A Tree house that’s for the Birds by Japanese design studio Nendo. The tree house is located in a forest in Komoro City in Japan’s mountainous Nagano Prefecture and contains 78 separate spaces for birds to nest while providing accommodation for the ornithological enthusiast to have an auld snoop. There’s a mammoth amount of great furniture and product design from Nendo on their site but do check out the exhibition they did with Philips de Pury in the Saatchi Gallery, London in 2011 entitled ‘Think Black Lines’.
Hand carved porcelain sculptures from American Artist Kate MacDowell. Her work responds our relationship with the natural world, to environmental changes, pollution, mythology, Art History and figures of speech.
“I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value.”
‘Our intricate, natural and sometimes sinister design style has earned us commissions for David Mitchell book covers, art direction for Alexander Mcqueen and global advertising campaigns including Adobe and Apple.’
Included are images from recent solo shows at the Stolen Space Gallery, London in 2009, 2010 and the Haunch of Venison, London 2010.
Limited edition screen prints are available on their site, with 50% of proceeds from the ‘Migration East’ screen print going to ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’, who raise money and awareness for BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions programme.