Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Art installations by Michel de Broin.
Top: “Dead Star is made from residual battery at the end of their duty. Left to itself, the sculpture will slowly cool down since there is no longer electronic activity taking place in it. The hundreds of batteries were once used to power appliances before they finish their cycle in a recycle facility. Retrieve from death, they were assembled again in this whole structure.”
Bottom: Black Whole. 72 chairs, 400cm in diameter. “The installation consists of a large sphere composed of an assemblage of chairs. The legs are attached to one another, bringing the chairs together. In this spherical conference room there is no central position, all the chairs float in solidarity with each other. They operate as an immune system – protecting themselves by blocking and kicking out their surroundings. As a massive object in the gallery space, the sphere acts as a centre of gravity around which the rest orbits. The reorganization of matter derives from a ‘big bang’ where the ancient order of the conference room has blown out and reconfigured into a ‘utopic’ geometrical endosystem.”
A very clever concept design for teabags by Soon Mo Kang.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tanuki (狸 or タヌキ?) is the Japanese word for the Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus). They have been part of Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Based in London this Central St Martins graduate, Florencia Kozuch, is fresh on the scene with a fall collection set to take over the fashion industry. It is Tribal meets Rock n Roll, with fierce head dresses and tassled garments. Kozuchs work experiments with a mixture of textures. textiles and all with intricate detail. Its Rock chic feminine, original and wearable.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Well, what did we say about the Nissan Cube, cult status and collaboration nirvana? You might be thinking right now that the Japanese giants are paying us to write this stuff – if only they were (you can use the contact button, top left) – but only a few days after writing about their collaboration with trendy French freeskiers Black Crows, this landed in our inbox…. a unique tattooed ice sculpted cube, with, erm a Cube inside. Tattooist to the stars, Henry Hate (we really hope that’s his real name), has unveiled his first sculptural work on London’s south bank in the form of a 2.4m x 2.6m block of ice sculpted with Japanese Samurai chisels in a traditional Japanese tattoo design.
Tucked away in the corner of your suburban garden like the bastard offspring of a traditional garden shed and a lunar landing module, the Archipod is a whole new reason to work from home. Centered around the concept of removing the tie between work and home, the Archipod allows for an external working space without the cost, bureaucracy and inconvenience of building an extension or out-building. Of course it’s not just your office you could set up in your ‘pod… it’s an ideal space for a mini recording studio, a rather luxurious playroom for the kids, or perhaps just loading with tools and acting as a designer replacement for your shed… whatever you do with it, you’ll have endless hours of fun watching the neighbours reaction to the wooden spaceship that’s taken up residence in your cabbage patch….
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
TDK has adopted Kleer wireless technology — which specializes in audio equipment. As a result, 16bit/44.1KHz became possible to leave the high-quality wireless transmission of voice data, so you can enjoy the same high-quality sound you would get with headphones in wireless headphones.
TDK's TH-WR700 are said to feature 32Ω impedance, 20Hz–20kHz frequency response, and 108 dB/mW sensitivity — better than most headphones available with bluetooth. The Kleer transmitter adapter, which has a 3.5mm input just so happens to fit perfectly on the iPhone (pointed out by other blogs and genius' alike). We don't think it's crazy or weird that companies release products that look as though they were designed just for the iPhone. My iPhone is my MP3 player, it's the only one I have, and it's the only one I plan on using — so it's nice to purchase products that fit its specs.
The TDK TH-WR700 will be available starting March 1 in Japan for $190. Research has failed me, and no word of international availability has been found.
Over the past few years Vitra has aquired a wide-ranging Home Collection. The quantity and variety of objects by many different designers led to the idea of building a showroom to present the items to the public.
Herzog & de Meuron designe the VitraHaus to display the Vitra Home Collection. The building also has some additional space to be used as an exhibition venue for selected parts of the collection or even as an extension of the Vitra Museum itself. A shop, a cafe linked to the outside and conference rooms complete the program.
Rocha Tombal Architecten designed a basic form with sculptural “eyes” that emerge with direct views to the varied countryside landscape.
The form and orientation of the building avoid visual contact with the adjacent houses. At the ground floor the angled ceiling of the kitchen accentuates the intensive contact with the garden. On the first floor, the different shaped openings in the roof and facade offer, like “fingers of light”, varied daylight experiences.
The routing through the house starts in the hall, a section of the ground floor volume. After experiencing the entrance area and passing the gigantic pivoted door, the visitor arrives at the heart of the house, the kitchen. Here he looks through the big glass wall straight into the garden, which suggests being outside again. Behind him, the stair cuts a wooden wall inviting to follow the route towards the first floor. Its angled form and extreme proportions (small and high) and the daylight entering from the ceiling, offer the feeling of walking in a medieval street.
At the end of it he discovers the living room, a quiet, north-lighted attic space, from which a big opening exposes the surrounding green like in a framed painting.
Ivan Navarro’s work strives to engage the viewers interaction and highlight the social and political implications that result in his compositions. Transforming conventional objects into light sculptures is the language Navarro uses to shine light on his fears. “I make spaces in a fictional way to deal with my own psychological anxiety,” Navarro says.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
If you’re heading out for a night on the town, and can’t find anything glitzy in your closet, would you want to slip into some vinyl? This dress, made by Maison Martin Margiela, is made from old 33 and 45 vinyl records. Vinyl may not be slimming, but since the records were heat-modelled to contour the body, these old records could potentially be rather flattering… And at $8,775 I would hope you’d look damn good in it.