Norwegian born Rune Guneriussen is a conceptual artist who uses photography to express his poetic ideas. In his works everyday objects are cast in seemingly untouched Norwegian landscapes where they are the only trace of human presence subject to a particular character and carefully laying out a story. By placing inanimate objects like lamps, globes, telephones and chairs in untouched landscapes, the artist achieves to combine nature and manmade structures into whimsical installations. Guneriussen is the only witness of the site-specific installations, leaving the audience with nothing but the photograph as tangible proof which documents the brevity of his objects. In this way, he uses the photographs to extend the space of the idea by means of documentation. With their poetic titles the often monumental photographs suggest multiple stories representing a balance between nature and culture.
Guneriussen believes in art as a means to question and bewilder rather than to patronize and restrict. The medium of photography offers new ways to document ephemeral events and at the same time interrogate accepted meanings. Guneriussen does not want to dictate a way to understand his art, but indicates a path to understand a story.
“I would like to say that I am inspired by the objects I am working on, the place or location I am working at, and the specific time everything is made in. My imagination can just as easily be inspired by global events and politics as it can be inspired by looking at a bird flying across the sky. But I also relate back this inspiration to my artistic development and the real time put into making a work like I do.”
(Rune Guneriussen, p. 68, Elephant magazine, issue 8, 2011).
Remember in the past, when the world was in black and white, and a bit grey? So do i29, the design team behind this installation at a pop-up shop in Amsterdam taking retro to new lengths.
As Good As New furniture shop is the result of a collaboration between advertising office Gummo, i29 and Krimpex. Interior architects i29 enjoyed success kitting out an office space for Gummo in their now-signature style a few years ago, and followed the same plan here. In their own words: “We find old stuff we like. We fix it. We cover it with…solvent-free grey matter.” That’s where Krimpex comes in, providing the spray technology.
The shop itself has popped-up in Amsterdam’s SPRMRKT (someone must have stolen the vowels from the store sign for a game of giant Scrabble), and the result, we think you’ll agree, is extremely pleasing and certainly goes some way to reclaiming grey from design obscurity, rather like their old furniture.
Coffee is thought to have been first cultivated as far back as the 9th century CE. Drinking it is a centuries-old, beloved tradition—and even social norm. Made for drinking coffee or other hot beverages, the Skyline Cup is innovative, beautiful and—most important—eco-friendly.
The skyline aspect of the cup puts a novel spin on the instantly recognizable New York City hallmark. The skyline is bold, distinctive and recognized the world over. Reminding us that the sky is not really the limit, the tall skyscrapers overlook the Hudson River, which unites the boroughs through which it flows. This inspired melding of fine material, classic form and decorative design makes the Skyline Cup a practical piece of art you can enjoy every day.
This cup makes a perfect souvenir for tourists, travelers, collectors and anyone who fancies seeing the skyline with every sip. The perfect size—in the way it sits in the hand, and in the amount it holds—the Skyline Cup lets you wake up and have your coffee with the city that never sleeps. You can fill your cup to the level of the skyline and watch its reflection on the gleaming surface, or you can fill it past the level of the skyline and imagine a world in which global warming may befall even the mightiest cities.
It’s a project by British stylist and designer Faye Toogood – her designs have always been made in very limited edition, but Toogood has now found a way to produce them in a slightly bigger scale, so she is now releasing them in a collection called “BATCH”. These photos are from the exhibit called Back Room that she made to show the collection at the London Design Festival now in September.