Date Archives June 2013

Colorful Illustrated Plates by Ingela Arrhenius for OMM Design

Ingela Arrhenius' plate designs for Omm Design

Ingela P Arrhenius is a Swedish illustrator who loves the aesthetics of the 50’s and 60’s. She works frequently with OMM Design, producing an exciting range of fun and colorful products. These include everything from salt & pepper cellars to mugs; as well as toys, prints and puzzles. I particularly like her range of plates and I can imagine that they’ll appeal to small kids just as much as they appeal to this big kid!

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A Modern Dog Hammock by Torafu Architects

Torafu Wanmokku dog hammock

There are dog beds, crates, carrying cases, and even strollers, but has there ever been a dog hammock? Japanese architecture firm Torafu has answered with a resounding yes (er, “hai”). The Wanmokku, which translates to “architecture for dogs,” is not only an easy-to-assemble plywood frame that acts as a hammock support, it encourages the use of a dog owner’s own clothing to attract their beloved four-legged friends.

Though currently built to accommodate a Jack Russell terrier or other smaller dog, one might argue that it might also work for cats, rabbits, and ferrets. Simple, clever, and utterly charming, the Wanmokku serves primarily as a snuggle space for your pet. But it works as a mini trampoline too.

‘Kugelwruhme’, a new mix from Robag Wruhme

Robag Wruhme

For the past few months I’ve been obsessed with Robag Wruhme’s 2011 album Thora Vukk, a minimal electronic adventure that’s accompanied me to Iceland and back. Since then I’ve posted a mix he had posted on Soundcloud, and now he has another called Kugelwruhme, which I think is equally as amazing. It’s a mix of new, old, and unreleased tracks – a perfect mix for early morning making or late night writing.

The track list:

Robag Wruhme – “Intro”
Paul Kalkbrenner – “Steinbeisser”
Triola – “Leuchtturm”
Big Zis – “Suure Räge”
Robag Wruhme – “Haftbolle”
Robag Wruhme – “Bierholer”
Robag Wruhme – “Ekksklusiv”
Das Bierben – “Staub”
Robag Wruhme – “Encounters”
Robag Wruhme – “Polch Dutto”
Dntel – “Bright Night”
Benjamin Biolay & Vanessa Paradise – “Profit”
Ada – “Keep Me In Mind”

National Geographic Turns Their Massive Archive Into A Tumblr

National Geographic Photo Archive

Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.

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Nike x Liberty’s New Pixel Collection

Nike x Liberty Pixel Pack collection

Nike x Liberty Air Max 1 ND Trainers

Nike’s latest collaboration with Liberty of London departs from the usual floral print and enters digital image territory. Entitled the Pixel Pack, the new collection introduces the Virtual Light Liberty print which was culled from screen projections. Inspired by the work of artist Tim Head, the enlarged pixels now adorn four Nike styles too.

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An ‘Elemental’ Print by Joseph Perry

An 'Elemental' Print by Joseph Perry

An 'Elemental' Print by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is a London based designer who’s taken the Periodic Table and has tried to give it a new form. The table, first conceived by Dmitri Mendeleev, has had a consistent look since the late 1800’s, but Joseph has broken the harsh grid and splayed it out in a circular form, giving it a futuristic vibe.

Circular interpretation of the classic Periodic Table, 1869. The print was inspired by my love of both crisp, modern infographics and my every-growing collection of vintage science ephemera. The table is designed to be read from the centre outwards in a clockwise rotation whilst still preserving the function of Mendeleev’s original beauty.

I feel like this print satisfies both the designers and scientists out there just the same. You can snag one for yourself by clicking here.

Ornate Paper Sculptures by Helen Musselwhite

Ornate Paper Sculptures by Helen Musselwhite

Currently working and creating in Manchester, Helen Musselwhite is a talented artist who cuts and sculpts paper, transforming hundreds of pieces into intricate works of art. You don’t see a lot of people working primarily in paper, so it’s amazing to see Helen’s dedication to the craft.

I think it’s simply that there’s so much that can be done with it; so many ways to manipulate it. The more I work with paper, the more I find I can do with it. Essentially, it’s as good a medium as you can make it – as good as your own creativity, and that’s a fantastic challenge.

You can see more of her work under the jump.

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Vitra’s Diogene Cabin, Designed by Renzo Piano

Vitra's Diogene Cabin Designed by Renzo Piano

In the past year or so I’ve learned how valuable it can be to get away from it all. Working nonstop can be extremely taxing, so it’s great to be able to go some place where you can relax and not worry about the day-to-day. Vitra recently teamed up with Renzo Piano to create a “place of retreat” called Diogene.

It can serve as a little weekend house, as a “studiolo”, as a small office. It can be placed freely in nature, but also right next to one’s workplace, or even as a simplified version in the middle of an open space office. However, it is also conceivable to erect groups of houses, e.g. as an informal hotel or guest house. Diogene is so small that it functions as the ideal retreat, but purposely does not cater for all needs to the same extent. Communication, for instance, will take place elsewhere – and thus Diogene also invites you to redefine the relationship between the individual and society.

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