Posts Tagged ‘color’

Desk made of books

I find this desk totally appealing:

{via Recyclart}

The best part?  It is the Information Desk in a library!

UPDATE: The desk is located at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. From inhabitat.com“After the devastating fire in the Architecture building that took a portion of the library’s reserve, the school set out to establish a new collection that would consist of the salvaged books that went unburned and a bounty of others newly purchased to replace the destroyed volumes.”

I love how you mostly see the pages in the books and they used the covers as just a hint of color.  They could have gone the other way and arranged all the books spine out.  But I’m glad they didn’t.  It is very trendy right now to organize your book shelf by color. For example:

While I can see how that would be very eye catching, the pragmatist in me thinks, “But how would you ever find what you are looking for?”  Books are for reading and looking at, not just for being pretty on a shelf!  If your books aren’t organized by author, or by subject, or even chronologically, you’d have to remember if your book on contemporary art had a red or a blue cover to ever find it!  That is not how my brain is organized! Gah!

Sorry, tangent.

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artist: Jen Stark

Today has been such a wonderful, awful, crazy, emotional day that for my post tonight, I just want to celebrate the beautiful.

I want to share the work of the artist Jen Stark.  She makes these amazing cut paper sculptures that are just mind blowing to me.

Jen Stark / Flash Spectrum / 12″ x 12″ / hand-cut paper / 2007


Jen Stark / On The Inside / 34″ x 23″ / varnished hand-cut paper / 2008


Jen Stark / Over and Out / 19″ x 19″ x 5″ / hand-cut paper / 2008

Jen Stark / Coriolis Effect / 12″ x 12″ / hand-cut paper / 2007


I wish I had something more profound to say than PRETTY, but at the moment, that is all I can muster.  I just love looking at her work.  I love the pattern, the precision, the apparent simplicity that belies a far more complex underlying structure.  Each piece represents a huge amount of work and all I can think when I look at them is COLOR PRETTY.  Better than HULK SMASH I suppose. I’m also a sucker for works in paper, so that doesn’t hurt either.

For a slightly more coherent take on her work, read this.

To see what she has been up to lately, check out this awesome looking show in Thailand that happened in April of this year: