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Numen/For Use is a collective working in the fields of conceptual art, scenography, industrial and spatial design.

The group’s early enterprises are characterized by experiments with impersonal design and radical formal reduction, deeply rooted in the tradition of high modernism and mainly applied to various synergetic total-design projects in Croatia. From 2004. onwards, after setting up a large scale site-specific project for the production of “Inferno” in the National Centre for Drama in Madrid, Numen/ For Use become intensely involved with scenography. Further realisations in theatres across Europe ensue. Since 2008. the collective turns its focus towards configuring objects and concepts without a predefined function, an activity resulting in the more hybrid and experimental works such as the N-Light series and Tape Installation.

This project one of the N-light series and it is amazing! Three out of six surfaces of the cube are made of flexible membrane (foil mirror) with air tank and a compressor connected to it and the other three mirrors are semi transparent spy-glass. By inflating or deflating the air tank, the membrane turns convex or concave, deforming the reflections. Watch the video!


Vienna Design Week 2009



I was quite surprised by this exhibition. I think due to my ignorance I always related Jean Paul Gaultier with sex. I mean is not that I don’t like sex, but I just thought that all his clothing had a “pornographic” element. I was wrong, so wrong. I have to thank a friend who proved me wrong and with whom I discovered the amazing collections of this French fashion designer.

This exhibition is amusing and vast, you can see over 20 years worth of his portfolio, working with Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Kate Moss and many other artists that wanted to be his muse. Yes, the sex factor is still there, but there are many collections like ‘Folk’, where he incorporates a lot of elements from other cultures to create this collection, or the Madonnas or Saint, where religion embraces the collection.
If you can, go and see it, it is on until August 25th at the Barbican Centre, London.
















Photos: Silvina De Vita

Erika Iris Simmons represents music better than anyone else. Using film or cassettes tapes in a very innovative way, she represents the most recognisable icons in music industry, giving a real feeling of music or movies. I love how she plays with materials like music scores or papers. She has been chosen to design the 55th Annual Poster for the Grammy’s. Well done her.

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I´m not a huge fan of ceramics but this really caught my eye. Sarah Grove has turned ceramics into something else – each element is gorgeous, perfect. The pieces are really nice for the house. The idea is that they look like they are made of clothes, I love them. She was exhibiting at Wimbledon Open Art Show with me this weekend when I discovered her work. You should have a look at her products or go to the next exhibition she is in.

This project developed one of the best and effective design idea I´ve seen.
In Manila Slums, there`s houses near the railway that they don´t have electricity.
So they start this project called “Isang Litrong Liwanag” Project which means ” A Liter of Light” and it was launched in San Pedro, Laguna province early this year.

It consists in doing plastic bottles filled with water and bleach. The chlorine and bleach “poisons” the water to keep molds from developing so the solution can last up to five years. The clear and purified water helps disperse the light through refraction, so the light is not concentrated. It only costs $2-3 to make a solar bottle bulb that is bringing light to dark homes.
They put the bottle in a hole in the roof, sealed the sides and that´s it, there´s light in the house. The whole deal looks like a bulb through a sunroof and provides a good amount of light by deflecting sunlight into gloomy interiors. Please see video to understand it better.

Isang Litrong Liwanag is a Philippines-based organization aiming to build indoor lighting in one million homes throughout the country by 2012. The Manila City government shouldered the expenses for making the bulbs while MyShelter Foundation trained residents on how to make them.

Via “Russell Howard´s Good News” and

On Tuesday I went to this beautiful exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum about the English Design Studio Heatherwick Studio. Maybe you don’t know who is Thomas Heatherwick but I’m sure you will know his work. Did you watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony? Did you like the Olympic Flame Cauldron? Well, he designed that.
This English designer shows that through a combination of imagination and materials any dream can come true.
The exhibition is amazing, with some real ‘mouth hanging open’ moments. Not only because you realise that almost everything there was comissioned, so it really happened, but also because of how he has pushed industrial design to the limit.
Objects like the Spun Chair, which is real fun or the zip bag comissioned by LongChamp, were real hits. They designed buses, newsagents, boats, bridges, as well as staircases in Paris in the LongChamp Store which look like a long ribbon. Beautiful buildings in China that come straight out of a cartoon world, a desert installation over a park to celebrate the idea of the desert in Abu Dabhi and coffee shops in Littlehampton on the South Coast of Britain (I’ve seen this one, its fantastic).
If you are in London and you work in design is a MUST see this, if you don’t work in design, go anyway, its so worth it. It is on until September 30th.

photos: Heatherwick Studio website

What do you think of this font? To be honest when I saw all the posters with this font I was a little bit shocked. This font was designed by Gareth Hague, it was called 2012Headline and it was created as the official typeface of the 2012 Olympic Games.

I first thought it was awful and and terrible design, but then when I entered to the Olympic Park and saw the whole thing, how it worked as a brand and how the whole institutional communication of the place flowed perfectly, I realised that I was wrong.

The decision to leave the “o” more circular gives a little bit of softness to the the whole LONDON idea, and as well as the idea of the ring, leaving the circles is a keeper.

“Although 2012Headline was designed after the logo was approved by LOCOG (so was presumably constrained to being a follower and not a leader) according to Hague himself the only thing the two typefaces share is a general angular spikiness; no blackletter, no graffiti, no Greek. But people will see what they see – the designer is never around to tell them what to think.”

The logo had a similar reaction. It didn´t receive too much love from press or people. it was “uncomfortable”. Horrible things were said about it, that it looks like a swastika, that its weird, that you can see Lisa Simpson on there, etc. To me, it has two views and that´s what I think it works, it works because it is shocking and it works because you remember it because it is weird enough. The 2012 of the Olympics is amazingly strong with its symmetrical corners and vibrant colours, very bold, very loud.

It works, yes it does. It is a memorable logo and font, and the magenta from all the signs that are placed in the subway is unmissable.

You can download it here

For font geeks, this article in is very interesting.

On Saturday, before going to the theatre I went to see the Bauhaus exhibition in the Barbican Gallery. The number of originals that they have there is amazing, more than 400 originals ion display. I saw one exhibition in Buenos Aires about Bauhaus, but this one is much more complete.
According to the head of the gallery, this is the largest UK Bauhaus exhibition since that of the Royal Academy in 1967, and the first ever to collaborate with all three Bauhaus centres in Germany – Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin – which has only become possible since the reunification of 1990.

Bauhaus was a German School of Design that opened in Weimar in 1918 and was closed under the Nazi Regime Government in 1933. It had 3 directors with different points of view, the first one was Walter Gropius, the second one was Meyer, and the third one Mies van der Rohe. If you study Art, Design or arquitecture, there is no way you don’t know about the work of this school.

Based on geometry and simple lines, the idea of mass production, in the aftermath of Germany the First World War, was a number one priority for the members of this school, in order to help get Germany on it’s feet again.
If you look at these objects with ‘2012’ eyes, the objects still appear so modern and have influenced so much of what you find in the market today.

It is fantastic that they included in the exhibition several examples of the Preliminary Course directed by Itten so you can see the his expressionist influence, even though it didn’t marry with the spirit that Gropius envisaged for the school. And you can see that in the objects – they were impossible to reproduce.

Catalogues, prints of Albers, typography studies, furniture, photography of Moholy-Nagy, puppets made by Paul Klee for his son, wall hanging textiles of Gunta Stölzl, Bayer´s poster for Kandinsky 60th birthday, teapots of Marianne Brandt, lamps of Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Everything I´ve been studying for years and years, finally I have it in front of my eyes in the same room. It was like a dream come true.

This exhibition will be on until August 12th at the Barbican Gallery, London.