Thursday, 30 December 2010

Camille Cortet

Camille Cortet is a French designer based in Amsterdam that recently graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven. Nature is one of her biggest inspirations when it comes to fashion. More specifically, she is challenged by the idea of transformation and tries to find the parallelisms between animals and humans. The transformation project looks at the way animals change their color and skin or the behaviors they use when they want to capture the attention of their love companions. This includes a series of body-ornaments that are an attempt to adapt animal behaviors to our culture and to create new gestures and new body languages within clothing and ornaments.

Friday, 24 December 2010


itunube design studio works in projects of product design, window campaigns, research, events, design concept and accessories. Recent projects includes flowers made out of paper in 32 different variations. The studio also offers 10 second video clips which explore different themes for all to use as design inspiration.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Claire Scully

Claire Scully

Claire Scully (AKA The Quiet Revolution) graduated from the MA Communication Design degree at Central Saint Martins in 2006. She takes her inspiration from the often overlooked within everyday life and puts it through a process of mutation and subversion to create a mix of playful humour with sinister undertones of conflict. Using a mix of drawing, painting, screen-printing, photography, digital and more recently moving image, Claire’s personal work depicts the relationship between both herself and nature with her urban environment.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New Power Studio

New Power Studio
Established menswear stylist Thom Murphy and womenswear designer Ebru Ercon have joined fashion forces to become New Power Studio a unisex clothing brand. The brand focuses on casual relaxed clothing promoting their work through instillation and fashion video to produce a humorous, youthful and highly conceptual aesthetic.

Thom Murphy talks about why he thinks fashion videos are going to destroy fashion shoots >

Monday, 29 November 2010

James Long

James Long is best know for his knitwear and use of mixed textiles. His S/S 2011 collection features gradients on loose knits and psychedelic dip-dye shirts, a colourful and laidback collection inspired by a recent trip to Woodstock where spirited people inspired him.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Manish Arora

Manish Arora is known for his vivid palette of riotous colours and kitsch motifs. His garments combine contemporary silhouettes with a range of traditional Indian craft methods including embroidery, appliqué and beading.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Lorenzo Petrantoni

Lorenzo Petrantoni was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1970 and then moved to Milan, where he graduated from a graphic-design school. He started working as an art director for Young and Rubicam France and later on moved back to Italy, where he now lives and works. His passion for the period of the late 1800s led him to create illustrations throu the assembly of images retrieved from old dictionaries of that period.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Tina Berning

Tina Berning is a Berlin-based illustrator. She started out by designing album covers for the music industry. Soon afterwards, she began to concentrate on her own picture worlds and found her expression in painting and illustration. Her work has won numerous awards and is published in countless renowned anthologies. In addition to designing campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Smart, Mercedes-Benz, Shiseido and Davidoff, she works regularly for magazines such as Die Zeit, New York Times, Nylon, Playboy, SZ and Vogue.

Olivier Kugler

Olivier Kugler studied graphic design in Germany and Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He exhibits his work and illustrates for editorial, book and design clients.
He was led to become an illustrator by comics he read as a child and was also encouraged by his artist father. The artists Hergé, Jean Giraud, Loustal, Otto Dix, George Grosz and David Hockney inspire him. His interest in travel and reportage photography is evident in his work style.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Nienke Klunder

Nienke Klunder is an artist who offers a provocative look at modern American popular culture. Born in California and raised in the Netherlands, Klunder has used her role as both European and American citizen in providing an outsider/insider stance on pop culture, giving her audience a one-of-a-kind perspective on women and their roles in society. Known for working in series and sequences (what she calls “visual essays”), Nienke Klunder tells stories in a cinematic fashion with her photographs. She also creates sculptures and drawings that are sprinkled into her exhibitions to fully communicate her stories.

Friday, 5 November 2010


Berlin based fashion company C-Neeon are Clara Leskovar (textile designer) and Doreen Schultz (fashion designer). Their women's wear collections make extensive use of engineered digital prints; previously these were often very geometric and graphic, but recent collections have been more textured or softer.

