Inspiration

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Unnatural Borders sculptures, by Sober Industries

Salford-based business park MediaCityUK is playing host to four giant sculptures of endangered animal species as part of Quays Culture’s Unnatural Borders exhibition. Designed by Netherlands-based studio Sober Industries, the idea behind the project is to raise awareness about the impact of human civilisation on the animal kingdom and the environment. The sculptures include a […]

Helsexinki exhibition, by Helsinki City Museum

Helsinki City Museum has opened its latest exhibition looking at sexuality, gender and sex in the Finnish capital. Helsexinki documents the experiences of locals based on interviews carried out by the museum with people from gender or sexual minority groups and those working in the sex industry. Their stories deal with themes including sex education […]

Paul Leith: Technicolour Carlisle, by Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

The work of 20th and 21st century editorial and print illustrator Paul Leith is set to go on show in a new exhibition at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Cumbria. Leith worked as an illustrator in London for 30 years from the 1960s to 1990s, creating work for brands and publications including […]

In Praise of Air artworks, by Simon Armitage

A series of air-purifying artworks emblazoned with a poem by Simon Armitage are set to be auctioned off to raise money for a lung disease charity. Armitage’s poem In Praise of Air was transformed into an art installation at the University of Sheffield in 2014. It was printed on material that cleansed the air around […]

The Handmaid’s Tale art installation, by Paula Scher and Abbott Miler

Pentagram partners Paula Scher and Abbott Miller have designed a public art installation inspired by Margaret Atwood’s classic science fiction novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The installation aims to celebrate the new TV series adaptation of the book, which is being shown on video subscription service Hulu. The book sees women living a regime where they […]

Triumph ≠ Trump mural, by Craig Black Design

Craig Black Design has created a mural that formed part of political art exhibition Pissed Modernism, which took place at Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery throughout April. The Triumph ≠ Trump mural was the centerpiece of the show, and aimed to draw attention to how the election of a new US President should be a time of celebration, but […]

Brian Sanders: Selected Works, by Lever Gallery

London-based Lever Gallery is set to host the first exhibition dedicated to the work of British illustrator Brian Sanders. Co-founder of the Association of Illustrators, Sanders’ solo exhibition will focus on much of his work from the 1960s including for magazines such as The Sunday Times and Nova Magazine. It also includes Sanders’ illustration work […]

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars. Both the exhibition and book look at 24 case studies from six European countries that take a novel approach to social housing practices, including UK-based architectural group Assemble. A yellow, white and black colour palette and bold typography are […]

Clad, by Matthew Raw

Ceramic designer Matthew Raw is set to unveil his first solo show during London Craft Week. Clad will feature eight tile artworks by Raw, inspired by how the movement of people changes built environments over time. The tiles are designed to represent the “urban grids” which shape our cities, says Raw. Clad will travel on […]

BMW i3 and i8 special editions, by Garage Italia Customs

Automotive customisation company Garage Italia Customs has designed a special edition of BMW’s i3 and i8 car models. The brightly patterned car liveries pay homage to the Memphis Design Group, an Italian design collective from the 1980s which designed Pop Art-inspired home furnishings. Garage Italia Customs’ designs for BMW were unveiled at Milan Design Week […]

Sounds of the City exhibition, by various illustrators and designers

The Association of Illustrators has worked with the London Transport Museum to display a colourful array of graphic interpretations of cities. The exhibition is the result of the Prize for Illustration 2017 competition, and showcases prints that “visually capture sounds” heard in UK cities, from “quiet and relaxing” to “loud and frenetic”, says the Association […]

Fountain17 project, by various designers and Hull School of Art and Design

A new exhibition is set to launch in Hull, which will see one of the most mundane, unexpected, day-to-day objects turned into art – the urinal. Bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard has worked with various designers, artists, poets and writers, alongside the Hull School of Art and Design, to turn the humble urinal into 45 unique […]

March for Giants campaign, by 18 Feet & Rising

  London-based consultancy 18 Feet & Rising has created a digital campaign and competition to raise money for Space for Giants, a charity working across Africa that protects wild elephants and the landscape they live and depend on. The March for Giants campaign uses computer graphics technology usually seen in films and games to create […]

Bonnetmakers project, by various

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee has worked with two local primary schools in the area to reimagine the classic bonnet hat for the 21st century. Schoolchildren from Rosebank Primary School and Our Lady’s RC Primary School designed their own versions of the traditional Dundee hat based on research about the design history of the […]

On Tyranny poster installation, by Vintage and Kingston University

Publishing house Vintage’s in-house design team has collaborated with graphic design students from Kingston University to create a series of posters based on the book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Each chapter of the book – which looks to compare present day personality politics with the regimes of Hitler […]

Alternative Facts exhibition, by Fatherless

US-based print collective Fatherless is set to hold its first exhibition in London, called Alternative Facts. The exhibition is designed to be a direct response to the state of the US under president Donald Trump, as well as the current political climate globally. The monoprints on display use brightly coloured graffiti-style graphics, featuring images such […]

