The tightly-wound compact fluorescent light bulbs we’ve welcomed into our homes have a little sister. Plumen is low-energy, yet she’s trendy, twisted and a designer’s dream. Not yet in production, you can see Plumen hanging alone in MOMA.
Fancy a fern in the face? The Sky Planter will fulfill your greenest fantasies. It is designed to conserve water, save floor space and puzzle visitors. An internal reservoir system to feeds water directly to the roots, so no water evaporates or drips. And somehow the soil is ‘locked in’. Woo!
A brick of any other kind would look as sweet, believes artist Jan Vormann. She began filling crumbling walls with multi-coloured Lego bricks in Bocchignano, a little village close to Rome, and was then invited to continue her rainbow reparations in Tel Aviv and Yaffo. Beautiful appropriation or ugly sacrilege?
From the what will they think of next box comes [drum roll please] Pileus — an umbrella connected to the Internet, ‘to make walking in rainy days fun’. Pileus has a large screen on the top, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass. And it provides two main functions: social photo-sharing […]
Neal Murren likes hanging out in forests — deep, dark forests — from which dark artworks featuring clowns, frogs, marionettes, skeletons, Courtney Love fairies, and the requisite giant toadstools weave together in penciled delight. It’s the kind of work you’d pore over, nose-to-page, in a crack of sunlight.
Just a few days ago, Benjamin Verdoncke climbed out of the human-sized nest he’d been residing in for the past seven days. The Belgian artist took six weeks to build the nest, which hung fifty metres high against a skyscraper in Rotterdam.
If you find preachers unamusing, unoriginal and ugly, I hereby introduce Commands, a series of three digital prints that’ll guide you towards enlightenment. Or at least a nose chuckle and a demi smile. $12 buys you a lot less these days.
When this scruffy fellow opens his gob, something high and mighty emanates. His music is great for long drives, in cold places and long nights in warm places. We speak of Bon Iver, who we interviewed recently.
Barbra Proust is a German-born photographer exploring the idea of a photographic moment. Her ‘Exposures’ (bare with me) are multiple photographs of the same event or subject from different angles and various distances. She uses a radio-controlled release system to simultaneously trigger the camera shutters. It’s out with the single gaze and in with the […]
Dadadadaaaaa! Kids are superheroes. Only in adulthood do we lose our charm and imagination. Jan Von Holleben’s latest photographic series Dreams of Flying distills the preciousness and freedom of a childhood many of us are lucky to have had. Van Holleben created various action scenes on the ground and shot them from above to achieve an interesting balance of reality and make believe.
Davin Youngs has got something sweet going on. His pictures, as he calls them, are the of-the-moment kind. Y’know, the spontaneous, romantic, stylised yet amateurish thing photographers are doing these days. Like American Apparel, but lost in the woods or asleep on the toilet. I really appreciate it.
Perusing the illustrations on Jimmy Turrell’s site is akin to walking through the botanical gardens in spring; it’s an overkill of wonder and beauty. I’m sickened, and I daresay wildly envious. Luckily he only creates one-off pieces for magazines, ad campaigns and the like. But if you think you’re comfortable with perfection amassed, click through his entire portfolio. If you end up blind and numb, well, I warned you!
Lovers, ahoy! Take a photo of your darling’s face (or your own if it’s prettier) and put it into an ASCII generator for an old-school arty gift. Because, let’s face it, every day is love day.
The goldest star goes to Erone, French painter-illustrator extraordinaire. His skewed, stylised portraits are composed of layers of patterns, bold lines, and warm colours. If you’re an investor, I recommend you buy this man.