The classic Brogues given a modern twist in the form of gold leather dipped in black, guaranteed to bling up any boring suit. via HypebeastRead More
This simplest ideas often work the best. Case in point, the Magnetic Light Switch cover by Jake Frey. Always the first thing you put away when you get through the door and the last thing you grab when you leave, the cover allows you to ‘hang’ your entire bunch of keys by the door so you will always know where to look. Going for USD 24.95 at The Fancy Store.
I love found beauty in everyday, mass-produced items, especially when presented in the way that they are in a new book by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of british design firm Industrial Facility. Especially interesting pieces to note are the penknife-scissors ( or scissors-penknife, depending on which you use first) from Japan, where the apparent danger of using the Frankenstein tool outweighs its space-saving merits and the “Two-headed nail” which, by simply duplicating the nail head, create a new product that is easy to remove after serving its temporary purpose.Read More
The Wrapper solves the big question of what to do with big design magazines filled with big beautiful designs after you are done admiring them. As the name suggests, The Wrapper’s founders Chris and Polly wants you to share good design with your friends by taking apart their magazine and using the pages as gift wrap.Read More
Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (or D.O.T.S.) made this amazing shell of a bear using nothing but 20,000 cable-ties for the Beaux Arts Ball, yet manage to capture its spirit and even made it furry looking. Photographs by GLINTstudios.
Massimals are 1:1 design objects that serve as prototypes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm. These constructs are mass abstractions of animal forms fabricated in systematic fashion from one material. The suggestive forms and their specific arrangement imply docile behavior similar to animals in a petting zoo augmenting the way visitors approach and engage built form.
For the uber cool, the simple shisha just will not do. Try this one on for size…
I really cannot make heads or tail out of the artist’s explanation of his work, but it looks great and comes in pretty colours. So… done! via novastructura
An idea of vacuum described by a skin, a casing that surrounds and defines it. Debris of digital primitives gather themselves around cavities that repel and create the void, boolean volumes that subtract and modulate the space.. Or thin polygonal scales whose layout and frequency is the image of sinusoidal interferences, as in ‘squamae’. The rendered models have been produced by a mix of C++ and java code (processing); ‘squamae’ is a solid version of the volumetric and colorful product by Harmonozoo applet.
Bjork’s latest app/album is launched.
The mother app, Biophilia, can be downloaded for free, is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and is a beautiful visual interpretation of Bjork’s soundscapes by French design duo MM/Paris. The included song, Cosmogony, is instant Bjork magic; sexual, organic and strange. Crystalline is the first ‘single’, sold for USD1.99 as a game where you navigate a polygon through tunnels, collecting more crystals along the way, to hypnotic, ‘crystalline’, electronic beats.
I was skeptical when I first read about this interactive app album. But as daring first steps goes, Bjork’s got it right again.
British Architect and artist Mark Nixon installed chimes on a bridge, that plays a lovely soft song as you make you way across.
According to Nixon, “Chimecco” operates on three conceptual levels
1. The idea of music and interaction as a catalyst for conversation and play.
2. The non-visual object. The sculpture is ‘hidden’ beneath the bridge. A constant varying in wind conditions on the site mean that the sculpture will hide and reveal itself through the creation of sound when the wind choses to blow. Some days the sculpture will be discovered, creating a beautiful moment of realisation in the viewer, while other day the sculpture will remain still and may be completely passed by. The use of interactive nodes on the top creates another interesting effect. Due to the object being hidden while it is played a condition of performers and audience is created. The piece can be experienced in a number of different ways but never in its totality.
3. Creation through the combined interactions of human movement and natural movement.
There are many gems this couture season; Jean Paul Gaultier’s reworking of his own iconic pieces was one of his best, Karl never disappoints his Chanel clients, but, the one that really encapsulated the essence of Haute Couture is no other then Riccardo Tisci’s collection for Givenchy. Scroll down and be awed…Read More