*rugenius - 05.24.12 , 00:30 - 0 Notes

Clerkenwell Design Week: Order of St John’s

church0.jpg The latest from London-based editor, Justine Aw. Today she caught up with the action at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012.

Clerkenwell Design Week always amazes me with its beautiful and unusual venues throughout East London that provide beautiful backdrops for design. In addition to the stunning Farmiloe building and House of Detention. This year, CDW have added a third gorgeous and unexpected venue, the stunning Order of St. John. The order has been taken over by CDW to create two gorgeous gallery spaces, one light, airy and very bright space and a more mysterious, but equally stunning crypt! More photos of this gorgeous space and the beautiful furniture it showcases on the next page.

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*rugenius - 05.21.12 , 22:25 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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A pavilion with bubbles for walls, fruits grown in juice box molds and views of the solar eclipse are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*notcot - 05.18.12 , 20:13 - 0 Notes

Inside Lee Clow’s Beard: the book.

leeclowsbeard0.jpg There’s something magical going on over at TBWA\Chiat\Day in LA ~ I’ve been following @LeeClowsBeard on twitter for years now… endless amusement, for a while it was unclear if it may be the advertising legend Lee himself… then word spread it was another “fake” twitter account… the type that people stop caring is fake because its so well written and amusing. But you always wonder who is behind this stuff, and whether their “inspiration” approves. Well, in the case of Copywriter, Jason Fox, in Dallas,TX… while he managed to last about a year before asking if Lee knew about this twitter, and whether he approved, it seems to have worked out like a dream. Lee not only approved, but now there is a BOOK and an iOS APP!

Here’s a look at Jason Fox’s digital reveal today ~ and it was amazing to get to join the team at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA for the launch of Let There Be Dragons (TBWA\Chiat\Day’s new content creation offshoot who is also responsible for the book!) as well as the @LeeClowsBeard Book! Take a peek on the next page to see the festivities (including real life Lee Clow with 2D Lee Clow and @LeeClowsBeard) and a peek inside the book!

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*rugenius - 05.15.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Birds made from LEGO, fitness minded furniture and camel jumping all feature in this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 05.08.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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A beautiful new take on the climbing wall, a postcard creating Rube Goldberg machine and piles of baby scorpions are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*rugenius - 05.01.12 , 02:03 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Spirit-preserved flowers, top secret USBs and plot lines captured by infographics are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 04.24.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Dumpster pinhole cameras, stupidity in super slow motion and adorable baby coatis are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 04.21.12 , 13:45 - 0 Notes

Light Tunnel at Transmission LA: AV Club

tunnel2.jpg On the way in to Ben Jones’ installation with the crazy 8 bit video room at the Avant/Garde Diaries Transmission LA: A/V Club at MoCA… you go through a trippy and beautiful triangular digital tunnel… see the video on the next page! (I could have sat mesmerized in there for some time!)

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*notcot - , 09:53 - 1 Notes

Ara Peterson & Jim Drain’s Fan Installation at Transmission LA: AV Club

fan1.jpg Ara Peterson & Jim Drain created a mind trip of household fan driven pinwheels which are dizzying and fascinating to walk through at Avant/Garde Diaries Transmission LA: A/V Club at MoCA… Constantly spinning as you wander through them and feel slight breezes coming from different angles, they suck you in if you fixate too hard on a particular one… and looking back it’s amazing to see that it really is just regular fans strategically positioned moving them! See the video and more pics on the next page!

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*notcot - , 00:50 - 0 Notes

Ben Jones At Transmission LA: AV Club

8bit1.jpg If you’re in LA before May 6th, Ben Jones’ installation at the Avant/Garde Diaries Transmission LA: A/V Club at MoCA is a must… no pictures or video can do the nauseatingly bizarre feeling of being in a never ending 8-bit race justice… but that being said, in case you can’t make it here, here’s a peek at how it felt on video on the next page!

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*notcot - 04.20.12 , 23:55 - 0 Notes

Sage Vaughn at TRANSMISSION LA: AV CLUB

butterfly00.jpg One of the artists that caught my eye at the Avant/Garde Diaries: Transmission LA: A/V CLUB was Sage Vaughn… take a look at some of the moth covered drip paintings on the next page!

