Monthly Archives: April 2012

Anne Lindberg, Multimedia artist, Kansas City


Multimedia artist Anne Lindberg’s work caught our eye this week. Her works are so diverse in its aesthetic. Her graphite drawings are made up of parallel lines of graphite and often involving colored pencil as well. They are intense and full of energy and almost remind me of something scientific, like sound waves on paper.

Artist bio:

Neurologists have determined that the old brain holds the seat of our most primal understandings of the world. Goodwill, security, fear, anxiety, self-protection, gravity, sexuality, and compulsive behaviors generate from this lower cerebral core.

My sculpture and drawings inhabit a non-verbal place resonant with such primal human conditions. Systemic and non-representational, these works are subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive. I find beauty and disturbance through shifts in tool, layering and material to create passages of tone, density, speed, path and frequency within a system. In recent room-sized installations, I discovered an optical and spatial phenomenon that excites me as the work spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision. The work references physiological systems – such as heartbeat, respiration, neural paths, equilibrium – and psychological states.


Lindberg’s thread drawings ( like the one shown below) are made by using strings of colorful rayon thread that are vertically strung creating beautiful linear works that are studies in color and also show her unbelievable patience that it took to do each one.

For more on Anne’s work visit her on the web.


Furniture Crush: Inception Chair by Vivian Chiu

We have a furniture crush on Vivian Chiu’s Inception Chair. She took the chair archetype and placed within it chairs that are progressively smaller. Each chair has hand cut grooves on the inside edges of its seat frame as well as notches in the seat back. These grooves range from 1/2” wide to 1/8” wide. The mechanism works so that the pegs fit into the grooves of the chair one size bigger and slides into place so that the horizontal edge between the chair seat and back line up. The simple mechanism allows the chairs to be taken apart and put together with ease.

We love how the Inception Chair is a chair within a chair within a chair, and so on until no more chairs will fit inside. So creative and fun. For more on the Inception Chair and Chiu’s designs visit her on the web.

Judy Kaufmann, Illustrator, Barcelona, Spain.

Judy Kaufmann was born in Santiago, Chile in 1980. In 2004 she decided to settle down in Barcelona, where she specializes as an Illustrator and Designer.  Judy has developed an original style that has attracted major clients such as BBC London, CCCB, Google UK, Editorial Planeta, Editorial Random House Mondadori, Editorial RBA, Mao Mao Publications, The Clinic, Notro Films, and Poolga, among others. Judy draws animals, people, houses, cars, trees – repeatedly. The inspiration for her illustration comes from what she doesn’t understand, what she doesn’t know, and what she’s not. She believes that there’s a fine line between illustration and graphics and strives through her work to marry the two.

For more on Judy’s work visit her on the web.

This week we are crushing on the Word as Image series by graphic designer Ji Lee. Lee uses the letters of words to mirror their meanings, which are understood as images. We love Lee’s imagination with the words as images. More about this project can be found @

The images have been complied into a very clever and thought provoking book. The book’s description has a designer challenge, so for all our followers here it goes:

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside elements.

Word as Image invites you to see letters beyond their utilitarian dullness. It’s about discovering the magic behind the unique shapes and infinite possibilities of letters and words. This book showcases nearly 100 of Ji Lee’s head-scratching word images, along with tips to help you create your own and share them

Ji Lee is a designer and frequent contributor to the New York Times whose work has been featured on ABC World News and in Newsweek, Wired, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and Boing Boing, among others. A former creative director at Google, he is now a creative director at Facebook.

David Pottinger, Ceramic Artist, Melbourne, Australia.












We were immediately impressed with the work of David Pottinger, after reading an interview with him on TheDesignFiles Daily blog. His work is so serene and exquisite with stunning neutrals and geometric patterns.












David Pottinger’s ceramic pieces have firmly established him as one of Australia’s foremost  ceramic artists.  David’s technique is known as ‘Neriage’, a Japanese term that refers to the layering, cutting and fusing of different colored clays.  David has been exploring the very thin layering of different clays to allow light to pass through, meaning that surfaces which at first appear monochrome are illuminated to reveal a subtle spectrum of pastel colors that lend his forms tonality and vitality. These muted colors reference the natural world and it is easy to read the embedded linear patterns as sedimentary formations in rocks or minerals.












Read the interview with the Design Files Daily here. (all images Lucy Feagins)

INDIA Stacking Vessels by Pia Design.

The stacking vessels are made by Pia Wüstenberg. They are actually three vessels made from three distinct materials: wood, ceramic and glass.  Colored glass actually make for great planters and objects to deck up a window sill.

Pia’s Manifesto: I believe a curious and observing mind is the main medium in a designer’s toolbox. My aim is to design objects to contain stories I perceive as relevant today: juxtapositions of materials, surfaces, textures, symbols and colors can unfold to tell new stories through objects, just as letters and words make up the stories in a book.


My current research is concerned with urbanization as a critical step in cultural evolution. The constant multitude of object experiences and encounters is at its peak in urban environments. Our needs and desires are changing with an accelerating pace: in parallel the sensitivity and awareness for these complex, subtle changes in individuals and across cultures has to grow in the design field.

For more of Pia Design’s Stacking Vessels go here!

Jonathan Smith, Photography, London

British designer and photographer Jonathan Smith caught our attention this week. We are big fans of the abstraction of our everyday surroundings and Smith’s graphic photos capture some great perspectives in a new personal series of “Urban Perspectives” of London. We absolutely love the reflection of other buildings and the plane on a buildings architectural grid.

For more on Jonathan’s work visit him on the web.