Selfie

Everyone who enjoys making the infamous duckface for a little ‘Selfie’ once in a while should take a look at this fun video by Andy Martin. Martin describes it as ‘a 60 second warning about self obsession’. The animation is part of the Character Selfie project that invites international designers, illustrators and artists to submit a self-portrait of their character taking snapshots of themselves for the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival. Check their Tumblr, there are already lots of fun artworks by various artists.

Norilsk

These photographs were taken along the outskirts of the city Norilsk. Life here collides with urban sprawl, and the fragility of nature. Within the constancy of human presence, Gronsky photographs recreational moments deep in forested areas or open beaches, in secluded niches or general gathering places.

Cloudwash

Connected appliances have the potential to be better designed, with new features, new services, and even new business models. Cloudwash is a prototype washing machine. Berg created Cloudwash to explore how connectivity will change the appliances in our homes, and to figure out what new features will be possible.

The Acid – Basic Instinct

The Acid is a collaboration between Adam Freeland, Steve Nalepa and Ry X. Each from another continent, each with their own expertise. Together they produced ‘The Acid EP’ which sounds dreamy with some unexpected dark twists. For ‘Basic Instinct’ they called in Dugan O’Neal to help Ry X directing the video. LA based group WIFE visualizes the dreaminess of the song in their performance. See the simple but striking website from The Acid for more info on the trio.

Coen Cast

Portland-based artist Richard Perez started a Tumblr to collect his illustrations of characters from Coen Brothers films. We’re especially drawn to the quiet palettes he’s given each illustration, a detail that is very reminiscent of the films themselves. Be sure to follow along.

Fontanella

Who doesn’t want to have a house with a view? The view that is equally breathtaking during the summer as during the winter requires a truly special place to admire it from. This amazing house – wooden in and outside – was designed by Austrian studio Bernardo Bader Architects. Softness of the elevation and simplicity of the interior merges with wintery landscapes.

Horyon Lee

Horyon Lee creates fetishized images of women’s bodies, revealed through lifted or taken down skirts. He reflects different positions between men who are tempted and women who tempt as a symbolical expression of eroticism. The women in the painting, who are the object of desire, are presented as exhibitionists who explicitly expose their femininity regardless of voyeurs. The overlapping images create a dynamic impression, as if they were moving.

Copenhagen

Decades of refined craftsmanship within loudspeaker technology is weaved with Nordic design in Vifa’s global launch as a new audio brand. Copenhagen is the first wireless loudspeaker in a series to be launched over the next few years. The series has been designed for anyone who values exclusive design just as much as authentic sound.

43,000 Feet

On his way to a statistics conference, John Wilkins is the victim of a freak accident, sucked out of the plane when an emergency door fails mid-flight. Realising he has several minutes before he hits the ground, he reflects on his past, formulates a plan for hitting the ground, and rehearses what he will say to the media on the off-chance that he survives.

Pacemaker

DJing is great fun and full of creative possibilities but often means having to buy expensive gear and be limited to only use music from local files. Pacemaker for iPad completely changes this with its beautiful interface, ease of use and Spotify’s music library built right in.

Solo Cello

Solo Cello is a smartly suspended chair made by the French craftsmen at Les Ateliers Guyon. It’s rare to find something as simple as a chair in such a innovative shape. From the leather surface to the strings, all elements on this chair are functional.
You can admire the careful process of assembling in the video. The Solo Cello is the first in a collection to be launched next year.

AZL Headquarters

The AZL Pension Fund Headquarters is an extension to an existing office building dating from the 1940s, in the center of Heerlen, the Netherlands. The old part of this building was constructed during a wealthy era of coal mining. The extension was completed in 1995 by Wiel Arets Architects, a local architect who operates world wide. WAA chose to use perforated steel plates, slabs of concrete and hints of black next to the old brick walls. On one side, a wide opening in the concrete boosts the buildings character.

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