Organic Factory x Gilles Belley


French designer Gilles Belley is a modern designer and creator of the environmentally conscious Organic Factory: Agromaterials. Gilles Belley is the winner of the 2009 “Bourse Agora” design award, an award that promotes young design talent. This research project was initiated by the art center LA CUISINE in collaboration with the L.C.A (Laboratory of Agro-Industrial Chemistry) in Toulouse, France.

Organic Factory is made of exclusively organic biodegradable agromaterials (agricultural waste).  Utilizing these materials, Belley fashioned biodegradable elements for the home including planters, aromatic diffusers, and aromatherapeutic bath oils. The Organic Factory: studies and sketches from nature portfolio include more of his expansive ideas as he further investigates the potential of argomaterials for domestic use.

Inflorescence (Bath aroma’s)
 Inflorescence is made of aromatic and soluble materials that combine geometry and nature.  Muscari flowers and aromatic characteristics of the flower contain antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic oils. The buttons stand out to be immersed in bath water and dissolved, releasing perfumed oils with aromatherapy properties.


Organic Factory is far more than highly innovative design; it is art that “plays with continuities and similarities between artificial and natural to propose a set of objects whose shapes and functions are manufactured from nature”. Our need for sustainable domestic resources is as important as the need for fuel and energy. 

Belley's Energy Saving Power Adapter

Organic factory explores the role of re-useable resources in our everyday lives. Belley is also responsible for the creation of the elegant energy saving power adapter built to reduce energy consumption of electrical appliances while in standby mode. This device cuts energy consumption in half for devices that account for nearly 10% of all household energy use.

Colline (Organic fertilizer)
Small geographic form eroding under the action of water, the Colline partially buries in its pot. Its base, made of finer materials contains seed mixed with the agromaterial. After several days of watering, the decomposition of the base releases the seeds and organic nutrients. The Colline itself, much thicker that its base will erode over a longer period of time, delivering nutrients to the plant throughout its growth.


This project investigates our unnecessary relationship with unnatural materials and the possibility of healthier alternatives. Belley’s impressive use of diffusion, decomposition, and evaporation illustrates the great potential and usefulness of biodegradable design.

Fruit (Odor neutralizer)
Inspired by the cypress fruit whose scales separate in maturity disseminating volatile essences with antiseptic properties. When wet, Fruit emits aromatic molecules that neutralize unpleasant odors.

(written 2/1/10 x Jene' Rhian)

New Photography 2009

New Photography is an annual exhibit presented by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  Curated by Eva Respini, Associate Curator in the Department of Photography.  New Photography 2009 showcases the work of six young multi-disciplinary artists.  This exhibit is about more than just photography. It is about the evolution and redefinition of art by the artists.

Leslie Hewitt. Riffs on Real Time.  2002–05. Chromogenic color print, 30 x 24" (76.2 x 61 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century.
© 2009 Leslie Hewitt

Carter Mull. Eleven. 2009. Type-c print on metallic paper and type-r print, 21 x 22 1/8" (53.3 x 56.2 cm). Courtesy the artist and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. © 2009 Carter Mull 

The New Photography series turned twenty-four in 2009. This year, the works included are considered a recent significant work in photography that “examines and expands the conventional definitions of the medium”.   Over the years, the series has introduced over sixty-eight artists from fifteen different countries. This years’ exhibit will be open at MOMA until January 10th, 2010.

Sara VanDerBeek. A Composition for Detroit. 2009. Chromogenic color prints, left to right, panel 1: 65 x 48" (165.1 x 121.9 cm), panel 2: 65 x 43 1/2" (165.1 x 110.5 cm), panel 3: 65 x 48" (165.1 x 121.9 cm), panel 4: 65 x 47 1/2" (165.1 x 120.7 cm). Courtesy the artist and D'Amelio Terras, New York. © 2009 Sara VanDerBeek

In the past, New Photography has featured only two to four artists. This year, six artists, mostly Americans (with the exception of Walead Beshty from the UK), were chosen. The diversity of the artists and their art offers the observer a new way to view photography as a broadly expressive medium. “As the photographic medium is rapidly transforming, the artists included in this exhibition question what it means to make a photograph in the twenty-first century. Diverse in their points of view, these artists collectively examine and expand the conventional definitions of the medium of photography.” Eva Respini 

Daniel Gordon. Nude Portrait. 2009. United States Daniel Gordon (American, born 1980). Chromogenic color print, 49 x 62 7/8" (124.5 x 159.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century Image courtesy the artist.

Walead Beshty. Three Color Curl (CMY: Irvine, California, August 19, 2008, Fuji Crystal Archive Type C). 2008. Color photographic paper, 97 5/8 x 51 1/8" (248 x 129.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. Image courtesy the artist and Wallspace, New York. © 2009 Walead Beshty

By exploring “what it means to make a photograph in the 21st century”, New Photography is expanding the boundaries of photography in art. This series illustrates how photography by practice and definition has progressed over the years. It has grown to incorporate new techniques brought on by digital advances, replacing traditional methods, and redefining the process by which photographs are made.

Sterling Ruby 2009 United States Sterling Ruby. Chromogenic color print, 64 x 48" (162.6 x 121.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. 

About the artists:
Walead Beshty- Born in London, UK. Graduate of Bard College (BA) and Yale (MFA). Currently lives and works in Los Angeles California.

Daniel Gordon- Born Boston, MA. Graduate of Bard College (BA) and Yale University (MFA). Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Leslie Hewitt- Born in Saint Albans, NY. Graduate of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (BFA), Yale University (MFA), and also attended New York University. Lives and works in New York and Houston, TX

Carter Mull- Born in Atlanta, GA. Graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and the California School of the Arts (MFA). Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Sterling Ruby- American artist Born in Bitburg Germany.  Graduate of the School of the Art institute in Chicago (BA). Working on his MFA at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Sara VanDerBeek- Born in Baltimore, MD. Graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art and Science (BFA). Currently lives and works in New York, NY

Visit moma.org for more info. 

(written 12/10/09 x Jene' Rhian)


radiant child

Jean-Michel has been one of my favorites for a long long time. This trailer is for Radiant Child which premiered at Sundance in Feb. Click here if you cannot see the video.


McQueen retrospective

this is a few years old, so it doesn't include some of his latest work.
i still get the sads when i think about it. 
rest in peace sweet prince...

click here if you cant see the video

heavy metal

I'm kinda in love with Sohpie Hulme right now and her A/W 2010 collection. It was hard to find pics so I borrowed a few from Susie at the fabulous style bubble and the Fred Butler style blog. I love every piece. Visit her website here.
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