art house: bernhard handick

german photographer and founder of shoutout magazinebernhard handick, uses any kind of technique to produce new works. from painting to photography, analogue to digital, pixelation to overlaying; the manner in which handick approaches his mixed media art is certainly destructive. having been published at vogue italiaglamcultjuxtapozwe are selecters, and washington post, handick creates collections of striking imagery which seem to fuse pieces together that, although contemporary in their foundations, carry a rather haunting undertone. of his artwork, handick says, “my understanding of myself as an artist is not that I produce artwork which is completed after my process of creation. rather, the spectator is the one who finishes the work in the particular way in which he interprets it – in this sense, he is the one to add the final brushstroke.” well said! if you enjoy bernhard’s classically deconstructed works, check out his website.

 

bibliophile: rock the shack

“the expanding small house movement serves as a direct reaction against the excessive consumption and superfluousness of the past- a cultural striptease that becomes more enticing the more it takes off.”

the quote above really struck a chord with us while reading the awe inspiring book we discovered over the holidays, rock the shack: the architecture of cabins, cocoons, and hideouts. although we love luxury, this book has us thinking about going off the grid! if you’re in need of amazing getaway inspiration look no further, rock the shack has 240 pages of dwellings that connect people back with nature, from intricately detailed cabins to sparse tree houses. we chose a couple of our favorite hideouts below, including hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects, polyhedron habitable by manuel villa architects, and villa asserbo by eentileen with facit homes. every project in the book is unique and intriguing, while promoting the idea of sustainable living.

 

 

art house: henrique oliveira

we sure wish we had the chance to visit the palais de tokyo this past summer, so we could marvel at the custom wood installation by brazilian artist henrique oliveira. the architectural anthropomorphism, as the museum called it,  plays off the building’s existing structure, surrounding visitors in a twisted, knotted exploration of a tree-like structure. the installation is made from recycled tapume wood sticks, a typical material used in brazilian construction, the artist’s home country. the interplay of organic materials, with a man-made dimension, joins a growing trend of biologically inspired design. below you can see multiple views of the installation at the palais de tokyo, and also some beautiful examples of his previous work. to find out more about oliveira and his painterly wood installations, check out his website!

baitogogo by henrique oliveira 1baitogogo by henrique oliveira 3 baitogogo by henrique oliveira2

 via

art house: charles wilkin

while getting our daily art fix last week, we stumbled across new evocative art work from charles wilkin. born in buffalo, new york, wilkin has been evolving as a collage artist for fifteen years. he has been featured in various magazines like metropolis, rojo, and juxtapoz. at first glance his pieces seem to have a sense of nostalgia, but the image is decayed and distorted with layers of color and shape, that create an eerie yet thought provoking feeling. derived primarily from the study of headlines, sounds bites and idle conversations, he aims to show remnants of media overload and targeted consumption as a tangible yet uncertain analogy. the pieces below have been chosen from his most recent works over the past two years. to see more from charles wilkin, check out his website, or browse his collages currently for sale at saatchi! oh, and if you aren’t already wowed by charles wilkin’s cool work, when he is not collaging, he is busy keeping bees, practicing speed metal guitar, and contemplating obtaining a pilot’s license.

via charles scott wilkin

art house: klari reis

you can’t get more colorful than klari reis, and her newest ongoing collection, entitled petri dish paintings, is the most vibrant yet. we stumbled upon klari’s work via her fun blog, the daily dish 2013, where she is featuring a different petri dish painting everyday of this year. when most of us think of a petri dish, we probably get grossed out by the thought of multiplying bacteria, but one look at the mesmerizing paint colors in one of klari’s petri dishes and you’ll fall in love! klari uses reflective epoxy polymer to depict electron microscopic images of natural and unnatural cellular reactions. the effect is hopeful, almost playful, belying the serious nature of the subject matter. pictured below is a selection of a few works from her ongoing collection, petri dish paintings, but don’t stop there. check out her fun website to see her other collections, 99 apothecary bottles, and street anatomy, as well as over 300 petri dish paintings.

via the daily dish 2013

via klari art

art house: brainwave sofa

from the innovative mind of lucas maassen and the creative technologies of dries verbruggen, comes the amazing brainwave sofa! although the brainwave sofa is an intriguing delight for the eyes, the true beauty is found in it’s concept. the shape of the brainwave sofa is entirely determined by a three second recording of maassen’s neural ‘alpha’ activity. neural ‘alpha’ activity is recorded during an eeg or fmri, which uses magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate an individuals brain functions. the three second computer file is then sent to a cnc milling machine that mills the brainwave sofa in soft foam. a warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to ensure the shape of the brainwave is honored. the brainwave sofa is a futuristic reference to a production workflow in which the designer merely closes his/her mind, and a computer prints the result as a three-dimensional functional form.

via lucas maassen

lucas maassen and dries verbruggen are no strangers to innovative design, and have many prior creations that lead them to this phenomenal collaboration. most well known for his lively sitting chairs, lucas maassen is not interested in the conventional, and his work seems to challenge our perspective of the world as we know it. pictured below are some of his most intriguing projects including: sitting chairs, singing chair, and lucas maassen & sons furniture factory. to learn more about his inspirational projects and watch some awesome short videos, check out his website.

via lucas maassen

dries verbruggen, the tech designer behind the brainwave sofa, is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and product creation. the design studio, unfold, was founded in 2002 by dries verbruggen and claire warnier, after they graduated from the design academy. the unfold-duo challenges the viewer to have a closer look by subtly playing with aspects such as spatial alienation, unexpected material combinations, and a good dose of humour. pictured below are their most futuristic, indepth projects including: kiosk, the 3d ceramics printer, and ceramics made by the printer. to find out more about their astounding, technological creations, check out their website.

