Odd Harmonics: A Family of Theramins

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 15, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Product Design
Tags: instrument, music

I love odd musical instrument design, as seen in yesterday's post. This charming family of theremins (yes, they all work) were on display at Wanted Design’s Industry City outpost, and I loved them all.


But if I had to choose just one to take home, the clear winner is the one with the curly white hair. I thought the designer, François Chambard of UM Project, really moved the design conversation forward by looking at an oft ignored—even forgotten—object and bringing it back to life. These theremins were expertly executed, full of character, accessible, and were by far my favorites from last design week. 

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"Not My Cup Of Tea" at Chamber Boutique/Gallery

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 14, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Product Design
Tags: music, store

Two weeks ago I was invited to attend the grand opening of Chamber, a high-concept boutique/gallery. Think of it as Moss 2.0. Every two years the founder will choose a different creative to curate the shop’s entire program with specially commissioned works and rare and vintage items.


At the opening, I really zoned in on this Chinese music box called "Not My Cup Of Tea." It's so beautiful and detailed. While I love design that really stays clean and true to its materials, this happens to be perfect in its decadence. My favorite part is that it's also a musical instrument. You not only need to insert a quarter to make it play, it's the quarter that produces the  melody as it hits the tea cups on the way down.


I learned while researching this piece that its based off “a cabinet which addresses the Dutch tradition of displaying one’s porcelain in a “pronkkast” as a symbol of status and happiness.”

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The Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" Album Cover Art is Instantly Iconic

Curator: TRÜF
date: October 10, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Entertainment Design, Illustration
Tags: album art, music
We are big fans of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters here at TRÜF. Sometimes jamming out to rock is the best way to design in the studio. So we were excited for the new album and cover art for their upcoming “Sonic Highways." It's gorgeous and old school and we wish we had done it.
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Helsinki's 2014 Flow Festival Branding by Finnish Studio Tsto

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 19, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Music, Environmental Design, Typography
Tags: branding, identity design, music, signage
Recently on a trip to Finland I happened upon the amazing design work for Helsinki's Flow Festival by local studio Tsto. The banners and event posters enticed my girlfriend and I so much that we decided to go and check it out.
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Copenhagen's Frost Music Festival Has One Hot Identity

Curator: Sue Murphy
date: September 12, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Design in Music, Motion Graphics, Poster Design
Tags: animation, Copenhagen, identity design, music
Like just about everything else in Copenhagen, the identity design for Frost, a series of music events held every February, is beautiful. To keep things exciting, designers Marcus Fuchs and Mads Botker haven't taken the easy route, but have created a fresh look for the festival each year since 2011.
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