‘Tis the season for enjoying all that nature has to offer. Summer means cookouts, pool parties, and best of all camping! With FieldCandy‘s digitally printed designer tents you can actually be excited about pitching your tent. Each tent is a limited edition, well made abode that offers a 100% breathable cotton liner so that you don’t wake up damp and uncomfortable. The strong stakes, easy set-up poles, and heavy duty zippers prepare each tent for any extreme weather conditions that might arise. So whether you’re in the mountains, at the lake, or in your own backyard, these unique tents are sure to spice up any summer night!
By taking the carefree nature of free hand quick sketching, and transforming it into large scaled wire sculptures, David Oliverira’s works successfully create the perception of line drawings that have walked off the page in a 3dimensional manner. Born in Lisbon and having graduated with a degree in Sculpture and a Masters in Artistic Anatomy, Oliveira’s collection showcases pieces all created by painstakingly turning wired pieces until they’ve transformed into intriguing sculptures that all look as though they’ve been drawn up simply with a pen on paper.
The Steve Madden Summer 2012 look book recently hit the newly debuted webzine, Steve Madden Mag. The kitschy 50′s inspired photo shoot was shot on a New York rooftop patio by photographer Marley Kate. The uber retro styling is complete with sexy pinup style clothing and hair, and topped off in a whimsically playful atmosphere. The bright furniture accents the vibrant footwear lending the shoot the feminine flare that the 50′s era brought. I’m in love with everything about this youthful, summery shoot, from the clothes to the shoes!
Imagine the face your guest would make if they walked into your home only to see that it has been taken over by sheep. Though certainly upon a deeper evaluation, they will quickly assess that the animals are nothing more than a little fluff and a quirky take on furniture design, the shock value and level of interest would still remain the same. Take a look at this animalistic collection put together by the married dynamic due Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne. From wool sheep, to bronzed rhinoceros desks and alligator tables, this collection, which spans the works of over forty years, blurs the boundaries between functional furnishings and visually intriguing pieces of art. I love the playful and unique flair that each work seems to obtain as though they all have their own personality and charm. Take a look and fall in love!
It’s a cozy yet stylish 500 square feet cabin located on San Juan Island, Washington that was designed by Olson Kundig Architects to be used as a guest cottage and “writers retreat.” Who wouldn’t be inspired when staying here? With panoramic framed views allowing natural light to stream through, the contemporary styled design features a single room with an additional kitchenette and bathroom. Though the home owners wanted a space that was open and airy in design, they also needed a way of securing the structure during their times away. Enclosed by wooden slats situated on a hydraulic system of wires, ropes and lead blocks, the addition makes for a deck and outdoor lounging area when open, and a security feature when closed. Talk about versatility!
Art and fashion collide into an explosion of polka dots! Legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is collaborating with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton to create a cohesive collection showcasing Kusama’s love for repetitive patterns. The 80-something year old avant garde artist is well renowned for her paintings, sculptures, films and installations that present the viewer with painstaking obsessive patterns that seem to have exploded onto the canvas. The simplistic brilliance of Kusama’s work is truly inspirational. Classically retro polka dots are the basis of her design for the upcoming collab. The first part of the Louis Vuitton and Kusama collection, appropriately titled Infinitely Kusama, consisting of pajamas, trench coats and accessories will hit the LV 461 stores starting July 11 with the second part of the collaboration coming in October. You won’t want to miss this legendary line!
Growing up, how many of us sat and entertained ourselves by creating figures and animals on the walls with our shadowed hands by placing them in front a main light source? Italian artist Guido Daniele has taken this idea to the next level with his vast portfolio of amazing animal portraits all meticulously painted onto a hand. Using body paint, Daniele has channeled his love for illustrative design and sculpting into constructing life like creatures that are executed in a manner so skillfully that the instrumental hand all but disappears, leaving behind nothing more than a stunning display.
Graffiti Cafe, located in a multifunctional gallery space in Bulgaria is a modern restaurant designed by Studio Mode. The eatery sits in a building that also houses a hotel, a nightclub and an art gallery, so Studio Mode was presented with the challenge of creating a cafe that was cohesive with the rest of the building. Thus, they crafted an MC Escher-inspired cafe that is clean yet intricate in design. A space where straight wooden panels are the basis of curved columns and highly complex ceilings was created and perfectly fits this modern aesthetic which suits the building as a whole. Awe-inspiring Graffiti Cafe is definitely impressive- I wonder how tasty the food is..
As the week draws to a close, we’ve decided it’s time for some lighthearted fun with a feature that is sure to bring a smile to your face. It’s a time lapse video shot by photographer Frans Hofmeester that captures the moments of his adorable daughter as she grows up. By recording once a week, in under three minutes, Frans has created a rather amazing video that allows us to watch with him as his little girl transforms right before our eyes from a grinning baby to a talkative adolescent. Love it!