the architecture of the mens fashion shop has been divided into in three sections to reflect the brand’s contemporary approach to design, commitment to luxury, and rich british legacy.
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the explicit connotations are evident as the sculptural wearables seek to covey their primary function as sexual commodities and as tools to increase attractiveness and lust.
the dwelling can be accessed from either of its split storeys, with a sheltered entrance positioned at the lower level of the design.
organized around the currently vacant mäntymäki square, the completed site will boast an infrastructure capable of hosting major international events.
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nedship group xhibitionist event superyacht hosts any on-board partyimages courtesy of nedship group the new 70 x 19 meter nedship group ‘xhibitionist event’ superyacht can host a range of on-board parties to offer guests an unforgettable time. the luxury boat can host large banquets that can accommodate between 220 and 350 people, […]
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the finely articulated system of metal and glass merges and separates with the mass, blurring the distinction of floors from the exterior.
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It was on the photography-based PetaPixel website that I first heard of what are called cinemagraphs. While cinemagraphs are uploaded as GIFs, in essence a cinemagraph is to a standard GIF what color footage is to black-and-white. With a cinemagraph, a photographer uses photo compositing techniques to animate only selective elements of a photograph, while the rest of it remains still.
In the hands of a master photographer like Julien Douvier, who produced the three shots below, the effect is simply stunning.(more...)
When Poltrona Frau turned one hundred in 2012, the Italian furniture maker decided it was time to rethink its classic armchair, which had been around since the very beginning. An overstuffed wing chair with a built-in ashtray for the gentleman who likes to smoke at home—clearly it was time for a revamp. So the CEO reached out to 12 designers to take part in a competition for the "centenary armchair"—one that not only brought new life to Poltrona Frau's classic, but that also predicted the future of the armchair in the home.
The winning design was by Satyendra Pakhalé, an Amsterdam-based industrial designer originally from India (who answered our Core77 Questionnaire last spring). Pakahalé envisions a future where work and life intersect more than ever. "The concept was inspired from contemporary life in an increasingly connected world where the boundaries between the domestic space and the workplace are further blurred," Pakhalé says. "The resulting collection is a synthesis between the contemporary and the traditional; between the needs of an evolving society and the excellence of Poltrona Frau's craftsmanship in processing leather and hide."
In addition to the new armchair, the Assaya collection includes a table, a lap tray and a pouf. The idea, Pakhalé says, is for the armchair to provide "a flexible way of living and working, where one could use it as a writing desk and also as a place to relax." The lap tray is provided for the use of digital devices, while the pouf and side table can be used in formal or informal settings for work and leisure.
The project began with a trip taken by Pakhalé to the Poltrona Frau factory in Tolentino, Italy. "I was curious, keen to grasp, assess and evaluate in my own manner the legendary heritage of Poltrona Frau," Pakhalé says. The designer drew upon the company's extensive leather production facilities and craftsmen in the design of Assaya, which is constructed in hide and leather all sourced from Italian and Swedish tanning factories owned by Poltrona Frau.
Poltrona Frau's original armchair, with its built-in ashtray(more...)
A British designer scouts crumbling buildings for beautiful lettering.
British designer Richard Heap recently moved to Guatemala City with his wife to work at Studio Domus. Inspired by the city's vintage signs, he began photographing type around the city and tracing it on his computer, attempting to capture the beauty of the old city as it crumbles away. "Guatemala City was known as the 'Silver Cup' in reference to its beauty," he told Creative Review. "Since then the city has been plagued by poor urban planning, crime and traffic problems—yet some buildings are real gems, if somewhat dilapidated. I thought it would be a nice idea to graphically record these in an ongoing project before any further deterioration takes place."
It comes with a built-in cover that tucks into the handle when not in use.
Umbrella covers are the easiest piece of rain gear to lose. When it comes time to actually use your umbrella, inevitably that tube of fabric ends up discarded, lost in the rush to throw up your shield against the onslaught of water falling from the sky.
It's not a Flight of the Conchords spoof. Map makers frequently forget to add New Zealand.
At the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, New Zealand's prime minister John Key took photos with the most powerful leaders around the globe...in front of a world map on which New Zealand didn't even exist.
