Drawing from Memory


{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




One of the best things we get to do at DFM daily is dream up new ideas and execute beautiful work. We love design in all forms, but when we were flipping through a magazine the other day we found something new and truly stunning : creating clouds in an interior space. Where did our mind go first? How cool would this look in a retail space?! After a little further reading we learned these atmospheric designs pioneered by Berndnaut Smilde last only a second, captured through photography before they dissipate. But hey, a designer can dream! To learn more about the artist and his methods, check out this article in The Washington Post

1. Dezeen 2. Science of the Time 3. Zilla Magazine 4. Science of the Time 5. Zilla Magazine 6. Installation Mag 7. Nihil Sentimentalgia 8. Leandro Elrich

James Turrell at LACMA

{ Monday, July 01, 2013 }

Last week, Jen went to the James Turrell exhibit (entitled "A Retrospective") at LACMA and said it just about blew her mind. Turrell was a key artist in the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960's and 70's, and the exhibit features work spanning over 50 years of his long career. The exhibit features geometric light projections, installations exploring sensory deprivation, and some of his more recent work with holograms. Jen is already planning a return visit to experience the separate, interactive Turrell piece also featured at LACMA - "Light Reignfall": a freestanding, enclosed spherical chamber that the viewer actually climbs into (laying on a sliding bed) for a 12 minute experience illustrating the intense power of light. Since the work can only be viewed one person at a time, space is limited and reservations are necessary (but call soon, it's already booked up through mid-October!) For more information, visit LACMA's website, here.

Images via:

1 & 2. LA Canvas  3. LA County  4. GIF by Christine On Her Own

Lady Gaga, Queen of Branding

{ Tuesday, December 13, 2011 }

Just when it seems that Lady Gaga could't possibly get any more famous, this year she's taken on a new role to make her devoted fans love and adore her even more than they already do: Santa Claus. From November 21st- January 2nd, Gaga has infiltrated Barneys New York on Madison Avenue in NYC to open up her "avant-garde interpretation of Santa's workshop", aptly named: Gaga's Workshop. Described by Gaga as "a 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' moment, all whimsical and fun with a sense of art and fashion," the workshop is open to all of Gaga's little monsters (apparently that's what Gaga fans call themeselves), but only a very lucky few were granted admittance to the VIP opening event with a Gaga "golden ticket" invitation. Design Packaging, Inc. was given just 8 weeks to conceptualize, design, and finalize a showstopping invitation worthy of both the Queen of pop AND luxury retailer Barneys. Holy mother monster. Major shout out to Creative Director Evelio Mattos and the design team for producing the final invitation below -somehow it simultaneously communicates sophistication and absolute drug-induced mania, with definite notes of Tim Burton's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Great work team, we're impressed!

Below, some photos of the grand opening, other branding elements (like an entire fleet of Gaga themed NYC taxis!), and the interior of the workshop. To see more, visit www.gagasworkshop.com.

To read the full article from The Dieline, click here.

Invitation photos via The Dieline

Workshop photos via:

1&6. The Huffington Post  2. NY Daily News  3. Save Delete  4. Fashion Indie  5. Harper's Bazaar

Anthropologie Ahead of its Time?

{ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 }

J. Morgan Puett


Isn't it interesting how these two display techniques are so similar to one another? J. Morgan Puett developed this style in the early 1990's - and now a parallel can be drawn to present day Anthropologie stores. Puett's installations were definitely ahead of their time!

Creative Partnership

{ Wednesday, April 13, 2011 }

Artists Jeanne-Claude and Christo worked together for years on large scale installations around the world.  Not only were they creatively connected,  but the husband and wife team were madly in love. Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009, but Christo honers her memory by continuing their work with a new installation "Over the River" set to be installed over the next year in Colorado. Below is a sampling of their work spanning over 40 years. 

Images via Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Inside Out

{ Tuesday, April 05, 2011 }

A motivating pretension of the work of JR, a French street artist, and an unveiling of his TED Prize wish for the world.  

Participate in Inside Out, a large-scale art project by visiting www.insideoutproject.net

Below are some photographs of a JR pasting on Spring St. in Downtown LA.

Clockwork Snow

{ Thursday, December 02, 2010 }

A beautiful holiday window display for Italian department chain La Rinascente.  Just wish we were in rome watching the paper gears move in person. Read More

Image via La Rinascente

Hanging Garden - Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

{ Thursday, October 21, 2010 }

Amazingly beautiful installation by Japanese environmental artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto as part of his ongoing series "Global Tree Project". See a video about his process and ideas on his website.

+ Commune de Paris, 1871 + Fall Winter '10

{ Tuesday, September 07, 2010 }

Commune de Paris 1871 new collection "Uproar and Smoke" is a collection of lively but classic menswear styles.  We love the brand styling of this collection as it plays off the typical British look with a subversive twist.

Sink and/or Swim - "New Living"

{ Saturday, July 10, 2010 }

Mike Bouchet: Sir Walter Scott 2010

American artist Mike Bouchet installed a floating American style house on one of the many bodies of water in Venice at the 2009 Biennale. It promptly sunk and has now been resurrected at the Schirn Kunsthalle gallery in Frankfurt.  The new installation is now of show through September 12th 2010.

image courtesy of galerie parisa kind and mike bouchet
photograph by norbert migueltz

Via Designboom

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