Archive for the 'materials' Category

Contraband: Strange Cargo at Kennedy Airport

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The NYtimes has a great post on “Strange Cargo at Kennedy Airport” by Taryn Simon. Everything from the bizarre, the obvious,  questionable, and extremely curious  objects.

These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs — shot over five days last year for the book and exhibition, ‘‘Contraband’’ — of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. The miscellany of prohibited objects — from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd — attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires.

See the project here, read more about it, or  see many of the picture mirrored after the jump.
Buy the book with all 1,075 images on Steidl.

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Sensing Nature

Monday, July 26th, 2010

What a great installation in Tokyo! Wish I were there to experience it…as if I were inside a big snow globe!

“‘sensing nature‘, an exhibition which rethinks the japanese perception of nature, has just opened at the mori art museum, tokyo with interpretations of the subject made by takashi kuribayashitaro shinoda and tokujin yoshioka. the three japanese artists / designers give abstract or symbolic expression to immaterial or amorphous concepts as well as natural phenomenon such as snow, water, wind, light, stars, mountains, waterfalls and forests. their ideas of nature suggest that it is not something that is to be contrasted with the human world, but that it is something that incorporates all life-forms, including human beings. the exhibition consists of newly commissioned works by each of the three artists, each attempting to stimulate our sense of nature through large-scale installations.

designboom gave a preview of some of the works that would be on show in the exhibition, now here’s a look at the final installation of tokujin yoshioka’s ‘snow’ that is on show.”

more images after jump mirrored from designboom

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Icon Letter and Envelope

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Following an old but still fun trend in pixelating products in our world is turning digital icons into products. This is probably one of my favorites but I really can’t wait until our entire physical world is represented by 2d objects… graphics and products at their best… at least visually.
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via designmilk (source: brigandacreative)
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TEDxCambridge: How do you eat? May 16th

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

I’ve been incredibly busy helping organize the TEDxCambridge event occurring May 16th at the MIT Stata Center. The theme “How do you eat”  is based off of this year TED prize winner Jamie Oliver in regards to Food and education. If you are in Boston May 16th, apply to get an invite and let me know. We can only invite 300 attendees and registration will close soon. You can learn more on tedxcambridge.com

Also, if you are in a position to sponsor any food, funding, or gifts for the event, please contact me asap. (now! =) ).
We will have 2 break sessions followed by an evening event in eating, drinking, and idea sharing!

Lots of awesome speakers in the line up!
- Wylie Dufresne: WD 50
- Chandler Burr: Times Scent critic
- Dan Ariely: Behavioral Economist
- Richard Chisolm: Filmmaker
- John Gertsen: Mixologist
-  many more!

update: Photos on flickr, via eddric(350),Tino(40), JB (60), millie(16)


Peter Root: Ephemicropolis

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010


Artist Peter Root takes 100,000 staples to create Ephemicropolis representing a small city ranging in building sizes.
via designboom

tons of pics mirrored after jump.

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Cardboard Furniture

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

I’ve mentioned  1 sheet cardboard furniture studies as one of the RISD freshmen foundation projects, but one other great project was making furniture with lots of cardboard. I do not have any pictures from my time there, but Lazerian Studio has a great example with similar results. Oh the memories!

via inhabitat

Lazerian Studio


2 x 4 ring

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The 2 x 4 ring. Comes in Sterling Silver or 14 kt gold!  I want!
via digandiona


UK’s Seed Cathedral is a Tribute to Green

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


Wow! This fuzzy like cathedral of spiky seeds is awesome!

“With just under 2 weeks to go until the shanghai world expo 2010 opens, the UK pavilion has been complete and is being used for testing ahead of the event.

Designed by thomas heatherwick studio the 20 meter high cube like structure is pierced by 60,000 slim and transparent acrylic rods. the centerpiece of the pavilion is the seed cathedral, where visitors will be able to explore a variety of seeds of different plants  featured on the end of each rod.”

mirrored pics after the jump via designboom

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If paper towels could talk

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

haha. If paper towels could talk. Please someone make a lineup of these…tissue paper, toilet paper, rolls, etc.

via bookofjoe


Manga Farming

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Pretty cool idea. Replace a flower vase with a manga book placed inside a little tray. Water and insert seeds inside the book for some pretty cool results.

Many images mirrored after the jump via pinktentickle

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Stukenborg: Letterpress Dice Prints

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Stukenborg create these rather simple letter press prints using dice! I love it when artist use everyday items to make beautiful prints. Reminds me a bit of the tree trunk relief prints by Gill.

via make

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Amron Heatswell: Heat Swelling Material

Monday, March 29th, 2010


I’ve seen a variety of cool materials in my days but I’ve never thought about using one to act as a cup holder after pouring in a hot beverage as this Heatswell project by Amron does.  I’m very curious to find out if the actual forms can be controlled. I’m guessing the forms don’t retract either, but if they did, I’d imagine a whole line-up of clothing that changed forms based on the humidity in ones environment. Watch the video above or here. (it gets much more interesting after 1:35)