Trained as an engineer by profession, Arthur Ganson’s curiosity and sense of wonder allows him to see the humour and beauty in everyday objects, interfaced with the precision and coldness of a machine. All these cumulating in kinetic sculptures like the ‘Machine with Wishbone’, where a chicken wishbone walks and pulls along a machine; or as a ‘Machine with Grease’, where a machine continuously ‘ejaculates’ the one thing that makes any machine happy — Grease!
Japanese artist and sculptor Tadashi Kawamata installed chaotic slabs of wood above the courtyard at the kamel mennour gallery in Paris, creating an unsettling haphazard ceiling that blots out the sky.
Affected by the catastrophes that have wreaked havoc in Japan this year, the artist has conceived of his structure as a motionless and deadly wave, in a reference to all those bits of broken wood carried along by the receding tsunami, which saturated the ocean surface with their sheer quantity.
In architect speak:
To build a house for a poet. To make a house for dreaming, living and dying. A house in which to read, to write and to think. We raised high walls to create a box open to the sky, like a nude, metaphysical garden, with concrete walls and floor. To create an interior world. We dug into the ground to plant leafy trees. And floating in the center, a box filled with the translucent light of the north. Three levels were established. The highest for dreaming. The garden level for living. The deepest level for sleeping.
For dreaming, we created a cloud at the highest point. A library constructed with high walls of light diffused through large translucent glass. With northern light for reading and writing, thinking and feeling. For living, the garden with southern light, sunlight. A space that is all garden, with transparent walls that bring together inside and outside. And for sleeping, perhaps dying, the deepest level. The bedrooms below, as if in a cave. Once again, the cave and the cabin.
Dreaming, living, dying. The house of the poet.
A little too much post rationalisation it seems, but a pure, contemplative space nonetheless, by Spanish architects Alberto Campo Baeza.
OWN’s (Oprah Winfrey Network) inaugural episode of the Visionaires documentary series, on fashion designer Tom Ford. I always find it intriguing to understand how designers verbalise their own creative process.Read More
Van Wanten Etcetera executed a great concept, which show the different faces behind the biographies, Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdolah. Unfortunately, these books were computer generated, but I am sure there is a way to make real versions of these brilliantly rendered ones.