A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Monthly archive February, 2013
25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

Brent Christensen built these gigantic, ornate ice castles out of nothing but icicles, which is quite a feat considering that standard ice structures (think igloos) are typically a combination of snow and ice. He starts with a homemade icicle maker, which drips water from racks and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day, and these...
Five-Story Tall Floating Aluminum Balloon That Weighs A Ton

Five-Story Tall Floating Aluminum Balloon That Weighs A Ton

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami‘s Cuboid Balloon is a marvelously enormous balloon made out of aluminum that weighs over a ton– and yes, it floats! Filled with 1000 m3 of helium, the five-story high parallelotope structure was completely free floating in the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2008. There’s not too...
Paint Chip Canvases: Tiny Scenes of Nature In Beautiful Palettes

Paint Chip Canvases: Tiny Scenes of Nature In Beautiful Palettes

I’m smitten with these tiny, colorful tableaus painted by LA-based artist Seonna Hong– some of her recent works are entirely painted using the ubiquitous paint chip as a miniature canvas. Quick strokes paint suggest the staggered outlines of hills and rocks in the wilderness, then barren trees, bears, and children are painstakingly detailed into the...
Ornate Body Painting Camouflage: Hiding The Human Form with Wallpaper Patterns

Ornate Body Painting Camouflage: Hiding The Human Form with Wallpaper Patterns

Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes has been cleverly camouflaging herself into modern backdrops since 2007– her ornate body painting techniques perfectly mimic the elaborate, flowery wallpaper backdrops behind her body, leaving behind subtle traces of her human form. An unblinking eye or the dark swath of her hair are the first indicators of where she’s positioned...
20,000 Steel Flowers Etched From Botanical Drawings Show A Surprisingly Vivid Side

20,000 Steel Flowers Etched From Botanical Drawings Show A Surprisingly Vivid Side

London-based artist Zadok Ben David created this incredible installation by planting up to 20,000 metal flowers into a bed of sand. From one side, the darkened “Blackfield” is a work of cold precision: each flower is etched out of blackened steel in the style of botanical drawings, systemically recording the textbook illustrations of old. Viewed...
Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring. The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its precise in its familiar pattern,...