The lovely people at Net-a-Porter recently commissioned James Dawe to design an artwork for their website, illustrating their upcoming Autumn collection. Here we can see influences and designs from the likes of Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Isabel Marant. In the article, US editor Tracey Taylor shares her life in fashion from the Big Apple. See more of James’ inspiring work here
Hvass & Hannibal have returned from their trip to Beijing, after 10 days of working on an installation for NOTCH Festival 2011. NOTCH is an annual event in China showcasing Nordic and Chinese artists and designers. This year’s theme for the festival was Feedback, and all the artists used recycled materials found in the Hutong area where the factory and exhibition space is situated. Sofie and Nan Na collaborated with a local Chinese designer called Been, and their work consisted of 4 large weaving frames hanging from the ceiling. In between the cotton strings the girls wove pieces of colourful paper from used cigarette boxes. Hvass & Hannibal’s portfolio can be seen here
IC4DESIGN are amazing. Along with their fabulously stylish mohawk and beret, the duo hold up their article in the latest edition of Yorokobu magazine - a Spanish graphic arts publication. The interview features all sorts of goodness about their microworlds, influences, philosophies and plans for the future. Spanish readers can click here
In August, The New Yorker commissioned Kyoko Hamada to photograph the disaster area of Fukushima, Japan. Hamada was a natural choice: her photographs are quiet and refined; her composition deliberate and clean. She captured the eerie feeling that permeated the towns she visited in Fukushima, and was able to accomplish the most difficult task of photographing what wasn’t there, or wasn’t necessarily visual: the immeasurable loss of life and livelihoods, and the looming threat of the nuclear fallout. Please read Kyoko's heartfelt Letter to Fukushima
Andrew Holder and Paul Bower were commissioned by our friends at DHM London to create illustrations for Google's "The Book of 4x". The idea was to translate and dramatise facts for the branded book, to be sent out to media buyer clients and industry professionals. The book is based on the fact that the Google display network offers 4x the click-through rate compared to the industry standard. Andrew's brief was to depict how "human bones are four times stronger than concrete." True to form, Paul was asked to show how "women are more than four times more likely to suffer from an overactive bladder than men." Both works are absolutely spot on, and have very well received by the agency and client alike.
Zim & Zou have outdone themselves once again with another smashing installation. Commissioned by The Washington Post, Z&Z were asked to design the future of Tyson's Corner, an area in the Washington DC suburbs that is mainly offices, shopping and parking lots with tons and tons of cars. City planners are hoping to instil much needed life into what was once a soulless place, with new pedestrian walkways, luxury apartments and communal areas. More details from the project can be seen here