fra.biancoshock turns scaffold into a habitable personal skyscraper
Street artist fra.biancoshock spends a lot of time on a scaffolding, painting his urban surroundings from unreachable heights. During the Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival in Gaeta, he has reinterpreted this tool to become an art piece in itself, turning the structural framework into a personal living space.
Hakanaï, dance performance
Hakanaï is a solo choreographic performance that unfolds through a series of images in motion. In Japanese Hakanaï denotes that which is temporary and fragile, evanescent and transient, and in this case something set between dreams and reality. While widely associated with nature, the term is now often used to elicit an intangible aspect of the human condition and its precariousness.
April 13, 2015
animated panoramas depicting visions for future cities
The New City project by speculative architect Liam Young.
March 25, 2015
The end of sitting
RAAAF | Barbara Visser reject seated positioning in the contemporary workplace. Photo by Jan Kempenaers.
Over the river
Christo and Jeanne-Claude get green light for monumental installation over the Arkansas river.
Prosthetic limbs as fashion statements
Alleles Design Studio provides creative and accessible prosthetic covers for lower limb amputees. Being influenced by the eyeglass industry, they are using design to transform prosthetic cosmesis from a medical device into a new stream of fashion.
Jan 5, 2015
Theo Jansen’s strandbeest interpreted by 3D printing at art basel miami beach
The kinetic ‘strandbeests’ (‘beach animals’ in dutch) are intricately constructed from a variety of mediums including PVC tubes, drinking containers and recycled materials, closely acknowledging the physics of motion in their design. Over the course of nearly 30 years of experimentation and development, these alternative life forms have expanded from rudimentary structures to complex creatures, interpreted further through 3D printed technology.
Dec 2, 2014
Ikea’s refugee housing
Ikea’s flat-pack refugee shelters have now been tested in Ethiopia and Iraq. The lightweight prototype shelter, developed by the Ikea Foundation alongside the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), was among the projects to receive an honorary award at the recent Swedish Design Awards.
More info IKEA Foundation.
Dec 1, 2014
Do ho suh finalizes fabric new york apartment series in color
‘Apartment A, unit 2, corridor and staircase, 348 west 22nd street, new york, NY 10011, USA’ (detail), 2011–2014
polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes.
Nov 3, 2014
Music video created with old computer hardware
Glasgow filmmaker James Houston created all the music in this video using pieces of outdated computer equipment, including several floppy disk drives and a Sega Mega Drive games console.
July 20, 2014
Alternative use for Brazil’s world cup stadiums
‘Casa futebol’ by 1week1project proposes the reappropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil.
July 15, 2014
Home within a home
do ho suh constructs a home within a home at MMCA
Nov 27, 2013
Large holes of clean air so people can see the sun again in Beijing by Daan Roosegaarden.
Oct 30, 2013
The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room.
Aug 27, 2013
A solar-powered window socket. Concept by Kyuho Song and Boa Oh
May 1, 2013
A new hospitality concept, made and conceived in jail with inmates.
Apr 23, 2013
The Rise and Fall of Rayfish Footwear
by Next Nature
Watch the video, I won’t give it away..
Feb 4, 2013
A $9 cardboard bike by Izhar Gafni that can support riders up to 485lbs.
watch the video
Dec 11, 2012
One past two
A boy and a girl meet at a busstop, not knowing they are in a world between life and death. Short film by Aimée de Jongh.
Nov 21, 2012
A boat to soak in
A wood-fired hot tub turned boat by hotTug.
Oct 21, 2012
As if mimicing the cuckoo, at every hour the OLED-backlit A3 Japanese paper sheet the clock stages a dance, changes colour and vibrates through a light air blow.
Shadowtime by Paul Cocksedge, realized in collaboration with Pioneer. Photos by Francesca Iovene
July 23, 2012
Illustration in space
Analogia by Andrea Mancuso & Emilia Serra
July 13, 2012
Perforated car shell
The car shell of the ‘MINI one’ concept car by Scholten & Baijings has been perforated.
June 12, 2012
This is not a shelter
When the farm owners did not get a permit to build a shelter, they built a table and chairs instead.
Photo by Denise Cetrulo.
Joshua Allen Harris creates inflatable street sculptures.
May 25, 2012
Roof top cycling
Bicycle Club by NL Architects propose a Cycling Pavilion in Hainan, China.
May 18, 2012
A very poetic window display by Tokujin Yoshioka for Maison Hermès in which the digital breathes life into the tangible (from 2009).
Watch the video.
May 14, 2012
Surface Tension lamp
One of the very few things I found beautiful in Milan during this year’s design week, was the Surface Tension Lamp by Front for Booo. The LED light is beautifully spread in the ever changing soap bubble.
