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June 10, 2014

Introducing Soccket II, A Soccer Ball That Stores Kinetic Energy

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All those childhood and workout hours playing soccer may have seem to have gone to waste. Now the next generation of would-be Messi’s and Ronaldo’s can channel their youthful exuberance into something really meaningful thanks to the invention of two Harvard grads.

Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman are the brains behind Soccket II, a football which harnesses the kinetic energy generated and stores it as electricity. When playtime is over, an LED attachment can be plugged into a socket on the ball, providing hours of light. This is a useful way of reducing the consumption of non-renewable energy in the developed world, but, as Barack Obama noted, its potential for developing countries – especially the soccer-mad nations of Africa – is significant. As the duo’s Uncharted Play organization points out, nearly two billion people worldwide lack access to reliable electricity, with serious, wide-ranging effects including limited education and poor healthcare. The NGO hopes to recruit a network of like minds to help tackle some of these issues in a creative and fun way, using the power of play as a force for good.

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June 5, 2014

OS Gemeos Graffitis Boeing 737 for Team Brazil’s FIFA World Cup Travel

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Brazilian artist twins OS Gemeos have recently painted the entire facade of a Boeing 737, which will transport the Brazilian national football team from city to city during the quickly approaching 2014 FIFA World Cup. Dozens of portraits, meant to represent the people of the Brazilian culture, are rendered in artists’ signature style: elongated faces, quirky outfits, colorful skin and animated expressions. From the tail to nose and the engines, the jet’s technological details and equipment are covered in the vibrant design, wrapping around the massive structure. with an airplane hangar as an art studio, the duo completed the the plane piece throughout a week-long process, using about 1200 cans of spray.

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April 28, 2014

The Kelpies by Andy Scott at The Helix of Scotland

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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