Claire & Max — the filmmakers who previously turned Paris and New York into fake movie sets — have once again looked towards the urban landscape for their latest cinematic production. Taking on a more sinister and socially conscious approach, the duo hypothesize: what would New York city look like underwater?
Titled ‘two°C’, the simulation builds on the research of scientist James Hansen, who posited that several large megacities are threatened by the rise of sea levels, and that parts of New York city could soon be consumed by water.
Turning this warning into a stunning visual reality, Claire & Max have created a short film that shows empty scenes of New York submerged in water. Using photoshop, the duo removed all the people in the street, then added water to the sidewalks and roads in 3ds Max.
‘The place of man in our society is one of the main themes of our work, with the theme of emptiness and abandonment, convinced of the anthropic impact on the environment,’ Claire & Max say. ‘The global warming that we deduce from the rising waters is only one element of all the environmental degradations like the air and water pollution, impoverishment and depletion.’
As the world we live in keeps evolving in unpredictable ways, Russian digital artist and designer Evgeny Kazantsev imagines our possible future in the latest ‘Legacy Mode’ series. His carefully detailed illustrations question how familiar things in today’s societies can remain relevant in a continuously changing reality. From forestation and car racing to medical surgeries and architectural construction, the artist offers a glimpse into a surprisingly realistic future.
For Evgeny Kazantsev, there is no certain point in humanity’s timeline where these scenes are supposed to be happening. Some might be occurring ten years from now, while others can be set 100 or 200 years into the future. Having this in mind, the artist has found it interesting to explore a mix-up of eras, contexts and proportions. To elaborate, there are elements in today’s environment that will be neighbouring advanced technologies of tomorrow in a seamless way — just like one uses shovels, pencils or blankets alongside smartphones and televisions. Hence, he believes it important to tell a story that normalises our futurescapes, ones that are not embedded in a cold and synthetic reality.
After projecting a safari of smartly-dressed wildlife on the streets of Paris, Julien Nonnon returns to the French capital with an urban, digital street art experience. For this new project ‘#Le_baiser’, Nonnon has illuminated buildings, façades and architectural facets of the city with more than 100 kissing couples, reminding us that Paris is forever ‘the city of love’. The video mapped images become romantic, ephemeral artworks that celebrate happiness and see Parisians taking ownership of their city with love.
‘#Le_baiser’ is inspired by a quote from French Poet Alfred De Musset: the only true language in the world is a kiss. Through his poetic and contemplative artwork, Nonnon intends to spread love and laugher across the city.
The project commenced with an open casting call organized by the artist, where more than a hundred couples were asked to take part in the adventure of creating ‘a library of love’. ‘The number of people aiming to be part in a casting was beyond my expectations,’ Nnonnon describes. ‘I received many heartfelt and touching messages from a lot of people telling me their stories and why they wanted to contribute to such a project.’
The living artwork was presented as part of La Nuit Blanche 2016 — whose theme was ‘love’ — but the artist doesn’t intend to stop there. Nnonnon plans to continue to project kisses across the world, encouraging passersby with a simple yet heartfelt message: Let’s kiss!
All images © Michał Karcz
In photographer Michał Karcz‘s ‘Parallel World’, the New York city skyline becomes a desolate natural terrain; singular figures enter post-apocalyptic landscapes; and giant serpents snake through vast, abandoned settings. These digital compositions are seemingly pulled from the pages of a fictional novel, where the world meets a gloomy fate and few are left to witness its bleak survival. each of the images that form part of the collection are generated through the seamless integration of painting and photography. Through using digital tools and software, karcz is able to produce an endless number of unique faux-realities that are impossible to create in an ordinary dark room.
The images take the viewer on a journey to places which don’t exist — landscapes from Karcz’s dreams, desires, imaginations and fears. In regard to the sensory experiences that inform his creative process, the warsaw-based artist says: ‘my inspiration comes from many artists and it doesn’t matter if they get through to me by the sense of vision or hearing. I can tell that music has the biggest impact on my work: music creates sound illustrations to the pictures I carry in my mind. these two things hit me with the strongest intensity.’
All images © Andy Yeung
Hong Kong is widely acknowledged for its distinct architectural identity and seemingly impenetrable urban landscape of skyscrapers. The city’s tightly-packed residential towers are some of the tallest in the world, and have been studied and documented by a range of local and international photographers for their visual and structural characteristics.
Andy Yeung, a photographer based in Hong Kong, captures the bustling metropolis from a completely new perspective for his series ‘Urban Jungle’. Documented via a drone camera, the images depict the architectural sprawl from hundreds of meters above the earth’s surface, highlighting the extreme heights and dramatic depths covered by Hong Kong’s crowded cityscape. Looking down at the city from above, viewers are treated to a typically unseen vantage point — one that accentuates the high-volume high-rises and their impact on the landscape.
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To help visualise plans for the future, BMW uncovered the ‘Vision Next 100’ concept. The vehicle combines a sporty coupé with the functionality of a sedan while still integrating autonomous technology that is customisable to tailor the driver’s changing needs.
'If, as a designer, you are able to imagine something, there’s a good chance it could one day become reality,’ explains Adrian Van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. ‘So our objective with the BMW Vision Next 100 was to develop a future scenario that people would engage with. Technology is going to make significant advances, opening up fantastic new possibilities that will allow us to offer the driver even more assistance for an even more intense driving experience. My personal view is that technology should be as intuitive as possible to operate and experience so that future interactions between human, machine and surroundings become seamless. The BMW vision next 100 shows how we intend to shape this future.’
The car’s interactions are managed by different modes that offer a choice of driver-controlled or vehicle-controlled operations and the interior changes to suit the options. In ‘boost’, the entire vehicle focuses on the driver, offering the support needed to maximise the riding experience by indicating the ideal driving line, steering points and speed. ‘Ease’ mode sees the interior retract all controls, and transform the seats into a lounge accommodation for passengers to interact face-to-face.
