Located in Portland, Oregon, Walnut Studio specializes in the two things that Portlandians (?) love most: bikes and (artisan, probably) beers. That is, they hand-build bike accessories that allow you to carry beer, and whatever else you need, on your bike. All the items are made with leather and wood, and will probably last enough generations that your great great grandchildren will be able to brag about how cool you were.
Once upon a time, New York City was full of decrepit, molding apartments. Then people realized there was really no other place to live - why spend an hour commuting from Brooklyn, or pretending to understand Queens? No. Manhattan was the only option. One by one, old buildings were resuscitated. They were born again as slick, modern and modular homes. Were they still tiny? Yes - but this translated as cosy. Architect Tim Seggerman took on the challenge of this once unfortunate Upper West Side studio. The apartment is a showcase for brilliant woodwork if nothing more, being sculptured from the finest cypress, bamboo, ash and beech.
The Shifty-eyed Lamp is not a new and radical yoga position. It's actually a lamp, designed by Los Angeles artist Steven Harrington. As a designer, Harrington likes to focus on the physics of balance. With his "Remain in Balance" lamp, he seeks to help us invite a sense of calm into our dark and crazy lifestyles. Harrington describes his quirky, totem-like creations as representing "the harmony we seek in our daily lives". Of course, they also represents the needs of people who want some light in the evenings.
Sculptor Jaehyo Lee is a keen manipulator of resources. Lee works as easily with leaves and branches as he does with iron nails. He has created otherworldly works in stone that recall the extraterrestrial vision of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
James McNabb, a Pennsylvania student and artist, found the inspiration for his career whilst working with a band-saw. As the spliters and scraps of his wood whittled away, he could see the beginnings of large-scale ideas for artwork. Since then, James McNabb and company have created three series of sculptures: City, Laser and Classic - each more developed and ambitious than the last.
Photo by Eduardo Ortega
The wooden sculptures of Henrique Oliveira are evocative, overwhelming and a little disturbing. The artist from São Paulo takes woodworking to whole new heights with his large scale installations of organic plywood masses, which seem to burst from the seams of their surroundings. He manipulates wood, PVC and fencing to give the impression of liquid, movement and texture that make you feel as though you are inside the fabric of nature itself. Disgusting, extraordinary nature.