Here’s a riddle for you:
What’s classic but contemporary, utilitarian but creative, and youthful but over 60 years old?
LEGOs, of course!
Can you believe that the design of the LEGO brick has been exactly the same since it was developed in the 1950s? A design that remains relevant for over 60 years is quite impressive, if you ask us! According to T Magazine, LEGOs can be “combined in more than 900 million ways,” which is probably why they continue to inspire so many artists, designers and architects.
Here are some of our favorite LEGO interpretations!
Brazilian artist Valentino Fialdini’s 2012 photographic series, LEGO, is meant to toy with your perception (pun intended). At first glance you think you’re looking at real interiors and empty rooms until you realize that they’re all made of LEGOs!
Jan Vormann is a German artist who started his Dispatchwork project in order to bring color and playfulness to our often gray cities while also mending broken walls. Wouldn’t that make you smile if you were walking down this street in Italy?
Street artist MEGX covered a bridge in Wuppertal, Germany with panels painted like LEGO bricks. See a theme? Colors just make us happy!
And, of course, we can’t forget fashion. We’ve got you covered for LEGO accessories perfect for your next mommy & me matching photo shoot, never mind the price tag…
- Those crazy cool Balenciaga shoes were styled by the fabulous Kate Lanphear for an Elle fashion spread shot by Jesse Frohman.
- Most recently, LEGOs were the inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring 2013 Chanel clutches.
- But Kine Diouf wearing this hat from Jean Charles De Castelbajac’s 2009 collection takes the LEGO cake for best editorial!
So what can we learn from this multi-faceted design icon? Never forget to live in color and you will never forget to smile!
The featured image is of a dress made with over 5000 LEGOs by Central Saint Martins student Anne-Sophie Cochevelou.