Thursday, December 31, 2009
everything must run its course
Easy to see why it won the Popular Science, Best Invention Award. It does not collect pollutants rather actually eliminates pollution through the plant’s natural metabolic activity which performs a biochemical transformation of waste. Any house plant may be used in conjunction with the ANDREA Air Filter to absorb and metabolize noxious chemicals, but the best performing varieties include: Spath or peace lily, Red-edged dragon tree, Spider plant and Aloe Vera. Gotta love the power of nature.
Who: Masashi Soga and Matidesign
What: Single family residence
Where: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
How: Two-story w/basement, wood frame (part steel) construction
Total Floor Area: 1,442 square feet
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Hold on tight and get ready for an incredible experience! Stargate Studios, a high tech production company, takes us on a crazy ride with their Virtual Backlot demo reel. Their Virtual Backlot gives filmmakers unparalleled access to any location through a variety of techniques that range from totally immersive sequences shot entirely on green screen to simple set extensions that marry with photography. Using their Virtual Backlot Library, they blend together hundreds of photo-real, virtual locations covering 28 major cities from around the world.
by Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Webster describes the work of the duo as ‘your worst nightmare of what art can be’. Certainly, the pair have little regard for convention, mining the aesthetics of the fairground tattoo and the Las Vegas light show, the shopping mall and the rubbish dump.
They joined forces in their university days at Nottingham Polytechnic and since then have continued to work together, sharing the same fascination with the media and advertising industries; and together have tried being poor, starving artists while Britart became increasingly hip. Noble and Webster utilise a number of different media to visually challenge the relations between the spectacular, the serious and the entertaining.
The recent photo works of Cedric Delsaux, the final installment of his Dark Lens trilogy dealing with the fact and fiction of modern urban space, can be viewed as an attempt to approach this enigmatic, emblematic city, using cinematic futurism as a tool to get a grasp on the present. Cedric describes the feeling he had as if walking around in a gigantic set for a science fiction film: “I instantly knew that all the characters from the Star Wars galaxies would be at home here.” Seen through his Dark Lens, Dubai appears to be finally welcoming the guests it has been built for from the beginning.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Fall and Winter mens collection from Zara. The drop includes an assortment of extraordinary outwear and simple knits that can be mixed and matched. From blazers, suits, coats, knits, to casual wear, this Zara collection has the fashionable man covered.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
When you live on $3 a day, living sustainable isn't an option, its a necessity. Through socially responsible design, architects and designers have the opportunity to make change. Even if its just a small step.
The Problem: More than a billion people lack easy access to clean drinking water, forcing them to carry water great distances.
The Solution: The Hippo Roller by Project H Design. A simple barrel of recycled materials, grooved for traction and designed to roll over rough terrain using a simple push handle. The Hippo Rollers sides taper up at the ends to minimize its contact with the ground, making it easier to roll. The top and bottom of the barrel are rounded so that the barrel can be tilted upright with less effort than a barrel with a flat bottom.
Such a simple solution. Such a great example of design that dramatically improves peoples lives by solving a very basic problem.
Hijos De Villa Pistol Reposado Tequila
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Handicaped Cars by Beni Bischof.
the carmelit is an uphill subway system in haifa, israel that opened in 1959. the system has 6 stations
along its 1.8 km track that climbs mt. carmel. the stations look very much like a regular subway but
are slopped on an angle with stairs to make moving up and down easier. the system transports around
2,000 people along the track each day and is among the most unusual subway stations in the world.
Who: Kazuyuki Okumura
What: Single family residence
Where: Saijyo City, Ehime Prefecture
When: September 2009
How: Two-story steel frame and reinforced concrete construction
Site Area: 8,077 square feet
Construction Area: 2,378 square feet
Total Floor Area: 2,080 square feet
This new building called ‘fujitsubo’ (barnacle) is in Tokyo’s trendy Omotesando neighborhood. It’s right behind the famous Omotesando Hills designed by Tadao Ando. Just in case you want to check it out during your next visit to Tokyo — the address is 4-13-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
schultzeworks design studio has reinvented the desktop. the outcome is 'philco PC' a retro-styled
personal computer which is influenced by the 1954 design classic philco predicta, mixed with a bit
of modernist minimalism.
lead designer dave schultze states:
'the result is a design aesthetic that blends multiple elements of the familiar, but with some
surprisingly fresh styling that just so happens to house a state-of-the-art windows 7 PC.'
This is a video of an old Jeep Cherokee being used to make a song by combining all the different sounds it can make (trying to start, locking/unlocking doors, door ajar alarm, etc). It is highly impressive/unbelievable.
The sounds in this video are ACTUAL sounds from the Jeep. Everyone began rehearsing their parts 2 weeks before we shot the video. It took us 7 hours of filming to get a solid take. Enjoy!
The song starts off kind of slow but really picks up around 1:00, so go ahead and skip to there if you don't have much time. And, if you really don't, how about including me in the will?
Duel 120 by Glenn Walls.
Face of the City pieces by Dan Bergeron.
The Roots of Heaven by Peter Callesen.
Swedish artist Michael Johansson has made a life-size dinghy "model kit" from a real boat and related equipment, called TOYS'R'US. Boat and related equipment are joined together in a welded metal frame, and painted a uniform gray to resemble the surface of a model kit. "The real boat is transformed into a model of itself, and its original purpose has given way to something else. "
Saturday, December 12, 2009
If there is such a thing as a money master it's probably Won Park. As an origami artist, he transforms dollar bills into magical works of art. His life-like animals and objects are amazingly detailed. If you don't believe me, check out some of those eyes! It's just another great example of taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Magical spiritual powers are not the only talents Miami-based art collaborative FriendsWithYou can claim as theirs. They also have a special skill for creating cuddly, cute and somewhat clever toys, events, experiences and other playthings for us mere mortals. We would never imply that their Fun Houses and other such entertainments are just for kids because if they were, we’d feel too envious to be nice.