Tree Tent by Luminair

Luminair

You may get me camping if i could stay in one of these Tree Tents by Luminair.

The Tree Tent concept is a culmination of over 3 years of work and research (and decades of experience) in sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and tree top living. We wanted to develop a lightweight and efficient structure using sustainable, recyclable, recycled and natural materials. A structure that can be easily transported and assembled on-site with minimal, non-permanent impact on its environment. What we realized was a unique, hybrid aluminum and green ash static airframe combined with an expertly tailored 100% cotton canvas skin.

The spherical structure is 3m in diameter, sizable enough to comfortably accommodate two adults. 100% wool, winter thermal liners allow for all year round accommodation while wood stove, water and electric options offer the extra creature comforts.

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Luminair

Tree Tent by Luminair

Tree Tent by Luminair

Tree Tent by Luminair

Tree Tent by Luminair

Luminair

Iceberg Wooden Bike Hanger by Woodstick

Iceberg Wooden Bike Hanger by Woodstick

This Iceberg Wooden Bike Hanger by Woodstick is a beauty.

The bike hanger is fully handcrafted and the texture is made from the carefully selected highest quality Oak wood stub cross cut, birch and Oak plates. The product has its own special character from all viewing angles that makes this product simply special. It comes with an easy to use mount system that can be installed by 3 standard screws on plasterboards, wood and concrete walls, and all other typical walls.

Iceberg Wooden Bike Hanger by Woodstick

Iceberg Wooden Bike Hanger by Woodstick

Iceberg Wooden Bike Hanger by Woodstick

Smoke Shapes by Filippo Minelli

Filippo Minelli

Shapes, an ongoing project by Filippo Minelli is stunning.

Decontextualization of a violent tool changing quickly the surroundings, creating chaos, blinding the eyes, used in natural landscapes. The result proves that beauty can be found in clashing visions with an approach and aesthetic similar to romanticism. Showing the power of nature with the implication of religious aspects. Juxtaposing violence and beauty as a political statement. Giving silence a physical shape to be aware of its presence in the age of information and communication technology. The idea of ‘hidden manifest’ is contemplated in most of religions: Orthodox, Islamic, Catholic, Jewish mysticism, ‘Yin Xian’ for Taoism, and also in great philosophies like Buddhism.

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Filippo Minelli

Filippo Minelli

Filippo Minelli

Smoke Shapes by Filippo Minelli

Smoke Shapes by Filippo Minelli

Smoke Shapes by Filippo Minelli

Smoke Shapes by Filippo Minelli

Camera Obscura by Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura by Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura, a project from Abelardo Morell is exciting.

I made my first picture using camera obscura techniques in my darkened living room in 1991. In setting up a room to make this kind of photograph, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film. In the beginning, exposures took from five to ten hours.

Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside.

A few years ago, in order to push the visual potential of this process, I began to use color film and positioned a lens over the hole in the window plastic in order to add to the overall sharpness and brightness of the incoming image. Now, I often use a prism to make the projection come in right side up. I have also been able to shorten my exposures considerably thanks to digital technology, which in turn makes it possible to capture more momentary light. I love the increased sense of reality that the outdoor has in these new works .The marriage of the outside and the inside is now made up of more equal partners.

Camera Obscura by Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura by Abelardo Morell

Camera Obscura by Abelardo Morell

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Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell

Baker Cookstove by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Baker Cookstove

This is magnificent – the beautiful Baker Cookstove has been carefully designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for use in developing countries.

The majority of women in the developing world prepare food using a technology called a three-stone fire – three rocks that support a pot with an open fire in the middle. This cooking method is inefficient and leads to environmental and health problems. The redesign by Claesson Koivisto Rune sympathetically references the existing methods whilst providing an updated stove that burns wood as efficiently as possible, it only needs one third of the wood. The approach to increase functionality and usability whilst producing a product manufactured locally in Kenya using sustainable and recycled materials is fantastic and the result is a beautiful and functional piece of design.

(via Designboom)

Baker Cookstove

Baker Cookstove

Baker Cookstove

Baker Cookstove

Fabulous Landscapes – an RGB Installation

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Milan-based creative team Carnovsky is a duo consisting of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. Recently, for Milan Design Week 2013, the team created this RGB installation entitled Fabulous Landscapes. The installation is a continuation of their ongoing RGB project, in which the artists experiment with layers of colors, both print and light, as they appear to the naked eye. Printing on walls with overlapping red, green, and blue designs, the artists then illuminate the room with either red, green, or blue LED lights to reveal one scene at a time.

