Concrete vs Concrete: striking street art illusions


An Italian artist has brought some unique street art to the streets of Riccione: strikingly realistic birds seemingly in flight.

Eron, who was named ‘best Italian street artist’ in the 1990s, has depicted herons and seagulls on the walls throughout the Italian city, giving them life through stunning ‘three-dimensional’ realism.

The artist’s sequential ‘flipbook’ style revitalises these old concrete walls with splashes of white, while the illusionary effect makes the birds look like they’re taking off in flight.

Watch Eron create his striking work below and let us know what you think.

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Review


The most exciting festival in Clerkenwell has come to an end.

Bigger and better than ever, this year’s CDW saw interactive installations, a vibrant fringe, immersive showroom experiences, and beautiful brands come together to showcase an astonishing range of creativity.

Our highlights (and photographs) are legion, but here are just a few final observations:

Jimbobart at Additions – St John’s Square

The brainchild of designer James Ward, Jimbobart is a range of slightly eccentric, very subversive ceramics based on ‘expressive animal drawings’. Our favourite is ‘The Cake Crusader’ (as pictured).

Metro Imaging – 32 Great Sutton Street

Visitors had an exclusive opportunity to explore the printing specialists’ work, which includes printing onto surfaces such as metal, glass, and stone. The Kate Moss print in particular stood out dramatically against the stark white walls.

Tarkett at Desso – 23-25 Great Sutton Street

Flooring manufacturer Tarkett teamed up with trend forecasters Scarlet Opus for a presentation on upcoming design trends for commercial interiors, with a translation for flooring. Trend Presenter Sally Angharad gave a highly engaging snapshot of the current influences on the creative industry and how these are set to evolve during this year and next.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed Clerkenwell Design Week; let us know your CDW highlights.

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Mouthwatering food art by Lernert and Sander


If you love food and you love design, then look no further than a Dutch duo’s colourful cubes of raw food.

Artists Lernert and Sander clearly took their challenge very seriously, producing 98 exceptionally precise cubes of various vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat, arranged into a striking pattern.

The duo, known for their ‘eye-catching installations and keen fashion aesthetic’, created these mouthwatering food cubes for a food-themed documentary photography special by Dutch newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’.

Take a look at this stunning project here and let us know what you think.

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‘The Key in the Hand’ exhibition


A Japanese artist has unveiled an impressive memory-inspired work of art at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.
 
Chiharu Shiota, who represents the Japan Pavilion, revealed ‘The Key in the Hand’, an exhibition with more than 50,000 unique used keys intertwined over two boats.

Visitors are encouraged to think about the importance of memories and the unknown when walking under the striking maze created by the artistic structure.

The artist said: “keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time.”

Take a closer look at Shiota’s work here and tell us if it inspires you.

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Glasscapes


Two artists have completed a unique sculptural project made from several layers of coloured glass.

Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebne created Glasscapes, a collection of three stunning sculptures with hand-cut painted glass layers that can be rearranged.

For instance, the seascape Ocean Laughter II can either look like a tumultuous ocean or a harmonious work of geometric art.

Explore Glasscapes here and let us know what you think.

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Stunning street photos of 1960s New York


A Japanese photographer’s impressive work has been detailed in a striking new book.

Takayuki Ogawa spent a couple of years photographing both the beautiful and gritty sides of late Sixties New York.

The book puts together over 120 stunning black and white pictures perfectly capturing the overall mood and atmosphere of the iconic metropolis.

Back in 1968, Ogawa won the Japan Photo Critics Association’s Newcomer Award for these incredible photos.

Explore his work here and let us know what you think.

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Italian city filled with Gormley statues


Florence is now filled with more than a hundred pieces of art by Antony Gormley, known for the Angel of the North, throughout his career.

The innovative ‘Human’ exhibition, which runs until the 27th September 2015, displays Gormley’s stunning work exploring the human body through ‘blockworks’ and more organic pieces like Critical Mass.

The 16th Century Forte di Belvedere is hosting most of the collection, with the rest, including ‘Critical Mass’, scattered around the historic fortress for a striking effect.

Have a closer look at ‘Human’ here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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