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April 28, 2014

The Kelpies by Andy Scott at The Helix of Scotland


Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious art project has been launched in a blaze of pyrotechnic glory. Known as The Kelpies, the two larger than life steel horse heads – standing 30 meters tall – were brought to life by firework virtuosos Groupe F; best known for illuminating the Eiffel Tower throughout its Millennium celebrations, and closing the Barcelona Olympic Games.

More than 12,000 people attended the two night event in Falkirk, which heralded the official opening of artist Andy Scott’s acclaimed sculptures. Supposed supernatural horses unique to Scotland, believed to have haunted the country’s waterways, Scott’s Kelpies also recognizes the industrial heritage of the area, representing the vital work of the horses that pulled the wagons, ploughs, barges and coal ships of old that kept the economy and society going. Part of The Helix – a £43 million redevelopment of some 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth, aiming to generate £1.5 million in tourism revenue each year – the towering steel equine heads may have been on the receiving end of a tirade from one grumpy commentator recently but, illuminated by Groupe F’s swashbuckling theatrics, the hulking duo’s presence is as impossible to deny as the French studio’s knack for spectacle.

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March 6, 2014

Inflatable Shelters Capture Building Heat To Keep The Homeless Warm


With bitterly cold weather still gripping much of the U.S., many people are trying to spend as little time outdoors as possible. For the homeless, this is nearly impossible.

Harsh winters pose serious risks, including death, to many of the nation’s homeless, but many avoid shelter systems out of fear of violence and disease. Artist Michael Rakowitz’s low-cost, inflatable shelters provide an ingenious and temporary solution.

The paraSITE is designed to harness the excess heat from HVAC systems of urban buildings, recycling the air as usable warmth. The non-invasive structures are composed of garbage bags and clear plastic Ziploc bags sealed with tape or a heat sealer, costing less than $5 each.

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September 10, 2013

Israel’s Five-Storey Tel Aviv Town House 1


Designed by local architecture firm Pitsou Kedem, Tel Aviv Town House 1 is a five-storey private home featuring a rooftop pool, lift, and a stunning contemporary central staircase. The three central levels each feature floor-to-ceiling windows to make the space feel as light and airy as possible, while more private areas such as the bathroom are located on the ground floor where trees and shrubs shield any windows from the public.


Inside, each level features natural wood flooring and exposed grey brickwork, while all modern conveniences such as the dishwasher and washing machine have been neatly tucked away behind handleless white cupboard doors, keeping the space clean and minimal.

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July 1, 2013

Peugeots “GTi Surfboard” makes a splash at the Goodwood Festival

by Rafael Mejia


Peugeot was commissioned by the folks running this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to come up with something unique to showcase.  Peugeot’s design lab responded with its own twist on the common surf board.

Peugeots Design Lab went on to boast that “The GTi Surfboard blends the traditional wood of a classic surfboard with the latest carbon fiber technology, as applied extensively to the Onyx Concept Car.”   On their site, the automaker mentioned that “the clean cut design separates the two ends of the board, the ‘Motion’ end is a precise, hi-tech shape optimized with a carbon fiber tail piece while the leading edge nose is beautifully shaped with ‘Emotion’ from natural wood, embellished with the brand signature ‘Peugeot GTi’.”

If you’d like to see this bad boy in person, drop by the Peugeot stand within the  Goodwood Festival of Speed going on from Thursday July 11th – Sunday July 14th.

Board Designers:  Pierre Gimbergues & Celine Venet

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June 25, 2013

G-Star celebrates RAW Leica at the Leica Store & Gallery in LA

G-Star RAW unveils RAW Leica at the Leica Store Opening in Los Angeles

Last week, G-Star RAW and Leica celebrated a special edition of Leica’s D-Lux 6 series “RAW Leica” at the grand opening of its store and gallery in Los Angeles.

The RAW Leica is an extension of G-Star’s crossover series of RAW Defender, RAW Ferry, RAW Cannondale, and Prouvé RAW, which allow the brand to playfully work with design values and materials of the denim industry. The event gathered more than 500 of the city’s influencers for the US launch of the collaboration, the Leica Store and Gallery opening, and the debut of Leica’s gallery featuring photographic works by Mary Ellen Mark, Seal and Yariv Milchan. The Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is exclusively available at Leica stores and boutiques, and the official G-Star online store.

