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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

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

In/Out: Friday Musings - Hermès Métamorphose

In/Out: Hermès Métamorphose

In/Out: Hermès Métamorphose

In/Out: Hermès Métamorphose

In/Out: Hermès Métamorphose

In/Out: Hermès Métamorphose

In/Out: Hermès Métamorphose

Never one to shy from new talent and creative exploration, french fashion house Hermés has been having some fun with French Canadian creative duo Vallée Duhamel in this little animation – ‘Hermès Métamorphose’.

With a super youthful pop, Hermès accessories and scarves are bought to life in this playful folly. Accompanied by a lively little ditty this one minute clip leaves you grinning from ear to ear.’

Credits: Vallée Duhamel

FRIDAY MUSINGS – Hermès Métamorphose

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

The jewels of this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan just keep on coming. First it was the Marni’s Animal House, then the new E15 lighting collection, followed by the genius of Dimore Gallery, then the delights of the Gubi & GamFratesi collaboration…

And our commentary doesn’t end without a moment to take in all the little mirrored treasures here, there and everywhere at this year’s Salone. Intimate in scale, these mirrors heighten the daily rituals of the time spent in front of them. The quality of the reflected light, the science of light and colour, the detail of where framing meet surface and the simplicity, is enchanting.

Norwegian designers Vera&Kyte celebrate the art and functionality of dressing and room-dividing with their ‘Apparel’. Doshi Levian’s collaged wall of finely-framed gems for HAY are almost cosmic. Bjørn van den Berg’s ‘Aura’ plays on the notion of reflection with sensibility and tactility, their solid half domed aluminium bases electroplated with reflective copper, chrome and nickel coating. The Aura is meant to fit perfectly into two open hands, a physical and emotional moment of recognition and reflection. And perhaps the most talked about is Georgian-duo ROOMS’ installation of medallion shaped mirrors with memorial textile straps in the ivy courtyard of Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

It’s a reflection on reflection.

Credits: Bjorn van den Berg, Ontwerpduo, Vera&Kyte, DESIGNISTI, no end to design, Studio WM, Nordic Days, Their&VanDaalen, Perimeter Collection, Joséphine Choquet

Friday Musings: Mirrors at Milan

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

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In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

 

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

Each time Wes Anderson makes a film, you just know you’re in for a delightful ride and this time around it is called Grand Budapest Hotel. Grasping life in all its knotted complexities, filled to the brim with colour, teeming with fastidious details, it’s a vibrant lesson in just about everything.

It’s an transportive allegory for a time when central Europe was the king of the world and when life was grandiose and layered with opulence. It’s a love story, a fairytale of loyalty, of companionship and survival. Part historical reality, part fantasy, the script is full of good humour and delicious tidbits.

The sets are plump and blooming with colour celebrating the opulence of the glory days of the Hotel before the outbreak of the war. Bold military red, fairy floss pinks and frosted whites of the hotel’s heyday then give way to faded yellows and dated mustards taking us on a colour-rendered journey. We are transported from the visual delights of the 1930s sugar-topped majestic treat of the hotel, to its sadder days of 1970s near-abandonment. Outside the comforts of the Grand Budapest, it’s all shades of grey contrasted against barren whitescapes.

It’s the details, those precious details, that we are still savouring. The signature Anderson symmetry of EVERY frame, the extremely intense close ups of the Lobby Boy’s sweat-smeared, drawn-on moustache, the perfectly formed fish waves of Madame D.’s intensely high quiff, William Defoe’s freshly scarred fist and skull-ringed fingers. It’s the nostalgic opulence and evocation of everybody’s hotel dream satisfied – the keys, the scent of ‘L’Air de Panache’, and the signature miniature cake ‘Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat’.

We are still licking our lips with delight.

Credits: CreativeCow Crome Yellow Hard Crimson BuzzFeed

Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

In Out - Archist

Now this is a true Friday Musings. Imagine our utter delight at discovering these beauties from Italian artist and illustrator, Frederico Babina. It is the ultimate imagining of art as architecture, and architecture as art. Archist is a playful interpretation of the expressive language and aesthetic of some of the most popular artists.

Babina says, “Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the development of contemporary art. In this exercise of style I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language… It is easy to find the art hidden behind an architectural shape or see reflected a geometry of a building painted on a canvas. It is impossible to conceive of the history of art in exclusion from that of architecture.”

