Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The lawn chair sculptures of Patrick McDonough

Patrick McDonough’s lawn chairs are not meant for sitting. And if they begin to seem functional, well, it’s all pretend. The sculptures offer the formal concepts of lawn chairs without actually closing the deal — legs and armrests have gone missing, for starters, and the works themselves are decidedly non functional. Instead of functionality McDonough is interested in their allusions to an American iconography of leisure. Take a look at them and it’s not difficult to imagine the smell of freshly cut grass or the skyward boom of summertime fireworks. It’s part of what the artist describes as his overarching interest in the aesthetics of free time. But there’s something else that’s also at work here; each piece has a significant stake in pure color, in hard edged geometry, and in the rectangular chromatic plane. You won’t need to dig too deep before you start thinking of abstract painting. 

According to Patrick…“Painting often functions as the shorthand to talk about art with a capital ‘A,’ so it’s really nice when these lawn chairs can relate so explicitly to painting, when I was making the chairs I was thinking more broadly of aesthetic issues and not particularly as a way to reference painting. But yeah, it’s an object on the wall. And it’s like an icon that you have to click through to get to the rest of ‘Art’. And that’s true for beginning collectors or for critical dialogue. It just continues to be the case.” 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall in love

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Monday, September 14, 2015

This Designer Made Her Own Tiny Vacation Home On Wheels

Designer Hristina Hristova has created a tiny vacation house on wheels to avoid the crowds and prices of beach resorts.

The designer’s description...

The idea for this tiny vacation house was born out of our desire to stay away from the crowds and the concrete of the five stars beach resorts and spend time somewhere calmer and closer to nature instead.

Our limited budget as a young family kept the idea of buying a plot and building on it distant and impossible. And by doing so we were just going to be part of the concrete army invading the sea side. So we opted for making our retreat on wheels.

The restrictions defying the sizes of a vehicle that could freely go on the roads determined the size of our tiny home – 9 square meters. This was all we’ve got to make a functional vacation house.
The limited space was a challenge but we managed to fit everything necessary without the unpleasant claustrophobic feeling of being stuck in a narrow place full of stuff.

The standard height of 2,4m at the ridge of the roof as well as the substantial glazing made this tiny project feel more like a spacious house. The light coming from the full height windows allowed the amazing sea view to become a dominant part in the interior.

As the feel of the used materials were very important to us we chose to go with white oiled cladding and ply wood. This oil allowed the timber to breathe and kept the enchanting smell of freshly cut wood stay in the tiny house forever.

As the main goal of this project was to make us spend more time outside and make up for the murky, rainy, winter days in the office we made the exterior a natural continuation of the interior. A big bench spanning across the main facade made enough space for our dear friends coming to visit.

Under the canopy we spent long afternoons drinking chilled wine. And as the Bulgarian traditions demand often our afternoon wine turned into long dinners with sea food and light music. That’s why we added accent exterior lighting as well as white panes to better reflect the light.

Koleliba as we called this tiny vacation house ( koleliba – a made up word meaning a hut with wheels) is our response to the invading consumerism that encourages us to always want our homes bigger, better and unnecessary luxurious.

It’s a step back to a simpler life without excesses but full of free time, happy moments and friends that we often have to sacrifice in our never ending drive for asking more.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Find your happy place!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

100 Different Mugs In 100 Days

Australian potter Adrian ‘Charlie’ Smith, and artist Heather ‘Blair’ Lockhart, of studio Charlie and Blair, set out to complete a challenge of creating a new mug every day for 100 days.

Quote from Charlie...The #100dayproject is a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.
Being passionate about ceramics,  I was drawn to the idea of creating a mug a day for 100 days. Making a hundred of anything can be challenging enough, but there’s something about making a hundred of something you’re truly passionate about enticing. It’s that passion and drive that keeps you motivated to create day in and day out. It’s interesting looking back at the project as you can see that the initial mugs are more of a “conventional” mug shape. However through the project you can see there’s a clear exploration of shape, form and function as some of the pieces don’t necessarily represent a conventional mug. At the end of the 100 days I had 100 mugs. Initially I had no plan on doing anything with them, as the whole project was just about process of creating. However after being in contact with the local gallery Artisan, they were more than happy to display the work in one of their windows.

We love the result. But can we drink that much coffee?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dual Purpose Furniture For Small Spaces

When moving into a place of limited space, you can’t have all the furniture you want in it. Just a few will do so you won’t get your space crowded.

Check out these interesting, hard working, multi-tasking furniture pieces.