These lights were so beautiful, I wanted to reach out and touch them
Designed by Jeff Zimmerman from the Gallery “R 20th Century”
The unique “Vine” illuminated sculpture is made with 21 hand-blown round pearl globes that look like glowing fruit.
Finally back on Tumblr after ages
and back to posting picks of Design Days Dubai
This product was one of my all time favourites: the Fragile Future 3.4 lighting/sculpture by Lonneke Gordijin and Ralph Nauta will make kids all over squeal in delight.
Made of units that can be fitted into a customised shape, you can blow the dandelion seeds attached to the LEDs to make a wish.
Materials: Electronics, phosphorus bronze, LED lights, dandelion seed heads
While checking out the Design Days Dubai fair, I got to see some powerful conceptual artwork from painter Katrin Friedriks
I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her at Design Days Dubai with her young son
and was nice enough to give me one of her few product booklets.
On her work:
"In black and white dominance, artworks are explosive, roaring and unpredictable as in perpetual motion."
”[…] I realize you have the idea of introducing and involving politics in a story through paintings. […] Seeing the way you organize your paintings in sequences or in verses like a discourse, you are at the limit between writing and graphics, painter gesture and semantics; (this is) the limit where you start to read a painting!”
Went on a trip to Dubai first Design Days fair which took place March 19th-21
Was basically an amalgamation of designers from all over the world showcasing their products in the categories of art, interior design and furniture.
Took plenty of photos to be sure ;)
Awesome Interactive Screen that makes wings appear when you flap your arms <3
Ice Angel by Dominic Harris (Cinimod Studio, London) will be presented for the first time during the Dubai fair. The brand new interactive design creation is presented by Priveekollektie (Heusden, The Netherlands)
As the user moves their arms a new wing shape appears, unfurling from the shoulders, moving and displacing virtual snow. The wings are created dynamically and are linked to the participant. The artwork has a ‘memory’, capturing a hidden view of the participant and their angel wings, and this specific angel identity remains linked to that participant in any future encounters with the artwork.
The merging of angel mythology and the natural phenomenon of light travelling to earth creates an intriguing intersection. In modern terms, light is our messenger, allowing us to view the universe. An angel’s form is inherently human, yet an angel always originates from beyond.
via Design Days Blog
will put up more in later posts
via Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (Official T&V site)
Said to look like Arthur C. Clarke’s Monolith floating in the forest, this collection of treehouses in Sweden are the ultimate in “stealth”
A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the Arctic Circle. A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4×4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings
To prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only.
Plan and Roof Plan
The construction also alludes to how man relates to nature, how we use high tech materials and products when exploring remote places in harsh climates (Gore-tex, Kevlar, composite materials, light weight tents etc).
Check out the interior :) :
The functions included provide for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree.
Definitely would want to stay there!
Designing the News
“The purpose of this project is to promote the awareness of global current events with the American public,” Selman wrote in the introduction to his website. “‘American citizens know little about current events in general and even less about overseas events’ according to The Washington Post in 2006.”
- May 7, 2011 - Libya ‘scatters mines’ in Misrata
- August 29, 2011 - Colombia’s long task to identify conflict victims
- August 16, 2011 - Tibetan monk burns himself to death in China
- April 23, 2011 - Syria protests: Security forces shoot at mourners
- April 19, 2011 - India: Haryana widows battered to death
Visit BBCx360 to view this exceptional project.
I LOVE things like this. Brilliant.
Designing the News: Posters promote awareness of events to unknowing American citizens.
via My Modern Met
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates incredibly intricate mazes made entirely out of salt! Currently showing at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan is one of his newest works entitled “Forest of Beyond.”
The story about why Yamamoto started down this path is a sad and tragic one. He was a third-year student at the Kanazawa College of Art in 1996 when his younger sister died at the young age of 24 — two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer. To ease his grief and to honor her memory, he starting working on these installations. Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil. Since 2001, he’s been creating these amazing floor installations by filling a plastic bottle, usually used for machine oil, with white salt and then sprinkling it on the floor.
The Hakone installation (seen above and immediately below) looks like a giant tree with visible branches. Working 14 hours a day, it took him two weeks to complete.
As he told Japan Times, “I draw with a wish that, through each line, I am led to a memory of my sister. That is always at the bottom of my work. Each cell-like part, to me, is a memory of her that I call up, like a tiff I had with her over a pudding cake she took from the fridge. My wish is to put such tiny episodes together.”
See a selection of his other incredible works, below.