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Beautiful/Decay: Pool Tradeshow Post Game Wrap-up

Thanks again to everyone who came out to check out our booth at Pool. We were pleasantly surprised to see a number of buyers reppin’ the B/D gear! More shots of our booth and the lovely people who stopped by after the jump!

 

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Designer Yusuke Seki Constructs A Walkable Platform Made From 25,000 Ceramic Pots, Bowls, And Cups

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Tokyo-based designer Yusuke Seki has constructed a stunning, walkable platform made from 25,000 pieces of scrapped pottery and porcelain. The structure is part of the Maruhiro Ceramics gallery, located in Hasami, Nagasaki prefecture, a region known for its production and distribution of tableware dating back to the 17th century. Each fragment was collected from local factories that had disposed the ceramics prior to the glazing process, deeming them defective. After restoring the pieces and assembling them like bricks mixed with poured concrete, Seki infuses them with a renewed creative purpose. A statement from Seki’s website further explains the history and the design approach that drives the platform:

“A renovation of the pre-existing flagship shop, Yusuke Seki’s design marries an architectural knowledge to the artisanal know-how of the region, and in so doing, creates an entirely location- and situation-specific experience. Seki’s vision is to posit the designer as interpreter. His methods seek to amplify Hasami’s heritage by drawing out and translating the potential of the complete local environment, unifying its people. A minimal design interference, a modification in the level of the floor, not only utilizes the pre-existing space to alter the perspective and experiences held by the users until the present, but also gives birth to an entirely new sense of flow within.” (Source)

In a fascinating exploration of space, Seki has designed the stacked ceramics so that they enhance the customer’s interaction with the displayed tableware. Low shelves placed on the surface allow visitors to peruse from below, and if they so wish, they can climb up the stairs to the top of the platform for a closer look. The very act of walking on the ceramics creates an embodied experience of tradition and history; delicate materials, once discarded, are made strong, creative, and participatory, signifying the endurance of and respect for a time-honored cultural art form.

Visit Seki’s website to view more of his works. (Via WebUrbanist)

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Anne Simone Fuses Computer Code With A Poppy Beat

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Anne Simone combines her knowledge of computer programming with a love of music. Bittersweet is her new lp which features a twist. The lyrics of lead track “Digitize Me” make up a running computer program and the words you hear are directly taken from written code. The idea came to Simone when she thought about a computer reading language. In that environment, a simple machine responds to basic commands of yes/no, true/false and 1s and 0s.

The artist compared it to human nature and concluded that life would be so much simpler, if we just followed these Zen-like rules. If we did, there would be less complication and miscommunication in our lives. Getting a further glimpse of what actually occurs when two different disciplines collide, it can be witnessed on the actual computer printout of “Digitize me”. Nothing too complicated or elaborate in the aesthetic sense, it reveals just a simple drawing. The real innovation is in concept and design. A place marker for today’s interdisciplinary melding of styles and tastes. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Simone currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a software designer. Her passion has led to a double life that now overlaps and is reflected in well written, emotionally charged songs. These are further enhanced by an equally lovely voice, reminiscent of Imogen Heap or Tegan and Sara. Besides uplifting music, other novel bits on her new record take cues from classic synthsters Kraftwerk. The German outfit had a single called “Pocket Calculator” where the sound of fingers pressing a keypad accounted for the actual beat. Another, “Computer Love” taken from the same album, falls in line with Simone’s dreamier tracks. For the technically minded or just curious, the code/lyrics to “Digitize Me” is available on GitHub (https://github.com/kineticsongs/digitizeMe).

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Niall McClelland’s Tie Die Ink Cartridge Paintings

 

Gorgeous tie dye paintings by Niall McClelland created by leaking printer ink cartridges on folded paper.

 

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Sebastian Errazuirz Crafts Shoes To Memorialize His Ex Lovers

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In Sebastian Errazuirz’s series 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, he constructed wearable memorials to the women of his past relationships. Each shoe is designed with a specific person in mind, and is accompanied by short anecdotes. They give us a context for the relationship and why it ultimately failed. For this project, the artist paired with shoe maker Melissa (who has also partnered with the likes of  Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld) and made shoes featuring faux honeycombs, tiny gold men, icicles, arrows, and more.  Melissa is known for producing high-quality plastic shoes, and pairing with the artist reflects their quirky-yet-stylish aesthetic.

In Sebastian Errazuirz’s series 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, he constructed wearable memorials to the women of his past relationships. Each shoe is designed with a specific person in mind, and is accompanied by short anecdotes. They give us a context for the relationship and why it ultimately failed. For this project, the artist paired with shoe maker Melissa (who has also partnered with the likes of  Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld) and made shoes featuring faux honeycombs, tiny gold men, icicles, arrows, and more.  Melissa is known for producing high-quality plastic shoes, and pairing with the artist reflects their quirky-yet-stylish aesthetic.

“Honey” was very touched and said she didn’t know she had that impact on me. “Heart Breaker” wrote me an email to say she didn’t know if she should feel incredibly embarrassed, enraged or honored but that if I ever revealed her real name she would kill me. “Gold Digger” hates my guts.

While this project is one-sided (none of the ex lovers offer a rebuttal), it’s a very interesting way to pay homage to relationships that, good or bad, have impacted Errazuriz’s life. Designing the shoes, recounting each episode, and sharing his personal life with the world has hopefully had a cathartic effect on the artist, in addition to delighting viewers. (Via Bored Panda)

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Michael Beitz

Michael Beitz’s sculptures take everyday ideas and turn them on their head. Dining Table (pictured above) is a great example of how a simple object can be transformed into a sculpture full of character and commentary on interpersonal relationships. Make sure to also check out his sculptural street art work after the jump.

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Ryan Jacob Smith’s Pulsating Paintings

Ryan Jacob Smith lives and works in Portland, Oregon. With a limited color palette he explores the living and the dead, the growing and the decaying. His subjects seem to pulse as vein like matter spreads across them. Are his skulls rotting or forming? Are his branching vein structures an extension of life or an ever advancing impairment? Questions like this allow the viewer to reflect on creation and destruction.

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