Glowing dandelion lights

OLED TampopoA cinematographer has transformed dandelions into a collection of artistic lights.

Takao Inoue used fresh dandelion seed heads (often called ‘dandelion clocks’ due to their fluffy, spherical appearance) for the project, which he named ‘OLED Tampopo’.

Inoue installed organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) into the stems of the dandelions, before encasing them in in transparent plastic blocks.

OLED Tampopo was originally created for an exhibition at the Milano Salone del Mobile earlier this year.

Take a closer look at OLED Tampopo here and let us know your thoughts about the artwork.

Primary – a lighting installation

PrimaryAn Australian installation used coloured light to play with visitors’ spatial perception.

Primary, by Flynn Talbot, consisted of a triangular panel with protruding cardboard spikes, which were up to two metres in length.

Talbot then cast red, green and blue spotlights over the geometric panel, creating a mixture of moving and overlapping colours playing off the panel’s angles.

Talbot said: “Colour in light is different to paint, for example. Red and green paint make brown but with light they create yellow. The wall sculpture is designed to break up the light and explore the mixing of colour.”

Primary was exhibited at the PSAS gallery in Perth, Australia.

Watch the video below to experience the light-bending installation and tell us what you think of it.

Primary from flynntalbot on Vimeo.

Landed: an installation with a difference

A house seems to have mysteriously appeared, half-buried outside an Australian art gallery.

The totally black house is actually an installation called ‘Landed’ by artist Ian Strange, who has recreated his childhood home for the project.

‘Landed’, which contrasts 20th Century Australian suburbia with the Victorian Art Gallery of South Australia, alludes to the ‘sudden appearance of western culture’ on the continent.

Commissioned for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, ‘Landed’ is on show outside the gallery until May 11th.

Take a closer look at the installation here and tell us what you think of it.

Ecobuild opens its doors for the tenth time!

London’s ExCel arena opened its doors to Ecobuild 2014 this week.

Ecobuild is a yearly exhibition that is a must-see event for architects, contractors and manufacturers in the green building industry.

This edition saw Ecobuild celebrate its ten year anniversary.

There were a few highlights from this year’s show, featuring cinematic tents, wooden pianos and many compelling presentations on the cutting edge topics in the green building industry.

The UKGBC were also in attendance – one of their highlights was to show off their new Pinpoint website which The Think Tank are very pleased to have developed for them.

Take a look at the highlights and find out more here.

Crockery that melts into puddles

A London-based artist has created an art series named ‘Nomad Patterns’, based on porcelain crockery, which appear to be melting.

Livia Marin takes pieces of porcelain, such as mugs and plates, and fragments them, using resin and plaster to create ‘puddles’ which pool around the remnants of crockery.

To complete the effect, Marin paints the puddles with the crockery’s pattern, which is the ‘Willow Pattern’ motif first made famous in the 18th Century and associated with traditional English tea.

Through the series, which uses around thirty pieces, Marin intends to explore the relationship between the treatment given to elite items, such as antique crockery, compared to the ‘use and discard’ culture for mass-produced objects.

Take a closer look at Nomad Patterns here and tell us what you think of this ‘melting’ art.

Interactive museum adverts that can be ‘excavated’

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has produced a series of bus stop adverts that can be scratched away by commuters.

The posters, which advertise the exhibition ‘The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology’, encourage passers-by to perform their own ‘dig’ by gradually revealing a photograph beneath the top layer.

Backlit and made from a clear plastic, the posters were created in conjunction with Classic-Color.

Find out more about the exhibition or take a closer look at the adverts here. Tell us if you would like to see more interactive adverts in public places.

A splash of colour on the Alps

An artist has transformed a Swiss mountainside into a bright, multi-coloured canvas as part of an outdoor exhibition series.

Olaf Breuning uses plastic sleds to pour food colouring onto the fresh tracks left by skiers, which creates vibrant streaks of colour as it slides down the snow.

The art evolves with the landscape as the snow shifts and the weather changes – what could be a flash of red or green one day could be a splodge of footprints the next.

The exhibition is part of ‘ELEVATION 1049’, which involves twenty five artists and their site-specific exhibitions set throughout Gstaad, one of the most popular ski areas in the Alps. ‘ELEVATION 1049’ continues until March 8th.

Take a closer look at Breuning’s work here and tell us what you think of the alpine art.

Festival of Imagination launches in Selfridges

Selfridges is launching a store-wide campaign this month, entitled ‘The Festival of Imagination’.

Inspired by founder Harry Selfridge’s mantra, ‘Develop imagination, throw away routine’, the campaign has been devised by Selfridges’ Creative Director, Alannah Weston. It incorporates an ‘Imaginarium’ amphitheatre designed by famous architect Rem Koolhaas, shop windows dedicated to ‘imagineers’ and The Imagine Shop.

The Imagine Shop features pioneering technology products, a preview of the future of shopping by Dezeen and contributions from 19 Greek Street.

