Max Richter has made a career out of reworking classical music for the digital age, but possibly the most interesting is his remixed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Richter took the piece apart at the compositional level – rather than working with existing recordings – and layered its familiar themes for a truly magical effect. […]
John Foster has been creating the weekly posts called Accidental Mysteries for the Design Observer since 2010, self-described as an ‘online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world’. As a design professional and collector himself, Foster has an intuitive sense for putting together each themed group of images, on […]
Anton Alvarez’s recent design for a thread wrapping machine is not only a stroke of engineering genius, but it’s an automated artwork generator, too. Alvarez’s device wraps objects in a tightly bound layer of glue-coated thread, creating architectural objects out of whatever materials you put through it. The various furniture pieces generated are just as durable […]
Idiotsis the Dutch artist duo Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker, whose work combines taxidermied animal parts with industrial or domestic materials. The contrast is always striking, but I particularly love their more abstract pieces, like Ophelia, which merges the torso of a sleeping lion with glistening droplets of copper glass.
Reid Peppard, of RP/Encore, creates stunning fashion accessories featuring taxidermied creatures. Peppard only uses found animals, but adorns this roadkill with such exquisite materials that it somehow becomes sexy. The result is as beautiful as it is haunting, drawing particular attention to the violence in our quest for style.
I’m in love with Jeff Speck’s new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time, and I’m not even finished with it. Speck takes a fascinating look at the reasons pedestrian-friendly environments are the most desirable, healthy, prosperous urban spaces in America. The book focuses on the various problematic elements that […]