Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Wrapping Paper with designs by Ben Newman, Jill Green, Andy Rementer, Eda Akaltun and Paul Paetzel. Each package comes with 5 sheets of high quality FSC assured 90 gsm uncoated wrapping paper printed in four unique spot colours (including gold).
Tango & Hawaii is collaboration between two visual artists, Luciano Foglia and Anrick Bregman. Working from their studio in Hackney Wick, they create sound and visuals which explore the interplay between the randomised mathematical unpredictability of code and the tangible textures and nuances of real life.
GeometricPorn is a project by Luciano Foglia, a multidisciplinary visual artist. He has been working in the design industry for over ten years focusing on interactive design, code based animations and music. His personal time is spent exploring new ways of expression in music and art, working from his studio in London, Hackney Wick.
Toony Navok graduated the Advanced studies programe in MFA studies - Bezalel Academy of art & Design, Tel Aviv, and engages mainly in sculpture, installation, and drawing. Her sculptural works rely on found materials, transforming banal mundane objects into fantastical, dynamic structures which draw their form from basic architectural elements and aesthetic codes of interior design, yet always display a disorderly, fragile version, seeking an inner rhythm and balance all their own. Toony Navok lives and works in Tel Aviv.
London-based Mancunian Dan Stafford is a trained illustrator and image maker. He enjoys creating intelligent solutions to a brief by mixing startling colour and precise semiotics.
Hard to define, Dan's work is a juxtaposition of digital and analogue techniques; communicative and hypnotic, his work is engaging in any context.
OK-RM is a London based design studio founded in 2008 by Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath. Working with a broad range of clients from individuals to institutions, the studio has a project specific approach allowing for a highly varied output that encompasses visual identity, publication design, art direction, editorial and digital projects. The studio’s methodology is built on an objective to communicate the intrinsic attributes of each commission through well-crafted, thoughtful and direct solutions. A grounding in conceptual thinking and a distinctive language based typographic approach is essential to the studio’s practice.
We believe that the studio delivers exceptional work and must be featured even more in the near future.
Mathiassen was a co-founder of the Norwegian graphic design studio Grandpeople, established 2005. Mathiassen has worked on a variety of projects with clients including Microsoft Zune, Nike Europe, Nike USA, The Norwegian Film School, Bergen International Festival, Bergen County Council, MTV Nordic, Converse and Varoom Magazine. We especially admire his illustrations.
Thank you David Callow for introducing MVM to Qompendium.
Claire Pestaille is a manipulator of art historical masterpieces both creating her own stories and inventing new visuals using vintage images and analogue methods of intervention.
Zander Blom was born in 1982 in Pretoria and lives and works in Johannesburg. His first major body of work, The Drain of Progress, showed in Johannesburg (2007), Cape Town (2008) and London (2009). The Travels of Bad followed, showing in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2009. Both were published as limited edition artist's books. Group shows include Ampersand at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2010); Black, Blank Projects (2009); Why Not?, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin (2009); Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town (2008); and .ZA: Young art from South Africa, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena, Italy (2008). Blom was included in the Younger than Jesus artists' directory published by the New Museum, New York (2009). He was awarded a Red Bull House of Art residency in São Paulo in 2009.
All the Way to Paris is a danish-swedish graphic designstudio based in Copenhagen, founded in 2004 by Tanja Vibe and Petra Olsson Gendt. The ladies have ever since build a solid agency reputation working for both commercial and cultural clients. We are intrigued by their work for the Karrier Bar and a really nice newspaper they have created for this bar.
Introducing talents, products, brands and sites worth watching
Herbert Kapitzki, a former student of Willi Baumeister.
Typografische Monatsblätter, a Swiss magazine focusing on typography and photography.
Archie The Zombie, a Tumblr blog dedicated to zines, comics and illustrations of the Zombie-kind.
Anti-Sweden, another design office to launched with their new Website and a new brand.
Black & White Collections, a Tumblr blog only for vintage photography.
We know Swedish photographer Calle Stoltz since our very first days in the publishing arena and we are amazed as ever at his genre of artistic work. Taken from meticulously set stills to great portraits and experimental settings, Calle Stoltz continuously pushes the envelope.
