This video has been doing the rounds for a while but since it’s pretty amazing I thought I’d put it up anyway. Magically with the use of a computerised chainsaw Kkaarrlls in collaboration with Echtwald manage to make 4 stools out of a single section of a tree trunk, leaving only a bit of saw dust as waste. The video is well worth a watch.
Studio Swine in collaboration with Kieren Jones at the Royal College of Art have put together an open source design for the production of chairs made from recycled plastic found at sea with a DIY process of collecting, melting, casting and assembling. The idea was Influenced after the discovery of a Garbage Sea Patches in the late 90s, which are predicted to measure over 1,400,000 km². You can download the full manual to make your own here.
Some of my personal highlights and a few quotes from day one of Offset 2013 last weekend. Offset is a 3 day creative conference and has been delivering presentations from the who’s who of graphic design, illustration, photography for 4 years now.
Ian Tait on ideas and just going with them “Talk, leads to fear, leads to doubt, leads to inaction”.
Bob Gill “Design as idea”
Oliviero Toscani “document of the human condition” on Art
This competition is now closed, congrats to the winner; Panther Ice-cream.
Issue 07 of BLOW photography magazine is now available and I have a copy to give away. This edition focuses on the art of portrait photography, featuring the likes of Albrecht TÜbke, Hein-Kuhn Oh Wayne Lawrence, Lydia Panas and Jessica Hilltout. To enter all you have to do is tell us what your favorite portrait is, whether photography, painting, sculpture etc. Leave your entry on this post or on the surface & surface Facebook page. I’ll announce the winner during the last week of April. Below are some spreads from this great looking new issue.
Here’s a new kickstarter from a fellow Irish Architect James McBennett (Fabsie) looking for support for a really great initiative to produce ready to assemble on demand laser cut plywood furniture. The stools come in 3 different designs and can all be out together in less than a minute.
The first Publication ‘Create GB Volume 1′ from the online lifestyle and design magazine We Heart is here. “In the build up to London 2012, online magazine We Heart celebrated Great British creativity, shining the spotlight on up-and-coming and more established talents alike. From art to product design, fashion to food; Create GB showed the world that convention-prodding, thought-provoking and unashamedly eccentric British design and creativity is as thriving and resounding as it’s ever been.” ‘Create GB’ designed by SB Studio features the likes of Kate Moross, Kai and Sunny, Brewdog, Margot Bowman and Lisa Watson and is available here for 15 British bills.
The Coil Lamp by Chicago based designer Craighton Berman is made from a 100 foot electrical cable wound around a laser-cut acrylic interlocking structure. Craighton is looking for support for his new project Sharpener Jar – The Campaign for the Accurate Measurement of Creativity over on Kickstarter.
‘Architecture for Dogs’ is a collaboration between some of the worlds game changing Architects and lovely looking dogs with some pretty out there results. If you see one you’d really like for your dog you can download the blueprints and make it at home, although some look ridiculously difficult to build. Have a look at the site for videos of each design and 3d animations of the construction.
Copenhagen and New York based Architects BIG’s (Bjarke Ingels Group) design for a mixed use Observation Tower in Phoenix, Arizona. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum rotunda, the tower marks a pin in the city to provide a new identity to the sky line. The oversize lollipop like structure towers 130 meters above the city consisting of a reinforced concrete and an open-air spiral sphere.