It’s the Little Things exhibition, by Edward Wood

Freelance graphic designer and illustrator Edward Wood has launched a new exhibition of his work called It’s the Little Things. The London-based designer has recreated in illustration form a series of matchbox labels from Japan, India and Russia, dating from the early 20th century. It’s the Little Things runs until 7 April at Acqua7, 7 […]

Fourth Plinth commission, by Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson

Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson have been chosen as the next two artists to design commissions for the Fourth Plinth site in London’s Trafalgar Square. Rakowitz’s design is based on his The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist project started in 2006, which has recreated over 7,000 archeological artefacts looted from the Iraq Museum during the Iraq […]

The Critical Edge, by Richard Tuttle

The Critical Edge features a series of seven recent works by American artist Richard Tuttle, assembled from layers of vibrant fabric purchased in New York and Maine, US. Sewn by hand and with a sewing machine, the combined cloths also incorporate wood and nails. Tuttle’s work in general is concerned with the intrinsic qualities of […]

Keflavik International Airport installation, by Nulty

London-based lighting design consultancy Nulty has designed a lighting scheme for Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, which looks to reimagine the Northern Lights. The design comprises an interactive installation of LED outdoor lights, which project a sequence of different colours onto the ceiling of the airport’s arrivals and departures lounges. The installation reacts to live […]

Ugly Lies the Bone set design, by Es Devlin

Es Devlin has worked on the set design for Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino that examines the use of virtual reality (VR) in treating soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. The set takes the form of a bowl-shaped basin with moving images projected onto it that simulate the world as though […]

Paper exhibition, by Fred Tomaselli

White Cube gallery in London is showcasing a selection of American artist Fred Tomaselli’s work in a new exhibition called Paper. The exhibition includes photograms and collages by Tomaselli, as well as his series of digital reproductions of the New York Times’ front pages, titled The Times. The reproductions feature illustrations drawn on top of […]

The Pod, by Fathom Architects

Fathom Architects has designed a 12m² moveable pod structure to be used for podcast recordings, which has been conceived in collaboration with Dn&co. The Pod, which seats up to six people, has now launched at White City Place, the former BBC Media Village in London’s White City. The design team drew inspiration from temporary structures, […]

Every Freedom Needs a Fighter campaign, by Amnesty International

Amnesty International Hong Kong has launched its “Every Freedom Needs a Fighter” campaign, which looks to highlight the erosion of the country’s freedom of expression laws. As part of the campaign, Amnesty International opened a pop-up bookstore in central Hong Kong that sold over 1,000 censored or blacked out books to suggest that this could […]

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, by Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré has been commissioned to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion. Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary pavilion in its grounds in London. His installation for this project, which takes inspiration from the tree that served as a […]

David Bowie memorial, by This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll

Plans to build a sculpture in memorial to David Bowie have been announced. The memorial will be in central Brixton, where Bowie was born and next to the existing Bowie mural which has become a focal point for tributes since the artists’ death in 2016. At 9 metres tall, the three-dimensional metal sculpture will feature […]

Building V&A Dundee film, by V&A Dundee team

Building V&A Dundee from V&A Dundee on Vimeo. The team behind the yet-to-open Victoria and Albert (V&A) Dundee has released a film detailing its architecture and the cultural place it will hold in the city. The film includes interviews with people involved in the project such as architect Kengo Kuma and Dundee City Council executive […]

MIT alumni event installation, by Touch Creative

Touch Creative has designed an “interactive wall” displaying projects by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The installation highlights 20 innovations carried out by the university from the past few decades, bringing them to life by projecting different animations onto the wall. The installation was created by Touch Creative for MIT’s recent alumni fundraising event […]

Meat Bouquets, by Bompas & Parr

Bompas & Parr has created a series of meat bouquets for Valentine’s Day, featuring a selection of hung grouse, pheasant and quail dressed alongside botanicals. Each meat bouquet comes with an alcoholic love potion, which includes a distilled spirit and a “mysterious aphrodisiac”, says Bompas & Parr. The meat bouquet is inspired by Victorian chef […]

Digital Ornithology installation, by Jason Bruges Studio and JAC Studios

Jason Bruges Studio has collaborated with JAC Studios to design an immersive installation at Nationalpark Vadehavet in Denmark. The installation comprises 562 display screens suspended from the ceiling in a sequence designed to represent the migration of 12 million birds in the surrounding landscape.

Curved Twist installation, by Kia Utzon-Frank and Fay McCaul

KUFstudios X Fay McCaul – Curved Twist from Zetteler Films on Vimeo. Royal College of Art (RCA) graduates Kia Utzon-Frank and Fay McCaul have designed an installation for Collect Open, an international art fair held at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Curved Twist comprises a colour-changing screen with adjustable slats, which can be opened or […]

Trading Words installation, by Gordon Young

Artist Gordon Young has designed a public art installation at a new development called London Dock in Wapping. Designed by architects Patel Taylor, London Dock will comprise 1,800 new homes and commercial space. Trading Words is a floor-based typographic installation made from granite. It will be unveiled on 22 February and there will be an […]

