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Homegoods: Tactile Topography

tactile topography

In our modern times, filled with GPS and GoogleMaps, it’s no wonder that we seem to have developed a fascination for knowing where we are at all times. It’s reached a new level of poignancy to be able to locate yourself as well as peer over your neighborhood from above, observing it’s grid-like form. This sentiment is popping up in various textile projects and is most successfully executed by Emily Fischer of Haptic Labs and Marcello Campa and Stefano Avesani of the Instant Hutong Project. While Fischer references the borough of Brooklyn, quilting on silk dupioni, Campa and Avesani explore the Hutong districts throughout downtown Beijing.  Regardless of the landscape, both works bring a permanency to topography that has become nearly extinct with technology’s latest advances.  Nowadays lines are blurred so easily perhaps there is a certain comfort in being able to see and feel the things that don’t change so easily.

Compiled by: Emily Gup


Food: More Sweets to Love


For those who enjoy inspecting their food as much as eating it, desserts and notably chocolate, now offer an array of contemporary patterns and design.  There’s a crop of pastry chefs working in today’s global marketplace that are all unified by the goal of innovation.  Christopher Elbow, originally from Nebraska, combines a menagerie of ingredients in an effort to create intricate transfers.  While this technique is quite common in the dessert world, the results from Elbow’s kitchen are refreshingly modern.  Taking an equally creative route, the chocolatiers from Lagrange34 in Torino, Italy have reinvented the traditional chocolate bar, using geometric shapes to mold edible sculptures.  A masterful example that combines both the surface and shape is evident in many of PattyCake Baking Co‘s latest creations.

Patternizing Maps


Oftentimes I am hired to beautify info graphics.  For any designer tasked with such an assignment, there is always an underlying urge to challenge the guidelines with as much flair as possible.  Striking the perfect balance between translatable content that evokes human nostalgia is every designer’s goal- or at least mine.  Here are a few creative approaches to this idea.  Vitra recently redesigned their website, filling their homepage with fabric samples sectioning off continents within the world.  A valid attempt to display product and distribution, though I wonder if there is any underlying symbolism in the placement of patterns- at first glance the assortment is a bit jumbled.  Duck Down Designs takes a more DIY approach to map-making with illustrated paper cut-outs on a metaphorically inspirational treasure map.