Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Mario Komsta is a Bonsai Artist. Outstanding!
An interesting new quilted leather jacket with attached backpack has been released by H by Harris. The quilted detail sits throughout the jacket and backpack. The backpack is attached by a zip fastening onto the back of the jacket. An interesting piece, executed in some great premium leathers. The jacket is now available from Browns.
We get a first detailed look at the Gardener 10th exhibition that we have been reporting about heavily these last weeks. Taking place at De La Barracuda in Los Angeles, the exhibition will showcase many old and many new figures by the Hong Kong based artist Michael Lau. Collaborators include Terry Richardson, The Hundreds and many others. The artist has been referencing streetculture and action sports culture for many years already, along with other inspirations such as music. The amount of figures, collaborations and special product being released for the occasion is definitely amazing, so we can only advise you to pass by should you be in the area.
It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we've all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft's astonishing take on the tablet.
Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the "late prototype" stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.
Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it—Microsoft's brightest, like Entertainment & Devices tech chief and user-experience wizard J. Allard, who's spearheading the project. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies.
Microsoft has a history of collaborating with other firms, especially in the E&D division: Zune and Xbox have both gone through similar design processes. (And plans for the Microsoft Store leaked through a third-party agency were confirmed as genuine prototype layouts and concepts.) This video is branded Pioneer Studios, a Microsoft division within E&D that specializes in this kind of work, working with another agency that's a long-time Microsoft collaborator on confidential projects.
The Courier user experience presented here is almost the exact opposite of what everyone expects the Apple tablet to be, a kung fu eagle claw to Apple's tiger style. It's complex: Two screens, a mashup of a pen-dominated interface with several types of multitouch finger gestures, and multiple graphically complex themes, modes and applications. (Our favorite UI bit? The hinge doubles as a "pocket" to hold items you want move from one page to another.) Microsoft's tablet heritage is digital ink-oriented, and this interface, while unlike anything we've seen before, clearly draws from that, its work with the Surface touch computer and even the Zune HD.via: gizmodo.
Judging from these images that Andrew Bunney presents from a recent Supreme Japan shoot, you can expect a second run of Damien Hirst x Supreme Skateboard Decks. The decks seem to be coming with the iconic Hirst dot design. Nothing has been confirmed so far...
The latest from U.K.-based company Vado is this modern, digital basin mixer, which fittingly mixes not just your water temperatures. The new v-touch mixer lets you control water flow and temperature using a touch-pad.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Announcing the release of the Original Fake Dissected Companion Keyholders. After previously coming out with the Companion keyholders and the Chum keyholders, the Dissected Companions are up next. They come in three colorways and are available at Original Fake retailers now.
Tokidoki, the Italian Manga inspired label, is about to release a new Karl Lagerfeld mini collectible figure. The figure comes in the full Karl outfit, is limited to 1000 pieces and will go for around 190 USD upon release this Holiday season. The figure will be available at Tokidoki flagship stores in New York, Milan and Los Angeles, as well as at specialty retailers such as colette. The K Collection by Karl Lagerfeld will also come out with matching t-shirts, featuring the character version of the designer.
Photographer joins guest designers to help Louis Vuitton raise money for the Red Cross.
Along with Vuitton creative Director Marc Jacobs, who has created a travel trunk for his dogs to fly in luxury in the hold of a plane, Leibovitz has designed a red-lined back pack filled with compartments to transport camera equipment.
Damien Hirst has designed a tall black trunk lined in blue microfibre with several small drawers inside to house his surgical equipment (used when creating his art).
The pieces will be auctioned on 17th November at Sotheby’s to mark to 150th anniversary of the Red Cross..
“In the line of the variations around Pantone, a personal project carried out by artist Nico189. Baptized “PANTONECANS®”, An object which is not intended to become a commercial product.”
Scott Jarvie will be exhibiting his atlas chair at this year's 100% design london. the design is derived by projecting flat angled planes through a volume and using the intersecting elements to generate the profiles that create the sections of the chair. this allows complex surface geometry to be rationalized to planar surfaces, providing sculptural possibilities while utilizing materials efficiently, developing a system that facilitates construction.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Atmo.Sphere is a poster series by graphic designer and artist Sabato Urciuoli. These posters by the Turin-based designer are intended to explore elements of both architecture and physics, and are limited to 100 pieces each.
Friday, September 25, 2009
As part of a national campaign promoting McDonald’s restaurants, a downtown Vancouver lamppost became part of an out-of-home (OOH) optical illusion, appearing to pour coffee into a giant cup on the sidewalk. At the time, McDonald’s was giving away free small cups of its brew for a two-week period, in an effort to attract new breakfast customers. Ad firm Cossette’s Vancouver office developed the concept for a lamppost near 6th Avenue and Cambie Street. The post was wrapped in brown vinyl to resemble poured coffee, while an oversized carafe was attached to the end.
Elsewhere in the city, a transit shelter was turned into an ‘hourglass,’ with an ever-diminishing number of coffee beans reminding customers of the promotion’s short-term nature.
Advertising Agency: Cossette Atlantic, USA
Level Green explores the concept of sustainability in relation to the environment, economy and society. Located in Wolfsburg - Germany, the exhibition presents 25 interactive installations renders this highly complex topic tangible.
The series of physical data sculptures and embedded interactive media screens structure the multitude of related themes, while offering users a way of accessing relevant information that relate to one's common behavioral habits in the context of sustainable living.
xtraNormal brilliant little free service for creating and scripting your own mini web movies, quite fun, quite flexible and thankfully fairly quick to render (no waiting 3days for a render ala' Verizon movie maker viral).
Also check the wonderfully insightful client V designer video!
A collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Touma will open his new Mini Exhibition @ Fewmany on September 28 @ Fewmany in Shinjuku. The show is the official debut of his Kazumouse figures in Japan which have previously been released in previous countries. Other limited-edition releases include his new Baby Knuckle Bear and the Danke Schoen bear fig (new colorway ?).One of the highlights of Touma’s show are the customs (below and after the jump). This time around he’s focused his work on multi-color rainbow style pieces. Based on the pics he sent over, Mao Cat, Kazumouse, and the new Danke Schoen figure are the stars this time around.
The Design Director of the Obama campaign, Scott Thomas, has collaborated with artists and designers to create Designing Obama, a chronicle of the art and design from the historic campaign. The 360-page book is full-color and hardbound, highly crafted with an embossed sleeve. Forewords written by Steven Heller and Michael Bierut.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Andreas Shabelnikov (of Digital Abstracts fame) has been busy the past months setting up his interactive agency in the French Riviera: Neu Case
Mike Sullivan is responsible for Studio Minister, an independent graphic design and communication studio based in Glasgow, UK ; Specializing in identity projects and designing usable, highly accessible branded online applications & websites.
Clipse x KAWS Complex Magazine Cover - October/November 2009.
Steenstra GCM, founded by renowned Dutch car designer Cor Steenstra is in process of making electric supercars full of style and performance. The Styletto is intended to be a Super Sports Car that would go past 200mph on near-zero emissions. Steenstra hasn't revealed much details yet and is looking for an investor to make this project a reality. If all goes well, the car is likely to make a debut at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concourse d ‘Elegance.