*rugenius - 07.21.11 , 09:00 - 1 Notes

The Truvia Voyage of Discovery with Bompas & Parr

truviaposter.jpg By Justine Aw, London

When I first caught wind of a new collaboration involving Bompas & Parr and Selfridges there was talk of flooded rooftops and rowboats above Oxford Street. And as always with the duo of jellymongers, one never knows quite what to believe (their previous shenanigans have included everything from a breathable cloud of Campari to chocolate waterfalls).

But sure enough, they have certainly delivered. The event’s official title is “The Truvia Voyage of Discovery” and as its name suggests is an introduction for the the natural, calorie-free Truvia┬« sweetener which will make its UK debut through Selfridges in a few months time. In typical Bompas & Parr style, the event must really be seen to be believed. No longer the barren urban rooftop along one of London’s most iconic shopping streets, the roof of Selfridges has been transformed into a home for thousands of stevia plants (from which the sweetener is derived) and a boating lake complete with a waterfall and a magical crystal bar/island. During their visit, voyagers can boat up to a bar where they can enjoy rooftop, boatside libations from the talent of the Experimental Cocktail Club as well as coffee and tea from the Caravan and the Rare Tea Company.

The rooftop madness runs from the 21st - 24th of July. Sadly, all tickets have already sold out!

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*rugenius - 07.19.11 , 03:11 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Crazy rollercoasters, tiny grains of sand and two-headed animals 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 - , 00:32 - 0 Notes

The Tessellation Series by Matthew Shlian

animatedstar.gif Just in from our friends at Ghostly International appealing directly to our geometric love of tessellations… “We are proud to unveil our second art edition from the Ann Arbor-based paper artist and engineer Matthew Shlian. Conceived over a flurry of emails in the spring of this year, The Tessellation Series is an expression of intuitive design evolving from a fixed starting point. To illustrate the process by which the pattern has emerged, the series is presented as five distinct moments, or formations, in its evolution. In each formation, three-dimensional structures spread, in seemingly random order, toward the edge of the page. Closer inspection reveals the fine pencil drawn lines of the geometric shapes from which they rise, a blueprint for a pattern that is at once unfinished and complete.” Aren’t they mesmerizingly beautiful? Especially in animated gif form above? It’s hard to pick which of the various paper sculpture/prints i love best… they seem best when in a full set evolving from one step to the next! “Each tessellation formation is produced in an edition of ten, and comes signed and numbered for a series total of fifty (e.g. the first edition of Tessellation Formation 3 is numbered 31/50).” See details on the next page ~ they are stunning!

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*rugenius - 07.14.11 , 00:39 - 0 Notes

High Arctic at the National Maritime Museum

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High Arctic is a stunning new installation in the National Maritime Museum’s brand new Sammy Ofer Wing which will opens to the public today, July 14th.

The installation is an eerie futuristic work is a collaboration between the National Maritime Museum, UVA (UnitedVisualArtists) and Cape Farewell. The exhibition is designed to capture the scale, beauty and fragility of our arctic environment. The installation was created as a response to the arctic journey of Matt Clark of UVA, who traveled with the arts and climate science foundation Cape Farewell to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in September 2010 aboard the 100-year old Dutch schooner, the Noorderlicht.

A highly interactive space, the exhibition turns visitors into explorers armed with handheld blacklights to discover the dark and everchanging environment while listening to snippets of narration from Arctic explorers (a soundscape created by Max Eastley and Henrik Ekeus from the voices of Arctic explorers and poetry of Nick Drake). The beautiful projections respond dynamically to the approach and movements of visitors and the blacklights reveal glimmers in the exhibition floor and to discover the thousands of columns which represent the real glaciers of Svalbard.

Find out more at the exhibition’s page on the UVA website and its page on the National Maritime Museum site. More photos and videos of the installation after the jump!

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*rugenius - 07.12.11 , 00:10 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Catch up with a week’s worth of design inspiration from NOTCOT.org. This week’s roundup features subway shopping, ink riding and even a bit of Jedi management training. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*rugenius - 07.10.11 , 01:01 - 0 Notes

Tom Back and Ben Fursdon @ New Designers

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More of Justine’s highlights from part 2 of New Designers.

I love the fun pieces from Tom Back and Ben Fursdon of Kingston University London. Back’s Thrive Hive and Fursdon’s High Rise Wormery are perfect for urban balcony gardeners! These contraptions are great additions to any compact urban garden. The Thrive Hive provides an adjustable, insulated hive for urban beekepers and the High Rise Wormery users worms to turn your food waste into ready to use compost and liquid fertilizer.

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*notcot - 07.09.11 , 22:40 - 0 Notes

Leontine Greenberg: Animal Vegetable Mineral

leontine00.jpg On shows not to miss ~ Leontine Greenberg’s ‘Animal Vegetable Mineral’ solo show opened tonight at Gallery 1988’s Venice outpost, and its stunning! As usual, her birds and other creatures explore vintage tech and umbrellas in their water colored world framed by her hand cut borders! See the full preview of the show at Gallery 1988 ~ and take a peek at some of my favorite close ups from the show on the next page!

