A mishmash of trend within design, fashion and photography

Emerging Photographers
The first of a series, I will be showcasing the ones to watch of emerging photographers. A UK favorite, the fashion portraits of Swiss/Chinese photographer Jeff Hahn are perfectly composed and equally as interesting. Icelandic native Silja Magg has only recently begun appearing in Marie Claire, Nylon and GQ magazine, but her cool tones and raw portraits caught my eye a few years ago. Parisian photographer and Exhibition magazine co-founder Boris Ovini exquisitely masters lightness and darkness with a fluid sensuality. The bold graphic minimalism of Dutch photographer Jasper Abels is modern and visually impacting. LA based duo Stevie Verroca and Mada Refujio, aka Stevie + Mada, bring bold saturated color and stylized dynamo to their Mert & Marcus inspired imagery.

Emerging Photographers

The first of a series, I will be showcasing the ones to watch of emerging photographers. A UK favorite, the fashion portraits of Swiss/Chinese photographer Jeff Hahn are perfectly composed and equally as interesting. Icelandic native Silja Magg has only recently begun appearing in Marie Claire, Nylon and GQ magazine, but her cool tones and raw portraits caught my eye a few years ago. Parisian photographer and Exhibition magazine co-founder Boris Ovini exquisitely masters lightness and darkness with a fluid sensuality. The bold graphic minimalism of Dutch photographer Jasper Abels is modern and visually impacting. LA based duo Stevie Verroca and Mada Refujio, aka Stevie + Mada, bring bold saturated color and stylized dynamo to their Mert & Marcus inspired imagery.

The Botanical Effect
As sustainability and eco-friendly terms become lifestyle necessities, the greenery trend has crossed into fashion-art-travel-lifestyle territory. In an effort to reconnect and reconstruct nature, living walls and furniture assimilate into urban settings and design. A darker, raw aesthetic emerges within photography, playing with the sensuality of botany and gastronomy through texture, lighting and composition.

Clockwise from top left: Tropical greenhouse for Dior's Spring Summer 2014 collection, Grand National Spring Summer 2014 editorial by Cameo the Label; Elaborate floral artist Azuma Makoto; Another magazine Fall Winter 2013 by photographer Jeff Bark; Flora Mortis Spring Summer 2014 by All Saints; Gastronomy magazine Gather Journal celebrates the textural and rustic qualities of food; Cedar and copper plant dryer by Marco Villa Mateos; The Plant Journal is a fresh and cheeky approach to botany and our relationship with nature; Vegetal design includes the Babylon Light, Bel.Vedere mirror by Marcello Ziliani, and living materials in buildings and city installations; Interior design by Faith Blakeney; Zara's Spring Summer 2014 campaign photographed by Patrick Demarchelier; Christian Louboutin's Spring Summer 2014 campaign photographed by Peter Lippmann; and Kinfolk magazine photographer Parker Fitzgerald who explores the artful side of floral.

The Botanical Effect

As sustainability and eco-friendly terms become lifestyle necessities, the greenery trend has crossed into fashion-art-travel-lifestyle territory. In an effort to reconnect and reconstruct nature, living walls and furniture assimilate into urban settings and design. A darker, raw aesthetic emerges within photography, playing with the sensuality of botany and gastronomy through texture, lighting and composition.

Clockwise from top left: Tropical greenhouse for Dior's Spring Summer 2014 collection, Grand National Spring Summer 2014 editorial by Cameo the Label; Elaborate floral artist Azuma Makoto; Another magazine Fall Winter 2013 by photographer Jeff Bark; Flora Mortis Spring Summer 2014 by All Saints; Gastronomy magazine Gather Journal celebrates the textural and rustic qualities of food; Cedar and copper plant dryer by Marco Villa Mateos; The Plant Journal is a fresh and cheeky approach to botany and our relationship with nature; Vegetal design includes the Babylon Light, Bel.Vedere mirror by Marcello Ziliani, and living materials in buildings and city installations; Interior design by Faith Blakeney; Zara's Spring Summer 2014 campaign photographed by Patrick Demarchelier; Christian Louboutin's Spring Summer 2014 campaign photographed by Peter Lippmann; and Kinfolk magazine photographer Parker Fitzgerald who explores the artful side of floral.

