Even though I was never superb at graffiti, as an artist (I’m a pop/abstract artist ) I still appreciate the intricate technique and innovative expression that goes into slashing a wall. While far away it may appear to some as just a bunch of colors, the above picture is just one example of how epic slashing a hotel room can truly be.
Graffiti artist Tilt designed this original hotel room, Panic Room, for the Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France. The concept of Panic Room basically takes on this avant-garde expression of minimalism meets an explosion of vibrant colors & words. With the help of graffiti artists Tober, Grizz, and Don Cho, Tilt and his crew were able to come up with a stunning design that exudes an air of originality I haven’t scene in interior design.
The picture above is just one of the many pictures taken by Big Addict (aka Roudet Benjamin) that shows off the essence of Panic Room, but the behind-the-scenes exclusive video is priceless. When discussing the project, Tilt said:
“The hotel Au vieux panier asked me to design a room, I first told them that I wasn’t interested doing just decoration in the room but I wanted to create something that will look more like an installation. I thought about it also as a huge canvas where I needed to think about the composition and play with the empty white part of the room to accentuate more the idea of Chaos on the other part. Then I asked my friend Tober who gat a great old school style for tags, Grizz who is also the man behind the camera and Don Cho who is a Hip Hop singer from Marseille but who used to be a tagger from my home town Toulouse. It took one week to do the whole thing cause the idea was to exaggerate what you can usually see in some abandoned places. Too much tags, too much drips, too much sentences, too much throw ups … What I also wanted to show is that people can appreciate any type of graffiti, even the more basic, it’s just a matter of point of view …”
I really love Tilt’s perspective on point of view. He was able to truly take such a huge canvas and design such an exhilarating point of view that is exaggerated, yet still basic.It kind of goes with the saying, more is less. While one side of the room has quite a bit going on, everything is balanced out by the white space on the left side of the room. It would have been cliche for Tilt to slash the entire room, but the dual personalities of both spaces create a riveting statement.
The pictures are great, but the video speak to the full aura of the room. Yet, even then, it’s probably even more phenomenal to see this room in person. But needless to say, the pictures and video are more than award-winning, they are epic visions of abstract creativity brought to life.
More Pictures of Panic Room.
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com
Home & Garden Television is probably one of my favorite networks. It holds a great deal of importance in my life and I’m not ashamed to admit that I watch HGTV every single day. Even if I’m not watching it with my full undivided attention, then it’s probably on in the background and catching a few glances in between my multi-tasking mania.
My favorite thing about HGTV is the wide array of shows and design ideas. Every show offers insightful tips and ideas for creating the perfect space that reflects your personality. I always tell people if I wasn’t a professional writer for a living, then I’d be studying design and in a career immersed in interior design or set design(which can be attributed to my years of experience in theatre.) Designing is a huge passion of mine because it taps into the true essence of my personality; I’m a creative soul with a zest for vibrant colors and sleek design.
I have a great passion for design and love reading design magazines, which is why I’m uber excited that HGTV is debuting their new magazine in October. I watched the HGTV: Making of Our Magazine special and became deeply inspired. You’d think that the design elements would inspire me to jump out there and go pursue a career in design, but in actuality I was inspired on a different level. Watching the making of the magazine reminded me why I have this blog and what my dream job truly is. I want to be an Artistic/Creative director or Editor for a magazine. Either a design magazine or cultural magazine, but the end goal is to eventually start my own magazine.
I’ve written for different magazines (currently I am a contributing writer for Monarch Magazine) and I’ve seen how passionate the editors and owners are about their publication. I too enjoy seeing their passion and love writing for them, but my real dream is to eventually be my own boss and let my unique voice, along with so many other unique writers, be seen in a digital and print publication. My blog, ThinkSoul25: Thoughts of an Urban Nomad, is only the beginning of the things I hope to achieve one day. My blog is the tip of the iceberg on the ideas I have and want to share with the world.
Being an artistic/creative director has been a dream title since I first began writing and being involved with the arts at a young age. Back then I never knew the exact title, but I always knew I loved seeing how things came together and bring forth creative people in order to achieve a common goal. Working with others is something I’ve always done well, especially if there is a unique creative task at hand. But I always ended up being chosen as the designated leader. Whenever it came to do projects in school, I was always the person that stepped up to plate or was just designated by the team to be in charge.
I have a healthy dosage of analytical decision making and spontaneous creativity pumping in my blood. I know how to get the job done, which explains my resume has an extensive list of projects and jobs on it that have me working in a multimedia related leadership capacity. But, I still feel like I have a lot more to do. I want to truly become a beast at publication design and multimedia production, which is why I’ve decided to apply to graduate school for Fall 2012.
I’ve been contemplating applying the past few months and proceeded to contact my professors for letters of recommendations (which I’ve got.) Now that I have the letters of recommendation, the drive, the grades, and the overall skills, I think I’m ready to commit to this decision. My degree in English Writing will be great, but that doesn’t truly speak to who I am. Before I was a writer, I was a visual artist. So going to graduate school for design will give me all the tools I truly need to attain a artistic/creative director role, while simultaneously planning out a strategy on how to start my own magazine.
The decision is already set in stone and I’m excited about the creative projects to come in the near future. It’s crazy to think that my obsession with watching HGTV actually paid off and was the final push I needed to come up with a concrete career decision. So…thank you HGTV, a great source of divine inspiration that speaks to the creative person I am. I’m glad that HGTV teamed up with Hearst and is putting out a magazine that is bound to become my favorite.
