the moving palettes created. Did you see the orange juice, raspberries and blueberries mix mid-air? A beautiful colour scheme. As our meals usually sit fairly still, it is easy to forget that each food has its own unique qualities that, with a bit of imagination, can turn into gorgeous art. I had no idea pancakes in motion could be so elegant!
Olly Moss is a British designer and illustrator who you can add to my ‘obsessed with’ list. He has an obvious abundance of creative chops but it is his cleverness that never ceases to amaze me (case in point, his sea-saw illustration I posted about a couple of months ago). Olly just opened a solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called ‘Paper Cuts’. The exhibit features over 350 laser-cut and hand-finished silhouettes of pop culture icons from the cast of Saved by the Bell or Seinfeld to animated Disney classics to Cliff Huxtable in one of his crazy sweaters. I love the juxtaposition of historical cameos with modern pop culture. A brilliant concept, six months of exquisitely detailed paper work and fantastic styling in vintage frames all add up to a spectacular show the is overflowing with Olly’s talent and cleverness.
I would love to go to lunch with artist Arthur Buxton as he looks at colour in a truly fascinating way (you may remember my post about his Van Gogh pie graphs.) His newest piece focuses on British Vogue magazine covers from 2001 to 2011. In reverse chronological order, from left to right, each block is a separate cover. Within each block, the strips of color that vary in width, represent the five most common colors proportionally found within that specific issue. The larger bands represent the years, starting in May and moving backwards. (If you’re like me, you will need to read those instructions a couple of times!) While there is the expected influence of skintones, it is interesting to see how similar the colours stay across soft tones, pinks and some fall hues. Even though a variety of colours became popular in each of those years, the covers don’t really deviate from a feminine palette. Other than two issues of blue, there is very little from the yellow, green, blue or purple colour families. I would love to see Arthur use this method in different eras. I imagine the 1960′s are full of vibrant powdery hues, the 1970′s are a blend of warm tones and the 1980′s are bursting with colour and neon. A really fascinating commentary on what colours are used to sell magazines.
While some thought they would be left behind in the 1980′s, neon colours have been popping up everywhere lately from fashion to stationery to art installations. I’ve always loved neon hues because they are so full of light and are just plain happy-inducing! How can hot pink be anything but fun? I also love another form of neon – the sign variety. From retro signs like those that used to cover Vancouver (see the seahorse one above that is still in use) or the modern innovations sprouting up in design, it is hard to resist the glow of a neon sign. Whatever the form, how can you hate neon? Time to move on from spandex pants fear of yesteryear and let neon colour you happy!
Companhia Athletica, a gym chain in Brazil, created this calendar to inspire clients to stick with their workouts. As each month is ripped off the calendar, a more fit form is revealed. I love how the colourful paper edges overlap and give the whole piece a topography idea. A really clever and engaging design idea that doesn’t even need one word of copy to get its point across. Perhaps, with this bright calendar hanging on your wall, it would be harder to miss a gym visit!
I love many of the pieces in paper good series ‘Geografia’ by Japanese studio drill design. Inspired by themes of geography and topography, the collection includes beautifully formed colour-in globes and handsome notepaper that creates topography from the number of sheets per level. Great design that can only improve your geography skills!
Kristina Marie makes the most gorgeous hand-sewn paper garlands using recycled and sustainable materials. The KristinaMarie Etsy store has a wide variety of colours and patterns with Kristina adding custom items to her store in the next little while. Such a modern take on garlands with an intricate handmade soul. The photographs of the unraveled spools are so beautiful, I would love to frame a print of one!
Collecting trash from Australian beaches, artist Liz Jones arranges objects into colourful collections and photographs them for her series titled “Rubbish Rainbows”. It’s amazing how bits of garbage, battered by the ocean waves, can create such intriguing images simply through use of colour. Liz is cleaning up her native beaches, provoking thought about littering and the human obsession with plastic all while creating brilliant photographs. Talk about a fascinating triple-threat project that requires amazing dedication and colour sense!
Artist and designer Matt W. Moore has a portfolio overflowing with amazing projects ranging from fashion to typography to fine art. He is definitely one of my colour heros and I am a long-time fan of his inspired use of vivid colour and soulful geometry. I really could feature hundreds of images in this post! One area of Matt’s work I really love are his murals so I have focused on those above. Created all over the world, Matt’s murals add so much joy and design to whatever street is lucky enough to house them. The top image is of his newest piece in Cincinnati and it is yet another example of his incredible colour sense and creative talent.
The Rubik’s Cube is an iconic 1970′s 3D puzzle with the ultimate goal, via twisting and turning, of organizing the squares into six solid colour sides. But how would you solve that puzzle if you couldn’t see the colours? The Braille Rubik’s Cube designed by Konstantin Datz seeks to answer that question with striking results. The braille word is used for each colour so the hues are felt and the puzzle can be solved. A thoughtful and really beautiful piece of design.
These Porcelain Tea Light Holders by Graham and Green are my new obsession. Modern white outside and bold colourful inside? I’m sold! I can only imagine how amazing these would look at night. I’m thinking there is a heavenly glow that fills the room with colour. Dear Graham and Green, please consider making an exception to your international shipping policy for a colour lover?