May 1, 2012
As a reaction to IKEA’s depiction of sunny apolitical homes, IKEA Disobedients by Andrés Jaque presents homes in which we might not be healthy, young and interested in having children.
Apr 25, 2012
Taken on rue Garabaldi, Lyon
Apr 5, 2012
Robots that fly… and cooperate
Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
More information about Vijay Kumar.
Mar 9, 2012
A mapping of his own
29-year-old Japanese photographer Sohei Nishino creates subjective maps of cities, by photographing them from thousands of angles and then re-creating an aerial view using about 4000 of the images in a collage. This one re-captures Rio de Janeiro, but he has done eleven others so far.
See them here.
Pictured: Diorama Map, Rio de Janeiro
Feb 29, 2012
Dutch streets are lined with hundreds of abandoned and damaged bicycles. Here the frames have been reclaimed and used as an urban structure. Design by ReCycle.
Jan 15, 2012
Invention-design by Massoud Hassani, wind-powered Mine Sweeper moves autonomously with the aim of exploding land mines on a given terrain. It is also equipped with a GPS sensor that provides an output of the paths that have been cleared from the mines.
Dec 21, 2011
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Noesjka Klomberg has launched voedseljutters.nl, a site that helps you pick up the leftovers in farm fields with a Food-Combers bag across your shoulder. For an annual fee of €35, the site gives access to locations where food-combing is possible, plus a bicycle route to get there.
Sign up here.
Dec 13, 2011
Trash becomes treasure
By Pablo Londono Sarria, Trash becomes treasure is couture for men.
See many more here.
Photo by Peter Stigter
Dec 7, 2011
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Researching the possibilities and implications of downsizing the human species to better fit the earth, here is one of the statements The Incredible Shrinking Man project makes:
“If mankind decides to shrink, and we succeed to achieve an average height of 50 centimetres, one of the most significant changes will be the increase of available space. The scale of buildings, infrastructure and distance will be enormous and must be readjusted to the size of our bodies.”
Nov 27, 2011
Designed by MVRDV, the façade of Alphabet Building is made of a font designed by Thonik. Intended to become an incubator of creative ideas, companies can buy a single or a series of letter-units. Download the font here.
Nov 25, 2011
A seemingly indestructible bunker with monumental status is sliced open, showing the interior of one of NDW’s 700 bunkers, by Rietveld Landscape. Both the view and the interior would otherwise be not visible.
The roof that goes up in smoke
Made to celebrate All soul’s day at art festival Allerzielen.nu, “The roof that goes up in smoke” pavilion by Overtreders (Reinder Bakker, Hester van Dijk) has an inflatable roof that fills with hot air heated by a wood stove (on which chestnuts, hot chocolate or soup can be heated). A poetic application of smoke that’s fitting for the occasion.
Led by Marcin Jakubowski, the Kansas-based Open Source Ecology of “farmer scientists” has developed a Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – “an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts.” Meant to help rural communities, urban redevelopment projects or developing countries, it supplies easy-to-use blueprints for machines so that anyone can create their own civilization.
Making use of abundant plastic sea litter, Studio Swine & Kieren Jones propose to turn a retired fishing trawler into a plastic chair factory, fishing the plastic from the polluted seas around the South West coast of the UK. In their scenario, a “collection machine” would sort the usable plastic from other marine debris, which then would be rotation moulded to create chairs.
Suzanne Lee is aiming to grow textiles using bacterial cellulose. The cellulose is produced by millions of tiny bacteria grown in bathtubs of sweet green tea.
A very narrow house
Narrow house by Erwin Wurm is a scaled down version of his parents’ house he grew up in. Everything is split in half. Seen in Venice at the exhibition Glasstress.
An invisible bridge
Ro&Ad architects have designed an invisible bridge for crossing the defensive fortress in Halsteren, the Netherlands. You almost have to become an insider to know about it, and the experience of being so close to the water edge must be spectacular.
The forgotten ceiling
The ceiling is often a forgotten space. Ji Lee creates a parallel world on the ceiling. His “Other Worldly” exhibition can be seen at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.
Balancing Barn by MVRDV
Indeed an ordinary barn becomes extra-ordinary when it seems to almost be tipping over the hill.
Stop-motion music video by animator Ainslie Henderson
A character made from yellow wool unwinds in this heart-wrenching stop-motion music video created by animator Ainslie Henderson for UK band James.
May 25, 2014
WaterDream by Front
I like the Axor WaterDream created by Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren, which allows us to experience the path water takes in its most original form.
May 22, 2014
Sander Wassink’s re-edited shoes
I like Sander Wassink cutting and re-editing shoes into new footwear.