Watching the making of the magazine was the last major push I needed to admit to myself what I really want out of life and how I will always be a creative woman with a zest for design, the arts, and writing.
Ever since I was little, I’ve had this persistent lingering obsession with interior design and architecture. Before pursuing a career in writing I often pondered the possibilities of being an interior designer. I’ve always been a huge fan of HGTV and find myself immersed in the details of design and architecture. It used to be a career I seriously considered, but then I realized it was more of a personal aspiration than something I’d want to do for a living. Having to deal with clients and making their vision come to life would take the joy out of decorating and design. I just couldn’t do it.
I find joy in studying interior design and daydreaming about my dream house. Design and architecture, in my opinion, is all about finding that right ambiance that suits individuality. When I eventually become successful and have a stable career, I’d love to buy or have a house built that has a beautiful pool off the master bedroom. There is something so tranquil and romantic about having a pool right at your feet (literally in some cases.)
My dream house is going to show off my vibrant yet down to earth personality, but I must have a pool. I remember visiting my one friend in Ellicott City, Maryland and being in awe at her parent’s house. They live in this huge estate/villa, or whatever you call these huge houses that have the long winding driveways and huge acres of land around it. I guess her house was a mansion, but it felt as thought it was a legendary villa. The interior was lovely! Even though the house was overwhelming in size, it was more than just a “big” house. The family had a lot of character and their prize room was a big bowling alley and 50s diner in the basement. I remember hanging out at her house a few times and remember swimming, then getting out the pool and being a few steps away from the beautiful french doors that led to the bowling alley; it was spectacular!
Her house was similar to the one in the picture, except add a bunch of woods behind it and fancy cars in the driveway. I’ve been around a lot of luxury houses and mansions, but nothing as lavish as her house. One day I want to have a gorgeous house and actually have some stability. Moving around from apartment to apartment is nice, but I can so see myself settling down and having a nice cushy house. But I wouldn’t want it to just be another “cookie-cutter” mansion, that is amateur hour.
A dream house should showcase off a unique sense of style,even if that style is only visible from the interior elements. It goes back to that old saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” While some house may seem boring and dull on the outside, the interior may be home to a unique design flair. But I still wouldn’t to have a “cookie-cutter” interior design scheme, but I don’t know if I’m daring enough to have such a bold design as some of these houses below.
These houses below are some unique pieces of artwork that go beyond the conventional image of a “house.” There are plenty of unique houses throughout the globe, but I just wanted to show you a few that are more than just a humble abode. These houses are architectural canvasses that have been defied, explored, and re-imagined.
Clingstone Mansion located in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay
This 103 year old mansion is built on a rock located in the middle of the bay. Quite scary, but it’s a lovely oasis on the bay. The house is owned by Henry Woods and is used as a summer vacation home. It is built with durable hurricane wind resistant material. It would be pretty awesome to stay there for a few nights and just fall asleep listening to the sounds of the waves crashing against the rock. But you’d have to make sure you have everything with you because there is only one way to and from the house, by tiny boat. Better not forget the eggs while shopping at the local grocery store on shore.
Sanzhi UFO Houses in Taiwan
These houses were built during 1978 in Sanzhi Pod City, a town in Taiwan that was built as a tourist resort for US visitors and military officials. The project was stopped due to finacial problems and it sat vacant for 28 years. The UFO shaped houses were forgotten and Sanzhi Pod City became a marvelous and weird futuristic ghost town. But eventually the government officials had enough. In 2008 the city was finally demolished and all that remains are beautiful pictures of a futuristic vision. Perhaps houses in the future will revisit this UFO shape. How cool would that be? If someone asks where you live, you could just say “in a UFO.” They’d probably think your crazy, but who cares, you’d be telling the truth, and that’s the greatest satisfaction.
Flintstone Stone House in Guimarães, Portugal
Yabba dabba doo!!! Seriously, it does remind me (and a lot of other folks) of the iconic Flintstone house. This lovely abode is located in Portugal and it’s nestled in between two large stones. You’d have to venture up to the Fafe Mountains to see this beauty for your self, but it seems worth the trip. I would have loved to been there during the initial conversation about building between two ghastly stones. I bet there was a few naysayers throughout the village who thought the designer was crazy, but I consider the designer a genius for crafting such a unique house.
The Klein Bottle House in Rye Australia
I want this house! Let me know when it goes for sale, okay? Haha…but seriously, this house is awesome! I love the sharp lines on it and how it has this modern minimalistic vibe. Out of all the houses, this one is my favorite. Check out the interior of this house designed by Mcbride Charles Ryan.
There are so many unique houses and buildings that are nestled in every corner of the globe. I found so many inspirational homes, the countless number of stunning pictures I have would overwhelm this post. It’s nice to see that there is still a lot of artistic innovation when it comes to designing abodes. From the wacky houses to the geometric beauty, there are houses out that being designed for every unique style.
As an urban nomad, I have this overpowering desire to see the globe and experience the unique interior design and architectural elements found within so many cities. Maybe one day I’ll have enough money to hire an architect and bring my innovative visions to life. That day is far off in the future, but for now I can at least daydream and gawk at hundreds of stunning images of unconventional houses. Being traditional is so last year, I’m all about being on cutting edge of the technological and artistic revival that is going to be the voice of the future.