Credits: Federico Babina

Friday Musings: Archist City

In/Out - Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

In/Out - Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

In/Out - Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

In/Out - Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

In/Out - Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

In/Out - Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

At first glance, one can’t help but think did someone pastel up Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation?

No, this is a colourful insight into the interiors of an abandoned low-cost housing tower in Gent, Belguim, captured by photographer Pieter Lozie. The façade of one of three towers soon to be completely demolished, has recently been removed and the living areas are laid bare like a voyeurs dream, each colourful capsule conveying the occupant’s colour personality.

Against the rigour of the modular Brutalist building structure, this colourful matrix of personal home-making is a visual delight of temporary urban sculpture.

Credits: Pieter Lozie

Friday Musings: Pastel Demolition

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

It is no secret that we at Arent&Pyke are utterly obsessed with colour. We can’t say too much but we have a very exciting project in the pipeline all about it and we will be partnering with a true Australian icon of colour to bring our ideas to fruition.

Amidst all the colour-related research currently a-happening in the Arent&Pyke studio, we stumbled upon this very cute little film produced by US fashion retailer J.Crew documenting the process of producing their vibrant fabric dyes. Like so many of our inspirations the process has captivated us as much as the finished product.

Stay tuned for our exciting announcement soon.

Credits: Plenty of Colour

Friday Musings: J.Crew Colour Crazy

In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa

In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa
In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa
In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa
In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa
In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa
In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa
In/Out - Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa

Jaime Hayon’s genius strikes again! Hayon’s and Bosa have been collaborating for over a decade creating some amazing and unique ceramic creations. Their journey continued this year at Maison et Objet with a range crafted entirely by hand using artisan techniques with the precision of lab controlled glazes.

Bosa and Hayon’s latest collection ranges from wall sculptures & side tables to the amazing hopebirds, which are a symbol for standing tall and being positive as they look off towards the horizon. All beautifully decorated with metallic lacquers and distinctive shapes and incredible quality.

Credits: Jaime Hayon Studio

Friday Musings: Jaime Hayon Ceramics for Bosa

In/Out - Friday Musings: Louis Vuitton Icons Collection S/S 2014

Not long ago on In/Out we featured La Maison au Bord de l’Eau (House by the water) by French architect Charlotte Perriand. The prototype house was realised for the very first time at Miami Art Week late last year and it was all thanks to a collaborative vision between the woman who designed it and French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

In it’s Spring/Summer 2014 Icons collection, Louis Vuitton looked to Perriand’s timeless, modern style for inspiration. From construction to colour, the structured multi-functional garments pay homage to Perriand’s pared-back, graphic sensibility and obsession with modularity.

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Credits: Profashioneye & Elle UK

Friday Musings: Louis Vuitton Icons Collection S/S 2014

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

In/Out - Friday Musings: Ian Ruther

These days we have all become accustomed to imagery generated with modern cameras, distributed instantaneously, edited beyond recognition, in the blink of an eye. The constant flow, speed and the magnitude with which images are being created leave few pushing against the current.

Photographer Ian Ruhter‘s Silver and Light film is a moment you must take out of your day to contemplate the beauty and effort of Ruhter’s journey to take image making back to it’s precious origins. By re-conceptualising the operation of a regular camera in a large format Ruhter works at capturing monumental scale landscapes through a giant mobile camera built into the back of his truck. He projects his images via a huge pin hole camera onto custom-made wet plates which are then developed immediately by hand out in the open air. Using raw chemicals in a large-scale format creates some difficulties logistically and this is evident in the uneven stains and washes across Ruhter’s traditionally-framed dramatic landscapes. That said; there is such artistry in the sense of trial and error evident in the images as Ruhter embraces the random and the imperfections of the process.

There is such an emotional investment of effort, of time, of contemplation and meditation to these images. But it is the simplicity and honesty of the process – after all, it is just a man and his truck and a big camera – that makes the handcrafted imagery so beautifully captivating. Each landscape is an one of a kind image which captures a moment in time. Ruhter says, “I didn’t just build a camera, I created a time machine”.

Credits: Ian Ruther

FRIDAY MUSINGS: IAN RUTHER

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