Monday, July 16, 2007

Stitch Room by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

MyHome is an exhibition of experimental room sets at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have contributed to this exhibition with a project named Stitch room. you can check the details and more photos on Dezeen

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Interior Weeds by Arwin Caljouw

" Dutch designer Arwin Caljouw, with his project called Interior weeds, thinks over nature and the way that weeds emerge and grow in the streets. Interior weeds shows the power of plants in our environment:"...with the center piece you can create an interior plantation from street weeds or other personal selection of plants. The graphic tiles are an addition to a plain tile collection, which you might apply in a random and unique way".
Source: Labor of Heart

The new Fiat 500

Fiat has relaunched the iconic Fiat 500 model, 50 years after it was first introduced.
More at Dezeen

Monday, July 9, 2007

The Dreamliner

Boeing launched its new commercial jet, the 787 Dreamliner. You can check some photos from its interior below.
It is the “world’s first mostly composite” passenger jet and which will be quieter and more fuel efficient than other jets. (theory though.. we need to check it first) More photos and text on Dezeen

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Spotlight: Lida Abdul

"As an artist who works both in performance and video art, Lida Abdul creates poetic spaces that allow the viewer to interrogate the familiar and the personal. Her work is guided by a ritualized formalism that insinuates the immediacy of myth and the playfulness of a mind seeking to understand the surrounding world. In many ways, witnessing her pieces is like attempting to understand the riddles of the gestures and the repetitions that highlight her work. Abdul's work is located at the intersection between art and architecture; it invites the viewer to see the unfolding of new forms but never resolves the contradictions and the paradoxes, the purpose of whichseems to be to make us doubt our claims of understanding."
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1973, and resides there now. Abdul lived in Germany and India as a refugee after she was forced to leave Afghanistan after the former-Soviet invasion. Her work fuses the tropes of ‘Western” formalism with the numerous aesthetic traditions--Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, pagan and nomadic--that collectively influenced Afghan art and culture. She has produced work in many media including video, film, photography, installation and live performance. Her most recent work has been featured at the Venice Biennale 2005, Istanbul Modern, Kunsthalle Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Netherlands and Miami Central, CAC Centre d'Art Contemporain de Bretigny, and Frac Lorraine Metz, France. She has also exhibited in festivals in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan; She was also a featured artist at the Central Asian Biennial 2004. For the past few years, Abdul has been working in different parts of Afghanistan on projects exploring the relationship between architecture and identity.

Grind 3-D Art Into Skateboard Decks

In skateboarding circles, what's on the bottom of your deck is as important as landing a hardflip on top of it. But old 2-D graphics are totally played out. So 80 designers are grinding skateboard art into a third dimension, with the help of a laser engraver typically used to cut sheet metal. The Refill Seven exhibit, which recently debuted in Sydney, flaunts the work of hotshot designers like Michael C. Place (A), Michael Leon (B), and Mr. Cartoon (tattooist for Justin Timberlake, Eminem). Each created an image to be etched into the seven layers of plywood that make up a skateboard deck. Then curator Luca Ionescu uploaded the designs onto a PC tethered to the Epilog Legend 36EXT laser. The Epilog — which uses a lens and two mirrors to focus and shape the beam — pulses faster than most other lasers, allowing for a smoother, crisper cut. The result: photo-quality 1,200-dpi etchings (C). Because a laser can only carve on flat surfaces, Ionescu used a rotating clamp that angles the deck during cutting, keeping it perpendicular to the beam to prevent distortion on the curved noses. Each design is being burned on up to 50 boards (D), which will be for sale this fall at the Reed Space gallery in New York for $500 apiece. "I'm having a hard time thinking they're going to be ridden and destroyed," Ionescu says. "But their purpose is to be ridden, so their fate lies with their owners." Source : Wired

Monday, July 2, 2007

Fade chandelier by Zaha Hadid for Swarovski

"Zaha's new chandelier design for Swarovski, Called Fade, it will be exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, next week..." More on Dezeen

Sonic chair

" Walking Chair's sound you sit in, SONIC-CHAIR a design installation by Holger Fritzlar, Frank Hussong, Michael Kientzler & Daniela Reuter. "The open design ensures a resonance-receptive, well-balanced sound environment. The active and passive sound insulation creates an acoustic island. Background noises will not disrupt the enjoyment of music or an audio book in the sonic chair, and what the listener chooses to hear is hardly audible beyond the chair."
Source: MoCo Loco

Graffiti Lighting by Donna Brady

" GRAFFITI AS CONSUMER ART seems an odd combination but it actually works quite well with Donna Brady’s unique Hi-Light pendants, made from photos of her Brooklyn neighborhood. The names are appropriately urban (take a walk down Kent Street) and the textures unforgettably so: rusted metal walls and pitted concrete surfaces over smooth cylindrical shades make for gritty-meets-swank decor. There’s a raw, untamed beauty to graffiti in general–let’s hope these help to draw awareness to urban blight as much as they capitalize on it. " Source: PadStyle