Petra Borner

Petra Borner is a Swedish illustrator and artist based in London. She works with cut paper, drawing and a range of other media including embroidery. Her client list includes a number of fashion companies like Aquascutum, Cacharel and Louis Vuitton.

Assume Vivid Astro Focus

Assume Vivid Astro Focus is the alias of Brazilian Eli Sudbrack who works from a New York base; it's also the name of the collaborations he does with other people. His own site is here and you can also check out the gallery that represents him (his wallpapers are particularly recommended, although the images are a bit small to really do them justice) and some of his international projects. Minimal this isn't...

Friday, 29 October 2010

Aminaka Wilmont

Aminaka Wilmont is a design duo made up by Maki Aminaka Löfvander and Marcus Wilmont. Maki is from Japan and Sweden, Marcus from Denmark. The designers met while working for Robert Cary-Williams. They studied at Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and University of Boras. Their design signature includes use of graphic prints together with soft draping and hard edge tailoring.


  • Ramon Gurillo is a designer know for his beautifully crafted intricate knitwear. Many of his garments possess a cobweb-like intricacy with a hint of punk, romantic, and sexy modern combined. He shows his craftsmanship by creating all his designs by hand. He works with a wide range of color, but concentrates on black or beige. For Winter 2010 collection he has constructed sculptural garments that consisted of many separates, textured knits, fringe, layering, and deconstruction.
Ramon Gurillo

Iris Vanherpen

Iris Vanherpen is a Dutch born and based fashion designer. She graduated with a fashion degree from the HBO, ARTEZ Academy Arnhem, the Netherlands, in 2006, before going on to exhibit her collection ‘Fragile Futurity’ at Tokyo Fashion Week 2007.

Iris has worked on the fashion shows of Alexander McQueen and Viktor & Rolf in Paris. Iris Vanherpen


NOTCOT is a growing network of design sites that present innovative design work, the latest in international trends, and is a great show case for all things well designed.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Pringle of Scotland and artist David Shrigley

Pringle of Scotland has commissioned artist David Shrigley to create a humorous short animated film about life behind-the-scenes at Pringle to celebrate the brands return to Milan Fashion Week.

Lacoste shirt by Li Xiaofeng

li xiaofeng is beijing artist who creates clothing piece made from traditional chinese ceramics.

For the latest reimagining of Lacoste's iconic polo shirt, the company turned to Xiaofeng, The online version of Wallpaper magazine has a video of the artist who takes us through the painstaking process of firing new porcelain, painting them and then further adorning them with classical Chinese motifs, as well as the Lacoste croc logo. In all 317 pieces were used to make his on polo, which took him three months to make.

Friday, 15 October 2010

David Shrigley

Artist David Shrigley, based in Glasgow, is probably best known for his drawings and cartoons, which have been highly influential, particularly on illustration. He's also done music videos for Blur and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and been involved in a wide range of other art projects. There's lots of examples of his work on his website, including this which has made me smile for 14 years.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Angel Chang

Angel Chang is a New York-based designer who works with print and fashion. She has explored the possibilities of smart fabrics and garments, including clothes with built in electronics (that mp3 players dock to, for example - the garment shown has speakers in the hood) and recent print developments such as thermochromatic dyes.

Florence Manlik

Florence Manlik is a French graphic artist and illustrator who works in a highly detailed linear style, combining abstract and figurative elements. Her work features regularly in surveys of contemporary design and she has worked for a wide range of fashion related clients including Robert Normand, Selfridges, Cacharel, Fenchurch and Hermes.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Lika Vilkova

Lika Volkova is Co-founder and designer for SANS a fashion company that are producing eco friendly garments and are receiving rave reviews from many sustainable design communities. Despite this Lika disagrees and argues that her line is not an eco-fashion company for the simple reason she feels eco-fashion doesn’t exist.

“How can fashion possibly be good for the environment? You produce things – you make them. All garments, with the exception of secondhand clothing, produces waste, expends energy and exploits the earth – things that can hardly be called eco.”

The company offers digital patterns, which you can buy and download to make yourself - aspiring to green fashion and encouraging others to do the same. You can watch a video where Lika discusses her beliefs behind the concept at: SANS

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Koji Horigome

Shoe label Koji Horigome is based in London, UK and launched in 2008.

The designer is inspired by the shape of orthopaedic shoes, 1960s artificial limbs, vintage medical equipment, military outfits, processes of traditional shoe making, the film ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and abandoned buildings. His website is currently under construction, but you can his view work at the following link: Koji Horigome

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou is among the second wave of breakout stars of the digital print revolution that has been sweeping London's designers since Basso & Brooke began experimenting a few years ago. The shift from mechanical screen printing to computer manipulations of color and pattern has meant designers like Katrantzou can achieve impossibly complex feats of imagination. Her website is currently being build but you can follow her work on style.com at:

Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem, is a ready-to-wear line established in 2005 by Erdem Moralioglu.
The brand has won much praise from many followers for its gracefully modern clothing. Fusing sharp, forward tailoring and graphic custom designed silk prints in a uniquely romantic approach has been the signature of the brand’s aesthetic.
The brand also brings about a playful use of embellishment in its creations, using embroidery in a youthful manner.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Kustaa saksi

Kustaa Saksi is a Finish born artist, now living and working in Paris. His Scandinavian design roots inform his work, which coupled with his unique imagination enables him to combine organic touches and viscous shapes for a variety of end uses such as shoes, wallpaper, book covers, instore installations, and catwalk sets to name a few.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Trend Forecaster's Handbook

The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook, due to be published in October, provides a good overview of the world of trends, trend forecasting and consumer-insight techniques.
This is of particular relevance to L5 TD4Fers doing the Think Tank unit. It was written by Martin Raymond, who is the is a co-founder of The Future Laboratory.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Marithe + Francois Girbaud

Marithé François Girbaud is an international French based clothing company founded in 1964 by husband and wife, François and Marithé Girbaud.

The company specializes in casual clothing using unique styling and fabrics. Year after year, they redesign and rethink the Jean, inventing new industrial processes, technical designs in harmony with morphology and the movement of the body.


Balenciaga is a fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior.

His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. The house of Balenciaga is now owned by the Frenchmultinational company PPR - a French multinational holding company specializing in retail shops and luxury brands.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy came from Pasadena, California, to New York in the spring of 2005 with nothing more than a few dresses and coats stuffed in their suitcase. A week after arriving, they had shown their collection, tagged Rodarte after their mother's maiden name, to almost every major fashion editor and upscale retail buyer. What got them through the door? Tenacity and talent.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Keep and Share

Keep and Share is a small UK knit company, dedicated to 'slow' fashion. Designing knitted garments outside trends for long-term use, which are less environmentally harmful.

Monday, 13 September 2010


Abraka is Carine Abraham, a French designer who works for a range of different end uses including fashion and pattern design. There's a clever mix of traditional and contemporary imagery going on in her work, with some great illustration and art direction.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan is famed for his intricate paper cuts. He creates a world of romance and magic with simple but heartfelt messages.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Jakob Schlaepfer

Swiss fabric company Jakob Schlaepfer design and manufacture fabric with extraordinary levels of sophistication, quality and originality. They create textiles for couture, pret-a-porter and interiors. If you're looking for a definition of high-end, this is it.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Lucy and Bart

LucyandBart is an experimental fashion collaboration between (Australian) Lucy McRae and (Dutch) Bart Hess. According to the site, it is "described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression."
If you haven't seen this stuff before, make a cup of tea and prepare to be deeply inspired. You can also check out the individual sites of Lucy McRae and Bart Hess.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Alison Willoughby

Alison Willoughby is a textile designer who predominately works with skirts and is best known for making one-off, elaborately patterned design work. They are as much works of art as pieces of clothing - this one belongs to her upcycled range, made from gents ties.


Superbad is a web art project by Ben Benjamin, a San Fransisco-based graphic design (not the song by James Brown or the film featuring McLovin). It was started in 1997, and is a sprawling maze of imagery you click on to move through. Sometimes it seems like you're going round and round in circles, sometimes it seems completely chaotic.

