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Happy New Year.

It feels like only yesterday I was saying that at the start of 2015 - last year flew by for us and our poor blog was (once again) left unloved for far too long but I promise this year will be different.

For starters, here are two exhibitions in London right now that are guaranteed to bring a little happiness to you in this dreary month;

The EY Exhibition: The World goes Pop

"Whaaam! Pop! Kapow! This is pop art, but not as you know it."

The Tate Modern is showcasing lesser-known international artists from the pop-art movement in the 1960s and 70s, exhibiting together more than 200 works from Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Previously considered a western phenomenon, the exhibition demonstrates just how far globally this bright and bold movement spread and how it became a, "subversive international language of protest".

Showing until 24 January 2016 on Level 3 at Tate Modern, London.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Design icon alert! Over 380 "personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, products, models, multi-media installations and furniture", exhibits by Charles and Ray Eames are currently showing at the Barbican. The World of Charles and Ray Eames explores over 40 years of their pioneering and often experimental work, looking at their collaborators and their influences on 20th century architecture and design.

Showing until 14 February 2016 at The Barbican Gallery, London.

Three reasons to visit the De La Warr Pavillion this weekend

1. Bridget Riley - The Curve Paintings 1961 - 2014

Not long left now to see this wonderful exhibition of paintings and studies spanning Bridget Riley’s 50 year career all, “illustrating the artist’s close dedication to the interaction of form and colour by looking at a single motif” - the curve.

The exhibition coincides with the start of celebrations marking 80 years of the Pavillion becoming the first public modernist building in the UK and has been curated to “directly connect with the building’s elegant architecture, opening out the interior space towards the sea”.

The exhibition runs until 6 September 2015 (free entry).

 

2. Towards an alternative history of graphic design: Schmuck, POP, bRian, Assembling

A slice of graphic design history from the late 60s to the mid 70s, shown through the development of four innovative publications; Schmuck, POP, bRian and Assembling - all created by artists with no design or typographic training, who embraced technological developments and exploited them to publish their own content.

“Artists were now in control of content and the form of a publication could be explored, creating a new energy and enthusiasm for print.”

The exhibition runs until the 4 October 2015 (free entry).

 

3. The Cream Teas

As gallery cafes go, this one is pretty special. There’s nothing better than one of their homemade scones, a bit of clotted cream, a dollop of jam and a lovely pot of tea sat out on their first floor terrace overlooking the sea.

Brighton i360 getting a lick of (spray) paint

Last weekend the hoarding around Brighton's i360 site was treated to a colourful makeover. The site was originally painted by graffiti artist Aroe and his buddies Gary, Rebus and Radios last year adding some much needed colour to the construction site and highlighting this area of the seafront as the 'Creative Quarter'.

This year, the original artists were joined by a selection of hugely talented local and UK based graffiti artists; Jiroe, Vodka, Morf, Warg, Ster and Past, as well as Yes B, Rench, Alert, Twesh and Relay. The brief was completely open-ended and their mission was simply to cover as much of the 100 metre hoarding as possible in just one day.

So what did they come up with? A giant doughnut hotel, a seagull, a gorilla and a Donnie Darko inspired rabbit no less. I think you'll agree they did a cracking job, so next time you are down on the seafront pop along and have a look.

Find out more about the project and the amazing i360 build here.

All images copyright Brighton i360.

Wed 12 Aug 2015

Posted under: Design , Art , Inspiration

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Happy New Year

2015 looks set to be full of adventure and excitment at Delicious, with lots of fun new projects and challenges on the horizon.

My New Years resolutions are to, a. blog more and b. visit more exhibitions.

Why not start your 2015 with some style and culture down at Somerset House? No, not ice skating but visiting two fantastic exhibitions they have on at the minute:

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

"The UK's largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer".

Man Ray protégé and inspiration to many contemporary fashion photographers, Guy Bourdin's work is intriguing and beautiful, "From his professional debut for Paris Vogue in the 1950s, Bourdin developed a distinctive style of visual storytelling which continues to serve as a source of inspiration to contemporary fashion photographers from Tim Walker to Nick Knight.". The exhibition runs until 15 march and features over 100 pieces from his four-decade career, some of which are previously unseen.

