"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Remember Gaetano Pesce's Montanara sofa? Here it is again. Isn't it the best piece of furniture you have ever seen?

And now he's done these:

Six Tables on Water highlight our injured waterscapes using the mind-expanding digital/natural aesthetic that defined the dawn of the 21st century - Google Earth style. It looks almost as good in sculpted resin as it does on screen.

Here are some highlights from an interview with Gaetano in the exhibition catalogue for the current show at David Gill in Mayfair (open until 22nd December, then at Design Miami):

'Colour is an element which helps us to think positively, it is able to transmit feelings that are related to joy and pleasure, happiness and energy, sensuality… an interior without colour is depressing, but if you have a dialogue with different colours you have a dynamic space.'
'Design is not the decorative expression that we thought and instead is a very deep and complex language which is a commentary on reality, meaningful and philosophical: that is what art is. A practical art - but wasn't art always practical?'

'Let's talk about an art which is related to our time, which is not romantic at all… materials, marketing, advertising… these are all things of our time and all these together are related to design, a discipline which has a strong power of communication: it speaks to everybody.

'People have the right to be different, democracy protects difference. At a certain point I started thinking about why objects have all to be the same. Humans are full of imperfections. Each one of us works, lives or thinks in his or her own way. I asked myself - why not objects as well? Maybe this was a third industrial revolution, because what could the next industrial revolution be, if not about the profound nature of objects?' 

See my LSN story on the same here.

Sunday, 18 November 2012


Illustrator Joe Cruz was inspired by the charm and showmanship of old fashioned magic shows when making the silk squares he designed for YCN, the creative network for emerging illustrators and graphic designers. 

Having launched his label JCRUZ in February this year with a collection of images about celebrity-obsessed culture called Rise & Fall, YCN asked Joe if he'd like to get together. Clearly he said yes.

He's also been working with Browns Focus and Mary Portas - fashion heads are bashing down his door to get a piece of his pastel action.

He doesn't need much - 'Just my pastels, paints and a printer' - and keeps his process simple. 'I don't over think it. If a method makes the work more accessible and direct, I will use it.'

As you can see, his signature thing is adding bright colours and naive strokes over black and white photography to give his collages their poppy postmodern look - like in his Build People series that mucks about with Utopian architecture from the 1950s and 60s. 

Joe says of the YCN squares, 'I didn't change the way I worked for the silk editions - I wanted the fashion accessory to be a work of art in itself.' Pretty swanky for a hanky.