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Since I started BLOOW AMSTERDAM it has been no trouble making relevant images. Concentrating on the color blue in daily life cuts a path through the jungle of impressions and associations. This is a contribution from a reader that made me smile, yes, there’s blue everywhere. Once you start looking.
Looking at it a bit longer, it made me think of the luxury of a clean toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people live without access to improved sanitation, according to the Water and Sanitation Program.
It’s incredible what influence the access to a toilet has on the development of a child, and the futures of large communities. WSP supports poor people in obtaining affordable, safe, and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. The ultimate goal is to raise them from poverty.
A composition of magazine paper rolls, done by a 10-yearsold pupil of the local school.
It looks like a modern Léger, a message from a world where media are the new (industrial*) revolution.
* a big theme in Leger’s work.
… you don’t need a reason when it’s coming from your heart, Stevie Wonder sings.
Perfect last name by the way.
In the parallel universe called fashion a front page topic is the design of a new it bag, a blue tote by Balenciaga, resembling very much the shopper we all know by the name of FRAKTA. With all the sampling going on, it is hard to tell if this is about copying someone else’s baby or taking it to a next level and creating something new.
Demna Gvasalia designer for Balenciaga defending his work: “I think there is something about these everyday things that you see all the time and you want to understand why they’ve become everyday items for millions of people—this bag must be one of the most sold in the world, so, of course, there is something attractive to a designer in that regard. Designers are curious people by nature.”
Marcus Engman, the head of design at Ikea is mostly flattered, but would like to stress the characteristics of the real thing (above right, ad by Acne studio).
Apparently the discussion about the inspirational qualities of the mundane IKEA blue has sparked a true DIY movement of making your own Ikea merch.
(read about it on Vogue.com)