RGB by Carnovsky

07/20/2012 § 2 Comments

“RGB is a work about the exploration of the ‘surface’s deepness’.”

I was happily Stumbling about design this week when I came across this work by Italian artist/designer duo Carnovsky. At first I thought this was just very colorful wallpaper with finely detailed line drawings. Upon closer inspection I realized the images are printed in CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) and when lit up with filtered light (RGB – Red, Green, Blue) these superimposed images become isolated.

Why is that interesting?

Visually, there’s a hide-and-seek effect because the filters will isolate certain images while making others disappear entirely. So depending on the light, you’ll notice completely different things. AND, for nerdy designers like myself, who love depth and reason in beautiful things, the artist is exploring the subtractive and additive color models.

What the heck are those?

In the additive color model visible colors are created by mixing just Red, Green and Blue lights (examples: computer monitors and televisions). In the subtractive color model, colors are created with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow by subtracting (or absorbing) some wavelengths of light while reflecting others (example: printed media)…

I KNOW – I probably lost all of you  – MY POINT IS the duo really thought about what they were doing and this is essentially a beautiful science experiment. I love that. And just to be clear, they do sell RGB wallpaper, prints, scarfs, ipad cases, and iphone cases on their website.

This is what Carnovsky knew: cyan ink absorbs red light (which is a long wavelength) but transmits green and blue, the magenta ink absorbs green light(medium wavelength) but transmits red and blue, and the yellow ink absorbs blue light (short wavelength) but transmits red and green. Keep this in mind when you look at the images…

EDWARD WESTON: Clouds, Trees, Water

07/02/2011 § 3 Comments

Artist Feature, vol. 6



Though Weston is mostly known for his still lifes of inanimate objects such as peppers and cabbage leaves, his landscapes explored the same subject of form that guided most of his work. Here, in Clouds, Trees, Water Weston captured the flora and scenery at Point Lobos,CA and the desert landscape of Oceano,CA.

If you look closely through his images you’ll note why Edward was a part of the f/64 group (which included legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams). His images often employed the use of deep depth of field allowing for all planes of the images to be crisp and in focus (achieved through closing the aperture to f-stop 64). As in his still lifes, curves, cracks and shadows seem to bring the objects to life as Weston’s compositions create movement, contrast, and texture.

Perhaps intentionally, or not, you can start to see traces of human characteristics in these images. Limbs within clouds. Bodies within trunks. Faces within stones. You back up to recognize your imagination is playing with your sight but nonetheless clues suggesting anthropomorphism are in place. Now I wonder, did Weston see the same mirages and were they what drove him to take these photographs in the first place?

oak 1929

Oak 1929, Edward Weston

Iceburg Lake 1937, Edward Weston

Iceburg Lake 1937, Edward Weston

Cypress Point Lobos 1929, Edward Weston

Cypress Point Lobos 1929, Edward Weston

Cypress Point Lobos 1930, Edward Weston

Cypress Point Lobos 1930, Edward Weston

Rain Over Modoc Lava Beds 1937, Edward Weston

Rain Over Modoc Lava Beds 1937, Edward Weston

White Sands 1946, Edward Weston

White Sands 1946, Edward Weston

Oceano 1936, Edward Weston

Oceano 1936, Edward Weston

Untitled Rock Formations, Edward Weston

Untitled Rock Formations, Edward Weston

Surf 1938, Edward Weston

Surf 1938, Edward Weston

Oregon Coast 1939, Edward Weston

Oregon Coast 1939, Edward Weston

Tracks in Sand, Edward Weston

Tracks in Sand, Edward Weston

White Dunes, Edward Weston

White Dunes, Edward Weston


THE SHOP: Filthy Home

05/28/2011 § Leave a comment

Designed and made in Brooklyn, NY Filthy Home’s goods are certainly not for the faint of heart.

