Archives for the month of: July, 2011

I love looking at contemporary objects and interior design. When I look at them, or even buy an oversimplified clock or strange looking teapot, I feel sophisticated and in tune with “design.” And you know, its no wonder because when you really think about it, they all have the same concepts and elements of design as in the graphic arts.

Take this picture for an example:

It plays with harmonizing geometric shapes into one coherent piece. The circular shapes on the sides of the bed really make it contemporary looking- a lot of modern and contemporary shapes have rounded edges- and gives it a soft essence. The circle also symbolizes unity and a focus, which means all the focus of the piece is within the circle and the shape overall unifies the elements together. It also means wholeness, completion, and perfection.

Then you have the square bed inside the cylinder, the pillows, and the linear lines of the wooden planks on the exterior of the frame. These shapes contrast the circular ones balancing and stabilizing the overall piece (so it doesn’t run off!)

This is pretty much the same,except this is an interior  space. If you flatten the picture out into just shapes, it makes a balanced composition and the variety of shapes and sizes come into play quite nicely. Also, as a photo, it has the rule of thirds focusing the eye to the bottom right and balancing out with the more empty ceiling and windows. Not to forget that in both these photos color was taken into consideration with what compliments the other.

Finally, not omitting everything mentioned before, this one also adds movement and action with the center structure twisting in a languid motion. Again, the shapes are overly simplified to keep the design simple and clean and not overbearing.

I hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as I do!

Hi everybody! Wow, it seems as though a year has past by since the last time I posted on here. Well I can proudly state that I am back and should be posting regularly again. Actually, I came back almost a week ago but I guess it has taken me that long to get over my jet-lag and to settle back into my “old life” again.

Being in Paris was like being under attack constantly with galleries and museums- There’s just too much to look at in a day, a week, or even a month! Just being in the Louvre takes courage to try and see everything (which isn’t going to happen unless you literally take 3 seconds on each painting and sculpture) or trying to keep your feet alive for over 6 hours or to walk up to the furious paparazzi crowd that surrounds the quiet painting- the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, I find that taking pictures of a painting that you’ve already seen pictures of in textbooks or online is pretty redundant to take yourself, especially if your camera can’t even compete with those photos. So, that said, I will not post any pictures of the sort.

Getting on to the pictures: I went to this famous bakery called Ladurée. This place supposedly invented the colorful french macaroons that paint the windows of most french Patisserries. Not only is its packaging elegant and nicely designed but walking inside is a treat in itself. This is the box that my dessert came in.

The text itself works together wonderfully because of the different “textures” and hierarchy.

I bought this fantastic mouse-pad (yeah a mouse-pad) of a really interesting art piece I found online months before and HAD to get it. I got the mouse-pad because the poster was too expensive, besides, the mouse-pad is the size of my computer!

While I was there I was fortunate enough to find a load of prints tossed in a recycling bin in the school I had my classes. First of all, they were all perfectly fine, second of all, they were Steinlen prints! So I scooped them up and took them home with me, so now I have some free prints 🙂
This picture shows you the small thumbnail versions I also found in the bin:

And a couple of pages from my carnet de voyage (sketchbook journal) while I was in Paris:

This is a three layered piece with cut-out windows.

Hope you all a beautiful day!