children’s book illustrator Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault studied graphic design before plunging herself into the world of illustration. She contributes to magazines and newspapers across the US and Canada, and has been the recipient of major illustration awards such as the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards for illustration, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, and the National Magazine Awards of Canada. ‘Le Coeur de Monsieur Gauguin’, the original french version of ‘Mr. Gaugin’s heart’ is her first book.

Isabelle Arsenault often uses a unique color palette with soft and earth-toned colors for her expressive figures and poses.

‘Walls’ notebook by Quirk Books

Walls Notebook is a notebook / sketchbook with 80 “clean” New York City walls as your blank slate. Write, draw, paste, or doodle on these interesting and inspirational backdrops.
You’ll be one step closer to being the graffiti artist you’ve always wanted to be . . . minus the jail time.’

Publisher: Quirk Books (March 4, 2009)
ISBN-10: 159474324X
ISBN-13: 978-1594743245

Price: $16.95

‘Swell Vases’ by Anika Engelbrecht

German designer Anika Engelbrecht combines simple ceramic vessels with colorful balloons to create the ‘Swell Vases’. The series is comprised of five different vase forms each perforated and designed with lots of negative space. By adding a series of colorful rubber balloons, each vase is able to hold water and flowers. The weight of the water fills the balloons and forces them out of the perforations in the vases. The result is white vases bulging with red, green and blue. The balloons can be rotated between the vases to create hundreds of different combinations.


The ODA ROOM | New York | USA | ODA

The ROOM by Office for Design & Architecture (ODA) is a modular dwelling system intended to be retrofitted into existing spaces. Designed as an adjustable yet custom solution for bedrooms, The ROOM consists of three elements: the Pod, the Media Station and the Satellite. ‘Made affordable by the use of simple materials and construction methods that can be dressed up or down according to budget. The appearance and arrangement can be adjusted to fit within rooms of all sizes and for users of all ages.’

The product began as a custom project for a client who wanted a “room” for a teenager in a loft-like space. As ODA progressed they realized that The Room could be made of modular parts and could be adjusted (made compact or sprawling) for various space requirements which led to it being productized.

‘Isabella’ by Ryan Frank

‘Isabella is a totem pole style stacking stool inspired by the traditional carved seating found in many African countries. Wanting to avoid the use of exotic hardwoods, a solid section of strawboard has been used for the structure.

The straw profile is then wrapped in felt for a comfortable, brightly colored and textile product.’

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