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March 25, 2015

IKEA Launches Flat-Pack Shelters for Refugees

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After unveiling the prototype design back in 2013, IKEA has now announced that it’s producing 10,000 of its flat-pack temporary shelters to help refugees who have been made homeless by conflict and natural disasters.

The units will be supplied to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), who will then be responsible for distributing them globally to displaced families and communities later this year.

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March 23, 2015

Hoop Dreams: Nike Soars to All-Time High as NBA Deal Hovers

by Mark J. Miller

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Nike is in an enviable spot: Profits for the last quarter were up 16% to $791 million, as announced in its latest earnings report on Thursday—a result that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations and sent its stock price soaring today to an all-time high.

Naturally, Nike is looking for even more growth in the future, and it’s hoping much of that increase will come from the NBA.

Becoming the official uniform supplier of the NBA—a spot adidas holds until 2017—would be a substantial revenue-generator for Nike. Of course, the brand already has profitable relationships with individual basketball players (Michael Jordan, anyone?), so the possibility of outfitting the whole NBA is certainly appealing.

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March 20, 2015

Edwin Japan SS2015 Special Edition ED-80 Denim

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For Spring/Summer 2015, Edwin Europe continues to collaborate with Edwin Japan to create European styles using distinctly Japanese fabrics and methods. The ED-80 Made in Japan is crafted from a 12.5oz Stretch Selvage Denim at the world famous Nihon Menpu Mill and is available in two washes, Dark Used and Light Used, showcasing subtle Japanese wash processes. This special edition ED-80 celebrates the workmanship and Japanese craftsmanship in denim making, combined with the undisputed European styling of the ED-80 fit.

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March 14, 2015

5 Reasons to See ‘Chappie’

by April Franz

Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel in Chappie (photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures. CTMG, Inc. ©2015. All rights reserved.)

 

Chappie shines this winter as a robot movie with a surprising emotional dint. Here are five reasons to see this film, in theaters now.

1. It’s set in South Africa.

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is a South African native who, after District 9, returns to his homeland as the setting for his latest offering. The location is refreshing and cements the suspension of disbelief in the plot’s suppositions that robots have become the primary police enforcers, and that one single computer engineer could program consciousness into a robot. The overhead camera sweeps of the shantytowns in Johannesburg’s Soweto area are breathtaking. The lexicon used by characters Ninja, Yolandi, and, subsequently, the robot Chappie, is also a refreshing change of pace from the boring cursing and vulgarity you find in American movies, and gives the robbing gang endearing charm. When Ninja tells Chappie “it’s time to pump up the jam,” the audience can’t help but smile and settle in for an entertaining ride.

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March 12, 2015

Benjamin Shine Sculpts Entwined Ribbon Portraits for His Own Wedding

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Sculpted by artist and designer Benjamin Shine for his own recent wedding, ‘Entwined’ celebrates the couples journey together and the idea of two souls taking physical form and sharing every twist and turn along the way.

The sculpture and installation takes the form of two ribbons, floating from the air as they loop and converge to define each profile. the lines continue meandering around trees and over branches, deep into the forest where they entwine to form the wedding arch. developed from his tulle fabric work — where shine pleats a single length of tulle netting fabric with an iron to create intricate images — ‘entwined’ follows the same principle but is instead made with folded ribbons of metal mesh. the portraits rely on the natural dark green backdrop of the trees to provide the required tonal variations through the layering of the white mesh ribbons.

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The African Architecture of Independence Exhibit

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La Pyramide, Abidjan (côte d’ivoire), by Rinaldo Olivieri, 1973
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Held at the Vitra Design Museum gallery in Germany, Architecture of Independence highlights the significant political events of the time when countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa became independent during 1960s. Curated by architect and author Manuel Herz and photography contributed by Iwan Baan, this will is the first of this specific, historical architectural period to be showcased.

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The Minimalist “Haus Hohlen” in Austria

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Architects Jochen Specht have completely remodeled an old house in Austria, turning it into a spacious minimalist residence which pays homage to its humble beginnings. Located on a forested hill above the small town of Dornbirn, the house stays in touch with its natural surroundings with a timber frame and lots of large glass windows, which allow the inhabitants to make the most of the breathtaking views over the valley.

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March 10, 2015

BMW Leads Auto Brands for Apple Watch Debut

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Automotive brands are seeking partnership deals with the tech giant to enable car owners to share mobility back and forth between watches and car consoles. BMW has an early inside track. The automaker’s execs have spent weeks at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California—part of an elite cadre of brands getting behind the velvet rope early to kick the tires (so to speak) on Apple Watch’s features, according to Bloomberg.

The automaker has been taking its Apple Watch app for a spin, which lets users track their electric cars’ battery-charging status via the Apple Watch.

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March 3, 2015

Introducing MARY – The Mature Voice of Cannabis Culture

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We’re proud to announce the introduction to our sister company, MARY – The Mature Voice of Cannabis Culture. MARY made its announcement yesterday of its debut that will be coming this Spring and shared their Kickstarter campaign with the global community to support and share with family and friends.

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We’ve seen the fight for marijuana legality battled for decades. With the growing global acceptance (where legalization and new laws are changing for the betterment of the plant), we lack a mature and literary voice into cannabis culture. A voice which focuses on educating and enlightening users and non-users alike on the benefits of marijuana.

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March 2, 2015

Limité Must-See: October Gale

by April Franz

Scott Speedman and Patricia Clarkson in October Gale (photo courtesy of Jeremy Benning. Copyright October Gale Inc. An IFC Films release.)

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the heavily produced blockbusters coming out this winter, check out October Gale. This quiet, powerful thriller centers on a friendship between an unlikely pair. Recently widowed doctor Helen (Patricia Clarkson, The Maze Runner, 2014) retreats to her late husband’s island cottage to pack up his things, but a storm and unfortunate circumstances bring an injured man (Scott Speedman, The Vow, 2012) to her door. As they find themselves trapped on the island, awaiting the man’s attacker to return for him, they bond over grief, love, and regret. Clarkson’s grace shines through this pared-down role, and Speedman delivers an intense and precise performance. The shots of the island and surrounding environs—as well as the principal actors—are gorgeous. The story’s themes of loss and recovery leave a lasting impression. The audience roots for the pair not only to beat the villain, but to conquer its personal demons, as well. Also starring Tim Roth (Arbitrage, 2012) and written and directed by Ruba Nadda (Inescapable, 2012), the IFC Films release opens this Friday.

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