Sunny side up…

Back-to-work blues? Our "mystery object of the day" should bring a smile to your face - courtesy I Chao Wang, a Taiwan-born and NY-based industrial designer and illustrator (who possesses a certain sense of surreal humor, or a good deal of innocence, or a drinking problem - and perhaps all of the above). Really, no idea? Alright, answer to be found after the jump.

Utopia & Utility: Stacking Vessels at Design Show Shanghai

London-based designer Pia Wüstenberg will exhibit her Stacking Vessels (studio Utopia & Utility, which she founded with her brother Moritz, a Biochemical engineer) at Design Show Shanghai - February 27-March 2. A long way from her first series, when she was graduating from the London Royal College of Art, in 2011. Welcome to Asia, Pia.

Knol Ontwerp: Skinning Architecture

A few years ago, they were experimenting with "technofood". The Knol Ontwerp studio members now have architecture under their skin, manufacturing memories of buildings with the help of latex, molded directly onto the architectural elements they choose to replicate. Shape, dirt, rust and various traces from the original place help re-create and building a new space: "Like skin transplantations, they can be taken to other spaces where they get new spatial meaning. They take us to a world in which places are no longer fixed to specific locations, but become nomadic". (...)

Emmanuelle Moureaux: 100 colors, Shinjuku Creators Festa

Yet another colorful project from the French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux who settled down in Tokyo in 1996. For the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013, the architect selected 100 colors from the Japanese paper manufacturer Takeo. 840 pieces of paper were hung from the ceiling creating a floating volume of color. "When I first arrived in Tokyo, I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street", the architect reminisces. "In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan. Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional 'layers' in the city. The flood of various colors pervaded the street built up a complex depth and intensity in the space. These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of 'shikiri', which means dividing (creating) space with colors."