It was 2008 when Elisabeth Schulze, Sebastian Gerbert and Maik Bluhm, all former students at the Bauhaus-University Weimar met and decided to run their own design studio. At the studio it is about "playing" together in Berlin while focussing on creative solutions for life style, film, culture, art, fashion and music clients. A colorful-candy-popsicle portfolio to enjoy on a great to navigate and minimalistic website. We love.
27-year-old Paul X. Johnson is a recent graduate of Northumbria University in the U.K. He freelances as an illustrator and graphic designer in his native city of Newcastle. From his website: "Hi there, I am Paul X. Johnson. I make pictures. Sometimes people pay me to make pictures for them. I recently graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in graphic design. I spend my days living, creating and drinking tea in the north east of England, where I live by the ocean."
Karl Nawrot and Walter Warton founded their studio Voidwreck in Amsterdam with Karl a graduate of the Werkplaats Typografie, a school considered as quite influencial in the realm of typography. Both graphic designers like to explore different mediums in order to develop shape and pattern within the borders of typography. Check out their site and make sure to reload often in order to see more.
Meet photographer Alan Clarke who creates and captures unique moments which seem almost invisible whether with models or celebrities. Alan Clarke lives and works in New York and can be booked for assignments through Webber Represents.
Teagan White is a freelance designer and illustrator from Chicago, currently a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her experience working with a diverse range of clients, from those in the music, fashion, and editorial industries to small business owners and individuals, has allowed her to reject much of the sterility of contemporary design in favor of an aesthetically-focused approach that bridges the perceived gap between graphic design and illustration. Intricate linework, naturalistic rendering, and subdued color are integral to her visual identity, while a fascination with natural history, antiquities, and mortality drives the content of her work.
Carl Kleiner made his major debut with the publication of Ikea's baking book "Homemade is Best". Every one is talking about the beautiful still life imagery he accomplished for that book. His portfolio reveals a much deeper expertise he has for still life. Kleiner seems to translate aesthetics from a one piece object to a more tangible setting. A great inspiration and talent.
Christian Tagliavini is born in 1971 and of Swiss and Italian heritage. Here is in his own words, how he thinks about photography and art: "I have lived and studied in Italy and Switzerland in the 80s. Technical education, creative evolution self-taught. Then, the crossroads: on one side, graphics. On the other side, photography. I start with the idea, then I search someone to impersonate it. I build up stories and dramatize them using photography and creativity as a skillful artifice being at the same time author, stage designer, costume designer, casting manager, director - and photographer. I draw inspiration from other photographers and artists: Luigi Ghirri is to me the greatest Italian photographer. His misty landscapes pierced with the winter light remind me of the places where I grew up. Erwin Olaf, creative, elegant, ironic: I consider him a flawless model of technique and style, a true perfectionist of the artificial image."
Baker′s aims to discuss the complex relationship between society and its technologies. Trained first as a scientist and only recently as an artist, his practice represents an uneasy balance of eager technological optimism, analytical processes, deep-rooted skepticism and intuitive engagement. Much of this practice is inspired by the interconnectivities – visible and invisible – present in the modern urban landscape.
One of his projects "American Toys" was created by combining images from every United States patent containing the phrase "toy pistol". The earliest image dates back to the mid 1800′s.
Austrian artist Valentin Ruhry is born in 1982 in Graz. Starting his career with a scholarship at the Royal School of Art and Design in Oslo, he later had no efforts presenting and showcasing his work to European galleries. Momentarily he is Assistant Lecturer at the HTBLA Ortweinschule in Graz. His installations and artistic settings are of minimal nature and should not be reduced to that only.
Canadian-born Chris Buck is well-known for his distinctive portrait style. He has built and established himself as a sought-after editorial and commericial photographer with clients such as GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, IBM, Microsoft to name a few. One of his latest commericial ventures is the Be Stupid Diesel campaign.
Swedish-born Ida Matilda Lehtonen was born in 1985. Based in Gothenburg she creates ironic settings and installations with every day objects. She is also a part of Wave Int'l, a platform for an international community of artists and thinkers which is a quarterly publication and exhibition directed by Brian Khek and Jasmine Lee.
