Time to make a book. Patricia Urquiola.

Rizzoli New York.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The first monograph on the works of Patricia Urquiola, whose eclectic approach to product design and architecture has established her as one of the key figures in contemporary design. A superstar in the world of design, Patricia Urquiola s portfolio of architectural projects and product designs is as diverse as it is intensely personal from a house for Patrizia Moroso, to the interiors of boutique hotels, to industrial design, and with products that include chairs, watches, and cutlery.

Her eclectic eye, her design style, and the “thinking with the hands” effectively sums up the Spanish designer’s working method, Patricia Urquiola, one of the most sought minds in contemporary design. In title of this book already reveals a declaration: to seize the day, the moment and the time necessary for a deeper look at her work, to lay down in black-and-white the milestones in an articulated journey.


Zimoun: 43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper, 2013.

Zimoun 2013 [VIDEO] from STUDIO ZIMOUN.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Art, Design, VIDEO
Today we are pleased to announce the new video from Studio Zimoun portraying the installation they developed in 2013 for Orbital Garden Bern, in the capital city of Switzerland. Zimoun's projects are always very interesting; this project is called «43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper» but it could easily be renamed after the curious and evocative feeling it provokes.

The motors are situated beneath the packing papers activated the sweeping surface, shifting different segments at various intervals so that the entire expanse seems to be a paper sea, the surface stirs with a rustling sound that is very much a part of the sculpture’s intention — patterns of noise and sequences of echoing audio materialize in the kinetic sphere.

Recent displays of Zimoun's work include exhibitions at...


The Color Project at IFP Media Center.

by MPC New York [VIDEO] from MPC Digital.
metalocus, LUIS TERRAIN
Design, VIDEO
‘The Color Project’ explores narratives through colour. The project, created by MPC New York in collaboration with artist Thompson Harrell, explores narratives through colour, line, and form found in geographic satellite imagery. The piece utilizes Google Earth, and custom software programmatically records the geographical features of each location, which are presented on an impressive wall of 27 HD screens.

The main technical hurdle was scale: the sheer amount of content needed to create the installation was prohibitive without a scalable custom software solution.  We first needed to analyze well over 1,000 square miles of satellite imagery from 12 different locations, and identify hundreds of "meaningful" colors at pixel-level in each location.

The formal motifs of...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Smart contact lens project by Google.

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...


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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