August is a lonely time for Paris with most people taking their annual holiday for a week or two, leaving the city of lights a little dim with many bars, restaurants and stores closing for the entire month.
The city is populated by left-behind Parisians and groups of confused tourists left wondering why Paris is so quiet. We've been inspired by this absence to find beauty in negative space and the void.
Berg by Arash Eskafi was inspired by how people behave during the first five minutes after arriving home. We're all guilty of throwing a jacket or shirt onto a chair in our bedroom but now we can throw our clothing into the void.
We love that this piece not only looks great but also reminds us of the classic Joy Division album cover for Unknown Pleasures, which itself sounds like falling into an endless negative space.
Creating a chair by carving away space, leaving just the bare bones to act as the structure while the negative space becomes the embellishment, was the inspiration behind the Bone Chair by architecture firm JDS.
This chair may not be the most groundbreaking design but the use of negative space as adornment is a technique usually seen in typography and logo design, so seeing it used in 3D to such success is a beautiful thing.
LG's recent bendable displays to be used in wearable devices and a new generation of mobile phones took over the internet recently, but these lighting solutions using the same technology didn't receive the same fanfare.
These impossibly thin luminous strips look like magic, as though they have no electricity source, which means they can open up new possibilities for recessed lighting, furniture with integrated lighting, and even sculptural pieces.
It's no secret that we're huge fans of illustration at Studio Ombre HQ and these architectural, maze-like pen drawings by Mathew Borrett are our new favourites.
We love the use of negative space to outline these labyrinthine spaces, connecting the intricate spaces with flat edges as if sliced with a scalpel, edging between the cute and the sinister to create alluring landscapes.
Olafur Eliasson is better known for his monumental artworks that incorporate primal materials including light, earth and water, but this smaller scale project sculpts the artist's home out of mere absence.
Your House is a 900-page sculpture in the form of a book that brings to mind images of flip-books, architectural models, and Jonathan Safran Foer's book Tree of Codes, which itself was created by cutting into the pages of another book, and upon which a ballet was based with Eliasson acting as the set designer. The void is deep.