The design team specifically took into account all the trends and technological developments that will be most relevant to BMW in the next decades. But they also took cues from the innovations and designs of the past. The large wheels are positioned at the outer edges of the body, giving the vehicle a dynamic stance. Exterior aerodynamics are controlled by adaptive geometries. When the wheels swivel, the bodywork keeps them covered as if it were a flexible skin, accommodating their various positions. For the BMW ‘Vision Next 100’ primarily used fabrics made from recycled or renewable materials.
All images courtesy of Obscura Digital
Designed and engineered by Obscura Digital, the modified Tesla ‘Models‘ integrates leading edge software and hardware to display environmental injustices and spotlight the upcoming documentary ‘Racing Extinction’. The electric car features an electroluminescent paint job that allows the driver to custom animate the vehicle’s exterior. The central point of the Tesla is the motorised projector that rises from a hidden compartment in the rear.
Controlled using a joystick, the 15,000-lumen project lights content on just about any surface. At the very front sits a forward-looking infrared camera (FLIR). It’s rigged with a distinctive optical filter used to show invisible CO2 emission emitted by planes, other cars, factories, industrial plants and even people. The car can display in real-time through the projector what the infrared camera is uncovering.
All images courtesy of Alexey Kondakov
As a union of history and modernity, Ukranian artist Alexey Kondakov juxtaposes figures from the history of art with contemporary landscapes and scenes. The ongoing series ‘The Daily Life of Gods’ sees classical paintings brought to everyday life, seamlessly integrated into the existing urban fabric. Carefully photoshopped onto buses, down alleyways, and in stores, Caravaggio’s ‘David and Golliath’, William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s ‘Nymphs and Satyr’, and Cesar Van Everdingen’s ‘Bacchus’ — to name a few — seemingly become part of daily life in Kiev. perfectly-executed shadows and light between the two otherwise desperate images give the resulting pictures a painterly quality, forming the impression of a new era where mythological creatures and religious figures meet contemporary urban existence.
All images courtesy of Renault Design
Design teams at Renault regularly work on future looking topics unrelated to any of their consumer range of car models. The exercise helps them to explore new ways forward and brings the creative staff entertaining design sessions.
The teams decided to investigate the topic of French cultural objects, and through their research and studies, it led them back to the gold age of automobiles in the 1930s. The influence of Le Corbusier asserted itself as the obvious source of reflection, as a sort of conceptual prequel to the modern car. The idea of simplicity, visible and aesthetically assumed structure, geometric elegance and light guided the designers in the creation of the ‘Coupé C’ concept car. Renault revealed the car as part of an exhibition at Villa Savoye near Paris.
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Artist George Redhawk has turned a loss into a gift — after the artist became legally blind, he began to explore the realm of photo manipulation with a desire to show the world as he sees it from his damaged sight. Through the use of computer softwares that aide the visually impaired, Redhawk — who works under the name Darkangeløne — has realised the ongoing series of animations titled, ‘The world through my eyes’.
‘To create most of my gifs, I am using a photo morphing software which I have been experimenting with, and perfecting over several years‘, Redhawk tells Graphic Art News. ‘Morphing software is designed to morph one photo to another photo, but a long time ago, I discovered that if I morph a photo to the exact same photo, I could get some pretty amazing movement out of it.’
‘Following the loss of most of my vision, I began to explore this medium as a means to express the world through my damaged sight. My art is designed with the idea to challenge and in some cases, disturb the visual sense of ‘order’, very much in the same way that my vision has become a constant challenge to me. It is also for this reason I refer to my work as, The world through my eyes.’
All images and gifs courtesy of Elliot Schultz
Melbourne-based artist Elliot Schultz puts a literal spin on ordinary zoetrope devices with his embroidered animation, designed to play on a series of standard turntables. A zoetrope is a tool used for film-less animation that transmits motion through the continuous rotation of a series of still images, typically viewed through narrow slits in the cylinder walls.
Schultz has designed and embroidered six animated sequences onto discs with a shape and size inherited from 10″ vinyl records. Motion — such as a dizzying maze of moving cubes, an endlessly walking character with a cane, and squirming sequence of worms — is activated when a strobe light illuminates the discs in sync with each embroidered frame. Flipping the discs upside down reveals a hidden part of the creative process, exposing the messy, untrimmed thread beneath, while also allowing the viewer to watch the animation in reverse.
'My work aims to investigate the use of unconventional media in both the production and presentation of animated work’ schultz says. ‘Early pioneers of the art form experimented with the combination of hand drawn animation and live action performances, demonstrating the natural inclusiveness of animation which invites a wide variety of media to be used in the creation process.’'
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American artist Blake Little‘s career as a celebrity portrait photographer has seen him frame some of the most famous faces in the world. Most recently, little has experimented with the human body and mediums that can be used in tandem with skin. This investigation has lead him to ‘Preservation‘, his recently-completely project and monograph, which adds a ‘sweet’ sculptural quality to his portfolio.
Little has covered portrait subjects in tubs of sticky-sweet honey while being photographed in the studio. Models representing a diverse range of ages, ethnicities and body types have been completely canvassed in cascading sheets of golden goo, resulting in their almost amber-preserved appearance. Seemingly frozen in place, the subjects evoke sensuality and drama, their positions and limbs exaggerated by the molten material hanging from them. Little presents ‘Preservation’ at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles from march 7 to april 18, 2015. Take a look at the accompanying video below (contains nudity) to see how the images were created in his studio.
