beneath the surface blog

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Salt Shaking

    For most of us, a salt shaker is simply a container for food flavoring. Present in almost any restaurant establishment, salt can be casually – almost thoughtlessly – sprinkled across a dish and placed back in its mundane home within the condiment holder. This ritual does not generally carry deep meaning, nor does the object […]

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    Meet the Makers: Stone + Glass Sculptor Otto Rigan

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with sculptor Otto Rigan. Otto’s work traditionally pairs stone with glass, […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Artwork With A Soul

    Children are fascinated by balloons. These simple objects dazzle as weightless toys bouncing to lofty heights, tentatively held to the ground by only a thin string. To adults these qualities have become mundane, yet a child can sit in awe of a balloon for hours on end. One artist stirs up the delight found in […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Destroying Language Barriers One T-Shirt at a Time

    Sometimes we come across designs that have a specific purpose driving the concept; these designs aim to solve an issue or highlight a problem. Other times we come across designs that simply are beautifully executed with functional aesthetics, and may have no other purpose than mere visual appeal. It’s not often we come across designs […]

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    Meet the Makers: Motion Exposure Photographer Stephen Orlando

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Stephen Orlando, a photographer who captures motion through time and […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Clever Cantilevering

    Cantilevers are bold statements of architecture. Typically jutting from the side of a building, the cantilever can be used as the defining stroke of a façade design. Rarely do we see this motif employed in a natural setting. But even more unusual is to see cantilevers serving as the entire built structure itself, and in […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Draw a Bike

    Draw a bike. No really, get out your pen and paper and try to sketch it as accurately as possible. The request seems like a pretty simple task – after all, bicycles are something we’re familiar with from childhood on up. But as you begin your doodle, it’s likely you’ll start scratching your head. Which […]

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    Meet the Makers: Crystal Grand Piano Designer Peter Tol

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that creates attention-grabbing handmade art pieces. Drawing inspiration from different artists around the world, we travel beyond the work by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Peter Tol, the creative maker of crystal grand pianos. Peter […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Geometry Club

    The point at which the edge of a building meets the sky is a frequent subject for design charrettes and the fodder of critique. Striking a hard edge where architecture ends and nature begins, the corner of a building is an opportunity for expression – an avenue for defining, differentiating, and impacting the view as […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Literal Watercolors

    Well, Mother Nature does it again. Cruising some of our favorite design blogs this week, we stumbled upon an amazing assemblage of color and texture. But it wasn’t found in an artist’s surrealistic painting or some man-made surface design. No, the “Liquid Rainbow” as it is affectionately called, is compliments of Mother Nature herself. The […]

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