Sculpted miniature landscapes by Kendal Murray
Kendal Murray’s miniature sculptures stage dream-like narratives that are played out by microscopic identities with giant personalities. Short stories and tall tales are enacted in a range of playful and dramatic scenarios that are imbued with social, symbolic and personal meaning. Glass teapots, grass-covered purses, mirrored makeup compacts and open books set the stage for each scenario, offering the delight of the unexpected, the puzzle of a question and the possibility of a dream escape into make-believe worlds.
Zach Blas: Facial Weaponization Suite, 2011- Present
Facial Weaponization Suite protests against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making “collective masks” in community-based workshops that are modeled from the aggregated facial data of participants, resulting in amorphous masks that cannot be detected as human faces by biometric facial recognition technologies. The masks are used for public interventions and performances. One mask, the Fag Face Mask, generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition techniques. Another mask explores a tripartite conception of blackness, divided between biometric racism (the inability of biometric technologies to detect dark skin), the favoring of black in militant aesthetics, and black as that which informatically obfuscates. A third mask engages feminism’s relations to concealment and imperceptibility, taking recent veil legislation in France as a troubling site that turns visibility into an oppressive logic of control. A fourth mask takes up biometrics’ deployment as a border security technology at the Mexico-US border and the resulting violence and nationalism it instigates. These masks intersect with social movements’ use of masking as an opaque tool of collective transformation that refuses dominant forms of political representation.
Loves Me Loves Me Not side table by John Vogel
These delicate side tables are available individually or as a set of eight making up a full flower. The sculpted form of the base unfurls to reveal a surface like a floating leaf or petal.
Petals are now also available either with copper plated tops or in solid bronze.
The Love Me Love Me Not Table was designed in collaboration with Justin Plunkett.
Maarten Baas: "The Empty Chair" for Amnesty International
For the campaign “The Empty Chair”, Maarten Baas
made the symbolic empty chair, to support Amnesty
in their fight for freedom of expression. Dr. Liu Xiaobo was convicted for his role in drafting "Charter 08", a proposal for legal and political reform in China. Liu Xiaobo was the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, but during the cermony his
chair remained empty, as he was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. "The empty chair" is a symbol for Liu and
many others who are in jail for expressing their opinion.
(pictures by Frank Tielemans)
LESS LAMP by Jordi Canudas
Less is a sealed light shade that needs to be broken in order to release the light trapped within. The shell is cracked using a specially designed hammer.The user decides the appearance and position of the hole depending on how much light is required and where it is to be directed. But beware; once it is broken there is no going back!
'Hanabunko' book shelf flower vase by Fumiaki Goto
Hanabunko is a small flower vase shaped like a book. It seamlessly integrates into your shelves while adding a dash of life to your collection of books. It works as a divider or, of course, simply a flower vase. The round hole in the center functions is a grip, but also as a stopper for longer flowers.
The name Hanabunko is derived from the words hana, meaning flower, and bunko, orbunkobon, Japanese small-format paperback books designed to be affordable and portable. Most bunkobon sizes are standardized at A6 (105×148mm or 4.1″×5.8″), the same size as the vase. The packaging design of each vase is intended to replicate the common dust wrapper that the books come in. It can either be left on, or removed.
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Light bulb vase by Yuma Kuno
In 2007 Japan’s Ministry of Environment began asking companies to voluntarily desist production and sales of inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Toshiba obliged, and others followed. Similar movements are happening all around the world and it’s clear that it’s only a matter of time before the incandescent light bulb is completely replaced by its more eco-friendly brethren.
Product designer Yuma Kuno decided to preserve this nostalgic form by turning incandescent light bulbs into flower vases. Using real discarded bulbs, Kuno simply opened a hole and turned an obsolete object into something completely new. The filament – a vital component of the bulb – even gets repurposed as a holder to keep the stem in place.
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