24/01/2014

OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion.

By Open Architecture. [Beijing] China.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
It is highly probable that a temporary sales pavilion will be built before the selling of any new housing project in China. These pavilions become an opportunity for architects to test and try out new ideas and experiments. OPEN Architecture designed this prototype for a temporary pavilion that includes the possibilty of being disassembled, moved and reassembled on a different location. This pavilion is the result of concepts and experimentation based on ten years long research on mass-customization.

Memory of project.

As a unique Chinese architectural typology in recent years, sales pavilion reflects rather interesting phenomena. A sales pavilion will surely be built before the...

21/01/2014

25 dresses for 25 cities. Fashion paper by Jule Waibel for Bershka

[VIDEO] from Jule Waibel. Trhough 31/01/2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Art, Design
Taking advantage of the sales season, the Spanish brand Bershka has launched a special project to the young German designer Jule Waibel, who inspired in the mysterious bag of Mary Poppins has designed a collection of dresses in paper titled "Entfaltung" (unfold/expand/develop) with the help of a complex and expressive folding technique.

The garments are showcased in windows of selected Bershka shops  around the world. Jule exhibits in 24 stores around the world (the end is one less), from Madrid...

19/01/2014

More arched forms, please. Hongkung Art Gallery by penda.

[Beijing] China
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Art, Design
Vienna and Beijing Design collective Penda has design the Hongkung Art Gallery and Art Arcadion, with a sequence of arches. The 2000 sqm space is located on the outskirts of the city. The project provided a new reception area where curved openings of different sizes guide visitors through to the existing exhibition rooms. The project only took 38 days from the first sketch to its opening for the public.

The curves begin at the building's entrance and continue around the space to create arches of different sizes and alternating orientations.

Located on the southern 3rd ring road in Beijing, the white exterior of the Hongkun Art Gallery works a sculptural focal point for the area. Entering the gallery through an...

18/01/2014

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! Container or content?

Somerset House [LON] UK. until 02/03/2013
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
The latest exhibition to hit Somerset House this winter is a huge celebration of an iconic patron of British fashion, the late Isabella Blow. Container or content? Architecture or exhibition? What is the question?

Famed for discovering and launching British fashion talents, most notably Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Julian Macdonald, the aristocracy born Isabella began her career in the 1980s and rose to the heights of Fashion Director for Tatler. During her illustrious career, Isabella was at the forefront of British fashion for thirty years and amassed an impressive and unique wardrobe of couture. Now owned by Daphne Guiness, Isabella’s wardrobe...

17/01/2014

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! The Book.

Somerset House [LON] UK. Rizzoli
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Isabella Blow was one of fashion’s most courageous, outrageous, and imaginative muses. This book is a beautifully photographed insider’s look at her highly influential personal style and wardrobe. If you like fashion, photography and design, this is a must-have you can't miss!

Isabella Blow was said to have been a one-off of her own creation in a world of copycats. She had a gift for spotting fashion genius—her discoveries included Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, and Sophie Dahl, all of whom became instantaneously iconic. Her eye put her at the center of the high fashion scene, yet Isabella’s pedigree, intoxicating energy, wicked sense of humor, boundaries-pushing aesthetics, and her willingness to wear the...

17/01/2014

Smart contact lens project by Google.

[TEC]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Scientists at the Google[x] research facility in California have begun testing on an intelligent contact lens containing tiny electronics that could constantly monitor glucose levels in the tears of people to help control diabetes. It is a huge and growing problem—affecting one in every 19 people on the planet.

"We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring...

16/01/2014

2 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 16.5x12x5cm by ZIMOUN.

Zimoun 2013 [VIDEO] from STUDIO ZIMOUN and studio production by Janis Weidner.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Art, Design, VIDEO
Today we present a video from Studio Zimoun's new project. Zimoun's installations are experimental explorations about sound, material and space, many of which we have published in earlier occassions and which you can see on the links below. Zimoun is currently on display at Bourgogne, France and Miami, USA.

Zimoun is a contemporary artist with a studio located in Bern, Switzerland. He is most known for his sound sculptures, sound architectures and installation art that combine raw, industrial materials such as cardboard boxes, plastic bags, or old furniture, with mechanical elements such as dc-motors, wires, microphones, speakers and ventilators.

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15/01/2014

A handmade house by Louise Campbell.

Das Haus 2014. Imm Cologne. [Cologne] Germany. 13-19/01/2013
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Architecture, Design
What Louise Campbell has erected in Pure Village at the imm cologne with such incredible passion for detail isn’t one house, it’s two! Two timber-framed, prototypical houses with an exposed beam structure that look as if they were positioned at an angle to one another on the floor of the hall and then pushed inside one another like a telescope. The posts of one house have been painted white, those of the other a light grey. The rectangular overlap in the middle created by the intersection of the two volumes marks the spot where opposites are reconciled and the two houses merge into one.

The structure, which has a footprint of 240 m2 and is made of wooden beams, larch shingles and lots and lots of fabrics, turns out to be a thoroughly attractive and seductive experimental setup. Louise Campbell wants to figure out how opposites can be reconciled through design. And in her eyes, the biggest conceivable contradiction in our lives is the (in-) compatibility of man and woman, of reason and emotion – which makes a partnership between the...

14/01/2014

Aesop Kawaramachi New Store in Japan.

By Torafu Architects. [Kyoto] Japan.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Torafu Architects designed new store for Aesop in a modern and expensive neighbourhood in Kyoto, on a main shopping street. The design respects the existing structure but shows a modern style. Casual yet welcoming, matching the city's environment.

Memory of project.

We planned the interior and exterior of the new store in Kawaramachi, Kyoto tor Australian skin care brand Aesop. The store is located on the 1st floor of a...

12/01/2014

Marguerite Duras or "Bientôt l’été" a new "notgame".

[VIDEO] from Tale of Tales
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Art, Design, VIDEO
Bientôt l’été is an interactive computer program that requires 3D hardware acceleration. More than 3 years after their previous title, Tale of Tales’s new videogame is now available for download. Much like its predecessors The Path and The Graveyard, Bientôt l’été is a game following the “notgames” philosophy that seeks to employ the medium of videogames for the creation of interactive art and entertainment not restricted by formal structures of rules, goals, challenges or competition.

Bientôt l’été is designed the way it is because we felt it was the best way to address the themes we wanted to explore. The work is inspired by the novels and films of French author Marguerite Duras. It deals with love and loneliness, desire and despair, coyness and cruelty. We feel videogames provide an excellent medium to address such intricate...

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