Afloat Forever: Ceramic Balloons and Beach Balls

Korean born sculptor Nina Jun studied at California State University, Long Beach, California and graduated with an MFA in Sculpture in 2002. With a background in figurative sculptures, bronze casting, ceramic and video art, it was the accidental release of a mylar balloon from her own hand that prompted what now makes up the majority of her work. Read more

There are Balloon Animals and then there are Masayoshi Matsumoto Balloon Animals.

Masayoshi Matsumoto Balloon Animals

To say that Japanese balloon artist Masayoshi Matsumoto makes Balloon Animals is an understatement at the very least. His balloon animals are more like “latex sculpture.” Made only by blowing up, twisting and tucking traditional balloons, his talent is more suited to a museum than a 4 yr old’s birthday party. Read more

The 35 Best Balloon Pics From The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Miss the parade this morning? Don’t fret, I’ve compiled (and cropped, colored or altered) the Best Pics From Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 35 photos for a good look at most of the balloons from this morning’s 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York for your enjoyment. And here they are. Read more

Glass Balloon Ceiling and Wall Lamps Add A Festive Touch.

glass balloon lights

This collection of glass ceiling and wall light fixtures, Memory Lights, look just like balloons and were designed by Boris Klimek for Brokis. Read more

Gold Balloons and Glass Top Coffee Table. The UP Coffee Table by Duffy London.

Up Coffee Table

Duffy London design studio introduces the UP Coffee Table, a whimsical table with glass table top held up by gold glass and metal resin composite ‘balloons’ with steel rods as the ‘balloon strings’ and doubling as support. Read more

Daisy Balloon. Crazy Couture Creations Filled With Air.

Daisy Balloon Couture Creations

Daisy Balloon is balloon artist Rie Hosokai (born 1976) and art director/graphic designer Takashi Kawada (born 1976). Together they have created fashions, hats and more by knitting balloons of various sizes, shapes and colors together. Making the world their stage, this balloon unit travels the globe to exhibit their art.

Daisy Balloon Couture Creations

Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Below are just a few of my favorite designs of theirs from exhibitions, editorials, websites and various publications.

Sunday Issue
artwork : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
artdirection : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography : hiroshi manaka (tiimu)
head stylist : kunio kohzaki (tron)
make-up : ebara (miyabi)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

above photos for Sunday Issue courtesy of antjeverena

For The Daisy Balloon Website
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
art direction : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography: hiroshi manaka (tiimu / nam)
hair-dreesing & make-up : rie suda
stylist : tastuhiko marumoto (eight peace)
photo retouch : yoshiaki sakurai (iino graphic images / nam)
interactive design,technical direction : yusuke oshima
flash : takuya fukuda(tagflug)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Christmas Card for Laforet
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Exuviation
Artwork : Daisy Balloon
Production : Atsushi Umezawa
Photography: Satoshi Minakawa
Styling : Kumiko Iijima
Hair&Make-up : Noboru Tomizawa
Model : Ninon Webb
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Osaka Takashimaya
Curation : Daisuke Nagamori / Naohito Miyagi / Momoko Yamada
Artwork+Graphic Design : Daisy Balloon
Photography: Hiroshi Manaka / Photo Retouch : Yoshiaki Sakurai
Make-up : Ken Nakano / Hair : Koji Ichikawa / Stylist : Koji Oyamada
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Rich Magazine
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
art direction : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography : shoji uchida
styling : miki aizawa
hair & make-up : hirokazu niwa (maroonbrand)
model : iruka (okazaki models)
photo retouch : makoto harikae
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Fiercive Magazine
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
photography: hiroshi manaka (tiimu / nam)
hair-dreesing & make-up : go utsugi (switch management & produce)
stylist : tastuhiko marumoto (eight peace)
photo retouch : mika yagihashi (pygmalion)
model : gwen (bravo)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Chocolate A-Z exhibition in Hong Kong (Harbour City)
art work : rie hosokai (daisy balloon)
art direction : takashi kawada (kotenhits)
photography: hiroshi manaka (tiimu / nam)
hair-dreesing & make-up : rie suda
stylist : tastuhiko marumoto (eight peace)
photo retouch : yoshiaki sakurai (iino graphic images / nam)
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

A few random designs of their from over the years:
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

Balloon Bridal
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here

The Daisy Balloon Book Cover
Artwork : Rie Hosokai / Art Direction : Takashi Kawada
Photography: Hiroshi Manaka / Make-up : Ebara
Hair : Koji Ichikawa / Stylist : Koji Oyamada
Model : Ira Shushiebina / Photo Retouch : Yoshiaki Sakurai
Set Production : Yoshihito Tada
Production : Daisy Balloon / Book Design : Takashi Kawada
Editor : Arata Sasaki / Translator : Saori Hamada
Print : YAMADA PHOTO PROCESS CO.,LTD / Paper : Heiwa Paper Co., Ltd.
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
Daisy Balloon Couture Creations  - if it's hip, it's here
images courtesy of Daisy Balloon, Rie Hosokai and Trendland

See More At Daisy Balloon
Tokyo, Japan
info@daisyballoon.com

The Best Balloon Dog Inspired Items, Housewares and Art. (Sorry, Mr. Koons)

balloon dog inspired items

Now that artist Jeff Koons dropped his ridiculous lawsuit against San Francisco boutique and gallery, Park Life, for selling bookends that resembled some of his oversized sculptures, Balloon Dog items are blowing up. Read more

Airigami: The Fine Art of Balloon Sculpture by Larry Moss.

Larry Moss balloon sculptures
above: James Abbot McNeil’s Whistler’s Mother recreated in balloons by Larry Moss.

Balloon sculptor Larry Moss has many installations, fashions, and designs crafted of colored latex balloons to his credit. Read more