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The next time I’m in Marseilles, in the south of France, I’m definitely staying Au Vieux Panier, a 17th Century Corsican marketplace converted into a hotel that caters to design lovers, offering lovely accommodations in various works of art. Each room has it’s own theme and has been painstakingly designed by an individual artist. The rooms usually change yearly, so you never stay in the same room twice, creating a truly unique experience.

Current artists include: Avexciters, Julien Colombier, Pascale Robert, Thomas Canto, and Pixtil Studio.

For bookings, or other information, check out their website.

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The streets of France are always peppered with really amazing street art by artists from around the world, but Mademoiselle Maurice stands apart from the rest with her distinct style of creative urban installation, not only with the works themselves, but because she involves the community in the process. She brightens up certain neighbourhoods with splashes of bright colours and engages the viewer with inspiring messages made of origami elements. She’s decorated everything from staircases, schools, sidewalks, community centres, buildings, and most notably, even a prison.

Recently, she was a participant in France’s 2013 ARTAQ Festival, and every Tuesday she would lead workshops for all ages and demographics that brought people together to work on large-scale public installations in urban areas. Over several months, in almost 20 locations, they collectively constructed origami works that involved over 30, 000 folds, and revived urban landscapes, as well as creating a deeper link between individuals and their community.

To see more, check out her website.

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Internationally-reknowned graffiti master Stinkfish isn’t interested in the art world. His feet are firmly planted in the realm and purpose of graffiti – to vandalize an object is to subvert an underlying agenda.  The bulk of his work revolves around the people who live in the areas where he works. He wanders the streets, photographing the people that pique his interest without their knowledge. Then he translates their essence into a singular work, never to be reproduced again. Like snowflakes – like humans, really – they are all independent and characteristic of themselves, and exist nowhere else in time and space.

Born in Mexico City, and currently residing in Bogotá, Colombia, the busy urban environment is where he dwells. Surrounded by chaos and crowds he draws inspiration from everything around him.  Evolving out of trial and error, he focuses his efforts on illegal surfaces – permission walls have no business being a part of his execution. He likes them to be clearly visible, accessible to all, and most notably, located next to something you are forced to look at every day, such as a street sign.

His approach is pure expression. Bold explosions of bright colours and patterning – almost psychedelic – with an untamed style that is both random and well-thought-out. No two works are alike, and he continues to grow and adapt to each piece as he delves deeper into experimentation.

His work can be seen all over the world, most notably in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Holland, Austria and Nepal.

To see more, check out his website. Or view his Flickr gallery.

There’s also a great interview with Stinkfish on Bombing Science’s website that’s worth reading.

Check him out in action:
AMSTERDAM // HOLLAND // June 2013

OFFPROJECT Presents: Stinkfish

ALMA INK x Saks & Stinkfish // 2013

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Hailing from Nice, France, Flow is one of the awesomest graffiti artists, specializing in really gorgeous portraits of popular icons. Not much is known, other than the fact that he is a member of the popular TWE crew. Let’s keep it that way. 😉

Check out his artist page on Fat Cap.

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Belgian jewellery designer Liesbet Bussche made a bold move from creating a typical accessory collection and took to the streets of Amsterdam and Cagnes-Sur-Mer in France, adding oversized jewellery accents to the usual city accoutrements. Transforming grimy, mundane urban elements into objects of class and distinction creates a sense that each city’s characteristic elements are unique and why not accessorize them, as we do ourselves?

Bussche’s urban jewellery consists of huge baubles and charms are placed in unexpected locations, adding a touch of whimsy to the city environment. Toying with scale, butterfly earring backs, spring ring necklace clasps, and woven beads are added to existing elements, transforming their everyday context into something more imaginative, and extravagant.

Her exhibit in the lovely streets of Cagnes-Sur-Mer is a reflection of the infamous 1930’s-1940’s Parisian icon Suzy Solidor – nightclub owner, model, singer, writer and actress. The collection of enormous charms and pendants mirror the extravagant urban chic lifestyle which she was most famously known for flaunting. Larger than life, her impact on the fashion and art of the day transcends into contemporary society.

Visit Liesbet Bussche’s website to learn more.

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ImageFreelance graphic designer and illustrator Florian Nicolle hails from Caen, France – a Northwestern city on the coast near Le Havre that was all but destroyed during WW2’s Battle of Normandy. His work is as dynamic and spontaneous as the modern street art movement that’s invaded Europe over the past couple of decades – fresh, bold strokes, splashes of realism that fade into abstraction, and simple, raw expression.

His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed – he’s got a huge client base now, with top guns such as Nike, Puma, Nokia, ESPN classic, EA Sports Games Studio, Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros, Harajuku Lovers (by Gwen Stephani), KHL, Tanishq… just to name a few. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this young talent.

Check out his website to see more amazing work.

Also check out his gallery on the Behance Network.

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German graffiti artist Mad C started bombing in the late 90’s and has spent much of her life traveling the world and leaving traces of herself behind in the form of art – Sweden, France, USA, United Kingdom, Lebanon, South Africa, Bolivia, Hawaii, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Norway, Poland, Russia, the list goes on. She is also a member of the Bandits crew (GER/F) since 2001, part of the Wallnuts crew (USA) since 2007 and member of SUK (planet earth) since 2009. Her biggest fait accompli to date is her 700wall – a 700 square metre wall she painted using only a ladder in 2010, which tells the story of a graffiti writer, with her name interspersed throughout in more than 100 diverse font styles. So it’s no surprise that concept walls are her ultimate forte, and she continues to impress with her newest addition – The Jurassic Park Wall.

The wall measures 14 metres long by 6 metres tall (84 square metres), and it was the first chance Mad C had the opportunity to use a lifting platform to help her out. The story she weaves is one of life living beyond the point of extinction – based on a quote by Dr. Ian Malcolm (the main character from Jurassic Park). I love the extreme realism and detailed illustrative qualities that Mad C incorporates into her works, and the fact that she always has an impactful statement to make. I can’t wait to see more impressive works from her – makes me want to start saving up so I can travel the globe and try to spot her mark…

Check out her blog to find out more about Mad C.

Additionally, you can check out her published work “Street Fonts”, published in 2011 by Thames & Hudson.

Also check out her videos on Vimeo. And the making of the Jurassic Park Wall on YouTube.

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