Richard Pearse is a New Zealand-based artist that lives and works out of a shed in Patea, South Taranaki. He produces mosaic, artistic compositions made from recycled wood scraps. Intricately cut and painted, the pieces are glued together to form colorful, graphic and geometric patterns, while embracing the natural beauty and textural variations of the wood.
I came across these photographs shot by Steven Meisel for the December 2007 of Vogue Italia and was intrigued not only by their mesmerizing appeal, but how relevant they seem today. I’ve seen several reinterpretations of this look in editorial features over the past few months. via Trendland
With an passion for luxury and all things beautiful, Hannah Martin combines elegance with edge to create wearable pieces of sculptural art. Staying true to her mantra that jewelry should be the most desired and unique part of a person’s wardrobe, she meticulously designs each piece until it meets her standard of perfection. Hannah’s design philosophy and process, which is conveyed in depth on her website, is truly engaging and unique. Taking inspiration from her perpetual consumption of art, film, literature, and design, her designs are a metamorphosis of her imagination influenced by consumption and her surroundings. Avoiding the common fashion mentality of fast and temporary, the brand is committed to creating contemporary artifacts that stand the test of time. Each piece is individually handcrafted in London and produced in limited edition quantities.
Marcus Linnenbrink, a German born brooklyn based artist is known for his striking works of art composed of drippy, vivid streaks of color. His work ranges from the floors, ceiling, and walls of site-specific instillations to paintings and sculptures. Linnenbrink utilizes a special mix of dry pigment and water to create the drippy nature of the painted lines for which his work is best known. His impressive use of color and linear repetition tends to encapsulate the viewer manipulating the perspective of the interiors of the environment in which it exists. via Collosal Art & Design
Florence-based photographer Massimo Listri is best known for his captivating photographs of ancient palaces and libraries around the world. Blurring the lines between the real and the surreal, Listri uncovers the hidden beauty of inside environments through the perfect balance of light, color, and perspective to produce visually immersive compositions. Massimo Listri is considered one of the most notable photographers of interiors and architecture in the the world. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in addition to being published in over 50 books and publications. Images via MdA Today
On February 17th, Mary Katrantzou will launch a capsule collection for Topshop. A true artist in every sense of the word, the extraordinary Central St. Martins alum is world reknown for her elaborate and bold, artful graphic prints. Katranzou understands pattern like no one else, and for this exclusive collaboration she has explored motifs that embody her iconic designs to a tee. The collection will feature dresses, trousers, T-shirts, blouses and skirts, ranging from $200-$500. via BritishVogue
Far off in the magical land of Samedan, a picturesque village 6 km northeast of St. Moritz, Rick Owens has brought his fantasy world to life in the Chesa Planta house. Built in 1595, the house exists today as a museum restored to convey the look of an 18th century Engadin aristocratic home. On January 28th the museum debuted “Magic Mountain,” an exhibiton composed of Owens’ exquisite artisanal furniture designs. The collection, post-modern and minimalistic, is synonymous with his distinctive design philosophy evoking a sense of goth meets luxury. Some of the highlights include bone chairs with stag antler backs, an oversized alabaster bed that becomes translucent in the sun, and a petrified wood sofa. via V Magazine
While browsing the latest issue W Magazine, I was interrupted by the beauty of Valentino’s spring ad campaign. The delicate nature of the elegant clothing juxtaposed against the monochromatic unrefined textural background makes for a composition nothing short than stunning. After some research I discovered the campaign was shot by internationally renown photographer Deborah Turbeville near her home in Mexico. A true artist, she has the gift of capturing the beauty of the environments in addition to those who occupy them without compromising one or the other.
Lately I have been gravitating towards eclectic tabletop collections that verge the unconventional. I seek out unique pieces that make a statement, applying a collectors mindset to the art of the table. While browsing Fivestory, the new luxury concept boutique on the Upper East Side, I discovered Lladro’s Equus collection designed by Bodo Sperlein. Inspired by the beauty and elegance of the physique of horses, the collection repurposes horse heads and legs from old Lladro figurines to accent cups and bowls. By placing the elements in an unconventional context, Sperlein aimed to entice the viewers curiousity while drawing attention to the unmistakable craftsmanship of Lladro porcelain. Shop the collection at Artedona
One of the most interesting new additions to London’s prestigious Victoria & Albert museum is a exhibition showcasing the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk. On display is an elaborate embroidered cape and a 4 meter long scarf. The silk used to produce these items came from over one million female golden orb weaver spiders collected from the highlands of Madagascar. Everyday for seven years, 80 people collected wild spiders to produce enough silk to weave these striking pieces. Not to worry, the spiders are kept safe. They are retained for about 12 hours, just enough time to extract the silk, and then they are returned to their natural environment. The display will run until June 5, 2012. via BBC