Owen Gatley, an illustrator based in Berlin, has made some wonderful maps of London, Paris and New York. Using symbols to show where major landmarks such as London’s Big Ben and New York’s Statue of Liberty are, Gatley has created a unique view of the famous cities. The maps were featured in the Luck issue of Ideas Illustrated. We wonder if anyone’s used them to get around the cities?
When ArchTriumph arranged the competition to design a contemporary bridge in Paris, the French Atelier Zündel Cristea decided this should be fun. So they came up with an inflatable bridge that consists of trampolines, permitting the Parisians to cross their beloved Seine in a very playful and innovative way. And this lovely idea let them achieve an excellent third place.
Nuit Blanche – or White Night – is the French way of describing an all-nighter. But the annual Nuit Blanche festival isn’t just about partying, it’s about art and encouraging Parisians to explore the city from sunset to sunrise, guided by large-scale installations and projections, concerts and dances performances. Now in its eleventh year, the director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Laurent Le Bon, has come up with the theme, Paris à l’infini, and for the first time, has arranged for the city to open several major buildings and structures to the public so they can enjoy amazing, high panoramic views over the city. The best part is, it’s all free!
Paris or New York: which is your favourite city? This charming animation created by motion graphic designer Tony Miotto and based on the book Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, can help you decide whether you lean towards macaroons and the metro or cupcakes and the subway.
I love these mass transit map bracelets made by Brooklyn designer, Tiffany Burnette. They are the perfect combination of form and function and they keep you from looking like a tourist.
Little Red Lauter is an indie pop-folk band based in Paris. The voice of Claire, the singer, can really carry everyone in the room, while Boris, the guitarist, keeps the mood up with sweet, swinging rhythms.
Aerial is a new work created by Paris-based artist, Baptiste Debombourg. At an old Benedictine monastery called Brauweiler Abbey, near Cologne, Germany, Debombourg used sheets of shattered laminate glass to create an imaginary flood which crashes into the room in a magnificent explosion of beauty. Trippy, to say the least. Magnificent, in sum.
Mathilde Roussel, a conceptual installation artist from Paris, created this series of paintings that chronicle the suspended sculptures of growing grass and slowly transforms as time passes by.
Milk & Cereal is a clothing company for kids and babies, based in Bristol. They work with renowned UK graffiti artists such as Cheo, Paris, and Inkie, whilst also creating their own simple, original and wonderfully cute designs. The result is cool, inexpensive clothing that offers something a little different from your average children’s wear […]
If you’d like to expand your social network, not in front of your computer but over a delicious meal, then try Colunching. After huge success in New York and Paris, the trend is now expanding to Australia. It’s totally free to join and you can become an organiser, choosing your favourite restaurant or just participate […]
The write-up below this breathtaking (and we mean breathtaking) video says it all: ‘I have been filming the Skyliners on an incredible exploration into the world of free flight. Tancrède, Julien, Seb and Antoine are pioneers in highlining: a vertiginous combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking. We rigged highlines on the skyscrapers of Paris, […]
The HEY! art show in Paris has these creepy superhero embryos by Alexandre Nicolas on display. Some of them are amusing with their iconic costumes, while others, like the Invisible Man, are haunting and beautiful.
An email will never replace the pleasure of sending a postcard. Enjoy this series of funny postcards from French illustrator, Genevieve Gauckler. Her works are bright, fun and hectic, combining symmetrical designs with soft-edged computer generated images laid against photographed backgrounds. From Paris with Love.
The idea of taking a product that is no longer in use and turning it into some sort of art is not new. We’ve seen floppy disks used for paintings, vintage textiles becoming soft toy art, among other projects. Here, two French artists — Elise Morin and architect Clémence Eliard — used 65,000 old CDs, hand-sewed them together, then laid them out on inflatable mounds to create a sea of discs. The art exhibit is currently on show in Paris.