If you think that the interior of this nursery in northeast France looks a bit like being inside a giant womb, architects Paul Le Quernec & Michel Grasso would be pleased. They designed the building as a human cell; the circular entrance lobby is the nucleus, the gardens are the cytoplasm, the skylights are the organelles, and the walls represent the membrane. In contrast to many other new nursery designs that feature huge windows and rainbow colours, the soft, pink interior is intended to calm the children and their parents, making them feel protected – much like being in the womb. Read the rest of this entry »
Graphics and Packaging
Matt W. Moore is an American artist and graphic designer based in Portland, Maine. I stumbled upon his colourful work earlier this week when I was researching Dulux’s Let’s Colour Project. Matt worked with Dulux last year on a campaign called Walls are Dancing, which saw him create a series of live painting performances in Marseille, Lyon and Paris; the results of which are shown in a video below.
His amazing work can be found on everything from buildings to skateboards. He describes his signature style as ‘Vectorfunk’ – a vibrant explosion of colour and geometry. Shown in this post is a very small selection of his extensive portfolio of work, which can be found on his website…a visual feast for print and pattern enthusiasts.
Film and Photography
People and Places
While Jean is off stuffing her face with Turkey and making paper place settings in the shape of pilgrims, I have been stuck in Thanksgiving-less London. So this little film by paint brand Dulux brightened up an otherwise very grey day. Launched last year, the Let’s Colour Project is a corporate initiative that has gone beyond just serving as an attention grabbing PR stunt to actually bring communities together to collectively improve their environment. Armed with paintbrushes, rollers and bucket loads of paint, the Dulux team set off around the world to work with communities in run down, disadvantaged areas where they transform their neighbourhoods into kaleidoscopes of colour. Read the rest of this entry »
Exhibitions and Events
This is an installation I’m sorry I’ll miss. Sound architect Christopher Janney has installed Harmonic Convergence, an interactive sound and light installation, constructed within a pedestrian walkway at the Miami International Airport. Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami 2011, the work combines light, color and sound with speakers playing singing tropical birds, thunderstorms and other sounds familiar to south Florida. Video sensors track foot traffic, and adjust the volume and density of sound relative to how many people are in the space.