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Artist Crush: Joel Penkman

July 28th, 2011 · 5 Comments

A selection of yummy treats from Joel Penkman’s series British Food (via MAMMOTH).

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Nom. Prints available.

Design Crush: Wagashi

April 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Wagashi are small Japanese confections that are often served with tea. I came across these photographs on flickr (thanks to a friend) that really capture the aesthetic, simplicity and incredible attention to detail that goes into these dishes. And, yes, this is total food porn for someone obsessed with Japanese food and design like me. The set has over 20,000 views so at least I’m not alone.

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Design Crush: forty-sixth at grace

April 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

It is my opinion that forty-six at grace, the drool-worthy blog of Herriott Grace’s Nikole, has some of the best food photography in the blogosphere. If you have an insatiable sweet tooth like I do you may find yourself in front of your computer in a raging fit of hunger for one of her perfect cakes. I recently learned that Nikole is in fact a pastry chef and for some reason that makes me feel a little less jealous of this woman of many talents (including home design).

If you’re not familiar with Ms. Herriott, here’s the low-down: she grew up on a farm eating mainly from the land (like so many only dream of). She currently lives in Toronto where she runs Herriott Grace with her father who hand-carves exquisite wooden spoons, knives, cake stands and other wonderful things.

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There is so much in these photos that is artful – the pastries themselves, the antique stands and utensils, the styling and the photography. I can’t get enough!

Photo credits: Nikole Herriott, John Cullen, Martine Blackhurst.

 

Playing with Food

October 6th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Carl Kleiner of Stockholm with styling by Evelina Bratell via Fine Ting Og Sjokolade.  And yes, these are all made of food… recipes I believe. Pretty unbelievable. Leave it to artists to make you look twice at an object you know innately, like an egg or a pad of butter.

“Carl Kleiner’s eye for gravity and movement, poetic surrealism and unexpected meetings, however, has already created a style of his own, distinct from all other photographers. His sharp concept of form, lighting, color and compositions enhances his distinctive way of expressing himself – improvised and controlled, curious yet serious.” – Agent Bauer

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And don’t Carl’s still-lifes remind you of Camilla Engman’s “Collection” collage series (above)?