Monday, July 16, 2007

Stitch Room by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

MyHome is an exhibition of experimental room sets at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have contributed to this exhibition with a project named Stitch room. you can check the details and more photos on Dezeen

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Interior Weeds by Arwin Caljouw

" Dutch designer Arwin Caljouw, with his project called Interior weeds, thinks over nature and the way that weeds emerge and grow in the streets. Interior weeds shows the power of plants in our environment:"...with the center piece you can create an interior plantation from street weeds or other personal selection of plants. The graphic tiles are an addition to a plain tile collection, which you might apply in a random and unique way".
Source: Labor of Heart

The new Fiat 500

Fiat has relaunched the iconic Fiat 500 model, 50 years after it was first introduced.
More at Dezeen

Monday, July 9, 2007

The Dreamliner

Boeing launched its new commercial jet, the 787 Dreamliner. You can check some photos from its interior below.
It is the “world’s first mostly composite” passenger jet and which will be quieter and more fuel efficient than other jets. (theory though.. we need to check it first) More photos and text on Dezeen

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Spotlight: Lida Abdul

"As an artist who works both in performance and video art, Lida Abdul creates poetic spaces that allow the viewer to interrogate the familiar and the personal. Her work is guided by a ritualized formalism that insinuates the immediacy of myth and the playfulness of a mind seeking to understand the surrounding world. In many ways, witnessing her pieces is like attempting to understand the riddles of the gestures and the repetitions that highlight her work. Abdul's work is located at the intersection between art and architecture; it invites the viewer to see the unfolding of new forms but never resolves the contradictions and the paradoxes, the purpose of whichseems to be to make us doubt our claims of understanding."
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1973, and resides there now. Abdul lived in Germany and India as a refugee after she was forced to leave Afghanistan after the former-Soviet invasion. Her work fuses the tropes of ‘Western” formalism with the numerous aesthetic traditions--Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, pagan and nomadic--that collectively influenced Afghan art and culture. She has produced work in many media including video, film, photography, installation and live performance. Her most recent work has been featured at the Venice Biennale 2005, Istanbul Modern, Kunsthalle Vienna, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Netherlands and Miami Central, CAC Centre d'Art Contemporain de Bretigny, and Frac Lorraine Metz, France. She has also exhibited in festivals in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan; She was also a featured artist at the Central Asian Biennial 2004. For the past few years, Abdul has been working in different parts of Afghanistan on projects exploring the relationship between architecture and identity.

Grind 3-D Art Into Skateboard Decks

In skateboarding circles, what's on the bottom of your deck is as important as landing a hardflip on top of it. But old 2-D graphics are totally played out. So 80 designers are grinding skateboard art into a third dimension, with the help of a laser engraver typically used to cut sheet metal. The Refill Seven exhibit, which recently debuted in Sydney, flaunts the work of hotshot designers like Michael C. Place (A), Michael Leon (B), and Mr. Cartoon (tattooist for Justin Timberlake, Eminem). Each created an image to be etched into the seven layers of plywood that make up a skateboard deck. Then curator Luca Ionescu uploaded the designs onto a PC tethered to the Epilog Legend 36EXT laser. The Epilog — which uses a lens and two mirrors to focus and shape the beam — pulses faster than most other lasers, allowing for a smoother, crisper cut. The result: photo-quality 1,200-dpi etchings (C). Because a laser can only carve on flat surfaces, Ionescu used a rotating clamp that angles the deck during cutting, keeping it perpendicular to the beam to prevent distortion on the curved noses. Each design is being burned on up to 50 boards (D), which will be for sale this fall at the Reed Space gallery in New York for $500 apiece. "I'm having a hard time thinking they're going to be ridden and destroyed," Ionescu says. "But their purpose is to be ridden, so their fate lies with their owners." Source : Wired

Monday, July 2, 2007

Fade chandelier by Zaha Hadid for Swarovski

"Zaha's new chandelier design for Swarovski, Called Fade, it will be exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, next week..." More on Dezeen

Sonic chair

" Walking Chair's sound you sit in, SONIC-CHAIR a design installation by Holger Fritzlar, Frank Hussong, Michael Kientzler & Daniela Reuter. "The open design ensures a resonance-receptive, well-balanced sound environment. The active and passive sound insulation creates an acoustic island. Background noises will not disrupt the enjoyment of music or an audio book in the sonic chair, and what the listener chooses to hear is hardly audible beyond the chair."
Source: MoCo Loco

Graffiti Lighting by Donna Brady

" GRAFFITI AS CONSUMER ART seems an odd combination but it actually works quite well with Donna Brady’s unique Hi-Light pendants, made from photos of her Brooklyn neighborhood. The names are appropriately urban (take a walk down Kent Street) and the textures unforgettably so: rusted metal walls and pitted concrete surfaces over smooth cylindrical shades make for gritty-meets-swank decor. There’s a raw, untamed beauty to graffiti in general–let’s hope these help to draw awareness to urban blight as much as they capitalize on it. " Source: PadStyle