All images courtesy of Tomas Moyano
The Apple ‘Lightmac’ developed by industrial designer, Tomas Moyano, integrates the power of a desktop computer, the user experience of tablets and the progressing technology of projected touch screens, to create a conceptual product aimed for the market in 2025. The core i9 processor central component that has 16 GB of RAM and 24 hour battery life, takes care of the processing tasks and works in sync via bluetooth 6.0, with the external modules and even a wireless keyboard. The peripheral parts which have a battery life of 12 hours, project the display and can be re-sized to offer a customizable interaction.
All images courtesy of William Root
The ‘exo-prosthetic leg’ created by Adam Root, is a 3D printed artificial limb that used modern technologies to fabricate the customizable, intimate, form-taking body part. Developed to resolve the time intensive, costly and tedious current process of adapting a prosthesis to an amputee’s specific anatomy, this design enhances a combination of a 3D scanner, printer and modeling software in order to create a more precise and affordable manufacturing procedure.
Scanning technologies such as an inverted laser, form a highly precise virtual model of the patient’s residual limb and matches its anatomy to within a fraction of a millimeter. This, as well as the MIT biomechatronics lab developed fitsocket that captures leg tissue properties to enable a better fit, is then ready for 3D software modeling. All this information is combined in a custom-patterned mesh model and is hollowed out into an exo-skeleton, to reduce weight. By fusing together titanium dust particles in a laser sintering process, an extremely durable, lightweight and biocompatible prosthetic is made.
All images courtesy of Maxim Stick
Latte artists around the world have sought after techniques and tricks to make their own illustrative mark on milk for both creative projects and coffee customers. Japanese food label Maxim Stick have adopted the intricate, edible stencil work as the medium for a stop-motion animation, playing out the quirky days of young love for a ‘coffee couple’, who meet, fall in love and grow old together.
A team of artisans have worked with 1,000 individually hand-drawn illustrations from faces and furry critters to hearts and winter hats to make up the ‘latte motion project’. Layered with cocoa powder and rich, foamy milk, the cups of coffee find their way around the frame, setting the story in motion though their careful placement meticulously drawn expressions. Take a look at the full feature below, and a behind-the-scenes look into the making-of the stop-motion short.
All images © 2014 Daniel Cheong Photography
The world’s tallest building is sited in the city of Dubai, situated among equally impressive, sky-scraping towers that infill the United Arab Emirates’ urban landscape. Fog season, typically occurring during the transitional periods from hot to cool weather, makes for a particularly dramatic panorama: building crowns pierce the clouds, slicing between dense pillows of air like sewing needles through a translucent textile.
All images courtesy of Ctrl+N
Collaboration is key in the work of Ctrl+N and ‘Breaking the surface’ is a project that offered them a partnership like no other. Alongside Scandinavian Design Group, Kontur, Abida, and Intek, they started the process by exploring several concepts. soon, these were narrowed down to two equally strong ideas which would both celebrate the ideas and aspirations of the client, Lundin Norway.
My approach to design is ironically both strong and soft, with this pavilion I have expressed a strong and informative form but simultaneously created a soft and comfortable series of spaces for people to experience,’ said project architect Johnathon Little of Ctrl+N. ‘The strong, angular expression of the pavilion encompasses inviting spaces with soft walls and warm tones of floor and furnishings.’
From the outset, the ambition was to give the installation the right setting. The surroundings should be non-confrontational, but also have a life of their own. It was pertinent to offer both an informative experience to the visitor and create the right setting to accomplish Lundin’s objectives.
Following their vision, the collective has allowed the public full access to all spaces while negotiating a zone for business. To accomplish they have used three levels. The first platform acts as a meeting and mingling area where the audience catches a glimpse of the ‘main event.’ On the second, the installation is experienced from within, where its suspended tubes move and shine as a tribute to the company. This effect is enclosed with the atmosphere of an exhibition room. White walls with a blurred and diffused structure dimly revealed from behind will encase the warm glowing object.
The upper level will offer a different expression and aesthetic. Here, innovation and engineering are celebrated, exposing the processes and makings of the work. The visitor can walk around the perimeter rather than through it, sit beneath its canopy, and reflect in peace.
All images courtesy of Brunettes Shoot Blondes.
An animated humanoid rabbit chases a girl across the screens of Apple devices in this music video by Ukranian indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes.
Brunettes Shoot Blondes wanted to create a "minimalistic animation" to accompany the simple melody of their track Knock Knock, so came up with the idea to present a simple animation across 14 Apple products.
"We had an idea of graphic elements that would interplay between the gadgets," band member Andrew Kovaliov told Dezeen. "So then we created the characters and started to work on synchronisation of the video fragments downloaded on different devices."
The film's two protagonists are a man with a rabbit's head and "the girl of his dreams", who he has to pursue throughout the animation because she is tired of his antics."He is a typical bad boy, who tries very hard to regain her attention," said Kovaliov. "And finally he receives it - a love story with a happy ending."After turning up at the girl's door with flowers, the rabbit chases her through various scenarios as they move from screen to screen.They dodge app icons that tumble from their standard grid format, and at one point the Rabbit has to "slide to unlock" the iPhone he wants to move into that has gone to sleep.The band enlisted friends to provide the devices, as well as hands to activate and move them. Six iPhones, one iPod nano, three MacBook Airs, two iPads and two iPads mini were used in total.
"After the animation was finished it took us a plenty of time to calculate each fragment to seconds in Adobe Premiere so everything was synchronised," Kovaliov said. "After several rehearsals we could run the fragments on all devices simultaneously."
All images courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz.
For a solo show at Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York Sebastian Errazuriz presents a series of functional sculptures, which embody his translation of craftsmanship and mastery of material into fine art. The New York-based designer reinvents the standard typology of a cabinet with ‘magistral chest’ and ‘wave cabinet’, as a revisualization of the domestic, quotidian objects that surround us. ‘I’m inviting people to look at one of the simplest forms of furniture design and to forget that we’re talking about furniture, instead to see it as a way of breaking a box.’ Errazuriz describes.
