If you’d like to read archetypical nightmare design stories, one needs only type in the URL “Clientsfromhell.net” and you’ll find a tonne. If you want to find some unique nightmare design and art stories, though, I’d advise reading Anne Applebaum’s new social history of Stalinist Eastern Europe. In it are tales of dreadful state-artist collaborations, […]
Every dog-owner’s worst nightmare: watch your pet get eaten alive. Until you realise it’s just a heap of expertly stuffed fabric that looks like, oh, a scary alligator from the late Cretaceous period. This dog-devouring stunt was devised by Germany’s Zoo Neunkirchen a few years ago to get people to visit the zoo with the […]
Northern lights, strobe lights, fairy lights; aren’t lights just the best? From October 10-21, you can see lights in all their illuminated glory in Berlin during the annual Festival of Lights. Taking the whole light show craze thing to the next level, the entire city will be lit up like Christmas: from park benches to churches, bridges and trees. The 12 days will open and close with ceremonies, and are filled in between with other arts and cultural events, live jazz and shopping sales. You can choose to view the extravaganza by bus, boat, balloon or (wait for it …) Segway. All in all, a splendid reason to visit Berlin.
Born in Germany and living in London since 2002, Sandra Dieckmann’s work is full of compassion towards nature. Animals feature heavily in her artwork, as do geometrical shapes and mix media methods, to create rich illustrations that not only look pretty, but hold strong messages about how disconnected we can be from the world around us.
Rigaer 105 is a non-commercial project room based in Berlin. It attempts to operate in a non-consumerist and non-capitalist way and it’s run on volunteer basis by young people from across Europe. The aim is promote cultural exchange and social understanding, making it an open and inclusive space for people wanting to exchange ideas, knowledge and abilities.
Not since the UGG has there been a shoe that is both equal parts comfy and ugly. Worishofer’s Granny Sandals are the newest favorite of the young celeb hipster set. With fans like indie-queen Maggie Gyllenahaal and Michelle Williams, the German-made sandal is made of the softest leathers and small wedge heel. Pair it with […]
We love the satchel bags of German label George, Gina and Lucy spotted at Australian Fashion Week’s Emerge Showcase. Here, innovative use of wetsuit fabric (how very Aussie) contrasts wonderfully with what looks like an old-school private school tie used as piping. Hence it’s name: Sophomore Love. An unexpected mix, but we reckon expect to […]
The striking new building that houses the Unilever Headquarters for Northern Europe in Hamburg, Germany, is an attempt by the company to put sustainability at the forefront of their identity. The structure, designed by Benisch Architekten, consumes less than 100 Kwh/a m² of energy, and features a transparent “outer skin” to minimize heat gain from the sun and wind effect from the adjoining river.
I was wandering around the permanent collection at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, which is really quite impressive — they have works from almost every important Western artist you can think of. The room devoted to Bauhaus painter, sculptor, and dancer Oskar Schlemmer was particularly striking, with an entire display of the costumes for his ‘Triadic Ballet’. I could barely believe the pieces were meant to be worn, with their various features and bulbous shapes impeding the dancers’ normal movement. I would love to see this performance replicated, maybe with a duplicate set of costumes.
Through striking imagery of gravity-defying beans, toast, herring, and more, German photographer, Oliver Schwarzwald, has turned ordinary brekkie into something amazing. Originally shot for German magazine Feld Hommes, this series of beautifully composed photographs lovingly treats naked food — stripped of bowls, spoons, or cups — as its subject.
Nicolas Arnold comes from a small village in northern Germany, where he spent 19 years of his life. After he graduated from school he moved to Hamburg, where he currently resides. He had an apprenticeship at a multimedia studio until 2005 when he started studying at the Hamburg Academy of Arts. He now works as a motion designer and photographs for a motion graphics studio.
German illustrator Roman Klonek sucks you right into his topsy-turvy world of smiling cartoons and graphic woodcuts. I particularly enjoy his use of type to create images reminiscent of vintage eastern European ads.
German illustrator Sophia Martineck’s own description of herself as ‘The Sophisticated Pencil Girl’ is actually rather fitting. Colored pencils were always one those materials the professors always tried to steer us illustrators away from, but Martineck has me rethinking all of that. I really enjoy her flat use of the pencils and the subtle texture […]