Picks of the Week

pick of the week

From a clever Lexus ad with an art focus to ribbon chairs designed by Nika Zupanc, the Obamas’ official portraits and an arctic hotel by Snøhetta, these are the VISI team’s top picks of the week.

1.  Lakeside Cottage by HOLA Design

“This picturesque little cottage by HOLA Design, situated in southern Poland, has been designed to reflect the area’s rich history,” says Online Editor Lindi Brownell Meiring. “I would just love to stay here for a couple of nights!”

Image credit: dezeen.com

2. Lexus Ad: The Art of Standing Out

“I really like the clever way in which Lexus has used well-known artworks to complement its new car release,” says Art Director Anton Pietersen. “The car and the artworks are perfectly placed in a new modern context and I appreciate how the car becomes one with the artworks.”

Video credit: Lexus Europe on YouTube

3. Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits

“The Obamas’ official portraits were recently unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington,” says Content Producer Mary Garner. “New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama against a leafy backdrop while Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald placed Michelle Obama against a wall of solid cool blue. Both pieces are beyond visually striking.”

Image credit: nytimes.com

4. Nika Zupanc’s Ribbon Chair

“Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc’s Ribbon Chair was created to express a sense of femininity and the symbolism of the classic ribbon,” says Managing Editor Samantha Charles. “The chair is available in white, pink, gold, bronze and black.”

Image credit: designboom.com

5. Snøhetta’s Arctic Hotel  

“Renowned Norwegian architects Snøhetta have designed a new energy-efficient hotel called ‘Svart’, located above the Arctic Circle,” says Editor-in-Chief Sumien Brink. “The hotel will produce its own energy and reduce energy consumption by approximately 85%, in comparison to other modern hotels. In this unbearable heat, I dream about this hotel.”

Image credit: designboom.com