Finnish fashion brand Marimekko is on fire this month. Not only is its Osma Harvilahti-shot lookbook a lesson in spontaneous-feeling crops and styling, but its new SS15 collection features the Kangastus' print by illustrator and textile artist Kustaa Saksi.
A prime example of the strength of getting illustrators involved in the fashion industry.
Björk: Biophilia Live
This Peter Strickland-directed film of Björk’s phenomenal Biophilia live show mixes recordings of the queen of quirk’s performance with psychedelic nature-inspired visuals. With her MoMA retrospective just round the corner (opening March 2015), it’s a good chance to swot up on the Icelandic singer’s incredible creative output, including costumes, make-up, and of course the Biophilia app itself.
Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo
Opening this month, this Gehry-designed 4,000sqm biodiversity museum in Panama has plenty of inspiration cues for designers. From its sculptural canopied roof that echoes the vernacular of local tin building materials, to its interactive exhibits design by Bruce Mau (not to mention the pretty surreal installation of white animals) - it’s a feast for the eyes.
This month the Barbican’s Curve gallery will host an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Walead Beshty feature more than 12,000 cyanotype prints that he has made over the past year.
Ordered chronologically, it will no doubt provide top insight into Beshty’s experiments with this early printing technique, which uses lights reaction with ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide to create a photogram.
Silent But Violent
Set designer Anna Burns and Michael Bodiam’s apocalypse-inspired installations use everyday objects like flowers, marbles and balloons to recreate nuclear mushroom clouds. The duo aim to play with our horror and fascination with atomic bombs – the result leaves you marvelling at their execution, not least the ominous lighting.