I’m envious of Londoners for many reasons, this is one of them. These are images of the Light Show, an exhibition currently on view at the Hayward Gallery until the end of April. The show presents the work of artists generated over the past fifty years, all using light to create a variety of stunning effects. There’s just something about light that is so alluring. Even when it isn’t warm and inviting, it can still be captivating… like when it’s saturated and immersive as it is in several of these installations.
Dream big. Dutch ‘horizontal living’ design firm Snurk unveiled their latest duvet cover featuring an exact replica of a European Space Agency (ESA) spacesuit, right down to the last buckle mirrors of the European spacewalkers. Now when you’re tucked up in bed, you’ll be counting exoplanets rather than sheep. As much as I love the concept and the beautiful product photographs that accompany it, I do really wish they included a young girl and/or someone with a little diversity. Astronauts/Cosmonauts is an exclusively bro club–but we all can dream.
The Academy Awards are airing this Sunday, and in anticipation of the event, Vanity Fair has dedicated its March issue to all things Hollywood. To be fair, they do this every March, but this year’s issue sees Tinseltown through an illustration made popular 80 years ago. In 1933, caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias illustrated the brightest stars of the time against a Malibu beach backdrop. This year, artist André Carrilho riffs on the theme but takes it a step further by filming his entire process—from freehand drawing to Photoshop rendering.
I got an email the other days from Nicolás Gomez telling me of a new project he’s started at LOLA Madrid called Bicycled. The aim of the project is to create new bicycles from old car scraps. I thought it was a really neat and novel idea so I thought I’d share it with you.
Nicolás tells me that the idea for the project came about from their experiences of being an advertising agency. He says that creating products that connect with people is what they do on a daily bases and for them, Bicycled is simply the perfect example of that. They are concerned about where the world is going now and the project is built from the belief that it’s always better to do then to say.
At Bicycled, bikes are handmade; created by bicycle shop owners. Chains are made from old transmission belts, indicator lights become reflective lights and car upholstery becomes seats and handlebars. Each bicycle is made out of real car parts so it means that no two bikes will ever be the same. Hopefully all this is just the beginning of the project and we’ll get to see more and more parts of old cars being used to become new and inventive bicycles.
As a cycle enthusiast I think it’s great to see a project as inventive as this. It’s terrific to see old cars becoming more a efficient, ecological and healthier means of transportation. You can check out the Bicycled website here and maybe even think about ordering yourself a new bike!
You never know when you’ll want to take an impromptu trip out to Palm Springs or hop on a plane to the Bay Area (those examples describe my patterns fairly well). In those cases you need a good overnight bag and this one from Unit Portables is just about the best I’ve ever seen. First there’s all the customization you can do, like choosing one of the eight colors available or snagging it in 13″ or 15″ model. Then there’s the features like a cable bag, a toiletry bag, a laptop sleeve, plus room for a pair of shoes and couple of key pieces like shirts and a pullover. It’s also great that it’s got a strap and a handle as well, both of which are key to travelling effortlessly. On top of all that it’s one of the sexiest bags I’ve seen with a futuristic vibe to it.
I have to start by saying that while I understand dancing takes strength, grace and skill (attributes I’ve never been accused of having) for me watching dance performances has always been a little perplexing and inaccessible. I think I’ve seen the Nutcracker a half-dozen times and I still have no idea what’s going on for a majority of the ballet. Maybe I’m missing that part of my brain that figures out body language. But these dances are different, because these are folks dancing about science. And these are just a few of the results from the most recent Dance for Your Ph.D. contest, an annual competition where graduate students try to explain the basic idea behind their research using choreography instead of PowerPoint.
Silence Television is the work of Peruvian illustrator and designer Gianmarco Magnani. Gianmarco creates these really fantastic prints that combine great illustrations with beautiful typography and design. Often featuring girls, motorcycles and guitars his work feels very rock n’ roll. Indeed Gianmarco is so inspired by rock n’ roll that he seems to have created his own fictitious rock band called Sixty Watts where he’s designed album artwork, tshirts, a website and merchandise for them. Go check it out, it’s really fantastic!
Kenzo has undergone a massive creative overhaul thanks in part to Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon taking the helm two years ago. Reviving the long-standing fashion, accessories, and beauty house with youthful energy and an insouciant sense of cool, the brand now sets the bar for mismatched prints and tailored assaults of color. Not only have they set shows to live music or on multiple floors of a 1960s university building, they continue to push the boundaries of marketing with spirited fashion videos. The latest, for Kenzo’s Resort 2013 collection, is directed by Mat Maitland and features the DIY animation of artist Natalia Stuyk, who is known for her own brand of boldly graphic interactive imagery. She very kindly opened up to us about jungle prints, green screen, and the process of animating a fashion video.