— Walter Gropius Hagerty House

Walter Gropius, German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School, is a particular icon to me. When the Bauhaus was closed by the Nazis in Germany, Gropius moved to the USA to further his work. He wanted his first commission in the United States, the Hagerty House, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the setting dictate the design.

 

The design is extremely clean and fresh – the embodiment of the Bauhaus style we all know.

 

Via Iain Claridge.

— 365 Days by Christine Heidel

All too frequently at the moment we see YouTube videos of people who have taken a photograph of themselves for a year, and then patched it together to form a video that shows their hair growing out, or something similar. The concept of ‘one-a-day-for-a-year’ has become over-done and less interesting as more and more people give it a go. But photographer Christine Heidel of Seattle (one of my favourite cities in the world), WA, produced a series of self portrait photographs across a year, to beautiful effect. Some examples are shown here.

 

Via Christine Heidel.

— Melbourne Dance Company 2012

A gorgeous poster for the Melbourne Dance Company 2012, by Josip Kelava. The typography is quite unusual, and the way it is intertwined with the image of the dancer is lovely – but most lovely to me is the colour palette!

 

Via All The Mountains.

— Causa-Efecto – awesome tennis balls

Spanish Artist Ana Soler currently has an exhibition at the Mustang Art Gallery in Alicante, Spain, titled Causa-Efecto (Cause-Effect). 2000 tennis balls are suspended from the ceiling of the gallery, in trajectories as if they were bouncing around the building. The effect is like walking around whilst time has been stood still, a really interesting and amusing idea.

Via Ana Soler.

— Migration by Caroline Wright

An eye-catching series of paintings by Texan artist Caroline Wright. Like blurry crowds in the heat of the Texan sun, the colours in the series of paintings bleed into one another to create story of transit and motion. They could be birds, they could be people, the blurry shapes are very ambiguous.

 

Via Caroline Wright.

— Kia Neill Illustrations

Some fabulous artwork by American artist Kia Neill, made from Ink, acrylic, gouache and graphite on polypropylene. These forms are abstract, and beautiful, and I love the fluidity. They remind me of the sea!

 

Via Kia Neill.

— Celebrating International Women’s Day

The English Group has been involved with a number of projects focused towards issues of gender imbalance and gender inequality over the last few years. As well as working with Annie Lennox’s SING Campaign and ‘The Circle’ project (on behalf of Oxfam), and the GREAT Initiative with Mariella Frostrup, we notably joined up with Bryan Adams and BlackBerry for Modern Muses , a celebration of inspiring women of the modern age, presented as a monograph of Bryan’s portraits of the women, as well as an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

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— Märsödal Branding

Some lovely packaging and visual identity here for Swedish retailer Märsödal, who produce ecologically farmed products. I really like the French-style tablecloth monochrome pattern, it’s very reminiscent of the countryside, and picnics – something I’m sure is intentional. The brown paper-bag packaging adds to the ecological feel.
Via September Industry.

— Kony 2012

At The English Group, we’ve always had our eye on good causes, movements and campaigns. Many of those we have had the privilege of being involved with have been focussed on Africa (such as Annie Lennox’s SING Campaign, The GREAT Initiative), and some of our clients such as Lady Lori are based in these areas. And so this new campaign, Kony 2012, struck a chord with us, and it’s very much something we would like to draw your attention to.

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The English Group, Kony 2012