François Junod has been making robots the old-fashioned way for over 20 years. Using precise micro-mechanics, Junod works out of his studio in Sainte-Croix pursuing his goal of making movements smoother and more human. Though he works primarily on commissions, his Modigliani-like art pieces and studio shots are well-documented here and you can find a history of automata here (complete with satisfying flash animations).
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Art Basel: Other Worlds
A selection of mind-bending, multimedia works from Switzerland's expansive art show
by CH Editors
While several works at this year's Art Basel touched upon the animalistic side of humanity, another parallel looked to the future with otherworldly and scientifically driven design. From a Nouveau Realism throwback to forward-thinking student work...
Art Basel 41 Highlights, Part Two
Warped realist sculptures, Op-Art paintings and wearable instruments round out our list of Art Basel 2010 favorites
by Evan Orensten
There were so many great things at Art Basel 41 we needed a second feature to capture them all. Check out Part One of our coverage here if you missed it. At NYC's Sperone Westwater, "Michael (Variation #1)" (2010), a larger-than-life bust by Canadian...
Art Basel: Animals
Creatures on canvas, cast in metals, suspended in air and more at Switzerland's massive show
by CH Editors
Whether the main subject of a taxidermy-inspired sculpture or an allegorical reference within a larger composition, animals are an evergreen source of inspiration among a diverse range of media and genres. The pivotal role creatures play was apparent...
Birdhouses by Stephane Barbier Bouvet
by Ted Cahill
Here's a comical twist on the traditional birdhouse by Lausanne-based designer Stephane Barbier Bouvet. Check out some of his latest projects on his site or at Gallery 1m3, of which he is a founding member. via swissmiss
Art Basel 41 Highlights, Part One
Animated currency, she-beasts, Aitken's latest immersive video and pink crystals top our list of Art Basel favorites
by Evan Orensten
One day, nearly 300 galleries and thousands of artworks later, check out below what caught our eye at Art Basel's 41st event in Basel last month. Stay tuned for more in Part Two. "Hero No. 1" (2009), one of Zhang Huan's series of enormous...
Design Miami/Basel 2013: Casting Light
From artificial storms to electronic innovations, five works that cleverly play with light
by David Graver
It could be argued that it doesn't matter what, or who, is in any room if the lighting isn't right. The following pieces—seen among the other wares at Design Miami/Basel—emit, warp or interact with light in exotic ways. Each piece embeds functionality...
Lucas Isawa: Koinobori
by Phuong-Cac Nguyen
By combining traditional Japanese Carp-shaped wind socks with paper lanterns, artist Lucas Isawa has turned his floating and illuminated school of fish into a breathtakingly peaceful spectacle. Building on koinobori (wind socks decorated with colorful...
Mini anatomical sculptures from L.A.'s bronze addict
by Adrienne So
L.A.-based sculptor Anne Ricketts creates miniature pieces of art for the body and home. Twenty years ago, she started her career with clay sculptures, but quickly transferred to sculpting in foam, wax and clay before casting her pieces in bronze...
Kinetic art and horological design at MB&F's recently opened boutique in the heart of Geneva
by Graham Hiemstra
The collective group of timepiece innovators and artisans at MB&F have created a new way to showcase their yearly masterpieces alongside some of the world's most equally elaborate pieces of kinetic art in Geneva's recently opened M.A.D. Gallery...
Daydreams come to life with Danielle Hue's handmade felt hats
by Alessandro De Toni
A crown of pine trees beside a blue river, a fox snuggled up against an oak tree, a little fawn proudly standing in a lace tutu, a fluffy merino wool elephant watching your back with his long trunk—what may sound like a child's daydreams are...
Bike spokes upcycled into handy oversized paperclips
by Ami Kealoha
Faced with high unemployment in Switzerland, poverty in Africa and a hobby of collecting old bikes, social entrepreneur Paolo Richter started Gump- und Drahtesel, a program in Bern which puts the unemployable to work restoring and upcycling bicycles...
Off Piste: Neon Daze and Winter Waves
Artists Corey Smith and Mike Parillo bring snowboarding back to its roots with experimental handmade boards
by Graham Hiemstra
Four years ago, burnt out on the way mainstream snowboarding was headed, artist and professional snowboarder Corey Smith turned to his Lake Tahoe garage/studio for refuge. Here, he founded Spring Break Snowboards, an art project aimed at bringing...