Besides the fact that we love his artistic name, Lobulo is one of those examples of the savoir-faire, of good taste and patience, features all creative soul needs to face every day of the year (Chinese year too) with a positive outlook and rainbow eyes. He knows how to use his hands, he chooses materials carefully and finishes his work with great detail… and the result of this is names like Google, Coca-Cola, Converse or New Era in his client list. All real, all physical, all in volume; Lobulo has magic in his hands.
They say that if there was a nuclear disaster to happen only cockroaches, probably jellyfish (that thing has been floating in the sea for ages doing NOTHING), Hugh Hefner and Robert Smith would survive, all dancing happily in front of the destruction of the Earth. Or maybe not, but in an apocalyptic scenery, I’d rather see some absurd.
Absurdity is the pillar in which Benoit Paille and Daniel Delisle have seated for their “DollarStore” session. As Paille explains, the background of this amazing dollar store stuff still life series is highlighting its nonsense existence, creating a discussion on the consume society and the human exploitation cost in China that these objects have. Impeccable aesthetics, well mixed colours and melted little animal figures that wouldn’t cost more than 1$ and seem to shake of fantasy toxic waste. Paille and Delisle have nailed it.
We belong to that human category that, when watching a film, they cry more when the dog dies that when the actual human does. What can we do; that precious canine look stole our hearts a long time ago. We suspect the same happened to Kenya Hara. This Japanese architect, curator and animal lover had the idea of gathering together a group of architects and designers to create the “Architecture for Dogs” project. The idea consisted in building a specific living space for a certain dog breed, making it more characteristic to its needs and, even more, to the looks of each dog.
The concept behind this projects is that each dog owner can build their own structure at home, downloading the floor plans for free straight from their website. That way, your dog will be able to have a possibly nicer and cheaper place to live that the 20 square meter- no balcony – inside space that you “sleep” (“living” is a concept too wide to describe what you do there).
We’ve reached the conclusion that something must be going on in Holland and Dutch brains that we can’t grasp. If not, we can’t understand why their creativity -and their madness- are in a whole new level. To show you we are not a bit over the top, we present Studio Job, a pair of designers that are up for everything. Their Neo-Rococo (we allow ourselves to name their aesthetic) is shown in wardrobes, dinner tables and pottery. They’ve even created a dinnerware set inspired in the Last Supper! They’re also outstanding in the lighting field; they’ve got chandeliers, a reworked Eiffel Tower or luminous tits (we want them NOW). If you, demanding beings, are still not convinced about how cool this guys are, we can say they also design wallpaper that would make some mum’s faint and they work hand in hand with Viktor&Rolf in their catwalk scenographies. Not bad, right?
In the world ranking, Spain is the country with the highest cocaine usage. Russia, the biggest vodka producer. The United Kingdom is the place where you can find the highest ratio of fascist parties per inhabitant. Australia, state of our interest today, is the soil with the highest number of dangerous animal species for every adventurous Australian that walks on Crocodile Dundee’s landscapes. And, since the discovery of Freya Jobbins‘s sculptures, it’s the country that leaves the universe more puzzled.
It’s like if Arcimboldo had suffered from a very strong stroke of child Diogenes Syndrome; with this sculptures made out of discarded plastic dolls, the artist wants us to think about consumerism and to find “a range of responses to existing cultural objects, which have been placed out of context”. If by taking them out of context they end up, let’s say, in my room, I can tell you that my response will be not to sleep for the rest of my life.
It’s time to accept that there is a universe aside from Ikea furniture, yard sale lamps and the always (un)useful corner shop stuff. There is a little group of people, to which we will soon be included, that enjoys the grand life, the Arts and sparkles, that don’t need to risk their lives every night sleeping in a DIY bed, that don’t drink instant coffee for breakfast and that, above all, above very all, don’t visit corner shops. As much as we find these places entertaining, we aspire to have a home where our furniture reminds us of a toxic trip, as the ones made by the Haas Brothers: Buffalo Texas armchairs, failed erection golden vases and unclassifiable objects with textures out of The Little Mermaid world. There’s plenty to choose from, as in Marks & Spencer, just a little bit more expensive…
The evolution of the typical spider lamp is the jellyfish lamp… Voilá! Adam Wallacavage, thanks! There’s no need to say why this piece is La Monda, is there? Our most sincere appreciation for them, humbly we would ask for a prawn lamp, a llama side table, a hedgehog toothbrush and a barnacle stool. We want to decorate our offices with them and compete with any zoo in the hood.