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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Drawing In Space:::A new way to make furniture at Front Design

"Is it possible to let the first sketch become the object, to design directly in space?

The four members of FRONT make it possible to materialise hand made sketches through using a unique method where they combine two highly developed techniques.
Invisible pen strokes in the air recorded with Motion Capture become digital 3D-files. Through Rapid Prototyping, the files are materialised into real pieces of furniture." - frontfilm(youtube)
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Lastplak's Big Wall in Rotterdam::

"From P.Bloem in Rotterdam comes word that the Lastplak and various of their friends recently finished a massive wall 120 meters long and 6 meters high in the Netherlands. It took over a week to finish." ::VIA

I Am Plastic

"Creepy yet cute, artist-designed and utterly collectible, the designer toy phenomenon is an accurate barometer of currents in pop culture over the last several years. Kidrobot, the most familiar name in the movement, has literally wrote the book on the subject with this month's release of I Am Plastic, a new hardcover that visually traces the nearly decade-old niche culture. Divided into sections by geographical origin, the book celebrates the Warholian spirit driving these kinds of objects with artist interviews and an informative intro by Kidrobot founder Paul Budnitz. But the real treat is page after page of photos of the toys themselves. From the sinister-looking, haute couture line commissioned by Barney's to Frank Kozik's renowned smoking bunny, the anthology is jam-packed with the abundance of inspiration in the bizarrely wonderful world of vinyl toys. Pick it up from Amazon." - ::VIA

Art at the Supermarket

"Here is a recycled bag for use at the supermarket that could become a collector’s item. Sainsbury’s has teamed up with three quite famous English artists to create reusable shopping bags that are almost stylish enough to wear to that art opening tonight. Commissioned by Arts Council England, Michael Craig-Martin, Anya Gallaccio and Paul Morrison have designed these colourful and sturdy bags that will brighten up shopping and get people to think about art and the environment. They want shoppers to make the link between the desire to reuse something because it is attractive, and the act of recycling. Michael Craig-Martin’s is pictured—a combination of pop art and retro style. Anya Gallaccio’s has vibrant photos of vegetables in a string bag and Paul Morrison’s is black and white, suggesting a woodland scene. The bags cost 50 pence ($1) and the proceeds go to charity. Flying off the shelves..." ::VIA

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Defyra Glasses

"Mixing a clean, Scandinavian aesthetic with warm jewel tones and inventive design, glassware by the Stockholm-based design quartet Defyra lends casual elegance to any dinner table. Swaths of bright greens, deep burgundies and pale lavenders on glass and porcelain evoke the sensual pleasures of eating, as do stemless goblets with angled rims in the same palette." Contact the designers directly at defyra@defyra.nu for more info. ::VIA

In Vitro Orchid

"Flowers die and potted plants need maintenance, but the In Vitro Orchid is a nearly burden-free gift. In fact, this is a pretty clever idea: A nutrient-rich gel supplies all the flower needs to grow inside a sterilized test-tube, tube, which requires—unlike your partner—zero maintenance. When the flower outgrows the five-inch tube, simply transplant. It's surprisingly affordable ($30) and a surefire conversation starter." ::VIA

Children and Design at Design Academy Eindhoven

"Through these binoculars, children can observe the world through the eyes of a fish or a chameleon. The eyes of a fish are on the left and right side of its head, which means that fish see two separate things; a chameleon can move its eyes in several directions. These child-friendly binoculars give kids access to a fantasy world."

designer: Menno Kroezen
department: Man and mobility
project: Look
photo: Menno Kroezen

"Children in hospital should be allowed to play as much as they can. To personalize the impersonal environment on the children's ward, Jetske Verdonk designed a drip-cum-tricycle, and a curtain around the bed, to which children can attach their get-well cards."

designer: Jetske Verdonk
department: Man and activity
project: Zieken+huis
photo: Eric Anthierens



American Gulag

"Richter Studio in Providence, RI has created these politically-charged American Gulag bracelets and necklaces. Realistic representations of barbed wire made out of rubber or sterling silver, the idea was inspired by Russian gulags and is intended to make a statement about certain practices of the Bush administration. Bracelets range from $14-$225 and a percentage of sales is donated to human rights organizations." ::VIA