Picks of the Week

picks of the week

From a 3D mural and an art-inspired collaboration between VANS and MoMA to a chrysalis-inspired chandelier, these are the VISI team’s top picks of the week.

1. Leon Keer’s Teacup Mural

Dutch street artist Leon Keer has created a 3D mural in Sweden, entitled Shattering, that collapses when scanned with your phone. This work is a comment on the fragility of life and the delicate balance between nature and ourselves. Augmented reality designer Joost Spek assisted Leon with the technological aspects of the design, making it an interactive experience for both the creators and spectators.

Image credit: Leon Keer via mymodernmet.com / Video via leonkeer on YouTube

2. willowlamp Cocoon Light

Award-winning local lighting design studio willowlamp’s latest chandelier, the Cocoon, is an evolution of the brand’s existing Pod pendant lamps, featuring a wider chrysalis-inspired basket in a horizontal chandelier form. “There is something quite powerful and evocative about these forms which symbolise transformation and rebirth,” says willowlamp Founder and Creative Director Adam Hoets. “The simplicity of the form gives it a minimal feeling – sleek and elegant – and therein lies its beauty. A purity that is found in and inspired by nature.”

Images courtesy of willowlamp.com

3. Vans Collaborates With MoMA

Vans has collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on a limited run of special-edition footwear and apparel, launching on 30 September. The collaborative collection highlights some of the museum’s most renowned artists. The initial range will include artwork by Salvador Dalí, Vasily Kandinsky and Claude Monet, followed by a second artist release later in the year, which will include Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock and Lybov Popova.

Images courtesy of Vans

4. Mo’s Crib Collaborates With Woolworths

Woolworths has teamed up with local home decor brand Mo’s Crib, headed up by Pretoria-based sister duo Morongwe ‘Mo’ and Michelle Mokone, on a range of sustainable woven baskets and planters. Suitable for use inside and outdoors, the collection is hand-made using natural fibres from ilala palm leaves. The grass woven range is available in a variety of sizes and includes options with or without handles and lids.

Images courtesy of Woolworths

5. Petoi’s Robotic Dog

Petoi Bittle is a small, palm-sized robotic dog (we previously featured Nybble, a robotic cat) that is assembled from a series of pieces and programmed with downloadable GitHub demo codes. Teach your robodog tricks to win prizes and rank up during community challenges, using Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi or AI chips to inspire its animal-like movements and actions. Find out more about the Petoi Bittle on Kickstarter here.

Images via Petoi / Video via Rongzhong Li on YouTube