A master of paper-folding and what he refers to as "kinetic sculptures" Matt Shlian's artistic expressions have even been sought out by engineers and scientists studying cellular division and solar cell development. "Beginning with an initial fold, a single action", Shlian states, "causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifests in drawings and three-dimensional forms". He begins first with a system of folding, then allows the material to take over.
Today, I'm appreciating the amazing work of Yellows Photography. Their impressive portfolio, primarily interiors and stills, has an etheral, almost dream-like spirit, evoking similar emotions as the work of Miles Aldridge or Dan Holdsworth.
Nestled in a cluster of charming historic buildings in Rapperswil, Jona Swizerland , the Jona Municipal Museum Extension enriches its environment with a sense of modernity while leaving the townscape, from afar, relatively unaltered. Meant to create a more continuous interior environment, the new addition tip-toes its way into the alley between two previously separated buildings. The addendum of the perforated bronze facade allows the museum to have a more grand entrance and the angular form of the addition create a sense of necessity--as if the buildings around it would collapse if it were not present--dependence as opposed to abnormality.
Designed for Stelios Parliaros, one of the premiere patisseries in Greece, Sweet Alchemy eludes a certain sensuality and intrigue. The selection of material was inspired by the philosophy of the client--only choosing natural materials, with no substitutes. Materials such as wood, copper, iron, and bronze maintain their natural appearance, allowing the product to be showcased in a natural, yet modern environment. The filtration of light is controlled with the use of varying opacity and a series of brass frames which double as product displays.
I can't quite get over this incredible temporary installation by Cheungvogl Architects in Hong Kong. The more than 800 resin boxes perched atop fabric encased steel rods create an impressive field of repetition and pattern. The exaggerated use of a homogeneous shape creates a feast for the eyes as light and shadow intermingle with the different levels of opacity and translucency.