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It’s no secret, we love art showcased in unusual places. The ability to think outside of the box to create beauty in unexpected places is a true talent. We aren’t the only ones who appreciate this gift. Design Curial recently ranked the “Top 10 Best Designed Benches in the World“, and we have to admit we’re glad we didn’t have the tough job of ranking these benches. There are some incredible designs in the mix.  They are all very different but beautiful in their own way.

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To see the entire list and learn a little about each of the benches go to Design Curial. Do you agree with their choices and rankings?

New Jersey born and current Brooklyn resident KAWS is known world wide and a favorite of celebrities. He’s collaborated with Nike, Vans, Dos Equis, and Hennessy to name a few. In 2013 he redesigned the moon man for the MTV Video Awards. If you want to own one of his pieces be prepared to shell out a minimum of $200,000. However, starting tomorrow through December 6, you can see a few of his pieces for the price of a ticket to the Brooklyn Museum.

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(Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

“Along the Way”, KAWS’ 18 foot Mickey Mouse inspired wood sculptures, will be on display in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby. This gift is in honor of Arnold Lehman, who has served as director of the museum for the past 17 years and is now leaving. Along with the massive statues, two of KAWS’ paintings, “Should I Be Attacking” and “Glass Smile” are on display as well.

Even though his work has been displayed around the world, we’re sure KAWS is very proud to have an exhibition practically his own backyard. His work is definitely worth a trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

To keep up with KAWS and his latest works follow him on Instagram. .

When it comes to designing custom retail spaces, custom showroom builds, and tradeshow booths, we have seen every kind of wall panel, surface texture, and building material out there. These new designs by Rex Ray for B+N Industries are something we haven’t seen.

Combining unique shapes, colors and textures is not as easy as it might first appear. So much has been done so well in the world of design, that most of the time unique work reaches too far and falls short, landing instead somewhere in the ‘weird’ zone. While the work might still have inherent beauty, it lacks the character that comes with a new vision and voice, it lacks the consistent design language that Rex Ray brings to this new line of work.

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From B+N Industries:

Rex Ray’s artwork ranges from collage on paper, canvas and resin boards to digital work. Abstract and handcrafted, with a retro-futuristic feel, Rex Ray’s work is always identifiable, whether seen on museum or walls, in hip restaurants and boutique hotels — or on book, CD covers or rock posters. He has worked on a wide range of custom projects for Apple, Dreamworks, Swatch and David Bowie among others.

We at B+N Industries are proud to have his inimitable talent forged into our lines of Infused Veneer™ Panels, carved relief Iconic Panels™, and a new line of wood furniture. Rex Ray’s feel for wood grain, pattern, and shape melds perfectly with the warmth and graphic quality of these exclusive product lines. Whether used in retail, hospitality, or contract applications, this collection will be sure to bring an impactful and individualistic feel to any interior.

More mainstream than ever, tattooing has come a very long way -especially over the last nine years or so.  A craft that has been heightened to an art form heightened to a lifestyle, the lines between artist and tattoo artist are blurred and more and more we find the spirit of art present in the evolution of tattooing.  We are witnessing something quite beautiful, because as this evolution occurs there is a sort of  “reaction”, a compelling need to honor and preserve the heritage of tattoo culture in an artistic way.  There is an undercurrent of a few who are pushing the craft forward by looking back to the very foundation, celebrating the founding fathers of tattoo culture in modern times along with the tools and the spirit of the craft.

Here we have Fellowship Supply Co.  Upon first glance this is not your typical tattoo supply e commerce site.  It is a work of art.  From the photography and compelling video clips, to the icons and design work, Fellowship is changing the face of the industry while remaining true to the OG’s of the industry.  Those who made it possible, who live and breath tattoo culture, who paved the way for the acceptance and freedom so many enjoy today.

Fellowship exists to promote craftsmanship while furthering the artistry of the tattoo community.
We honor the dedication of artists before us through dedication of our own, shunning shortcuts in favor of sacrifice.
For those who find joy in creating, the role of a maker is a life, not a living. In the art of tattooing, we blur lines between
timelessness and mortality, between skin and canvas, between outcast and visionary.

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fellow _ 5Another example of this delicious preservation, of honoring the roots of the craft, is the most recent collection of tattoo artist turned artist Scott Campbell.  In an effort to get back to the “roots” of tattooing Campbell went to visit a prison in Mexico City.  “Tattooing had gotten sucked up by reality shows and mall culture, and I wanted to fall back in love with a folk art…” So Campbell spent his time in prison piecing together machines with found items.  He found that having the limitations of what is available in prison forced him to be more creative.  Campbell would then paint the machines and show them as a collection called  Things Get Better, a group of stunningly realistic watercolors currently on display at LA’s OH WOW Gallery (the show closes on June 21st).

“In prison, tattooing has always had a certain gravity to it because you have a population of people who’ve all been given an orange suit and a number, and been dehumanized as much as possible. Tattooing there has a greater purpose. It’s a connection to the outside and a reminder of love, so that [the inmates] feel less like animals in a cage”

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