Moving a capital city is an important decision. In 1998, Kazakhstan unveiled its new capital and Almaty lost its status to Astana, located 1300 kilometers up North.
As the world’s most recent capital city after Pyinmana (Myanmar), Astana is also the symbol of a new start, a unique initiative in the Post-Soviet region. Fabrice Fouillet’s project ‘Eurasism’ depicts a landscape coined by old Soviet architecture and new developing modern buildings.
Mikey Sorbello is a coffee roaster and barista at Climpson & Sons in Hackney. Climpson & Sons was established in 2005, and is considered one of the pioneering venues for London’s now-famous coffee revolution. In the new documentary series Neighbourhood Portraits, fashion label Hardy Amies and innovations studio Present Plus sets out to explore new centers of creativity that are booming on the the edges of London, inspiring, dictating and rejuvenating the contemporary lifestyle.
For the music video of the song Celeste, Ezra Vine called in designer and animator Robert Wallace and Jonatan Jönsson. They made an animation starring a strange faceless figure in on a seemingly endless quest.
When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry.
Absolut Vodka delved into Woodkid’s history and follows the story of how he discovered and developed his talent. A beautiful and inspiring portrait of one of today’s most popular artists.
Japanese architect Nobuo Araki designed this house with the sea as neighbour in mind. Just south of Tokyo, this Japanese approach on connecting houses and nature proves to work out fine once again. The large windows enable the residents to view the sea from the huge living room and roof terrace. Using concrete, glass, wood and steel, Araki kept this house minimalistic and warm at the same time.
This gorgeous three and a half minute of undulating, constantly-morphing animation by Masanobu Hiraoka demands to be watched on the largest display currently at your disposal. Grab your headphones too! Aimar Molero‘s music/sound design properly sets the atmosphere and breathes life into the sloshing, shifting abstract forms.
Lars Focke is a freelance UX designer from Hamburg, Germany and passionate about photography and graphic design. Being only a parttime photographer, Focke is extraordinary good. For this series he photographed the Hamburg Messe, a congress and fair center. Not particularly interesting at first sight, but Focke finds lines and forms nobody else sees.
Benedict Morgan had the idea for his Wrapping Paper series some time before actually executing it. When camouflaging an object the shape and outlines must be retained in order for the viewer to recognize it, otherwise it would just simply blend in with the background and disappear.
Simon Stålenhag is an artist based in the countryside outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Simon has been involved with a lot of different projects, ranging from films, commercials and book covers to art directing and concepting for video games. He’s also the second half of Pixeltruss (the other half being Tommy Salomonsson), who recently released the amazing 16-bit platformer Ripple Dot Zero.
William Trubridge is a freediver. He trained his body to dive without any professional diving gear. While concentrating on his breath and movement, he tumbles deeper and deeper into the ocean. Amazing to see the level of control Trubridge has over his body. He describes the sensation of freefalling underwater and how he uses different techniques.
Inside the complexity of the city, Maarten van Schaik looks for ‘black holes’ or ‘non-places’, where color, light, materials, lines and strange objects play together inside the frame of his camera. As he describes himself: “things and places that remain unnoticed in our hectic, everyday lives”. Car Nudes is a project that embodies the ‘non-places’ van Schaik sees. Smart reflections play a big role in these photographs.