My favourite illustrations on the stock “photo” site www.istockphoto.com are by Leonardo Côrtes of Montreal. He creates lovely childlike seamless (repeatable) vector illustrations – that are available for purchase for approx. $20.00 each. If you are looking for a fun idea for a kid’s room, buy some of Leonardo’s illustrations and bring them into a print shop – ask them to make poster size prints for you. You can join his Facebook group to share photos of what you have done with his illustrations.
Amazingly cool! A pocket-sized laser device that emits a full-size functional QWERTY keyboard – that will work on any flat surface. Created by i.Tech, it’s available for wireless or cable.
Eat your words! This toaster by Sasha Tseng incorporates a little message board where one can write quick notes. The message also gets “toasted” into the toast itself. Fun fun! See Sasha’s website of wonderful projects here.
Coca-Cola is introducing a “fountain of the future” beverage dispenser that contains more than 100 flavours! Read more about this amazing interactive machine here.
ABSOLUT vodka is hosting a party as part of its summer promotions. Though the brand has collaborated with more than 300 artists around the world, this is the first time it has commissioned an artist in Canada. Justin Broadbent, a Toronto-based artist, is conceptualizing the event. Broadbent, a multi-disciplinary artist has been commissioned by Absolut to transform a secret “unconventional” space into an all-day art exhibit that turns into a party at night. To do this, Broadbent can use any form of art, so long as it embodies the idea that, “In an Absolut world, opportunities pop up,” the tag line the brand is using in its summer marketing. Follow updates on Justin’s blog, and pencil in August 13, 2009 on your calendar!
“Known for her unique gothic kawaii style, Japanese artist Junko Mizuno combines cuteness, gore and eroticism within an oeuvre that includes comics, painting, drawings, animation and toys.” See her premiere Canadian solo exhibition at Narwhal Art Projects (June 18 – July 26, 2009).
“A mirror that takes the cartoon speech bubbles as a reference and acknowledges the fact that we think in front of mirrors. The mirror is a container which is filled by our image and thoughts.” Oscar Diaz is a London-based industrial designer, whose work is concerned with tweaking everyday objects and/or situations. Check out his website to see a wide variety of brilliant projects.
Olafur Eliasson is one of the most interesting and influential visual artists of our time. He brings the idea of “interactivity” to a new level. He is more interested in “why” rather than the “what”. In this talk, he speaks quite eloquently about his work.
“Many of his best-known works explore architecture and the mechanics of perception, almost as if the fantastical imaginings of Buckminster Fuller were reinterpreted by a cognitive scientist.”
Michael Joseph Gross, New York magazine
I just came back from a quick lunchtime walk through the TO Outdoor Art Exhibition. It’s amazing to see a wide variety of artists/designers – along with their work in an outdoor venue. There was a lot of predictable work, but also some rare innovative pieces that really struck me – such as these handbags by Simon Trudeau. Simon has a a background in Visual Arts and Industrial Design. His website is currently under construction, however you can learn more about his work here.
Industrial designer Bauke Knottnerus created Phat Knits, a collection of colorful, giant knots with the dual purpose of entertaining and providing a place to sit.