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Archives: July 2013

Friday Photo: Chair and Chair Alike

What would a plastic lawn chair do? That’s the big question for Bert Löschner. The Munich-based artist infuses this bland yet globally ubiquitous piece of outdoor furniture —officially known as the Monobloc—with personality by contorting it into poses that include that of caped crusader (“Superchair“), eager-to-serve butler (“valet“), and hitchhiker. “Like other everyday objects, the Monobloc chair is something we have in mind. A certain un-removable picture,” Löschner has said. “This picture can be used as a canvas.” His work includes a chair on a swing, 24 stacked to resemble a human spinal column, and a meta-moment in which one reclines in Gaetano Pesce‘s famed “Donna” chair. We like the look of “The Dudes” (2011, pictured), a chair pair that may have the makings of a loveseat.

Wanted: Photo Editor with an Eye for Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it can more reliably be found in the pages (virtual and actual) of Allure, the long-reigning Condé Nast queen of the beauty books. Her luminous, smokey-eyed majesty’s website is in want of a photo editor. The full-time freelancer will be responsible for “researching proprietary and stock film for the site’s slideshows, blogs, and special projects; preparing web-optimized images; scouting/assigning new talent for original shoots; and shooting digitally.” Be ready to show off your superior communication skills, Photoshop chops, and a working knowledge of the subtle differences among a BB cream, a CC cream, and a tinted moisturizer.

Learn more about and apply for this photo editor, Allure.com job or view all of the current Mediabistro design, art, and photo jobs.

Louise Fili Continues to Dominate Gelato Packaging, Logos

Once the temperature tops 85 degrees, evolution has programmed humans to suppress all executive functions and focus on securing ice, preferably of the creamy and sweet variety. But we can’t just switch off our aesthetic sensitivities upon approaching the freezer case, a sweating showplace of less than delicious design. Ben and Jerry’s pint containers have become increasingly oafish since the company’s acquisition by Unilever, Edy’s taste in typefaces conjures baked goods rather than frozen goodness, and we’ve long been dubious about faux-Danish Häagen-Dazs. The solution, of course, is gelato, and no one does gelato logos and packaging better than Louise Fili.

The New York-based designer and her crack team are behind the dreamy, la-dolce-vita look of L’Arte del Gelato (the logo was inspired by pasticceria papers, ice-cream hues, and peppy Italian script samples from the 1920s), and have just added to their list of gelato-related achievements with mouth-watering packaging for Gelato Fiasco. Fili’s overhaul for the Brunswick, Maine-based gelateria included upgrading the flimsy takeout container to a sturdier clear cylinder that reveals the vibrant colors of flavors such as Dark Chocolate Caramel, Wild Maine Blueberry Crisp, and Everything’s Coming Up Roses. Please pass the Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk.

At Morgan Library, Toilets Steal the Show


Among the Morgan’s 250,000 works is a 1630 Rembrandt etching, “Self-Portrait in a Cap.”

There’s always plenty to see at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, which unveiled its stunning Renzo Piano-designed expansion in 2006, and the place is a magnet for school groups who take in Mr. Morgan‘s majestic library and visit the latest exhibitions. So what leaves a lasting impression with the youngsters—Charles McKim‘s Italian Renaissance-style palazzo? The illuminated manuscripts? A Rembrandt self-portrait? Try the high-tech toilets. Time Out New York recently flushed out the secret from Nicole Haroutunian, a museum educator at the Morgan:

We spend 90 minutes looking at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, at 1,000-year-old books decorated with gold, at a secret staircase; yet often what most impresses the students who visit is the automatic toilets in the bathroom. The kids usually come piling out saying, “Even the bathrooms are so fancy! The toilet flushes on its own!” They also always think that the water fountains are made of gold.

Cubes: VIP Tour of Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal

The crew at mediabistroTV took their cameras inside the multiple-floored space occupied by Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal in Midtown Manhattan’s News Corporation building.

