Cecilia Levy – Illustrator and Artist.

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Perhaps a better title would have been “Cecilia Levy – Globetrotter, wife, mother, artist”

– Cecilia Levy is an amalgamation of many different things who believes that “In the words of German techno group Scooter: It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

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Interview With Kate Bezar Creator of Dumbo Feather, Pass it on.

Well loved Dumbo Feather Library

Following my short article of Dumbo Feather, Pass it on, that i’d found at the Design Market
Comes an excerpt from the interview with Kate Bezar via theDesignfiles.net

Well-loved Dumbo feather library

I get the feeling Kate Bezar is a bit of a dynamo.

It’s not just the incredible success she’s had with her stunning independent publication Dumbo feather in a fiercely competitive market….. (a magazine she started single-handedly five years ago and with no journalism experience, mind you). No, mainly, it’s the fact that just a few seconds of googling brings up so many varied accolades and creative collaborations that I begin to wonder if there might be 25 Kate Bezars.

But no, there’s only 1. And she’s here, here, here and even here.

And of course, she’s here! [thedesignfiles.net] Read on for an insight into the inspiring world of ‘editor, publisher & dreamer’, Kate Bezar. Thanks so much for your time Kate!”

Thedesignfiles: “Tell me a little about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you’re doing now?”

“I’d almost bet I’m the first person with a Chemistry degree to grace your blog!

I think, like a lot of people, I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. So, when I finished school, even though my best marks were in English and Painting, I thought the more sensible thing to do would be to study Commerce and Science. That lead me to a very sensible career as a management consultant working on projects for companies like banks and airlines, both of which I also used a lot; I flew ridiculous amounts and was paid ridiculously well. That was pretty seductive, but on some really fundamental level I knew it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing with my life, it wasn’t what I was passionate about.

I was volunteering at art galleries on weekends just to get my ‘fix’. Eventually I walked into a newsagent one night wanting to buy a mag but just couldn’t find what I wanted. I wanted to read about real people who’d found what they were passionate about in life and how they’d gone about pursuing it. When I walked out of that newsagent and I hadn’t found a mag but I had found what I was going to do. I was going to make a mag for people like me.”


See the rest of the interview here! at Lucy’s blog thedesignfiles.net

Yoann Henry Yvon – Industrial and Product Designer


You know someone who subscribes to the belief that “design is a language and the designer the translator” is something special. Yoann Henry Yvon, a freelance product and interior designer based in Milan, possesses an earnest desire to “create iconic designs using pictures of symbols that[…]develop a special relationship between products and people”, bringing something new to design.

Though born in 1983 in Nice, France, Yvon lived in Spain for twelve years. There  he studied at the University of Economy in Valencia before graduating with honors in interior design from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy in 2008. Now, instead of study, his days are filled by working on freelance projects and constant communication with a few different designers . A typical day includes scouring the net for new and exciting design blogs to keep himself up to date which what’s going on in the design world, administrative work, sketching and creating 3D models aiming to “make a rendering as realistic as possible”.

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Matt Huynh – Illustrator and visual aritst


I’m very happy to finally present to you some Aussie talent, we’ve gone far too long without a little creative input from home.

“Huynh’s experimental graphic novels span a diverse variety of genres from surrealist fantasy to polemical essays, dramas and autobiography. His inky, energetic brushwork has appeared on everything from magazines and prints to clothing, accessories, health resources, tattoos, film, performance projections, vinyl toys and dolls. When he’s not at the drawing table, he can be found conducting instructional workshops, public presentations, exhibitions and live art demonstrations as a member of Popperbox artists’ collective.”
(via Matt Huynh Bio) 

Midnight Morning is a limited and handcrafted publication combining the distinct work of Haline Ly, Matt Huynh and Will Loeng in a new and never-before-seen illustration series celebrating shared experiences of love and devastation.

Matt Huynh is a self taught Sydney based comic creator and illustrator; already an old hand at all in the field of visual arts, from editorial work to advertising, visualising to toys, tattoos, to publishing and graphic novels. You name it, Matt’s done it. Huynh’s work is imaginative and emotive but clearly expressed through his fine detail and a clever use of colour, dull or vibrant where appropriate

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Abhijeet Kumar – Industrial Designer


The 'Welcome Chair'

An “industrial designer by profession” Abhijeet Kumar, based in Ahmedabad, says he was initially inspired by his family: “It was quite natural since my uncle was an artist and I saw him draw all the time”. However, it wasn’t until he discovered the work of industrial designer Raymond Leowy that he decided to make his creative passion into a career.

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Igor Pinigin – Product Designer


Anemona is the brainchild of Ukrainian Industrial designer Igor Pinigin –

Anemona The unbalanced, visually unstable lamp creates an amazing lighting solution – limitless in terms of configuration and mobility. The fact that each lamp in itself is a separate entity is well thought out, free from messy wires, users are given full freedom of how they set up their own lighting, and can be constantly changed.


Igor has kindly described for Design Tavern his idea of the ‘visually unstable lamp’

I am glad to present you ANEMONA – visually unstable lamp.
The main idea behind this concept is that the lamp is able to change its position, this complete mobility creates a visually unstable effect. The equilibrium position of this lamp is produced through the shape, construction and also the presence of heavy glass balls that fill the bottom of the lamp – the full mobility of Anemona allows for the assembly of dynamic figures. The prototype was produced especially for exposition at SaloneSatellite Moscow 2008 and was presented as a mobile wireless lamp with LEDs powered by accumulators located inside. The shape of prototype looks different from planed original and will be continually be changed from its original shape, adding to the unstable concept.

check out Igor’s work here
Or his personal blog (ukrainian ) here

Alexander Ovchinnikov – Digital Artist/Photographer

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Alexander Ovchinnikov – The well travelled artist, photographer, t-shirt designer and all round creative being has travelled the world and documented his findings along the way..

part of which have been filed into a folio he calls the ‘Black Album’


For the Black Album  I used the pictures of  people taken in the streets of different cities such as: Moscow, Rome, London, Capetown, Brisbane etc. (I like to turn ordinary photos into the conceptual pictures about life, death and the other magic).   I shot and turned into Photoshop Brushes a lot of objects and textures , further retouching and composing were done in Adobe Photoshop as well.”

Alexander has worked as a TV animation/motion designer, magazine art director and free-lance designer, he offers that he was lucky to see the revival of design, TV and magazines in Russia after the Soviet time.

Alexander is now the creative director and co-owner of MILK creative agency, and are working hard on a T-shirt design series that will be availble for sale soon.


to aspiring designers alexander offers this..

“Don’t be afraid of anything. More impudence and freedom in creation. The more you’ll try the better the result is.”

A huge thanks to Alexander Ovchinnikov for allowing us to show his impressive work, and best of luck getting your t-shirts out there on the streets!

To see Alexander’s other creative work please visit:


Space Invaders Design Group

From Milano, Italy comes the talented talent of the Space Invaders Design Group.

Fresh from University, these talented young designers have now completed their degrees but are still meeting to enter design competitions.

The team have kindly given Design Tavern a taste of their work –  A few past University projects.

"Monolite was our final university effort.. "

Tell us a little about yourselves, where are you from and where are you living now?

Four people make up Space Invaders and we are each from a different part of Italy. We met in Milano at university and discovered that working together could have been some potential so we gave it a go and we created the group.

The Space Invaders group is composed by Giovanni Mendini, Stefano Pertegato, Francesco Schiraldi and Eloisa tolu.

The project was for a lighting system which can become something more than a simple lamp, and is actually an “interactive architetural element” to fit in with the SOHO housings (office houses in which dwellers live their entire day).

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