Dioramas by Guillaume Lachapelle Suggest Infinite Space using Light and Mirrors

guillaume lachapelle sculpture
The Cell, 2013

Canadian artist Guillaume Lachapelle explores the concept of infinite, evoking a sense of mystery and almost fear, with his series of miniature sculptures that have interiors that seem to expand without limit. Titled Visions, the series is composed of several 3D-printed dioramas employing light and mirrors to suggest boundless spaces.

Remember the novel House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski? In the novel, the Navidson family discovers a dark hallway that seems to continually expand. As the explorers venture deeper into the hallway, they become increasingly aware of their inability to comprehend or stay sane in a boundless space. Although Lachapelle’s dioramas are small and have finite measurements, their interiors appear to hide unknown amounts of space. Even in such small spaces, we can touch upon the surface of the concept of infinity.

“Lachapelle’s miniatures act as a threshold between what is seen and not seen,” writes L. Sasha Gora in her summary of Visions on Art Mûr.

The artist’s sculptures inspire intrigue, and perhaps fear of the unknown. They beg the question, “What is hiding further in?”

Guillaume Lachapelle is a sculpture artist residing in Canada. His series Visions was on display at the art gallery Art Mûr in 2014.

(via Colossal)

infinite parking lot
Nuit étoilée, 2012

office space mystery
Dernier étage, 2014

empty train car frightening
Metro, 2013

optical illusion diorama
Détour, 2014; and Awaiting Knowledge, 2013

secretive path
Vie secrète, 2014

design with mirrors
Rêve collectif, 2014

Flower Petal and Ink Illustrations

cabbage flower
(via Meredith Wing).

Combining ink and found objects in art form is nothing new, but inspired by blooms and flower petals, Meredith Wing has created a collection of beautifully illustrated – well, flower girls.

flower shaped dress
(via Meredith Wing).

The colorful petals of tulips, sunflowers, roses, and more grace Wing’s sketches, creating unique patterns and soft textures. With each petal intentionally placed, different shapes are created. The same number of hydrangea petals can form a voluminous, billowing skirt or the trumpet of a piece drawn to cling around a figure.

The New York City-based interior design and fashion aficionado values the ephemerality, or fleetingness, of her flower girls. According to Wing on her website, none of these pieces is glued to keep. They are memorialized only by her sketches and the photos she takes.

Full of whimsy and elegance, these designs are the fusion of a love for fashion, illustration, and the beauty of flowers.

meredith wing design
(via Meredith Wing).

flower petal dress
(via Meredith Wing).

dress made of rose petals
(via Meredith Wing).

fashion in flowers
(via Meredith Wing).

floral skirt
(via Meredith Wing).

yellow skirt with trumpet
(via Meredith Wing).

diy flower projects
(via Meredith Wing).

Moon Glass by Tale

Following the lunar cycle, Tale Co., Ltd.’s moon glass reveals each phase of the moon as it goes from full to empty.

The construction behind the ceramic glass is the trick to the illusion of the changing phases. Depending on how full it is, different amounts of the curved interior are shown.

The designers wanted to show that like the moon, glasses are both filled and emptied. Both objects can also be studied and appreciated. The two available colors also have their own function. The black accentuates the brightness of clear rice wine, while white complements the hues of colored wines and tea.

The designers behind TALE branded the company as one that tells stories through objects. By involving themselves in the production process from planning to promotion, they seek to combine design with culture. Established in December 2010, the company has won several awards.

Design Tools Roundup

From inspiration, to getting ideas down, working on my design, post-production checking, and even slacking off, there are a few websites and tools I often use for my own designing. Some are applicable to any kind of designing, while others are geared toward specific fields. Here are 10 of the websites I visit for getting down to business (and defeating the Huns):

deviantArt @ http://deviantart.com/ – Everyone knows this one, right? deviantART is a second home for artists sharing and selling their works. It’s a great place to get creative thoughts flowing.

Visual.ly @ http://visual.ly/ – The slogan: “Data, say hello to design.” Infographics are a great way to visualize data and a great way to learn some new facts while enjoying an aesthetic presentation that is sure to rein in inspiration.

MUDCUBE Sketchpad @ http://mudcu.be/sketchpad/ – Doodle ideas on an online drawing application, complete with your common tools such as a text tool and eyedropper, gradients, and a large collection of patterns. You can save, but cannot return to edit. Getting ideas down on paper has always been my preference, but an application is another outlet with its pluses.

COLOURlovers @ http://colourlovers.com/ – Sometimes creating just the right palette for your work is difficult. This website has a growing collection of user-created palettes (and patterns). You can also make your own palettes using their basic tool or COPASO, the latter allowing you to vary the concentration of a certain hue in a single palette.

WhatTheFont @ http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ – Have you ever seen a font and desperately wanted to know what it was? By uploading an image of your text or entering an image URL, WhatTheFont pulls up matching fonts from its database. You can also post an image on their forum for help.

Typedia @ http://typedia.com/ – Basically a type encyclopedia, Typedia offers an extensive gallery of typefaces to explore. You can also learn about type – their backgrounds, the anatomy of a character, designers, and more. There’s also a forum for those who want to ask questions and discuss.

Browsershots @ http://browsershots.org/ – This tool generates screenshots of any URL in all major as well as less-used browsers for you to check for compatibility.

Screenfly @ http://quirktools.com/screenfly/ – Another must for a web designer, Screenfly generates screenshots of a given URL for several resolutions. Common desktop, tablet, mobile, and television resolutions can be generated, and Screenfly will list models and resolutions together for ease of use.

Newgrounds @ http://newgrounds.com/ – Sometimes you just need to take a break from work and relax. Newgrounds is composed of user-generated games, movies, audio, and art. Sit back and play a shooter or watch a weird flash animation, but watch you don’t play for TOO long.

Designers’ List @ http://designerslist.info/ – When all else fails, here’s a large collection of links for inspiration, stock photos, fonts, and grapphics freebies. Seriously, you could be clicking around all the links on this one page all day.