ANTON ALVAREZInventing a craft of his own, Swedish-Chilean artist Anton Alvarez joins wood, steel and plastic to create furniture and architectural objects. Utilising the Thread Wrapping Machine, a tool designed and manufactured by himself, the artist connects elements by cocooning them in vividly pigmented threads, coated in glue. A new method of creating, the practice eliminates screws and nails, often used to conjoin components and results in decorative patterns, formed by the colourful threads.
Photography by Gustav Almestål
YING CHANGSketch Objects by London-based artist Ying Chang is a series of experimental plates, bowls and vases created by layering, folding and moulding paper. Designed to challenge our perceptions of value, the paper is waterproofed on the inside with resin, transforming a fragile, disposable material into something long-lasting and precious.
Photography by Ian Bartlett
JUSTYN HEGREBERGWith a background in fashion and construction, Portland-based artist Justyn Hegreberg’s mantra is ‘make it work’, proved by a self-imposed rule to never throw something away once he's begun working on it. The result is ‘rhetorical painting’, works made from an array of collaged materials with a sense of ambiguity around where the artist’s intervention lies.
COCO CAPITÁNAs a child, Spanish photographer Coco Capitán thought of China as the most remote place in the world and that if she dug deep down enough in her garden, she would reach it at the other side of her tunnel. In her latest book Middle Point Between My House and China, Coco presents a personal ode to China that explores its everyday reality through the lens of her childhood dreams.
SCOTT WESTArmed with a Pentax 67 camera, American artist Scott West transforms everyday surroundings and ordinary objects into carefully considered compositions. Inspired by the work of Bruce Weber, William Eggleston and Paul Strand, his subtle approach is forward-thinking yet grounded in an enduring sense of heritage.
MONO-HAThe post-war Japanese artistic phenomenon of Mono-ha (School of Things) explored the encounter between natural and industrial objects such as glass, stone, steel and wire. The 2012 exhibition Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha from Los Angeles Gallery Blum & Poe reflected upon those materials and presented them in new and interesting ways.
JEROEN VAN LOONAn Internet by Dutch artist Jeroen van Loon questions how the internet would look if all data were temporary and ephemeral. Visualising the flow of information in the form of glass tubes filled with smoke signals, the installation is based on the complex system of glass fibre internet cables that run across the ocean floors and continents.
NATALIE CHRISTENSENPhotographer Natalie Christensen explores the often overlooked spaces of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to create minimalist abstractions of urban architecture and streetscapes. Informed by her career as a psychotherapist, her work uncovers hidden beauty within the ordinary through a keen focus on colour, shadow and geometry.
PAWEL BOWNIKIn his Disassembly series, artist Pawel Bownik takes apart 23 species of plants and flowers before meticulously stitching them back together using scientific methods and household tools. The resulting still life images present a strange vision, delicately merging the natural with the artificial.
DOUG JOHNSTONNew York-based designer Doug Johnston blends traditional materials with modernist design and 3D printing to create coiled vessels and art objects made from cotton cord and rope. Made in Brooklyn using vintage industrial sewing machines, their irregular shapes reference the natural rock formations and canyons of the American Southwest.
PER KRISTIAN NYGÅRDPer Kristian Nygård’s installation Not Red But Green presents an unlikely scene, filling Oslo’s No Place gallery with sprawling mounds of grass. Tended and watered daily throughout the duration of the exhibition, the undulating landscape boldly blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors, disrupting the familiarity of everyday designed environments.
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADESA trained engineer and graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Michael Anastassiades’ work deftly combines fine art with functionality. His mobile chandelier collection features linear metalwork and delicate glass spheres, each designed to be rearranged while remaining perfectly balanced.
The minimal lighting can be seen in COS stores around the world including London Regent Street, Hamburg and our new store in Ginza, Tokyo.
WOLFGANG TILLMANSPhotographer Wolfgang Tillmans’ 2016 exhibition On the Verge of Visibility presented a range of abstract and figurative work in a site-specific installation at Porto’s Serralves Foundation. Captured in a 96 page exhibition catalogue, the series focuses on what he describes as ‘Vertical Landscapes’, photographs of natural light phenomena that occur when day meets night, and sky meets earth and sea.
Images courtesy of Tenderbooks
OLLE BENGTSSONInfluenced by his background in graphic design and art direction, Paris-based photographer Olle Bengtsson takes a conceptual approach to still life that references a long-standing interest in science, architecture and geometry. In his recent series Nudes, Olle explores line and colour with abstract arrangements of paper.
RALF BRUECKIn Deconstruction, German artist Ralf Brueck uses digital effects to elongate and distort urban landscapes. Futuristic and surreal, the series creates imagined realities that mark a radical departure from our own.
JI ZHOUThe Civilized Landscape exhibition by Chinese artist Ji Zhou presented landscapes made from maps and books. Hand-sculpted into mountainous peaks and troughs, the books were carefully assembled into soaring towers reminiscent of a city skyline.
CHRISTINA MACKIEThe Filters was a three-part installation on display at London’s Tate Britain in 2015 by artist Christina Mackie. Inspired by her interest in colour and pigment, Christina presented 12 metre-high silk nets dipped in vats of dye alongside an apparatus-like metal sculpture and a plinth displaying raw glass.
LEV KHESINBerlin-based artist Lev Khesin works with silicone paint, layering one coat at a time to create tactile patterns and unexpected colour blends. Never planning ahead, he allows his work to grow organically into three-dimensional pieces that echo the structure of minerals and precious stones.
JONGJIN PARKKorean ceramicist Jongjin Park creates his stacked sculptural forms by layering paper, porcelain slip and pigment before firing at a high temperature. Mimicking the appearance of wood or sponge, the strength and durability of the pieces belie their fragile origins, resulting in a surprising trompe l’oeil effect.
NINA BANDPensive Dimensions by photographer Nina Band presents an abstract vision of architecture through paper reconstructions of original imagery. Inspired by the Cubist and Minimalist movements, her work focuses on the way shapes and forms are perceived within complex spaces.
Commissioned by COS, Nina has created a unique series of prints that are currently on display in a selection of our store windows worldwide. To be in with a chance of winning a set,
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COHEN VAN BALENLondon-based artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work with objects, installation, film and photography to explore materials and processes. Their 2015 work From Below, is a series of still life images that reference the parallels between Iceland’s geology and the country’s evolving political and economic climate.
DELPHINE BURTINEncouble by Swiss artist Delphine Burtin plays with visual perception to distort seemingly ordinary images into something more uncertain. In a series of ‘visual accidents’, photographs are reconfigured to create a trompe l’oeil effect designed to make the viewer look twice. www.burtin.ch
LUKE DIIORIOSunset Park by New York artist Luke Diiorio is a series of folded paintings that examine the subtle boundary between painting and sculpture. Presented at London’s Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, each piece was created through a meticulous process of painting, stitching and folding linen and raw canvas.