printed ceramics by unfoldvia unfold design studio

bibliophile: menagerie

in the words of walt whitman, “i think i could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, i stand and look at them long and long.” this poignant quote opens sharon montrose’s most recent book, menagerie. melding her passion for photography with her love of animals, award winning artist, and friend,  sharon montrose’s definitive photographic style has made her one of the most sought-after commercial photographers specializing in animals for over a decade. here at kp we love to shop her amazing online store, the animal print shop. prints from the animal print shop, specifically her series’ babies and little darlings can be seen adorning some of the most perfect nurseries and children’s bedrooms. being long time friends, we love seeing sharon’s new work, and even have a little top secret project we are currently working on together! stay tuned for more animal prints and of course darling nurseries.

via the animal print shop

art house: andy goldsworthy

world renowned, award winning artist, andy goldsworthy, has had the world in awe for close to 40 years. thanks to mister finch we got a look at some of his newer work recently and are enraptured all over again. goldsworthy, is a british sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. most of us were introduced to goldsworthy in the 2001 documentary directed by thomas riedelsheiner, rivers and tides, which documents goldsworthy in action, at home in his natural surroundings. if you havent seen it, is a must watch and can be viewed in its entirety on youtube.

goldsworthy is most famous for his ephemeral works, in which he often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials. the materials used in his art often include brightly colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. there is no glue involved, no paint, no scissors, just nature. goldsworthy takes great pride in the process of his art, which seems to provoke a meditative quality in creator and viewer. his work below is just a small sampling of his large and ever growing collection.

via museum of peripheral art

via goldsworthy digital catalogue 

via iamparagon

 

 

aesthetically speaking: into the woods

we’ve been using wood for thousands of years for both construction and fuel, but artists are constantly trying to expand our perception of how wood can be used. once we saw the unique wooden textiles of elisa strozyk, we began searching for other innovative wood projects. with the ongoing trend of repurposing reclaimed wood for all types of projects, the natural beauty of wood has come back into focus. the artists’ work shown below has taken wood and furniture construction to the next level.

yard sale project is made up of two artists, ian spencer and cairn young, based out of london. with their many furniture pieces, they have utilized a chaotic mixture of woods and made them feel harmonious and balanced. by using this chaotic construction technique, ysp has broken free of traditional woodwork boundaries. we are amazed by their chair, roccapina v, and would love to see it in person! for more work by yard sale project, check out their website.

via yard sale project

best known for being a well-rounded artist and social activist, ai wei wei’s work encompasses diverse fields including fine arts, curating, architecture, social criticism, and more recently, music videos. his work entitled “grapes” 2011 is a poignant example of artwork that defies outdated notions about culture. the stools, from the qing dynasty 1644-1911, have been expertly utilized to complete ai wei wei’s grape-like design. If you like “grapes”, check out his website, where you can see how diverse and adept ai wei wei really is!

via ai weiwei

chilean born, and now new york based, sebastian errazuriz is an artist and designer capable of holding two opposing ideas in his mind at once. the porcupine cabinet does just that, and questions the traditional cost-efficient paradigm of how furniture must be made. pieces from errazuriz will make a statement in any home or place of business, as well as function for everyday use. pictured with his tree table, sebastian is as sleek as his designs. for more statement pieces by sebastian errazuriz check out his website.

closed porcupine cabinet by sebastian errazuris via kishani perera blog

via sebastian errazuriz

art house: focus on food

for centuries, in nearly ever crevice of the world, artists of every medium have found inspiration by simply playing with their food. although, when we think of food in art, playfulness does not necessarily come to mind. for most of us, we recall something from a distant art history class, like the expertly crafted still-life’s of giusseppe arcimboldo, but today’s artists haven taken food to a new level. leaving their oil paints and fruit baskets behind.

for artist caitlin freeman, it wasn’t arcimboldo that inspired her to become a baker, but the accurately portrayed buttercream party cakes of wayne thiebaud. freeman creates sweet confections and fancy snacks based on special exhibits at san francisco’s museum of modern art. in her new book, “modern art desserts,” she details all the recipes and stories from her self proclaimed dream job, which she describes as responding to art through food.

inspired by thiebaud paintings, caitlin freeman creates confecti

via dessarts

via afinedayfor

taking typography to a new medium, austrian photographer and designer marion luttenberger has created a series of experimental typefaces using materials like food, fur, and water droplettes. some of her pieces feature words that are compiled of what they mean, like strips of bacon arranged to form the word “meats”. luttenberger does not try to preserve her works, and returns the typefaces back to their 2d state by photographing them.

via marion luttenberger

the ceramic sculptures of anna barlow will leave you hungry for more. their delightfully grotesque yet realistic nature seems to pull inspiration from our culture’s appetite for food, and the decadence of 17th century french aristocracy. barlow is interested in how food tells a story of the people it’s eaten by, and the place it’s in. like something out of sofia coppola’s film, marie antoinette, her sculptures are poised on the edge of ruin and decay.

via anna barlow

from garden grenades to dinner settings, the melbourne-based designer turns everyday oddities into iconic art. sonia rentsch is an expert in crafting clever concepts into deceptively effortless scenes, and has produced work for clients including the washington postqantas, inside out, desktop, & the d&ad award winning publication rare medium. her work seems to recall a simpler time, when no one worried about where their food came from, but it also captures the shocking experience our culture currently has with food.

via sonia rentsch