On the run for more than 50 years, once a year of course, the International Milan Design Fair, has always been one of the most awaited events for designers all over the world. This time we can find in many of the pieces shown a mix of styles and lots of experimenting, large traces of ‘fake’ personalization and inbuilt self portraits. I have to say I get a little too cautious with this kind of thing and would have to say that only a few pieces have really impressed me. All the pictures here are from the Gizmag. You’ll be able to find more of it on the original post, here I’ve selected those which are in a way connected to what I think is the spirit of the blog.
Raquel Falkenbach is one of those very talented people whose works are very influential are a milestone in design. One of her latest projects, alongside Rio de Janeiro based BEELD, was a brilliant piece for Brazilian MTV. Their new summer identity is just amazing, vibrant palette and illustrations that resemble the sea depth, the new identity is beyond doubt young and innovative. Definitely a thumbs up! (via ideafixa)
This last weekend me and some friends were in São Paulo, it was fun and also very enlightening to go sightseeing in the biggest city of Latin America, but I was surprised to see how much into graffiti the city actually is. Well, that will eventually come into a post, but we accidentally came across this really nice shop located in Oscar Freire, one of those cool streets you can find many trendy shops, cool people and nice atmosphere. Urban Arts is a shop that trades graffiti and street art in general, but how do they do that? Well, besides being an art gallery in which you can buy original street art in canvases, you can also find related products such as pillows, solo and framed prints,cards and much more. Pay a visit to their website http://www.urbanarts.com.br/
Atmosphere there is amazing, given you are surrounded by amazing street art on the walls, every detail has been extremely well thought, the walls onto which the pieces are displayed, all resemble city walls onto which graffiti is made.
…And you can frame your recently bought print right there!
Holaria is one of those local companies in your hometown that one has to be really proud of. They have been awarded renowned international prizes, their products are beautiful and well thought, either in a design way or productive way. The whole concept behind the business as well is very innovative and blends the traditions of ancient ceramics with a more contemporary look, without getting too obvious. They have just released this video where Luiz Pellanda, one of the men behind the company tells a bit more about the company and their products, you can find the video at the end of the post. You can check out their website for more of their products – http://www.holaria.com.br
This premature south-korean artist will certainly be in the known very soon. Only 19 years old and doing an amazing work! Find more info on the text below copied from the original post at The Cool Hunter:
“Minjae Lee is a young South Korean artist whose work expresses a semi-disturbing inner tension that is tough to ignore, even if you feel that you’d like to. It draws you in with its powerful colors, halting imagery and clever juxtaposition of beauty, innocence and fragility with brash, loud and aggressive. The 19-year old artist is mainly self-taught and uses old-fashioned tools — such as markers, pens, crayons, acrylics — to create his illustrations. He has yet to break into commercial success, but as his style is developing and improving each time new images appear, we will likely see a lot of him in the future. What characterizes his work overall is drama. The ethereal females that populate most of his work exude a dark, organic tension, and it seems that even the brightest marker colors do not quite manage to save them from some sort of looming peril. Or are we, the viewers, in fact, the ones who are in danger? Whatever the case, we are drawn in, interacting on an emotional level, surprised, looking for something. Minjae Lee’s penchant for dramatic expression is clear also in the work of those he admires. His favorite photographer is the 55-year-old Japanese Hiroshi Nonami, whose women are equally capable of telling a dramatic, dark story. Not surprisingly, Lee’s favorite fashion designer is the king of runway drama, the Gibraltar-born, 49-year-old John Galliano.” – Tuija Seipell
Some cool and stylish bike posters found at Postercabaret.com