Very cool. Seems to be laser cut from black illustration board.
The always talented Steven Powers has put up some work-in-progress on his site First and Fifteenth and there were some goodies I had to share. For those of you who aren’t familiar Steven did this amazing Everything Is Shit Except You Love which I posted a few Valentine’s Days ago as well his immense mural project A Love Letter To You. It’s nice to see some new pieces popping up and the pieces above were my personal favorites.
This video starts in 1947, when Danish Urban Planners traced a giant hand over a map of Copenhagen and the Finger Plan was born: each digit becoming a means of connecting the city to the suburbs. Fifty years after someone felt up the map, BIG has introduced a plan for the next fifty years: LOOP City. LOOP City develops around a future rail line and addresses some of the biggest challenges facing CPH by combining this infrastructure with architectural programming. Bjarke Ingels (founder of BIG) talks about LOOP City briefly here, and longer here.
Even if Danish Urban Planning doesn’t get you too excited, the animation is great: projected on two perpendicular walls with a 3-D bridge form connecting the two. If you have trouble reading the bubbles, try watching these versions of the video, which BIG created with help from Kollision and Cavi.
Barcelona based Folch Studio kicks off the second half of this week with some wonderfully restrained graphics. They also provide a few studio shots — something I wish every studio was required to do (to satisfy my own curiosity). I’m painting my ceiling charcoal as soon as I find my paintbrush.
Make sure to check out these guy’s rather massive portfolio.
A few weeks ago I had symptoms of what I’m calling Leica love—it seems like a feverish desire more than anything. Stumbling upon these photos of a special edition M8 only intensified it. Check out how clear and sexy these product shots are.
While the camera is amazing, you’re dropping $8,500 on it and I would think that the packaging should be extend further rather than just the typical cardbox box with inserts. Perhaps a red velvet/suede lining in a completely metal case or something along those lines would be the way to go.
Also Leica, don’t hesitate to call if you need help designing the new packaging.
Images via Hypebeast
Red Beacon is a recent work by Arne Quinze, a Belgian artist widely known for his chaotic wooden public art installations. Sited within a public park in downtown Shanghai, Red Beacon aims to “lure” passers-by into the park from the city. Quinze believes that “we live in an era where direct social interaction has been almost completely diminished.” His ambition is to create work that sparks public conversations… perhaps conversations under red canopies of aggregated wooden sticks.
The installation is made of 55 tons of wood which seems crazy and wasteful at first. But for every tree cut down for this project, a tree was planted. And when this installation is disassembled, the 55 tons of wood will be distributed to 26 different construction sites.
Can you imagine being a structural engineer assigned to this project?
It was love at first click when I happened upon the portfolio of Swedish artist Nina Lindgren. Overflowing with lovely illustrations and other pieces, Lindgren’s work is inspired by “things inside and surrounding.” From her amazing architectural structures made from cardboard to her imagery of nature, Lindgren’s work has an almost mythical quality that is mediated through the everyday. Addressing her creative approach, Lindgren made the following statement:
I search for sudden glimpses of unreality: preferably unforeseen and unpredictable to make virtual both real and pretend. If I draw a house balancing on one tiny piece of plank it will never fall, unless I want it to. In these own worlds you are the one to decide what reality is and what to be part of another’s consciousness.
In my opinion, the subdued palette and special details utilised to construct her imaginary worlds are just begging for further exploration.
Lindgren also has a rather wonderful blog that I recommend you check out.
RAL5105, a monochrome nautical sculpture, is the lastest materpiece of Parisian multidisciplinary artist Xavier Veilhan. To make it real, Veilhan worked with the Frauscher shipyard of Gmunden, Austria.
When I saw it for first time, this boat struck me as really special and different. Using just one, very bold color accentuates the simple lines and makes the boat stand out as a whole.