Monthly Archives: October 2010

Kozyndan Tidal Wave Bookend

Kozyndan - uprisings bookend

Kozyndan - Uprisings bookend

Taking a trademark twist on one of Japan’s most iconic images – Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) ‘Great Wave’ print, Kozyndan – have followed up on their great print Uprisings with this – a vinyl bookend!

Have a closer look and you will see that the wave is made up of rabbits – a flock of them errupting out of the wave!

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Detail with hanging bunnies

Kartell Cindy Table Lamp

Kartell Cindy Lamp Ferruccio Laviani

Kartell Cindy Lamp by Ferruccio Laviani

Next on my design wish list is none other than the Kartell Cindy Lamp designed by Ferruccio Laviani. A chrome like finish is a range of dazzling colours makes these lamps jump out at you. Yours from a range of retailers for £137.

Murderer, ex athlete and photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge around 1880

To give paint the picture of the life and times of Eadweard Muybridge there is no better story that a simple chronology of his life – one that reveals much about a man of many identities:

1830                       9th April, born in Kingston upon Thames, England.Christened Edward James Muggeridge.

Early 1850s-65   after arriving in America his names appears as both Muggride and Muygridge

From 1865           subsequently revised name to Muybridge

1868-72                publishes work under the professional name Helios

1875                       escaping after being acquitted for murder, moves to Central America and adopts the name Eduardo Santiago Muybridge

1881                       inspired by the names of Saxon kings on the coronation stone in Kingston, changed his first name to Eadweard

1883                       unspecified university apparently confers title of Professor Muybridge on him

1885-7                   in the prospectus of Animal Locomotion he identifies himself as ‘Model 95: an ex-athlete, aged about sixty’

1904                       final variant of his names appears on his memorial stone as Eadweard Muybridge

Manny Pacquiao’s Greatest Hits (HBO)

Boxing superstars don’t come much better than Manny Pacquiao, and there is no finer place to see why than in American television giant HBO’s latest highlight selection – see Hatton, De le Hoya and Cotto amongst others defeated by force of nature that is Pacman.

Flower cushions Murakami style

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Takashi Murakami soft furnishings!

American Tan XXIV – Gary Hume

American Tan XXIV -  Gary Hume

American Tan XXIV - Gary Hume

2007
Edition of 150
Screenprint from 7 screens and 3 varnishes, hand embossed areas, printed on 410gsm Somerset Tub Sized paper
Paper size 122 x 100 cm
Image size 99 x 78 cm

The paintings and sculpture in Hume’s ‘American Tan’ series emerge from his fascination with the all-American cheerleader and how such an innocuous figure can express so many ideas about American culture. Hume abstracts their athletic bodies and adornments to create beautiful, simple shapes of positive and negative space in Hume’s distinctive style. Hume pays special attention to subtle changes in the printed form such as tonal variations and line adjustments. The formal simplicity of the print is given depth by embossing, which mimics the surface variations that are evident in Hume’s paintings, and adds a sensual dimension to the flat surface of the print.

Jake and Dinos Chapman – Insult to Injury Wallpaper

Jake & Dinos Chapman - Insult to Injury Wallpaper

Jake & Dinos Chapman - Insult to Injury Wallpaper

This wallpaper was produced by Jake and Dinos Chapman using the motif of their renowned reworkings of Goya’s ‘Los Caprichos’ etchings.

The traditional vignet formation found on French wallpapers of the 19th century has on close inspection here been transformed into another of the Chapman brothers’ signature works.