June 10, 2015

Designer Garbage Bins

UntitledUntitled2 Untitled1For their new ‘bins’ series, Czech studio Design Fabrika looked to the past to create functional, gritty pieces for the present.  The once ubiquitous metal bin, long since replaced by plastic receptacles, projects a raw functionality via its brazen steel construction.  The humble garbage container has been redesigned in seven iterations including chair, stool, washbasin, ice bucket, footrest, dressing table, and the all-important keg station.  Once a feature of every street-scape, the pieces maintain the proportions and character of their original purpose while creating items suited for a range of ideas.

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June 09, 2015

Tile Collection Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy-Lichtenstein-tiles-Ceratec-10-600x380Roy-Lichtenstein-tiles-Ceratec-1RL3RL2Quebec-based ceramic tile distributor, Ceratec launched a collection of super fun tiles, inspired by the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein. The POP Series features 12 illustrated tiles with 10 complementary, brightly colored tiles to round out the vibrant series. The color palette of the collection references the late 1950s but still feels modern and fresh for today. Perfect for a backsplash in the kitchen, a playful bathroom, or even a feature wall, the tiles will definitely invigorate your decor taking it from boring to WOW! The solid colored tiles come in white, beige, grey, yellow, red, orange, pink, black, blue, and green, and in four different textures. The POP Series is a fun way to seamlessly integrate art into your home in a new and inventive way.

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June 08, 2015

Travelbox

1 2 3Now you can tote around a pop-up hotel room no matter where you are in the world, thanks to Austrian design firm Juust’s new Travelbox. This innovative product unfolds to reveal a comfy bed, chair, table, storage, and even a bicycle for avid travelers who often switch locations. Weighing less than your average human being at 132 pounds, the box is packed in wood and aluminum, making it durable enough to avoid the wear and tear of international travel. Measuring exactly 6.8 feet long, 1.3 feet wide, and 4 feet high, the portable room can easily be transported to both local and exotic destinations by your average shipping company.

When not being used for travel, the Travelbox can act as a room divider by transforming into a shelving unit for clothing, books, and other household items. This eliminates the need to buy extra furniture when moving around from place to place or from home to home, cutting down on both extra cost and unnecessary waste.

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June 07, 2015

A Hanging Felt Cradle Inspired by the Womb

UntitledLittle Nest is exactly what it sounds like – a comforting, cozy, nest-like cradle for babies. Inspired by a baby’s experience in the womb, the cradle is suspended and reacts gently to every move or wiggle by a baby. Gentle swaying then lulls and comforts a restless child.

The Little Nest, designed by Oszkar Vagi, is made out of a single piece of Merino wool, double layered, and handcrafted by master hatter László Girardi. Leather strap suspension ensures that the baby is safely cradled and sturdy enough for their movement.

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June 06, 2015

Iranian Artist’s Site-Specific Mirror Installations

Mirror5Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad explores issues of gender, sexuality and human compassion through her site-specific installations, performances, and conceptual fashion designs. Abedinirad’s site-specific installations, Evocation and Heaven on Earth, each focus on one of these distinct connections, examining how human beings connect to Mother Nature.

2In both an urban and desert setting, various mirrors were arranged on the ground to reflect the sky above. On a well-worn staircase, viewers could see a vivid reflection of a blue sky sprinkled with fluffy white clouds, causing a man-made structure to interact with the natural world in an unconventional way.

1In utilizing mirrors and skyward reflections, the insightful artist sought to convey the relationship between the human mind and nature’s distinct elements. Specifically, the mirrors were used to symbolize water in the midst of Italy’s unwavering concrete walkways and Iran’s dry land.

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June 05, 2015

Clean Cut: Anna Karlin

WchairThe release of Anna Karlin’s second collection brings with it clean, structured lines, bold use of color and texture, and modern design in the form of fine objects and furniture. Anna Karlin works across all mediums, encompassing everything from digital and print media to interior and set design. She believes strongly that all the disciplines influence one another, and therefore no one area can remain untouched. Both her studio practice and Anna Karlin Furniture + Fine Objects are the result of this sensibility.

029_024-copy2Her new collection features an eclectic assembly of wooden stools, sculptures, lights, ornaments and ceramics. There’s a piece for every interior, with statement furniture and fine accessories to add just the right touch of quirky style.

Karlin’s W Chair series is meant as a modern interpretation of the classic Windsor chair. Each spoke and leg is meticulously hand carved from hard maple. Each of the four chairs features a different design, for a set that is unique yet cohesive. This set of chairs perfectly bridges the gap between modern and traditional design.

Plumb-brass005_005-copyHer tabletop glass vessels reference the aesthetics of a science lab, and are blown using the same techniques, yet are finished with hand turned solid brass stoppers and exaggerated proportions, giving the objects a new and unfamiliar feel. Karlin’s lighting design plays with balance, movement, and negative space, creating a series of pendants and sconces that are works of art in themselves.

010_030-copyHer chess piece stools are made to work individually or in a group, and can be utilized as side table for added versatility. They evoke a sense of craftsmanship and playfulness.

 

Karlin’s second collection is the epitome of thoughtful, functional design, perfect for the discerning yet irreverent clientele.