If you're interested in web design, most of pages are actually very simple. The site is essentially a huge collection of linked random images and text. It is probably the complete opposite of what Jakob Neilsen promotes on his UseIt site - a rather draconian approach to making web sites as user-friendly as possible.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Inspirational people Li Edelkoort

Li Edelkoort is one of the most sought-after trend researchers on the planet. For over 20 years she has been pointing companies towards what tomorrow’s consumers want, how they will live and what will be important to them. When she speaks, corporations listen – among others, Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, Shiseido, as well as car companies, banks and even governments consult with her at her offices in Paris and New York. In the world of fashion and design, she is considered an icon of style with a fail-proof sense of what tomorrow will bring. Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential fashion experts of our day, and the famous British design magazine i-D listed her among the world’s 40 most important designers.

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer is an American artist who uses books to create art, cutting into the pages to use the illustrations to make 3D pieces. His home page is here and his Flickr space is here. Other examples of paper art can be found on the Web Design Ledger, which has loads of other inspirational stuff for designers in general.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Jo Angell

Jo Angell likes to describe herself as as a multi-faceted designer. Her work spans patterns for wallpaper and textiles to innovative light responsive canopies and lighting. Inspiration comes directly from nature but also research below the surface. Jo won second prize from Philips Design for Breathable Felt, a collection of experimental smart textiles incorporating petals which open in response to heat. She is currently exhibiting at the Kilkenny Arts Festival
'Embracing Technology' 7 Aug - 20 October
Jo is also a member of Puff & Flock, a collective of eight female textile designers based in London.

David David

David David is the fashion label of London based designer David Saunders. It features his signature geometric prints on ready-to-wear garments for women. The image here is from his Spring Summer 2010 collection; earlier designs can be seen here.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Etro "Cooked" Shirt

Etro, the Italian fashion company, have a presentation on their site that gives a number of different recipes for applying colour to a men's white shirt with food. This includes blueberries (shown above), coffee and salt. No mention of any washing instructions, mind. You can download it as a PDF via the save button at the bottom left-ish of the webpage.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Maxalot Wallpaper

Maxalot is an Amsterdam-based gallery that regularly commissions surface pattern work for their stunning Exposif collection of Designer Wallpapers, produced in collaboration with leading names in graphic design, photography and illustration. These are available to custom-order for walls of any size or shape. The example above is by Kenzo Miniami; the site also features Timorous Beasties, Florence Manlik and Jon Burgerman.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Anna-Nicole Ziesche

Trained as a fashion designer with both an BA and an MA from Central Saint Martins. Anna-Nicole Ziesche approches design using the medium video. Her garments exist only within the visual reality of her short films - iconic experiments made from pixels. Her work involves mirroring every small movement of the performer which she explains "produces new garments - forms evolve endlessly into new ones in an infinite repetition of the structured analogous". See her work at:

Fundada Artists Film Festival 2010

14th - 20th August 2010
Square Chapel, Halifax,
Fundada Artists' Film Festival is a contemporary film and video event run by artists showcasing some of the best in contemporary screen-based art from across the globe.
Take a look at some of the exhibiting artists websites:

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Product Red editions from Penguin Classics

The new Product Red editions from Penguin Classics. The iconic novels have been rendered in striking typography and printed onto new jackets. 50% of the profits goes to the Global Funds to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Product Red, styled as (PRODUCT)RED, is a brand licensed to partner companies such as American Express, Apple Inc., Starbucks, Converse, Motorola,Gap, Emporio Armani, Hallmark, Microsoft, and Dell. It is an initiative begun by U2 frontman Bono and Bobby Shriver of DATA to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. However, many accuse the campaign of profiting by using diseases as a marketing vehicle. Each partner company creates a product with the Product Red logo. In return for the opportunity to increase its own revenue through the Product Red products that it sells, a percentage of the profit is given to the Global Fund. Supporting or scammimg the cause,what do you think? www.joinred.com/splash.htm