Memphis Pop
In 1981, inspired by Art Deco and Pop Art, Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass gathered a team of like-minded individuals and founded a design movement called the Memphis Group. Defined by a post-modern aesthetic, designs featured bright primary colors, unconventional shapes and pastiche material treatments. That distinct 80s style has recently made a comeback as everything from fashion collections, still life editorials, and interiors reflect a fresh interpretation of the Sottsass spirit.

Clockwise from top left: Memphis editorial for SZ Magazine by Haw-lin Services, Stationary by Dusen Dusen, Christian Dior Couture Fall 2011, Leta Sobierajski, So Sottsass Collection at Darkroom London, Studio Ah-ha, YMS hair salon design by Kitsch Nitsch, Christian Dior Couture Fall 2011, Fendi Spring Summer 2013, Totem lights by Jamie Julien-Brown, Stampel design by Andrea Shaw, Gouache paintings by Eric Shaw, Photographers Metz + Racine, Photographers Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud, Sarah Illenberger, and Haw-lin Services.

Memphis Pop

In 1981, inspired by Art Deco and Pop Art, Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass gathered a team of like-minded individuals and founded a design movement called the Memphis Group. Defined by a post-modern aesthetic, designs featured bright primary colors, unconventional shapes and pastiche material treatments. That distinct 80s style has recently made a comeback as everything from fashion collections, still life editorials, and interiors reflect a fresh interpretation of the Sottsass spirit.

Clockwise from top left: Memphis editorial for SZ Magazine by Haw-lin Services, Stationary by Dusen Dusen, Christian Dior Couture Fall 2011, Leta Sobierajski, So Sottsass Collection at Darkroom London, Studio Ah-ha, YMS hair salon design by Kitsch Nitsch, Christian Dior Couture Fall 2011, Fendi Spring Summer 2013, Totem lights by Jamie Julien-Brown, Stampel design by Andrea Shaw, Gouache paintings by Eric Shaw, Photographers Metz + Racine, Photographers Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud, Sarah Illenberger, and Haw-lin Services.

Crushing on Contemporary Art
Art Basel 2013 was awash in disruptive installations, hyper-tactility, dark threads of fantasy and explosions of color. The desire to elevate everyday life into art continues to amaze in this selection of emerging and unique artists.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Latiano, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chiharu Shiota, Nabil Nahas, Steve Lambert, Henrique Oliveira, Wade Guyton & Kelley Walker, Claire Morgan, Francesca Pasquali, Michael Delucia, Phillip K. Smith, Felix Schramm, and Maria Pergay.

Crushing on Contemporary Art

Art Basel 2013 was awash in disruptive installations, hyper-tactility, dark threads of fantasy and explosions of color. The desire to elevate everyday life into art continues to amaze in this selection of emerging and unique artists.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Latiano, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chiharu Shiota, Nabil NahasSteve Lambert, Henrique Oliveira, Wade Guyton & Kelley Walker, Claire Morgan, Francesca Pasquali, Michael Delucia, Phillip K. Smith, Felix Schramm, and Maria Pergay.

Modern Myth
The new year is a celebration of cross cultural folklore and spirituality inspiring a fresh take on mythology. Following the trend of Kenzo’s surrealist Fall 2013 collection, the sixth chakra or third eye is woven into digitized imagery and contemporary patterns. Religious icons and zodiac signs create emboldened motifs on everything from mugs and quilts, to jewelry and stockings. Graphic design reflects a futuristic, sci-fi fascination, while remaining grounded in ancient symbols of alchemy and the occult.
Clockwise from top left: Kate Werble Gallery; Device Studio; Tom Ford; Chau Nguyen; Rubenimichi design; Star sign stockings; Brett Manning; Jason Leinwand; Magnus Gjoenart; Amy Martino; Ekaterina Gerasimova; Lucas Grogan; Chrissie Abbott; Dolce & Gabbana.

