Concept

Geodes in the City

3D paper geodes crystallize in the holes at the alley corners and the pipes. It stands out from the traditional street art with graffiti and paint. Los Angeles based A Common Name studio is creating their street art project at different little corners around the world. Be observant and see how these artificial geodes fit into urban landscape and weather like the natural ones. Discover treasures of life through another lens just like how a gem stone could be found before they are polished into becoming one of the brightest diamond in the world.

iStay.Inn X Start From Zero

Best friend has just started an urban art hostel, iStay.inn in Singapore, which aims to offer another creative yet comfy choice for those who are running on a tighter budget.  And studio friends Start from Zero collaborates by giving this Lion City another street art flair and vibe with their painting. Next time you swing by, take a look at this little indie joint where many free souls and creative minds meet and greet.

iStay.Inn - An Urban Art Hostel 211A South Bridge Road, Singaore

JR is going to exhibit in Hong Kong

JR is a photography comes from Paris, He has described himself as a "photograffeur", as his works are not framed and hanged in gallery only, his works are exhibited in every city, every place and everywhere. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world. And always create large impact with the photo and environment. The Wrinkles of the City / Shanghai   / 2010

Women Are Heroes / Brazil   / 2008 - 2009

He is going to have an exhibition named as " Pattern" at Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, on September-November. Go there to feel how's the impact of his artworks!

The office site of JR

The site of Galerie Perrotin

become a window farmer

Windowfarm is an idea by artists Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray in February, 2009. Riley read the article by "Why Bother?" Michael Pollan in the New York Times Magazine in conjunction with Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody. She wanted to grow some of her own food but lived in a 5-story walk-up in Brooklyn. Rooftop growing was problematic, so harnessing the light in the window plus the year-round climate control of an apartment seemed promising. With limited space, dirt growing was not an option. So, the challenge was to make hydroponics vertical and optimized for the window space.

Here is what they created:

 

Since the public launch last year, the community of windowfarmers on our.windowfarms.org have contributed innovations from the perspective of end uses that helped evolve the Windowfarms designs. The community has grown to more than 13,000 members around the world. The project has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in dozens of publications.

 

It a perfect gift option for our urban dweller friends. Its a gift that keeps on giving.

http://www.windowfarms.org/

little shining flying man

People in all generation love to fly and thus objects about getting elevated to the air has always been popular. Created by Heather Peak and Ivan Morsion, Little Shining Man is a sculpture that has the potential for flight. The design of the structure is based around the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell, multiplied out into colliding cubes that take their form from the cubic formations of the mineral Pyrite. A double wing module has been duplicated and arranged into a tight cellular structural arrangement that appears as a heavy, un-flyable mass. Utilising lightweight materials and the symmetry of the module and composition, it is able to fly freely and steadily. The kite flown in the images is one section of an arrangement of three, that come together to create the final piece of sculpture that is taken own from display once a year to be flown in St. Aubin’s Bay. More than 23,000 individual components make up the complete structure. Entirely assembled by hand; from design through to delivery more than 16 months of work.

reCaptcha to capture you

I am so sure almost 99% of you all have used Captcha in some ways when you purchase things online or submitting comments over the net. Captcha is acronym for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". It's one of those moments when you see distorted letters and numerals on screen and the system would require you to retype them to make sure that you are a person who is going through the process. What interests me is the adaptation of this idea called reCaptcha.  Instead of 1 set of words are expected to be retyped, there are 2 sets of words to be confirmed by the user. During the process of this entering the words and letters, it's utilizing our time to digitize content from sources such old books, newspapers and radio programs being during the time while the bulk of these content are being scanned, many times, a portion of the content cannot be read or digitized properly and thus reCaptcha aims to use our time doing verification but at the same time to digitize content. The initiative is super intelligent that it aims to use our time smartly and for a bigger cause of the society. More importantly, this initiative needs your participation to make it work. The more you apply reCaptcha on your site, the more people would be exposed to participating in the process. Please keep this happy ball rolling for yourself and others.

cam popping up

Long time client CAM aka Creatively Active Minds who specializes in conceptualizing interesting thoughts into objects has recently curated their very bespoke retail space in Singapore at the renowned Paragon up on Orchard Road. If you are into things that has a story and history behind, don't miss out on this opportunity to see and own them and curate your very own creative space.

Visit CAM Popup Store in Singapore at Paragon Shopping Center, 290 Orchard Road on Ground Floor at the Atrium from now till 31 December 2011.

fly me to the moon

I find this bench super interesting as the balloon looks so real, and imagine just sitting there enjoying your favorite read with a Mojito in hand in Summer! "This is bench was visually inspired by the feeling of floating that the main character felt in the French movie, “Le Ballon Rouge”(1953).  In reality the bench is suspended from the ceiling by 4 anchors concealed by the balloon shapes. This creates the illusion of the bench being lifted by balloons."  Japanese really know how to bring dream to live, you can tell from the amazing animation and products they design. This dreamy bench is brought to you by h220430.

Via DWELL, Asia Volume 1

mb!

So many established luxury brands out there are looking into ways for rejuvenation and revitalization. Alfred Dunhill, Pringle of Scotland, Burberry, BMW and now it's Mercedes Benz. mb! by Mercedes-Benz is a magazine that documents and reflects contemporary culture.  There are many personal and intelligent stories, reports and interviews as well as inspiring visuals. Extra note about mb! is the other site which falls under Mercedes' initiative is The Avant Garde Diaries, it's a neat pool of many creative people short films. All the brands are now adopting the editorial approach trying resonate their brand with the personality and character whom their customers could draw association with, just to stay differentiating. The more we see, the harder it becomes for we users, to differentiate the brands now.

the art of clean up

Swedish photographer Ursus Wehrli has recently published a book, The Art of Clean Up, and has received a lot of attention for its humourous and obsessive compulsive take on daily life. Watch his TED 2006 conference talk, and view more of his photographs where he has strangely and neatly re-organized everything from cars, pine needles to the letters in alphabet soup. Once you start, it seems you just can't stop.

massive health

Health care is a timeless issue. Aza Raskin together with many others create the Massive Health which aims to design consumer health-care products that can improve the society or the world. I like his saying "Good design is not about thinking outside the box. It's about finding the right box to think inside." The brand identity reflects clearly this vision and mission - an infinite improvement in health care with love.

hybrid nebuta

Nebuta is by Japanese origin meaning a float of the warrior figure with dancers congregating around the figures and these are absolutely traditional. Molo design from Canada has escalated the concept to a more global and design-driven level and transforming the tradition to something our current generation could appreciate and relate!

Via Ming Pao Weekly Issue 2235

sourced grocer

Sourced Grocer branding project by ONE IOTA based in Brisbane, Australia.

Here's an excerpt on the creative process from their blog—"The posters and hand outs feature oddly coloured shots of fruit and vegetables that we literally nailed to our wall in the studio and shot in high res. The rationale behind the odd colouring was to engage the viewer to sub-consiencly question the produce they are looking at, and in conjunction with the branding statements begin them on the process of questioning the origin and seasonality of produce they consume in everyday life."