Category: FFF – Furniture Free Friday

FFF – To The Milk Bar! …

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The classic corner-milk bar is ingrained into Australia’s rich history. You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t remember a malt milkshake, a big serving of hot chips and a mixed-grill menu, available cheap as chips (pun intended) and offered just around the corner under a racy Chiko Roll poster.

Some of these institutions still exist, yet often they’re simply mere traces of warm memories in the form of architectural relics in suburban and rural areas. Another Aussie institution, the ABC, recently highlighted a new traveling exhibition titled Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Cafes which highlights the contribution Greek immigrants have made to our society through the introduction of the milk bar.

Hear the excerpt from ABC National Radio and see a small collection of the exhibition below.

Capital Milk Bar in Wagga Wagga (X. Stathis, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives)

Capital Milk Bar in Wagga Wagga (X. Stathis, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives)

The Star Milk Bar in Darwin, NT, 1948 (Photo courtesy Papadonakis family, National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

The Star Milk Bar in Darwin, NT, 1948 (Photo courtesy Papadonakis family, National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

California Cafe, Nyngan, NSW in the mid-late 1930s (Photo by Frank Hurley, courtesy J. Varvaressos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

California Cafe, Nyngan, NSW in the mid-late 1930s (Photo by Frank Hurley, courtesy J. Varvaressos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

Astoria Cafe in Hunter St, Newcastle, circa late 1940s (Photo courtesy N. Raftos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives.)

Astoria Cafe in Hunter St, Newcastle, circa late 1940s (Photo courtesy N. Raftos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives.)

The Zantiotis brothers at the Busy Bee Café, 1940s. (Gunnedah and District Historical Society)

The Zantiotis brothers at the Busy Bee Café, 1940s. (Gunnedah and District Historical Society)

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FFF – Seeing The Unseen …

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Lara Zankoul celebrates thought by exposing feelings that the naked eye may not be able to see in her latest collection The Unseen. 

The idea behind The Unseen (colloquially known as “under/over water”) is to reveal through these images the hidden aspects of feelings which affect people on a personal level, exposing a duality between our feelings and what we allow others to see; sentiments which we may hold such as paranoia, shallowness, patience, jealousy etc.

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy larazankoul.com

Image courtesy larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Through these beautifully crafted images, Zankoul helps us reason with our struggles and ourselves and evidence a need for empathy and understanding. The entire collection can be seen here and the video below is a ‘making of’ the shoot.

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FFF – Zoom! Air Driving! …

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

We loved the images in our post about Jacob Munkhammer’s flying Citroën cars so much we had to widen the field and show the French artist Renaud Marion’s superb series titled Air Drive.

Marion snaps the perfect blend of architecture + automobile, carefully extracting the wheels from the classics to make them appear airborne. Touted as “retro-futuristic” (which we love!) these vintage hovercrafts seem so carefree!  Well, perhaps aside from the Mercedes below, the owner of which may have to attempt to rid themselves of a questionable parking ticket.

The challenge for you here is, can you name all of the cars?

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

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FFF – Now You See It …

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

… Now you don’t…

Each year the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City hosts a competition that welcomes proposals for large-scale installation works exploring  “contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly”.

New York design company stpmj created the aptly titled entry Invisible Barn. The structure almost seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, giving the illusion of transparency.  Its construction ​​of wood and tarpaulin with mirror film allows its facets to reflect the natural surroundings.

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

They say the project is

a visual illusion that blurs the perceptual boundary between the folly and the site, allows the folly to be disappeared and invisible in nature, reconstructing the landscape of the site.

A quote almost as beautiful as the architectural feat itself.

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Voids cut within the façade of the structure enable visitors to physically interact with the barn and witness the change between what is reflected and what is projected. A truly beautiful idea, we’re sure philosophers could have a field day with this one.

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FFF – Wheel Free Friday …

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Art theorists may disagree, but we think to appreciate art sometimes you needn’t understand it. This super fun series by Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammer is relatively self-explanatory, we just don’t quite understand it; but that needn’t matter either.

This series of images focuses on vintage Citroën cars manipulated to appear as flying vehicles. In a side step from high budget futuristic Hollywood film, these images conjure some very sweet nostalgia, almost as if the Citroën were designed to be without wheels. What a beautiful world we don’t live in!

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

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FFF – SkyArt – Yep, Art in the Sky …

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Evidently French artist Thomas Lamadieu has his head in the clouds, either that or he’s a terrible pedestrian. He’s constantly looking upward to find a new canvas for his work…in the sky.

Thomas utilizes negative space created by neighbouring buildings by photographing them, and overlaying his eccentric drawings to create this unique series simply titled, SkyArt.

