Nowness presents the third installment of MINI’s The Cultural series. This time New York-based creative Ana Kraš travels to Belgrade to explore the cultural traditions that influence her work. This Aaron Rose-directed short is an architectural tour of the Serbian capital and playfully captures Kraš’s magpie spirit. “Most things happen to me because I wasn’t making a plan,” she says. “Rather, I was going with the flow.” Watch the video below and follow Ana through the streets of her hometown!
Jessica Walsh is a graphic designer, art director and partner at Sagmeister & Walsh in New York. Maybe you you remember our interview with her, but being such a prolific creative force, we couldn’t possibly have told you everything about her. Then mark your calendar for July 31, 2015, when Jessica will be at the Revolution Hall in Portland in person to discuss inspiration and design, and answer a few questions from the public. Post your questions to Twitter tagging @aigaportland and get tickets here.
Nathalie Du Pasquier started drawing as soon as she met her husband George Sowden in 1979 in Milan. She was introduced to the world of design and shortly after, in 1981, became a founding member of the iconic postmodern design movement Memphis. From then on she didn’t stop drawing, every day she would draw a whole new modern world, from very small items like jewelry to entire cities. Don’t Take These Drawings Seriously is the first and definitive compilation of all the unpublished drawings from 1981 to 1987, which had been sitting in the drawers of Nathalie’s studio for over 30 years. This unique book has been carefully edited and designed by Apartamento magazine’s co-founder Omar Sosa together with Nathalie Du Pasquier and is an excellent welcome document of an fundamental period in modern design. Have a look at some spreads after the jump!
Independent arts organization Studio Voltaire’s temporary shop, House of Voltaire, is perfectly timed for Christmas shopping. In its third incarnation, the eagerly-awaited biennial pop-up shop sells artist Linder Sterling’s sets of super-sexy Perspex Christmas decorations. Check the links below to discover all the gifts and artists involved in the project.
“Living With” is the new project by Italian design brand Discipline telling the story of inspiring individuals and their incredible lives, through the eyes of Paul Barbera, renowned interiors photographer. Take a look at the third episode featuring Ana Kraš and Devendra Banhart.
Women in clothes is a new book authored by Canadian writer Sheila Heti and brought to fruition with the help of artist Leanne Shapton and co-editor of The Believer Heidi Julavits. Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors – including Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Elif Batuman, Mac McClelland, Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald, Tavi Gevinson, Rachel Kushner, Roxane Gay and Sarah Nicole Prickett – Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.
Like Knows Like is a brilliant on-going documentary project, created by filmmaker Bas Berkhout and photographer Marije Kuiper. The latest episode features Lisbon-based artist Rita Gomes aka Wasted Rita. Watch the video below and check Like Knows Like archive here.
Asterisk Summer School is back with another edition taking place in Tallinn 28.07—06.08. This year workshops will focus on summer activities, taking a closer look at the relationship between work and play. Asterisk is run by two freelance graphic designers, Laura Pappa and Elisabeth Klement who both studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. This year, tutors are designers Samuel Nyholm (SE), Giacomo Porfiri (IT), Radim Peško (CZ), Maki Suzuki from Åbäke (FR). And, last but not least, you can leave your computers at home — it’s summer after all.
In her Wooden Textiles series, Elisa Strozyk explores soft tactile features of the otherwise hard material of wood. Interweaving geometric wood pailettes with textile properties, she creates a new flexible surface of half wood-half textile, much like sequence, with the ability to function in different three-dimensional shapes and behaviors depending on the geometry and size of the tiles.
Together with Gestalten, Strozyk has produced an exclusive collection of Wooden Plaids in two different color variations and a completely new collection of Table Runners in three different sizes. These multi-functional home accessories can become a sculptural element for the home, a rug, a bedcover, and with the new Table Runner series—table decór. Get them here.
One of the largest events of its type, Semi-Permanent is a creative platform spreading art and design inspiration. It consists of a conference and side events which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties. It’s a week long celebration of all things design. Semi-Permanent explores the diverse and exciting design world bringing together exceptionally talented artists and designers to speak at the event. Among current edition speakers are Mike Mills, Kate Moross, Tara McPherson and Elke Kramer. Sydney typographer, hand-letterer and illustrator Gemma O’Brien will be teaching a workshop about learning the basics of creating a piece of custom script lettering using a swashes, ligatures, flourishes, shadowing and/or illustrative decoration. The class will begin with analysis of different styles of script lettering and demonstrations of various techniques, followed by an exercise to put these ideas into practice. Full info and schedule thru the links below.