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Curiosities: Cercle Magazine

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Cercle Magazine (French/English) puts out a thematic annual, and this year’s subject is Insects. The typeface chosen for this issue was Olympe, which was inspired by a 60s german typewriter and Art Nouveau. Its creator Sylvia Ugga designed an alternative set of glyphs for Cercle that brings curves to its industrial look. The rest of the design for the magazine is just as sophisticated, and it is filled with illustrators, artists, designers, and scientists that I have put on my list to look up. The artist I first noticed when paging through this issue was Alma Haser. She has a series titled Cosmic which are distorted portraits created with origami. It was through this set of photographs that Clark commissioned Haser for a couple of album covers. It was a real full circle moment for me.

※ The photographs of Cercle were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.

Curiosities: Darwin Sect

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A successful Kickstarter campaign brought The Darwin Sect’s jellyfish tank to fruition. An example of form and function, the distracting supportive aspects of the tank are concealed within the plinth. This leaves a pure and unobstructed view of the jellyfish habitat. The Dawin Sect doesn’t just dabble in jellyfish though. Their repetitive and minimal displays showcase form and function in the insect world, paying homage to their evolutionary adaptations.

Curiosities: Floating Forest

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Delicate in form and function, these handmade brass objects suspend a single acorn on the surface on water. They provide the perfect environment for germination, and a view of the whole process. Floating Forests is a series of five objects, and was designed by Michael Anastassiades, who has a studio based in London.

Observed: Botanical by Samuel Zeller

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Samuel Zellar is an editorial and architectural/industrial photographer in Geneva Switzerland. His background in Graphic Design shows in his composition and aesthetic. Samuel’s recent series, Botanical, is a striking set of photographs taken through the etched glass of greenhouses at the Geneva Botanical Gardens and Conservatory. They are reminiscent of paintings, and his modern take on classic 17th century botanical illustrations.

Curiosities: Japanese Book of Science

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We have amassed quite the collection of old books from local bookstores and resale shops over the years. They have two functions, it seems. Sitting in a credenza, and being heavy in moving boxes. To change this, and to return them to the purpose they were purchased for, I’ve started photographing and scanning them to be put to use as design inspiration. There are three distinct sections in this series. Firstly, photographs of the books themselves, unchanged (1-3). Secondly, images and figures scanned from the book, isolated and slightly altered (4-6). Lastly, original work created from the images (7-9).