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Tomas Saraceno

Tomas Saraceno: an Architect turned installation artist whose mind blowing work combines Architecture, Art and Science. Read more.

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Tomas Saraceno

Architect turned installation artist creates floating sculptures and interactive installations.

When I was visiting New York in 2012, I came across the work of Tomas Saraceno: an Architect turned installation artist whose mind blowing work combines Architecture, Art and Science.

His work explores materiality, natural structures and the potential of future living environments. By encouraging guests to enter and interact with one another other within his spaces, Saraceno’s dreamy installations encourage viewers to emerge themselves in another world.

Drawing inspiration from soap bubbles, spider webs and cloud formations, his conceptual projects are often constructed from inflatable and suspended materials that capture the imagination, and as a result are fun, interactive and breathtaking.

Saraceno has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions globally. Among his many exhibitions since the late 1990s, notable works include “In Orbit”, exhibited at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (2013), “Cloud City”, a site-specific installation on the rooftop of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2012) and “Cloud Cities” exhibited at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011-12).

I was lucky to be a participant, of "Cloud City", walking through a series of large, interconnected modules constructed out of transparent and reflective materials.

The space captured and heightened snippets of the surrounding elements - other viewers, the sky, the New York skyline and Central Park, encouraging participants to travel through and discover other areas of the space.

Check out more of his beautiful work here

Posted by Christina Maricic in Environmental, Architecture, Art and Design.
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Fonts to help find the way

Where form meets function. As wayfinding designers it is often difficult to pick the right fonts.  Read more.

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Fonts to help find the way

As wayfinding designers it is often difficult to pick the right fonts. In this day and age where we know about accessibility and legibility, there is often a push and pull between what is aesthetically pleasing and something that is purely functional. 

To answer this need, more and more we see fonts that are designed specifically for this function – FS Millibank is one such example. 

‘The driving force behind my thoughts was to design something more current and fresh without compromising legibility and clarity. A font with both personality and function, that’s versatile and large and small sizes, and effortless to read, but which also says something new. writes Stuart de Rozario – the font’s designer. 

This is no easy task. To help create a very functional wayfinding font we see additional factors come into play — factors that would not necessarily impact those creating a font just for print or screen. Characters are given features for extra definition – wide, open terminals & counters, distinctive forms, and generous shapes — which create a much more legible typeface. One that can hopefully be easily deciphered at speed. A lighter weight was also created specifically for illuminated signage, reducing the impact of the ‘glow’ effect when letters and type are illuminated. 

As much as legibility is important, it is also key here that the font has a nice form and enough character that it is distinguishable and beautiful. This is where the font is a real success. 

Also, to help matters even further, a set of 172 icons was created to sit beside the font. Definitely a winner in our mind. 

Check out the Microsite

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Bridging the gap between design and placmaking

When does a bridge stop being a bridge and start being a placemaking art installation linking two banks? Over 70 design unveiled for a new bridge across the London River Thames Read more.

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Bridging the gap between design and placmaking

Waterfalls, rainbow-coloured latticework and bright red cycle lanes feature among proposals for a new bridge across London's River Thames.

Many of the concepts show snaking and spiralling ramps to allow accessible ascent and descent from the bridge.

A shortlist of up to four designs will be selected next month by a jury including architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, engineer Henry Bardsley, and council leaders from the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth. The winning scheme will then move towards a planning application.

 "To succeed this bridge must be two things at once. It must be a beautiful piece of architecture and a valuable new transport link.” said Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia.

All 74 anonymous proposals are available to view online on the competition website.

 

Posted by Paul Taboure in Architecture, Art, , , News and Environmental.
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Wireframes as Placemaking

UK Artist Benedict Radcliffe creates spectacular life size wireframe art Read more.

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Wireframes as Placemaking

Artist creates experiential life-size wireframes as surreal art 

Many moons ago, when I studying… I was lucky enough to be accepted to attend Glasgow School of Arts (GSA), in Scotland. Whilst I made the decision to decline the offer, (a visual communication degree in Nottingham was more inline with my career path) other students did emerge from Glasgow. Contemporary artist, Benedict Radcliffe was one such lad.

After graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture Radcliffe staged his first exhibition in the city, featuring his ‘modern Japanese classic’- a full size 3d wireframe Subaru Impreza, subsequently purchased by collector, David Roberts. As a result of the show, he received commissions from Comme des Garcons, Puma and Paul smith.

Radcliffe works across a wide spectrum of disciplines, creating everything from cars and bicycles to furniture and household objects, as well undertaking various architectural commissions and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

In the 2011 ‘the power of making’ show at the Victoria and Albert Museum his work featured alongside Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad.

Full size JS200 wireframe excavator in 10mm rod sits centre stage at a unique and permanent exhibition called ‘the story of JCD’ at jcb’s world hq at rocester charting the company’s links to industry back to the 1820s.

