Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Eat me, the new project by artist Lor-K transforms old mattresses and other abandoned rags of the French capital’s streets. Some double-sides Scotch tape, some string, much patience and imagination, and Lor-K gives a second life to the street’s old junk. Trash is transformed into iconic street-food sculptures: urban space becomes a place of gourmand temptation!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Svelata is a new collection of marble vases imagined by Italian designer Moreno Ratti for Matter of Stuff. After his previous collection of vases, Moreno wanted to explore once again this material by building a vase into a white and brutal marble block. These objects will be presented at the Montalcino Jazz & Wine Festival (12-17 July) and during the London Design Festival (17-25 September).
Friday, June 17, 2016
Contemporary collection of Kintsugi Jesmonite tableware from London-based design studio Yen Chen & Ya Wen, founded by the eponymous Royal College of Art graduates.
Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
For over a year, Swedish scientist Simon Morris has been experimenting with levitating plants, growing common flora while suspended in the air. This system, called LYFE, consists of a planter that hovers just over an oak base powered by strong magnetism. Through this invisible force field house plants are able to hover while also turning slowly to give equal sunlight to each of their sides.
The future is here!
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Stitched with thread produced from discarded fishing nets, Adidas‘ newest shoes are a collaboration with the ocean activist collective and company Parley for the Oceans. The idea for the shoe was hatched last year, but was more of a idealistic prototype than a ready-to-wear option for the masses. Today however, Adidas is releasing fifty pairs of the sneaker, a shoe composed of more than 16 old plastic bottles and 13 grams of gill nets.
This limited number of pairs is due to the difficult task of taking the collected trash and spinning it into fiber suitable for high performance shoes.
To collect these environmentally damaging materials, Parley partners with small countries that have large ties to marine pollution—locations like the Maldives, Grenada, and Jamaica. After partnering, Parley team members help clean up fisheries and other oceanside spots while teaching locals alternatives to using plastic in their businesses. The materials collected by Parley are then distributed not only to Adidas, but also institutions such as Parsons School of Design, which might help change the way new generations of designers think about incorporating these materials into future designs.
An announcement will be made soon on how to win one of the 50 released pairs of the collaborative shoe on Adidas’ Instagram.
This is just epic!
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
All things concrete are just gorgeous. Concretus by designer Gražina Bočkutė is a speaker made of just that. Concrete in itself is a material with imperfections, but it contributes to a larger sense of aesthetics, making each product unique in a way, because each speaker has a different surface finish, different air-bubbles in different places.
On the whole, the Concretus boasts of a clean, yet rough exterior, and a design that is too unusually calming to forget.