May 22, 2014
Andrés Jaque Arquitectos’s “Ikea Disobedients”
I like the main thesis of Andrés Jaque Arquitectos and the Office for Political Innovation that some kinds of domestic reality are defined by affective systems that do not reflect conventional family parameters, and that these may be starting to form a kind of dispersed domestic urbanism.
May 22, 2014
Karel Martens’s “Dutch Clouds”
Formed by thousands of highly complex multicolor icons, Dutch Clouds re-creates a photograph of the sky taken on the day Karel Martens’s grandson was born.
May 22, 2014
Alex Walker illustrator
The former Nottingham Trent student dazzles me with his ability to illustrate technically advanced and conceptually ambiguous concepts with playful ingenuity.
May 22, 2014
Chineasy illustrated characters
I like the system of illustrated characters and animations, which was developed to help people learn to read Chinese, and which is one of the 76 projects nominated for Designs of the Year 2014.
May 22, 2014
Pedro Reyes’s “Disarm”
I like Pedro Reyes’s “Disarm: Turning Weapons Into Instruments”.
May 22, 2014
Lennert & Sander’s “Last Season” (2014)
The Dutch artists started reducing last season knitted garments from Fall/Winter 2013 by Céline, Chloé, Jil Sander and Prada to simple balls of yarn, or “symbols of hope and aspiration”, as they put it.
May 22, 2014
Hassan Hajjaj’s photographs of the biker girl gangs of Marrakech
I like the vibrant portraits by Hassan Hajjaj, which are taken from his ongoing Kesh Angels project in which Moroccan ladies dressed in veils and djellabah pose confidently on motorcycles, dripping in gaudy designer labels.
May 14, 2014
Intrigued by disorder
I like the randomness of My Home My House My Stilthouse by Arne Quinze at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It leaves a lot of space for interpretation by the visitor.
Saving the world
A comment on how Westerners work with other cultures to “improve” their living standards, Tinkebell “rescued” a family living in harsh conditions in Guinea-Bissau by providing them with two complete IKEA showrooms in the jungle. Previously she had also “rescued” a stray dog in Gambia by bringing him to an animal shelter in the Netherlands.
More info (Dutch).
Flip flops in the ocean
Studio Schneemann makes beautiful objects from worn out and tossed away or lost flip flops from Asia. After long travels across the ocean, tonnes of them end up on the shores of Eastern Africa where they are reclaimed and made into a series of objects. How beautiful waste can be.
The photographs by Gonzalez tell how often we just dump ultramodern architecture in poor neighbourhoods.
Wall Wide Open
“The community of Port Nolloth has become integral to the creation of this brick, mortar and mosaic installation. An artist from Johannesburg taught 16 members of the local community the art of mosaic at the outset of the project and these students have transferred their knowledge to their peers, with 65 local mosaic workers now employed permanently on the site.”
Bjarke Ingels won a competition for his proposal for a new waste to energy plant with a 31.000m2 ski slope. Who would have thought that waste and fresh air can go together?
Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert asked architects, city planners, and transportation engineers, “what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about budgets, bureaucracy, politics, or physics?” Ideas from these conversations were then merged, developed, and perhaps mildly exaggerated by Steve and Packard to create a series of 6 posters for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street program.
See them all.
A simple intervention in a roof tile makes all the difference for a few birds.
Flight of the bumblebee played using 101 empty bottles in a kitchen. It brought in over half a million YouTube views so far.
Graphic designer and artists Cardon Webb takes posters people have posted on the streets of Manhattan and transforms and replaces them with designed ones. What people create in a make-shift way (like a poster for a missing cat or for an item for sale) is his raw material for creative re-interpretation.
Many protestors in Cairo are protecting themselves with helmets they’ve improvised using buckets, stones, cloth, bottles and whatever else can be found. Creative use of what’s around seems to become more prevalent when there is urgency.
Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images
The ‘More is Less’ music video for
C-Mon & Kypski by Roel Wouters & Jonathan Puckey uses photos made by 29,235 (and counting) people on their webcams, copying the actions of the band members. In this case, more is less as tens of thousands people move and pose as one.
One of the simplest solutions I’ve seen for dealing with useful leftovers is Goedzak by Simon Akkaya. Just put your stuff outside in this see-through bag for others to take. You probably guessed that it means “good bag”, but what you might not know is that in Dutch it also means kind soul.
Dutch artist Yvonne Dröge has a fascination for things and the way people deal with them. It is the red line in her work. She got married in 1992 to Wendel, a little cabinet, passed down to her from her mother. She promised eternal love and organized all wedding rituals. Since that time her name is Yvonne Dröge Wendel.