Bird

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A beauty. Designed and hand crafted in the UK by Jacob Pugh, this ornamental bird is made in English Sycamore or Walnut wood and finished in a range of colours.

No Place Like Home GPS Shoe

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Dominic Wilcox has created a fully functional prototype pair of shoes that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world. Funny.

I was commissioned by the Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, a place famous for shoe making, to create some shoes. I decided to make a pair of shoes that can navigate you to anywhere you wish to travel to. I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home. After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click. It then communicates to the wearer via a ring of LED lights to point in the required direction. The shoe with the GPS wirelessly communicates with the right shoe that has a progress bar of lights to show how close you are to the destination.

Looking for Love Again

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Earlier this week i featured the work of artist Candy Chang – I couldn’t resist more. Looking for Love Again is another wonderful creative public art project. See more here.

How can we learn more about the stories behind our buildings and how can they better fulfill our needs and dreams today? Candy was commissioned by the Alaska Design Forum to create a public art project on the tallest building in Fairbanks. The Polaris Building was once an apartment complex, then a hotel, and now it’s been vacant for more than a decade. Looking for Love Again is an interactive public art project that collects residents’ memories of and hopes for the vacant Polaris Building. The 11-story high-rise is covered with a giant four-story sign that says “Looking for Love Again” to turn the building into an emotional beacon pleading for love and inviting people to come in for a closer look. Two chalkboards at the street level invite people to share their memories of the building and hopes for its future. See more photos, stories, and ideas on the project website, where you can also contribute directly online.

This project is an experiment – what if we could easily share the stories behind our buildings? What happened here? Who grew up here? How has it played a part in their lives? And what if we had more of a say in what these buildings could become? What if we could easily collect demand in an area? By drawing attention to our neglected spaces and providing residents with a platform to share, perhaps we can better understand the impact that buildings have on our lives and how they can become meaningful again.

A Sign In Space

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A wonderful project from artist Gunilla Klingberg who creates graphic patterns from custom treads on beach tractors. At low tide Klingburg drives to create beautiful and repetitive patterns, as the tide comes in the designs slowly fade.

After the printing has been made on the beach the pattern is erased both by the sea at high tide as well as by people’s footprints and in some hours it is all gone. Maybe one might reflect on the impermanence of all things.

(via My Modern Met)

Ornamental Thoughtfulness

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In upcoming weeks a series of little bronze hands will be installed in central Wellington as part of the project Ornamental Thoughtfulness. Their purpose is to hold offerings. Anonymous tokens of generosity or thoughtfulness. The intention is that others will use the little hands too, for leaving small items.

 

Call Parade

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Call Parade is an ongoing public art project in São Paulo sponsored by Brazilian telecommunications firm Vivo, that paired 100 artists with 100 street-side phone booths giving them free reign to transform the peculiar hooded fixtures into anything imaginable. You can see a gallery of all 100 phones here. An amazing project.

(via Colossal)

Stanley

Stanley, the world’s first interactive player piano that takes requests via Twitter @StanleyPiano, will make his worldwide debut at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party. Super wonderful.

 

(Re)touching Lives Through Photos

Wonderful and heart warming.

In the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, mixed into the wreckage were lost and damaged photos of families and loved ones. Photo retoucher Becci Manson, together with local volunteers and a global group of colleagues she recruited online, helped clean and fix them, restoring those memories to their owners.

Hatwalk

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Curated by world renowned British milliners, Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy; Hatwalk brought together 21 emerging and established designers to showcase British millinery at its very best. The one day event which saw bespoke hats designed for some of London’s statues,
celebrated London’s standing as a global capital of millinery and emphasized its rich heritage, bringing the sometimes overlooked statues to life.

It gets two thumb ups from me.

(via Design Boom)

Planet Hiltron

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Something fun to start off the week. New York-based pop artist Danny Evans has put together this hilarious photo series, Planet Hiltron, depicting what the Hollywood elite would look like if they were everyday normal folk.

Arbre à Basket

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A/LTA architects designed ‘Arbre à Basket’, a basketball court in the form of a tree that has been positioned in front of the Maison Des Hommes et des Techniques in Nantes, France. The installation offers a new way of interacting with sport venues, the hoops branch at different heights allowing play for multiple teams and different age groups. Nice.

(via Design Boom)

Arbre à Basket

Arbre à Basket

Arbre à Basket

Who Did What to Our Logo

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From The New York Times who asked eight designers to re-imagine their logo.

You should have seen the letters we received in 1967 when the newspaper’s legendary design director, Louis Silverstein, decided to remove the period at the end of The New York Times logo, which had been there for 116 years. “How would you like to wake up and find your wife’s face had changed?” one reader asked. We hate to imagine what that reader would think of this week’s cover. We asked eight designers to re-imagine the logo. Four ended up on four different covers, and another four ran inside the issue. We also have 10 additional sketches. Here, the designers describe how they approached the assignment.

Big Appetites by Christopher Boffoli

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How wonderful is this new series entitled ‘Big Appetites’ by Christopher Boffoli. My favourite the bar-code line-up, genius.

Big Appetites is a series of fine art photographs by artist Christopher Boffoli. The series presents tiny, meticulously detailed figures posed in real food environments, referencing both a cultural fascination with tiny things as well as an American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli

Miniature people by Christopher Boffoli