BELGIAN SANTAs!!! Yes i admit i haven’t been so ho ho ho this season. But this just made my holiday season… my favorite holiday memory of being in belgium was these hanging santa guys! And the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, went all out with this facade du “BOZAR”. Found this on Kezako. Ah santas. Hahaha. Sorry, i can’t get over this one. This goes out to Pierre.
HAPPY NEW YEAR almost. And thank goodness for an end to 2005… and i welcome 2006 with open arms and a dash of skepticism. But all in all, Notcot has been one of the best things to happen this year, and here’s one of those tasty best for last of the year posts…
Designer Joey Roth (remember his Garden Geta and Shika posts back in the day?) - has done it again with his Totemo, winning the a Red Dot Award in Productivity this year. The Totemo is described as Strip down to cool. The growing importance of silence in computing mirrors a large-scale shift in the way people think about the products they use. The Totemo is designed with recording studios in mind, but is a computer case equally suited for the home or office environment. The omission of LED’s, molded plastic and cooling fans firmly differentiate Totemo from the many computers of today. Its concentration is based on the concept of stripping down the computer case to its bare essentials.
Modest designer that he is, Joey Roth wrote a feature article for Notcot, but just happen to leave out a description of his own project! So take a look at the Totemo on his site, and then read more about his favorite projects and stories from the Red Dot Awards which took place in Singapore recently.
Mascots for sporting events have always struck me as a little weird. In the U.S., they’re usually aggressive, in your face, and “extreme.” I’ve noticed that mascots for international sporting events are more welcoming and friendly, and sometimes a little abstract. The ones for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games take it to another level. They’re cute and cuddly! I’m not sure how I feel about them being so darn cute, but I am totally loving the mascot for Shooting.
“BREAKING UP SUCKS AND PEOPLE SUCK AND LIFE SUCKS” — We’ve all been there… and if you haven’t, well, kudos to you, you’re either extremely lucky, or perhaps it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all… but you wouldn’t know.
I’m speechless at these new pieces by Shade Elaine, and when i tried to ask her in that cliche “what would you say about these pieces?”… she gave me “they’re about the opposite extremes in life… finding the good in the bad, the ugly in the beautiful, and the happiness in the pain?” They are brutally honest, and gorgeously delicate. I might need to buy one for my wall, or beg you guys to help me convince her to make tshirts/posters or just to keep making more like them…
Ok last one, but i needed to share this last quote from one of the articles i was reading about Ban…
Which brings us back to Ban’s own monument. The new Pompidou Centre in Metz will not be made of paper. Instead it is based on a Chinese hat made from bamboo strips and oiled paper, that he bought in a Paris market six years ago. “I thought it was very architectonic,” he explains. Scaled up, the hat design will form a giant roof woven out of laminated wood and covered in translucent Teflon. The gallery spaces underneath will be enclosed, but the building is essentially a luminous tent separated from the outside only by glass. “I wanted to make a building that’s totally open,” he says, “to make this a gathering place for all the public, not just people who love art. Also, this location, Metz, is very close to Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, it’s almost in the middle of Europe, so it was very important to be open to other countries. That’s why instead of having an object like a box, I designed just a roof.”
Ah, inspiration is truly everywhere. I love reminders like these not to listen to the people who think you are crazy when a simple idea recontextualized can come up with such innovation.
Ok once you have gotten over fantasizing about having that studio… Ban is an architect who’s taken design to so many new levels, and while his style and modernist looks are impressive, i can not get over his incredible use of cardboard — especially his use of it in creating shelters for victims of natural disasters and others in need… His paper log houses have been shipped around the world… paper emergeny tents… even paper churches.
It started 20 years ago when he was designing an exhibition of the work of his hero, Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. “I couldn’t afford to use wood like Aalto would,” he explains, “so I looked for some alternative, and paper tubes were all over the studio. When you finish a roll of tracing paper or fax paper, there are always paper tubes left over. They were so strong and so nice, so I kept them. Then I went to the factory where they made them, and I saw they could make any length and any diameter.”
His innovation takes leaps and bounds beyond his use of materials… when the UN lost momentum with his cheap temporary housing, he founded the Voluntary Architects Network, which is helping to build temporary houses in various international disaster zones from Turkey to Sri Lanka.
Ok, so i’ve been a bit quiet because chaos has come (and not quite gone) and in the midst of it i drove up to SF on monday, and worked my way back down slowly then quickly Thurs (back in SD now)… BUT of more interest to you, is what i saw on the way up and down at the parking lot on the beach next to Santa Monica Pier… cranes stacking shipping containers strangely on the way up. Odd enough i figured. On the way back down they had become giant barn like structures… Apparently the Nomadic Museum is coming and will be exhibiting the more than 100 incredible large-scale photographic works and an accompanying 35mm film by artist Gregory Colbert’s Ashes & Snow exhibit of animal/human juxtapositions you need to see. This was originally exposed in Venice 2002, and again in New York earlier this year. SM Mirror Article [note: the pic is an old one of the NY installation… SM one isn’t quite ready yet]
Just read through this Forbes’ article and slideshow on some of the most influential industrial designers of today… all people you ought to know… but always nice to refresh your memory and read the blurbs on what they’re known for and where they came from,… the number of press mentions for each is quite fun to take a look at as well (i think it looks quite hard to beat Starck)…
23” Cinema display needed a proper wallpaper, and in searching for a suitable one gave up… and while i was waiting for my friend at the airport, i drove out to Harbor Island and took this pic of San Diego and tweaked it… so if you need a wallpaper too, grab it? Or just take a look at the city i’m currently in…
Hey remember those great B.I.O (By Invite Only) pins by Stereohype i posted a while back? Well… YOU’RE INVITED! Take a look at their new contest Where you’ll have the chance to design your own buttons, and winners get everything up to having their personal bio displayed on the site, as well as free buttons, tshirts, and more!
Pyros Nice silly little amusement found on designboom Bad habbits… and it reminded me of the poor fire down in Tijuana today where a cardboard box factory burned down in these insane santa ana winds today.
“HOW A DESIGNER GROWS: Changes in a Designer’s Self-Worth/Knowledge Over Time” This graph by Consume Daily is priceless. Perhaps wouldn’t be nearly as sad/amusing if it were not so true. So click the pic to start from Junior High and scroll on down to see where one might end up… My chosen cropped image here is the turning point that we all reach at one point, and what we do once we realize which path we are on is key.
It’s minimalist steel… Miya just emailed me some images of her work, and they appeal to that part of me that has a thing for steel. Something so pure and industrial revolution about it, not sure what it is… her works remind me of Rothko, meets that warhol where he and his friends um had a little fun on that big piece of copper (after what i assume was much drinking?) and managed to have it hanging in the Tate. Anyhow sidetracks aside, take a look at the works of Miya Ando Stanoff, a minimalist metalworker with backgrounds in east asian studies from Berkeley and Yale…
Working solely in two-dimensional metal panels, she is ultimately interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement.
If ever i were to admit that something were able to comepletly satisfy me… i think this may be it. The Z4 Concept car… launched in Germany a few months back, just found it on my desktop, and *sigh. Been meaning to post it for a while, but must have kept getting distracted by staring at it. Zoom Zoom… here’s the birth of a new category.
“When you’re used to technology advancing by leaps and bounds, you get impatient,” Moss says, pointing to Hella Jongerius’ Long Neck bottle. The vessel’s glass top and porcelain bottom are taped together because the designer had no more refined way to bind the materials. She didn’t have time to solve that problem. She wasn’t interested in it.
click the pic to check out the Business Week slide show thingy with Mr. Moss’ views on up and coming design trends.