'Ark Nova' is the architectural collaboration between Anish Kapoor & Arata Isozaki, an artist and architect, respectively, who created this inflatable mobile concert hall for the express purpose of bringing some hope and lightheartedness to those areas of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The design is meant to be easily moved to each region and easy to put together and disassemble. The hall holds between 500-700 people, and will feature musical performances and interdisciplinary art projects.
Korean illustrator Kang-hoon Kang draws these mindblowingly realistic pictures of humans, who are funny, silly, strange, sad, happy, crazy, and other forms of human emotion. It's almost upsetting how real they look, like publicity stills for a very strange Korean dramedy or film with a huge cast of characters. In fact, over on his own site, the artist names each of his subjects, with names like 'Modern lady, unable to cry' and 'Modern boy, sad clown.'
For all homebrewing fanatics, the Brewbot combines science and technology to make beer! On Kickstarter now, the high tech hops machine can be monitored via your smartphone, so you can keep a close eye on your concoction. Brewing can be a very delicate, difficult process, so the ability to monitor your brew's progress 24/7 is a pretty useful advance that makes a lot of sense in the age of the smartphone.
In October 2013, artist Randy Hage will exhibit his replicated New York City storefronts at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Old Pasadena. Hage photographs notable and eye-catching storefronts and then recreates them in 1/12 scale models. On his website, you can see comparisons between Hage's work and the original storefronts.
A couple's apartment in Kiev was designed by Alex Bykov to reflect the idea of constant and seamless motion. That is, each of the communal spaces are designed to 'flow' into one another, and each of the spaces orbits the kitchen, or the 'heart' of the home. In addition to the warmth of the exposed brick, the apartment's design elements were chosen to feel natural and inviting.
This concrete tableware set from Vido Nori, architect by day, isn't what you might think of as a classic dining set, but it's a gorgeous geometric series that would be perfect for entertaining. The plates look sort of like topographic maps and the gradients are subtle, which will make you look all the more sophisticated and understated at your next event.
Daniel Silverstein's vision of 'zero waste' is rarely, if ever echoed in the world of clothing design, but it should be. The conscientious couture designer is committed to making beautiful items that generates no waste, as in, no scrap of fabric goes ignored. In an industry where waste and 'textile pollution' does away with 15% to 20% of material, Silverstein is quite unlike other designers, but the changes he's making are pretty important. According to Daniel, "Instead of throwing the fabric scraps away, I find ways to work with the leftover shapes. I use these parameters to help push my creativity."
Jim Golden is a photographer from Portland who is, in a word, meticulous. These photographs require painstaking organization and planning by Golden, who collects collections, beginning with the scissor collection below. Golden developed a taste for this neat nitpicking, and asked the Portland community to donate all their 'things', knick knacks, and assorted adventure gear, to his categorical catalog, which you can see below.
Happy Sundog! This adorable video of a baby elephant trying to wake up his puppy friend is hilarious and strange. I can't get over how gently he prods his sleeping friend, so as not to wake him up too abruptly. So cute!
Happy Oktoberfest! Or die Wiesn, as it's called in its native Munich, where the festival has been celebrated in Bavaria since 1810. In addition to lots and lots and lots of Oktoberfest Beer, Oktoberfest incudes lots of traditional Bavarian foods, like Hendl(chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Brezeln (pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage). Happy Oktoberfest and happy cooking!
GoPro recently released this incredibly touching footage of Cory Kalanick, an awesome fireman who rescued this tiny kitten,, unconscious from the smoke after a house caught on fire. Are you getting choked up yet? Just wait until you watch the footage. I think the best comment comes from thhe Buzzfeed postwhere I originally found this video: "My hardened black heart just exploded into a rainbow."
Formerly a Swiss arsenal from World War II, this beautiful structure was transformed into a sunny mountain chalet by Ralph Germann architectes. The architect managed to preserve the arsenal's old wooden structure by inserting a glass cube inside, and kept the roof unaltered.