Colossal Art and Design

  • by Kate Mothes
    From an office building in Southwark, London, an innovative expansion emerges in white glazed brick. Architecture firm Corstorphine & Wright conceived of “The Scoop,” a contemporary twist on a historic building in the Union Street Conservation Area, to modernize an existing structure and recognize its past. About 500 meters from the River Thames and centered […]
  • by Grace Ebert
    While exploring the Alpine region around Mont Blanc in 1789, the Swiss physicist and mountain climber Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (1740-1799) conceived of a tool to measure the blueness of the sky. He developed a round instrument dubbed a cyanometer with 53 shades dyed from Prussian blue he could hold up and compare to the atmosphere […]
  • by Grace Ebert
    Evoking the meandering veins in leaves, the clustered divots of termite holes, or pocked coral, Katie Rose Johnston’s ceramic sculptures meld organic form with function. The Glasgow-based artist (previously) works as M A N I F E S T O, shaping wall-based shelves she refers to as Curiosity Clouds. Designed to hold collections like their […]
  • by Jackie Andres
    French photographer Frank Deschandol has held a lens up to wildlife for the last three decades. Journeying to opposite corners of the world in search of remarkable species, Deschandol’s main goal is to highlight the existence of rare and little-known creatures for others to enjoy. “I’m above all a naturalist who came logically to photography, […]
  • by Grace Ebert
    More effective than medication, therapy, and yoga, dancing recently topped the list of successful treatments for depression, and for good reason. Since time immemorial, boogying has permeated every culture and formed the basis of social bonds, a linchpin of community and strong mental health. A delightful short film directed and animated by Rosanna Wan and […]
  • by Grace Ebert
    An inventive and adventurous spirit courses through each one of Zim&Zou’s elaborate paper installations, the latest of which imagines a mighty horse leading a ship suspended from above. Titled “Flying Faubourg,” the project was designed to fit the Hermès window in Tokyo’s Ginza Mitsukoshi. The artists (previously) melded the brand’s origins in equestrian goods with […]
  • by Jackie Andres
    Kamwei Fong (previously) is drawn to the nature of cats. Whether extroverted and playful or curious and timid, the clawed companions truly relish living their lives as they please, embodying a charming spirit that inspires the artist time and again. Appreciative of the calm that follows working in solitude, Fong has often prioritized creative autonomy […]
  • by Colossal
    There are many vantage points from which to view Japan’s towering Mt. Fuji, one of the world’s most iconic mountains. Katsushika Hokusai rendered three dozen of them in his iconic series 36 Views of Mt. Fuji, which he made between 1830 and 1832. Now, design studio Plus brings the volcanic peak to wherever you work […]
  • by Grace Ebert
    In O Jardim, Efrain Almeida cultivates the memories of his parents’ home in the backlands of Ceará, Brazil. Carved wooden creatures populate the gallery at Oscar Niemeyer Museum, appearing as if they could buzz and flutter across the space. Comprising about 40 sculptures, paintings, and embroideries, the exhibition reinterprets the intimate, contemplative garden Almeida enjoyed […]
  • by Jackie Andres
    “What does a wall have that a canvas doesn’t?” asks Rome-based artist Alice Pasquini. Bursting with vibrant hues and tender optimism, Pasquini’s murals are driven by her ongoing interest in human emotion, relationships, and connection. Overarching themes so universal and timeless allow passersby to relate in some way, seeing images of curious figures peering at […]