very cool minimalistic range of musical instruments in a sketchbook from Yamaha.
Friday, January 30, 2009
142 W. 10th Street btw. 6th and 7th Ave
West Village, New York
The Philips's new Cinema 21:9 56" TV($TBA; spring 2009) features let you enjoy movies as you would in the cinema. Cinema 21:9 that is shaped in the 21:9 aspect ratio, so movies in the 2.39:1 format completely fill the screen C exactly as you experience at the cinema. The Cinema 21:9 LCD TV will be available in spring 2009 in Europe.
The Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2009 Collection is now available at colette.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The last ten years has seen the resurrection of legendary auto brands like the Maybach, Bugatti, Healey, Mini and recently announced Alpine car brand. Tatra Motors, the third oldest car company on the planet behind Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot was the inspiration for this new concept design by Czech magazine AutoDesign&Styling. They asked designer Mike Jelinek to create this concept vision of the Tatra of the future. The result is the 903 Concept, a fuel cell luxury sportscar with innovative aerodynamic solutions. Jelinek adds, “The water drop shaped back refers to one of the most characteristic values of Tatra, the aerodynamics – same as covered rear wheels.” At present, Tatra only produces heavy trucks, but the this latest commissioned concept may get enough people excited to convince them to relaunch their passenger car line. Fingers crossed.
Chocolate Bar chocolates are made with the finest chocolate, free of preservatives or additives and are hand packed to order with their best flavors including salted caramel, cherry habanero and peanut butter sizzle.
127 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
The modern look of fine Italian design permeates the contemporary metropolitan kitchen from Strato. Dubbed the Flex 1 Kitchen.
Kazushi Kobayashi's Chubu 01 is a robot from an alternate 1957 where robots are the primary mode of transportation. Build-it-yourself model kits are for sale in Harajuku's TOKYO CULTUART gallery at 28.000 Yen a pop (Price: $350 USD).
Via: boing boing
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Remember the days before digital music and MP3 players? If you miss the 80’s and making mix tapes, this is for you. More images here. Buy it here.
When newest technology meets contemporary and market proven design expressed in a HDD, then it actually must be Neil Poultons dark apple-style mirroring concept of a Lacie disk. Lacie’s newest coup is to bulk-up its famous technophile pleasing hard disk design with the newest communication technology eSATA which blows up to 80MB/s through the connected cable which is almost the triple speed of the other two coexisting interfaces USB 2.0 and Firewire 400, instead of just releasing a bigger disk. The drive is available in a 500GB, 750GB, and a 1TB capacity variant.
Via: Gentleman’s Gadgets
From the matchbox-like packaging to the slender bars of dark chocolate contained within, Alice Chocolate is an exquisite treat through and through. The brainchild of brand consultants Michael Felber and Steven Mark Klein, the pair are working to restore the tradition of Swiss chocolate by making their chocolate at a factory in Bern, Switzerland that has been around since 1919. Sourcing the chocolate (fairly and sustainably of course) from the Amazon, brings the tradition into the 21st century. Adding only sugar to the handpicked beans, Alice chocolates are exceedingly pure, free of stabilizers and additives and at 68% cacao content, the little wands are a pleasing not-too-bitter-nor-too-sweet blend .
"Have a break. Have a Kit Kat"
Advertising Agency: JWT, London, United Kingdom
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The TiFinity Toothbrush ( $25) uses Titanium bristles with super elastic memory filaments that last longer, resist bacteria build-up, remain hygenic, remove more plaque and penetrate harder to reach areas while being no more abrasive to your teeth than current soft nylon toothbrushes.
Colette is featuring this leather black attache briefcase from Thom Browne. It’s a classic look with buckle closure and black finish. The interior is finished in the same Thom Brown signature trimming as the Converse 100th Anniversary sneakers. Pick up yours now for 3900$US.
David Kelley, founder of the design firm Ideo and the Stanford d.school, was leading a charmed existence. Then he felt a lump.
A very interesting article on changing the way you think of design, innovation and life in general.
Go check it out here.
You're able to fill the gun up with your favorite condiment and then deliver by squeezing the trigger!
Monday, January 26, 2009
In WATCHMEN news, the complete 12-part “motion comic” adaptation — currently available on iTunes — will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 3rd. The whole thing runs more than five hours and was supervised by Dave Gibbons.
My room mate actually showed me the first issue of this. It really seemed to work pretty well, combining the comic with basic Flash animation.
via: the beat.
Check out the colorful work of Copenhagen illustration duo, Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass.
The new reality—the state of the art market in 2009 is not easy to predictGeorgina Adam | 19.1.09 | Issue 198
The general economy and also the art economy is clearly headed for some choppy waters…” This is what mega-dealer Larry Gagosian told his staff in a tough-talking, if ungrammatical, memo published last November in Flash Art, as the global financial meltdown continued to panic investors, the US recession was officially confirmed and unemployment figures for the country soared by 533,000 in that month alone.
Elsewhere in this issue, we look at the effect the credit crunch is having on the art world as the new year begins. In the art market, there have been a few early victims of the crisis, including the 18 employees sacked by PaceWildenstein in New York, and the 17 “fabricators” of pill cabinets, butterfly paintings and pickled animals axed by Damien Hirst. “I want to make sure that we are the best swimmers on the block. The luxury of carrying under-performing employees is now a thing of the past,” warned Mr Gagosian, in a similar vein, in the same memo to his staff.
