CR August iPad edition

Incase you still haven’t got your hands on the August issue of Creative Review – a CGI special – and you fancy some extra videos and exclusive images on the side, remember you can also get it on the iPad. You’ll find all the print mag content and monograph, plus a whole lot more in Hi Res, our showcase gallery section, and CRTV, with some amazing moving image work, from interviews to animations to short documentaries and more…

The Features section of this month’s issue includes designer Carl Burgess making a case for digital imagemaking as an antidote to our nostalgic obsession with the handmade; a look at Worship, a film for UNKLE by Warren du Preez, Nick Thornton Jones and the team at VFX house Glassworks, which pushes digital techniques to the limits (above right); photographer Giles Revell who uses hi-tech processes to re-present traditional artistic subjects; and self-taught 3D artist Ben Koppell (below left).

Plus, Disobedient Objects at the V&A; Digital Revolution at the Barbican (above right); Folk Art at Tate Britain; the history of RCA’s Ark magazine; AKQA’s Nick Turner on Google’s new Material Design guidelines, and more…

In Hi Res you’ll find posters from the Graphic Advocacy show (below left); unseen images from the Bowie / Duffy collaborative photo shoots (above left); Monotype full stops from the archives as part of the Century exhibition; photos playing with fakery and narrative from Joan Fontcuberta’s Stranger Than Fiction show (above right); new work from illustrator Shaun Mills (below right); A Portrait of Hackney by photographer Zed Nelson, and highlights from Broomberg & Chanarin’s Divine Violence exhibition.

CRTV includes an interview with typographer Erik Spiekermann; a behind-the-scenes look at Mikey Please’s remarkable Marilyn Myller animation, plus the full film (below right); Stephan Jose’s documentary about The Artisan Press; The Putter by Shaun Bloodworth, a portrait of one of the few remaining scissor manufacturers in the world (below left); Doug Hindson’s Frisson, a tense, award-winning short about thrills; the Sandman as part of Stella Artois’s Perfectionists series; and a selection of new CGI shorts from Supinfocom Arles 3D Animation School.

To submit work for consideration for CRTV or Hi Res, please email

For further info on the CR iPad app or to subscribe, click here.

Quirky Hybrid Cookery

The Whiskpoon is a quirky 2-in-1 kitchen tool that’s smartly (and simply) designed for dual usability. It quickly transforms from whisk to strainer with just a twist of the handle. In one easy motion you can switch uses to save time and the number of utensils to clean!

Designer: Quan Li

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Say hello to Holla. It’s a wearable smart-gadget that fits snug on your wrist! More compact than a cellphone yet larger than a watch, it has a full 2.2 inch touch display along with an integrated earpiece for taking calls and streaming music. It’s this attention to audio that sets it apart from other wearable devices which often only focus on the tactile and visual senses. Holla uses NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi for seamless connectivity to all your other devices, making data transfers fast and easy.

Holla’s hands-free earpiece charges using POGO pins, so there’s no need for an additional charging unit.

Designer: Mithun Darji

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Adorn your home

Bloesem Living| On pinterest: Adorn your home & What's new on Bloesem Class

1. Wooden stump hangers , 2. Wall vases , 3. Hanging pot holder , 4. Macrame headboard , 5. Oversized mirror , 6. Column shelving

Where do you go when you are looking for interior decor inspiration? Well, pinterest of course. Actually for any type of inspiration, Pinterest is our go to. But after you get your ideas, what do you do. We get cracking and start creating with our hands! If you want to learn to make macrame pot holders and woven wall decor to adorn your homes too then you’re in luck! Find out more about the classes coming up at Bloesem or just go pin more eye candy over on our pinterest.

We also thought we’d share this great post ‘Behind the bed‘, what do you have up on the wall behind your bed?

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Studio Swine uses aluminium foam to create Metallic Geology cabinets

Despite appearances, these “pumice-like” cabinets by London designers Studio Swine are made from aluminium foam rather than volcanic rock (+ slideshow).

