THE MOTOR
November 6th 2015
Design can be Art. Art is not design.

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Quite some designers are moving in the direction of art, which I think is not really happening vice versa. The identifiable broke(n) fragment and wonderful interpretation of a portrait are by designer/artist James VictoreAre you a designer who makes free work? Please send it over to me: info@themotor.nl.

November 3rd 2015
Play and stretch and draw attention

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This simple but playful typography for an architectural institute in New York, celebrates the reconfiguration of space. Font Herita-Geo Design Natasha Jen, Pentagram NY

November 3rd 2015
Garrix & Louis

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A son of a friend is the personal photographer of Martin Garrix and he is doing some great pics of dance events, personal planes, skyscrapers, muscle cars and silly animals. Photography Louis van Baar. For a hipster name try the MartinGarrixizer

October 27th 2015
Seducing Neptune

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I’ve just started at the one and only Dutch Goldsmith Academy, so I’m Pinteresting a lot these days. Love the direct use of nature in these little pieces of art. Jewellery Emily Miranda, Brooklyn

October 21st 2015
Design for undervalued emotions like melancholy

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I just visited the graduation show at the Dutch Design Week and was surprised to see a lot of design for design’s sake, like tea sets or stools by Asiatic students, and lots of lamps, drawn by children and translated into modern design or clever like the Eclipse made from a single sheet of metal (Sanne Schuurman). The project that I found most interesting was ‘Embrace Melancholy’. The story goes like this: Nowadays it’s as if constant happiness is what we should all aspire to. This leaves no room for other, more reflective states of being. In times gone by, those feelings were accepted as natural emotions, inherent to who we are. The designer did extensive research into past rituals and created objects that embrace feelings of melancholy. Graduation Cum Laude > Man and Leisure, Design Academy Eindhoven Design Nel Verbeke (with golden hair)

October 14th 2015
Art to bring out the bigot from inside the liberal and conversely to bring out the liberal from inside the bigot – Gilbert & George

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My favorite workmate just send me some wild graphic works of these living sculptures. Their iconic and philosophical work is all about national pride, religion, sex and the individual in society, translated into huge kaleidoscopic interpretations; and always with a BIG smile. Have a look at their website to see how incredibly productive these two grand artists are > Art Gilbert & George 

*Bigot refers to a person whose habitual state of mind includes an obstinate, irrational, or unfair intolerance of ideas, opinions, or beliefs that differ from their own, and intolerance of the people who hold them.

October 14th 2015
Manus x Macchina

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What I like about many new collections is the result of technology mixed with handiwork, resulting in elaborate wildly romantic pieces of art. Anna Wintour watched most shows and discovered a real feel for individualism, eclecticism & optimism. My favourite designers (for the last couple of years) are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Couture Valentino, Spring 2016

October 9th 2015
Sneak peek: exuberant Balmain

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One of my guilty pleasures is ordering each year the H&M designer collection. Just recently I watched the entirely new H&M collection by the young creative director Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), who created a very elaborate prêt-a-porter collection of his absurdly expensive couture line with lots of curtain cord, beads and pellets in eg. this toreador jacket and velvety dress. Almost all images from the versatile collection were hacked and placed on Insta, but within a couple of days H&M took them all from the web, except for these two :) Prices Fashionista Release November 5, 2015

October 9th 2015
A benevolent universe – Sánchez

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Great colors by an artist who designed prints for the fashion industry for 18 years before setting up her own studio and start with free work because “my heart would break if I showed up to work in the garment center one more day”. She now paints non-stop and wants her paintings to invoke a feeling that underneath it all, there is a benevolent universe. Art Luli Sánchez

October 1st 2015
Gardening the fields of the universe – Marc Mulders

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This very religious Dutch artist works in a barn surrounded by flowery fields. He is calling himself ‘a gardener of the fields of the universe’. I love his colorful, fresh, and fun watercolor paintings and wonderful glass collages, more than his ‘muddy’ oil paintings (depicting mostly flowers). The cross made from colorful hand prints is brilliant. Art Marc Mulders < click for video

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