As a visualization and embodiment of a cabinet’s principle intent — to store and protect items held inside — ‘magistral chest’ bears an aggressive exterior skin, comprised of 20,000 outward facing bamboo skewers. Thousands of handcrafted wooden sticks have been individually inserted into the volume, forming a porcupine-like shell that beckons a new relationship when opening and closing the object.
‘Wave cabinet’ has a vertical orientation ‘like the scissor doors of a lamborghini’. Multiple configurations allow for various interpretations of the aperture, reengineering the familiar process of opening and closing. White slats resembling piano ivories rotate to reveal internal space, twisting and revolving around the rectangle in several variations and undulating adaptations.
All images courtesy of Ubi Bene
In celebration of the opening of its clermont-ferrand store in France, IKEA has collaborated with local communication agency Ubi Bene to install a climbable wall made of dozens of the Swedish brand’s furniture products. The mock-apartment is set onto the vertical surface, with beds, bookshelves, tables and chairs serving as mounts on which to scale. The vibrantly colored plane is patterned with prints, carpets, towels and textiles, all possible purchases at the mega-store. as participants climb their way to the top, sofas and swinging chairs allow a space for a short rest.
Imagery of September 11 is a particular kind of atrocity exhibition. The live unfolding of 3,000 deaths represented a new level of televised horror. And at the core of September 11 is an architectural event like none other. The images of that day, its aftermath, and the site's rebuilding keep the process of tragedy, remembrance, and healing in our minds, all with buildings as some of the main protagonists.
"Concrete Abstract" is a series of composite photographs by Israeli photographer Shai Kremer. He overlays multiple photographs that he took of the Ground Zero site from 2011-2013. Each final work contains pieces of hundreds of images. The results are Lebbeus Woods-like explosions that are simultaneously abstract and representative.
The collages contain fragments of construction and destruction, each with its own unique composition. Some reference the story of the site, others the physical aspects. "I believe strongly in the fact that beauty is a powerful conveyor of difficult ideas," Kremer said. His process is similar to a painter, with layering of parts using composition, colors, axes of symmetries, and asymmetries that carry significance and come from different times.
"I moved to New York right after the 9/11 events," he said. "Coming from a country used to dealing with terrorist attacks, I was interested in seeing how New York reacted." He sites Piranesi as one of his biggest influences.
Images from the series will be on display at Julie Saul Gallery through October 25, as well as at the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
All images courtesy of Apple
Apple’s iWatch is real and it’s officially called Watch. At the event in San Francisco, Tim Cook described the device as the next chapter in the company’s history. It’s a ‘comprehensive health and fitness device, an extremely precise and customizable timepiece,’ he explained. The device features infrared and visible-light LEDs, along with photosensors to detect your pulse rate, and ‘the display also senses force, quite literally adding a new dimension to the user interface.’ added Sir Jony Ive.
Incorporating powerful technologies into something small enough to wear on the wrist presented some very big design challenges. Apple Watch combines a series of remarkable feats of engineering into a singular, entirely new experience. One that blurs the boundaries between the physical object and the software that powers it.
Available in stainless steel, anodized aluminum and 18 karat gold, the device uses multiple technologies in conjunction with your iPhone to keep time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global time standard. It can also automatically adjust to the local time when you travel. Apple watch also presents time in a personal context by sending you notifications and alerts relevant to your life and schedule.
The crown has been a standard feature on watches for more than a century – the design is a multifunctional input device that lets you zoom, scroll, and select without covering the screen. ‘It’s as integral to Apple Watch as the click wheel is to iPod,’ explains apple, ‘or the mouse is to Mac.’
The new watch OS has been built from the wrist up. The home screen lets you quickly find your favorite apps. The custom font is easy to read at arm’s length, and the force-sensitive retina display puts functionality at your fingertip. Technically speaking, it’s one amazing little device.
Because it touches your skin, the device adds a physical dimension to alerts and notifications — you’ll feel a gentle tap when you receive an incoming message. Apple watch also allows you to connect with your favorite people in some new, spontaneous ways not possible with any other device.
All images courtesy of Apple.
Apple has officially announced its latest iPhone family, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. Both iPhone 6′s will be available in two different sizes, both bigger than apple’s earlier devices. The smaller of the two new iPhone 6 models has a 4.7-inch display and the larger, a 5.5 inch screen, and will launch with iOS 8, which brings a number of new features to apple’s smartphones, including better system integration for third-party apps and healthkit, apple’s new health and fitness application.
With a smooth metal surface that seamlessly meets the new retina HD display, the smartphone boasts one continuous form where hardware and software function in perfect unison.
Built on 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the iPhone 6 integrates a new A8 chip, which delivers more power, even while driving a larger display. An M8 motion co-processor efficiently gathers dates from advanced sensors and a new barometer. The device also has increased battery life, which makes it the most efficient iPhone to date.
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All images courtesy of Florentijn Hofman
For the latest in his series of super-scale, sea-bound sculptures, renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has created the 21-metre-long ‘Hippopothames’, just towed upriver from its build site at royal docks to its end position at nine elms on the south bank, UK. As part of Totally Thames — a 30-day program of events taking place along the river — the artist’s first ever UK commission draws reference from the prehistory of the site, and the hippos that used to inhabit it.
