March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Fashion weeks are over but the party continues! Last weekend, iconic Paris concept store Colette celebrated its 15th birthday with an epic carnaval, open to everyone at the Tuileries Gardens (It’s the first time a brand has been granted access to the gardens for a public event). Music, food, fun events, movies, installations, great brands… We should have been there!! What better way to celebrate a birthday than to throw a huge carnival?

Photos from http://www.thecherryblossomgirl.com and  http://www.colettecarnaval.com



February 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

74STUDIO is looking for interns!

’74Studio is a Creative Studio and Agency located in the oldest district of Istanbul-Karakoy specializing in Graphic Design and Brand Making. With a team of multi-disciplinary designers, we bring to life well thought out designs and craft a powerful body of work for a client, list of individuals, brands and institutions. We value immaculate and meticulous designs and believe that visual communication using different mediums exceeds expectations both aesthetically and strategically. 74studio also provides the grounds for expression of independent ideas and artistic visions, using it as a platform for collaboration; we join forces with other artists to produce work that is unique, thoughtful, innovative and memorable. Our disciplines include Brand Consultancy, Art Direction, Image-Making, Typography, Music, Art, Motion, Culture, Video, Photography and Fashion.’

If interested and living in Istanbul, please email info@74studio.com.tr immediately!


January 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Animated GIFs have turned into quite a movement on blogs and tumblrs all over the internet this year. As a special Christmas gif(t) to us, 10 very talented german artists are taking the animated GIF out of the internet and putting it into a live exhibition. You can see their work at iheartBerlin.

“The Future is Glamorous” by Katja Hentschel, 2011, www.katjahentschel.com

“Looking Backward // Moving Forward” by Hara Katsiki, 2011, www.inklovespaper.com

“We will be equal” by Katja Hentschel, 2011, www.katjahentschel.com

“Dead Hipster” by Clemens Poloczek, 2011, www.ignant.de

“Smoking won’t be banned” by Florian Kolmer, 2011, www.kolmer-photography.com


July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Hello, This is Kei Kobayashi. I am originally from Japan. I came to London to study abroad in 2006, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design course in 2010. After university, I started working as cutting assistant in Rob Ryan‘s studio.

pop.see.cul : Can you talk a little bit about your final major project at Central St Martins. What was your aim?

My final major project was a tribute to my childhood memories. The concept was ‘Nostalgia’. I created a toy, a paper puppet set, which was inspired by three books from my childhood. ‘The Three Bears’ by Tolstoy, ‘Birthday’ by Hans Fischer and ‘Caroline en Europe’, which my mum bought on their honeymoon in New Caledonia. When my mum went there, she found that book accidently. When she was a child, this book was also her favourite. When I was 3 years old, she gave it to me. The books prompted me to come over to Europe.

I was trying to make people touch the artwork using their five human senses. It is not always true that a person’s childhood toys go on to become their nostalgic treasures; but this was the case for a number of people I talked to, and it was the case for me. Some nostalgic treasures always stay with me in my daily life. Treasures take different forms for every person, however the toy, for me  is capable of fulfilling many of the requirements of a treasure. And I hope that my paper puppet will be a treasure for someone in the future.

pop.see.cul : What is the first thing you remember about your childhood? Your best or worst memories perhaps.

When I was a child, my favourite moment was when my mum told me stories every night before I went to bed. I still remember the colours of each scene and phrase. My worst memory is the day when my cat passed away.

pop.see.cul : What inspires you the most?

Not only art and design but also a trips in Europe. For example, the view from an airplane or a beautiful sunset at the seaside.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

I would like to be a designer who can create quality artwork that people want to keep for their whole lives, allowing it to become a treasure.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

I have always described my work as ‘hand made graphic design’. It’s really difficult to explain it, because I have not only did graphic design but also fashion and product design. But all of my work was handmade. Therefore, I love to use the term ‘hand made style’

Some of Kei’s sketchbook pages :


June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Live for randomness, it keeps you sane in a nonsensical world.

This is a very random song by Soko. Nowadays, most of the songs have very typical lyrics, it feels good to hear something different, sincere and childlike. Too bad she quit singing.

All images from http://varioussources.tumblr.com/


June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

This year the streets of various European capitals have been adorned with phrases such as CIVILISATIONS COME AND GO LIKE AUTUMN RAIN and WHENEVER YOU SEE THE SUN REFLECTED IN THE WINDOW OF A BUILDING IT IS AN ANGEL due to Robert Montgomery‘s continuing efforts to engage passers-by with his emotionally-charged and often melancholic abstract poetry.

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