Inspired by vintage design and “modern sensuality” this brand embraces taboos and plans to arouse your senses. This edgy shop caught my attention with their unique subjects and artistic approach to wallpaper design oh and not to mention their risque descriptions!

So I got together with the artist/founder behind Filthy Home, Ryan Cox, and asked him to share with us some insider information behind his creations, inspirations and the story behind them. Here is what he had to say:

So Ryan are you the designer/artist of these pieces or do you curate the store? 

I am both. All the designs are my own.

Do you collaborate with others?

I have been talking with a few other artists to do collaborations, such as limited prints for Filthy Home in the future.

What is the guiding concept or view behind Filthy Home and the pieces you showcase? 

My ultimate goal is having a whole home collection. I love wallpaper and felt it was a perfect place to start since that’s where the idea began. I have designs for (super dirty) stain-glass windows, porcelain china, throw-pillows, rugs, bedding and even bread boxes in my bag of tricks. I want to do them all now, but I want the designs perfect before moving forward!

Is there anything in particular about the pieces featured that I should mention ( inspirations, methods, materials, etc). 

I personally work on all the designs from beginning to end. I’m up late most nights printing/working/painting on my designs making sure they are prefect. All wallpapers, prints and accessories are /design produced in Brooklyn. With my background in print design/printmaking the papers, inks and printing methods are only the finest.

Tell me a bit about the story behind Filthy Home and yourself.  

The idea for wallpaper actually came about as an idea while I was fixing up my new (to me) 150-year-old apartment.  I was stripping my metal front door to the apartment, and was planning on using chalkboard paint on the inset panel as a “to-do” list area.  I was staring at the door and thought, if I wrote a to-do list down it would probably be the only one I’d ever write… so I thought I should do something more interesting.

I thought I should write really awful words (you fill in your own examples) in beautiful handwriting. That night I had an ex-Playboy employee get-together (we were a close bunch at the NYC office and have a monthly event since the office closed). I was telling a few of these friends about the idea and they loved it! My friend Lisa and I had a few meetings about getting it going. We came up with the name over quesadillas and I bought the domain name that night!

Favorites from Filthy Home:

Vintage Intimacy Bowl $70

Tiffani High Gloss Antlers $135

Victorian Dome with Skunk Skull $155


EDGAR MUELLER: Sidewalk Illusions

05/21/2011 § Leave a comment

Artist Feature vol. 5

This German born artist has been recognized as the master street painter among artists. He uses his knowledge and technique in classical painting to create realistic 3D images on public sidewalks throughout Europe. Mueller‘s work brings the fantastic themes of classical art into our everyday modern world by provoking these incredible encounters on city streets. Imagine walking to your car after work and finding yourself in the middle of one of these incredible settings!


05/09/2011 § Leave a comment

SO WHAT’S GOING ON IN ART AND DESIGN THIS MONTH? First of all, May is Miami Museum Month! The deal is you buy one ticket and get another free (for your buddy, date, lover, sister, grandma, etc.) and if you join one museum you join them all (for this month only of course).

There are plenty of intriguing lectures lined up like the MDPL‘s series on historic green buildings and the Coral Gables Museum’s feature on the work of Cezanne. If you’re in the mood to get those fingers wet the Bass Museum offers awesome Saturday classes! This month’s classes focus on drawing from the masters and watercolor. If you really want to dedicate your time to expressing that creativity MOCA and the Miami Beach Art Center offer an array of them from figure drawing to printmaking.

And for those of you who are really in it for the fun, there’ll be plenty of that too: May 6th is the Miami AIA‘s yearly golf tournament and every Friday the Bass Museum is hosting happy hours with complimentary cocktails and beats by Desiree .

* May 2 – The Floating Stage at the Miami Marine Stadium Awards Ceremony

Join The Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, DawnTown, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Dade Heritage Trust, and the AIA Chapter of Miami, for an evening on Key Biscayne where they will present unique and inventive design ideas for The Floating Stage at Miami Marine Stadium 2011 DawnTown Competition Awards Ceremony.

