From a cute design that creates sculptures shaped like cats and a mesmerising library in Helsinki to street artists celebrating the life and vision of Dr. Maya Angelou and an installation promoting dialogue, these are VISI’s top picks of the week.
1. Oodi Central Library in Helsinki
This striking building, featuring a curved wooden facade made using local materials, is home to the new Helsinki Central Library. Designed by ALA Architects, the library had already welcomed its one millionth visitor in March 2019 – it was completed in December 2018.
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2. Neko Cup by h-concept
Yuka Morii of Japanese design brand h-concept has created a cat-shaped bucket that lets you make little sand or snow sculptures that look like napping cats. Made from biomass plastic (a combination of bamboo and scallop shells), they also function as a cute decor object when not in use.
Images via spoon-tamago.com
Maya Angelou Mural Festival
Organised by Branded Arts, street artists from across the globe, including JR, Shepard Fairey, and renowned South African artist Faith XLVII, came together to create a series of wall murals at the Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School in Los Angeles, in tribute to the iconic poet.
Images via news.artnet.com
The Best Weapon Bench
Designed by architecture and design firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with Hydro and Vestre, The Best Weapon is a “peace bench” that was unveiled on Mandela Day on 18 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The installation, which will be on the plaza until September, is according to Snøhetta, a symbol of dialogue and diplomacy. Nelson Mandela’s quote, “The best weapon is to sit down and talk” is engraved on the surface of the bench.
Images via snohetta.com
New Matte Black Ceramics Collection From Carrol Boyes
Carrol Boys has released a matte black bone china collection, based on the original Sketchbook range. The collection includes mugs, bowls, platters and plates and is available in store and online.
Images via carrolboyes.com