There’s an exhibition currently running at the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold Gallery in Soho, London with screen prints from the multidisciplinary design duo Kai & Sunny and art prints from Artist / Creative Director Leif Podhajsky. If you get a chance to go also check out the Museum of Curiosity in the basement, full of strange animal skeletons and old false teeth.
I was in Look Mum No Hands on Old Street in London today for a coffee and saw the work of Dan Mather pasted all over the bathroom (that’s not me in the photo, just and image from Dan’s site) You can buy his velocipede influenced prints through LMNH and see loads more of his graphic design and screen printing work on his site below.
I saw one of Yola’s large scale collages pasted on the side of the Hackney Bureau today. I really like her style, a little nod to the baroque with everyday people in epic scenes and some religious iconography. There’s also a Conor Harrington piece on the gable next to the cafe, you can see a little bit of it below. Hopefully be seeing lots more new stuff since my move to London.
For the time of year that’s in it, here are some of Thomas Heatherwick Studio Christmas cards they send out each year. You’ll have seen their work during the London Olympics (they designed the cauldron this year) and another two great designer’s ideas here and here you’ll wish you had thought of!
Simple playful furniture that reminds me of the chairs I used to sit on in primary school (in a good way of course) from Spanish born London based designer Tomás Alonso. This quote from Tomás’s web site really sums up his work for me:
“The very simple aesthetic qualities of his objects reveal the expressive potential of each specific material, which is also his main source of inspiration, conveying an expressive immediacy which makes his products universal and transgenerational. He uses both wood and metal in a sober, soft and practical manner, skilfully inverting the usual way in which these two materials are perceived: wood is reduced to very slender, squared, vectorial sticks, iron is curved, warm and coloured.”
You can see loads more of Tomás’s great design work on his site below, including a couple Camper fit-outs he has done recently. Tomás Alonso is also a co-founder of the design collective OKAYstudio in London which he started with fellow graduates of the RCA.
“When poetry becomes light, when billboards talk about politics”, beautiful work from London based Artist and Poet Robert Montgomery. mono.kultur have recently teamed up with Robert to put together a large format publication funded using kickstarter, more details will be available soon. His exhibition Echoes of Voices in the High Towers at the Staddtbad in Wedding and various locations around Berlin finished last weekend but you can see more work from Robert Montgomery through the link below.
This is by far the nerdiest thing I’ve done in a while but for the season that’s in it I thought I’d put together a list of the Summer Olympic Logos since 1924 to see the variation of design over the years. With all the bad press the London 2012 logo has been getting I thought it would be interesting to see what has gone before and why it seems to be thought by so many the previous logos were better.
My favorite by a 100 metre freestyle is the 1968 Mexico Olympic logo by Lance Wyman, absolute perfection, apparently influenced by the olympic track lines. Also loving the 1976 and 1980 logos too.
I’m starting to warm to the London 2012 logo by Wolf Folins seeing as it has really broken from tradition and does stands out from the rest, I guess time will tell. Here’s what Lance Wyman said about it: ”The graphics are very different to anything that’s been done before – I say give it a chance. It can be a very adaptable image and if used that way it could become synonymous with good things that happen.”
Mads Perch’s list of clients reads like a who’s who of some of the best bands at the moment. Mads is a Danish born; London based Photographer and has shot for i-D magazine and produced independent work for the Klazons, James Murphy, Clock Opera, Grizzly Bear, Annie Mac, Gold Panda and Hudson Mohawke.