Semi-immersed in the water, the large-scale mammal is made of overlapping panels, and features huge painted eyes and pink-colored ears and nose. ‘The purpose of setting my sculptures in the public domain has always been to give members of the public a break from their daily routines, to inspire conversation and to cause astonishment.’ Hofman describes ‘I hope the location of my sculpture will inspire passers-by to engage with its surrounding area of nine elms on the south bank, and to discover the various other events within the Totally Thames programme celebrating london’s river’. ‘Hippopothames’ will remain on site until September 28th, 2014.
All images courtesy of Ariel Zuckerman
The streets of Aouthern Tel Aviv have served as home to a variety of small workshops from metal spinning to carpentry and upholstering. As the younger generation is no longer in need of their craft, longtime storefronts are on the verge of going out of business.
Each morning, the team discovered something new: sometimes the surface remained untouched, other times only a few penciled lines were added. ‘It took several nights before we deemed the results to-be complete.‘ they describe ‘we didn’t to say anything to anyone, as we were curious to see how it would evolve in the most ‘natural’ manner.‘
Simultaneously however, the same urban landscape threatened with decay is slowly rejuvenated by spontaneous and vibrant wall art, as a result of young designers opening new workplaces in the small alleys. Located in this area, Ariel Zuckerman Studio has initiated the ‘street capture’ project in an effort to combine the vanishing world with the current creative style. The team has attached wooden boards to the walls, supplying a clean canvas for graffiti artists.
Finally, a satisfaction with the layered works compelled the creatives to remove the boards, and give the graffiti an alternative interpretation by turning it into a 3-dimensional object ‘from a piece of graffiti to a useful piece of furniture, and from random night-time inspiration to a commemorated artistic time capsule.‘ A dresser ‘Zerifin 35′ — which takes it namesake from the street address of the wooden board — along with bedside chests and a table are the first objects to be included in the ongoing series.
All images courtesy of Deepflight
Deepflight submarines are the result of forty-five years of experience innovating the world’s most advanced underwater vehicles. Led by Graham Hawkes, a British marine engineer responsible for building and piloting a hydrobatic craft that attacked James Bond in the 1980 film for your eyes only, the super falcon mark II has been completely redeveloped following the success of its predeccesor, the super falcon mark I. As the pilot or passenger in a boundless sea, one has the freedom to do barrel rolls with dolphins, go inverted and cruise alongside grey whales and sharks, or dive into the abyss for deep sea exploration.
Advanced piloting and life support electronics such as fingertip controls, a intuitive graphical flight display and through-water communication make exploring easy, allowing users to focus on the underwater journey. The advanced submarine features led lights and low electromagnetic fields to leave the depths undisturbed. The craft is equipped with lithium ion batteries to provide a quiet, efficient ride with zero emissions.
Designed by OSW-Open Source Workshop for the 2014 Milan Design Week, HELIX is a diffuse furniture system that generates a continuous interior space by adapting simultaneously to any vertical and horizontal surface while defining an immersive spatial atmosphere. Its form recalls a natural system that emerges from the structure beneath.
HELIX is modular and can be aggregated in different forms following the logic of spatial branching and growth. It can be placed in any private domestic space or in public indoor contexts.
The modules can vary in size, color, use, and orientation. The system morphs the space allowing the viewer to follow the visual continuous trajectory generated by the wrapper.
It is manufactured through iterative procedures guided by a 5-Axis robot able to carve out the modules from a solid mass of material. HELIX is made of EPS- expanded polystyrene obtained by corn; it is completely recyclable and the manufacturing process helps to reduce CO2 emissions allowing the project to be completely executed through fully sustainable processes. The structure is lightweight yet highly resistant due to the resin finish.
Photo by Stacy Swiderski
‘Terraformed’ is a series of sculptural indoor-outdoor furniture pieces characterized by small, inhabitable landscapes. Conceived by New Jersey-based studio Opiary, the weather resistant classic designs are envisioned as planters, and are outfitted with built-in irrigation systems, making them relatively maintenance-free green statements.
The ‘Queen Anne Table’ has been rendered for use in either a dining room, or terrace / garden patio. Signature pockets can be found at the top of each leg, and along the length of the skirt, ideal for planting local floral. Handmade from lightweight reinforced concrete, it can be completed by a variety of tabletop options. Hand-polished to give its ferrocement a suede-like feel, the ‘queen anne table’ is available in standard sizes, but can also be delivered in custom dimensions, with extension leaves; and can be produced with or without irrigation lines.
Taking cues from both aircraft construction and bones, the ‘drillium chair’ is formed by a galvanized steel armature that is coated in multiple layers of fine resin, fortified cement. The generous seat fits people of all sizes with planter pockets at its base for succulents and mosses.
All images courtesy of Noa Raviv
Classical Greek sculpture once represented an ideal vision of beauty. Mastering techniques during the eras of ancient civilisations, each composition was able to capture intricate details of the human body – the sinuous curves, the rigid muscles, the small facial features – with primitive means. it was copied and reproduced many times throughout history until it became an empty repetition of style and expression. For these reasons, designer Noa Raviv has used the classical art and its evolution as the point of departure for ‘hard copy’, a fashion collection created during her time at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
In collaboration with Stratasys, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers in the world, Raviv has deliberately developed manipulated digital images with computer modelling software; deformed pieces envisioned by a command that would be difficult for the technology to execute without setting a complex configuration of parameters, components, and codes. ‘These objects cannot be printed, nor produced in reality. They exist only in the virtual space. The tension between the real and the virtual, between 2D and 3D inspired me to create this collection,’ said the tel-aviv-based designer.
Following this motif, each item is a true representation of an alternate reality presented within the confines of screens. For example, the grid is a tool used within programs such as rhinoceros, autoCAD, and illustrator in order to grant designers the ability to understand size, scale, and proportion. Within the context of the collection, the series of criss-crossing perpendicular vectors is referenced by lines of black and white polymers that articulate ruffled and undulating silk and tulle fabrics as they assume shapes similar to the traditional versions of bodices. This is contrasted by accents of orange that decorate the perimeters of the pleated textiles, a characteristic meant to symbolize the action of selecting the edge of a volume or surface in modelling software.
