Henry Wislon - Clever Updates ...

Loving these clever updates to some old classics by Dutch born - Sydney based designer Henry Wilson.


Berndt Friberg and Palshus - POTTERY

"Berndt Friberg (1899-1981)

Sweden’s master potter, Berndt Friberg was originally employed as thrower to Wilhelm Kåge and Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg’s pottery. His work is sensuous and at it’s best when treated with his characteristic matt glazes in the oriental manner, which were painstakingly applied to achieve an astonishing structure and depth.

Friberg was born to a family of pottery makers and started his career as a youth at Höganäs pottery. From 1944 to his death, he produced ceramics for the legendary Gustavsberg Studio. This workshop was created by Wilhelm Kåge as a platform for artists to independently create unique ceramic art ware.

Friberg threw and glazed all his stoneware vessels himself. He was a perfectionist and did not keep any pieces which were not to his satisfaction.

Berndt Friberg was inspired by traditional Chinese and Japanese glazes when experimenting his way to his significant rabbit’s fur glaze.

Friberg participated in not less than 40 exhibitions, and during his career, that lasted almost half a century, he received many awards including the gold medals at the Milan Triennale in 1948, 1951 and 1954."

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Palshus is the ceramic studio of Danish potters Per Linnemann-Schmidt and his wife Annelise.

Robert B Howard - Compass

I do have a weakness for mobiles and hanging sculptures. So here is one from 1950 by American artist Robert B. Howard, which I stumbled upon the delightful blog http://www.hopingforhappyaccidents.blogspot.com/ Currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). You can see a review of this pieces entitled "Compass" here. I love it!

John Pawson - Plain Space

On 22nd September 2010 a major exhibition of the work of John Pawson opened at the Design Museum in London. The exhibition will be beginning with events leading up to the show's installation and ending on its final day, 30th January 2011.

Plain space celebrates Pawson's career to date with models, film, photographs and architectural elements and includes some of his most important projects including the cistercian monastery of our lady of nový dvůr in the czech republic, the sackler crossing at the royal botanic gardens, kew and the Calvin Klein store on Madison avenue, new york.

You can see the whole article as well as pictures of the exhibition here.
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This and other John Pawson books are available through the Austere Chic Store under the section DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE.

A Japanese Barn House

"This Japanese astonishing design is surely something you do not see every day. The barn aspect that the constructors have given to this house makes it very special as the house revolutionizes the idea of empty spaces. Based on beams, natural light and reduced number of furniture pieces, this project couldn’t have been more successful that it already is. The main attraction of the house is an underground tunnel which leads to an astonishing view of the sea.

As concerning the furniture, the house compiles very well the basic principles of the Japanese principles: only the mandatory pieces of furniture, sliding doors and wooden accessories.

Basically, the whole idea of barn mixed with the principles of the Japanese decoration principles is something new in this industry, but, due to the popularity that this project has gained we will surely see more such houses from now on, as a lot of people has manifested interest to get their houses decorated in the same style. Yukiharu Suzuki & Associates "

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Maya Lin - Systematic Landscape

Nothing new, but I do love this installation by Maya Lin.

“Systematic Landscapes” is a show of sculpture and installation by Maya Lin. Lin has focused on a reconsideration of landscape in a time of ecological tension and change. This body of work engages the issue of our fragile connection to the environment in timely and poetic ways. The exhibition, which explores notions of landscape and geologic phenomena, is scheduled to run from October 25, 2008, to January 18, 2009, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

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Nils Volker - One Hundred and Eight: Interactive Installation

One Hundred and Eight – Interactive Installation from Nils Völker on Vimeo.

"One Hundred and Eight is an interactive wall-mounted Installation mainly made out of ordinary garbage bags. Controlled by a micro controller each of them is selectively inflated and deflated in turn by two cooling fans.

Although each plastic bag is mounted stationary the sequences of inflation and deflation create the impression of lively and moving creatures which waft slowly around like a shoal. But as soon a viewer comes close it instantly reacts by drawing back and tentatively following the movements of the observer. As long as he remains in a certain area in front of the installation it dynamically reacts to the viewers motion. As soon it does no longer detect someone close it reorganizes itself after a while and gently restarts wobbling around."

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Shinichi Maruyama - Water Sculpture

KUSHO from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.

Water Sculpture from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.

"Shinichi Maruyama has been involved in many worldwide advertising campaigns, utilizing his expertise in ice,liquid/splash, and specializing in movement in his works.Years of lighting research and the advancement of retouching have made it easier to have a strong idea of exactly how a photo will look even before the shoot begins. For Maruyama, the spontaneity of the process is what he finds most exciting. “Each stroke is unique, ephemeral. I can never copy or recreate them,” he says. “I know something fantastic is happening, but I can’t fully understand the event until I look at these captured afterimages.” Shinichi maruyama was born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan. He started his professional career in Tokyo in 1993, 10 years later relocating his studio to new york city in search of more global opportunities. Specializing in splashing and energetic movements within shots, Maruyama has become highly sought after for his expertise in this field expanding his career into Europe in 2005."

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Check out more incredible images @ http://shinichimaruyama.com/