The design for APTEK Bar is fantastic: everything is so clean and unfinished; the tables and barstools fit perfectly together. And not only is the design great, but the original design files from Lesha Galkin and Dopludo Collective are literally being given away. Download a copy and bring the bar home today!
Who says multi-unit residential is boring most of the time? Well me. At work, most days.. but thats developer clients for you.
However. This project located in Carlton, Melbourne is surely the exception to the rule. The Hive Graffiti Apartments are the first in a series of ‘Hip Hop Buildings’ designed by Zvi Belling of ITN Architects. An excerpt of the architects statement is below, all of which can be read here.
The Hive Apartment was designed by architect Zvi Belling of ITN Architects.This site was specifically selected for a graffiti/architecture project. The ideas in the building have been refined over time by the designer in prior competitions, publications and collaborations with street artists. The architect developed the project with his neighbour (aka Prowla), a respected old school Melbourne graffiti ‘writer’ who contributed the design of the graffiti letters.
Print for The Black Keys recent gig at Madison Square Gardern, March 12. Speaking of Obey, here is some thoughts from Shepard Fairey on graffiti, or any creative form for that matter. Wise words..
What does underground mean? Punk rock and hip hop are not underground. That whole mainstream vs. underground thing is a load of crap. People who whine about a thing becoming successful are just jealous. It all depends on quality and intent. If something retains its integrity and quality, people shouldn’t mind if it becomes popular. Exploiting a style just because it is popular sucks, and any artist, graffiti or otherwise, shouldn’t participate in a project unless it’s proponents desire to understand and perpetuate the culture and perspective from which the artist comes. I have this unrealistic notion that exposure for graffiti is positive through any channel that gives positive representation, which may or may not be fashion. I think expanding acceptance of graffiti expands freedom of speech and genuinely helps democratize things for the individual in this spectator democracy. Graffiti is very liberating and that shouldn’t be reserved for the cool underground. That’s a selfish mentality.