Hosted by Wendy Bounds,Wall Street Journal editor and host of WSJ’s video offering “Lunch Break,” the guys were greeted by one of the legendary standing receptionists, got as close to a Pulitzer Prize as they’re ever going to get, took a color-toned glimpse into the paper’s past with wall sized silkscreens of old newsroom photos and managed not to end up as gossip fodder on the twitter page of the lobby’s chandelier.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Watch: Calder | Prouvé at Gagosian Paris

Alexander Calder and Jean Prouvé get a joint close-up in an exhibition at Gagosian Paris. Organized with Galerie Patrick Seguin, “Calder | Prouvé” mixes the biomorphic mobiles and stabiles of the former with the smooth yet strong furniture and architectural projects of the latter. Born three years and an ocean apart, the two met in the early 1950s, became pen pals (although we’re pretty sure they didn’t use that term), and later collaborated on the steel base of “La Spirale,” Calder’s mega-mobile for UNESCO HQ in Paris. Gagosian has created this virtual tour of the exhibtion, on view at its Le Bourget space through November 2:

Tie DIY: MFA Boston’s ‘Hippie Chic’ Exhibition Gets Interactive

History will not be kind to patchwork leather and purple paisley velvet, but the oxymoronic notion of “hippie fashion” makes for a groovy exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. [Cut to footage of crowds digging granny dresses, kooky tunics, and platform shoes to the tune of "Sugar Magnolia" and "Purple Haze."] Later today, a couple of vintage VW buses will be stationed at the museum’s Huntington Avenue entrance for social media photo ops, and those far from the Hub can feel the love anytime with “Hippie Chic: Remix,” an online app that debuted this week.

Doff your blue feathered Yves Saint Laurent chubby and spend a few minutes choosing among 54 ensembles inspired by the fashion revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as trippy options involving faces borrowed from the MFA collection (George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, Dante Gabriel Rossetti‘s Pre-Raphaelite flower child) or an uploaded visage. The result of the not-so-long, strange, online trip is a psychedelic album cover designed for sharing with far-out followers.

MOO Expands with Luxe Business Stationery

Who says print is dead? The world’s appetite for Moleskine jotters remains unquenched, Paperless Post is doing a brisk business in tangible notes as well as e-pistles, and over in Europe, IKEA is piloting a vast array of affordably-priced papergoods (the “VÄXTGLÄDJE” notebooks are described as “handmade by a skilled craftsman”). Now online digital printer MOO, the company that brought you Sagmeister & Walsh’s continuum of flattering to insulting business cards, is expanding its Luxe family of products to encompass “premium business stationery,” including customizable (and ultra-sturdy) notecards, postcards, and minicards. “Here at MOO we want to make beautiful design more affordable and accessible,” said Richard Moross, MOO founder and CEO, in a statement issued Tuesday. “With Luxe notecards we’re re-booting stationery, the original high-impact communications tool, by using new technology to make super-high quality print available to our customers for a fraction of the cost.”

Fortune Taps Tim Leong as Design Director

The bubbling vat of creative talent at Wired magazine has yielded a new design director for Fortune. Tim Leong will join the Time Inc. title on August 5. He was previously director of digital design at Wired and is also a newly published author: Leong’s Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is out today from Chronicle Books.

“He is a multi-talented guy who worked on all aspects of the Wired brand with an emphasis his last two years on the digital extensions, including all tablet editions, coordinating motion and programming, e-books, e-features, as well as working directly with the website,” wrote Fortune creative director (and fellow Wired veteran) Brandon Cavulla in an e-mail sent today. “Tim was also a part of Wired‘s conferences, working with me on motion graphics/film and overall identity.” He succeeds Emily Kehe, who left Fortune in December and is now creative director at People StyleWatch.

Design Jobs: Cosmopolitan, The Seattle Times, NBC Sports

This week, Hearst Magazines is hiring an art director for Cosmopolitan, while The Seattle Times needs an interactive art director. NBC Sports is seeking an art director, and Landor is on the hunt for a senior designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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