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine formed the Metallic Geology cabinets from aluminium foam, currently used predominantly as sound insulation in buildings and impact absorption in luxury cars.

“We chose to work with aluminium foam because of the beauty of the bubble formations – it really excites us when a industrial man-made material can mimic nature,” Groves told Dezeen.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

To create the cabinets, a gassing agent is injected into molten aluminium to create foamed aluminium – an incredibly lightweight material that is 90 per cent air and has the appearance of pumiced rock, formed in volcanoes. Computer numerically controlled (CNC) technology is then used to carve the material into shape.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

“We wanted to display aluminium foam’s aesthetic and material qualities,” said Groves. “It’s very efficient at creating volume with very little material and it can be endlessly recycled.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

“According to many scientists and economists we could see the end of aluminium mining in the next decade with recycled material able to supply the needs of industry,” he added.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

One cabinet sits on a rectangular plinth and the other on the tip of a conical support, both of which are made out of stainless steel with titanium plating in gold.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

The external forms of the cabinets reference Chinese scholars’ rocks. Also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, these rocks are naturally occurring or shaped rocks prized for their awkward asymmetry, resonance when struck, resemblance to mountainous landscapes or figures, and textured or glossy surfaces. The stones are displayed on rosewood pedestals carved specifically for the purpose.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

“We really like the appreciation of irregularity – the more awkward and unbalanced the rock appears the more highly it’s valued,” explained Groves. “We also like the appreciation of natural forms, the way the rocks are found on riverbeds eroded over thousands of years.”

“In the aluminium foam, despite it being a very industrial material, there is a real irregularity in the formation of bubbles which gives the material a natural pumice-like appearance.”

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

The sculptural forms open to reveal a fully-functional cabinet inside, the design of which references traditional Chinese tea cabinets.

“While we were in China, we really liked the small tea cabinets designed for displaying small highly decorative tea pots in irregular labyrinth-like shelving,” Groves said.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

“The rock shape seemed perfect to combine the two Chinese art forms. There is also a delightful surprise when a rock can open into a furniture piece.”

By combining Chinese traditions with cutting-edge materials, Studio Swine hopes to drive interest in China’s design and manufacturing capabilities. “The cabinets are a synthesis of ancient Chinese traditions and the country’s contemporary industrial production,” said Groves. “This combination of new Chinese industry and the culture’s ancient traditions seemed to talk about the complexity of modern China.

Metallic Geology by Studio Swine

“We hope they will encourage more interest in the potential of China to foster innovative design,” he added. Metallic Geology cabinets were created for the Pearl Lam Galleries, which have spaces in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

Previous projects from Studio Swine include an eyewear collection made from human hair and a machine that enables fishermen to collect plastic waste from the ocean and turn it into furniture.

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Design Jobs: PMC, MarketShare, heartYN

This week, PMC is hiring an associate art director, while MarketShare needs a digital graphic designer. HeartYN is seeking a photojournalism contributor, and Niche Media Holdings is on the hunt for a designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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A Booming Furniture Design Sub-Genre: Gun-Concealing Furniture


Some people love guns, some people hate ‘em. But the fact is that lots of Americans have them, and they need a place to store them. And the design of gun storage furniture has two main requirements seemingly at odds with each other: Gun owners want their firearms readily accessible, yet they don’t want them out in the open where children or burglars can get to them.


The current solution is to create furniture with hideaway compartments (a sub-genre we looked briefly at here), as New Jersey Concealment Furniture does. And if web traffic is any indication (140,000-plus Facebook likes, 30,000 website hits last Saturday alone), business is booming for the Jersey-based company. Founder Dan Ingram designs and builds coat racks, end tables, nightstands, coffee tables, wall shelves and even clocks that secretively stow the end-user’s firearm of choice.


Minimalist Kidswear and Womenswear by MUKU: The Lithuanian design duo on their love of linen and simplicity

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