The Weekend Edition


Yes! The weekend has arrived. Enjoy the inspirational links in this Weekend Edition – see you Monday folks. 

Paris vs New York – A tally of two cities.

The Psychology and Science of Color.

Nelson Mandela Monument by Marco Cianfanelli.

Painting of younger Mona Lisa unveiled.

Tree Ring Lights by Judson Beaumont.

Wire Trees by Kevin Iris.

Smarter Socks. Ridiculous, made me laugh.

Hand paintings by Guido Daniele.

Dynamics of the Subway. 

Man-Made Rainbow.

Bug Memorials.

Vanguard bicycles are super nice.

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

John Lloyd: An animated tour of the invisible

Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd’s classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know.

Lego Table


22,742 pieces of Lego make a boardroom table for a new advertising agency in Dublin. Concept by abgc Architects.

The recently formed Advertising agency Boys and Girls approached us with this problem, a gorgeous Georgian house with high ceilings, great spaces and original joinery, but décor that was decidedly solicitory. The brief was succinct; playful but not juvenile, they gave us the Mingus quote (above) too.

We recommended that all traces of solicitors be removed from the building – carpets removed, floors stripped and all 90’s paint colours whited out (if only the rest of life was this simple). If we could make the space like a small contemporary art gallery, it would be more flexible for giving presentations the ‘wow’ factor.

Our proposal also included for a 1.2 x 2.7metre boardroom table (4ft x 9ft) made out of Lego. A monolithic slab made up of a random pattern of the instantly recognizable lego pixels, with the company’s logo is built in relief into the table top, falling away under a glass surface. Architects don’t normally work as contractors so it was hugely rewarding for us and financially efficient for our client when we decided to build the table ourselves.

The table consists of 22,742 pieces clicked together with traditional lego construction techniques (no glue), a 136mm grommet is located in its centre. It sits on a polished Stainless Steel square hollow section structure built by B.A. Engineering of Prussia St and is topped with a 10mm sheet of toughened glass manufactured by Action Glass.

Bob’s Tasty Habaneros


Wonderful lettering and packaging work from Nick Misani.

These two labels were created for a hot sauce maker in Western Massachusetts. Bob grows his own organic habaneros to make his sauce and jelly, which are produced in small batches. The design was created as a rubber stamp, so Bob doesn’t need a computer to produce his labels every year (just paper, ink, wheat-paste and he’s ready to go).

The Virgin Mary


The Virgin Mary as various pop culture icons, by Soasig Chamaillard, from Superman to Super Mario.

I began my religious kitsch art after noticing that a statue of the Virgin that I received from my father had been badly damaged. I then decided to restore it, with the idea of creating a more modern version of the Madonna as we would perceive her today.

(via Quipsologies)

French Trains Transformed into the Palace of Versailles


Wonderful. As a commissioned collaboration between the Versailles estate and Encore Eux, the interiors of some RER C rail line trains, which transport people between Paris and Versailles, have been transformed to echo the grandeur motifs found in the famed royal chateau. From the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette’s music pavilion known as the Belvedere to the royal gardens and library of Louis XIV, the carriages in these reconstructed trains creatively replicate the lavish lifestyle of the excessively embellished architecture and design of the Palace of Versailles with a layer of high-tech plastic film to line the walls.

(via My Modern Met)

San Francisco Design Week


Superb work from talented Manual.

Since 2006, AIGA San Francisco has organized San Francisco Design Week as a way to reach a diverse community of over 20,000 Bay Area design professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and the wider public.

With each year’s graphic identity being distinctly different from the last, the AIGA saw the need for a consistent logo that would appear alongside the visual campaigns for future years. AIGASF commissioned Manual to design a logo that would be established as a consistent mark for all future SFDW events and create a campaign for the 2012 event. The logo initially took its inspiration directly from San Francisco’s urban landscape: boxes on a hillside. It also carried visual associations of ‘highlighting’ and ‘emerging’ which seemed appropriate for an event that highlights design and emerging talent.

Urban Elements


German photographer Boris Loder explores the form of buildings and objects devoid of their street scenes in his ongoing “Urban Elements” project.

The work-in-progress series Urban Elements is concerned with objects that constitute our everyday urban environment. Employing minimalist graphic elements, the images are processed in the style of architectural sketches and present the elements isolated of their surroundings, thereby laying full attention to the respective object and its individual appearance and geometry.

The aim of using this particular style is to point out the contrast between the planned and clear lines of the building’s architecture and the individual character the object acquired through time by its exposure to the urban sphere. Dirt, decay, but also transformation in the form of street art characterise the objects of this series and lend them character. It is this tension between clear geometry and imperfection that Urban Elements is devoted to.

(via The Inspiration Grid)

People’s Meeting Dome


This year’s people’s meeting in Bornholm, Denmark, is intended to spark debate and discussion about the future of housing. With a need for a venue, Danish architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen wanted to not only provide the space in which the event would take place, but also offer an independent piece that would in itself be a contribution.

Read more about the project on Design Boom.

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.



Ladder is a minimalist design created by Polish-based designer Agnieszka Mazur.