Phoesy is poetry made by using a phone and its auto suggested words when tweeting or texting. Start a poem by choosing a word or topic you would like to write about. After that you can only select from the auto suggested words to create a meaningful sentence.
The idea behind Phoesy is to express yourself in a relevant way by using the limited amount of options given to you by your smartphone. The auto suggested words are a combination of your vocabulary used when communicating with others, as well as preset suggestions created by your phones software.
To get more info about this and to read more poems, go here.
Zieharsofika, by Meike Harde, shows new methods of upholstery construction, aiming to create a stiff cushion from a flat foam mat. By re-thinking cushioning techniques, the project uses conventional rubber foam mats which, with the help of elastic bands, come out as an ornamental form. To get more info go here.
Spot, a design collaboration by the students of National University of Singapore and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, is a multipurpose light that can be hung, hand-held, or simply placed on a surface. It can function as a torch, desk lamp, ambient light, or wall light – use it however and whenever you like! To get more info about Spot, go here and here.
A Million Times is the latest piece by Stockholm based studio Humans Since 1982 made for Victor Hunt Gallery. The installation is made of 288 single clocks. The installation can be controlled via an iPad using customised software. To see more work by Humans Since 1982, go here.
The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in José Guizar since chance put him in that town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught his restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up. José Guizar is a Graphic Designer living in New York City. To see more of his wok, go here.
The name Lumio is inspired by the idea of an illuminated book. The light turns on when you open the cover and turns off when it’s closed. Lumio illuminates when you need light and stows away compactly when unused, ideal for modern living.
Adjust the lamp as your lighting needs change throughout the day. Use it as a table lamp, a wall sconce, ceiling pendant, ambient lighting, outdoor lighting or come up with your own unique ways to use Lumio.
New York: Night and Day is a combination of non-traditional video time-lapse and animation. Philip Stockton filmed day and night scenes from around New York City and combined them back into single sequences using rotoscoping techniques. The piece explores the relationships between night and day, by compositing together scenes shot in the same location over a time period ranging from 4 – 8 hours. It feels like a wonderful collage of time and space.
Inspired by the shipyards of Rotterdam, this lamp is adjustable in height with a pulley system. While the use of black porcelain gives this old mechanism a sturdy new look, the pastels make the material look soft and fresh. The optional counterweight of each lamp is custom made to ensure a perfect balance in weight.
I meant to listen to their new album since it came out in September, but I didn’t manage until today. Well, personally I think that this is their best work yet and I can’t get enough of it. So watch Chained, Directed by Young Replicant, and let yourself be inspired. Visit The XX website to get more information about them.
Just came across those fascinating photographs by Jay Mark Johnson, depicting our surrounding a bit different than we are used to. Basically, everything that is moving becomes visible and everything that is standing still shows up “blurry”. Here is a brief explanation of the slit camera technique he is using to record those images:
Johnson produces photographic images that challenge the norms of perception. Employing a process that is distinct from conventional photography, he creates works that merge the recording of space and time into a single, linear “spacetime” continuum. The resulting photographs are akin to both seismographs and electrocardiograms in that, as timelines, they begin on the left and end on the right. The horizontal length of the image conveys an uninterrupted and fluid measurement of a brief span of time, varying in duration from 10 seconds up to 45 minutes. Text by ACE Gallery
Line 02 by Thomas Vailly is a versatile and low tech way to produce fluid and organic plastic shapes. Latex sheets are like numeric surfaces, and can be stretched, scaled and blown to create an infinity of fluid volumes. Line 02 is a dialog between 3D-modeling, rapid prototyping, craftsmanship and design. To get more information about Line 02, go here.
Just fell in love with this beautiful lamp series, called IN-EI (Japanese for “shadow, shadiness, nuance”) by Issey Miyake and brought to life by Artemide. To see more images and get more information about the technical details, go here.
This beautiful home, designed by Gus Wüstemann, is located at the lakeside of Zurich, Switzerland. “It’s not a house but a family sculpture looking for freedom and social interaction.” To see more images of this building, go here.
It’s getting darker again here in Sweden, so naturally I am looking for beautiful lamps or glowing objects to fill my apartment with and to keep the dark out. The Vessels are emphasising the look of the Plumen from every different angle. The designs were produced specifically to complement the flowing forms of the Plumen 001. When illuminated the glass tint mutes the light without hiding the form and produces an unexpected irregular reflection that appears holographic. To see more work by Samuel Wilkinson, go here.
This wonderful umbrella installation is a part of an art festival called Agitagueda in Agueda, Portugal. They are located in a small town just south of Porto. The photographs were taken by Patrícia Almeida. To see more of this series visit her Flickr page here.
Measure, by Fabrice Le Nezet is a physical representation of the idea of measure. The objective was to ‘materialize’ tension in a sense, to make the notions of weight, distance and angle palpable. This work lies in the context of his search for purification around raw materials such as concrete and metal. Therefore he used simple shapes which catch light and transcend the volume structure. To see more work by Fabrice Le Nezet, go here.
sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Among the filmmakers are Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell.
Found In Nature is an interesting photo project by New York based photographer Barry Rosenthal. While working on another project, called Photobotanicus, Rosenthal came across discarded objects found on beaches, collected and rearranged them before documenting the materials found. To see more of this particular project, go here.
Inspired by the traditional Norwegian Tun, the Mountain Lodge on Sognefjorden, designed by Haptic Architects, is formed by a collection of five buildings gathered around a central space. Each building houses its own function and is arranged to address particular views, from a dramatic panorama of the Fjord to a sampled view of the surrounding mountain landscape. To get more information about this project, go here.
I just love this series of pictures of flying houses by France based photographer Laurent Chehere. Naturally it seems that the pictures have been inspired by the movie UP, but without the houses being cute nor using balloons to make them float. To see more images by Laurent Chehere go here.
This Gas Station, designed by Atelier SAD located in Slovakia – Matúškovo reminds me remotely of a concrete gas station located in Deitingen, Switzerland designed by Heinz Isler. Although the structure is totally different, it has somehow a similar feeling to it.
Watertower is a new sculptural artwork by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. For the US premiere of his internationally recognized Icon series, Fruin has created a monumental water tower sculpture in colorful salvaged plexiglas and steel. Watertower will be mounted high upon a water tower platform to become a part of the DUMBO, Brooklyn skyline.
Fruin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials, has composed Watertower from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas. It includes such details as interior and exterior access ladders and an operable roof hatch. The locally-sourced plexi came from all over New York City—from the floors of Chinatown sign shops, to the closed DUMBO studio of artist Dennis Oppenheim, to Astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse Build It Green!NYC.
Watertower opens June 7th, with daily light shows beginning at dusk and continuing to morning. Situated on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street the sculpture will be viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan.
Hönshus-1 is a wooden hens house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö situated on the west coast of Sweden. It rests on a framework of steel legs drilled into rock. The house was designed to mimic the way a mother hen spreads her wings to protect her young. The hens house is the second in a series of biomorphic strucures built by Torsten. He is inspired by nature, improvisation, and simplicity.