Modern Myth

The new year is a celebration of cross cultural folklore and spirituality inspiring a fresh take on mythology. Following the trend of Kenzo’s surrealist Fall 2013 collection, the sixth chakra or third eye is woven into digitized imagery and contemporary patterns. Religious icons and zodiac signs create emboldened motifs on everything from mugs and quilts, to jewelry and stockings. Graphic design reflects a futuristic, sci-fi fascination, while remaining grounded in ancient symbols of alchemy and the occult.

Clockwise from top left: Kate Werble GalleryDevice StudioTom FordChau NguyenRubenimichi designStar sign stockingsBrett ManningJason LeinwandMagnus GjoenartAmy MartinoEkaterina GerasimovaLucas GroganChrissie Abbott; Dolce & Gabbana.

Trending: Weird, Weirder, Weirdest
Extrusion, protrusion and bulbous. AKA crazy shit. Enjoy.
Clockwise from top left: Garments May Vary by Nadine Goepfert, Beaded sculpture by Betsy Youngquist, Pig Bench by Misha Kahn, Tired Prince by Robin F. Williams, Network Stool by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Atmospheric Reentry by Maiko Takeda, Swell Vase by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Neptune’s Daughter by Cassandra Verity Green, Sea Creatures by Yeashin Kim, Maiko Takeda, Plastic Baroque by James Shaw, Sculpture by Eko Nugroho, and Dripping Color by Bart Hess and Lucy McRae.

Trending: Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

Extrusion, protrusion and bulbous. AKA crazy shit. Enjoy.

Clockwise from top left: Garments May Vary by Nadine Goepfert, Beaded sculpture by Betsy Youngquist, Pig Bench by Misha Kahn, Tired Prince by Robin F. Williams, Network Stool by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Atmospheric Reentry by Maiko Takeda, Swell Vase by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Neptune’s Daughter by Cassandra Verity Green, Sea Creatures by Yeashin Kim, Maiko Takeda, Plastic Baroque by James Shaw, Sculpture by Eko Nugroho, and Dripping Color by Bart Hess and Lucy McRae.

Set & Prop Design: The Art of Paper
Paper has become the set designer’s medium of choice. These bold geometric worlds of craft elevate ordinary objects and become contemporary stories of playful narrative. Both set designer and prop maker, the following artists work primarily with paper and are relatively new, lest we forget Quentin Jones.
Clockwise from top left (set designer/photographer): Kerry Hughes/Arthur Woodcroft; Hattie Newman/Victoria Ling; Anna Lomax/Jess Bonham; Kerry Hughes/Arthur Woodcroft; Hattie Newman/Lacey; Kyle Bean/Lacey; Sarah Illenberger; Anna Lomax/Annie Collinge; Kyle Bean; Hattie Newman; Anna Lomax/Jess Bonham; Kerry Hughes/Arthur Woodcroft; Anna Lomax/Jess Bonham; Hattie Newman/Lacey.

Set & Prop Design: The Art of Paper

Paper has become the set designer’s medium of choice. These bold geometric worlds of craft elevate ordinary objects and become contemporary stories of playful narrative. Both set designer and prop maker, the following artists work primarily with paper and are relatively new, lest we forget Quentin Jones.

Clockwise from top left (set designer/photographer): Kerry Hughes/Arthur Woodcroft; Hattie Newman/Victoria Ling; Anna Lomax/Jess Bonham; Kerry Hughes/Arthur Woodcroft; Hattie Newman/Lacey; Kyle Bean/Lacey; Sarah Illenberger; Anna Lomax/Annie Collinge; Kyle Bean; Hattie Newman; Anna Lomax/Jess Bonham; Kerry Hughes/Arthur Woodcroft; Anna Lomax/Jess Bonham; Hattie Newman/Lacey.