19 Greek Street is a Soho-based collective, describing itself as ‘London’s hub for international contemporary design’. Based in a Victorian townhouse, 19 Greek Street acts as a gallery and consultancy. Its contributions to The Imagine Shop include ‘Dandelight’ and ‘Chubby Coat Hangers’.

The campaign opens in-store on the 16th January and runs for over five weeks. Take a look at all the events on offer here and tell us if you’re going along to the Festival.

Eckersley exhibition opens in London

A free exhibition dedicated to Tom Eckersley’s work is being held at the London College of Communications (LCC) this month, incorporating many of his famous posters.

Taking cues from the Modernist movement, Eckersley created simple yet clever bold designs which influenced generations of graphic designers.

The poster artist produced work for London Transport and other public service organisations throughout his sixty-year career.

He also established the UK’s first undergraduate graphic design course at the LCC’s predecessor, the London College of Printing.

This year marks the centenary of his birth and the forty posters on display come from the LCC’s own archive. The tribute runs from the 11th to the 29th January.

Take a look at some of Eckersley’s work here and tell us if you’ll be going along to ‘Tom Eckersley: Master of the Poster’.

The Architect@Work trade fair comes to Paris

Last week we visited the sixth edition of Architect@Work, a trade fair aimed at architects and interior designers, which took place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October in Paris.

The exhibition emphasizes innovation, quality, knowledge and design in the built environment. This year’s main theme was ‘The Sensory Architecture’.

Visitors could discover a selection of innovative materials and technologies which, by employing our sense of touch, sight, smell and sound, can increase the perceived sensory quality of spaces and products that surround us.

The fair was also home to the ‘SENS UNIK, sensory experiences’ exhibition by the Innovathèque / FCBA, the French resource centre for innovative materials established to meet the needs of architects and interior designers.

Our client Formica Group was present at the fair, celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary while showcasing their Anniversary Laminate Collection. The fair also saw the preview of the new Formica® – Unilin MFC Collection, introducing exclusive designs inspired by the latest trends.

Architect@Work is a great fair and we definitely enjoyed the continuous supply of free catering throughout the day, especially the small éclairs au chocolat and apple tarts for the afternoon snack!

You can find out more about this trade fair here.

Unfold – modern, beautiful book design

Unfold is the latest exhibition by London Print Studio presenting a stunning collection of handmade, pop-up and laser cut books and prints.

The show featured about 50 works by 36 artists, most of which are for sale. 

One particular piece that caught our attention was a series of extracts from Circle Press founder Ronald King and writer George Szirtes, the collection included 14 illustrated poems inspired by Elias Canetti’s 1935 Nobel-prize winning novel Auto da Fe.

With lovely prints, illustrations and pop-ups, this exhibition is a must-see for every book lover! The exhibition is open until 2nd November at the London Print Studio, you can find more information here.

19 Greek Street unveil ‘Flung’ at Sketch

Supremely stylish restaurant and bar Sketch invited The Think Tank along to experience an array of art curated by 19 Greek Street, London’s hub for international contemporary design. Flung: the Upside of Down exhibited sculptures reflecting a disturbed scene of a restaurant which created some interesting interpretations.

Exploring the idea of mistakes and distortion in artwork these pieces all appeared disjointed making the evening delightfully surreal. While some pieces seemed to be defying gravity or carved perfectly from precious materials other pieces were upside down or at abnormal angles removing the function of the chairs.

Having got our mind round the concept and some perplexing discussions we then retired to the beautiful gallery and otherworldly toilets! The decor was astounding and the toilets were in alien-like pods with strange soundtracks in each one. The two Michelin starred Lecture Room boasts a rich decor of red and gold whilst the glade has murals as if you’re in a forest. The different rooms and concepts make Sketch a must-visit destination to suit almost any occasion.

Flung will be exhibited until Sunday 22nd September, so take a look and tell us what you think.

Designjunction opens from the 18th – 22nd of September

DesignjunctionDesignjunctionDesignjunction will showcase the very best of furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises. Striking a balance between creative and commercial, while offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show, the third edition of its flagship London show is back.   

Designjunction takes place from 18th to 22nd September at the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office and will form the hub of the West End Design District.

Designjunction will feature a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings for presentations.

Designjunction’s ground floor is a design shopper’s must-see with more than 30 pop-ups from retailers including Theo, Native Union, Dezeen Watch Store, Dyke & Dean, and many more.  

To see the full programme and book your tickets, visit the designjunction website here.

Also, have a look at the London Design Festival programme here.

Museum made out of paint cans pops up in shopping mall

To celebrate the birthday of legendary American artist Andy Warhol, Portuguese LIKEarchitects constructed this temporary museum made out of empty paint cans in the center of a shopping mall in Lisbon.

The museum was erected to host the exhibition ‘Andy Warhol – icons | psaier artworks and the factory’, where it received over 100,000 visitors.

Aluminium paint cans were the chosen material for this project because ‘they reflect on society’s consumer culture and also pay reference to the subjects of the popular artist’s work’.

See how it was constructed in the video below, or click here for more information on this interesting project.