In Miami, the trendy French dealer Emmanuel Perrotin has shuttered his gallery, and now will only reopen it for Art Basel Miami Beach next December. Sotheby’s is also trimming its workforce, and has announced it has abandoned guarantees for the foreseeable future. The firm, and its arch-rival Christie’s, were badly hit by the collapse in art prices during New York’s sales of impressionist, modern and contemporary art in November, which garnered only half the expected totals. Those sales were prepared before the autumn, when art prices were still riding high. Some works sold in November for half their low estimates, and up to 75% of the works in some sales were bought in.
Today a different reality prevails. The lacklustre 2008 autumn fairs, Frieze and Art Basel Miami Beach, saw dealers prepared to be flexible on prices, accepting discounts of up to 30%. But, as journalist, sociologist and lecturer (and The Art Newspaper contributor) András Szántó points out: “Just as designer brands are now being offered at huge discounts in the high street—were those shoes or handbags really worth the previous prices?—so those [pre-financial meltdown] prices should never have been so huge. Some dealers priced art so aggressively, and the prices went up with such velocity, that it is inevitable that they should fall back sharply.”
These prices rose with the greatest speed for contemporary art. But the picture of the art market, as 2009 opens, is far from simple. It is always worth remembering that the market is not a single block, but a whole series of sub-sections.
More traditional categories, where prices did not rise so dramatically, have weathered the downturn better. The London sales of old master paintings in December, for example, saw enthusiastic bidding for the best works on offer, with Christie’s selling a rediscovered Tiepolo for £2.8m and Sotheby’s making £3.6m for Frans van Mieris the Elder’s A Young Woman In a Red Jacket Feeding a Parrot, 1663, (est. £500,000-£700,000). And there was extraordinarily strong take-up and an 87.6% sell-through rate (by lot) for Victorian narrative painting, an unfashionable category if ever there was one, from the Scott Collection, held at Sotheby’s London in November.
The sale of stock of traditional antique furniture in London by Christie’s from the Jeremy and Hotspur dealers was by no means a rout, and made near its (admittedly “realistic”) pre-sale estimate. Elsewhere, a Seurat drawing made $6.3m in Paris, five times higher than expectations. Everywhere, while sell-through rates are down, there is still money being spent on art and buyers available for the best works.
Against this must be placed dire results for the over-estimated, over-supplied Russian market and severely weakening totals for contemporary Chinese art and Middle-Eastern art. At Christie’s sale in Dubai last autumn, Parviz Tanavoli’s sculpture, Poet in Love, 1998-2007, fetched $242,500, well under its low estimate of $400,000. Again, these were categories where prices had risen the highest, and the fastest, supported by speculative buying.
As this year starts, what are the prospects for the art market? “As long as you see wild fluctuations on Wall Street, no one will spend a lot of money on art. I think 2009 is going to be very difficult,” says Per Haubro Jensen of the venerable New York dealers Knoedler & Company. To this must be added the psychological impact of the meltdown—for many, it seems the wrong time to be buying what is, after all, an inessential purchase.
Supply presents an ambiguous picture. On the one hand, vendors are holding back from selling, for fear of “burning” their pictures by seeing them unsold; the auction houses are struggling to bring in good material for next month’s sales. On the other hand, forced sales by cash-strapped collectors may bring desirable works onto the market. Dealers claim that it is a great time to buy, and a number were acquiring inventory at Art Basel Miami Beach last month. “Cash is king at the moment, and there will be great buying opportunities,” concludes Mr Szántó.
The writer is editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper
Friday, January 23, 2009
Aesthetic Echo is the latest website by Rafael Rozendaal. This time you can watch an endless abstract landscape.
You can download the entire project for FREE @ www.cityofgodson.com
"Andy Woo posted up a photo of the latest test shots of a few pieces from the series. Seems like these are definitely on their way and should be hitting the shelves not to far from now."
Here are the latest new footwear styles from the Lanvin Spring/Summer 2009 Collection. They present their usual low top and high top sneakers in new colorways and introduce patent/leather deck shoes, as well as the new satin trainer with velvet trim. Now available at Browns.
"Transported from its original days in the 90s, NOWHERE represented an early base of operations and retail point for what would become two of Japan’s most recognizable figures and integral parts of the Ura-Hara movement. Re-opening in London’s Dover Street Market, the NOWHERE space would eventually lead to successful reigns for Jun Takahashi and his brand Undercover as well as Nigo and his label A Bathing Ape. A few looks into the pop-up store as well as tributes to the former TV program LAST ORGY can be seen here courtesy of BBC | Ice Cream."
Thursday, January 22, 2009
"The creative minds working for Sharpie, the ultimate in permanent markers, have discovered a way to satiate our desires to deface public domain. Interactive e-cast billboards have been scattered around cities, which allow people to experience the rush of creating their own graffiti. Choose some colors, write a message and Sharpie makes it possible for anyone to leave his permanent mark on the side of the bus stop or the public phone or anywhere else billboard adverting may be experienced."- Andrew J Wiener
Simple, non pretentious, the phone is a very basic device that is devoid of the fancy stuff. This makes its cheap to manufacture and market. Another point in its favor is the portability factor; you can simply wrap it around your wrist. Leaving the connectivity issues aside, the phone has the potential to make its mark.