Paris based photographer, Valentin Fougeray’s refined vision allows him to create surrealistic still life photographs with a rough touch of reality and a contemporary aesthetic. His ability to make the ordinary, such as blacktop and tin foil seem, mystic, exotic and sometimes disorientating - is what has us coming back for more.
Atelier François Pouenat, a family run atelier, was established 130 years ago in Varennes, France and works in everything from aligning with independent designers to develop objects restoring historic buildings. We were excited to have the chance to sit down and explore how an Atelier like AFP work with young designers on developing projects and manufacturing by taking questions directly from our design community.
Inari is a chain smoking psychic from Helsinki who has a love for interesting textures and materials. She has somewhat of a cult following not only limited to Finland, but all over Scandinavia.. One would think she must have excellent psychic abilities, for those to travel far and wide to see her but it could be said that her eccentric personality and taste could be more part of her allure than anything.
David is a graphic designer who works with DJs in Detroit and loves to have a clean minimalistic home and workplace to keep his mind clear while designing. Always dressed in black Commes des Garçons and Martin Margiela with his trusty pair of light grey Nikes - he likes to add small pops of color in his accessories as long as they come in clean, simple lines. Always late for every appointment (when getting stuck in his headphones and creative mode, so he says) his girlfriend Ida keeps getting him time keeping objects in hope that he will get the hint.
So I've been eyeing the work of John Hogan for quite some time now. To be perfectly honest, when I first found his collaborative photos with photographer Charlie Schuck, I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking at - but I was definitely mesmerized. I looked into it a bit more and found John's beautiful glass sculptures for sale at MATTER in New York and wished I could get my hands on one for my own collection. I feel like these pieces are a still life photographers dream; the shapes, colors, the way they reflect light.
Charlie Schuck, if you don't know his work already is one, of the IT design still life photographers from the US right now. His thought provoking still life photography teeters between fine art images and commercial pieces. We couldn't have imagined a better pairing for a collaborative series.
We have a little chat with John about his work and the collaboration. Have look a the mesmerizing images of John's candy like glass sculptures through Charlie's lens below. I guarentee you will be as obsessed as we are.
| Kristen | Can you please introduce yourself and what you do?
| John | I am an artist and designer living and working in Seattle. I use glass as a primary medium of expression in my work and frequently collaborate with other artists and designers.
| Kristen | What is your background?
| John | I grew up in Toledo Ohio with a loving family and an incredibly creative group of friends. A lot of my time as a child and adolescent was spent at the Toledo Museum of Art in their youth art program. I studied political science at Bowling Green State University and moved to Seattle in 2008 to pursue a career as a glass maker.
| Kristen | How did you get into creating work out of glass?
| John | I started making glass at TMA when I was 15. Initially it was the fire and molten material that appealed to me but over time the infatuation changed and became more about light.
| Kristen | Did you have any particular inspiration for this series?
| John | A common compliment I receive about my work is that people wish they could eat it. Some of the work in this body of work was a more focused attempt to evoke this type of response.
| Kristen | How did your collaboration with Charlie Schuck come about?
| John | Charlie has been shooting the design and fashion communities in Seattle for years. He was the primary photographer for several of my collaborators when I first started working more in the design realm. Charlie and I became good friends and he was interested in shooting still life style images of my artwork. It's such a treat to hand over the work and just let a creative like him work with it however he sees fit.
Designer Amélie Riech is the creative director and founder of the brand Uncommon Matters, under the label she creates jewellery and objects that will satisfy all your aesthetic needs at once. From architectural chokers and bracelets to geometric rings that are coloured in a stunning array of pastels, We adore the pieces by Uncommon Matters.
From graphic design to the design of murals, carpets, vases and furniture - Alex Proba is multidisciplinary designer who can literally do it all. She has a defining eye for colour use that is charmingly delightful and the stunning avant-garde patterns Alex creates feel new and yet somehow familiar.
Paris Berbère has a captivating collection of Moroccan Berbère rugs procured straight from the source. What is interesting with this brand, as well as the reason why we chose to feature a brand instead of a creator, is the curation of the carpets collected. The owner has an amazing eye and is able to source and show us bold colours and prints we've never seen before.
German based furniture brand’ inagural collection of tables, UNO, takes inspiration from Abstract-Minimal artists like Josef Albers and colors from the Memphis movement. We talk to founder Moritz Bannach about his creative process and the new collection.
Juxstaposing materials to present the connection between nature and humanity, Francesco Pace of Tellurico creates a collection of objects that highlights Lebanese history, society, and environment. His stunning work reflects the evolution of our relationships between each other and the world around us.
Their latest collection, entitled 'Bling Bling Dynasty' takes subtle cues from their background and experiences in Asia and mixes them with a Jürgen Teller-eque editorial photoshoot which we just love. We have a chat with them about their creative process, latest collection and have a look at their editorial images below.