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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.

Razzle Dazzle Recycling

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I'm afraid that there's good and bad news with this post.  The good news is that I got these great pics of a dazzling piece of art.  The bad news is that I've searched high and low in my notes and simply can't find the name of the artist/date, to pass on to you.  So, what to do...will I post it without or should I file the whole thing into the nether regions of my laptop?  Once I'd reviewed all of the photos I decided that it was positively too gorgeous to be relegated to the bowels of my computer.

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What I can tell you is that I spied this absolute bobby dazzler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  I can also tell you that it originated from Africa. From memory, the whole piece was around one and a half meters wide by a meter high. The other little golden gem of information I can tell you is that it's made from the bottle tops of a variety of alcoholic beverages. Each one cut, flattened and wired into place. More unbelievable African recycling!

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Parent Category: Arts

Ousmane M'Baye

(Senegal, b. 1975)

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Every time I look at this photo I have a little moment of delight.  This is another offering from the MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) in New York.  What a find!  Ousmane M'Baye is one of many African designers creating magnificent work from the things that are thrown out in other countries.  This kitchen furniture is made from recycled oil drums with a bit of help from black galvanised sheet metal. It's an exceptionally clever idea beautifully crafted.  The designer himself sums it up when he says "...the colours produce smiles."  He got that right!

I've done a bit of a google search for more of his work and unearthed this site.  If you think this piece is good, wait till you see the work showcased on this link.

http://www.contemporist.com/2009/07/31/ousmane-mbaye-exhibition-at-viaduc-des-arts/


Parent Category: Arts

New York Rainwater Tanks

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I've been fascinated with New York rainwater tanks since I saw pictures of Rupert Murdochs apartment in Soho. The design of it's makeover (masterminded by my all time favourite designer Christian Liaigre) incorporates a very clever use of the existing water tank. Most rainwater tanks in New York are no longer used for that purpose, but in their infinite wisdom, the New York powers that be have made it impossible to remove them.  Thank goodness. The Murdoch apartment is a fabulous example of rethinking and reusing. The steel superstructure under the water tank was turned into a master bathroom. Brilliant. The shape provided by the superstructure lent a gothic cathedral touch to the bathroom's eventual interior structure. Add to that, the fixtures and fittings and you have all of the luxurious calm typical of Liaigre's exceptional work. Sighhh

These pics were taken in and around the West Village and Chelsea on a glorious New York winters day in December of last year.  I love the way the rainwater tanks punctuate the geometry of the skyline.

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If you would like to see pics of the Murdoch apartment, hunt down a copy of "Maison: Christian Liaigre" by Herbert Ypma, Thames and Hudson.


Parent Category: Design

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