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design: book cell by matejkren

24 Jun

The Book Cell Project, which will be installed in the CAMJAP’s Hall and remain there during six months, repeats the recurring procedure, in the work of this artist, of piling up thousands of books, creating an architectonic structure where we are invited to step inside.  We’d sure like to spend some time locked away in there . . .




art: the Clayton brothers, for something truly unique.

18 Jun

Their CV states that the brothers draw inspiration from their immediate environment, incorporating local businesses, neighborhood regulars, and snippets of overheard conversations as subjects for their paintings. We’re not sure what sort of conversations happen in California but we sure wish we were party to them, cos that must be one hell of a conversation . . .



art: nobody needs art. nova.

16 Jun


art/design: Si Scott studio simply sizzles!

13 Apr

You’ll have seen his work, trust us about that.  Having produced art for the likes of Nike, and Coca-Cola, the British based Si Scott made an obvious choice for today’s word on art, but is it art or is it design?  Well we here at AP. like to think it’s a little of both, and happily Si Scott himself agrees describing himself as an artist/designer.

Listed on his website as “priding himself on an almost obsessive attention to detail” and going on to say ‘creating the highest calibre of work possible for the studio’s clients, exhibitions and projects”. Looking at some of those examples of work we’d have to say that we agree, and luckily for us that magnificent work isn’t limited to corporate commisissions.


His website says that “Si regularly exhibits and lectures around the world, places such as Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto, Norway and New York amongst others”, so keep your eyes peeled, Si Scott could be coming to a studio near you . . .




design: Karl does Coca-Cola light.

9 Apr

Now we love Karl.  Seriously.  Love.  The chinese takeaway bag for Chanel,  the irony shown with the Karl who shopper, and of course who could forget the Shanghai fashion show,  but we never expected this . . .

Of course Karl himself is no stranger to dieting, he who used to be quite literally the biggest man in fashion has slimmed down drastically in recent years – and now we see him designing his own range of bottles for Coke light, and accompanying ad campaign.

Bravo Coke – now.  Who’s next?



design: Thomas Heatherwick to design London 2012 Olympic cauldron.

7 Apr

Beijing 2008 will go down as the Olympics of spectacle, but already the London 2012 Olympics could be billed as the design Olympics.  With the Olympic park masterplanned by ForeignOfficeArchitects, the Olympic Stadium designed by HOKsport, the aquatics centre by Zaha Hadid, and the velodrome by Hopkins Architects.  It seems Locog have left nothing to chance by working with the best in their field . . .

It seems they have wanted to push this even further though by the appointment of Danny Boyle he of Slumdog millionaire fame to oversee the Opening ceremony, ensuring they are both artistic and relevant – promising to be “epic and intimate“.

Organisers have also announced the designer of the iconic Olympic cauldron.  The cauldron is the iconic emblem of the games, ensuring the spirit of Olympus watches over every modern games, and usually becomes the very symbol of each host city to the millions of television viewers across the globe – step forward to the challenge then Mr Thomas Heatherwick.

You may recognise Heatherwick from earlier projects including the British pavilion for the Shanghai expo (above) or the sculpture ‘B of the Bang’ erected for the Manchester Commonwealth games (below) – if the cauldron looks anything like these two earlier projects then we could be in for something truly special indeed . . .

And here we take a brief look at some earlier cauldrons from the Olympic movement . . .

top row: 1976 (montreal, canada); 2010 (vancouver, canada); 2004 (athens, greece)
bottom: 2002 (salt lake city, USA); 2000 (sydney, australia); 1992 (barcelona, spain)



design: return to form. The return of the classic movie poster.

7 Apr

In our earlier post we returned to the art-form of the art-house movie poster and here we look at this subject a little further with a review of some of the most archetypal classic movie posters of all time with a rather special view of a German poster for Robocop, and a look at how todays studios like Disney’s Pixar are reworking this art for todays audiences . . .

And a look at how Disney’s Pixar studios have interpreted this with posters for the animated feature Wall-E, and the little mermaid shown below.


art: confetti death by Typoe

7 Apr

When you’re not feeling your best, there is always someone to make you feel worse by stating the obvious with a remark like ” I hope you don’t feel as bad as you look”

Well, after seeing this work by the street artist Typoe recently we couldn’t help but be reminded of that statement.  This work of art looks exactly like WE feel after space mountain at Disney World.  The nervous explosion that is ‘confetti death:’ for us here at AP. conjures up both the incredible feeling and rush we associate with adrenaline from something good, with the obvious downside, that niggling fear of something bad happening at the same time . . .

But hey – you judge for yourself.

“Confetti Death” by TYPOE, which was on display at Spinello Gallery in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.


art: Ian Davenport brightens up our walk home.

7 Apr

We can often be found taking a casual stroll away from the offices at AP. and dow to Tate Modern on London’s South Bank and one of the highlights on the way is the spectacular work by Ian Davenport in an otherwise grimey and unloved underpass – which got us thinking, just where else might we find his work.  Well look no further because the great striped one (yup, that’s our little nickname for him!) is quite prolific when it comes to painting the world in perfectly uniform bands of vertical colour.

Though what we missed out on from our London experience was the way on much of these works he leaves the stripes to puddle and muddle together at the bottom – now thats special! Enjoy.


art: supersized devil, by Ron English.

6 Apr

Taken from the movie poster artist Ron English designed for movie documentary ‘supersize’ me – these loveable if not a little scary figures have been made to buy from manufacturer secret base.




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