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Darth Vader’s Helmet Made From Old Brass Ornaments

Monday 12.26.2011 , Posted by

If Darth Vader hadn’t been from quite so long ago, or quite so far away, his helmet could have looked a lot like this… emblazoned with wild flourishes, ornate leaves and fleur de lis. In that case, his battles might have involved a lot more swashbuckling and with luck, would have been memorialized in writing by Alexandre Dumas… but that’s another story. [Read more...]

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Paris Métro Stations Interpreted Through Costume

Friday 11.11.2011 , Posted by

Taking a literally-minded ride through Paris’ huge metro system, artist Janol Apin’s photo series captures characters dressed to represent each stations name. The Paris metro contains 300 stations along the 16-line system, making it one of the largest in the world, but only the most literal names, like Stalingrad and Alexander Dumas receive his quirky photographic treatment. For more of this fun series, produced in 1990, see Apin’s website janol-apin.com [Read more...]

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Structuralism: The Art Of Rhythm

Monday 06.06.2011 , Posted by

Peter Gabor is a French graphic designer, corporate identity consultant, lecturer, and teacher of typography and graphic arts. He’s the founder and manager of Typogabor, one of the most famous shops for typesetting in Paris between 73′ and 93′. Here Gabor takes a look inside one of his favorite books, Diagram Graphics, by Kazuo Abe and Fumihiko Nishioka — originally published in 1992 — to praise the design of the images, and to focus on the quality of the infographics and their representation.
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A Staple of Classic Art

Wednesday 05.11.2011 , Posted by

Baptiste Debombourg recently created something beautiful out of a medium usually described as an office supply: a mural created entirely using staples. Inspired by the ancient story of Icarus and rendered in a classic style reminicent of the Renaissance, his modern work is also sure to leave a mark. Titled “Air Force One” –a symbol of sublime power, he says — the piece took a notable 35,000 staples to complete. [Read more...]

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The Future… One Hundred Years Ago

Tuesday 03.01.2011 , Posted by

In 100 years, what will the world look like? Will we be driving on the surface of Mars and every pair of sunglasses include holographic movie screens? These vintage French illustrations from 1910 imagined what the world would look like in the year 2000. Some ideas, like a teacher electrically pumping knowledge into student brains, are still pretty far off in the future. Other predictions however, hit pretty close to home (check out the projector screen video phone below!). One wonders, what will our predictions look like after the next 100 years?

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The Language of Four Beautiful Cities

Friday 02.18.2011 , Posted by


Filmed on location in London, Paris, Barcelona and Beijing, this quartet of beautifully produced commercials are almost too seductive to be considered ad material… but that makes them more perfect still. Each film follows a hopeful traveler finding their way about the city, meeting new friends and enjoying the sights. The over exposed images are overlayed with crisp motion graphic typography that describes the scene in local tongue. The effect is elegant, educational and moving.
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Painting Walls with Supakitch & Koralie

Thursday 01.13.2011 , Posted by


Supakitch & Koralie are a French urban art power duo with polished painting skills. Their work is heavily influenced by Japanese art, and while most of their art is found on urban streets, their work has also migrated inside to serene gallery walls. Here we share a video of the two painting a wall at the Museum of World Culture in Göteborg, Sweden. The piece is part of their Metroplastique project. The catchy musical track was provided by Dick Laurent is Dead.
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Groovy French Pod Car

Tuesday 01.11.2011 , Posted by


“Honey, I’m taking the Bubble Mobile to the disco!” This wacky concept car from 1970s France was called l’Automodule. Designed by engineer Jean Pierre Ponthieu, the vehicle was equipped with a small two-stroke engine, a hydraulic transmission and electronic controls. It was capable of turning on a single point and changing its ground clearance… perfect for dodging kids in the parking lot! [Read more...]

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Spectacular Vintage Comic Book Artwork

Sunday 12.19.2010 , Posted by

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Illustrating moody, somber and sometimes angry comic art, Belgian-born artist Hermann Huppen has had a long career of story telling. Born in 1938, he is most famous for his post-apocalyptic comic book series, Jeremiah, which he both illustrated and wrote. Here is a sampling of the high quality art from his career.

For more on Hermann, see his website hermannhuppen.be.

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Crafty Stop Motion Music Videos

Friday 11.19.2010 , Posted by


Combine one part pop music, with one part paper arts and crafts, mix with extremely good editing and you have the work of SoLab. A French production company who has worked with the likes of Pony Pony Run Run and Wax Tailor, SoLab writes, shoots and produces short films and music videos.

For more on what they’re up to, check out solab.fr, and to see the beautiful Paris city guide made for Louis Vuitton, stop by Vimeo. [Read more...]

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