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This is the section where I explain the detail of professional designs that I’ve come to like.

Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata was born during World War II in the year 1934 in Tokyo, Japan. He lived until the year 1991 where he also died in Tokyo, Japan. During the time he was alive, he had designed more than 300 bars and restaurants. In 1977, he became famous worldwide overnight for his “Drawer in an Irregular Form.” When the next decade came, he once again caused the people excitement with his “Miss Blanche” where he used different and unusual materials to create.

Title: Drawer in an Irregular Form

 

Drawer in an Irregular Form

 This piece of work was perhaps the most well-known and copied of Shiro Kuramata’s work. What makes this drawer unique in comparison to the rectangular drawers is that it takes the form of an “s.” What I like about this S-shaped drawer is that it takes away people’s normal standard and expectations on things whether the expectations are on people or on products. Because Kuramata created something out of the ordinary, he became well-known throughout the world for capability to take something original and turn it into something unique.

Title: Miss Blanche

 

Miss Blanche

Miss Blanche, which is another famous piece of Kuramata’s, was created during the 1980s. I decided to put this piece into my blog as a representer of Shiro Kuramata because this was another design of his that made the world appreciate him. This is another display of work where he takes a regular chair and makes it into something more artistic especially with the floating roses. Miss Blanche is made with acrylic and aluminum where then artificial roses where embedded into it. All kinds of artificial flowers from all over Japan and models were made over and over again in order to gain the goal of creating an illusion where the flowers seem to be floating. This inspired me to always let my creativity and ideas flow even if there may be something preventing me from making it real, I should write and draw it down on paper so that I’d never forget my original concept of something especially when the world and the people are constantly changing; my thoughts, my beliefs and my values may come to slightly differ from what I once thought.


 
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Charles Le Corbusier

Who was Charles Le Corbusier? Well then! Let me tell you. His full name was actually Charles Edouard Jeannert-Gris but he chose to be known as Charles Le Corbusier for personal and convenient reasons. Born on October 6th, 1887, and death on August 27th, 1965, he was known to be a pioneer of modern architect. Not only was he a French architect but he was also a designer, writer, and painter.

Charles Le Corbusier

One of Le Corbusier’s many architectural designs caught my eye because it had a very different style to many other designs that I’ve seen before and that design is the Villa Savoye – one of the most famous house in modern movements in architecture. This house that is located in Poissy, Paris, is said to be Le Corbusier’s most purist design.

Villa Savoye pic 1

pic 2 (top left) - the garden roof; pic 3 (mid-left) - staircase; pic 4 (mid-right) - the exterior wall surrounding the entrance door; and pic 5 (bottom left) - living room

Villa Savoye is one of the many designs of Le Corbusier’s that came to made me appreciate his works. One of the reasons why I specifically chose Villa Savoye to represent Le Corbusier in my blog is because I have never seen a house with such a design of both interior and exterior before. What I really like about this house is that it is possible to walk all the way to the top of the house and rather than using stairs to get to the top, he used a ramp which everyone, especially those in wheelchairs, will be able to see the surroundings at the top of the house or to just view the garden roof. When designing Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier gave consideration for those in wheelchairs when he designed the ramp rather than using stairs which every house would contain and I came to appreciate him all the more because of that. With the exterior colour of white, it gives off a feeling of simplicity and purity especially with its wide range of landscape surrounding it; it makes it all the more convincing that its aura says Villa Savoye is a very pure place. Not only that, with its spiraling stairs and ramps, it makes Villa Savoye a very non-traditional and non-typical home.

 
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Apostol Tnokovski

Apostol Tnokovski is a graphic and industrial designer who was born in Skopje in the year of 1982. Although I haven’t found much information about him, I have come to like his designs. One of the designs that caught my interest was the Tick Tack Music Watch.

Tick Tack Music Watch pic 1

Tick Tack Music Watch pic 2 and 3

This is one of his many designs and its feature is a wristwatch yet also a mp3. I think this design is very creative because it has a “2-in-1” function yet Tick Tack is mainly to attract teenage boys rather than teenage girls as you can see that its only colours are black and blue. The controls of it are fairly easy to get the hang of especially with the touchable screen to change settings such as whether the user would like to use an analog clock or a digital clock, adjusting the volume, or to find a particular time of a favourite part of the song. At the bottom of the screen is where the mp3 controls would be located and the simple buttons are play, pause, stop, rewind, and fast-forward. Lastly, Tick Tack is an environmental friendly product since it uses rechargeable batteries to work.

 
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Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood logo

Vivienne Westwood, who is still alive, was born on April 8th, 1941. Her official website is www.viviennewestwood.co.uk if you ever wish to check out more of her designs. Although she has aged, her heart has not and she is still as energetic and inspirational as ever; many people would describe her as “punky.”

Vivienne Westwood

I didn’t know about Vivienne Westwood until a friend told me to search her up on Google. At first, I thought that her designs were way too abstract for someone like me to understand but what finally made me come to appreciate her was a wedding dress that she designed which was shown in the movie Sex and the City. Her personality was another influential reason why I found interest in her. Firstly, let’s talk about her wedding dress which was worn by Jessica Parker on her wedding day.

Jessica Parker

What caught my eye? Well…the dress of course! The way the dress is puffy below the waist makes the wedding dress even more special than just a stereotypical white wedding dress. A creamy yellow is given to the dress to this white dress but it doesn’t take away the purity of a white dress. This dress was known to be an “iconic feature” in the movie Sex and the City. Let’s move on to the interview Vivienne Westwood had with Mike Press, shall we?

This interview was very inspirational. While reading the interview, I felt as if I could feel her strong emotions as she spoke her words. What got to me was when she said, “But what drove me on I suppose is that I felt I had to explore these ideas I had to understand the world I lived in. I was this idiot person and doing this was what I needed to do to understand what was going on.” What she said was very true. The world we live in is a very mysterious place and being born into the world, we begin as an inexperienced child who knows nothing until we’re willing to find answers to all our unanswered questions.

If you would like to hear her yourself, here is a link of her when she was at Dundee University where she presented herself in front of art students: http://vimeo.com/1274213

 
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Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010

Alexander McQueen was a very well-known man. Being born in the year of 1970 in London, England, didn’t disadvantage him at all. Although his father was a taxi driver, it did not stereotype him into a taxi driver’s son. He had high intelligence and had been a solo desginer for 10 years and survived until he was brought into the Gucci Group to be even more well-known. But this great designer had left us recently, departed on this year, February 11th, 2010. May he rest in peace.

Alexander McQueen

 I mentioned Alexander McQueen in my blog because he was a great inspirer. He gave the world a different meaning to fashion. He designed many clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. but one dress really caught my interest. This dress was in Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010 category which Lady Gaga wore during the VMA 2010.

Lady Gaga Alexander McQueen dress pic 1 and 2

Lady Gaga Alexander McQueen dress pic 3

When I first saw this dress, I felt very inspired because it gave off a very surreal feeling to it especially in pic 2 and pic 3 where the dress seemed to spread out so perfectly that one can mistake the photos as paintings. I genuinely thought to myself, “Wow!” because the dress seemed to be listening to the wind and letting it take him to unmeasurable heights unlike gravity where one would never be able to reach the sky with it. Not only that, with the way the colours contrast each other, the dress itself seems as if it was designed in ancient times – an era where abundant kings and queens existed – yet it was actually recently designed of this year, 2010.

 
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