April 24th, 2014

We were very happy to open the doors of our newly opened office to the good folks at HYPEBEAST for the latest installment of HYPEBEAST Spaces. The crew stopped by to learn more about the inspiration and creative madness behind the agency, directly from the managing partners, Coltrane Curtis, Lisa Chu, and Sky Gellatly. 

Enjoy!

(Source: hypebeast.com)

March 27th, 2014

A New York-based stylist, Caitlin Levin, and a New Zealand- based artist, Henry Hargreaves, teamed up to create beautiful maps using real food as their medium. Levin and Hargreaves selected the staple food(s) of 4 continents (Africa, North America, South America, and Australia), 6 countries (China, France, India, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand), and 1 sovereign state (UK). For instance, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, and corn for North America.
 
Both artists were inspired merely by their passion for traveling.
 
You’ll notice that each map is made up of just one type of food with some variations within that food. The artists used patterns to separate the different cities, countries, and states within each map.  

Graphic designer, Sarit Melmed, created custom vintage-style typography that adorns each map.

(Source: mymodernmet.com)

March 24th, 2014

Creating a logo takes time and effort. Nonetheless, this SLAMXHYPE infographic shows us that many brands have taken the simplistic route when choosing how to appear visually. From streetwear to designer brands, there isn’t much variation in font and color choice when building visual identities.

 From Louis Vuitton to HBA,  2 – 4 different font styles are the most popular among some of the market’s top performers, with Futura and the always inoffensive Helvetica reigning “Supreme.”

March 7th, 2014

Do you enjoy a nice glass of wine?  Well, if you have a smartphone and water, you’re just one step away from a miracle. 

Dubbed, “The Miracle Machine,” this device pairs itself with a complementary smartphone app complete with recipes and a timer to recreate one of history’s greatest occurrences. Simply follow the instructions and in three days, voila. Now it’s your turn to treat the masses.

The Miracle Machine won’t get you into heaven, but it will make life here on earth a bit better. 

(Source: TIME)

January 28th, 2014

Portland native and artist, Peter Gronquist, has been gaining recognition for putting a contemporary spin on traditionally old-fashioned artwork, such as taxidermy. Gronquist conceptualized and executed the “Branded Taxidermy” installation, which remixes majestic deer antlers. By replacing them with abstract sculptures, Gronquist has created an eye-catching body of work. This collection incorporates elements of couture designs, nature, gold, humor, and even popular fashion brands. 

See more of Gronquist’s work here

January 8th, 2014

Dakis Joannou recently reached out to Jeff Koons and world-renowned Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.  Guilty is definitely an eye catcher of the sea measuring out at 115 feet long and includes four guest bedrooms, a master bedroom and private terrace.  The exterior of Guilty enables a modern 3D visual with an array of contrasting geometric shapes and colors. The juxtaposition of the interior design makes Koons’ piece of art more captivating.  Set with pearly white walls and high windows the interior appears massive.  In addition, to offset the white walls Joannou and Koon filled the yacht with vibrant neon fixtures and stairs make Guilty more appealing to the eye. It’s amazing how a piece of art inspired by British naval camouflage can set the bar and challenge other artists to be more innovative in these modern times.

November 25th, 2013

If you thought your bounce house days were over, think again. Design collective Numen/For Use's recent installation ‘Net Blow Up’ will bring back nostalgic memories with what is essentially a bounce house for adults.  The inflatable structure was recently on display in Yokohama, Japan and is an inflatable, box-like space with buoyant black webs fitted tightly inside inviting visitors to climb around the space and bounce off the ceiling, walls and floor. 

(Source: Wired)

November 21st, 2013

FiftyThree, the maker of the popular iPad creativity app Paper, has released its first venture into hardware with their new stylus, Pencil.  The stylus is designed to work directly with the Paper app, and to give users more control when using the app. Pencil communicates with the app after a simple, two-second “kiss-to-pair” connection, syncing via Bluetooth.  

When connected, the app rejects palm movements against the tablet, allowing users to draw smoothly.  Users can also blend colors directly on the page using their fingers, or fix mistakes with Pencil’s eraser.  

Pencil is designed to work specifically with Paper, but it also works just as well as a stylus on other touchscreen devices.  The stylus is available in a walnut finish, made from sustainable hardwood ($59.95), as well as a more modern aluminum finish ($49.95), and is available for purchase in time for the holiday season. 