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June 11, 2013

Fifth Annual Jerusalem Light Show June 5-13th 2013


Following the success of last year’s Jerusalem Festival of Light, Jerusalem’s Old City will once again host its lighting installations, exhibits and tours in the 2013 Light in Jerusalem festival, June 5-13.

For this year’s Light in Jerusalem festival, seven renowned international light artists will work alongside their Israeli counterparts. This year, the audience is invited once more to participate and enjoy three trails of light: Orange, Green and Blue that will be spread across the quarters of the Old City, tracing a path between the light installations.

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March 4, 2013

Geoff McFeteridge & Bushmills Irish Whiskey Decanter


Geoff McFetridge is at it again in his latest art project with Bushmills Irish Whiskey. The Los Angeles based graphic designer and visual artist created a whiskey decanter inspired by the original shape of a Bushmills Irish Whiskey bottle, hand blown by design firm Esque Studio. McFetridge established a name for himself by creating the title sequences for The Virgin Suicides and Where The Wild Things Are. He was also part of the Beautiful Losers Exhibition, and makes solo exhibitions from Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan.


McFetridge has created an edition of 75 decanters exclusively for Bushmills Irish Whiskey’s ‘Since Way Back’ program. These limited-edition decanters are available to purchase now via  Esque Studio’s online store for $600 and fans feeling lucky can also enter to win their own here.

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February 28, 2013

Titantic II To Set Sail in 2016


Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and Markku Kanerva of Finnish boat designers Deltamarin have released artists’ images of what the Titanic II will look like, as well as details about the replica ship. Announced last year, the ocean liner is being constructed at CSC Jinling Shipyard in China and her maiden voyage will be from Southampton to New York in 2016.

The new ship will have a welded hull, diesel power generation, bow thrusters for increased maneuverability and a new hull form below the waterline that provides greater stability and fuel efficiencies. It features ten principle steel decks with state-of-the-art 21st century technology, and the latest navigation and safety systems.

The replica of the ill-fated 1912 ship will feature elements similar to the original like the grand staircase but will have modern conveniences like air conditioning. It will be divided into three classes for passengers and they will be supplied with early 20th century-style clothes to recreate the experience.

The Daily Mail reports that the original Titanic had only 16 wooden lifeboats that accommodated 1,178 people (one third of the ship’s total capacity). The Titanic II (which will have room for 2,435 passengers and 900 crew) will have lifeboats that can carry 2,700 and a life raft for an additional 800.

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January 29, 2013

Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb. 14 – 24, 2013

by Leslie Long


Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, Sunnylands, A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, 1966,
photo 2007, © Juergen Nogai, courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.

With its wealth of midcentury architecture, one could argue that every week in Palm Springs, California is modernism week. But mid-February brings back what’s become an anticipated yearly tradition — when this stylishly retro town celebrates everything modern.

Modernism Week is an event-filled 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. On center stage is the design aesthetic that took hold in the area during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. It’s a look that’s is defined by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism.

Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium and educational events — along with a cool parties in mid-century modern homes.

Among the highlights of this year’s offerings are tours of Sunnylands, the former Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage, recently opened to the public. Frank Sinatra’s original Palm Springs home, Twin Palms is also open for self-guided tours in all its Rat Pack glory. Take a look at the full list of events.


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January 21, 2013

DesignAffairs Polymer Clarity Bike


DesignAffairs created what they believe could be a giant leap forward for frame engineering and production for creating a low cost bicycle. The design takes advantage of an advanced polymer which combines high impact resistance, lightweight properties and a gentle flexibility that usually would only be expected on an old Italian steel frame.

The polymer is injection moulded, which allows affordable and precise mass production while enabling unique form factors and a multitude of possible color combinations. Initially the polymer was used in military applications. Even though the compound has a lower density than polycarbonate & acrylic it’s advanced performance includes exceptional impact resistance and ultra-lightweight performance. It also offers outstanding chemical resistance and thermal stability as it is virtually unaffected by most organic and inorganic chemicals and withstands very hot and cold temperatures.

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