Transcending Boundaries, by TeamLab

Tokyo-based digital art group TeamLab has designed a new exhibition at art gallery Pace London called Transcending Boundaries. Featuring three rooms of immersive installations, the exhibition looks to transcend the boundaries of individual digital artworks, while also blurring the lines between art and the exhibition space. Exhibits on display include a virtual waterfall which extends […]

Abstract Expressionism, at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

An exhibition showcasing the work of abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko is set to open at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Abstract Expressionism will include 130 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from public and private collections taken from all over the world. The exhibition will look at abstract art as […]

The Brutalist Playground exhibition, by Assemble and Simon Terrill

Architectural collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill have designed a Brutalism-inspired exhibition. Taking place at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the exhibition uses archival material from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to recreate some of the Brutalist playground structures seen in post-World War Two Britain. Visitors are able […]

Virtually Real exhibition, by Royal Academy of Arts and HTC Vive

The Royal Academy of Arts and HTC Vive have curated a display of “the world’s first” 3D-printed virtual reality sculptures. The artworks have been created by the Royal Academy School’s alumni Adham Faramawy and Elliot Dodd, and current third year student Jessy Jetpacks, using VR platform HTC Vive. Elements of the artists’ work have been […]

Made You Look, Made You Stare, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has produced a book which looks at museums across Europe and North America and questions what makes them emotionally engaging. The book has been written and art directed by Clare Hughes and illustrated by Stephanie Sandall, and is complemented by an exhibition currently held at the architect’s studio until […]

Eastland shopping centre Christmas installation, by Your Studio

Consultancy Your Studio has designed a Christmas installation for Eastland shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. The installation includes an outdoor 9m-tall tree made of crystal glass, with a real Christmas tree trapped inside, an indoor multi-sensory “snow storm” made up fake icebergs, light and sounds, and an in-store Christmas glade area which recreates a “fairy […]

Polo installation, by Lazerian

Lazerian has designed an aluminium polar bear, which is currently on display in Manchester. The installation features LEDs positioned around the 6m-long bear, which are powered by solar energy and illuminate the installation. Polo will be on display at the New Bailey development, on the border of Manchester and Salford, until early 2017.

Red Bull Flying Bach installation, by Joe Iurato

Street artist Joe Iurato has designed a series of wooden cut-out installations inspired by the break dancers and modern dancers involved in the Red Bull Flying Bach tour. The works have been installed in various locations around Washington DC, to raise awareness about the touring show, which combines classical music and break dance. The Red […]

Shakespeare Unauthorised exhibition, by C&G Partners

C&G partners has designed an exhibition at the Boston Public Library commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The exhibition design is inspired by a quote from As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players”. Different areas of the space divided up to resemble open […]

Eating with the Eyes exhibition, by Harry Pearce

Pentagram partner Harry Pearce has launched an exhibition at The Gallery at Foyles, featuring photographs taken by the designer. The images are intended to evoke memory, loss and “the seemingly accidental moments of wonder that can be found in city streets around the world,” says Pearce. The exhibition has been curated by Futurecity, and runs […]

Optymistic installation, by Craig & Karl

Craig & Karl has created an installation for Showcase ITCH, an annual art festival in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The installation is designed to be a modern take on the traditional custom of making sawdust carpets, which used to be displayed city streets to act as a pathway for ceremonial processions. The exhibition runs until 2 […]

World Toilet Day toilet roll cities, by Anastassia Elias

Paris-based artist Anastassia Elias has reimagined ten cities as toilet roll artworks for Water Aid, in order to mark World Toilet Day. Using only scissors, glue and tweezers created the cityscapes to raise awareness about the 2.3 billion people in the world who do not have access to a safe, private toilet. To find out […]

Femme Fatale exhibition, by Johnathan Reiner

Hang-Up gallery in east London is hosting an exhibition which challenges historical and contemporary conceptions of female beauty through screen prints. Put together by Tel Aviv-based print maker Johnathan Reiner, Femme Fatale recreates female portraits using materials and objects which range from the early 20th century, including soft pornography and fashion magazines. A giclee print […]

Brazil 2014 Revisited, by Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Ralph Appelbaum Associates has designed a temporary exhibition at FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, telling the story of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Interactive and immersive media has been mixed with “never-before-seen artefacts and objects” from the tournament. RAA has also interpreted the story of the tournament by transporting visitors to the streets and stadiums of […]

Mise-en-abyme, by Allegri & Fogale

Having initially designed Mise-en-abyme for the 2015 London Design Festival, Allegri & Fogale have reimagined their installation at Oxo Tower Wharf Courtyard.  Working with Coin Street Community Builders and Innermost Lighting, the designers have created an alternative passageway for visitors moving through Oxo Tower Wharf. As people approach it creates an illusory tunnel, with soft edges, making the contours […]

Striving for Adequacy, by Office of Craig

Striving for Adequacy: A Peppered Visual History of Barnsley Football Club is a tongue-in-cheek exhibition designed by Craig Oldham’s Office of Craig and offers an irreverent take on the club’s perennial mediocrity. Overall it offers a “visual kick-about” with a club, which has spent more time in the second tier of English football than any […]

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