Saturday, June 30, 2007


Palestinian artists, Suheir Hammad and Jackie Salloum are among 23 international artists to be selected for a grant administered by Art Maters, New York, to artists from around the world. Hammad received support for travel and research for "Translate a Nation", a performance about language and identity in the cities of Ramallah and Lod, including interviews in Ramallah with local artists and the AM Qattan Foundation, and DAM, a Palestinian rap group in Lod. Salloum received support for the creation of concert video projections created in collaboration with Palestinian hip hop groups, DAM and PR, and Waleed Zaiter, an Arab-American graphic animator. These will accompany the release of Salloum’s feature length documentary, "Slingshot Hip-Hop: The Palestinian Lyrical Front".For more information: Some of Jackie Salloum work:
Ya Falasteen Partition Some of Suheir Hammad work:

Friday, June 29, 2007

Painted Metals by Carolyn Mendoza

"Carolyn Mendoza, a fine artist from Venice, California has established a long-term career in working with metal. Influenced by nature, she creates unique sculptural designs by welding natural forms onto steel. Using various patina techniques, vivid colors hidden beneath the surface are drawn out. This one of kind organic artworks can be enjoyed in both indoor and outdoor settings and can be custom designed to suit the client’s individual needs." Sources: Designers Block - Carolyn Mendoza

Quince Tree Mural

Overwhelming? maybe it is little too much but it got my attention while reading the article on LA Times under Murals return with a fresh new look. this mural done by Jeff Robinson ..well it made the wall really return with fresh look, maybe if it was up to me it would have been less dense but i find the position of the mural very itneresting and the inclination of the tree is just awsome it makes you feel well quite .."refreshed".. But Comparing it to this one below, well the Quince Tree is th emost succefull mural...

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Focus: Richard Sweeney

Born and raised in Huddersfield, England, Richard is currently studying Three Dimensional Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He works with flat sheet materials, manipulating form through the use of hand-craft and CNC manufacturing techniques. Inspired by the mathematical principles dictating growth in nature, Richard Sweeney also creates paper sculptures for interior installations and shop display. Richard won several prizes including DKKN from New Designers.

Un-Sustainable jewellery

Using Sugar Cristals as ingredient, Greetje van Helmond , Royal College of Art Design grad, created a set of jewellery which she “grows” directly onto cord suspended in sugary solution. Her work is part of RCA Summer Show and it is called Unsustainable for more check Dezeen

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Les Minis

- via Mocoloco
.."Ligne Roset offers a first this season, a line of furniture for kids called “Les Minis”. This brightly coloured collection, which includes seating and a play mat that transforms into a table or stool, is inspired by the iconic Togo sofa designed in 1973 and is lightweight and easy to care for..."

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Culla Belly co-sleeper

- Via Swissmiss
mmmm great thing isnt it? more waking up alarmed in the night to check on ur baby.

Wood Carpet

Legno-Legno from RUCKSTUHL - made from oiled oak and polyurethane.

Galerie kreo

Galerie Kreo of Paris showed new furniture by Hella Jongerius and the Bouroullec brothers plus work by Front and Fernando Brizio, among others, at the Design Miami/Basel fair last week.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Lebanese Designers: Focus on Sally Khoury

Living in the city of Beirut, Sally Khoury paints the many faces of woman on over-sized canvas. After graduating from LAU (Lebanese American University) in Fall 2005 with a BA in Fine Arts, she has exhibited in various, cafes, restaurants, galleries, pubs and clubs in the city, and thus has taken a prominent step onto the art scene. Her work has gained much attention due to her depiction of exaggerated features and her versatile use of explosive colors. Each woman she depicts tells her own story.

you can check her latest work on her website:

Fouad El khoury (2)

I am posting some of Fouad El Khoury's work which will be part of Venice Biennale 2007.
14 july 2006 - Silver bromide print mounted on aluminum

19 July 2006 - Lambda print mounted on aluminum 30 x 75 cm

22 July2006 - Silver bromide print mounted on aluminum

Lebanese Designers: Focus on Fouad El Khoury

Palestine, 1993-1995: Gaza 1994

Born in 1952 in Paris of Lebanese parents. Lives between Paris and Beirut. After taking his degree in architecture in London in 1979, he turned to photography, producing a report on daily life in the Lebanon. He covered the Israeli invasion of Beirut in 1982, with his pictures appearing in Libération among others. He joined the Sygma agency, only to leave it one year later.

From then on he divided his time between Paris and Beirut, publishing in 1984 Beyrouth Aller-Retour, a book on life of a war-torn city. The following year he worked on the Egyptian cinema, while simultaneously undertaking a series of portraits of Arab authors. His work on the urban landscape of Marseille resulted in an exhibition at the Musée de la Vieille Charité two years later and longer term in a sustained interest in photographing cities: Rome, Amman, Djibouti.

