31 May, 2010

Styled by Faye Toogood

Writing recently in surreal atmosphere, I can not avoid mentioning Faye Toogood, a stylist excelling at creating dream-like spaces for exhibitions and set designs for photoshoots. In her superb works we can find a lot of absurd sense of humour and surrealistic play with the scale.

Faye Toogood cooperates regularly with many magazines (Vogue, Wallpaper*, Elle Decoration), designers (Tom Dixon), fashion labels (Burberry, Topshop, Comme des Garçons) and creates advertising campaigns for numerous world-known brands.


seen at: 50 danska kvadrat

28 May, 2010

'La Suite Elle Decoration' by Jean Paul Gaultier

Optical illusion inspiration led my thoughts towards interiors designed with a touch of surrealistic sense of humour, like this one, by Jean Paul Gaultier. His signature nautical stripes wrap around the walls and cover the furniture like a veil. Chic but also very atmospheric. Does it make you feel like in a dream?

The apartment is located in the heart of Paris, opposite the Eiffel Tower. You can see the video showcase at French Elle Decoration 

via: trend land

24 May, 2010

ANNA by Swiss designers ZMIK

Following optical illusion inspiration from the previous post, I found great project by ZMIK designers from Switzerland. It was commissioned by interactive media company iart interactive, for their new office located building from the seventies. The narrow corridors were optically enlarged by the linear graphics on the walls. Drawings were designed as a play with perspective (anamorphosis).

"Looking from 5 fixed positions the wireframe-drawings show real and imaginary rooms behind thewalls. Besides this points of view the graphic merges into abstract lines. For iart the intervention is also an allegory for the quest of new perspectives."

Photos: Eik Frenzel

via: Yatzer

21 May, 2010

Surrealistic graphic wallpapers from Surrealien

Splendid optical illusion design, a very interesting warping wallpaper technology.

Ruby Lounge, Kings Cross, London.

20 May, 2010

Good design is...

"Intuitive design is self-explanatory and thus often negates the need for a user manual. It is obvious how the design should be used, perceived and undrestood. The design explains the function."

photo by design traveller, taken at Danish Design Centre

18 May, 2010

Where is the Little Mermaid?

The best way to experience Copenhagen is on the bike, and of course, we cycled straight from the ferry. Misty morning, the first day of our stay in Denmark. On the way to the hotel we decided to pay a short visit to the most popular tourist spot. As we cycled by I saw a group of confused tourist and... how could I forget! The Little Mermaid was sent to The World Expo in Shanghai. She will be away from her rock until 30 November. 
I have always been an admirer of danish design, and during our trip I felt completely taken by danish architecture as well. it is not surprising, that The Danish Pavilion is one of the most interesting in the World Expo Park. It was created by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects, and invites the visitors to get on the bikes and cycle though Copenhagen's best attractions.

photos via: Contemporist

12 May, 2010

Apartment Crusch Alba by Gus Wüstemann

The apartment, located in the medieval area in Barcelona, was renovated in 2009. Crusch alba means white cross. The architect solved the problem of limited natural light at the back by building intersecting 'corridor spaces' - bathroom and kitchen in the shape of a cross. But I like the design so much because of horizontal and vertical panel lightning along the walls and ceilings. Simple but sophisticated, elegant but unpretentious.


via: Dezeen