Do you ever feel like you spend too much time on your computer and you’re losing touch with nature? Problem solved! The designers at RAW BKNY have created wooden keys for the keyboard of your MacBook. The keys are compatible with all Macbook Pros with a unibody and are made from authentic rosewood and bamboo. Stay connected to the digital world while your fingers caresses, er, wood. Aesthetically fancy. Me likey.
Lola Madrid, a Spanish creative agency, upcycle the parts of salvaged cars by turning them into bicycles. They use the metals, transmission belts, lights, seat upholstery and door handles to create truly unique rides. The end product is an efficient, ecological and healthy means of transportation. Check the video above.
Li Hongbo is a Beijing based artist that creates surprising and unusual works from paper. A book editor and designer, Li Hongbo began collecting and experimenting with paper and was inspired by the traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as ‘paper gourd’. Created from a stack of interconnected sheets of paper, Li Hongbo saw the simplicity of their ‘honeycomb’ composition and the boundless possibilities of their shape and properties. Thousands of sheets of paper are glued to create a large block. The artist carves this block to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different. Check out the video below for a look at Li Hongbo’s work.
[via Dominik Mersch Gallery]
Say cheese! Dutch tattoo artist Helma van der Weide’s tattoo for her daughter Lotte van den Acker shows a vintage 1970s Ashahi Pentax 35mm SLR, an iconic design that influenced generations of cameras. The picture has received more than 35,000 likes on the Tattooed Women Facebook page. Me likey!
I was having my morning coffee and surfing the Interweb this morning (as you do) and had to pick my jaw off floor after coming across the fashion photography and stylings of Madame Peripetie (aka Sylwana Zyburay). I haven’t seen fashion photography this compelling since scoping out Anne Deniau’s book, Love Looks Not With The Eyes, on her years with Alexander McQueen. As her Behance profile states, the stylings of Madame Peripetie explore “the boundaries between fashion, sculpture and the human body, experimenting with various fabrics and patterns; whilst infusing high-fashion elements with abstract and conceptual ideas, creating an eccentric escapade of color and texture”. This particular set of photographs is from a series titled “Dream Sequence“.
It’s that time of the year when we look back and take stock of the year that was. The culturati over at New York Magazine have put together their annual “Year in Culture” issue. They curate the most gripping, unexpected, head-scratching, and lovely moments in the arts over the past twelve months, then unveil their top-ten lists in Movies, Television, Music, Theater, Books, and Channing Tatum, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the other standouts of 2012. It’s one of my favourite lists, so get over to NY Mag to take a look back at what made our year.
Canberra feels like it’s on a creative cusp at the moment. There is a sense that the city’s street credentials are tilting toward blowing up in a truly massive way and that it is finally ready to step out from the twin shadows of Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra has the three C’s covered: coffee, clothes and creative. I like to think of the three C’s as the triumvirate of indicators that provide a superficial- yet valuable – insight to a city’s buzz. Actually, there’s a good book on the correlation between coffee houses and the level of creativity in a culture. But, I digress. One of the creatives helping to re-energise the Canberra scene is Jessica Cochrane. You may have seen some of her work here. Well, girlfriend has a Tumblr now which chronicles the fashion flavour on Canberra streets, as well as showcasing some of her other side projects. Think of Jessica’s Tumblr as a van with candy…go on. You know you want to see what’s inside.
The History of Film is an infographic created by award winning designer, Larry Gormley. The infographic, from HistoryShots, showcases the 2,000 “most important films” of all time are mapped by genre and release date spanning 100 years. The films selected to be included have: won important awards such as the best picture Academy Award; achieved critical acclaim according to recognized film critics; are considered to be key genre films by experts; and/or attained box office success. It’s a handy tool to view the trends in film and the cycles in genre popularity. You can click and zoom in on the info graphic at The History of Film.
Trust Australian animation studio Rubber House to come up with the goods. For Gotye‘s track, ‘Seven Hours With a Backseat Driver’, from the album Like Drawing Blood, Rubber House have crafted a beautiful video. Based in Melbourne and Sydney and run by directing-duo Greg Sharp and Ivan Dixon, Rubber House keeps it old school and creates hand-drawn animation for commercials, music videos, childrens’ series and games, for people like Warner Brothers and the Cartoon Network. This video is mesmerising and manifests a childlike dread that captivates you.
Are you a font or typeface geek? How about a car lover? Well, Chromeography is your new porn. Curated by Stephen Coles, Chromeography is a celebration of vintage car and appliance badges — those unsung metal emblems and badges that are overlooked, forgotten, damaged, lost to time or the dump. Chromeography features photos from Cole, car lovers and typeface geeks alike. Featuring Roman script, sans, serif, slab, swash, condensed, extended, baseline connections, underlines, italics – all set against vintage textures. It’s enough to get your design engine running.
Berlin-based artist Bartek Elsner makes things with paper. Including this giant boombox. Me likey.
When they’re not offering their creative consultancy services, the peeps at The Island Continent are trawling through the moth balled archives of Australian design to uncover the lost gems they have collected over the last 30 years – pasting them up for all to see on the Interwebs. The Island Continent website provides a digital archive of the Australian image, the colour, nostalgia, fashions, design, the people, the places, the vibe and the humour. In between blog posts of their actual studio work, they publish posts with titles like ‘Kmart ladies fashion and intimates from 1986′ and ‘Pop colour, knits, koalas, Oz fashion in 1988′. That shit sells itself. Go scope it out.