Friday Musings: Chad Kouri ‘Shape & Color Collage’ studies

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

Chad Kouri is a Chicago-based designer, artist, self-termed ‘material man’ who has an eye for composition and colour balance. His ‘Shape and Colour Collage’ studies is a 100-work strong intuitive visual documentation of just that.

Kouri says, “As my art practice evolves, I continue to question art as a medium while experimenting with its restrictions and preconceived notions. For example, growing up I always understood an artwork to be something that inherently takes a lot of time to complete.” In response, there is an immediate sense of capture and freedom to these intimate studies.

Also struggling with the idea of leaving a work unfinished, Kouri has been making as many of these measured little compositions in one sitting as possible. These repetitious, reflective musings on his own art practice, created on the very same 3.5” x 5” cream backing paper each and every time, are gestural genius.

Kouri is a member of The Post Family, a multifaceted creative hub, meeting place and workshop for artistic leaders and independent creative types in Chicago. Not in opposition to the digital world, The Post Family work to maintain the balance between mass production and the ‘one-off’ through their disciplines of printmaking, illustration, self-publishing and woodworking.

The entire collection of Kouri’s ‘Shape and Colour Collage’ studies can be seen here. A meditative moment to peruse these works is a must.

Credits: Flickr & Chad Kouri

Omar Sosa ‘Still Life’

In/Out : Omar Sosa

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

Studio Omar Sosa is a Barcelona-based graphic studio headed by the man himself, Omar Sosa.

Sosa’s ‘Still Life’ series credit the everyday objects that decorate our daily life. White porcelain identities, timber tempos, glass starbursts, marble graphics, wax cities, bread acrobats, tape totems and brick highrises – we are once again reminded of how grouping of like can change the ordinary to the inspiring.

Sosa is one of the makers of the remarkable ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ Apartamento which celebrates living spaces made from living, not decorating. It is no wonder that he has a head for all that is honest and humble yet visually invigorating.

Credits: Omar Sosa

Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

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In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

Since gradutating in 2012 from the Aalto University School of Arts in Design & Architecture, Finnish fashion designer Satu Maaranen has been setting the fashion world on fire.

Finnish born and bred to a life and love of the outdoors, she takes inspiration from nature and has been known to use sand, sawdust and grass in her designs. This, teemed with the inspiration from iconic design figures Marimekko and Christo, means Maaranen doesn’t shy away from big sweeping gestures and bold abstract expressions of painterly colour.

Her use of colour and form is awe-inspiring. Ridgid yet soft, her designs are full of personality, almost inhabiting the wearer. We just love those brave brushstrokes of colour.

Credits: Thisispaper

Swedish Ninja

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It’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with Maria Gustavsson, the delightfully distinctive designer behind Swedish Ninja, who launched her Chaotic Love Collection – an ode to daily life – at this year’s Salone Satellite in Milan. Working from her studio in the old Kockums Shipyard in Malmo Sweden (sounds nice!) these witty yet fully functional furniture pieces are total head turners!

Take one part Swedish craftsmanship with one part Italian Memphis Movement, put a super creatively observant lady at the helm and you end up with pieces such as: My Socks Table – marbled topped table with bulbous feet whose legs stop just short to reveal striped ankles (this is a reference to her kids always outgrowing their clothes); Little Darling – a two headed table lamp on a plate of marble with a perforated leather grab sleeve; and Rufus Walter Sideboard – an asymmetrical two toned green cabinet with a marbled top, pink bar handle with a beige perforated leather sleeve (swoon).

Great colour palette TICK, great form TICK, great function TICK. Want to pep up your abode? Get a Swedish Ninja in!

Credits: Swedish Ninja

 

This & That: Roksanda & Kim Keever

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With brilliantly billowing and voluminous bursts of radiance, these fellow explorers of colour and movement are a match truly made. Today’s This&That features the work of Kim Keever, a seasoned New York artist who began his practice back in the 70’s and Belgrade-born fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić who, since starting her fashion label in 2003, has dressed some of the best.

Kim Keever’s sensuous images have been called “a hydroponic Jackson Pollock”. Having studied engineering and interning at NASA, Keever who was living in the East Village – think Andy Warhol, Grandmaster Flash and subway graffiti – ditched it all for a fishtank and a camera. These sublime images are tiny instances caught on a large format camera, the captured moments as pigment hits water, dispersing in tiny sparks and swelling plumes of colours.

About this very time Roksanda Ilinčić was born, and following her mother’s obsession with Yves Saint Laurent, she found herself – after an appropriate education at Central Saint Martins – dressing the likes of Tilda Swinton, Michelle Obama and our very own Cate Blanchett. Sculptural shapes and innovative fabrics, Ilinčić’s play on the interactions of colour in blocks, in patchworks, in facets and in confettied pixelations are  truly captivating.

Credits: Kim Keever, style.com

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