Ceremony is to take place at The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.  5:30 – 6:30pm – Cocktail hour, cash bar, entries displayed 6:30 – 7:30pm – 3 Course Dinner @ $30.00 a seat 7:30 – 9:00pm – Awards Ceremony Presentation Tickets for the event must be purchased by April 25th.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Dade Heritage Trust at 305.358.9572


* May 6 – 18th Annual AIA Miami Golf Tournament

@ the Melreese Country Club

It’ll be a great day of golf, networking and refreshments followed by a banquet dinner with prizes and awards. Sponsorship opportunities. Please call the AIA Miami office for more information 305.448.7488


* May 6 – Beats After Sunset

Friday, 8:00 – 10:00 pm @ the Bass Art Museum

The Bass Museum’s First Friday Happy Hour! A new exhibition will be on view so you’ll have the opportunity to glance over the new pieces.

* free to members!
* cost of museum admission for non-members $8
* complimentary mixologist and magners irish cider (21+)
* beats by desiree

for more info
call: 305.673.7530 x1001
email: rsvp@bassmuseum.org

* May 7 – Designed for Learning

10:30 am @ the Wolfsonian

Do the buildings where learning takes place matter as much as the teachers in them? Can a “smartly” designed building improve students’ education? Join Jos Boys, PhD, senior research fellow in Learning Spaces at the University of Brighton, UK, and Anne P. Taylor, PhD, Hon. AIA, ACSA distinguished professor and regents professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, for a discussion addressing the relationships between learning and the spaces in which it takes place. Reception and book signing with Anne Taylor and Jos Boys to follow in The Dynamo Museum Shop. Co-presented with Architecture Club– AIA Miami. CEU credits available. Free.

* May 7 – Pablo Cano: The Seven Wonders of the Modern World

4:00 pm @ the MOCA

Advance Ticket Purchase Required.
Members $10,  Non-members $15: Children under 12: $3

* May 7 – Art Center’s Annual Raffle Fundraiser

7:00 – 10:00 PM @ the Art Center on Lincoln Road

ArtCenter’s annual raffle fundraiser, Winning Art!, features 40 works of ArtCenter/ South Florida resident artists. Join us for our annual benefit raffle exhibit, Winning Art!, a show where our talented artists-in-residence created special art just for you. Explore the visual variety of the artists that make ArtCenter/ South Florida and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a unique piece of art. Celebrate with us on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 7 – 10 p.m. for an evening of music, fabulous fare, complimentary cocktails, a silent auction and raffle drawing for over 40 winners! Purchase your raffle ticket today for only $10. Artwork is on view from April 8 to May 8, 2011 at the ArtCenter Gallery located at 800 Lincoln Road. Winning Art! On View / April 8 to May 8, 2011. Annual Benefit Raffle Drawing & Closing Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 7 – 10 p.m.
*A minimum donation of $10 to the ArtCenter or a purchase of (one) raffle ticket will admit you into the closing reception on May 7, 2011.  If you already purchased a raffle ticket prior to the closing reception, bring your ticket stub to gain admittance into the event.

* May 11 – Revit Architecture Course (Earn 24 CEUs)

Revit Architecture three day course taught by Digital Drafting Systems will be held at the AIA Miami Chapter office, 275 University Drive. Coral Gables. Registration limited to 8 students, first six students laptop is included. RSVP required. Please call the AIA Miami office for more information 305.448.7488


* May 12 – En Route Pour AixEnProvence

3:00 – 5:00 PM @ the Lowe Art Museum

A lecture by featured artist Alice Goldhagen about her work. $5 admission. Free for Museum members.