All images courtesy of NIKE.
AKQA teamed up with NIKE to develop a full-sized LED basketball court for the NIKE RISE basketball tour that is currently taking place across china. The court utilizes motion-tracking and reactive LED visualization to train and challenge the players through authentic drills based on Kobe Bryant’s own training.
Bryant recently trained with 30 players from across china on the court in shanghai during the mentor phase of the RISE tour – which offered young Chinese basketball players the chance to compete at the NIKE world basketball festival in Barcelona next month.
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All images courtesy of Michael Candy
Suspended within the walls of an old dockside warehouse in India, a creature waves its long arms upwards and downwards in a hypnotizing fashion. The plywood and metal body articulates 18 fluorescent tubes that radiate waves of light onto the surrounding architecture as they gently move around its spine. The overall effect is anamorphic, where the individual beams move as one, floating above the surface of the ground. Completed over the course of one month during the kochi artist in residency program, this describes the work of creative mind Michael Candy called ‘big dipper.’
All images courtesy MTG
When a company launches a new product, they usually spend big money to attract high-profile celebrities as official ambassadors. In the latest release by Japanese health and wellness brand MTG, Ballon d’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo promotes a gadget known as facial fitness PAO – an exercising device that requires you to bite down on it with your teeth. ‘In my everyday training sessions, there is one area of my body that I hadn’t been exercising: my facial muscles.’ said ronaldo. PAO specifically targets and massages the major muscles in the face line for 30 seconds, increasing the ‘smiling angle’ on both sides of the mouth. the technology works by vibrating back and forth to provide ’43 degrees of swing.’
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All images courtesy of Sammy Jobbins Wells
Digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping has greatly changed the way we think about not only production, but also the way we approach the entire creative process and the initial development of physical forms. ‘Skin’ by Sammy Jobbins Wells seeks to explore a way of integrating 3D modeling with biotechnology and experiments with the precision of computer generated forms versus the unpredictable nature of biological processes.
The project culminates in a wearable object influenced by animal bone corsets of the 17th and 18th centuries with a parametric form using grasshopper, a visual coding environment developed for rhino architectural software. The algorithm used to create the structure is a modified, three-dimensional version of delaunay triangulation. In terms of the material, it is grown from acetobacter xylinum, a strain of bacteria that produces a microbial cellulose textile as it consumes glucose. This has led to completely sustainable method that requires no external energy input in order for the bacteria colonies to sustain themselves. The process itself is more commonly known for the production of the ‘kombucha’ drink as it has been pioneered by notable designers including Suzanne Lee, Stefan Schwabe, and Jannis Huelsen.
All images courtesy of Splinter Works Ltd.
Following the success of their ‘Vessel Hammock Bathtub‘, Splinter Works has expanded its collection of washtubs with a freestanding vessel bathtub and a similarly sculptured, yet smaller scaled sink. Both appear to attract your attention through their gentle sloping forms and the rich color that they emulate. As you get closer the products’ lure increases due to the tactile feel that the woven and lacquered carbon fiber material boast.
The ‘Vessel Hammock Bathtub’ has been the source of many of the details that have been broadened upon for the updated ‘Vessel Series’. the hammock bathtub’s playful yet optimal form has lead to the freestanding shape of the latest vessel which enables one to position it anywhere, in any room of the house. The independence of the two new ‘Vessel’ products are the main reason why these bathroom projects standout from similar designs.
All images courtesy of Coca-Cola and Will.i.am.
Drinks brand Coca-Cola and musician Will.i.am have developed a 3D printer that produces objects using filament made from recycled plastic bottles.
The Ekocycle 3D printer was created as a collaboration between drinks brand Coca-Cola and Will.i.am, who is also chief creative officer at technology company 3D Systems.
All images courtesy of Red Hong Yi
Corresponding to the recent kick off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Shanghai-based artist ‘red’ Hong Yi has painted a portrait of three football superstars — Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi — using only her feet and a soccer ball. Eight different colored paints are contained in buckets, which the artist uses to dip the football into. Bouncing the ball between her feet, red carefully composes the images of the three faces onto a solid white canvas laid on the floor of a soccer pitch. The hues of each player’s jerseys are represented in the portraits as well as physical characteristics that make them immediately familiar to the viewer. Take a look at the video below to see how the large-scale work was made and the final result.
In june 2014, vapor communications will launch the first scent-based mobile messaging platform for iPhone users on indiegogo. The new communication platform will essentially evolve to allow users to send and receive scent-infused SMS. Harvard University & Wyss Institute scientists david edwards and rachel field, have developed this platform specifically for the bluetooth-enabled ‘oPhone’, a device that generates complex aroma signals in rapid succession without lingering aromatic clouds, similar to the function of a standard telephone in its delivery of audio information.
‘oSnap’, the company’s iPhone application, will allow users to tag photographs with over 300,000 unique scents,send and receive these scent-tagged images electronically as ‘oNotes’ via email, facebook, twitter and other programs.
According to vapor communications, ‘the scent-based messaging platform will work as follows: users will obtain the mobile-messaging app ‘oSnap’ in the apple store and download onto their iphones for free; they will then be able to snap a photograph and tag any object in the photograph with a scent; creation of the scent will be facilitated by a scrolling window that presents up to 32 unique scents of which users can choose from one to eight, resulting in over 300,000 combinations; users will then be able to name the scent-tagged image and send it electronically to friends.’