Trending: The Digital Aesthetic

The aesthetic of digital has evolved from function to form. Technological advances in clothing fiber have produced interactive textiles and furniture responsive to movement. Visual merchandising and store design are taking cues from wireframe grids and pixel structures. The retro influence of 80’s 8-bit graphics (think vintage video games) is evident in everything from art installations to design and fashion.

Clockwise from top left: Affinity Chair by Ben Alun-Jones; wine store design by Furch Gestaltung + Produktion; 3D projected art installation by Pearl Media; pixel inspired display design at Diesel in Tokyo; interactive traffic installation in Ørestaden, Denmark by Half Machine and Illutron; wearable optical fiber by Dr. Jeanne Tan for the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Electronics Show; Disney’s8-bit Lane London street art exhibit by film production sculptor Aden Hynes; Zigelbaum + Coelho’s interactive light installation Six-Forty by Four-Eighty; Ben Alun-Jones’ moving 8-bit art installation at the MOCA Los Angeles.

Trending: The Digital Aesthetic

The aesthetic of digital has evolved from function to form. Technological advances in clothing fiber have produced interactive textiles and furniture responsive to movement. Visual merchandising and store design are taking cues from wireframe grids and pixel structures. The retro influence of 80’s 8-bit graphics (think vintage video games) is evident in everything from art installations to design and fashion.

Clockwise from top left: Affinity Chair by Ben Alun-Jones; wine store design by Furch Gestaltung + Produktion; 3D projected art installation by Pearl Media; pixel inspired display design at Diesel in Tokyo; interactive traffic installation in Ørestaden, Denmark by Half Machine and Illutron; wearable optical fiber by Dr. Jeanne Tan for the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Electronics Show; Disney’s8-bit Lane London street art exhibit by film production sculptor Aden Hynes; Zigelbaum + Coelho’s interactive light installation Six-Forty by Four-Eighty; Ben Alun-Jones’ moving 8-bit art installation at the MOCA Los Angeles.

Trends in Graphic Design: Arts & Crafts
The digital universe has reality bound in a constant state of hybrid artificiality. Technology is coming closer to our skin and we are surrounded by clouds of information. The need to create both modern and organic design is evident in the rise of hand-crafted illustration and typography. Peter Crawley's stitched type uses colored cotton thread for his unraveled letters, while sisters Maricor and Maricar Manalo design embroidered, tactile messages.  Using virtual 3D wire, Dan Hoopert's spiderweb and wireframe alphabets are intricately stunning. Joshua Scott created his toy font from thousands of miniature toys, Antonius Bui meticulously cut handwritten lyrics of a song out of paper, and Jerome Corgier's architectural skeletype is formed from slats of wood and glue. 

Clockwise from top left: Dan Hoopert; Peter Crawley; Peter Crawley; Maricor & Maricar Manalo; Jerome Corgier; Dan Hoopert; Antonius Bui; Joshua Scott.

Trends in Graphic Design: Arts & Crafts

The digital universe has reality bound in a constant state of hybrid artificiality. Technology is coming closer to our skin and we are surrounded by clouds of information. The need to create both modern and organic design is evident in the rise of hand-crafted illustration and typography. Peter Crawley's stitched type uses colored cotton thread for his unraveled letters, while sisters Maricor and Maricar Manalo design embroidered, tactile messages.  Using virtual 3D wire, Dan Hoopert's spiderweb and wireframe alphabets are intricately stunning. Joshua Scott created his toy font from thousands of miniature toys, Antonius Bui meticulously cut handwritten lyrics of a song out of paper, and Jerome Corgier's architectural skeletype is formed from slats of wood and glue. 

Clockwise from top left: Dan Hoopert; Peter Crawley; Peter Crawley; Maricor & Maricar Manalo; Jerome Corgier; Dan Hoopert; Antonius Bui; Joshua Scott.