Monday, September 1, 2014

Now You Can Drink Champagne From Kate Moss's Boob

A London restaurant and a sculptor have created a champagne coupe from a mold of the British supermodel's left breast!

In celebration of the British supermodel's 40th birthday, London's Mayfair 34 restaurant worked with British artist Jane McFadden Freud to create a mold of Moss's left breast, which was used to create the bowl of a champagne coupe. It's decorated with Art Deco-influenced engravings and Moss's signature, accented with a little heart, graces its base.


Giant Pencil Floor Lamp

London design studio Michael & George add a bit of whimsy to the average floor lamp with their creation called the HB Lamp. The nearly six-foot-tall light takes the shape of an oversized pencil with its illumination coming from the eraser and a power cord extending from the sharpened tip. Adding to the lighthearted nature of this product, they’ve crafted it so that the black cord creates the illusion of a drawn line.

The lamp has a solid Cedar wood body, spun brass, hand-blown glass, and a rubber tip. Customizable colors are available, and you can even personalize it, too.


Richly Textured Furniture Created by Fusing Aluminum and Natural Wood

Israel-based product designer Hilla Shamia blends clean, modern lines and aluminum with natural materials to create all kinds of incredibly unique pieces of furniture. Through innovative wood casting techniques, the artist has developed interesting ways to combine cast aluminum with wood so that the materials sit in harmony together and function as stylish tables and stools.

To create the pieces, Shamia pours molten aluminum into a mold and directly onto the wooden surface of cypress and eucalyptus tree trunks. The melted metal quickly absorbs into the cracks while the remaining, pooling liquid remains on top and slowly burns through a layer of the wood. Each richly textured piece is as original as each tree found in nature.


Concrete Handbags by Ivanka Design Studio

Hungarian designer Katalin Ivanka of Ivanka Design Studio unveiled a line of concrete handbags at TENT London last month under the Genesis Accessories Collection label.

The bags really are made, at least in part, with high performance concrete.

The spokesperson for the fashion house says, “Beginning with a model made almost entirely of concrete, the evolution of the collection explores the effects produced by alternating the ratio between concrete and leather.” Pretty cool!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Models Covered in Elaborate Bodypaint Blend Perfectly Into NYC Landscapes

Artist Trina Merry uses the human body as the canvas for all of her many incredibly creative projects. Most recently, having relocated to New York City from California, the artist ventured out into the Big Apple to create New York Camouflage Series as a way to learn more about her new hometown.

Merry visited spots throughout New York, including the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, and Coney Island, and got to know the urban scenes a little bit better by painting them across the surface of her models. She then captured the moments by perfectly aligning her models with the backgrounds so that the figures disappear almost completely into the city.

To create all of her work, Merry carefully and deliberately poses her models and then spends hours painting with either a brush or an airbrush, covering the skin with hypoallergenic paint.


Concrete Candleholders Inspired by Plumbing Pipes

Dutch designer Merel Bekking became inspired by the shapes of plumbing pipes while studying product design at the Art Academy in Utrecht. Instead of choosing to work with the pipes themselves, Bekking gave hers a twist and made the pipes out of concrete. The result is Mr. Fahrenheit, a concrete candleholder that looks like plumbing pipes.

Bekking produced the piece herself for more than a year and then decided to partner with Sweatshop Deluxe, a design label that gives young Dutch designers a platform to get their handmade work into production.


Colorful Abstract Collages Created with Textured Rolls of Paper

Mixed-media artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser's obsession with paper and color has led to her creation of these vibrant, tactile, paper collages. Although her final work appears quite abstract, Genser always starts out with an idea for a piece by using images and sketches and also drawing upon the beautiful imperfections of nature as the foundation for her work. Each piece consists of pieces of paper rolled together to produce interesting color palettes. Layer upon layer, Genser allows the piece to grow and develop until it feels complete, and she then adheres the paper rolls in place with PVA glue.

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