Project to Surface is a 5-artist project that is very much a work in progress, with each artist collaborating with architectural designer (and guru) Ben Krone, who operates the high tech CNC (computer numerical control) router that brings the artists’ work to life in 3D form. The show, which will be happening from June 27th to August 27 in New York City, draws inspiration from the age-old process by which two dimensional patterns are plotted onto building surfaces to create bulging, dimpled, or textured appearances. The real beauty will come from the results achieved by these artistic collaborators who customarily use different tools and methods to create their art. And so you can more accurately and fully understand their creation process, they’ve been keeping their website current with progress photos of each artists’ collaboration with Ben Krone. You can also sign up for their list, so that you can be kept in the loop as the show draws near.
The newest from Moleskin, the City Notebooks are part guidebook, part journal; they have helpful maps, begging-to-be-used blank pages, and easy to navigate tabs. At this point, they cover a good number of European cities, as well as Boston, New York, San Fran, and D.C., with books for Chicago, L.A., Montreal, and Seattle to follow this coming Fall. With this City Notebook addition to their notebook offerings, Moleskine has, with genius, continued a legendary tradition – now over two centuries old – and is sure to inspire the Van Goghs and Picassos to come. Also have a look at the Moleskine City blog, and open information resource and community for like-minded Moleskine travelers.
New York based designer Brad Ascalon recently showed off his elegant Period Table, a new piece for Italian furniture company Sintesi, at the Salone Internationale de Mobile in Milan. Ascalon’s use of powder coated steel and tempered glass make for an interesting twist in this classically inspired table, and I’m sure there’s a list of other alluring details somewhere, but no amount of googling will give me more information on product or availability. Even the link I found to the Sintesi site sadly reported, “documento on trovato,” when I clicked through… sigh, another tragic ending in the pursuit of beauty. If any of you have better luck in your searches, let us know where to go.
It’s nice to know I’m not the only one around here who occasionally finds herself in want of a temporary boyfriend with an upcoming birthday, just so she can buy him awesome clothes and accessories. That feeling washed over me a few minutes ago when today’s edition of UrbanDaddy turned up in my inbox. I’ll admit, I clicked through with the intent of unabashed mockery that only the words “seersucker hoodie” could inspire. Upon further inspection, however, I realized these threads are HOT. The boys at Unruly Heir took it upon themselves to combine Hamptons-casual with city sensibility, launching their line of quirky bowties and tailored button-downs, pants and shorts just in time for you to carry out your summertime trouble-making in style. Now, all I need to do is find a cute boy who doesn’t mind letting me dress him up…
When you’re done twiddling your thumbs staring out the window thinking about your own earth shattering way to change the world, you should be browsing PopTech’s Pop!Casts collection– watching every single video, one at a time, becoming more educated and by default, infinitely inspired. Seriously, much like the TedTalks podcasts, the Pop!Casts are incredible– go check out Homaro Cantu, Carolyn Porco (one of my favorites), and a breath taking performance by Rodrigo y Gabriela. I’m still buzzing after TED2007, watching the videos and networking with new friends– and I’m excited to check out Pop!Tech this coming October!
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You would think that, after all the success of YouTube, video-sharing sites would be evolving at a rate that left us overwhelmed with mountains of user-generated goodness. After all, that’s the way it normally works; someone strikes it big in the “novelty” stage, then little guys grow the new idea into something better, and sometimes even manage to kill off the original by virtue of their own failure to progress. In the case of YouTube, hardly any of its offshoots have managed to throw down something solid enough to really compete. However, I think we should keep our eyes on Vimeo, a young video-sharing site that only pertains to user-created videos (no porn, TV clips, etc. can be uploaded; everything has to be created entirely by the user). I love the feel of Vimeo; the design is clean, simple, and comfortable, and there’s hardly any ad pollution in comparison to other sites of its kind. Like any other user-generated site, content is varied, but what separates Vimeo (so far anyway) is its friendly vibe– sharing on this site still feels like “sharing” in it’s original, “You can play with my Lego’s if I can have some of your Snack Pack,” sense. If you’re looking for a place to start on Vimeo, go for the “Prank Wars” series, a viciously funny set of revenge pranks between two guys that work for Collegehumor.com.
It seems as though we have a “time” theme going today– so who am I to break the trend? This weekend while in Seattle, I found these Bengt Ek Design Clocks while browsing through cooking store Sur La Table. From what I can surmise, these clocks are a product of Swedish design and Swiss craftsmanship– the way they look and feel in your hand backs that up. The clock on the left has super clean yet striking aesthetics, with a solid, brushed metal frame; and the clock on the right has a removable timer below the timepiece so you don’t burn your crumpets. Bengt Ek products are engineered and designed for the kitchen, so it comes as no surprise that they make an array of other kitchen-helpful gadgets– appealing and sound design is stressed throughout their entire range of products. If you’re interested in buying some Bengt Ek online, try either Sur La Table or Scandinavian Design Center. If my memory serves me, each of these clocks goes for around $60.
For those with rampant procrastination issues, Susanna Hertrich’s Chrono_Shredder will have one of two effects: make one infinitely more productive, or spiraling into a pit of shame and self-persecution. As one piece in a series of “fictional” products designed to be useful for “human hibernation”, the Chrono_Shredder, well, continually shreds a calendar over a 365-day period, allowing the owner to not only tangibly judge the time passed, but also reflect upon their human waste and consumption. Procrastinators with cats beware, however– unless you’re happy living in a proverbial wastebasket, this probably isn’t the calendar for you.
Information on the mastermind designer behind Pixel Breaker and The Polar Clock is scarce– it looks like he (or she) is a bit of a pixel-pushing superhuman, having done amazing work with Adidas, Panasonic, and more. The Polar Clock is an awesome little flash application (available on the web as a standalone or as a screen saver for OS X or Windows) that tells the date, hour, minutes and seconds in a gorgeous and elegant interface. Check it out– and if anyone knows who this Pixel Breaker character is, please share!