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June 04, 2015

Bathing Ladies

Bathing LadiesHawaii-native Sean Yoro, aka Hula, traditionally worked with paint on wood panels, until the day he combined his surfboarding skills and creative character, and took to the seas in search of street art-style canvasses. Hula grew up on the island of Oahu, where he spent most of his days in the ocean. Although he grew up dabbling in graffiti, watercolor, and tattoo art, he didn’t take his work seriously until he began to paint the human body when he was 21. Instead of applying his paint to walls and surfaces in urban environments, Hula made his way to abandoned spaces and untouched building façades only accessible by water. Carefully carrying cans of colored paint on the edge of his board, the now New York-based artist sources seaside locations in the creation of his most recent series of female portraits, half submerged in the surrounding water.

bathThe series of artworks comprises four female portraits, each painted with distinct hyper-realism. While their faces are painted on the wall, their bodies ‘hide’ under the water’s edge — the perfect placement for them to appear as if they are serenely floating in the surrounding abyss. The pool of water below reflects a semi-transparent image onto the surface, making the faces seem as if they are looking into a mirror.

150527100734-portrait2-hula-painting-artist-surfboard-super-169In addition to painting on building façades, Hula uses cracked surfboards as a surface to paint his female portraits. You can see more of his work on his Instagram, here.

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June 03, 2015

Chinese Architectural Boom

P1From the majestic gardens of Poyang Lake to the Shanghai’s National History Museum to the longest glass bottom foot bridge in Zhangjiajie National Park, the innovative designs out of China are far outreaching and full of imagination.

As more of the county’s vast population moves from rural areas to larger cities, urban resources have been stretched, resulting in incidences of overcrowding, pollution and substandard living. Presented as part of a larger master plan, this project by Vincent Callebaut Architectures has been designed to combat potentially damaging migration patterns in china.  Positioned between Mount Lu (a UNESCO world heritage site) and Poyang Lake, the development seeks to promote a balanced lifestyle in provincial areas with a vibrant mix of both private and public uses that encourage eco-responsible living and working.

P2Within this framework, ‘wooden orchids’ offers local residents a vast retail complex that also includes a public library, a sports center, organic food courts and a farmers market. A passive geothermal cooling and heating system is also employed, while a south-facing orientation strategy incorporates large photovoltaic canopies. At roof level, a large sky garden integrates children’s playgrounds, food gardens, and sports facilities.

P3Global architecture and design firm Perkins + Will have completed Shanghai’s Natural History Museum in China.  The 44,517 square meter museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural world through the display of more than 10,000 artifacts from all seven continents. The building includes exhibit spaces, a 4D Theater, and an outdoor exhibit garden.

P5Located on an urban site, the shape and internal organization of the building references the pure natural form of a mollusk shell.  A grass-covered plane rises out of the park and wraps around an oval pond – the focus of the exhibition route through the building – which begins at the upper level and spirals downwards.

P4The structural network and sunscreen that lines the curved inner face of the building is both an abstraction of patterns found in traditional pavilions, and a suggestion of human cell organization. The north wall, which is the group-entry façade along the bus drop-off, references the movement of tectonic plates, while the south wall is a living wall plane composed of a metal trellis covered with vines. The green wall brings the horizontal plane of the park onto the vertical surface of the structure forming an arcade that represents the vegetation of the earth’s surface.

P6In July of this year, China’s scenic Zhangjiajie National Park will be opening the very first bridge of its kind. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Skywalk is set to be the World’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, coming in at 1,410 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 984 feet above ground. The glass structure is being designed by Israeli-based architect Haim Dotan and many hope that it will become a Wonder of the World, especially since it represents unique architecture that tests the limits of human creativity. P7 P8

Once the skywalk is unveiled, it will be able to hold up to 800 people at once. It will also feature the world’s highest bungee jump, stealing the title from Macau Tower’s incredible 764-foot high attraction. In addition to these world records, the bridge will certainly add a futuristic element to the national park, which is said to have been the inspiration behind the planet of Pandora in James Cameron’s movie Avatar.

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June 02, 2015

Float Like A Butterfly

Float-Like-A-Butterfly-Designed-for-Living-5 Karl Zahn is a freelance product and furniture designer in Greenpoint Brooklyn. His work examines contemporary materials and historical technologies in an attempt to create modern hybrids that are more applicable, beautiful and sustainable.

His designs express a pared down simplicity and stark aesthetic as a blend of modernist hard lines and surfaces with a Danish sensitivity to materials and joinery. Each piece is designed to withstand the passing of trends and foster complex relationships that grow more endearing over time.

Karl Zahn’s four latest additions to his Momentum collection of mobiles and stabiles are each more elegant and clean than the last. Wooden semi-circles and brass wings perfectly balance each other while playing with the reflections of light. A designer for Lindsey Adelman’s studio as well, his independent collection can be seen floating in E.R. Butler & Co in New York.

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May 31, 2015

30 Story Building up in 15 Days

m1If the Eiffel Tower was built in a little more than two years, why can’t a 30-story hotel be able to be built in two weeks?

Having already set the record of erecting a 15-story building in one week, Chinese construction company Broad Group decided to take it up a notch–assemble a 30-story hotel in just 15 days. According to Australian news site NEWS.com.au, the construction of the hotel, near Dongting Lake in the Hunan Province, took 200 workers and is set to open January 18. To expedite the process, sections of the building were prefabricated in factories and shipped to the site before construction, the news site wrote.

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One might think that staying in a hotel constructed this quickly in China’s earthquake prone region would cause concern, but it was reportedly built to withstand a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. What’s more, Zhang Yue, the man behind this project, told NEWS.com.au that the building has the highest environmental standards. Rapid construction reduced waste and energy, he told the news site. “We need to speed up our environmental thinking. We need buildings like this all over China,” he said. Apparently Yue intends to keep building these pre-fabs around the country. “In 2013 we will build 20 buildings a month and by 2014, we’ll be up to 50 buildings a month,” he told NEWS.com.au. There’s a saying in China that if you leave a city for a couple months, when you come back you won’t recognize the skyline. If all goes according to Yue’s plan, this could soon be true.

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