German artist Flora Hitzing lives and works in Düsseldorf. She began her career back in 2000 receiving a foreign exchange scholarship from the Carl-Duisber-Gesellschaft. Today she works for private collectors and contributes to the collections of the state Nord Rhein Westphalen and the Foundation Museum Kunstpalast. We especially enjoy her drawings reminding of underwater living forms.
Turkish-born photographer Taylan Yilmaz also operates as a producer and a disc jockey. Sofar he has been published in Vogue and has been commissioned by various commercial clients. Yilmaz lives and works in New York. We think he has some nice black and white portraits.
Emilio Marín, born 1972 in born in Concepción, Chile, operates today as an architect founding his office in Santiago in 2005. Marín's office specializes in various fields of contemporary architecture: private commissions, public projects and art installations.
Marín's approach to projects led by his office is based on the collaborative association with other offices from different areas of the professional discipline, an approach that yields a unique and diverse method of production. He is also the founder of Public Library, an independent publisher that focuses on the creation and dissemination of its own material along with the work of other artists.
Public Library is an independent publishing house based in Santiago, Chile, that publishes the work of artists, photographers and designers (friends and foes alike). Founded in 2008 by Emilio Marín and Diego Córdova, Cristobal Palma joined the team in 2010.
Emilio Marín was recently selected by ICON Magazine in their list of 20 architects from around the world who are building the future.
Qompendium will never get enough of this theme: The Golden Record by Nasa designed and created by Linda Saga and Carl Sagan. And here is American artist Daniel G. Baird with his interpretation of this plate: "Pioneer 10", Gold Anodized Aluminum, created in the year 2010.
American artist Michelle Ceja is born in 1988 in Los Angeles finishing her studies at the California College of the Arts. Today, she lives and works in New York and since 2008 she has been actively taking parting in different groups shows and solo exhibitions through the United States and Europe.
Toby Christian is born in Lincolnshire in 1983. Shortly after his graduation in 2007, Christian was included in "4 New Sensations", an exhibition by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4. And since 2008 he has been part of different shows on an international level. His work largely includes sculptures with various materials.
Manuel Eckl is one of our favorite contributors travelling the seven seas in the quest of the best from fashion to architecture and of course the latest snippet on the glitterati. He also spends his time as a buyer, a fashion scout, a photographer and maintains his very own inspirational blog: Another Journal By.
Here is a set of some of his personal work that we find admirable. Enjoy.
Dutch artist Ellen Urselmann was born in 1978 in Venlo and has lived in Venlo, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Baarlo. In 2000 she graduated at the Academy of Fine Art Maastricht and in 2003 she graduated in glass at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
Ina Yamaguchi and Moritz Firchow
The official German–Japanese relations started with first ambassadorial visits in 1860. Ina Yamaguchi and Moritz Firchow followed history and founded deutsche & japaner creative studio in 2008. Both partners are not only ambitious in the fields of graphic design, product design, illustration, scenography and branding strategies but also well known for their platform for young and aspiring creatives: Arcademi.
Show me your curtains and your dresses and I will tell you who you are. A series of garments inspired by simple interior elements by Scandinavian Hanna Frostell. Certainly a useful way of recycling your best curtains and upholstery in famine times. Didn't we see Scarlett O'hara doing this in "Gone with the Wind"?
Miriam Böhm was born in 1972. She attended the Academy of Art, Vienna (1993-97) and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (1999/2000) for Postgraduate Master Studies. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Harris Lieberman, New York , Institut, Berlin, Analix Forever, Geneva, and Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris. Böhm currently lives and works in Berlin. This is her first solo exhibition. If there is art by a young artist to be "jealous" of than it would Miriam Böhm's outstanding simple compositions.
Olivier Garbay, 44, is a poet from south-west France who studied in Paris and moved to Britain in 1994. His work also includes drawings, woodcuts, videos, jewellery, photographs and installations. He lives in London.
Art work courtsey of Blanket Gallery
Olivier Garbay, Behind The Sky, 2007, postcard and ball pen (scratch book extract), 28X20cm
Milwaukee-born Patrick Armstrong experiments with animations and movies. He also is behind the Adobe PDF Exhbition Project, which we find an exceptional idea.
Micah Schippa is born in 1988 and a resident of Chicago, USA. We stumbled upon his work and find it refreshing. At the same time he understands to be conceptual and approachable – photoshop digitalism meets analogue reality art.