In the mid 1970s, the Lewis Family (the owners and operators of catalogue company BEST Products) hired Sculpture In The Environment (SITE) to create a series of facades for nine showrooms across the US. Regardless of the project’s relative financial benefits, the clients gave SITE the one thing all designers crave and fear: full creative reign. Continue reading »
This bookstore and library in Yangzhou, eastern China, has transformed its space into an endless space of books, with some clever mirror trickery. Continue reading »
Carson Davis Brown’s “Mass” project puts site-specific, color-based installations in big box stores and other “places of mass” without permission. These visual disruptions take otherwise disparate objects and groups them into temporary sculptures. The project has taken the artist to stores across the U.S. A primary charge for the project is to make passers-by more aware of their environment by recontextualizing the items around them. Continue reading »
According to Jeff Wysaski (previously), the comedian behind Obvious Plant: “I am a comedian that enjoys ‘planting’ funny signs and other jokes in public places for people to discover. It is part of an ongoing project I call Obvious Plant. For my latest prank, I altered a store trashcan so it is designed to accept people’s hopes and dreams. To add to the joke, I came up with a bunch of fake items and placed them in the trash bin.” Continue reading »
Remember those thrift store paintings you often see collecting dust on the wall of your local charity shop? They’re the kind of generic, inoffensive and unimaginative artworks you’d see propped up in cheap hotels or mounted on the wall down a corridor nobody visits.
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With a sleek, modern design and thousands of colourful hues lining its walls, the new “art supply laboratory” known as ‘Pigment‘ is an art lover’s dream come true. Owned by the Japanese company Warehouse Terrada and built under the architectural design of Kengo Kuma, this unique shop, based in Tokyo, acts as both a hub for artists to gather supplies and collaborate, as well as a venue that provides the opportunity for traditional material manufacturers to deliver high quality products that have been passed down for generations to their clients. Continue reading »
A few years ago, fashionista Jillian Owens decided that she wanted to change how the world approaches fashion. Finding herself both disheartened by the rise of fashion giants with unethical labor practices, plus a bit broke at the time, the South Carolina-based writer and designer began exploring local thrift stores to find pieces of discarded clothing that has fabulous possibilities. Continue reading »
Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian artist working a lot with carpet media using it as a mean to joke about consumerism culture, was one of the participants of the group show Love Me Love Me Not of Yarat! pavilion curate by Dina Nasser-Khadivi (read on her curating Lalla Essaydi’s Harem here) at Venice 2013 Art Biennial. The installation consists of more than 500 carpets depicting celebrities-covered magazines from all over the world.
“In our globalized world the Magazine Store or Kiosk de Press is where the opinions of the collective are commodified and force-led. It is the autoportrait of our society, the Cabine de Curiosité of our culture.”
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Canadian artist David Irvine of The Gnarled Branch collects old, discarded paintings from thrift shops and adds pop culture characters like Darth Vader, Spider-Man, and Spock to them. Suddenly, a simple landscape painting is the playground for flesh-eating zombies, Godzilla, and Pac-Man.
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This store was open from the ‘40s to ‘60s until the owner fell ill and died. The shop was closed and remained as it was for over 40 years. Continue reading »
Dutch Designer John Breed has used 145 shoes on multicolored and golden legs to create an installation of 9 x 3 meter size for Breuninger Shoe Store in Stuttgart, Germany. A former factory, the space has been transformed into Europe’s biggest shoe store. The installation is about the madness of women about buying shoes. Continue reading »
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