What do you get when you combine Grolsch beer, FAB10 fridges and thirteen South African artists? Maybe unexpectedly, this improvised trio came up with some genuinely unique works of art able to perfectly represent the numerous artistic and cultural identities of today's South Africa. Continue
Matt Blackmore has been named this year’s SMEG Art Design competition winner with his travel-themed entry, ‘Round the World’ - inspired from a Blackmore family treasure of a travel trunk that belonged to his Great Grandmother. Continue
Do you remember the competition launched in 2013 by Smeg New Zealand that we told you about a few months back? It was a full-on style competition, open to all New Zealand designers, with the challenge for each of them to customise a FAB28. Continue
Have you got a Smeg fridge at home? Go to the kitchen and have a good look at it. What did you notice? Nothing? Go back to the kitchen and observe it again: how does it look? What have you put on the door? Have you decorated it with magnets? Have you put a memo board on it? Have you covered it with colourful post-it notes? Now you are getting a bit closer to what the artist Stuart Semple saw when he looked at the surface of the door and was able to gain such a deep understanding of a pop icon that he resurfaced with an excellent idea for a series of installations. Continue
According to recent research by the University of La Paz, there is a direct relationship between the production of an artist and the creative stimulus of his working environment. It is said that Hayez painted within the Vatican rooms and that Vasari spent more time with the works of Michelangelo than he did with his wife.
In short, when a genius is surrounded by art he creates even more art. Continue
In Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, in Michelangelo’s David, in Keith Haring’s murals, there is always something that is often ignored. Think for a moment: why do people always talk about paintings, sculptures, and murals and never about canvas, marble or walls? Continue
We don’t exactly know which artistic trend Menno Baars belongs to. At a certain point in his life, the ex-cardiologist decided to change the way he cured peoples hearts. We know for sure that two extreme painting styles - the modern Dutch Van Gogh and Appel – converge within him. Continue
One summer morning in 2010 Londoners woke up with an inexplicable sensation of vertigo. They leave the house after a cup of tea, and a sumptuous breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs, and strangely, they feel strongly attracted to everything that is red. With the excuse of having to make an urgent telephone call tens of people squeeze inside phone-boxes seemingly about to burst. Continue
I used to live in Ismaning, which is a small town near Munich. It’s a clean, neat and peaceful place, but perhaps just a little too quiet for someone who loves rock’n’roll and the crazy idea of travelling like a true roadie from place to place. Continue
In the beginning, there were benefactors. Churches would commission artists to design large paintings that glorified creation, and the sovereign would hire sculptors and artists to come up with huge commemorative paintings of victories and battles.
Then, times changed and the world become more secular, and the Giottos, Michelangeloes and other artistic giants were replaced by the likes of Selwyn Senatori, an eclectic Italian-Dutch artist who paints directly onto refrigerators. Continue
Do you remember the painter who famously painted food arranged to resemble faces and human beings? Noses were made from courgettes, cheeks were round ripe tomatoes, and hair was straw and savoy cabbage. Not only are artists of our time following in Arcimboldo’s footsteps, but they’re also doing it with a splash, in a tasteful and refined way. Continue
It is a common theory that when the temperature drops well below zero degrees everything stops functioning including a person’s mind and their capability of taking on ideas about new and cutting edge design and traditionally stick to what they know. Continue