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‘The Idea of a Tree’

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

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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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Draw Something Now! Prophet Snowboards.

December 22, 2008 1 comment

Prophet Snowboards

A relatively young and seemingly inspired company form Portugal has come up with, or at least attempted to realize and prophet from creating a more “rider/customer” involved board company.  Prophet Snowboards is based on the idea that everyone should be able to control what is on their snowboard.  The process is simple; create a digital copy of something you drew, painted, dripped ink on, or whatever, upload it to their site, specify your board dimensions, and then wait for you custom shred stick to come in the mail.

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The Lonely Island Announce Debut Album Incredibad

December 7, 2008 1 comment

The Lonely Island

Comedic triumvirate The Lonely Island are the dudes responsible for the digital shorts that make up the vital organs of modern SNL.  Akiva, Jorma, and Andy already carry an impressive curriculum vitae of jocular jams (not to be confused) that includes “Lazy Sunday” ft. Chris Parnell, “Natalie Raps” ft. Natalie Portman, “D— in a Box” ft. Justin Timberlake, and “Iran So Far” ft. Adam Levine.  They have announced that their viral music videos will be transcending to audio format available February 10 of next year.  The debut CD/DVD album will be called Incredibad.

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Intro: The Mot Juste Collective

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Welcome to the new digital domicile of the Mot Juste Collective.  Here you’ll find stuff we like that you might like, like fixed-gear bikes and whitey tights, flying kites when the weather’s right, or hip dance fights under disco lights.

The Mot Juste Collective is an energetic group of eclectic individuals sharing a common passion for culture, art, design, media, and a good laugh.  With various backgrounds in architecture, engineering, design, film, music, and pop culture, our bevy of contributors maintains a steadfast dedication to celebrating and sharing the most original, innovative, and inspiring creative compositions.  The articles spotlight our favorite modern manifestations of our constantly evolving world, featuring topics embracing architecture, art, design, fashion, film, literature, and music.  Check out the Mot Juste Collection to see what happens when the kids from the Mot Juste Collective get their justes flowing.

Oh yeah, and in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced “moh zhyst” or “mō zhüst'”.