Sculpture in the City

Love- Robert Indianna

Chapman BrothersAs you wander around the City of London you may notice some unusual objects have appeared. For the third year running Sculpture in the City is back.

Running from 20th June until May2014, the exhibition of sculptures from well known artists will be on display in the Eastern part of the Square Mile.

Broken up into nine installations, and featuring more sculptures than previous years, the art has relevance to where it is situated. For example, the iconic ‘Love’ by Robert Indianna in installed at the site of a 1993 IRA attack and a piece by Jake and Dinos Chapman, titled ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’, is placed in the shadows of the Gherkin.

The project is backed by the City of London Corporation, and is completely free. Find out more here.

Future in the mind – challenging the boundaries of materials

Latex ExposedProject BambiSmart by natureEngineered IllusionsExploring existing, and at times underrated or discarded, materials with a focus on the future can lead you into unexpected directions. 

University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins’s Textile Futures MA end of year show displays 17 futuristic scenarios drawing on materials such as minerals, latex, potatoes, technical components and even animals and sealife. 

The process and theory behind each project have been the driving force for each of the students to create something new and unseen. New life has been given to the discarded potato cell wall to create a biodegradable material that looks like and could be plastic (10% & More); the mineral feldspar has been transformed into a luxury jewellery item (Disquiet Luxurians), and discarded deer hides  to leather (Project Bambi). 

Limitations of materials have been broken –  latex micro-waved to create pieces of jewellery (Latex Exposed).   

Transformation and sensory experiences were also themes.  Smart by Nature looked at transformable surfaces; while Engineered Illusions uses a study of visual optics to explore how textiles can enhance the female form. 

Scent-ography posed questions as to whether personal memories can be archived through captured scent, whilst Self-Medication cleverly combines the British love for tea with the preventative concept of traditional Chinese Medicine, drawing on textile craft techniques.

Get a preview of potential material trends and uses, plus many other architecture and design displays by visiting the Show Two at Central Saint Martins which is open to the public until 23rd June.

Further information can be found here. 

Our client Formica® Group was a sponsor of the MA Textile Futures degree show, continuing its support for innovation and young designers in the field of design-related disciplines.

‘After Hours’ at Bankside

After DarkAfter DarkAfter DarkThe Jerwood Space on Bankside has been hosting an exhibition which has a focus on work by graphic designers working without a brief or client, called After Dark.

Curated by Nick Eagleton, of The Partners, there is delibertly no common thread or theme throughout the exhibition, being instead a celebration of the variety of work that has been produced – driftwood sculptures, clocks, chess boards, flags, films, prints, wardrobes and remote control drawing machines – the only real connection being that it is all closer to design rather than art.

The interesting aspect you can take from the showcase is that without a brief from a client the designers seem to have come up with their own.

The Exhibition runs until 23rd June 2013.

The best in Neon

Chris BraceyChris BraceyChris BraceyLondon-based light artist Chris Bracey is currently displaying his works in his first solo exhibition at Scream Gallery in London titled ‘I’ve looked up to heaven and been down to hell‘.

The artist, who learnt his trade from his father, has manipulated his lights into incredible designs using themes he mixes with religious iconography, retro fairground bulbs and neon advertising styles.

Bracey has also provided dramatic installations for films such as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Batman films.

Many of Bracey’s works are self-produced neons, referencing popular culture – “Shine A Light in the Darkness of Your Soul” was written by Martin Gore from Depeche Mode and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” is from a song by The Smiths.

His work also draws upon iconic imagery such as tattoo designs, Las Vegas and Soho.

The exhibition is on display until the 1st June 2013.

Immersive app for exhibition

Exhibition AppExhibition PieceThe British Museum has released an app to coincide with its latest exhibition; Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The app gives users the chance to browse the 250 exhibits on display at the museum as well exploring maps of the area where these ancient cities sat in the Bay of Naples.

Built by mobile app developer Apadmi, it also contains exclusive video content including interviews with the curator.

It was created to help those who may not be able to attend the exhibition in person due to its popularity, to explore the sights, sounds and artifacts.

The exhibition curator Paul Roberts said: “We are delighted to invite tablet and smart phone users all over the world to explore the content of our Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition. Good clear explanations and beautiful, detailed images of the remarkable objects offer an exciting opportunity to investigate the stories of these cities in the pail of your hand.”

The app is available now for iPad, iPhone and will be on android devices from May 2nd, whilst the exhibition is running until the 28th September 2013.

Find out more here.

‘David Bowie Is': a retrospective

David Bowie IsDavid Bowie IsDavid Bowie IsThe V&A Museum was lucky enough to gain access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the museum’s latest attraction.

The sold-out exhibition, titled ‘David Bowie Is‘, features over 300 pieces, including costumes, photographs, album covers and video exerts from films and live performances.

Spanning the career of the Brixton-born musician, the retrospective also includes some more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

The exhibition was brought together by the V&A’s theatre and performance curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh and will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

‘David Bowie Is’ opened on the 23rd March and will run until the 11th August 2013. Find out more here.


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