Friday, June 27, 2008

Fabled Adornment; Curtis Arima

Curtis Arima recieved his BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts & Ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA and graduated with high disctinction. He went on to earn his MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He as been an Artist in Residence at both the California College of Arts and Crafts and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine.

"The world of over consumption and disposability we throw away the old or damaged rather reconsider its future utility. The "Transformed Adornment" series attempts to question ideas about value and materiality; Transforming (or destroying) by embellishing while celebrating its past. The objects' adornment grows out of the pieces linking them back to their decorative historical motifs of acanthus.

These pieces try to find beauty in the overlooked and under appreciated through representation in metal, while being a reminder of the chaos that can occur when one does not temper ideologies."

Cameron Kelly

Fiveten Studio features Cameron Kelly

'I attempt to create a visual experience both personal and social. My process begins as an exploration of the qualities inherent in found objects and develops as a self-referential posturing between the work and my experience. Working with materials is like an interview of sort - an inner dialogue about identity, form and creative ability. I find mark-making to be an exercise in observation and self investigation. Repetition is a common element in my work. It honors process, documents time, and is a method to finding a personal rhythm.

My inspiration lives in an interdependent world where dream and day-to-day life interplay. Bringing idea to form confirms that our humanness is our ability to make ideas visible. I find comfort in practicing that. I often call upon my staple materials; cast wax, metals,things like hairbrushes or animal bones to stir the intuitive unconscious. I am forever utilitarian  considering new mediums and examining the possibilities around me. 

Justine Ashbee

Align Center
Fiveten Studio features the work of Justine Ashbee.  

Justine exploits the visual and conceptual parallels in science and studies of consciousness. 

'My connection to line, pattern, textile, material, and process is very physical and direct. My own work is an intuitive investigation a fluid process of mark-making that explores the trace of the invisible, things we feel and know and yet cannto see. In my experience, textile architecture and pattern is where I find the strongest likeness, and has been the strongest vehicle through which to explore and elucidate these sensations.'


DIABLO magazine mentioned fiveten studio as part of a "burgeoning hipster scene" responsible for Downtown's Oakland comeback.  Yeah Downtown Oakland. 

510 in 7x7 Magazine under "Best Area Code"

That's right fiveten studio was mentioned in a magazine about San Francisco. They called fiveten studio an "edgier version of Hayes Valley's Rose & Radish (that is, a gallery-and-retail-space hybrid), featuring works by artists from all over the world." 

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Juxtaposed: Religion by Mike & Maaike

JUXTAPOSED: Religion is the first in the Juxtaposed series of curated bookshelves. For the first time, the world's most influential religious texts are brought together and presented on the same level, their coexistence acknowledged and celebrated.

Stolen Jewels by Mike & Maaike

Stolen Jewels is an exploration of tangible vs. virtual in relation to real and perceived value. Low resolution images of famous jewels were "stolen" from Google Image Search and transferred and scored onto leather.

Window Seat by Mike & Maaike

Suitable for both public and private spaces, the Windowseat Lounge is designed as a comfortable refuge from the hustle and bustle of lobbies, airports or busy home environments.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

East Bay Lounge & Ottoman by Modernply

Modernply borrows boatbuilding techniques to achieve natural curves from bending straight plywood. Retro Modern, sharp and inspired by the diversity of San Francisco's East Bay, the East Bay Lounge is durable, light and finely crafted out of the highest quality materials.

ZERO Chaise Lounge by Nolen Niu

Inspired by blank spaces, Nolen Niu has created this sleek minimalist modern design. Its ergonomic form is a cantilevered tubular steel and High Resilience foam. At its seat, it has a maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs and 200 lbs at the foot rest.

DIVIDE Armchair/Ottoman & Sofa by Nolen Niu

Nolen Niu designs with simplicity, function, and comfort. The Divide series is a balance between form and function. It is completely handcrafted in the US and environmentally conscious.

Friday, June 13, 2008

7-12 Lounge Chair by MKS Design

Adam Simha from Cambridge MA strives to maintain a meticulous amount of detail. This lounge chair is powder-coated and has magnet-backed leather cushions. It can be used inside or outside.

REALITY by Harry Allen

These forms are sampled from existing objects, produced by casting polyester resins in highly-detailed silicone molds. The pig is cast from a pig that died of natural causes and will hold more than $10,000 in bills. The iconic roller skate can act as doorstop, bookend or simply a 70's fetish object.

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Moroso Supernatural Chairs

“This new stackable chair has a structure that is the result of an evolution, more than of a design process”, explains Lovegrove. ”It represents a new vision of form, generated by digital data, resulting in a chair to be used every day, slender, lively and healthy. The liquid, organic nature of its form combines the beauty of the human anatomy with the most advanced process of industrialization of 21st-century polymers. This extremely sophisticated process uses two layers of polypropylene with glass fibers to achieve a harmony between the internal structural characteristics and the external aesthetic qualities”.

Translation: These chairs are awesome looking, comfortable, stackable, and environmentally friendly

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Molo Soft Seating

These pieces' honeycomb structure allows enormous flexibility: they can be changed from a stool to a bench to a lounger to a coffee table. They are made from 50% recycled kraft paper and can be compressed into a book for easy and compact storage.

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