Artist Victoria Wagner paints wood to resemble gemstones, creating a dissonant and beautiful effect.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we turn our attention to a designer who came of age in the 1960s – John Rombola. Known for his quirky illustrations of buildings and people, Rombola’s work appeared on wallpaper for Piazza Prints and Harben Papers, as well as on textiles for Patterson Fabrics in the late Fifties/early Sixties. His whimsical style continues to hold relevance today and can be found gracing the pages of Town & Country.
Working primarily in gouache and ink on paper, Rombola’s designs reflected the cultural influences of the time, capturing politics, fashion, and society. A two hundred and seventy page monograh by Chronicle Books released in 2009 gathers the work of this eccentric artist. His pieces can also be found in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.
Situated in NE Portland, Oregon – the creative agency Instrument has the market cornered on pattern-inspired restrooms! Throughout the studio, elements of art and creativity are featured heavily and unlike many other office buildings – the agency carries that creative spirit over to the decoration of their restrooms. From the rough, hand-drawn, eye pattern featured in the second-floor women’s restroom to the abstract, marble-like texture featured on the 4th floor – the patterns cover the gamut & ensure that one is provided with creative inspiration even in the restroom!
Japanese textiles and printing techniques inspire this season with an ethnic indigo dye feel.
We’re loving the pattern infused paintings of San Francisco based artist, Casey Gray. His colorful creations are captured using spray paint via innovative, masking techniques giving his compositions a modern edge. Sourcing seemingly unrelated images from Google, Gray constructs fictional still-life arrangements which hint at non-linear narratives. These contemporary landscapes form a personal vernacular for the artist. View more of his work here or pick up a limited edition print here.
There is so much visual inspiration to be had in the geometric architecture of the Syddansk Universitet! Created by the architects at Henning Larsen, the university building features a climate-responsive, kinetic facade and a stunning triangular shape (climate responsive = they move with the sun!). Setting precedents for green design/building, it is the first to meet Denmark’s energy targets for 2015.
via Huffington Post.
Inside a textile mill in Maine, Christopher Payne has captured the surreal juxtaposition of industrial machinery and the technicolor yarns running through it.
Capturing these bright moments required patience however. “There is not much staging allowed because I cannot alter or interrupt the lines of production,” Payne explained. “So I wait, sometimes months, for the right colors to come along, and then a magical moment occurs, if only for a few hours or minutes.”
We’re hoping more textile mills come back to doing production in the U.S. Have you used any American mills to manufacture your work? If so, how was your experience?
Happy New Year everyone! It’s a snowy day here but we’re heating things up with the tropical vibes of illustrator, Josh McKenna. Based in East London, Mckenna taps into the island aesthetic with lush foliage and minimal elements reminiscent of the 80s. His Concrete Junglist collection designed for PAOM will let you navigate the urban jungle in style. An avid silkscreen printer, Mckenna’s work is also available as limited edition posters like the one below titled, Poolside. Pick one up here or view more of his work here and here.