A Temple Ice-Cube for your Whiskey?

Design // Thursday, April 09, 2015
We all remember the classic scene in Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation" where Bill Murray's character is on set for the Suntory Whiskey commercial. "For relaxing times, make it Suntory time." Well, in real life, Suntory is trying to make your relaxing time a little more arty. The Japanese company, according to designboom has begun to create 3D ice cubes for their newest ad campaign. 

Illustrations of Architects' Buildings and the Animals They Look Like

Design // Thursday, April 09, 2015
If you've ever thought that the Eiffel Tower look a little bit like a Giraffe or that the Guggenheim could be a snail, then you're not alone. Federico Babina, whose architecture-influenced illustrations we've been enjoying for years, has a whole series of famous architects' classic buildings and the animals they look like!

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Design // Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A major exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany sheds new light on contemporary African design. Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance – and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century.

Yes, We Too Want to See a Mirrored Skyscraper Hotel in the Swiss Alps

Design // Wednesday, March 25, 2015
We like the Swiss Alps. We think they are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, filled with wonderful resorts with classy coffee and treacherous ski runs. Hell, we would go to Zurich right now (not really the Alps, per se, but you get our drift). So we are very much into the creation of a 381-meter skyscraper hotel, built in Vals, Switzerland, designed by Morphosis Architects.

Sam Friedman x Case Studyo "HAPPY PLACE" Rug

Design // Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Sam Friedman was just featured in our February 2015 issue of Juxtapoz, and we have been following his work for the past few years and loved his shows at Library Street Collective and Joshua Liner. The NYC-based artist just teamed up with the equally fantastic Belgian team Case Studyo on an home appropriate rug featuring one of Friedman's scenic paintings. The rug is made in an edition of 12.

The Design Genius of Alan Fletcher

Design // Wednesday, March 18, 2015
You may know the work of Richard Bravery, the fantastically clever designer from the UK who is creating these fantastic book covers using contemporary artists and street artists work. Well, Richard will soon be in an issue of Juxtapoz, and in his interview, he mentioned being influenced by Alan Fletcher, a staple of British design who created, amongst other things, the V&A logo, Rueters, was a creative director at Phaidon, and founding partner of Pentagram in the 1970s.

"Shylights" Unfold and Bloom like Flowers

Design // Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The "Shylight" is a kinetic sculpture by Studio Drift that is inspired by nyctinasty, the natural mechanism that helps certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources. The light sculpture unfolds and retreats in a fascination choreography mirroring that of real flowers.

Geoff McFetridge "Studies" zine by Nieves

Design // Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Swiss-based publishing company Nieves curates some of the best printed material around, and they just released a new book/zine for California-based Geoff McFetridge entitled "Studies." The art in the book is based around Geoff's standout exhibition at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen last year, and showcases his now iconic, minimalist style. 

The Blade Runner Model Shop, Revisited

Design // Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I don't want to expose too much of my inner nerd to the hundreds of thousands of people who read this site every few weeks, but when I saw these images of The World's Best Ever yesterday showing the model shop and behind-the-scenes look of the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner," I started to get all nostalgic for the "magic of the movies." 

A Collection of Japanese Graphic Design

Design // Thursday, March 12, 2015
As we've noted before, while scouring the deepest corners of the internet, we love finding collections of vintage graphic design, book covers, and illustrations. Ryan Hageman, has dedicated his blog Gura Fiku to putting together a collection of visual research surveying the history of graphic design in Japan. Go check out Gura Fiku for more, but here is a selection of a few of our favorites...


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