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk

To conicide with Blondie's 40th Annversary, the exhibition showcases a collection of previously unseen, behind-the-scenes images of the iconic group, their punk friends and venues from underground dives to sold-out stadiums all taken on the road by Chris Stein. "A snapshot of the punk scene that Blondie pioneered and shows how their influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago". There's only three weeks left to catch this one, so don't delay it closes it's doors on the 25 January.

Tue 06 Jan 2015

Posted under: Photography , Inspiration , Exhibition

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Derek Yaniger at Castor + Pollux

Roll up guys 'n' gals, swingin' cat Derek Yaniger has another fantastic exhibition at Castor + Pollux, Brighton.

Yep, our favourite seafront gallery has screenprints from the king of tiki style, illustrator Derek Yaniger for you to eyeball until 11th July.

His prints ooze retro 50s loveliness and burst with energy, so swing by cool cats and take a gandar!

Vintage Christmas Wrap

I know you're probably sick of the sight of gift wrap at the minute, but this collection of vintage Christmas wrap from the deepest depths of Flickr is so gorgeous, I'm sure it will restore your festive cheer. 

Thu 19 Dec 2013

Posted under: Design , Ephemera , Inspiration

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Hello My Name is Paul Smith

An exhibition that, "takes you into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty".

Hello My Name is Paul Smith follows the career of the genius that is Paul Smith from the opening of his first shop in Byard Lane, Nottingham (1970) to the global 'quintessentially British label' it is today. It showcases his influences, his eclectic archives and his design process - "The whole point is anyone can come and get goose bumps and be inspired".

The exhibition opens today at The Design Museum and runs until March 2014 but don't worry if you can't make it, there's an accompanying book 'Hello, my name is Paul Smith: Fashion and other stories' edited by Alan Aboud and published by Rizzoli. 

Images copyright Paul Smith.

Fri 15 Nov 2013

Posted under: Design , Inspiration , Exhibition

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Margaret Calvert Interview

Here's a great little interview with designer Magaret Calvert at the AGI Open London 2013 by Design Indaba. I'm sure you all know, but Magaret along with her former tutor Jack Kinnear created and developed the British road signs we see everyday. 

“When you design road signs you have to start from scratch,” she says. “We looked at what they already had and then started drawing letterforms in terms of making it readable for the driver.”

 

Alex Steinweiss

Throughout his career, Alex Steinweiss (1917 - 2011) was art director at Columbia Records, London, Decca and A & R records. He was the man behind the record cover's very existence - before him records were sold in plain wrappers, no branding, no design, no marketing.

“I got this idea that the way they were selling these albums was ridiculous. The covers were just big brown, tan or green paper. I said: “Who the hell’s going to buy this stuff? There’s no push to it. There’s no attractiveness. There’s no sales appeal.” So I told them I’d like to start designing covers.”

Art & Artists have written a really interesting 6-part biography illustrated with a massive collection of cover designs spanning his extensive career. Check it out here.

Via Pretty Clever. Images from Art & Artists.

Mon 16 Sep 2013

Posted under: Design , Inspiration , Packaging

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Auto Type Special: Vintage Tractors

Just look at the fabulous lettering that can be found lurking in barns & farm yards.

There's something about the simplicity and functionality of vintage tractors that I've always found charming, but their appeal doesn't end there. As you can see these work horses also have beautiful hand-lettered emblems.

If Auto Type is your thing or if you need a bit of inspiration, have a look at our complete collection here and here.

Thu 22 Aug 2013

Posted under: Inspiration , automobilia , lettering

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Money, Power, Sex & Mark Wagner

These amazingly intricate currency collages are the work of brooklyn-based artist, writer and book-maker Mark Wagner.

He strives to create, "something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable... the foreign in the familiar" and uses only one dollar bills in his masterpieces, what he describes as, "the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America" and "a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept".

Watch him at work in this great little stop motion...

If you're lucky enough to be in New York next month you can check out his work in person at the Pavel Noubok Gallery. His next exhibition, 'Money, Power, Sex & Mark Wagner' starts on the 6th September and runs until 5th October 2013.

Images and video copyright Mark Wagner.
Via Colossal.

Thu 15 Aug 2013

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