We don’t need photoshop – Jee Young Lee

Jee Young Lee is a Korean artist that knows how to create amazing surreal images without using Photoshop. She creates absurd and beautiful dreamscapes that represent her own experiences, dreams or memories or traditional Korean folk tales and legends. Every detail is made by hand until she thinks the image is ready to take one final photograph.

I think this artist is very inspiring because she does not use the normal techniques to create a studio. In this constantly changing society, nobody has the time to do something that takes so much dedication and time. We all live in a fast moving society with innovative products and technology but we don’t always dwell on the fact that we don’t always need those products or techniques to do something great. Jee Young Lee proves that you don’t need photoshop to create very beautiful and innovate images. It’s an incredible act of determination of sharing her own stories and vision. There are plenty of opportunities to interpret the images as you want, but there’s always a recognizable story. She’s an example for me because of her creativity, her original en sometimes funny designs and her dedication.

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Sources: 

http://abduzeedo.com/surreal-stage-mind-series-jee-young-lee

http://www.demilked.com/jee-young-lee-surreal-photography-studio-room/

Upcycling: a way to create original designs

Lately, more and more brands are using upcycling methods to design new products. Upcycling is a great way to reuse materials and reduce footprints. It’s the art of reusing unwanted items by converting them into something better. The images below show you some examples of upcycled products.

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A lamp made of old skateboards – Made by MapleXO with Paul Sykes ($595)

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Dress made from old parachutes – Designed by Christopher Raeburn

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Dress made from discarded cow nipples – Designed by Rachel Friere

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A clock made from broken Iphones – Designed by Chris Koerner, a phone and iOS screen repair specialist (Kickstarter project: Twice Used)

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Lighting made from old bottles

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Coffee table made from an old door

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 Mixed wood table made by gluing small pieces of discarded wood together – Created by Herso, a Dutch furniture making team

Sources:

http://www.coolhunting.com/design/skatelamp-maplexo.php

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twiceused/twice-used-broken-iphones-upcycled-into-everyday-i

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3019941/innovation-by-design/a-parka-made-from-old-parachutes-and-more-cleverly-upcycled-fashion

http://www.upcyclethat.com/upcycled-tables/4774/

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou is a Greek fashion designer who currently lives and works in London. She has very beautiful collections with exclusive and original patterns. You can see her latest collection on this site:

http://www.marykatrantzou.com/collections/tags/ready-to-wear/spring-summer-2014/runway/content/view

Mary Katrantzou works together with other great brands like Moncler, Longchamp and Topshop. She is inspiring me because of the patterns of natural elements she uses. I really love these clothes because they look like paintings and radiate a warm atmosphere. They also stimulate my desire for adventure and for discovering great places.

Here you can see some examples:

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As you can see, the clothes are very expensive. If you are interested, you can take a look on this site:

http://www.polyvore.com/mary_katrantzou/shop?brand=Mary+Katrantzou

Studio Pepe – Escaping from problems

STUDIOPEPE is a design studio founded in Milan in 2006. They take a visionary and multidisciplinary approach to interior design, styling, set design, style consultancy, and trend forecasting.

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These decors are a new project for Elle Decor Italia. The sets appeared at Verona’s Abitare 100% tradeshow. I think they are very innovative, I have never seen decors like these. The colours, special effects and original accents contribute to the mysterious atmosphere.

They inspire me because something hit me: if you merge the two images on the left, you get a new one with a special detail.

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As you can see, the exposed stairway leads into the cloud. I don’t think it is on purpose, but it looks like you can climb into the sky, away from the earth. The image shows an upcoming need: escaping from your daily problems (into your dreams) and releasing them for a moment. After a while, you have to return and confront these problems. The cloud is also grey, what could indicate the fact that you can never really lose your problems these days, you always carry them with you.

Sources:

http://trendland.com/studiopepe-for-elle-decor-italia-decor-codes/

http://trendland.com/lama-non-lama-exhibition-by-studiopepe/

https://www.facebook.com/Studiopepe.Design/info