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A. Kinney Court

November 25, 2009 1 comment

A. Kinney Court is the newest addition to the always changing and intriguing environments and experiences on  Abbot Kinney Blvd. In keeping with the avant-garde nature of its surroundings,  A. Kinney Court is described as a “concept fashion boutique and eyewear gallery” it serves not only as a shoppe for fine apparel and eyewear, but also as a museum of vintage Oliver Peoples spectacles.  The interior was designed and constructed by Ilan Dei Studio (project team: Ilan Dei, Peter Turba, and Scott Chamberlain) with the intention of dynamically displaying the range of products, and providing an intriguing attraction for passersby. The design intention takes cues from a variety of inspirations, ranging from the Eames bent plywood processes and skateboard construction to the sand dune formations and ocean waves seen along the neighboring coast.

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Tower of Babel @ Burning Man 2009

September 19, 2009 2 comments

Tower of Babel at Burning Man

Babel is not a group, an organization, nor a social order that simply build; but a manifestation of the single belief that we as humans should strive for the very best, achieve the yet to be imagined. This young collaborative of designers, which includes Sergio Ramirez, Brandin Roat, and Timothy Leung, are the pioneers that are not afraid to push and test the limit by transcending boundaries created by men. Their obsession with questions like, “Why not…” and “What if….” led them to be deliberate and conscious designers, craftsmen and visionaries who treasure and appreciate how things come together and continuously invent new ways to do so.

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Public Design Festival Milan

Esterni Public Design Festival Banner

Think music festival for urban design junkies. The Public Design Festival, hosted by esterni, is happening in the streets of Milan April 18 – 26, and hopefully it will live up to the festival part of its name.

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Puma Projections Promo

March 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Puma Lift

In this advertisement for Puma Lift, CCW (Clube de Criação) successfully incorporates dancers in a seemingly responsive environment of video projections. C’est hyper cool!

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A Classic Take on Potter and Snicket

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire cover

These book cover redesigns take current best-selling children’s literature back to the days of the Penguin Classics. I love a good minimalist 2 color book cover.

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‘The Idea of a Tree’

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

whole_machine_with_chicken

Amid the slew of designers that try to propose how nature can fit into THEIR design, few allow Tierra Madre to do what she does best – visually manifest her OWN design.  Thomas Traxler‘s thesis project for the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands) is one of those few, as he has built an apparatus that acts as a canvas for the earth’s right side of the brain.  Powered by solar cells, it spins multiple cotton threads through a mixture of dye, glue and epoxy resin, ultimately winding these threads around a pre-constructed cast of choice.  The variation of designs are based upon the intensity of the sun.  When our infamous star shines brighter, the threads spin faster and spend less time in the dye – producing a paler hue.  The opposite occurs on a cloudy day, which produces a stronger, deeper hue for the color of choice.  The effect mirrors the rings in a cross-section of a tree trunk, where biologists can confirm a rainy or dry season.  Depending on the cast, smaller projects can elapse in a day, whereas larger ones may take up to a few weeks.

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Justice † House by Planda

January 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Justice † House by Planda

Architects are starting to break away from the their bubble and collaborating with other creative industries. There was Zaha Hadid with her temporary Chanel Exhibition, HWKN provided an environment for a Mini Rooftop NYC party, and now we have Planda, who designed a house for the French band, Justice. Check out the video of the Justice † House that everyone’s starting to blog about. This video, which takes us for a trip through their design process, is totally on beat with the jam that it is pretty much a music video to “Genesis.” It was featured on a handful of blogs, yahoo.fr news, Justice’s myspace page, and even Kanye West’s blog.

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