All images courtesy of Arup Engineers
Arup engineers pushed the boundaries of 3D printing – by using the latest techniques – additive manufacturing – the team has created a design method for critical structural steel elements for use in more complex projects. The work gives a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and engineering. The research also shows that additive manufacturing has the potential to significantly reduce costs, cut waste and slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector, which is essential in an era of environmental awareness.
Salomé Galjaard, Team Leader at Arup, states that by using additive manufacturing it is possible to create lots of complex individually designed pieces far more efficiently. This has tremendous implications for reducing costs and cutting waste. Most importantly, this approach potentially enables a very sophisticated design, without the need to simplify the design in a later stage to lower costs.
They created a redesign of a steel node for a light weight structure using additive manufacturing. Arup has a lot of experience with these kinds of structures, for example the tensegrity structure of the Kurilpa Bridge in Australia. The complex geometry of these kinds of nodes is an ideal showcase of the possibilities of this new technique.
Arup funded the development work and collaborated with a number of partners to realize the designs, including WithinLab (an engineering design software and consulting company), CRDM/3D Systems (the Additive Manufacturing partner) and EOS, who worked on the early development of the technology.
The Acapulco Chair is one of the most iconic chairs of the 20th Century. This year The Common project is celebrating the chair’s 60th Anniversary with a very special Limited Edition. The 60th Anniversary Edition consists of a chrome-plated frame with a translucent shell. The choice of materials evokes refinement and sophistication and brings the classic design into the 21st Century. It has been transformed from a fun patio chair into luxury indoor and outdoor seating. Only 600 chairs were produced.
The Common Project produces the authentic classic born in 1953 in Acapulco, Mexico and highlights its rich history in the world of design. The chair is also available in the 4 classic colors: black, white, mustard, and turquoise.
The 60th Anniversary Acapulco Chair is available for a limited time at The Common Project.
A canvas shaped chair with a drawing of a chair. It can be used by leaning against a wall. A frame made of wood and aluminum is covered by an elastic fabric printed with texture of a canvas and a drawing of chair. There are 3 types of size, a stool, an armchair and a sofa.
Material : Wood, Aluminum, Elastic fabric
Year : 2013
Produced by Innermost
Finding interesting ways to experience food is at Pinch’s core. It used to be that cracking crabs with mallets and wearing a lobster bib was where we stimulated our family to create conversation around food. Now it seems food experiences are everywhere and new ways of eating are created everyday. Since summer is almost upon us we are looking at new ways to experience outdoor “picnic” adventures. Here are some designs that should make you leave the basket and the blanket in the attic and join the revolution.
All images courtesy of Duncan Shotton.
Using a spectrum of tones to playfully indicate the passing of time, the ‘colour o’clock’ by duncan shottoncomplements seconds, minutes and hours with a rainbow of steadily changing hues. the all-white, wall-mounted timepiece includes a rounded window at its base, which subtly shifts through the full chromatic cycle — gliding through greens, purples and blues in a continuous drift. created in collaboration with japanese retailer rainbow spectrum, the clock allows the viewer to perceive the hour of the day through a more relaxed method of reading the time — not by number — but by colour.
‘Ever since we started the google self-driving car project, we’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving,’ explains chris urmson, director of google’s self-driving car project. ‘Just imagine: you can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. and drunk and distracted driving? History.’
Driven by a belief that a heightened awareness of one’s body, senses and materials can lead to a greater appreciation of the physical world, british designer freyja sewell has created the ‘sensory concentration space’ SCS.the small enclosure allows users to completely immerse themselves in an environment where there is nothing to distract them from the sensation of their own bodies. providing stimulus for sound, sight, touch and smell, the interior has had all distracting elements such as support frames, control panels etc. placed on the exterior.
‘with so much emphasis put onto the convenience of online interaction and exploration it is more and more important to cherish the real, the honest and the actual sensation of our bodies existence in a space.’ says freyja sewell.
All images courtesy of freyja sewell.
NASA has comprised a global seflie of the world, built using 36,422 individual photos from people across the world. on this year’s earth day, they asked people to post on social media and tag #globalselfie, with the goal of using each picture as a pixel in the creation of a mosaic image that would look like earth appeared from space on earth day. assembled after weeks of curating more than 50,000 submissions, NASA has revealed the finished product, comprising images from antarctica to yemen, greenland to guatemala, micronesia to the maldives, pakistan, and poland. the zoomable 3.2-gigapixel photo can be scanned and explored, to take a closer look at the vast selection of selfies.
All images courtesy of NASA.
About Ron Arad, the London designer's Tom Vac chair has been reinterpreted by more than 20 design studios into forms including swings, speakers and a representation of an udder.
The Tailor My Tom Vac exhibition during Clerkenwell Design Week will include pieces by 23 architects and designers who have each put their spin on Ron Arad's chair to mark its 15th birthday.
"It's very interesting to see other people taking the same idea and expressing their responses," said Arad. "Inspiration comes from strange places sometimes, so it's good to know that Tom Vac is being used as a starting point as well as being an end product."
JINS, the tokyo-based eyewear specialist has introduced ‘MEME’, a pair of smart glasses capable of measuring feelings, health conditions, and other body-related information. designed by satoshi wada of SWdesign without the use of any cameras, it gathers personal data via special sensors and ‘electro oculogram’ technology built into the frame. the tracking system can accurately detect if you are looking up, down or if you are blinking, translating the eye movements into specific information about ones physical condition such as fatigue or stress.
Using six axis motion tracking sensors built into the frame, the glasses calculate different body movements, posture and balance throughout the day. whenever one begins to feel tired, JINS MEME will notify the user when to take a break. when paired with the smartphone app using bluetooth 4.0, all information, including real-time statistics, can be easily visualized.
All images courtesy of JINS.