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*notcot - , 18:08 - 1 Notes

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé Kinetic Lights

concept0.jpg The new Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé debuted last night at MOCA during the Avant/Garde Diaries: Transmission LA: A/V Club festival curated by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. In fact, it is integrated into one of the installations you can experience… “The four-door coupé is set in front of a large, matte mirror wall and is illuminated from above by LED panels arranged at a 30-degree angle to accentuate the distinctive, powerfully taut side lines. The LED lights react to a soundtrack that Ad Rock from Beastie Boys produced specifically for the installation.” says the press release… and from the high ceilings, AIAIAI headphones are hanging for you to stand and listen to the soundtrack as you stand in front of the car.

Throughout the party you’d see people midconversation waving their fingers as if mimicking the action of drumming your fingers on a table (pinky to forefinger one by one…) and you know they were all talking about the most fascinating feature of the Concept Style Coupé ~ the kinetic signal lights. With robotic eyelash like plates covering the yellow signal lights it almost feels like the car is trying to flirt with you as it bats its metal eyelashes.

Shawn had a chance to chat with the design/engineering team about how they worked, saying, “The car’s lights were an exciting opportunity for the design and engineering team to play with new technologies and interactions that we may see in the future. Each kinetic turn signal uses one actuator to power the 6 fingers which reveal the yellow light. This works a bit like a camshaft in your engine, where a single rod has multiple oblong attachments that are all rotated slightly. When the rod spins, the appearance is that of drumming or taping your fingers on a table. The main high/low beam light also opens with it’s own unique twist. It rotates open and has the effect of an iris of a lens. The combination of these simple mechanical elements and different lights offers an amazing peek into what the future of automotive lighting may be.” This also means my dream of programming them to move independently isn’t currently possible… it will be interesting to see if they keep this flirty detail in the production vehicle next year. Take a peek at a video of the lights in action on the next page as well as a few peeks at the car in the installation.

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*notcot - , 04:10 - 0 Notes

Mike D + Mercedes-Benz Necklaces

mikemerc00.jpg It’s another 4am and with so much inspiration from today to share, trying to just pick one to post before passing out… just back from the launch of Mercedes-Benz’s Avant/Garde Diaries: Transmission LA: A/V Club, curated by Mike D of the Beastie Boys at MOCA. A stunning body of work on show, great performance by Santigold, and a peek at the new Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe… but before we get to any of that…

I never thought i’d be the girl wearing a heavy gold chain… especially a gold chain with a Mercedes Emblem! But tonight it happened… I remember as a little girl, being terribly confused when my dad’s Mercedes emblem was stolen. He tried to explain that people turned them into necklaces… It was the 80s. I was pretty young… and it wasn’t until years later that it all started to make sense. Mike D has apparently always had a thing for the car emblems, and even Inspired Fad Boosts VW Emblem Thefts when he was wearing a large VW emblem off a car on a gold chain… So it’s only natural that when curating this art festival (which they gave him carte blanche on!) he created a HUGE Mercedes emblem hanging on a large chain in the central pavillion of the exhibition… as well as a few huge emblems tucked around the space… and then around 25 special chain necklaces with authentic Mercedes-Benz emblems for the artists and key brand folks…

As a girl with a passion for logos and brands since a young age… it was absolutely fascinating to see how far this brand nostalgia goes, and the amusement everyone had seeing the HUGE chain necklace logo pieces as well as the select few roaming the party wearing the Mercedes Necklaces! Christoph Horn (Mercedes-Benz Director of Global Communications) generously gave me his necklace before heading off to china for the autoshow mid party! The details and story of the automotive chain necklace motif are far too fun ~ so take a peek at them (HUGE and life sized) on the next page… they are sure to bring a grin to your face.

p.s. Also take a peek at the brilliant cassette tape USB press kit!

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*rugenius - 04.17.12 , 23:19 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Self-folding origami, beautiful anglerfish, and a bike/turntable are all part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - , 15:50 - 0 Notes

COLOUR ONE for MINI by Scholten & Baijings

mini1.jpg On completely awe inspiring emails that just arrived ~ Serina just sent over an overwhelming number of awesome pictures of the installation and making of the COLOUR ONE for MINI installation by Scholten & Baijings that is currently running in Milan as part of design week. “This work by the internationally renowned Dutch design duo explores the design of a MINI One by examining its composition down to the smallest details and, in so doing, dissecting the design process per se. The upshot is a thought-provoking and inspiring new interpretation that draws on the familiar stylistic devices of Scholten & Baijings - colour and material - to query the rules of automotive design and shed new light on them.” The installation and process looks beautiful ~ see more on the next page!

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