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“Mien Me” is an ongoing project by Alexander Benz He started it in late 2015 and is based on his earlier work where he has used high speed film to document people around him in a nonintrusive way.

 

Most subjects in his work are strangers and he often only gets a brief moment of interaction. He is interested in the relationship between people and their every-day environment, how they fit into this world, metaphorically and literally speaking.

 

The work happens naturally, but most of the pictures are reenactments of something seen at that very moment. An instant that is slightly staged there and then only, blurring the line between documentary and purely set up photography. He likes to portray the people he photographs as intimate as possible and show what the person radiates naturally, reflecting an identity based on his observation.

Link: abenz.com

 

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Take-Off Light, by fifty-fifty, is a lampshade made of two sheets of paper with a very fine pattern of laser stitches which can be enlarged at will. You can determine yourself where you want the light to passes through the lamp-shade which leads to an endless variety of light/shade structures and patterns. To see more of fifty-fifty’s work, go here.

 

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Those beautiful Crafted Systems products, by Aurelie Tu, are uniquely woven from 100% natural wool felt and assembled by hand. By nature they are textured with varying degrees of dimension and lift to the surface. They exhibit both a simple, geometric modern appeal and also a warm, hand-crafted quality. For more information go here.

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Echoviren is a simple shelter, a hermitage, a place of temporary rest and contemplation of the forest. Spanning 10 x 10 x 8 feet, the translucent white enclosure, stands stark and artificial against the natural palette of reds and greens of the forest.

Smith|Allen is participating in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country. In the heart of a 150-acre redwood forest, the collaborative duo has created a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation (the largest of it’s kind): Echoviren. The project merges architecture, art and technology to explore the dialectic between man, machine and nature.

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Soft Light, by Simon Frambach, is a soft and flexible light shade made of foamed polyurethane. Its curvy fluent shape that resembles a calabash pumpkin provokes an organic and familiar appearance for a thoroughly synthetic and industrialised material. Soft Light can be placed in unused spaces like cavities in furniture and other places as an object that fills a void in one’s living environment. Its warm and tangible surface invites to touching and literally feeling light. The result is a light which is extremely flexible in use without having a technical characteristic. For more details, go here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Porcelain Lamp, by Studio EM.

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.

To see more work by Studio WM go here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Today the Swiss newspaper NZZ printed a binary front cover to announce the relaunch of their redesigned website. Not only is this a quite daring thing to do for the oldest Swiss newspaper but it will certainly make people talk about it. Check it out here. The concept of this little stunt was done by the advertising agency JvM/Limmat.

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W-eye is a company designing and manufacturing hand made wooden frames for glasses made by Milan based designer Matteo Ragni and wood specialist Doriano Mattellone. I’d like to try one of those, I imagine them being very comfortable to wear. To find out more about the process and/or see their range of models go here.

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I really enjoyed looking at those animated GIFs by motion graphic designer Matthew Divito.  To see more of this particular work go here. Don’t forget to check out Matthew’s Motion Graphics Reel 2K11.

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The kami collection, by ett la been, of pots/vases/home lighting encourage a new way of thinking in eco-friendly lifestyle products. Made from 100% biodegradable cellulose, an enormously solid and light material, “kami” transforms this most abundant natural raw into objects for daily use by simple air drying. To see more images go here.

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Designed by Dana Cannam in collaboration with Studio Agata Karolina, Hummingbird is a contemporary take on a classic rocking chair. Through an ergonomic study of office seating and traditional rockers, Hummingbird facilitates both work and relaxation. Would love to try it. To get more info about it go here.

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Just came across this lovely TED talk with Chip Kidd, a book cover designer based in NYC. “Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor.” For all the feed followers, click here to see the talk on TED.

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Those different pieces of furniture, called Mutation, by Maarten De Ceulaer, look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of a mutation in cells, or the result of a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it’s a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale. The Mutation pieces make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree. To see more work, go here.

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Dutch photographer Fien Muller and artist Hannes Van Severen launched a clear-cut furniture collection including storage boxes, tables, racks and lamps. I love this combination seat. Not only would I like to have one of those in my home, but I would also enjoy seeing it in every shrinks office. To see more of Muller van Severen’s work, go here.

Photographs by: Fien Muller

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Lineær is a wall clock concept designed by Norwegian University of Science and Technology student Audun Ask Blaker. I love the idea of this ongoing linear way of displaying time, in fact it seems to make so much more sense than any circular shaped clock. To see more of Audun Ask Blaker’s work go here.

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Rechner, by Berger & Föhr, is a minimal calculator designed for the iPhone. The interface is super simple but lets you do all the necessary calculations while not cutting any aesthetic corners. Check out the little instruction movie to see how it works.

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Look at this wonderful online tool, it turns any place into a lovely watercolor drawing. The tool was designed by Stamen, a design and technology studio based in San Francisco. To try the map tool for yourself, go here.

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