(Source: Fast Company)

November 5th, 2013

In celebration of Damien Hirst’s ‘Relics’ exhibit at the Al Riwaq Exhibition Space in Qatar, the artist teamed up with Miuccia Prada to create a pop-up juice bar.

Housed in a Bedouin tent, the ‘Prada Oasis and Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy Juice Bar’ was designed to replicate Hirst’s 1990s ‘Pharmacy Restaurant’ exhibit and a nearby Prada boutique once housed in a traditional sheep hair tent.  For the project, Prada created 20 limited edition ‘Entomology’ Plexiglas bags, which encase bejeweled beetles.

The proceeds from the sale of the bespoke bags benefited the Sheikha’s Reach Out To Asia non-profit organization that aims to improve youth access to education in Asia and the Middle East. 

(Source: wallpaper.com)

October 18th, 2013

Nest Labs, the home hardware maker founded by the creator of the iPod, has unveile its second product, Nest Protect.  The $129 smart device hopes to do for the smoke and carbon monoxide detection market what Nest’s Learning Thermostat did for home temperature control.   

Marketed with the motto, “Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” Nest Protect has features that make it easier to silence during false alarms and includes spoken alerts and color-coded signals rather than the annoying beeping we’re all accustomed to.  The “Heads Up” function will alert homeowners to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide before it reaches emergency levels and allow them to dismiss the alarm with a simple wave of a hand.  To indicate it has sufficient battery, the device glows green and can even act as a nightlight, glowing faintly when it detects motion in a dark hallway.  The alarm also connects with smart devices allowing users to monitor their homes remotely.  

The Nest Protect is currently undergoing testing, and is expected to go on sale in November.

(Source: Wired)

October 14th, 2013

Scott Morrison, the brain behind denim brands Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn, pushes the boundaries with his 7,300 square foot denim concept shop, 3x1. Unveiled in 2011, the shop can best be described as part retail shop, part gallery, with in house production allowing patrons to see the action first hand. Each pair of jeans is limited edition, with only between 8-24 pair made of any given style and is fully customizable with 60 unique selvedge denims from all around the world.  The shop also offers bespoke services allowing customers to work with Morrison and his patternmaker from start to finish on their pair of jeans.  All good things come at a lofty price; your perfect pair of 3x1 jeans can cost upwards of $800.

October 9th, 2013

Currently on view at the Kyoto Art Center, Yasuaki Onishi’s “Vertical Emptiness” breaks away from the artist’s usual use of black hot glue.  The installation features upside down tree branches draped with hot glue and crystallized urea compound resulting in a scene reminiscent of a fresh snowfall.  You can find more of Onishi’s work here.  

(Source: thisiscolossal.com)

September 24th, 2013

With most art presented with a strict HANDS OFF disclaimer, it’s hard to imagine an art exhibit you can get so close to you can actually taste it.

That’s exactly what Dutch artist, Marije Vogelzang, has done with her Teardrop installation at the DordtYart Centre for Contemporary Art.  The exhibit was designed with two people in mind, and simulates the feeling of being fed by a loved one as a child.  Teardrop features ropes connected to a flavor-filled glass pipette with phrases such as “a fly just flew into my mouth” and “I’m so tired of myself” attached.  When a participant pulls one of the ropes it releases a drop of flavor into the mouth of the participant below giving a new meaning to playing with your food.  

(Source: Vice Magazine)

September 18th, 2013

It was only a matter of time before the wearable technology trend was applied to public transportation.  Two MIT students, Olivia Seow and Edward Tiong, have created Sesame Ring, a 3-D printed ring that also serves as a Boston MBTA CharlieCard through the compatible RFID chip.  Users can swipe the ring at a turnstile for easy entry to the train or refill it at a vending machine or online. 

The duo hopes to expand the idea into other cities and markets. They have exceeded their Kickstarter goal of $5,000 by raising over $19,000.  

(Source: fastcodesign.com)

September 17th, 2013

Munich-born designer David Hanauer has found a way to marry technology and design in his “Worldwide Carpets” project.  Hanauer uses carefully-selected screenshots pulled from Google Earth images to put a contemporary twist on the traditional Persian style rug.  He uses one aerial shot repeated four times, mirroring one another to have the same center and produce a symmetrical image. Now you can have an awe-inspiring aerial view right in your living room.  

(Source: flavorwire.com)

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