Organizing the Prjkt Dumps—always an impending task—completely restores my faith and enthusiasm in our field. This week is no exception. Featured on the design blogs from the past two weeks, these projects are totally awesome and clever and skilled and breathtaking, so get excited. Today we bring you a collection of some awesome type and graphic projects, a little graffiti, two rockin' fiber projects, a gorgeous chair, an installation, and an exquisite project from Kengo Kuma—be still, my heart!
Ale Paul: Hipster Script
Right on the money, this series of posters answers the vaguely hermeneutic question "what would a hipster typeface say ?" Answer: it says a lot of holier-than-though crap, and it's funny. The series, called "hipster words', features too true one-liners like "You're using a font that came with your operating system? oh" and "I'm really into alternative characters." Check out more of them on Creativitea.
Steve Thomas: Star Wars travel posters
Just in time for Star Wars Day, this Minnesota-based illustrator has come out with these retro travel posters based on events and places in the Lucas Galaxy. If you can't appreciate the simple graphic humor—the Death Star taking the place of the moon on Alderaan—then use your literacy and read the few lines of advertisement—"watch out for the tree" on Endor. Super fun. Check out the full series of 13 on Hi Consumption. (Also, I'm disturbed that this is at least the fourth or fifth Star Wars reference on MAIN Prjkt...I may have to make a tag.)
Malika Favre: Kama Sutra typeface
French designer Favre was hired to redesign the book cover for the Penguin Classics reprint of the Kama Sutra , with the challenge that it couldn't be too exciting for bookshelves. So, inspired by traditional Indian temple art, this type project composes every letter of the alphabet—each, in turn, illustrating a different pose that starts with that letter, like 'A'rch or 'S'eagull or 'N'aughty Squirrel —out of two human bodies. Kind of surprisingly, the G is composed of two men and the L is composed of two women, so that's also awesome. (Yay, typographic equality!) Also, the entire series is really readable and kind of beautiful, so check out all the alphabet up close on Design Taxi.
Mads Berg: Frank Originale
I just discovered this Danish graphic designer last week when grain edit did a post about some of his newer work. Featured here is his branding series for Frank Originale, a German motor vehicle company. And it is fabulous; Art Deco meets the gradient tool, and I love it.
These posters are gorgeous, streamlined, and remind of obviously of Art Deco ads, but also the Futurists and the slew of French early modernists who loved the machine . Check out all of Berg's work on his website, much of which is very nice and features some nice typographic work.
David Soukup: urban [fire] escapes
So, moving away from all the eye candy to...more eye candy, check out this mind blowing, incredible stencil artist in New York. Soukup pieces together these elaborate stencils to reproduce images of alleys and/or fire escapes. AMAZING. I live for stuff like this. The intricacy of the work and the perfectly chosen and, sometimes I assume collaged images is really something to behold. Not to mention these rare, subtle spills of color that make me want to cry they are so well executed in the image. Check out the full array of images on Core77, I promise you won't regret it.
Herman Miller Co: Eames side chairs
The Herman Miller Company has come out with these Eames inspired, molded wood side chairs that are really really gorgeous. BUT, what's equally gorgeous is this advert image to the left—sexy . The chair comes in three different wood options and three different base options, each in different colors. So gorgeous. Unfortunately we still can't grow or bend an actual piece of wood into this shape—not that much has changed since Charles and Ray rocked the design world—so these chairs are molded plastic with veneer. Nevertheless, it's really nice, and I love it.
Joanne Arnett: Woven Mugshots
I found this on the Jealous Curator, and I'm so glad I did. This astounding woman has reproduced old school, imperfectly printed mugshots in fiber. More specifically, she has woven them together. Take a look at these deet photos and then take a break to pick up the pieces of your brain that have exploded everywhere. In remaking the imperfect streaks of Cyan, Magenta and Chartreuse that uniquely mark the original photos, Arnett has not woven these images using simple patterns, but of various patterns (e.g. for the background) that suddenly change color without breaking the pattern in the least.
The primary reason I love this project so much is this: as you take in more information about it, you immediately sense its completion and wholeness. I'm still looking at it trying to find things that make me think "oh, she should have gone one step further and done x, y, and z." But no; she has rocked it out on every level, and the end results are heroic. For more images check out her website, which I believe is still a work in progress.
Purportedly using 1.4 million feet of died rope, Genger has made this super fun urban installation in Madison Square Park, called Yellow, Red, and Blue—tré original. The rope has been knitted together in big layers that were then stacked up to make these undulating wave-walls. Essentially, they are big knitted walls that grow to what looks like over 12 or 15 feet at certain points, in turn demarking certain smaller spaces within the park and potentially muffling, to some degree, city noise. For more info and pics check out My Modern Met.
(Thank to my friend Jay for the share***)
Achea Associati: Antinori Winery
Nestled well within the Chianti DOC and just south of Florence is this fascinating winery by Italian firm Achea Associati. In the landscape the winery is only given away by two horizontal slices and a couple of skylights, as the facility is all underground. With moments that are shockingly, powerfully reminiscent of the 1960s, the interior of this winery also exhibits moments of Gaudí with its odd, parabolic vault and terra-cotta surface treatment. The storage vault is interrupted with a super-mod glass observation room accessed from the rest of the structure and its presence here, along with the rest of the 60s references make this project an altogether successful with elements of a slightly haunting weirdness in its collage. Plus, it also includes wine, which I also love. SO, it's a win win. Check out more info and pics on Dezeen.
rAndom International: Rain Room
Get excited, because this awesome installation is coming to a PS1 near you (if you live in Brooklyn). Typical of me, I've been mesmerized by this floor to ceiling field installation of, basically, indoor rain, which produces gorgeous pictures and mental imagery. Water falls across the whole room from a dense, digitally controlled network of sprinklers. A small zone of sprinklers, controlled by different scripts, are turned off, allowing a 'dry spot' that moves through the field. The goal: stay in the dry spot. But it's not a game. The effect is that you are surrounded by a downpour but without getting wet. Brilliant. Will be making a serious effort to get up and see this one. Check out the video on Vimeo, and Core77 for more information..
Kengo Kuma: Stonescape
For Urban Stories , an installation section of Milan 2013, Japanese hero-architect Kengo Kuma designed this breathtaking, elegant, upsettingly stunning project. Inspired by Japanese zen gardens, Stonescape is a shallow topography—made in strata of pietra serena stone, which is so stunning—that houses shallow, clear pools and burgeoning bamboo clusters. The simplicity and ease of the project is what make it so profound, I think. The topography performs the same task as any topography—holding the water in local depressions and dictating walking paths—but exists between an actual physical landscape and a topographic map. (And since I absolutely love Baudrilard and Borges and anything that plays with concepts Map, representation, and reality I was immediately a sucker for this project.) Layer in the zen garden allusion, with the faux natural end goal, all wrapped inside a huge warehouse, and my mind is blown with the brilliance of this project by one my favorite architects. Check out Dezeen for more pictures and info on Stonescape's role in the exhibition.
Hope you enjoyed these awesome projects. Christ our field is the tits!