Ikea has been one of the first large retailers to jump on Apples latest iOS11 update with their ARKit. Striving to make their design accesible to everyone, IKEA have launched their IKEA Place AR App, giving users the ability to virtually place furniture around their home ahead of purchase.
The app includes 3D and true-to-scale models of an array of IKEA’s product offering, including chairs, coffee tables and sofa’s…with more product still to be added. Users can use the app to visualise the item within specific spaces of their home, share the images on social media channels and then purchase the item. Definitely a massively defining step forwards in the way customers are going to interact with and purchase furniture in the future.
The app is now available for download on the UK app store (as of yesterday) – so go give it a try! If your phone has enough space left to update to iOS 11…my never ending battle with phone space continues.
Created by 19 year old animator and artist Jon Rolph, the animated film titled Paint sees him recreate a Mondrian painting using Lego. Shot from above and apparently taking 250 hours to complete it features beautifully animated Lego paint splats and Lego brushstrokes.
Speaking of his work, Rolph says: “I had the idea for the film about five years ago, but never the time to make it a reality until last year. I started working properly on it in October.”The painting action was the most challenging aspect to animate. Achieving the smooth motion of the hand while replacing the Lego ‘paint’ pieces was very difficult, especially as I was shooting ‘blind’ (without stop-motion animation software). In these sections I had to animate my hands separately, then edit the frames together in post as it was simply too difficult to keep my left hand in the same position for the full shot.”
Super Flemish is the latest series by French photographer Sacha Goldberger, the idea being science fiction meets history of art. Sacha crosses superheroes and Star Wars characters with Flemish painting and fashion of the Elizabethan era. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times.
Speaking of his work Sacha says, “The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to fix their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible…As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us.”
Get Up NY is a social media driven street art campaign by an anonymous American group. Focusing on our current obsession with Instagram, the group creates posters from users Instagram images, pasting them near to where the image was taken. The intention of the campaign is to offer a retrospective look at the location from the users point of view.
Any Instagram users wanting to have the chance of their images being used in the campaign are encouraged to hashtag their posts with #GetUpNY or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some of my favourites from Get Up NY – head over to their Instagram page to view more from their campaign.
The Japanese-inspired Nishi Building in Canberra, Australia was recently completed by Australian firm March Studio. The building which is billed as “Australia’s most radically sustainable mixed-use building and apartment complex,” with one of the main features being the amazing stairwell and ceiling, constructed from thousands of repurposed boards taken from old homes, a basketball court, as well as remnants from the construction site of the Nishi building itself. Every single board and suspension rod was designed and placed before construction began.
Based in Madrid, Bandiz Design Studio focuses on art direction, graphic design, photograph and print design.
Their most recent project plays homage to a selection of TV Series that they couldn’t stay away from; including Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost, Mad Men and Homeland. Each of the five thematic posters is based on typographical cuts of paper and cardboard set against the characteristic elements and moods of the series.
My personal favorite from the series would have to be the Dexter poster, after recently completed an 8 season Netflix marathon and still struggling with the thought of it all being over. Closely followed by Breaking Bad – of course!
Created by Mike Doyle, a New York based graphic designer, the 200,000 piece Lego sculpture that aims to celebrate “the beauty of all intelligent life forms as extensions of our family”. Measuring more than 5′ high and 6′ wide the sculpture depicts that of a great choir hall.