June 15, 2016
Great design is often invisible as the functionality of the product is so well engineered that users take them completely for granted. It therefore takes spectacularly badly designed products to remind us of the value of good design, something architect and freelance graphic designer Katerina Kamprani is only too happy to oblige.
In her ongoing series of illustrations called The Uncomfortable she redesigns everyday objects to render them frustratingly useless, although we're sure some bright spark will invent a use for self-watering cans, leaky wellington boots and inch-thick forks. A serious commentary on functionality or just a bit of fun? Either way it makes us very thankful for good design.
Create your own unexpected and amusingly surreal look with side tables that look like buttons (Twine from Casamania), multi-functional storage units which look like airplane trolleys (from Bordbar) and side tables which look like a house of cards (A La Carte from Seletti).
We love the beautifully made and slightly surreal accessories designed by Studio Job for Ghidini 1961, especially the thimble ice bucket and bullet vase. The porcelain skateboard from Seletti is just as fun and works well as a serving tray too.
May 10, 2021
Connecticut-based artist Fabian Oefner is preoccupied with the boundary between space, time and reality. He is also in possession of a very sharp cutting device, which he uses to slice everyday objects into bits and pieces.
July 09, 2020
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of seeking beauty from imperfections by mending broken ceramics with gold lacquer. Artist Glen Martin Taylor has taken this one step further by incorporating an array of unusual found objects with broken porcelain pieces, some of which carry strong personal emotional significance.
March 01, 2019
Rone is a Melbourne street artist best known for his haunting images of stylised women's faces, which always seem to project an air of wistful melancholy. His latest project, Empire, amplifies this into a deeply immersive experience which promises to evoke profound emotions.
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