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10 September 1
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Ora-Ïto: Industrial Design at its best

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

Some selected furniture designed by Ito Morabito.

Behind the Ora-Ïto brand is a creative young French designer (Ito Morabito) whose provocative ideas ensured his rapid ascent to the very top of the design world. At the beginning of his career he presented his designs and ideas for the virtual products, undersigned by known brands on his own website. People began ordering products which did not exist. Large companies like Louis Vuitton, Swatch, Apple and Levi’s, could have sued the young pretender but were so impressed by his designs, that they hired him instead.

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Ora-Ïto characterizes his recognizable style as simplexity; combining simplicity and complexity. His concepts are futuristic and provocative. Today, he designs for the world’s biggest brands, such as Heineken, Adidas, Ogo, Artemide, B&B, Cappellini, L’Oréal, Toyota, LaCie, Danone, Christofle, Ballantine’s, Sagem and many more.

6 September 11
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Fabien Barral: When design just happen!

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Typography

When you want to see art and graphic design together in perfect harmony, look at Fabien Barral’s work. Playful colours, intriguing textures, shapes and typography – it is refreshing, inspiring and very tastefully done. I wanted to learn about the person behind these amazing designs so I thought to ask Fabien a few questions.

First of all let’s talk about you, where are you based and everyday life?
I am Fabien Barral and I live in France. I used to work from my country house located in the middle of France for the past 8 years but moved back in the south last year… just to move again to another house last month because it is in the middle of an organic vineyard with a large garden. I can go to my daughter’s school by foot and have a larger office that I ever had! I am a freelance designer for almost 4 years now, before that I worked as an art director for 6 years in an agency.

You have a very distinct style which tells me that design is more than a job to you. Where it all started to become what it is now?
It has always been like that – it did not start, it was in my DNA. I never had any talent in drawing… just ask me something to simply reproduce with a pencil and it would look terrible!!! This was frustrating when I was a child, so I started cutting out magazines and do comps with them. My mother showed me those comps the other day, funny !! Later, I started playing with Xerox. Then computer came in my life and I could express myself… but not with computer alone, with all the images I liked and could get hold of in second hand book markets, things that could be textures, and made my images to look what they are. My wife Frédérique does amazing watercolours, textures and other shapes and stuff I use in my work… so yes, it is not a job, it is an everyday living philosophy.

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The Creators Project

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Resources, Technology

The Creators Project taking place in Beijing on September 17, 18, and 19th, and bringing with it an eclectic assortment of musicians, artists, designers, and filmmakers from around the world.


The Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. At a time in the history of the arts where digital technologies have revolutionized distribution, democratized access, and completely re-imagined the scope and scale with which an artist can create a vision and reach an audience, The Creators Project is a completely new kind of arts and culture channel for a completely new kind of world.

3 September 1
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Anne Siems: Between the lines a dream is hiding …

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Motion Graphics, Nature


All that I see, hear, touch, experience and dream moves into me and finds it’s way into my artwork. I love faces, bodies, gardens, wide open stretches of land with small forests and fields, old things that have had a life of their own, stories and all the realms in between.

View more amazing work by Anne Siems here.

27 August 2
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Photography by Andrew (aka Cuba Gallery)

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

Andrew is one of New Zealand’s leading Graphic Designers, a career which has lead to his interest in photography. Based in Auckland the majority of Andrew’s work is done in New Zealand and Australia, however his love for photography has taken him to the USA, Japan, Europe and the Pacific Islands.

His work is heavily influenced by his design background in the graphic use of colour, light and composition.

View more of Andrew’s work here

22 August 4
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Kate D. MacDowell sculpting nature’s love

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature
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From teaching high school students to producing websites for hi-tech companies, and from meditation retreat in rural India to getting inspiration from Italian Renaissance, Kate D. MacDowell eventually settled on creating ceramic masterpieces.

Kate’s hand-built porcelain sculptures are in part responses to environmental threats and their consequences, revealing the rifts and frictions in the union between man and nature. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. Her work has been shown throughout the US, and in Japan, the U.K. and Europe and in the Art Amsterdam, Art Hamptons, and NEXT Chicago contemporary art fairs.

She won several national clay awards in 2008 and 2009 including Best of Show for Feats of Clay, the NICHE awards (Hand built Ceramics), an Award of Excellence for CraftForms , first prize for Viewpoint: Ceramics , and first prize for Clay? II . In 2007 she was given full funding summer scholarships to the Penland School for Crafts and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Her images have been published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Calle20 (Spain), O.K. Periodicals (Netherlands), Creative Review (UK), Ceramics Monthly, and Hi-Fructose and online at notcot.org, formfiftyfive.com, abduzeedo.com, treehugger.com, juxtapoz.com, beautifuldecay.com, and many other sites. She recently exhibited in the NCECA Invitational exhibition “Earth Matters” in Philadelphia in spring 2010.

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View more of Kate’s work here

17 August 2
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Ghost by Marco Brambilla

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media

GHOST is a study of model Natasha Poly. An investigation into the obsessive behaviour of the public eye and it’s lingering effects on those chased and caught by it. The piece utilizes multiple shots, all presented head-on, giving the audience an opportunity to experience the deconstruction of an icon as it strips the beauty out of fashion.

16 August 2
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G20 Wall

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

G20 Stories wall seen at Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto. Photo by WVS.

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12 August 4
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Simon Schubert and the reality of a blank sheet of paper

Under - Art, Inspiration

What can be created with some folds and creases on a paper?

Looks like paper edges are the only limit to Simon Schubert’s imagination. Based in Cologne, Germany, Simon perfected this unusual form of art over two years. The blank paper sheets are meticulously folded and creased to render lasting impressions. The end result is formed by the light and shade – very subtle yet very engaging to draw you into the details.

View more of Simon’s work here

9 August 14
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Magdalena Wasiczek’s magic garden

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

These macro photographs by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland, takes you into a magical world that might exist just outside your door or window on any green patch. Born in 1973, Magdalena is a graduate from Jagiellonian University in Philology with a passion in photography – especially nature at macro level.

View more of Magdalena’s work here