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November 29, 2012

Fast Track Trampoline Sidewalk Lets You Bounce To Your Destination

‘Fast Track’ was built by Estonian firm Salto Architects for the Archstoyanie Festival in Russia. Inhabitat reports that it was used for play and to give attendees a different way to travel between locations. The trampoline path could be used to make commuting more fun, offering people the chance to leap and bounce to work instead of walking. The architects describe it as being a road and an installation at the same time. They write:

It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context.

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October 29, 2012

Steve Jobs “Venus” Yacht Unveiled

‘Venus’, the yacht that was being designed by Steve Jobs up until his death a little over a year ago, has made its first  appearance as a finished product in the city of Aalsmeer in the Netherlands. Reportedly a collaborative effort between jobs and Philippe Starck, the ship measures about 230 to 260 feet long, made entirely of aluminum. Maintaining his ‘clutterfree’ philosophy, the interior cabin is equipped with a set-up of seven 27-inch iMacs for its control room.

As described in an excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography:

‘As at an Apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were forty feet long and ten feet high. he had gotten the chief engineer of the apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support. By then the boat was under construction by the Dutch custom yacht builders Feadship, but jobs was still fiddling with the design.”

‘I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,’ he said. ‘But I have to keep going on it. if I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”

via Design Boom

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October 19, 2012

Les Ateliers Ruby’s Fifth Anniversary Castel Full Face Helmet

Back in October 2007, the first Pavillon helmet by Les Ateliers Ruby appeared in a shop off La Rue Saint-Honore in Paris. A year and a half after that, Jerome Coste unveiled his second creation: the Belvedere helmet, with a retro-futuristic visor.

Over five years, a run of new collections have been released with these two models interpreted into 286 versions, as well as into limited editions and also a few one-off pieces. Today, for their landmark anniversary, the family is growing again with the arrival of the Ruby Castel, intended to provide users with even greater protection. Jerome Coste envisioned this as a full-face version of the classic Pavillon helmet, refined and made deliberately without a visor*, to be worn with glasses.

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October 5, 2012

Thonet Bike by Andy Martin

Thonet has collaborated with London-based designer Andy Martin to develop a concept road bicycle using their steam bending process developed in the 1930s. Constructed using beech wood, the frame is precisely adjusted with a CNC machine along with its solid beech pan which sits on sprung rod supports to reinforce joints and major stress areas in the frame. The fixed gear conception takes influence from the tradition of cycling; where one has a greater connection to the bike and the surface a user rides on. built without brakes, it still has the capabilities of using several interchangeable gear ratios.

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September 18, 2012

Caitlind Brown’s Cloud of 6,000 Light Bulbs

Photo by Lori Jane

Cloud, a large-scale light installation by Calgary-based artist Caitlind Brown, is currently on display at the annual multi-city late-night arts festival Nuit Blanche in Calgary this year. Created from steel, metal pull strings, and 6,000 light bulbs, Caitlind has reimagined waste into art by turning 5,000 donated burnt out incandescent bulbs into treasure. Here’s the thing – only one in every six light bulbs actually needs to glow. The work invites viewers to experience the shimmering cloud first hand – wandering beneath the structure and switching on and off lights, giving each passerby a magical night to remember.

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September 7, 2012

Vivienne Westwood Releasing Smartphone

Following in the footsteps of Porsche, legendary British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is teaming up with one of Japan’s leading phone networks Docomo to produce a collaborative smartphone called the SH-01E Vivienne Westwood. Limited to 30,000, the smartphone is due to be released this November and will feature an all over camouflage pattern and signature Vivienne Westwood Orb logo. The retail price is yet to be announced.

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August 17, 2012

Gregor Gaida’s “Attaboys” Sculptures

German artist Gregor Gaida’s latest work entitled Attaboys, continues his pre-occupation with violence and aggressive behavior between us humans and our environment. Attaboys features two hooded boys fashioned out of aluminum digging up a line in the floor of an art gallery. The instillation sculpture may well be a follow up to his 2008 sculpture Kind un Kriede II in which two boys are drawing a line with chalk.

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August 2, 2012

2012 Olympic Stadiums built with LEGO

Warren Elsmore has built the London 2012 Olympic park from LEGO to celebrate the games.

Following text from Warren Elsmore

I was commissioned by the LEGO group and visit Denmark to celebrate the London Olympic games and to create something truly spectacular to promote one of Denmarks’ biggest exports.

The stadium project took 300hrs to build over a short timescale of 3 weeks. Around 250,000 bricks were used – the vast majority of which are ’1×1′ pieces – all very small and difficult to apply! put on display in central London during the games, an estimated 100,000 visitors saw the display and acted as an attraction to the whole Danish village. The exhibit especially attracted the ‘London Ambassadors’ – volunteers meeting and greeting tourist, who needed to be able to direct global guests to ‘the LEGO model’.

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July 26, 2012

iPhone 6 Concept by Antoine Brieux for NAK Studio

Now before you go running to your coworkers and friends and start spreading rumors, please note that these are only concepts and nothing has been approved by Apple for execution… now we can continue. Designer Antoine Brieux of NAK Studio has taken a step pass all the conceptual iPhone 5 designs and is aiming to win hearts with the next round of updates to the popular mobile device.

This concept houses the home button on the left side of the phone (used with your thumbs), leaving a larger screen for users to enjoy. Brieux uses ergonomic grip cleverly and formulates it with dimensions of 125mm x 63mm with a 4.9 inch screen. What are your thoughts on the concept?

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July 18, 2012

Frank Gehry for Brad Pitt’s ‘Make It Right’ Foundation


As part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which aims to build sustainable homes for communities in need, architect Frank Gehry has designed a new building in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina back in August of 2005. To date, this is the only Gehry-designed home in Louisiana and is one of only 22 in the United States.

The 1780 sq ft home allows for maximum privacy between homes, as well as having a well-proportioned front garden, a 510 sq ft roof terrace and a better flow between interior spaces. Speaking about the project, Gehry said:

I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included… I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.

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