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*rugenius - 07.07.11 , 05:00 - 0 Notes

Dave Raxworthy @ New Designers

raxworthy1.jpg Another up and coming new British designer spotted by Justine!

The beautiful work of graphic designer Dave Raxworthy caught my eye at part 2 of New Designers. Raxworthy has done some stunning work while at Nottingham Trent University including the promotional materials for their degree show and a great branding, identity and packaging piece called “The Hub”.

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*notcot - 07.06.11 , 11:30 - 1 Notes

Yuki 7: Looks That Kill

yuki0.jpg On reasons print needs to live on ~ some books are worth owning, and i could flip through the gorgeous new Yuki 7 book by Kevin Dart and Elizabeth Ito for ages. I’ve been following them and falling in love with them one after the other for some time now… from the posters we gave away to their first book ~ and i’m even wearing one of their shirts as i head out for a hike now! So yes, i’m a fan… but then again, who wouldn’t want to live in the magical world of Yuki 7 and her Gadget Girls? It’s that perfect mix of retro-tastic illustration that brings you back to happier place full of mystery and espionage… gorgeous locales, and crazy new technology mixed in… not to mention fabulous outfits?

In her latest adventure and short film ~ Yuki 7: Looks That Kill, she and the gadget girls will take you on quite a ride ~ and the film is beautiful! I can’t wait till they take it further than a short film and go for a full length feature ~ she’s like the ultimate animated Bond Girl ~ only she’s Bond and i guess she has her Yuki-7 Boys… So take a sneak peek in to the new book on the next page… and if you’re in LA, check out the launch party July 16th at Q Pop.

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Francesca Baxter-Hunter’s Woods

woodymain.jpg Another british discovery from Justine! One of the pieces which caught my eye at New Designers Part 1 was the work of surface textile designer Francesca Baxter-Hunter. These beautifully detailed wooden panels show delicate, undulating relief that highlights the natural grain of the wood. Baxter-Hunter’s work is inspired by the ocean, using a variety of techniques to echo the coastal landscape which is shaped by the forces of wind and sea. Baxter-Hunter uses a variety of erosive techniques with wood and glass paneling, including dip dyeing, sandblasting, layering and painting in order to create these beautiful pieces. See more of these stunning pieces and close ups on the next page!

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*rugenius - 07.05.11 , 00:25 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org features embroidered toast, bite-sized mixed media, human hair necklaces and more! To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 07.01.11 , 02:54 - 0 Notes

Robert Ware’s Repository of the Eternal Now

archimain.jpg Another discovery from Justine from Show RCA 2011 is Repository of the Eternal Now by Robert Ware.

Robert Ware’s piece explores techniques where information is translated from digital to physical. The first experiment is constructed from the recycled parts out of old inkjet printers connected up to an arduino board, which creates beautiful drawings from data (far more beautiful than printed spreadsheets!). He has also used RepRap, an open source 3D printer and hardware constructed from components available in any DIY store, Rob has 3D printed St Paul’s cathedral. But the project is about much more. See some of the many aspects of the project and more info on the next page!

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*notcot - , 02:45 - 1 Notes

‘Everybody reads the same story differently’

highlight1.jpg Oh, the art of highlighting! I love this ad campaign ‘Everybody reads the same story differently’ by Y&R Bogot├í, Colombia. When i ran across it at Ads of the World tonight, it just made me smile, and then want to take a highlighter to everything. Too cute to see the various perspectives they play with on who highlights what… see them all up close on the next page: The Little Prince, Don Quixote, and Moby Dick!

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*notcot - 06.30.11 , 19:54 - 0 Notes

Screaming at Butterflies - Annie Owens

screaming0.jpg Ever have one of those moments, where you’re dealing with something ~ and you see an image ~ and it perfectly encapsulates all you are feeling? A few weeks ago this was it. Terribly Happy show at Copro Nason. Now available as a print, i couldn’t resist having it on my office wall to remind me of the moments that came and went… There’s something so cathartic about that moment of just needing to let out a scream ~ even amidst those beautiful butterflies that still beautifully flutter about without even noticing, isn’t there? Take a peek at the print details of the “25” x 19” giclee on archival rag paper, hand painted enhanced by artist - signed and numbered edition of 35” ~ this is #20, and you can see the paint dots on the shirt enhanced as well as a butterfly abdomen in a glowing turquoise on her arm… love this one!

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Laura Georgina Smith’s Hackney Factory

laurasmithclearchair.jpg Another find from Justine! - More fun from the architecture department at Show RCA 2011! My favorite, most unexpected piece was this gorgeous chair! The chair is a sample of one of the types of products that could be made in the Hackney Factory, beautifully capturing the process of recycling and reuse, i.e. junk being transformed into bespoke products through craft and digital processes. Love it! So pretty… also you have to take a peek at Hackney Factory project, which consists of a close loop of recycling micro-factories and market forum, essentially creating a micro-community model based on urban mining. Stunning stuff ~ check it all out on the next page!

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