A visit to his website will show that it’s not the first time this imaginative visionary has used the sky in his work, another series title “Sky Vision” is a photographic exploration into image merging, creating a new way to well, look at the sky.

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

 

 

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FFF – Crocheted Playground …

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

In what could be described as a playful blend of Gaudi’s architecture and 80’s cult film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, these colourful works by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam rethink the status quo of play spaces for both children and adults alike.

The entire concept began as an accident after MacAdam was showing a crocheted art piece she created at an gallery. Two children with an active imagination inquired as to whether they could play on her art (the nerve!). At the time, little did anybody know that the inquisitive and playful nature of children would have such an effect.

In an interview with Archdaily, MacAdam spoke about this moment

One day I was exhibiting a 3-dimensional open-work textile sculpture I had created in collaboration with a friend. Some children came to the gallery and climbed into it. Suddenly the piece came to life. My eyes were opened. I realized I wanted just such a connection between my work and people alive at this moment in time (not a hundred years from now). I realized I was in fact making works for children. It was an exciting moment for me.

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

The inspiration was born. MacAdam shifted the laborious process of hand-crocheting synthetic yarn from gallery piece into large-scale interactive and useable models.

To see these pliable structures that MacAdam creates being must be marvelous.  From what we’ve read, they warp, bend and almost come alive responding to the touch and enjoyment of their user, something so wonderful yet is rarely seen in either art or architecture.

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FFF – Creativity with John Cleese

Watch, listen and take notes. John Cleese imparts his knowledge, providing the “5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative.”

1.  Space – “You have to create some space for yourself away from your everyday demands.”
2. Time – “It’s not enough to create space.  You have to create your space for yourself for a specific period of time.  Think of it as play time.”
3  Time – “Give your mind as long as possible to come up with something original.”
4. Confidence – “Nothing will stop you from coming up with a creative solution as much as the fear of making a mistake.”
5. Humour – “Humour gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.  Humour makes us playful and brings relaxation.”

 

Now follow these steps, get creative, and enter our Van Design Competition. You could win $1000 cash or up to $2500 worth of KE-ZU product (ex. Sydney Warehouse).

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FFF – The Design & Violence Coin …

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As the saying goes, “There are two sides to every coin”. So true this proverb is when applied to violence in design.

In May 2013 the world was shocked when the exciting new venture of 3D printing, heralded as a giant step in the manufacturing sector, was put to work printing a gun. The material used to print the operational gun was of a substance that could be taken undetected on a plane, thus we all gasped and debate erupted.

The Liberator: The first 3D printed operational gun

The Liberator: The first 3D printed operational gun
Image courtesy MOMA

Design always had the capability to err on the wrong side of the tracks.  Usually when we think about design it is architecture, furniture and fashion rather than weaponry and destruction that spring to mind.  It has been a while since an advancement in our industry has had the ability to cause so much unrest.  On one side this advancement allows people with a 3D printing machine to design and manufacture their own goods, unleashing a new wave of creative energy and product both with endless opportunity for growth .  The other side of course, is the possibility for weaponry to be created without regulation.

And so it is of course that New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the platform Design and Violence is hosting a series of industry debates on how violence manifests in design.  Part 2 of the three-part series takes place on April 10 – more information can be found here.

It’s a stirring thought:  on which side does your coin land?

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FFF – Sand Art: A New Wave …

Santa Cruz Image courtesy Andres Amador

Santa Cruz
Image courtesy Andres Amador

If you’re lucky enough to live in California then you of course know all the obvious benefits: warm climate, beautiful landscape, a former Hollywood Governor and of course the artworks of Andres Amador.

If you don’t frequent the sunny Cali beaches too often, you’re now in for a treat.

Amador, with the help of a rake and sometimes a few volunteers carves these geometric and organic patterns into the sand; the result sometimes up to 90,000 square feet!   His medium is a harsh critic however, with these huge works existing often for just for only a few hours. As Amador creates these beautiful pieces at low tide, the beaches provide him with just enough time to capture images from vantage points, or aerially using a quadrocopter.

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Ocean Beach
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Santa Cruz
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Santa Cruz
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Santa Cruz
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Sutro Baths
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

Mexican Beach Image Courtesy Andres Amador

Mexican Beach
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

Amador says of his fleeting works:

For me it is more about the process and less about the result. I can be a stickler for getting something the way I think I want it- which is more goal-focused. But ultimately, when it is finished, I let it go. For me the energy and draw is around the act of creation.

His reason for doing it? “Its fun. I get to be at the beach”. We hear that.

The video below shows the work involved in each artwork.  Make sure you stay up to date via Amador’s website, he gives notifications of when he’ll be undertaking one his beautiful works and you can see them for yourself.
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