During milan design week 2014 czech republic-based LASVIT presented two projects that each investigate programmable lighting systems combined with kinetic luminaire sculptures. intersecting technology with new methods of manufacturing, the ‘(e)motions exhibition’ featured a variety of works that reflect the company’s mission: to transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.
The installation featured collaborations from architect daniel libeskind and dutch designer maarten baas, with never seen before projects by michael young, arik levy and jan plecháč and henry wielgus that displayed illuminated reflections and refractions in synchronized rhythms. developed by marek deyl and his colleagues from studio PHA, each immersive environment occupies its own space and is secluded within a cubicle, so that they are entirely independent, yet connected by a continual theme.
All images and videos courtesy of LASVIT.
In order to promote their new collection of wildlife images for national geographic, art director silvio medeiros collaborated with diomedia stock photos brazil to develop a humorous advertising campaign. from pandas in elevators to gorillas in bathrooms, the ‘wildlife’ series captures different animals taking photos of themselves in a stereotypical ‘selfie’ fashion. ‘we took nearly 2 months to produce the campaign,‘ explained medeiros. ‘the whole idea its to show people that even during “selfies” and “instagram” fever, decent images can still be produced. now that anybody has access to mobile phones with good cameras, we can all be photographers.’
All images courtesy silvio medeiros and diomedia.
American electrical engineer scott brusaw’s system of solar powered roads. conceived as an initiative to change the face of national highways by re-purposing them with photo-voltaic panels, the idea for ‘solar roadways’ was to introduce smart streets capable of directly inputting energy into the power-grid. if realized, the concept could essentially power an entire country from the generated electricity.
Now in it’s second prototyping stage, the project has been further developed as a modular PV paving system that can withstand the heaviest of trucks – up to 120,000 kilograms. the plan would see the ‘solar road’ panels installed on highways, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths and even playgrounds.
All images courtesy solar roadways
The Falper Wing sink is made of Cristalplant and is described by the designer as “continuous dynamic geometries frozen in its transition between the vertical and the horizontal planes. The solidity of the material and the sinuosity of the shape are generated with a dynamic simulation of a body pulled by the gravity.”
The form of the wing sink is so sculptural that it was used as an art installation named “Reflections” at Cersaie 2013 Design Week, curated by Ludovico Lombardi and Katrin Zavka. The installation was the core of the main event by BOLOGNA WATERDESIGN, framed in the historical former hospital Ospedale dei Bastardini. Images from the installation are shown below.
All images courtesy of Ludovico Lombardi.
The london-based architect zaha hadid continuing to expand her repertoire with a series of works for CITCO, presented at salone del mobile during milan design week. the furniture collection consists of a shelving system, table and fireplace, all carved from granite, and white or black marble respectively.
‘Tela’ shelving system is carved of solid black granite composed with archetypal curves and cantilevers common in hadid’s architectural designs. the divergent form creates a sense of lightness, allowing the viewer to forget that the piece is formed from a massive block. the central support interweaves, allowing level shelves to extend beyond the object’s core, and adding to the piece’s immateriality.
All images courtesy zaha hadid architects © jacopo spilimbergo
As with the BMW i series, the premiere of the new electric ‘C evolution’ motorcycle in barcelona marks the start of a new chapter in the urban mobility segment for BMW motorrad. succeeding the C 600 sport and C 650 GT scooters, the precisely engineered e-bike incorporates a drive unit boasting a liquid-cooled 47 horsepower (35kW) electric motor and air-cooled high-voltage battery. under practical conditions, the battery is good for a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) in road mode, and higher in ECO pro mode with zero emissions. given its impressive performance figures, the C evolution is capable of accelerating from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in just 2.7 seconds, nearly without making a sound.
All images courtesy of BMW.
Holes and tunnels in the top of this wooden desk by Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan of LYCS Architecture have been designed to provide a playground for cats.
Made from a solid piece of wood, the table top features a series of openings and tunnels that have been carved out by hand to create spaces for a cat to satisfy its curiosity and allow pet owners to share their work space with a feline friend.
"People who live with cats always have these kind of experiences: putting away the cat from your laptop was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell," explained the design team at LYCS Architecture in a statement. "A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole."
"The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs. It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats."
All images courtesy of Hao Ruan of LYCS Architecture.
Subtly referencing his previous collaboration with philippe starck – ‘magic hole’ for kartell – eugeni quitllet has taken the familiar hollowed forms of the seating pieces and exaggerated them to create the ‘BUM BUM’ indoor and outdoor furniture collection for VONDOM. their empty frameworks point to the image of shells – particularly the opening of the conch variety – recalling the moment at which one holds them up to their ear to experience the sounds of the ocean. consisting of an armchair, sofa, table and ‘toro’ stool, the tubular structures of the designs create renewed atmospheric spaces and voids in the furniture.
All images courtesy of eugeni quitllet .
In early april 2014, BMW - a sneak peek of the ‘vision future luxury’, a high-tech four-door saloon that foreshadows the company’s forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation.emphasized in the concept is the precisely engineered exterior design with lightweight materials and refined interior craftsmanship, which seamlessly integrates the user interface and driving experience together as a whole.
‘the design of the BMW vision future luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role,’ explains karim habib, head of BMW design. ‘these innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design.’
All images courtesy of BMW.
Designed and produced in austria, the johammer J1 motorcycle is the first serial electric bike capable of reaching beyond 200 kilometers in range thanks to its innovative energy supply system. applying a chopper-like aesthetic, the electric gears and controls are integrated in the back wheel for a maintenance free ride. at the core lies a newly developed battery system; the shortest connection between the two axes being a direct line. the middle-frame is made from aluminum, which provides space for spring damper and battery pack. two high-resolution 2.4 inch rear view mirrors provide relevant driving information in a compact display.
All images courtesy of Johammer motorcycle.