Designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created “Garden”, an immersive kaleidoscopic installation inside a shipping container, for the Art Container Contest at the 2013 Kobe Biennial. Visitors to the installation could walk inside the kaleidoscope and experience the confusing sensation of being surrounded by mirrored surfaces. The designers used a novel construction technique, in which zippers were used as fasteners, to connect the surfaces together. “Garden” won an award at the Kobe Biennial and more recently, a CS Design award.
Iceberg, as the name states was inspired by the form and beauty of these large glacial structures. Capturing their breathtaking splendor this collection clusters to illuminate with a subtle white and blue light. These are not ordinary pendants lights, but an incredible array of glass sculptures gracefully floating in space.
“Exobiotanica” is an art project by Japanese artist Azuma Mokoto that sent plants into the stratosphere — the second major layer of Earth’s atmosphere that starts at around 7 miles above the ground and continues to 31 miles above the ground. The project was launched on July 15th in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.
When Finland based artist Kim Simonsson began experimenting with figurative ceramic art in the 90s, it caught people by surprise. The term ‘ceramic’ brings to mind sophisticated objects, but his is a decidedly unusual mix of Eastern traditional materials and pop culture. “The subject of my work, as a rule, are children, animals, or something in between,” he shares. There are glazed-white ghostly children ‘bullying’ exotic wild animals like panthers and deer, or jumping into metallic puddles.