So this marks the end of our week long hiatus, which means two weeks worth of projects to choose from for this dump. (All the choices!) Which, in turn, means that all these projects are amazing, so get excited. This week's projects include amazing typographic and graphic works, a few gorgeous contemporary things, and some really fascinating architectural projects dealing with memory and ruination. (*Hype for the word ruination *) Here we go.
Patrick van Dam: modern Greek ruins
I'm stupidly obsessed with this photo series. Van Dam travelled to Greece and these images of unfinished private villas and apartment buildings that were abandoned during construction at the collapse of the national economy. The images are strikingly powerful, evoking obvious associations with Knossos and the Minoan palaces of Crete, but translated into a slightly disturbing, sad language because of their origins in the last 3 years. It also seems striking that Greek constructions methods haven't seemed to evolve in 4,000 years, as some photos look like they are Arthur Evans' own on-site reconstructions. Fascinating. Read more about the project on CNNPhotos.
MetService: Real-Time weather service
This cheeky billboard makes my day. The article title on Design Taxi says the app advertised is "as good as looking out a window", which is the truth. This billboard for a weather service browser app is a frame that looks like a browser frame, and that's it. The question: why need an app to tell you the weather when you can just look outside. Clever design at its best.
Leo Burnett: Preparation of a Bank Note
Russian graphic designer Leo Burnett made these adds for Leroy Merlin, a French home-improvement store. They are inspired, I think, by 19th century architectural dictionaries; all the elements of the buildings that fill the background of banknotes have been disassembled and laid out on the page. The idea is 'everything you need to make this building is here', with the implication that Leroy Merlin carries them and you can make your house look like that. Super fun. Check out higher res images on Design You Trust.
Jeffrey Verrege: Native American superheroes
This graphic artist, who is himself of Natice American heritage, has created these really stunning icons of popular superheroes (and villains, ie Ridley Scott's Alien) in his own cultural graphic language. And I love them. The series includes superman, spiderman, batman, the transformers, &c. They remind me of Forma & Co.'s Revision postcards featured in this PRJKT Dump from last month, but I find these altogether more ingenious and original, and their graphic language much stronger. Check out the rest of the series on Verrege's website. (via Design Taxi)
Brandon Todd Wilson: a number a day
This skilled graphic designer keeps a blog where he uploads an image each day. The project: make a new graphic icon for each number, one a day for the whole year. He is currently at 111. They are fabulous. Featured here are numbers 3, 14, 17, and 70. Please check out the blog for at least an hr of design inspiration. You won't regret it.
Matt Stevens: Retro Assembly typeface
Featured on several blogs in the past two weeks, this typeface project is appealing and fun. Inspired by retro, drafted assembly drawings, they are essentially "how to assemble letters" , and some of them are kind of awesome, with super typographic break downs. I kind of expect to get a booklet like this next time I day-trip to IKEA. Check out more from the series on Stevens' website. (via Creativebloq and Design Taxi)
Iban Montero: Limited Paper
Biblao-based fashion photographer Iban Montero has shot this homage to Richard Avedon, but made of paper. According to the comments on Taxi, this concept is nothing new (gotta love how comments are the pinboard of bitterness, no matter what the webpage) but these photos are really nice and fun, and are worthy of a perusal, especially if you love 50s photos.
Philippe Starck: Aunts + Uncles
This indoor furniture series is a whole lot of mod chic, so prepare yourself. Starck has made these plastic injected pieces that blend Herman Miller with heavy, bulky 50s furniture with 21century "vintage mod" taste. The series, which consists of five pieces, is just an awesome series of lines that i want to sit, lay, and sleep on, as well as just prop up and stair at for hours--which is actually how they're displayed at Salone de Mobile. Check out more info on Design Boom.
OMA: Coach Tokyo flagship store
I'm all about flagship stores, because in the last 10+ yrs it's become practice for some of the world's biggest luxury goods companies (Prada, LVMH, Coach, &c.) to hire incredible designers to build their flagships all across the world. This is OMA's contribution. Really it's a completely banal space with a pretty wrapper: glass rectangles set in herringbone patterns, with each panel separated by two horizontal panels of frosted glass. The precision and delicacy of the format makes it ethereal and gorgeous and slightly unreal, and it's the embodiment of the luxury of the industry. Check out more photos of the elegant shell and the bland interior on Design Milk.
Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos: Monument to the Victims of Violence
This one takes the cake for favorite project of the week, and is right up there with favorite projects since the beginning of the blog: a 15,000sqm park-monument in Mexico City's Chapultepec park, in an area that is reclaimed forrest. The monument is a huge array of steel walls of varying proportions and sizes, scattered amongst huge trees, benches, paths, and pools. The concept is commemorating loss and absence of loved ones from the nation's recurrent social threat: violence. People are welcome to inscribe the names of their loved one's lost on the seventy steel pylons, which are rusted or reflective. The simple, powerful conciseness of this project and the perfect selection of materials, and the equally powerful intellectual merit of this project, melt my heart. Please check out the fascinating writeup on archdaily, which also features a plan and more photos. Stunning and perfect. Well done Mexico City, well done.
Get ready for some awesome content this week, guys. MAINPrjkt is back from vacation with lots of good content coming your way.
Hope you enjoyed.