* May 14 – Basslab for Emerging Artists Drawing from Art History – Techniques of the Masters

Saturday 2-4pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

basslab for emerging artists: finding your own style and language of expression
this week: drawing from art history- techniques of the masters

work with instructor to improve your art skills and develop ideas that will define your personal creativity. classes are open to students at any skill level, ages 13 through adult. class size is limited. advance registration is recommended.

to register or for more information call 305-673-7530 x1001
email: info@bassmuseum.org

members and basspass members: $10
non-members: $15


* May 15 – MAM’s “Regarding Nature” Gallery Tours

2:00 – 3:00 pm @ the MAM

Miami Art Museum will offer docent-led tours of “The Wilderness” and “Anchor Gallery: Mark Dion” every first and third Sunday at 2pm. Visitors will explore the boundaries between tamed and untamed nature as well as human attempts to control the South Florida ecosystem. Tours are free with museum admission. For more information, contact education@miamiartmuseum.org or 305.375.4073.


* May 16 – Sister Cities International Young Artist Showcase

Opening Reception Monday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm @ the MDPL
Exhibit Tuesday, May 17th – Friday, May 27th 9:30 – 5:00 PM
Since 1988, the Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase has encouraged youth from around the globe to consider the honorable mission of Sister Cities International and express their interpretation of that mission promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, cooperation through one individual, one community at a time. Hundreds of artists have shared their talent with the sister cities community over the past 20 years
Goals: Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.


* May 18 – International Museum Day

12:00 – 5:00 pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

* May 19 – Cezanne’s Trail

7:00 PM @ the Coral Gables Museum

A lecture by Alice Goldhagen on the life and work of French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, resident of Aix-en- Provence, sister city to Coral Gables.$5 admission. Free for Museum members.

* May 19 – MDPL Lecture Series: Green Historic Buildings

Thursday, 7:00 PM @ the Art Deco Welcome Center

The lecture series outlines how preservation and the green revolution are coming together to revitalize Miami Beach’s historic properties. This month, Ira Giller, president of Giller & Giller Architects, and Patricia Calasich, LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and president of Altiva Architecture, speak on “Case Studies of The Villa Maria Housing Project & The Waldorf Hotel. Selecting Green Building Materials for Historic Structures”


* May 21 – Wine Wander Wonder Tour & Discussion of Apulian Vases

3:00 – 5:00 pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

members and basspass members: free
non-members: cost of museum admission
$8 | $6 students & seniors

For registration/info call 305.673.7530 x1001 or email: programs@bassmuseum.org


* May 25 – Arts for All: Wangetchi Mutu Collaged Figures

7:00 pm @ the MOCA

RSVP suggested. Members,$10, Non-members $15 Students with ID $3

* May 28 – Basslab for Emerging Artists Watercolor Techniques

Saturday 2-4pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

basslab for emerging artists: finding your own style and language of expression
this week: watercolor techniques

work with instructor to improve your art skills and develop ideas that will define your personal creativity. classes are open to students at any skill level, ages 13 through adult. class size is limited. advance registration is recommended.

to register or for more information call 305-673-7530 x1001
email: info@bassmuseum.org

members and basspass members: $10
non-members: $15


*Miami Museum Month *

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE — During May, all visitors and locals will be offered “Buy One, Get One Free” admission at participating museums.

JOIN ONE, SEE THEM ALL — During this month-long program, membership at any one of these participating museums will work as a free pass to any of the other museums.

Whether you just joined or have been a member for years, this is an incredible opportunity to museum hop and experience the Miami cultural scene. The cultural scene in Greater Miami and the Beaches is unique and diverse. During May, celebrate Miami Museum Month. This is an incredible opportunity to experience the area’s inspiring museums.

Participating Museums:

¤ Ancient Spanish Monastery
¤ Art Center/South Florida
¤ Bass Museum of Art
¤ Black Police Precinct & Court House Museum
¤ Coral Gables Merrick House
¤ Coral Gables Museum
¤ The Haitian Heritage Museum
¤ HistoryMiami
¤ Jewish Museum of Florida
¤ Lowe Art Museum
¤ Miami Art Museum
¤ Miami Children’s Museum
¤ Miami Science Museum
¤ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
¤ The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
¤ Wings Over Miami Air Museum
¤ The Wolfsonian—FIU

MILAN: Salone del Mobile 2011

04/23/2011 § 1 Comment

Baccarat in Milan Salon Del Mobile 2011

Baccarat in Milan Salon Del Mobile 2011

EVERY YEAR IN MILAN THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES of the design world gather for a week to contemplate the newest creations, trends and technologies. This year the event hosted by Baccarat and Veuve Cliquot was held April 12-17th. Baccarat displayed their new collection of crystal chandeliers amongst whimsical cloud installations (as seen above).

