31 January 2010

What deux yeux have teux deux teuxday?

Great for the paperless office: the online to do list of TeuxDeux ('to do' with a french accent, they have a sense of humour too..)

I have been using it for a week now and I love its simple and clear design. TeuxDeux is always up-to-date; all the items that don't get done ‘today’ will automatically be moved to the next day. I wonder how long it will take before I have an endless list?


21 January 2010

A new look at the favela

Vila Cruzeiro, Rio's most notorious slum, has been the site of open warfare between local police and Comando Vermelho, the drug gang that controls the neighborhood. Walls in the neighbourhood are marked with bullet holes and spray-painted warnings: 'Attention neighbours. In days of war, avoid leaving the house. Thank you, Comando Vermelho.'

Struck by the disconnect between these neighourhoods and the city that surrounds them, a duo of Dutch artists known as Haas & Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhan) started imagining ways to encourage the citizens of Rio to take a second look at one of their city's defining features. With the help of three friends from the neighborhood, Haas & Hahn spent nine months meticulously painting a carp-filled river in the style of a Japanese tattoo along a winding concrete staircase that extends from the favela's main street Rua Santa Helena.

"If you want to build a bridge between these two sides of the city that live side by side but have an enormous gap between them," Urhan explains, "the easiest way is to do it through some sort of art intervention." Koolhaas adds: "We tried to find a way for the [residents'] sense of pride to be painted on the walls of the favela so that the outside world could see how good they feel about themselves and could understand that there are families here that can take care of themselves."

Favela Pianting, site and article in Art Review

19 January 2010

Memories are like ghosts

'You could think that my paintings are unusual, but to me they are very realistic. If my work looks extraordinary, it is due to the juxtaposition of things which generally wouldn't be connected. This way, I show several moments at the same time. But I do it in the most realistic way possible. My paintings are no interpretations of dreams or nightmares, like many people think. But they can have a spooky character, that is because of certain memories on which the paintings are based. Memories are like gosts.' LĂ©opold Rabus in an interview by Eric Quint

05 January 2010

Kummer & Herrman

Kummer & Herrman have designed the book Corporate Art Collections in the Netherlands, published by Nai Publishers. I like the typography, the intruiging photos and the fresh green.

Kummer & Herrman

02 January 2010

Play shapes

The perfect children's present: PlayShapes from Miller Goodman

Big 4

Stephanie Imbeau has won the competition to become the fourth artist to put their unique stamp on the huge '4' logo installation outside Channel 4's headquarters on Horseferry Road, London. Stephanie’s idea involved covering the Big 4 with a blanket of more than 1000 umbrellas. Most of the umbrellas came from London Transport’s lost-and-found store.

Stephanie Imbeau