We've periodically covered Big Ass Fans (here and here), the Kentucky-based company that shrewdly changed their name from High Volume Low Speed Fan Company. Due to their no-nonsense marketing approach, the efficient, sturdy design of their product and periodic design refreshes, they've grown into something like the Dyson of overhead air movement systems. And now they've moved into a new product category, with another line of overhead-mounted objects: Big Ass Lights.
So here we see how selling directly to customers can help a company develop new products: Direct feedback, which would likely get lost or mangled if filtered through a distributor middleman. By interacting directly with customers and visiting their facilities, the company is in a position to overhear their needs—and gripes. "One we heard over and over again: employers' once-bright lights now glowed a dim yellow, making it difficult for workers to do their jobs and forcing maintenance teams to constantly replace bulbs," the company writes. "Those inefficient bulbs also kept energy costs high."
Seeing an opportunity, they then hired new talent, adding lighting experts to their stable of engineers. The resultant design of their LED-sporting Big Ass Light isn't actually that physically big—the smaller model's a little over three feet in length, and the larger model just under four—but the company reckons they've created "The last light you'll buy," as it's energy-efficient, well-designed and durable.
The main body of the light is an aluminum extrusion, finned to serve as a heat sink:(more...)
Guess that makes me bilingual.
Imagine if every word in our written language was somehow related to the preparation and consumption of hamburgers. No vowels. No consonants. No regional dialects or accent marks. Just a series of icons that speak the universal language of charred ground beef on a bun.
When the sun comes up over the uniquely industrial-cum-residential neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, artist Ernesto Yerena gets up and greets the day. He's welcomed by a symphony of auditory sounds: there's the tamale lady loudly announcing her presence, the chattering of the neighborhood women watering their plants, and the ringihong of bicycle bells. “There’ an element that feels like you’re in ‘Little Mexico,’” he says. “I see a lot of hand-painted signage for restaurants or grocery markets; a lot of them are in Spanish. It reminds me of the border, where I’m from, with the Mexican American community.”
Yerena grew up in El Centro, a small border town across from Mexicali, the capital of Baja California. It was there he developed his aesthetic—graphic street-style elements mixed with a bit of social and cultural awareness. “By the end of high school, I was like, ‘My people aren’t ‘undocumented’; they’re native to here,” he says with a laugh.
“The Europeans set up the borders.’ I was that kid in high school: tripping out my teachers politically and getting sent to the principal’s office.”
When Yerena came to Los Angeles, he was even further empowered by the 2006 immigration reform protests in downtown Los Angeles, for which over 500,000 people marched. This inspired Yerena to start up Hecho Con Ganas, a publishing endeavor dedicated to producing socially conscious prints, in 2008, and to work with other politically minded musicians and artists such as Zack de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine, Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux, and Shepard Fairey. He moved away, living in Arizona and Texas, but recently returned to the friendly creative atmosphere where he built his career.
Yerena’s GOOD Cities Project billboard love letter to Los Angeles mixes together everything he loves about the city and his own attraction to forgotten or underrepresented cultures. First off, there are acorns that signify the first settlers of the area, the Tongva people. “I wanted to figure out a way to represent [them],” says Yerena, who explains that there is still a smattering of Tongva people living in the area. “Acorns are part of their traditional food. They use acorns in their traditional tribal shields.”
Musical notations border the billboard, as Yerena cites the music of Los Angeles as his biggest inspiration. He also included abstractions of ocean waves and even a depiction of the Hollywood sign, both icons of the city, because his friends told him no love letter to L.A. would be complete without those elements. But the crux of the& billboard revolves around a hummingbird.
“The hummingbird represents a hard worker,” says Yerena. “Hummingbirds are constantly working to eat. They’re flying so fast that they’re constantly burning a lot of calories. They just live to work, and I feel like a lot of people in L.A. are working so hard in the city.”
Which is exactly what Yerena is doing from his studio—adding to the vibrant streets of Los Angeles, hearing the sounds, working hard, and making his way in a city that seems big, but is, as Yerena puts it, made up of a cluster of distinctly different neighborhoods. “Each neighborhood is dense in its own culture,” he says.
As he flits from neighborhood to neighborhood like a hummingbird, he feels like there’s much to offer, especially for a creative person like himself. “It’s a city of hope,” Yerena says. “I came back because of the opportunity.”
