Water Balloon Room by Torafu

Gallery in The Shinjuku area [TOK] Japan.
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TORAFU ARCHITECTS has designed the "water balloon" site installation for the "Eco & Art Award 2014"exhibition held at the Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery and presented by Konica Minolta as a socio-cultural corporate initiative.

"water balloon" is the product of a collaboration with a glass artist and each light bulb is made by hand using glass recycled from fluorescent lamps. As a result, no two water balloons have the same shape. Moreover, the bubbles inside each unique shape help produce a distinctive ethereal light.

By bringing visitors to bathe in light emanating from the 36 "water...


How Did Famous Creative People Spend Their Days?

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How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Anyone who does creative work knows how difficult it can be to structure your day to maximize productivity. Do you wake up and write immediately? Eat a hearty breakfast, go for a walk, and then get to painting? Do you set aside five hours before bed to compose, because that’s when you work best? Other questions arise beyond the work, too: How many hours of sleep do you need a night? How many cups of coffee should you drink per day?

Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for...


The Real World of Mad Men.

AMC. 13/04/2014
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In anticipation of the last Mad Men season 7 (April 13 on US and April 14 on Canal Spain), and because today on AMC (US) is back Mad Men season 6 premiere, TIME brings to you a rare insider’s tour of the Time & Life Building in the 1960s.

The New York City's Time & Life Building, was located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas and designed by the Rockefeller family’s architects, Harrison & Abramowitz & Harris,  and first opened its doors in 1959, meaning that Don Draper were some of its earliest (fictional) occupants.

Today, six decades later,  much...


1st: Google Glass Redesign by Isabelle Olsson. 2nd: partnership with Luxottica.

[VIDEOS] by Google.
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Luxottica Group, a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium, luxury and sports eyewear and Google Inc., announce today they have agreed they will join forces to design, develop and distribute a new breed of eyewear for Glass.

Today’s announcement offers a far reaching strategic partnership between Luxottica and Google to work together across multiple efforts on the creation of innovative iconic wearable devices. Through this relationship, Luxottica and Google, who are setting the pace in their respective industries, will match up high-tech developers with fashion designers and eyewear professionals. In particular, the two Corporations will establish a team of experts...


The Guggenheim Explores Futurism’s Many Facets.

Exhibition. Guggenheim New York Museum. [NYC] US.
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“Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” is an stunning exhibition curated by Vivien Greene for the Guggenheim in New York. The exhibition has the unquestionable bonus of being extremely informative and equally inclusive, to encourage the US public to appreciate an often neglected avant-garde.

Italian Futurism was officially launched in 1909 when Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian intellectual, published his “Founding and Manifesto of Futurism” in the French newspaper Le Figaro. Marinetti’s continuous leadership ensured the movement’s cohesion for three and half decades, until his death in 1944.

To be a Futurist in the Italy of the...


8 seconds. London's architecture and fashion.

Barbican Art Centre.[LON] UK. , from 09/04-25/08/2014
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Montreal photographer Nicolas Ruel was chosen to appear alongside famous artists and fashion photographers to showcase their works in the travelling international exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, during its stop in London, at the Barbican Art Centre, from April 9th to August 25th, 2014.

"Nicolas Ruel has a young and refreshing eye that is very different from most photographers. His pictures have an artistic tone that goes beyond simple fashion photography. The quality of his work compares to the same level as those from Andy Warhol, Pierre and Giles or David Lachapelle that we selected for the exhibition," states Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator at the...


Prada Catwalk Milan Fashion Week 2014.

[VIDEO] Milan Fashion Week. [MIL] Italy.
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In another collaboration with Prada, architect Rem Koolhaas and the Office Of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) create an atmospheric theatrical fashion catwalk. The performance, about this 2014 Fall/Winter catwalk, was on last January.

It is well known the close collaboration between Prada and OMA/AMO architecture office, to design its fashion catwalks each season. Below, images of the participation of Prada in the Fashion Week in Milan 2014.


PAULA BONET. What to do when THE END appears on the screen.

[VIDEO] PAULA BONET. Mad is Mad Gallery. [MAD] Spain. 6/03-22/03/2014
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"Qué hacer cuando en la pantalla aparece THE END / What to do when THE END appears on the screen.", is the title of the exhibition dedicated to PAULA Bonet, one of the most dynamic young illustrators in Spain and a phenomenon of fans on social networks, organized by Gunter Gallery.

It opens tomorrow and will be the first solo exhibition by the illustrator Paula Bonet in Madrid to mark the publication of her book "What to do when THE END appears on the screen." Mad is Mad Gallery will host on Thursday March 6, fifteen original artwork belonging to the volume edited by Lunwerg speaking of crushes, friendship, butterflies in the stomach, infidelity, lump in the throat ...

A book about the end,...


Time in Motion. Fong Qi Wei, about the City.

[Shanghai] China
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From Singapore these works by Fong Qi Wei photographer shows us a series of short animated gifs, about Shanghai, overlooking cityscapes and other waterfront landscapes. Under title ‘time in motion’ was originally captured as still images, shot from the same position at various times of the day. After, were put together spiraling in circles that fold into each other through the digital gif format, with stunning results!

This is a follow up to his previous series Time is a Dimension (TIAD). In TIAD, he spliced different time slices into a single print. That was to work within the nature of a physical print. However, in this set of manipulations, I present a medium that is neither a print nor a video. In short, he uses the GIF format (don’t ask me how it is to be pronounced!) to create a looping animation that shows a single landscape / seascape but with a constant shimmer of … time.


Ariel Rider Ebikes

Bann Industries [Hong Kong]
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Bann Industries is a Hong Kong based ebike company. Bann Industries has decided to produce one thing that many other brands have been neglected: combining cutting edge technologies with old school charm for style conscious riders!

Living in an era where sustainability is no longer a luxury but must, many brands are struggling to get more people on sustainable vehicles.

While cruiser bikes have always had a nostalgic side to them, consumers don’t go for a product just because it has a nostalgic gloss. People are searching for game changing technologies, unique craftsmanships and styles. Those who are passionate for innovation...



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