medium /// design

i’m jealous of tokujin yoshioka

Gorgeous Hermes scarves, video of a beautiful woman, and a strategically placed wind machine. This story is not new, but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant. Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka installed this piece at Maison Hermes in Toyko over the 2009 ~ 2010 Christmas holidays. Oh, how I wish I had seen this in person, but I didn’t, so I guess You Tube will have to do… sigh, so beautiful.

{ps. you really do have to see this in action! Go – you’ll love it!}

i’m jealous of joseph egan & hunter thomson

Ok, so do you remember when I wrote about the work of Felice Varini? If you do, then these installations might look somewhat familiar. They were done by Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson, students at the Chelsea College of Art & Design. They wanted to create a body of work that explored a “possible relationship between graphic design and architecture”, and while doing so they “discovered the process of anamorphosis as used by the fine artist Felice Varini.” Well, I think it’s safe to say that they did, in fact, nail this assignment… A+!

i’m jealous of nishant jethi

Big letters. Little birds. Why? Well, I’ll tell you – these cute little birds are called house sparrows, and in India their population is on the decline due to, well, a lack of houses. With so many high rises going up and the urban jungle constantly expanding, there are fewer places for these sweet birds to nest… until now! Thanks to Mumbai based designer Nishant Jethi, and this project, titled Living Typography, they are getting cozy in a stylish number ’86’, and settling down for the night with “MONA”… lucky little birdies!

{via Junkculture}

i’m jealous of payton turner & brian kaspr

As a kid, one of my most prized possessions was my sticker book. I had a designated page for “puffies”, “sparklies”, and of course, “scratch n’ sniffs”. I think I may have lost my mind if American artists Payton Turner & Brian Kaspr had popped by to install their sticker wallpaper in my bedroom! I mean, come on… when you read a description like this: “Each wallpaper pattern is made up of thousands of hand-applied stickers, and can be removed and re-applied in any space”, how can any self-respecting sticker collector not be jealous? So insanely amazing… Hm, I wonder if there are any scratch n’ sniffs in there?

{via Design Crush, via Little Green Notebook}

i’m jealous of philipp schaerer

I just got back from a few days of camping, and I’m thinking that instead of a tent, I should have stayed in one of these… except, of course, that they don’t actually exist. How did Swiss architect/artist Philipp Schaerer create this work? Well, “They are not a photograph; instead, they were newly designed and constructed from scratch by means of image synthesis and digital image editing.” Yeah, I still have no idea how you’d go about doing that. I do, however, know that I love them… and they all look more comfortable than a tent!

i’m jealous of junktion

Ok, this should probably go under ‘design’, but really, an enamel pot with a bunch of illuminated teapots growing out of it, like some kind of bizarre Alice in Wonderland garden, should also totally qualify as art! Either way, I love just about everything that Tel Aviv based Junktion makes… or, more correctly, remakes. They take forgotten junk and flip it on it’s head {literally, did you see those dangling phone lamps?}. TV’s transformed into lights, suitcases into tables, and don’t even get me started on those bike seats turned bar stools. DIWITOT {ie., Damn, I wish I thought of that!}

{via sodapopgirl}

i’m jealous of armelle caron

Paris, Berlin, and New York… completely dissected into little bits, and then neatly organized according to shape and size by French artist Armelle Caron. Ah, oui.

{via CMYBacon}

i’m jealous of frédéric bonnin & cécile figuette

My first instinct is to run out and buy fancy frames for all of these amazing pieces… except that I probably wouldn’t be able to find any that were big enough. These are actually large scale wall treatments by Frédéric Bonnin and Cécile Figuette, owners of Minakani, a Paris based design studio that specializes in creating patterns for textiles used in fashion and home furnishings. Two years ago they created these custom wall treatments, saving you the trouble of ever having to buy another frame… why bother, when your entire wall could be a huge piece of art!

{via yellowtrace}

je suis jaloux de ma + chr

Ahh, Paris… home to croissants, fancy poodles and Ma + Chr, a design studio created by Mathilde Aubier and Christine Delaquaize. So, where should I begin with my list of things to be jealous of? I already mentioned that they live in Paris, right? Right, ok, then, moving on. Well, how about the fact that they cover the spectrum when it comes to creative endeavors… print, textiles, mixed media, web, interior design! Basically, if it’s creative, they do it. Oh, and of course, those cats! I love those cats with their giant, vintage lady eyes! Yep, je suis très jaloux.

i’m jealous of the one night stand…

Ok, let me clarify that. I’m jealous of the one night stand at the Ole Miss Motel… hm, that didn’t sound much better. Ok, I’ll try one more time. I’m jealous of an art show, that just happened in Oxford Mississippi, titled The One Night Stand at the Ole Miss Motel:

There. My reputation has been saved, and now you know about a very cool little art show that has taken place in a few motel rooms, for a few hours, every fall for the past four years. I’m totally jealous of this idea… so truly brilliant if you’re a curator without a gallery. Hey, who needs a commitment like that when you can just have a one night stand, right!?

{I love the posters for this event! These are from the past three years… I couldn’t find this year’s version. Maybe it’s still back at the motel?}