— Superunion Architects: Istanbul Disaster Prevention & Education Centre

Having spent much time in Istanbul over the past year or so, certainly one of my own favourite cities, I am fascinated to see this design for one of Istanbul’s current architecture competitions.

 

Norwegian practice Superunion Architects have created an entry for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention And Education Center competition. Located in a void between the city and airport, the site has no historical or contemporary significance. The flat surface seemed to be lacking community and definition which is why the architecture firm decided to create a building that bordered on art.

Read more…

— NFN Kalyan: ‘Nature Of The Beast’ Glass Series

Miami-based artist NFN Kalyan has created several new sculptural portraits for his ongoing series entitled ‘Nature of The Beast’. Each of the 200 pound sculptures in the series is comprised of 20+ panes of engraved starphire glass, lit with LED and contained in a walnut base. The faces featured in each work are hand drawn by Kalyan, then etched into glass by laser.

Read more…

— Calligraffiti

Calligraffiti is a combination of calligraphy and graffiti. Calligraphy is about the art of writing and can have many forms. Whether it be Japanese ancient brush characters, Arabic pictorial scripts, illuminated mediaeval books or swirly quill writing… all calligraphy.

Read more…

— Design Research Unit 1942­-72

The years immediately following World War II were anything but fallow. While the country struggled with rationing and rebuilding, the creative classes were gearing up to set the visual tone for the era – and the decades that followed. Spearheading the era’s new aesthetic was the Design Research Unit, an austerely monickered but eccentrically staffed graphic design studio that went on to be the model of the modern design agency.

Read more…