Wednesday
Dec122012

Jeff Harris 2012 Christmas Card Outtakes 

Photograph by Jeff Harris. Set design by Nikole Nelson Studios. Hair/Makeup by Abby Ballin.

Kate in makeup with the talented Abby.

Taking a break from setting props to beautify for the camera.

Rehearsal time.

Pregnant set designer tests lovely vintage sofa while fluffy assistant awaits orders.

Naughty Santa.

Crew shot.

Santa takes a load off at the end of a long day.

Monday
Dec102012

Sneak Peak: Mr. Steam Commercial Set Production

The Mr. Steam commerical set build was a wild project! Timing could not have been more difficult as we found ourselves desperately searching for dry materials, non-flooded warehouses and open roads for deliveries right in the midst of Hurricane sandy. Alongside designer/stylist Raina Kattleson, we had been working on the project for months; our seamless production schedule required more hurdle jumping than planned due to mother nature's wrath. Our final results: A dynamic collaboration with a fantastic client who we truly grew to love.

I'm so proud of both the outcome and my team for their long hours, commitment and tremendous patience. Special thanks to my amazing tile guys, Arte Tile & Masonary.

Can't wait to see the commercials! Release dates in early 2013. 

Tuesday
Nov272012

NB Holiday Wreaths


Hundreds of sample shoes arrive from NB.

Phase one of shoe prep begins, dipping each in paint.

 

Sunday
Nov112012

BFG'S Art Kids

Photograph by Jeff HarrisDesign development and construction drawings.

Casting plaster bases.

Custom fabricated steel desktop by 2nd story wood

On the hunt for a vintage office chair.

A total of 3000 sharpies were used in the sculpture.

Installation day.

Photography by Jeff Harris

Do we ever really outgrow the thrill of a wall of unlimited markers begging to be scribbled on a massive blank canvas? As designers we will never stop reaching for pen and paper. We will never stop doodling, sketching, releasing the insanity and brilliance that makes us unique. When an idea strikes, it is a craving that needs to be immediately satisfied. Paper. Markers. The hand flies. We are and always will be "the art kids".

Nikole Nelson Studios, a new york based collaborative of artists, designers, and makers, tackled the creation of the BFG communications reception for their new Soho, NYC office.

Nelson developed the "art kids" concept after interviewing BFG’s creatives at their headquarters in South Carolina and New York. Researching and dissecting their individual design processes, she dove into their childhood and art kid dreams. When did it all start; and had it changed much? Nelson’s sculpture focuses on the diverse elements that make up the company – the 90 creative minds of BFG’s design team.  What sparks the initial stage and layers within their work? It begins with the simplest of tools - a marker, paper - and becomes a global marketing platform for Warner Brothers, Captain Morgan, Coca Cola and beyond.

Over 3000 sharpies, all functioning, created a wall of possibilities. Nelson used the individual marker colors to emulate pixels or mosaic tiles – each contributing to the visual movement of the sculpture.

Stacks of carved paper climb the walls blending into a gorgeous gray scale. Plaster cast bases emulate the concrete streets of the city buzzing below. A roll of industrial butcher paper begs to be tagged with spur of the moment creative visions. It is art that functions, turning from installation to reception desk. An interactive piece that engages the staff and visitors to participate first hand in BFG’s creative process.

Adding another layer of the personal, Nelson incorporated illustrations by BFG designer Ryan Kasal into the butcher paper roll and custom entry wallpaper.

“When you enter the space it's as if you’ve stepped within the mind of the BFG artist, the tools they fell in love with as kids and what continues to stimulate them today. It is essentially the experience of who they are.” Nikole Nelson

Written by Jennifer Tripp for Nikole Nelson Studios.

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Saturday
Oct202012

Michele Varian: K/LLER JEWELRY

K/LLER JEWELRY

I woke up this morning to a glorious reminder that my favorite Soho boutique, Michele Varian, is having a trunk show of K/ller Jewelry. Talk about craftsmanship and design! These peices are gorgeous examples of rock-n-roll meeting the chic city vibe. Add this one to my Christmas list! If you haven't visited Michele's store give yourself a treat - the home decor options, overall interior design and energy of the space are truly fantastic! I never leave empy handed.