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Plumen

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By Julia Hennock in New Eco on Saturday 22 November 2008

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.

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Sky Planter

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By Julia Hennock in New Eco on Thursday 20 November 2008

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!

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Jan Vormann

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By Julia Hennock in New Art on Wednesday 19 November 2008

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?

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The Pileus internet umbrella

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By Julia Hennock in New Trends on Saturday 6 September 2008

From the what will they think of next box comes [drum roll please] Pileus β€” 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 […]

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Peter Jensen’s Human Motion

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By Julia Hennock in New Art on Monday 2 June 2008

Drawing from his background in physics and psychology, Peter Jansen’s latest series captures sequences of human movement in space and time.

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The dark world of Neal Murren

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By Julia Hennock in New Illustration on Sunday 1 June 2008

Neal Murren likes hanging out in forests β€” deep, dark forests β€” 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.

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Benjamin Verdoncke’s human nest

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By Julia Hennock in Cool Travel on Friday 30 May 2008

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.

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Command prints

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By Julia Hennock in New Art on Thursday 29 May 2008

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.

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Bon Iver

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By Julia Hennock in New Music on Saturday 12 April 2008

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.

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Barbara Proust

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By Julia Hennock in New Photography on Monday 24 March 2008

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 […]

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Jan Von Holleben

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By Julia Hennock in New Photography on Sunday 23 March 2008

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.

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Davin Youngs

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By Julia Hennock in New Photography on Saturday 22 March 2008

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.

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Jimmy Turrell

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By Julia Hennock in New Illustration on Friday 21 March 2008

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!

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ASCII generator

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By Julia Hennock in Cool Websites on Saturday 8 March 2008

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.

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Erone

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By Julia Hennock in New Art on Tuesday 4 March 2008

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.

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