Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Noel Kerns – illuminated architecture

Posted in artists and architects by Sarah Gelbard on 2 April 2010

Noel Kerns is a Dallas photographer who risks life and limb finding derelict structures, crawling inside, illuminating them with small gelled lights and photographing them. The images that result have a stillness that says something about decay and the passage of time, but (thanks to the long exposures he often uses) a hint of life in the streaking contrails of stars and headlights flashing past on nearby interstates. They’re unsettling, and very beautiful. (Flickr)

via BoingBoing


Material Transformation: Steel as Lace

Posted in artists and architects, materials by mcdanza on 8 March 2010

How do you manipulate the natural properties of your chosen materials so that they can articulate the qualities that you want to express?

Take a look at Cal Lane’s work. She is able to evoke lightness and delicacy out of metal by transforming found objects into elaborate fabrics, from wheelbarrows to oil drums and car parts.

See her other works:

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Wood Carving

Posted in artists and architects by jhebert1 on 5 March 2010

Here are some cool wood carving designs to look at while thinking of your wooden model:

Singapore’s Green Roof

Posted in artists and architects by tnsquared on 13 January 2010

Many buildings today seem to have an imbalance  between design and function.

The School of Art, Design & Media at the Nanyang Technology University is anything but that.  This building merges contours of building’s roof to the site of the original hill, creating a beautiful and dynamic form to the building.

As a school of the arts, the great continuity and fluid shape of the building definitely gives the students a great sense of inspiration.

A very fascinating feature of this building is that the roof is accessible from the ground – you could literally walk up onto the roof! This definitely gives a whole new experience of spaces to the students and patrons.

So forget Carleton University! I’m transferring to Singapore for design school. I guess I have to brush up on my Mandarin, though…

Happy Designing!

– TN.


Posted in artists and architects, studio 2a_2009 by Sarah Gelbard on 30 November 2009

This artist investigated suburbs in a very ¨literal¨way, creating a certain sensibility (I think) beyond the visual representation. Note that these are not actual arial photos and everything was generated by the artist and his computer.

Originally posted by Rotem

Connector Mobile Villages, Lucy + Jorge Orta

Posted in artists and architects, interesting projects, studio 2a_2009 by Sarah Gelbard on 23 November 2009

Connector Mobile Village VI

Connector Mobile Villages by Lucy + Jorge Orta

Edward Burtynsky photographs the landscape of oil

Posted in artists and architects, studio 2a_2009 by Sarah Gelbard on 16 November 2009

Reminds me of the documentary “Manufactured Landscapes”. Watch it if you haven’t and if you like also watch Up the Yangtzee.

Originally posted by Hussain

Rebecca Ward

Posted in artists and architects, studio 2a_2009 by Sarah Gelbard on 16 November 2009

With her architectural installations the young US artist Rebecca Ward creates impressive effects by using nothing more than different coloured isolation tape.

“Utilizing existing lines, beams, and angles, each piece I create is informed by the individual site and its unique linear movement… I choose patterns and shapes according to detailed measurements of the installation site. Ideally these patterns are numerically symmetrical or somehow numerically balanced, producing a dialogue between line and space”, explains the artist.

Originally posted by Michael

Climate Change, Nele Azevedo

Posted in artists and architects, interesting projects, studio 2a_2009 by Sarah Gelbard on 2 November 2009

climate change art melting sculptures1 Climate Change Artistic Campaign: Tiny Melting Ice Men Sculptures

Recent climate change campaign at Berlin by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo was extremely creative and dark.  It was an installation art consisting of 1000 tiny ice sculptures of men sitting on the steps of Berlin concert hall. This artistic installation on the occasion of release of the report entitled Impact of Global Climate Change was sponsored by WWF.

Originally posted by Kristen

Terry Gilliam

Posted in artists and architects, studio 2a_2009 by Sarah Gelbard on 5 October 2009

My favourate director has always been Terry Gilliam. The mind and force behind movies such as The 12 Monkeys, Baron Munchausen, Fisher King, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam is (in most cases) able to provide a unique vision, both in his narration and visual elemants (Gilliam used to be the animator of The Monty Python group and its members appear in many of his films). My favourate Gilliam movie, which is also my favourate movie in general, is Brazil.

Note the set design in the quick flashes in this video. This is a movie that truly takes viewers to a different world, where even common things as computers and cars are not the same.

Originally posted by Rotem