Alexis Christodoulou starts out as a game and arrives at the 3D design

Alexis Christodoulou starts out as a game and arrives at the 3D design

Collater.al Contributors · 9 months ago · Design

South African artist Alexis Christodoulou brings together fantasy worlds at the limit of the impossible, transforming images of architectural spaces designed to escape from reality into 3D. The project was born in collaboration with ECCO Leather and IGNANT, is called “Neo Nude” for the launch of their latest leather products.

Alexis’ work can be traced back to a new movement in 3D art, which aims to project the viewer into a world in line with the progressive movements of design, rather than a world based on fantasy, science fiction or the fake reality typical of video games. It’s a movement that’s changing rapidly. The evolution of 3D art is influenced by advances in technology but above all by changes in social media.

Through a very tortuous path, Alexis has gotten to where he is now, moving from a career as a copywriter to a career in 3D. It’s in that period that he approaches the world of modeling and design. He started with tutorials on YouTube, forums and online communities, using SketchUp. For almost a year he published images on Instagram, but only for training and practice. And that’s how his interior images, with various moving elements, from rippling water to rotating objects, came to life and became increasingly popular.

It creates sterile spaces from the human presence, surrealism that celebrates light and calm in a world where time does not exist, but the images are in constant movement and evolution and are intended to give calm to those who watch them and those who are passionate about it.

In the series “Neo Nude” is clearly visible the passage of time is visually measured by the changes in material in the leather pieces present in each image. Atmospheric influences – water, sand, sand, sun and weather – transform the color and feel of “Neo Nude” leather. These changes fit into an architectural background of undulating walls with delicate, pastel color palettes.

The artist has never studied architecture, yet his images tell us the opposite.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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Casa Plenaire, the perfect refuge signed Child Studio

Casa Plenaire, the perfect refuge signed Child Studio

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art, Design

In the last few months, we’ve seen holiday plans go up in smoke and canceled trips, and the idea that we still have a long way to go before we return to travel saddens us. Many studios and designers have been looking for innovative solutions to make us travel with our minds, like the Overthought project, but some have gone further and imagined the perfect place to spend the quarantine, like Casa Plenaire. The designers of Child Studio, in collaboration with the skincare brand Plenaire, which gives its name to the project, have created a series of renderings with 3D modeling programs giving shape to their idea of the ideal place to live the lockdown.  

It is a sea view house that, in its soft and not angular shapes and light colors, recalls the typical houses of Santorini. In the center of the house there is a round bathtub, on either side of which two short stairs lead to the bedroom with a window overlooking the sea and an opening leading to the terrace with the floor covered in polished tiles.  

On the opposite side of the Casa Plenaire, there is, instead, a sort of inner courtyard with an outdoor shower and characterized by bright orange walls. Like any self-respecting summer house, in every room are scattered beach accessories such as straw hats, beach towels, open books, shells, magazines. 

Moreover, through the few furnishing elements present, the designers of Child Studio wanted to pay homage to some iconic pieces such as the Anywhere Lamp by Greta von Nessen and the Pastil chair by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio. 

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Art at home, directly from the Guggenheim museum

Art at home, directly from the Guggenheim museum

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Another nice initiative by a museum, after having had the opportunity to visit some of them with a click, today the famous Guggenheim of New York makes available several volumes for free download.

Known worldwide as one of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s architectural jewels, the Guggenheim in New York is home to thousands of works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Mondrian, Pollock and many others.

Currently closed, the museum continues its educational mission by offering dozens of art books exploring the legacy of the greatest contemporary artists, as well as the great exhibitions that wrote the legend of the Guggenheim.
With works from 1936 to the present day, including both reproductions of works and various analyses, it is possible to discover contemporary art in all its forms and periods once again.

You can download everything here, enjoy reading!

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Shishido Mazafaka’s fascinating and creepy accessories

Shishido Mazafaka’s fascinating and creepy accessories

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Shishido Mazafaka, aka Doooo, is a Japanese DJ who, when not busy writing and recording new songs, devotes his free time to a strange and unusual hobby. In fact, Shishido loves making accessories of all kinds, from small handbags to phone covers, from stamps to chargers for the computer. So far, nothing strange, the silliest thing is that each of these objects is made by simulating human skin, with hair and skin flaws, making the end result both fascinating and gruesome at the same time

This strange effect, which cannot fail to remind us of Qimmy Shimmy’s small sculptures, is made of silicone rubber and meticulously worked to perfectly replicate parts of the body such as ears, mouths, fingers or navels. The working of a single piece takes from one to three months, but not all the work is done by Shishido Mazafaka himself. Without revealing the secrets that allow such a realistic result to be achieved, the artist stated that to achieve it, he gets help from his partner Jurjen Hasseling, founder of the JUR production studio, who divides the design and modeling phases. 

Among the friends and fans of Shishido Mazafaka, these accessories are in great demand, so all creations can be purchased and range from prices ranging from 120,000 Yen to 390,000 Yen, which is between 1,000 and 3,000 or so. 

Would you ever go out with one finger and one eye hanging around your neck? 

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Discovering Buckingham Palace with HomeAdvisor

Discovering Buckingham Palace with HomeAdvisor

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Who has never wanted to know what is hidden inside some of the most famous buildings in the world? The British company HomeAdvisor wanted to give us a gift, commissioning a team of designers and experts to create posters with the interiors of Buckingham Palace

Excluding the summer period, during which few rooms are open to tourists, the 775 rooms of the English crown house still remain a mystery. After several studies and drawing information from various sources, the team chosen by HomeAdvisor has created seven posters, some illustrating the plan of the palace and others illustrating some rooms. 

Specifically, we find the plan of the Central Block, the first part that can be seen entering Buckingham Palace, with the famous staircase of honor covered by a luxurious red carpet and the walls covered by portraits of the members of the Royal Family. In this wing, you will find some of the most famous rooms, such as the State Dining Room, where a long mahogany table that is said to be polished so many times that it does not need a tablecloth. It was in this room that Kate and William held their wedding reception in 2011. 

It continues with the so-called White Drawing Room, where meetings with a few people take place and where the public can enter, as opposed to the Room 1844, destined for meetings with the most illustrious visitors, from presidents to celebrities. 

Next to the latter is the Regency Room, which is the room usually seen on television during the Queen’s speeches. 

This is followed by the floor plan of the Queen’s Apartments. It is said that of the 775 rooms of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty uses only six daily, to which access is allowed only to a few intimates, including the room to receive the Prime Minister. 

Finally, the last floor plan is dedicated to the East Front characterized by a style that draws on the Chinese one, merging it with many furnishings taken from a former royal residence in Brighton, the Royal Pavillon. 

Get lost in the corridors of Buckingham Palace! 

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