• Kyle Bean.

    Posted on 20th September, by Dana Tomić Hughes in art, graphics + illustration. 9 Comments


    Kyle Bean is one clever cookie. Based in Brighton, UK, he specialises in hand crafted models, prop styling and art direction. Kyle graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009, and currently works freelance with an impressive list of clients such as Wallpaper*Financial TimesDieselNew York TimesSelfridgesHermesLibertyBBCLouis Vuitton to name just a few! His work varies from viral animations to editorial illustrations and shop window displays. Everything he does is not only meticulously crafted, but it also appears to be anchored in clever and well thought out concepts which either pose interesting questions or are simply witty and delightful.

    To top it all off, Mr Bean (I’m sure he is sick of this parallel) was the winner of this year’s ADC Young Guns. See more of his amazing work on his website, follow him on twitter or buy a print from his online shop.


    Stick Insects made from matchsticks. Photography: Owen Silverwood.

    Pencil shaving portraits for the contributors page for Wallpaper* Handmade 2011. 

    What Came First? Chicken made from eggshells.

    Viewpoint ‘Communities’ gatefold cover design  for the summer 2011 ‘communities’ issue of Viewpoint magazine.

    Selfridges Wonder Windows - A series of 5 window displays inspired by the law of conservation of mass: ‘Matter cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed’.

    Wallpaper* Awards Issue Cover – Kyle designed and constructed a series of trophies to represent each of the 11 categories in the Wallpaper* 2011 Design Awards. Cover photography: Owen Silverwood.

    Diesel Black Gold windows - Design and Art direction for window and in-store displays for Diesel’s Flagship London Store on New Bond Street. Photography: Lex Kembery.

    The Science of Play - A miniature science laboratory created for Rubbish Magazine.

    Disposable Technology – cardboard models as a response to our consumer relationship with technology and obsolescence.

    The Future of Books – a book/laptop hybrid model to demonstrate how we are sourcing information.

    Paper Plane - white paper model of a fighter jet alongside traditional paper planes.

    Mobile Evolution – Miniaturisation in the style of a Russian Doll.

    Hermes (UK) Christmas 2009 - Music manuscript covered instruments and map covered suitcases to complete window displays across the country. Creative Director: Rebecca Cocks.

    [Images courtesy of Kyle Bean.]

  • 9 Responses to “Kyle Bean.”

    1. erik says:

      I would love to work with this guy

    2. shasha says:

      Lovely and inspirational work!!

      reminds me of another talented artist who works exclusively with paper :


    3. Sara Fowler says:

      For those people interested, Kyle Bean will be giving a talk as part of the current 2nd year University of Brighton (Kyle’s alma mater) GD+ILL exhibition in London this September. It will be fantastic and wonderful! Lots of amazing work, and excellent speakers.


    4. Nicoletta says:

      WOW is all I can really say…. Incredible.

    5. My 8yo, Joe, has been hassling me for an iPad .. like, yeah right, HE’S gunna get one before me. So, out of desperation, he made his own iPad complete with icons, folders on the desktop AND a seperate USB which turned out pretty darn good. Perhaps he will turn out like Kyle and forever play with cardboard and sticky tape. Not a bad life for a creative I expect (-:

    6. Jacqueline says:

      wow, very inspiring! :D

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