 

Being part of a passionate team creating branded experiences within the built environment I feel this kind experential art a real source of inspriation. Love it.

 

 

Posted by Paul Taboure in Art, Environmental, People, and Insights.
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Paul Taboure joins judging panel at 36th AWARD awards

THERE's ECD and founder Paul Taboure spent an exhilarating day yesterday reviewing, discussing & judging at this years AWARD award in Sydney Read more.

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Paul Taboure joins judging panel at 36th AWARD awards

I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the line-up of judges for the 36th AWARD Awards, under the Chairman of Judges, Dan Wieden (Wieden+Kennedy).

I had an amazing day out of the studio, and into a huge harbourside wharf shed where I spent the day  judging some of the very best of Australia's creative industry.

There was plenty of debate, discussion, and indeed envy, at the awesome work submitted.

 

 

 

AWARD is a non-political, non-profit organisation with but a single idea: the raising of standards in all creative areas. Its charter is to set standards of creative excellence, to promote this concept in the business arena and to educate and inspire the next creative generation.

AWARD is not a committee, a board or an institution. AWARD is a community. A community of like-minded and passionate individuals galvanised by the sole aim of raising creative standards in all forms of commercial communication.

I was involved in the design category and was joined by some of Australia's best creative talent…

A big thank you to host Chairman Jason Little for his kinldness, hospitality and guidance throughout the day.

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THERE wins internal branding of LinkedIn at One Martin Place

THERE wins new Sydney HQ project with the World's Largest Professional Network Read more.

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THERE wins internal branding of LinkedIn at One Martin Place

THERE is proud to announce it is partnering the Head of Interiors at Woods Bagot on an interior branding and signage project for LinkedIn's new Sydney HQ project. 

 

LinkedIn is the world's largest business-oriented social networking service. It has more than 259 million acquired users in more than 200 countries.

THERE are currently creating engaging environmental graphics for its new Sydney HQ at 1 Martin Place.

Watch this space for further development in the coming months. We are only just getting started.

Posted by Paul Taboure in Branding, Corporate, , , , News and Environmental.
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THERE welcomes aboard new Head of Environments

THERE Sydney welcomes aboard ex-Frost Design Director Charlie Bromley, as its Head of Environments to lead the design team Read more.

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THERE welcomes aboard new Head of Environments

THERE is thrilled to welcome Charlie Bromley as its new Head of Environments. Previously Design Director at Frost, Charlie brings with him a wealth of experience within environmental graphics and signage.

 

Bromley has 10 years of industry experience across Australia and UK, where he has worked for Urbanite, Frost, and DWP design worldwide partnership and Baart Harries Newall Architects.

Bromley is a multi-disciplinary designer specialising in: Environmental graphics & branding, signage & wayfinding design, interior design, exhibition design, and spatial planning.

We are very excited to have secured a standout talent like Charlie as creative lead. He has a fantastic reputation in the industry and will be a great asset to the THERE team.

 

 

Posted by Paul Taboure in Environmental, News and People.
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THERE helps Google Singapore find its way

The internal wayfinding for Google's Singapore office is starting to be installed. Here's a sneak peak! Read more.

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THERE helps Google Singapore find its way

The wayfinding signage system was designed by the THERE Singapore team and covers 4 floors of office space. We'll reveal the full story including the strategy behind the project in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

 

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THERE launches street presence for 333 George

A visionary highstreet hoarding for Charter Hall's Sydney CBD Commercial & Retail Development Read more.

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THERE launches street presence for 333 George

THERE ignites a vision for Charter Hall's Sydney CBD flagship commercial & retail development through their hoarding

Located on one of Sydney CBD’s most prominent corners, at the heart of George Street and Martin Place, 333 George Street is a to be a new distinct work environment unlike anything else in the CBD. It is curretnly being built and will be owned by Charter Hall.

Designed by international architects, Grimshaw and Crone Partners, 333 George Street offer 15 levels of contemporary office space across 12,500sqm and three levels of statement retail across 2,100sqm with extensive frontage to George Street, creating a flagship retail destination.

The defining feature is its five levels of cascading rooftop terraces, set within a fully glazed veil overlooking the main thoroughfare of Sydney’s business and lifestyle epicentre. 

THERE was approached to assist with the design of their new high-exposure hoarding. The brief was to create a unique, and engaging hoarding to create a sense of intrigue and interest.

Over a few months THERE worked closely with Charter Hall to develop an elegant and sophisticated high-end design outcome.

The design process saw us fuse both premium gloss & matt finishes, reflective materials to create a gloss-patterned facade, and included reflective typography and impactful  extruded built-form logo.

Just installed, the result was amazing. A very happy Client.

 

Posted by Paul Taboure in Corporate, Environmental, Architecture, , Retail, and Design.
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