Yerena’s visual love letter to Los Angeles is currently on exhibition as part of the GOOD Cities Project. And, if you’re in the Los Angeles area in November, keep an eye out to see his work displayed on local billboards.
in partnership with touch graphics inc, the perkin installation offers a new kind of way-finder for the visually impaired, that vocalizes information and directions when felt.
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A gift guide to six of the best bike products of 2014.
Cyclists, rejoice: Thanks to inventions like glow-in-the-dark bike frames and clip-on handlebar coffee holders, biking is safer, easier, and more stylish than ever. Here, six of the best products for design-snob cyclists that we came across in 2014.
There are three different kinds of shoppers: Avid Shoppers, Hate-them Shoppers and Smart Shoppers. This holiday season; let’s make sure ALL of us are Smart Shoppers! This means getting gifts for loved ones without breaking the bank! CKIE, our online store, features innovative designs that are exclusive and hard-to-find. As a giving gesture, it is running a special 20% Discount is on all items. I’ve picked my Top 10 from the list; however feel free to check the entire collection here.
- The 20% Discount Code is: VNKDBMGO
- Use it at checkout
- Valid till: 1st of December 2014
The hands-free FLOTE ipad/tablet stand has a clean design and is as sophisticated as the technology that it supports. Referred by many as a work of art, it is by far the world’s premium brand of adjustable tablet stands.
Take high quality music wherever you go with this luxurious limited edition of the SWITCH in black copper by Native Union. This stylish piece is a portable Bluetooth speaker, a professional conference call device and a mobile power bank all in one!
In an attempt to re-create the 19th century legendary design of the wrist strap that was used to carry pocket watches, (Also known then as “Wristlet”) the Wristlet Watch was born!
The Cubit STEEL Watch has an interesting parallelogram shaped dial. You’ll love this on your wrist!
Skye is a WiFi receiver for your music dock that allows you to stream and control your favorite tunes from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone or iTunes (Mac or PC) in your WiFi network with AirPlay and DLNA support.
The ZIIIRO Eclipse Watch is inspired by one of natures most amazing and unusual phenomenon, the Eclipse. Now be enthralled by this experience right on your wrist everyday!
Now here is a great idea to measure your creative output! The Sharpener Jar can be used to sharpen your pencils as well as act as measurable data for work accomplished. We can expect the unexpected with this very useful creation!
‘I love you more than salt!’ Pay tribute to an inevitable part of your kitchen with the Pinch, a gourmet salt cellar and pepper shaker set.
MacBook Airfelt is a stylish way to protect your Macbook Air 13″ or 11″. Designed with both beauty and protection in mind, this chic sleeve features a unique magnetic touch.
Sticko is a multi-purpose tiny gadget that allows you to stick almost anything to almost any smooth surface. A gadget that is small in size but big in its benefits! It is flexible due to the suction cup material its made out of and allows for Sticko to attach to smooth surfaces that are not necessarily flat.
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No more strapping and restrapping over and over while you’re commuting. The Wolffepack is the world’s first and only backpack that swings your stuff to the front but stays strapped to your back to give the user better access, more comfort and greater security. Need to sit? Swing it around! Someone acting shady on the bus? Secure it on your chest. Need something in your bag? Swing to the front for easy access. See it in action —>
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I'm cheap, so I save all hardware and fasteners that aren't bent out of shape or stripped. As I disassemble one DIY project and prepare to move on to the next, all of the old screws and such go into the sad "system" you see below, a collection of plastic containers. When they're full I dump them out onto a tray and sort more precisely.
It's a lame system, I know. And I became aware of just how lame when I saw this killer idea from "Wulf" over on the Craftster community:At the shop where I work we just toss loose screws, bolts, nails and other bits and pieces of hardware from the workbenches and the floor into a bucket and, every couple of years when the bucket gets too full, somebody has to dump the whole mess out and sort everything back to where it belongs. When that job fell to me this Spring, I decided there had to be a better solution. So I designed a bin that would help to at least divide things by type to make the final sorting easier. Though built for an industrial situation, it would work equally well in the home craft room for jewellery findings, sewing notions, etc.(more...)
Now on Kickster, the Trunkster could be the best carry-on you'll ever own.
Zippers are the worst part of carry-ons. They jam. They break. And if you're using a soft bag, they encourage you to overpack, which makes it nigh-impossible to quickly and easily open your bag to get something when you need it.