So what did all the big names in Italian design bring to the table this year?

Moroso displayed the Biknit Seating collection by Patricia Urquiola: “an exaggerated stitch pattern, an expanded, intense aesthetic transforms a weave into a visible, dramatic design.” They also showed her Klara collection of wooden chairs, Tokujin Yoshioka’s Memory chair and Doshi & Levien’s Impossible Wood chair among several other novelties.

MOROSO Biknit by Patricia Urquiola

MOROSO Klara by Patricia Urquiola

Artemide showed off Karim Rashid’s newest lighting creation, the Nearco pendant, alongside Guido Matta & Enrico Girotti’s Nuboli lamp (a translucent ceiling pendant in the shape of a cloud).

ARTEMIDE Nearco by Karim Rashid

ARTEMIDE Nuboli Lamp

Zanotta presented their 2011 Novelties at the show including the steel asymmetrical Lama Chair by Ludovica & Roberto Palomba alongside the twisted Elica 2576 Table that comes in a white or black high gloss finish.

ZANOTTA Lama Chaise

ZANOTTA Elica 2576

Domitalia brought to the table some beautiful new seating options with the New Retro chair by Fabrizio Batoni Design, the Playa chair also by the same designer, and the glow-in-the-dark outdoor Baba chairs by Radice Orlandini Designs.

DOMITALIA New Retro Chair by Fabrizio Batoni Design

DOMITALIA Playa chair

DOMITALIA Baba chair


DE CASTELLI Shrouded dresser

RAW EDGES Plaid Bench

CASAMANIA Loop Chaise by Sophie de Vocht

MAGIS Zartan Chairs by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitlet

Philippe Starck collaborated with Eugeni Quitllet to create the entirely natural Zartan chair. Made of a new technology using “liquid wood” the chair is molded much like polycarbonate but fuses only with other natural materials such as fibers, wax and fish oil to create a “strong, non-toxic alternative to petroleum-based plastics”. The chair is envisioned in 5 varying finishes: bamboo, flax, hemp, jute and rattan.

SPAZIO ROSSANA Flat Table Peeled by Jo Nagasaka

Balloon Bowls by Marteen de Ceulaer

Belgian designer Marteen de Ceulaer came up with an innovative method of creating bowls by pouring dyed plaster into a balloon then placing another balloon inside it, blowing it up and allowing the plaster to dry. The result is organic as the bowls have an array of varying color, sizes and shapes in a smooth finish and irregular edges.

CASAMANIA Rememberme chairs by Tobia Juretzek

Another response towards sustainability was brought by designer Tobia Juretzek with his Rememberme chair made of old garments that would otherwise have been discarded and unused.

FUTURE TRADITIONS Paper Chairs by Lei+Christoph+Jovana


FENDI Installation by Rowan Mersh

Watson Table by Paul Loebach

* Photos of objects in Other Highlights are (c) of Design Boom

DESIGN TRENDS: Technicolor

04/10/2011 § Leave a comment

So color is back! And I don’t just mean specks of it here and there. I’m talking technicolor with a full spectrum of hues from hints of yellow to bold greens and faded lavenders.

Color can be introduced in the most subtle manners. To create a visually interesting and layered look play with blending different styles, textures, shapes and finishes that incorporate a balanced range of colors.

Don’t know which colors go well together? Paintings are amazing inspirations for color combinations and thus a great place to start!

Click here for inspiration!


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