The resulting images are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear.

(via My Modern Met)

Fabulous Landscapes - an RGB Installation

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Fabulous Landscapes

Fabulous Landscapes

Fabulous Landscapes

Fabulous Landscapes

Fabulous Landscapes

Fabulous Landscapes

The Human Printer

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The Human Printer is a design collaboration amongst University of Derby students who can reproduce the CMYK halftone printing effect - by hand!

Unlike any other printer the human printer creates unique, individual images each time it prints. Following the same process as a digital printer, the human printer generates the printed product by hand. Throughout the printing process the human printer assumes the role of the machine and is therefore controlled and restricted by the process of using CMYK halftones created on the computer.

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The Attendant

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This is a remarkable transformation. The Attendant is an abandoned London toilet transformed into a coffee shop.

Built around 1890 and mothballed in the 1960?s, the Attendant has been dormant for more than fifty years. After two-years of strategic planning and restoration, the old Attendant’s office has been turned into a little kitchen and the original porcelain urinals have become an inspired line with green seating to match the original Victorian floor tiles.

(via Design Stories)

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Darkened Cities

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Since 2010 Thierry Cohen has devoted himself to a single project – “Villes Eteintes” (Darkened Cities) – which depicts the major cities of the world as they would appear at night without light pollution: how they would look if we could see the stars. Brilliant.

Cohen’s method is original and precise and harkens back to the methodologies employed by early 19th century photographers like Gustave Le Grey. He photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and the Atacama Desert. There he sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers.

Compositing the two images, Cohen creates a single new image full of resonance and nuance. The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections between disparate locations. Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by obscuring the visibility of stars? As the world’s population becomes increasingly urban, there is a disjunction with the natural world which both Cohen and science posit causes both physical and psychological harm. Cities that never sleep are made up of millions of individuals breaking natural cycles of work and repose. Cohen’s photographs attempt to restore our vision, and in beautifully crafted prints and images offer the viewer a possibility – to re-connect us to the infinite energy of the stars.

(via Beautiful Decay)

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Floating Schools in Africa

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The Makoko Floating School is an ambitious project that is currently under construction in the water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria by NLÉ, a collaborative agency whose mission is to provide architectural change for developing cities. The project seeks to create floating buildings that are designed to serve as educational classrooms for neighborhood children.

The three-story architectural structure, built as a triangular prism, is intended to float on water with a base made of 256 plastic drums. The floating construct is built with locally sourced wood, electrically powered with solar panels, designed to house about 100 students.

While this first generation of floating buildings is being designated solely as educational center, the project is opening a new chapter in architectural design that can be applied to a variety of facilities for poor communities like Makoko to urbanize efficiently. Because of the project’s green initiatives, each building is more affordable and cost-effective. Additionally, they accommodate for the climate changes that are resulting in the rise of sea levels.

Just brilliant.

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Pin City Wall Maps

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Pin City Wall Maps are designed by Alessandro Maffioletti and Emanuele Pizzolorusso, the maps are printed on flexible felt panel, and can be used to pin your favorite spots in the city. On offer London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam or Berlin and a World Map is also available.

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Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

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Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight — and the teamwork — that helped to capture the squid on film for the first time.

Edith Widder combines her expertise in research and technological innovation with a commitment to stopping and reversing the degradation of our marine environment.

The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork

This is superb. A must watch.

David A. Smith is a traditional sign-writer/designer specialising in high-quality ornamental hand-crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors. David recently produced a wonderful turn-of-the-century, trade-card styled album cover for popular American singer/songwriter John Mayer.

This film captures the ‘Behind The Scenes’ creation of the ‘Born & Raised’ and ‘Queen of California’ artwork, as well as 2 unique reverse glass panels, hand-crafted in England by David A. Smith.

A Million Times

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A million times is a kinetic installation by Stockholm-based Humans since 1982.

A million times is made from 288 two-handed analogue clocks and 576 electric motors, creating a giant display expressing the time digitally.
The 576 individual rotating hands can form texts and customized patterns and graphics and all of the movements are controlled by an iPad.

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