In 1989 he joined the Rapho agency and won the Prix Medicis Hors les Murs, before spending several months in Egypt retracing "the steps of Gustave Flaubert and Maxime Du Camp". In 1991, he took part in two collective missions, first on the site of Petra in Jordan, then in downtown Beirut in the aftermath of the war. This work was published in an album Beirut City Centre by Editions du Cyprès in Paris, followed by an exhibition at the Paris Palais de Tokyo in 1993.

Since then, the book became a landmark in the history of photography. This inspired him a series of personal works on the airport of Roissy in winter and on the last divided city of Nicosia. After the handshake between Israelis and Palestinians at the White House, he initiated several stays in Gaza and the Occupied Territories which resulted in the publication of Palestine, l'envers du miroir by Editions Hazan in Paris in 1996. Two other books followed almost simultaneously, Liban Provisoire published by Hazan in 1998 and Suite Egyptienne with Editions Actes Sud.

Between 1998 and 2000 he worked in Turkey on a long term photographic project. He was then asked to produce a comprehensive portrait of Rome for the Jubilee year, work that resulted in a book published by Adam Biro. Upon his return to Paris, he directed his first film Lettres à Francine, based on his pictures of Turkey. He was asked by the Paris Maison Européenne de la Photo to prepare an exhibition where he showed a new collection of photographic compositions.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Sombres was published by Marval in 2002. He then directed his second video Moving Out and wrote an essay on photography La sagesse du photographe, published in Paris in 2004. In 2005, he started working on two new series, one photographic project Civilisation, fake = real? partly produced by and exhibited at the Sharjah Biennial in 2005, and a video Welcome to Beirut.

Following the war during the summer 2006 in Lebanon, he produced On war and Love, a photographic diary in 33 composite images. He is a co-founder of the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation.

Mr. El khoury will be projecting his work in the Lebanese Pavillion part of Venice Biennale.

Mayntz Design

- Via Blue Ant Studio

Mayntz Design is a designstudio for interior-, exterior-, product- and transportation design.Known for its fresh and unique design, Juergen Mayntz got international recognition over the last couple of years.Apart from contract work for well known manufacturers, Mayntz develops own unique pieces of furniture.Due to the huge interest in our designs we are now looking for manufacturers with appropriate production- and distribution capabilities. More Pictures: 1 - 2 - 3

Grand Hotel Stockholm in Sweden

- Via Dezeen

Designer Ilse Crawford has completed the interiors for two new restaurants at Grand Hotel Stockholm in Sweden. More Pictures

Thursday, June 21, 2007

System X Modular lighting by Ross Lovegrove

- via Mocoloco

Ross Lovegrove’s System X, which he designed for Yamagiwa, is a modular lighting system composed of flexible fluorescent X’s that can be linked with other X modules to create a modern and sculptural lighting system for any interior space. Imagine the possibilities, you can link as many or as few X modules you want both horizontally and vertically to cover entire walls, ceilings, even connect the X’s together to form circles of different sizes. Each X module uses two T4 21W fluorescents and can be connected to an optional dimmer to “create zones of different temperatures of light in collective or singular modules.” + System X Modular Fluorescent Lighting More photos 1 - 2

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Mounira Al Solh, "As IF I Don't Fit There", 2006, Video Still Curated by Saleh Barakat and Sandra Dagher

The exhibition "Foreword" gathers five artists, whose work covers a number of artistic practices: personal narratives, acts of bearing witness, collecting testimonies, and cutting through the skin of political turmoil and historical events to hit the bone of intimate expression. The artists commissioned are all, each in their own fashion, questioning the formation and experience of self, individualism, and citizenship in ways that are illuminating well beyond Lebanon’s borders.

Participating artists:

Fouad Elkoury, "On War and Love", Photography, 2006 Lamia Joreige, "Je d'Histoires", Interactive Video Installation, 2006 Walid Sadek, "Mourning in the Presence of the Corpse", Installation, 2007 Mounira Al Solh, "As If I Don't Fit There", Video Installation, 2005 Akram Zaatari, "Video in Five Movements", Video, 2006

Dates: June 8 - September 30, 2007 Location: Former Birreria Deher, Giudecca Island, Venice For more information:

Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan

- via Ashkal Alwan Metro Club Presents: Radical Closure A Jalal Toufic Program @ Metropolis Art Cinema, Hamra Street, Beirut Three film screenings: Monday June 25 @7:00pm: The Exterminating Angel by Luis Bunuel (1967) 93 minutes Spanish with English subtitles Wednesday June 27 @ 7:00pm: Lost Highway by David Lynch (1997)137 minute, English Friday June 29 @ 7:00pm: The Shining by Stanley Kubrick (1980)144 minutes, English Each film is followed by a short lecture (in English) by Jalal Toufic and a discussion (in any language) with the public. Metro Club is a collaboration between Ashkal Alwan and Metropolis Art Cinema For more information, call 01-360251

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

new posts

Open Cube by Jiri Evenhuis Technique: Stereolithographie; Material: Epoxy; Colours: brown, orange and green

Bo Sun Loungers from Lino Codato Collection
source: Architonic