London architect Daniel Widrig has collaborated with fashion designer Iris van Herpen and digital manufacturers .MGX by Materialise to create a surreal collection of digitally printed fashion. Named ‘Escapism’, it is meant to “further investigate possibilities and potentiality of advanced digital design techniques and computer aided manufacturing in the realm of haute couture fashion design.”Read More
A great idea by Minsung Bae, combining a lamp and a humidifier, where the wasted heat energy emitted by the lightbulb is captured and converted to electricity by TGMs(thermo-electric modules) and used to power the humidifier. That, and it looks great!Read More
Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 300 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.
The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.
Indira, seven, lives with her parents, brother and sister near Kathmandu in Nepal. Her house has only one room, with one bed and one mattress. At bedtime, the children share the mattress on the floor. Indira has worked at the local granite quarry since she was three. The family is very poor so everyone has to work. There are 150 other children working at the quarry. Indira works six hours a day and then helps her mother with household chores. She also attends school, 30 minutes’ walk away. Her favourite food is noodles. She would like to be a dancer when she grows up.
Oooh…I think I would like to get one. By Stockholm 2011: ECAL graduate Vanessa Hordies.
Night Night is a lamp that accompanies people into sleep. The sand in the hourglass gradually dims the light as it falls. When turned over, it switches on for 15 minutes, the time needed for someone to fall asleep.
April 11 next month brings about the launch of Moleskine’s new product range under 3 new collections: Writing, Traveling and Reading. The collection includes include bags, pencils, pens, reading glasses, computer cases, a rechargeable reading light and an e-reader stand. Designed by Giulio Iacchetti, the new collections will give you new accessories to match that chic little black book of yours!
The Writing, Travelling and Reading collections will be launched during the Salone del Mobile in Milan and at the ICFF in New York in May.
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The Bechers first collaborated on photographing and documenting the disappearing German industrial architecture in 1959, and had their first gallery exhibition in 1963 at the Galerie Ruth Nohl in Siegen. They were fascinated by the similar shapes in which certain buildings were designed. In addition, they were intrigued by the fact that so many of these industrial buildings seemed to have been built with a great deal of attention toward design. Together, the Bechers went out with a large format camera and photographed these buildings from a number of different angles, but always with a straightforward “objective” point of view. The images of structures with similar functions were then displayed side by side to invite viewers to compare their forms and designs. These structures included barns, water towers, storage silos, and warehouses.
Hayley Tompkins proves that by isolating and abstracting everyday objects, anything can be beautiful.
Content is something previously seen, thought, felt, dreamed of, which is then being re-constructed or re-imagined. I make these things to loosely enmesh myself in reality and to express positive doubt.
The painting is always a substitute.
It is made to be seen and is aware.
It has it’s own built-in mechanism that measures time.
It’s a form of optical research.
- Hayley Tompkins
Make toys, not war.
US soldier Rupert Valero is currently stationed in Afghanistan where, in his spare time, he makes toys from recycled materials. Using whatever materials he can find, Valero’s creations encompass a fantastic variety of imagination, whimsy and creativity.
Via Design Indaba.