Tuesday, February 15, 2011

what the schmuck?

One of the worst movies that I've seen in the past year is Dinner for Schmucks. We saw it in theaters in early August of last year and agreed that we would never gamble $25 bucks for a modern "funny" movie ever again. However, while the content of the movie was lacking, the art design in the movie was phenomenal! In case if you're not familiar with it, Steve Carell's character, Barry, makes "mousterpieces" based on famous people, events, and his personal life (his wife, with flaming red hair, left him. some of the dioramas are about their relationship). Take a peek- (note: you'll want to click on these images to see them full-sized!)

^ LOVE the Van Gogh one!
(all images property of Paramount Pictures)

Okay, so obviously the still shots have a little computer enhancement (but that's how David Lachapelle got famous, right?) but for what it's worth, these things are terrific! Chiodo Brothers made the mousterpieces for the movie, but there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not they plagiarized from "Mouse Angel" artist Jeannie M. Here's her work:

The last thing I wanted to talk about today was meat-eating furniture by two designers named James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau. I found out about these two from the blog of NPR's Robert Krulwich.

They've created an alarm clock and a lamp that (each respectively) run on flies, a coffee table that guillotines mice by enticing them with cheese, and other equally as revolutionary household items.

Here's some images (you can't tell by looking at them that they are diabolical, vicious animal-eating machines):

^what I want to know is, what is the purpose of feeding the coffee table?

You can view a video about the alarm clock here:

Feast on this, my friends.
Until tomorrow,
-Katie B

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