Enter the creative world of THING, where fantasy meets reality in a post-apocalyptic realm called “Apocapop”.
THING is a multidisciplinary studio based in L.A. led by Lulu Biazus and Carrie Lau. The studio works in a variety of creative areas such as art direction, illustration, graphic design, and video direction.
Catching up for some Q&A, here’s what the creatives Carrie Lau and Lulu Biazus from THING had to say about the collaboration launched at The Standard, Hollywood.
What is Apocapop? Apocapop is a poptastic collaboration between THING x The Standard, Hollywood for Summer 2013. It’s a crazy journey into a post-human future, where mankind is extinct and Earth is inhabited by Apocapops, amoeba-like creatures that love heat and trash that appear after the great Apocapop. We consider it both a celebration and a funeral for consumer culture.
What/who are your inspirations? Our inspirations are allover the place, from artists to fashion designers, but they are all colorful and unashamedly in-your-face. Specifically Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Jeremy Scott, Jean de Castelbajac, Yoshitomo Nara, Andy Warhol, Milton Glaser, Meadham Kirchhoff, Perks and Mini, Urs Fischer, and The Fool design collective from the 60s.
How has your work been influenced by your surroundings? Carrie is originally from Hong Kong and has lived in L.A. for six years now, starting with her degree from UCLA. I’m originally from L.A., but went to Central St. Martins in London and spent a few years there before missing the weather and palm trees. We both have an appreciation for creative melting-pots, and a cultural awareness that spans beyond our city. Traveling is huge for us.
Apocapop ranged from print to tangible playful pieces – are there any parameters you are looking to break through in your future projects? Whats next? For this collaboration, we used painting, decals, fashion and pillow installations to tell a story. It was great to see people interacting– starting pillow fights, jumping into piles of Apocapops, and really getting that fun energy we used to create the artwork. For our next project, we want to take what we have started, and add an explanation mark behind it. Maybe even three. There’s a sense of knowing this is just the beginning of something bigger. We also see ourselves collaborating with fashion designers, brands, and artists who share a similar sense of humor and style.