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 , , , , , , , ,  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 . See more of his amazing work on his , follow him on or buy a print from his .


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.

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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    Lovely and inspirational work!!

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

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    Sara Fowler

    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.

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    Linda from OEKE

    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 (-:


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